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Midwestern State University
Midwestern State University (MSU), Texas’s only designated public liberal arts university, offers students a...

Midwestern State University

Wichita Falls, Texas

MSU is a vibrant, active residential university. With over 100 student organizations and a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, MSU is able to offer a personalized educational experience with the amenities of a large institution.  Offering a private university experience at the affordability of a public university, MSU is unique in the State of Texas.


MSU offers 76 programs in six colleges. An MSU education results in preparation for a specific discipline and the adaptability needed for jobs of the future; jobs which have yet to be conceptualized. MSU students participate in hands-on learning experiences, including study abroad and undergraduate research. The context gained through an MSU education propels students to impact others throughout the world.


Students from 44 states and 54 countries live and learn together, facilitating a deep understanding of the world. Most of MSU’s entering students participate in learning communities, which link courses and allow students to view phenomena through the lenses of different disciplines. Interaction between and among students and faculty occurs in both structured and spontaneous formats on a campus that is designed to look and feel like a residential university.



Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
5,277 undergraduate students
77% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
8% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
236 full-time faculty
109 part-time faculty
18 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
66% of first year students live on campus
28% of all students live on campus

School Location

MSU is located in Wichita Falls, Texas (http://choosewichitafalls.com), a city of 104,000 residents located 117 miles northwest of downtown Fort Worth. Wichita Falls serves as the economic, cultural, and medical hub for 151,000 individuals. Wichita Falls is known for its extreme events, such as the Hotter N Hell Hundred, the largest sanctioned century bicycle ride in the country (http://www.hh100.org). Wichita Falls is a welcoming, quality-of-life community with activities and entertainment catering to a college and young professional population.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences  
Learning Communities X
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research X
Diversity/Global Learning  
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

70% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)


44% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 9%
Hispanic/Latino 17%
Black or African American 14%
White 52%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 4%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 1%


The MSU Mustangs participate in NCAA Division II athletics. Varsity athletics include men’s basketball, football, golf, soccer, and tennis; and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball. The school’s official mascot is Maverick the Mustang; the school colors are maroon and gold.  


MSU’s 42-hour Core Curriculum is comprised of 8 Foundational Component Areas and 1 Component Area Option (CAO). The institution uses the CAO to create a Common Intellectual Experience for its students. Courses that count in the CAO reflect one of two themes: Cultural & Global Understanding and Inquiry & Creativity. Students are required to take a course from each theme. So, while nearly 30 courses are available to choose from, giving students a rich variety of disciplines and content, they share the experience of exploring the two themes.


The best examples of collaboration in research can be seen in MSU’s commitment to Undergraduate Research and the Learning Communities. Students from different disciplines have the opportunity to develop research projects and present their findings to the campus community. Learning Communities include integrative assignments, many of which are group projects. Not only do these assignments allow students to synthesize materials from the two courses that comprise the Learning Community, but they provide opportunities to learn valuable soft skills, such as teamwork and compromise.


All students are invited to participate in MSU”s undergraduate research initiative, EURECA (Enhancing Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities). Through EURECA, students work under the guidance of faculty mentors to develop a semester-long research project, propose the project for EURECA funding, and present their findings at the fall or spring forum.


All students, both graduate and undergraduate, have the opportunity to participate in a variety of study abroad programs. MSU serves as the national consortium leader for the London based British Studies summer program. This comparative study program offers students a range of classes from all six academic colleges, and the program culminates with an international research project or portfolio. Students looking for a different opportunity through  language or culture classes can choose to earn academic credits while studying in either Spain or London. Starting in 2018, Health Science and Pre-Med/Pre-Vet students will have the opportunity to study Global Health & Wellness on the campus of an accredited medical school in Grenada, giving students a real opportunity to study global health issues while residing and experiencing what a medical school has to offer.


Campus Ministries X
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band X
Model UN X
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Pep band X
Radio station  
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society  
Symphony orchestra  
Television station  
Yearbook X


MSU offers incoming students learning communities in the fall term and first-year seminars in the spring term. This structured approach allows for greater engagement in the MSU community.

So as to not require students to take more courses than necessary, first-year seminar material is woven into core courses during the spring term. This integrated approach recognizes the value of streamlining students’ path to graduation.

MSU faculty devote considerable time and care to developing courses that help students transition to higher education. In order to deliver pedagogically sound core courses, including a basic skills seminar, academic seminar, and learning communities, MSU offers workshops throughout the year that directly support faculty efforts to develop core courses that address the needs of the student population and deliver an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education.


Recognizing the importance of writing in success beyond college, MSU places significant emphasis on the development of mature and flexible writers. All students are required to take a first-year writing intensive course that introduces them to research and writing in an academic setting.  Additionally, several departments across campus—i.e. Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, Psychology—have a writing in the disciplines requirement. Further, MSU students are required to demonstrate writing proficiency during their junior year.


