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 Missouri State University-West Plains 

Name: Missouri State University-West Plains
Chancellor: Drew A. Bennett
City: West Plains
State: MO
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Town, Remote
Year Established: 1963

Governing Board Website

Missouri State University-West Plains

Student Characteristics Based on Fall 2013 IPEDS Data

2013 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total: 2,123
Part Time: 41%
Full Time: 59%

Male: 43%
Female: 57%

American Indian or Alaskan Native: 1.2%
Asian: 0.4%
Black or African American: 2.1%
Hispanic/Latino: 67.2%
Unknown: 4.2%
White: 90.3%


Drew A. Bennett

Board Chair

Stephen B. Hoven
Board Chair

Quote from the Chancellor

“Missouri State University-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution providing quality postsecondary educational opportunities primarily to counties in the south central region of Missouri. Our vision is to combine open admission opportunity with academic excellence, student service innovation, community partnership, and global awareness in an environment strengthened by dynamic growth and entrepreneurial spirit.”

Interesting Facts

  • For the fifth consecutive year, "G.I. Jobs," the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Missouri State University-West Plains, the designation of a "Military-Friendly School."
  • For the past 17 years, Missouri State-West Plains graduates have scored at or above the national mean on the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) in all five areas.
  • Missouri State University-West Plains received the largest gift in the campus’ history in fiscal year 2012—a $4 million gift that will endow and expand need-based scholarships. The gift to the Missouri State University Foundation was from the Lorene Thompson Brooks estate.
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