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If you visit the Midwestern State University campus, you’ll be able to see just how small the campus really is. Luckily, it does offer on-campus living for its students. The student enrollment doesn’t quite reach 6,000 and the student-to-faculty ration is 17 to 1, which may be a bit surprising for a smaller school such as this. You may need to talk to your professors to make appointments during office hours, but otherwise you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding time with them if you are having issues in your classes.

Overview of Midwestern State University (MSU)

MSU only offers undergraduate degrees, which may make the small student population more understandable. It’s located in Wichita Falls, a mid-size city located in Texas. Driving around will give you the chance to get your bearings and you’re sure to find places you’ll want to visit more often. You’ll also notice that the city is host to Sheppard Air Force Base. You’ll see airmen and Air Force officers in town and you should expect to see some of them on campus as they are investing in their military careers with further education.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 17:1
Graduation Rate 45%
Year Founded 1922

Student Enrollment

Total Students5,969


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,986
Female 3,240

Graduate Student

Male 282
Female 461

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MSU Acceptance Rate and Admissions


Male 1,370
Female 2,438


Male 1,069
Female 1,950

Acceptance Rate79%

Male 78%
Female 80%

Enrollment 872

Male 338
Female 534
Application Fee $40
High School GPA Recommended
High School Rank Required
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses NA
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline December 1
Common Application Accepted No

MSU Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

You may hear the total cost of college referred to as the sticker price. This includes tuition (in-state or out-of-state), room and board, books, supplies, and other costs. In a recent academic year, this was around $21,900, which isn’t too expensive considering this is a university.

Now, the cost of attendance after financial aid has been applied to the total cost is called the average net price. In the same school year, this average net price was $9,799. However, families are eligible for financial aid based on their annual income, which affects how much they owe. A family earning up to $30,000 pays around $7,703, a family earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pays around $10,068, and a family earning more than $110,001 pays around $16,425.

In a recent academic year, 93% of freshmen students qualified for financial aid. Of this, 87% received an average of $9,818 in grants or scholarships and 74% received an average of $5,343 in institutional grants and scholarships.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $9,799
Average Total Aid $9,818
Students Receiving Financial Aid 93%
Room & Board $9,310

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $9,601
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $11,551
  • Books and Supplies - $1,050
  • Room & Board - $9,310
  • Other - $1,950


Midwestern State University offers at least some distance learning (online) options, which allow you easier access to classes if you find you must work during the school year. This type of alternative may become even more critical in your junior and senior years, especially if you can’t rely on finding a different section of the same class during the current semester.

During your first year, you’ll make an important decision. It isn’t about your major or which classes to take. Instead, it’s about deciding if you’re going to return for your second year of school. If you do, MSU will count you into their retention rate, which for MSU is a solid 67%.

The 4-year graduation rate is 21% and the 6-year graduation rate is 45%. Students may have to stay in school beyond the 4-year or 6-year point because they change their majors or they may leave school and return. Additionally, many of the Air Force crowd may only take a few classes or be transferred elsewhere before they can complete a degree.

The most popular degree programs offered are health professions and related programs; business, management, marketing and related services; multi/interdisciplinary studies; psychology; and homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting and protective services.

Student Population Total

Student Population 5,969

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Health Professions and Related Programs 452 Total Graduates / 38%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 172 Graduates
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer 158 Graduates
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist 95 Graduates
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist 18 Graduates
All Business Majors 211 Total Graduates / 18%
Accounting 50 Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 45 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 39 Graduates
Finance, General 28 Graduates
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 149 Total Graduates / 12%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 148 Graduates
International/Global Studies 1 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 63 Total Graduates / 5%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 42 Graduates
Exercise Physiology 21 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 47 Total Graduates / 4%
Psychology, General 47 Graduates
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Servi 47 Total Graduates / 4%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 47 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 21%

Outcome & Salary

It’s done. You graduated and you are ready to shake up the professional world. The average graduate’s overall salary after leaving Midwestern State University is $69,082; their early-career salaries average around $50,100 and their mid-career salaries rise to $85,200.

Looking down the road, your 10-year salary earning potential is $690,820 and your 20-year earning potential is $1,542,820. If you deduct your 4-year cost of education ($39,196) to get your return on investment (ROI), the 10-year ROI is $651,624 and the expected 20-year ROI is as much as $1,503,624. If you consider that high school graduates earn a national average salary of $38,792, their 10-year projected income is $387,920, and their 20-year projected income is $775,840 – that is more than exceptional.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $50,100
College Grads Average Salary $69,082
College Grads Mid Career Salary $85,200
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $690,820
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,542,820
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $39,196
10 Year Projected ROI $651,624
20 Year Projected ROI $1,503,624
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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