Arts/fine arts X
Computer literacy  
English (including composition) X
Foreign languages  
History X
Humanities X
Mathematics X
Sciences (biological or physical) X
Social science X


Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 75 170 179 90 39 73 6 632


At MSU, faculty collaborate to create academic learning communities, which pair two courses from different Foundational Component Areas and include several integrative assignments (assessments synthesizing knowledge from both disciplines). Many of these assignments include a co- or extra-curricular component, such as attending an election debate party, watching a documentary, handing out pocket Constitutions, or visiting area high schools to teach students about issues in education.

Every entering student has the opportunity to participate in learning communities at MSU. Some learning communities are themed and some are not; some learning communities involve living in a common area of a residence hall, some do not; and some learning communities involve experiential learning in the Wichita Falls community, and some do not. Regardless of a student’s interests, there is likely a learning community that will meet their needs.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students X
Special housing for international students X
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing X
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  


MSU students have opportunities to participate in Service Learning projects as part of a class, especially in Sociology and Education. Additionally, the Office of Student Development and Orientation provides lots of opportunities for students to apply communication skills, teamwork, and critical thinking to benefit the campus, the local community, and the global community.

Capstone Courses and Projects

Several programs and majors across MSU’s campus have Senior Capstone courses, and other departments are developing them in order to evaluate program effectiveness and create a culminating experience for students.

Career Services

The Career Management Center provides services that focus on preparing students for significant and personally satisfying careers. Creating opportunities to enhance student acquisition of critical “soft skills” is a core component to MSU’s learning outcomes. Resume and letter writing development, job search and interview skill building, employer networking, etiquette training, and graduate school planning and preparation are just a few of the many services the office provides enabling students to reach successful outcomes.

Internship, practicum, and clinical experiences at MSU engage students in a vibrant learning environment providing a platform for essential skill development and experiential learning. More than 20 academic disciplines offer these experiences for credit.  Non-credit opportunities can be found through the Career Management Center.

Midwestern State University has established a record of successful employment outcomes with a historical “placement” rate in the middle 80% to lower 90% range.



2,854 Total Applicants
2,169 Total Admissions
826 Total Freshmen Enrollment

76% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 15
Priority date: Feb 1

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling admission? No

Closing date: Aug 1
Priority date: Mar 1

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Class rank
Standardized test scores

Academic GPA

State residency

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 450 540
SAT Math 450 550
SAT Writing    
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 19 24
ACT Math 18 24
ACT English 18 24
ACT Writing    


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  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $8,305 $10,255
Fees $3,804 $3,804
Total $12,109 $14,059
Room and Board (on campus) $8,027 $8,027
Room Only $5,001 $5,001
Board Only $3,026 $3,026
Estimated Total On Campus $20,136 $22,086


Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015 ESTIMATED

$10,632 First year students
$6,899 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015 ESTIMATED

65.5% on average, the percentage of need that was met
58% of financial need students that had need fully met

$6,899 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$6,887 Average need-based loan


Freshmen admission to Midwestern State University is based on a combination of factors that include high school rank, SAT/ACT scores, and GPA as well as rigor of curriculum. Transfer admission to MSU is based on a cumulative GPA and the number of credit hours earned.

Both freshmen and transfer merit scholarships are available to new incoming students who meet criteria and are admitted no later than April 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester. Students who meet the scholarship criteria and deadlines are offered the scholarship at the point of admission without having to complete an application. Merit scholarship criteria and amount are listed below:

Freshman Distinction – $2500 per year; requires minimum of 31 ACT or 1360 Old SAT or 1420 New SAT

Freshman Excellence – $2000 per year; requires minimum of 26 ACT or 1170 Old SAT or 1240 New SAT

Outstanding Freshman – $1000 per year; requires 24 ACT or 1090 Old SAT or 1160 New SAT

Freshman Achievement – $750 per year; requires 22 ACT or 1020 Old SAT or 1100 New SAT

Freshman Recognition – $500 per year; requires 21 ACT or 990 Old SAT or 1070 New SAT

Transfer Excellence – $2000 per year; requires 3.5 cumulative GPA from each institution previously attended and completion of at least 18 credit hours post-high school

Transfer Achievement – $1500 per year, requires 3.0 cumulative GPA from each institution previously attended and completion of at least 18 credit hours post-high school

Phi Theta Kappa – $2500 per year; requires membership in PTK at previous institution; is stackable with other transfer scholarships

Additional scholarships are available for valedictorians and salutatorians and range from $2000-$4000 per year.