March 20, 2020: Student Move-out Date Extension Communication

To help protect the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff and the West Plains community, Missouri State-West Plains will be following the guidance of the Missouri State University System as noted below.

On March 19, 2020 Springfield-Greene County Health Department issued the following guidelines:

As residents return from spring break trips and other travel, it is the advice of the Springfield-Greene County Health Department that they self-quarantine for 14 days.

During that time, travelers returning from outside our region are advised to stay home, avoid contact with others, and monitor for symptoms. If a traveler were to become symptomatic, they are encouraged to contact their provider.

This action is being recommended because of the large number of travelers who will be returning to the area. This is especially concerning regarding tourist destinations that have included large crowd activities.

In alignment with these guidelines, Missouri State is extending the timeline for those who are electing to move out of their residence halls to April 12th. Please contact the Director of Residence Life Cory Neal if this changes your move-out plans.

If you traveled outside of Southwest Missouri within the last 14 days (or away from your home area or to an area with a large number of COVID cases), we request that you wait until after April 5th to return to campus to move out.

If anyone in your family is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing), we ask that you wait to move out.

These recommended actions are to ensure the health and safety of university employees as well as fellow students who will be moving out or who are electing to stay in the residence hall through the end of the semester.

 Thank you for helping us maintain a healthy environment.

Interested in applying to be an RA for the 2020-2021 academic year? If so, please see the following link: https://wp-missouristate.forms-db.com/view.php?id=35388
RA job description can be found here.

Campus Life

Moving to a new place can be intimidating, but living where you study will help with your transition. Missouri State University-West Plains offers two residence halls: the Grizzly House and Grizzly Lofts. Our residence halls will help you build relationships while also providing comfortable places to study and relax.

Student Activities

From Welcome Week and back-to-school picnics to homecoming activities and Grizzly Athletics games, there are plenty of opportunities for you to experience the exhilarating lifestyle of a college student.

Student Recreation Center

Students can play a pick-up game of basketball, volleyball or racquetball in this 10,000-square-foot multipurpose building. The $2.2 million facility is located next to the Grizzly House and a few blocks from Grizzly Lofts. The center also serves as an emergency storm shelter for the campus. In addition, it can be used to host a variety of student-related activities and events.


The student Housing Contract is for the entire academic year. Contracts for the 2019-2020 academic year are available. Contracts for the 2020-2021 academic year are now available as of Jan. 27, 2020. To complete a Housing Contract, include a $100 deposit and a meningitis vaccination record.

Grizzly House Cost

For the upcoming 2020-2021 academic year (fall 2020 and spring 2021), the cost per semester is $3,093, which includes utilities and 19 meals per week at the Putnam Student Center.

Grizzly Lofts Cost

For the 2020-2021 academic year (fall 2020 and spring 2021), the cost per semester is $3,475 which includes utilities and 19 meals per week with on-site dining.

For more information, contact:

Office of Residence Life
128 Garfield Ave.
West Plains, MO 65775



Download this information in our Housing Brochure (PDF 853 KB)

Grizzly House

Grizzly House is located in the heart of campus.

Grizzly Lofts

Grizzly Lofts is our newest residential community.

Housing Policy

All single students under 21 years of age who have completed fewer than 30 hours of transferable credit after high school graduation and live outside of the campus' seven-county primary service area (Howell, Oregon, Shannon, Texas, Wright, Douglas, Ozark counties) are required to live in University housing. These students must have on file a completed Student Housing Contract or an approved request for exception form before enrolling in classes at Missouri State-West Plains.

General Exception Form (PDF 60 KB)
Commuter Exception Form (PDF 58 KB)

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