Missouri Western is a growing community with over 6,134 students ranging from many different backgrounds. Western is also an open enrollment college as well, and some students might take that for granted and will end up ousted. This is in fact a University and students must try and actually do the work, because open enrollment doesnt always mean that its easy. I know just from experience that I have had to work for a few classes just to keep my grade point average up to where I wanted it to be. Long nights, coffee, and study groups is all that I have known for the past 3 years since starting at Missouri Western State University.
Western has been growing in academics, and athletics in recent years. Missouri Western offers over 100 majors and 41 minors through its College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, College of Professional Studies, Steven L. Craig School of Business, and School of Graduate Studies. At the end of the 2012 school year Western has been changing the name of a few Universities and adding new programs to degrees which will boost enrollment and excel our students after graduation to be up to date with the most accurate technology.
I have spoken to a few seniors who just graduated from back home, and some from the St. Joseph area and the biggest question I have been asked from them is this. “Whats it like to be a Griffon?”. So here is what I tell them, and this is for any of you incoming freshmen planning to become part of our community here at Western. Being a Griffon is more than just about being in organizations, or partying. I have been in college for 3 years and only been to one greek party, and let me tell you. I would rather of been studying for an exam that would benefit me more, than drinking gallons of… well you know what I mean. But, being a Griffon means you are ready to take charge and take control of your academic career. I was so excited the first time I entered into the doors of Missouri Western. I will never forget what my parents told me before dropping me off at the dorms. “Dont mess this up. You only get one shot to make your future bright!” So I have lived by that moto for the past 3 years and I would tell you to do the same.
You might think that Western will be a breeze, but let me tell you there will be a time where you will think differently. So welcome to Westrn, where academics and small classrooms with interactions with your professors are a benefit unlike larger universities such as KU or MU.