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Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions



Have a question about the process of becoming a new student here? Use this FAQ page to learn more about the questions students most often have a they're coming in to MSU. 

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University Facts

Q: How many students attend Midwestern State University?

A: We are the perfect size! There are 6034 students enrolled at MSU; approximately 5287 of these are undergraduate students and 756 are graduate students.

Q: What is the student/professor ratio?

A: Our student to professor ratio is 17:1. We have small classes and our professors will know you by name!

Q: What is a liberal arts school?

A: First and foremost, this does NOT mean that we are going to tell you who to vote for! Liberal arts has nothing to do with a political affiliation, despite popular belief. A liberal arts education simply means that it is a well-rounded education that focuses on many different areas including a "major" focus for your academic program of choice. We focus on stimulating discussion, developing employable skills, and creating life-long learners!

Q: Can you live on campus at Midwestern State University? 

A: Yes, we have both residence halls for traditional student experiences (dormitories) and also we have on-campus apartments for those who want a little more independence at the upperclassman level. For more information, see the Housing section of this page and also visit the Housing website.

Q: What is there to do at MSU?

A: We have a vibrant and active campus life at Midwestern with more than 100 student organizations, 13 athletic teams and loads of traditions. You will easily find your niche and build a home and a family here at MSU.

Q: What academic programs do you offer?

A: For the full list of academic programs, please click here!

Q: What athletic programs does Midwestern State University carry? What division are you in?

A: We are NCAA Division II and in the Lone Star conference, and we offer:

  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s and Women’s Golf
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Men’s and Women’s Tennis
  • Football
  • Women’s Cross Country and Track
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

For more athletic information, visit the Athletic Questions section of this page and also our Athletics Website.

Q: How safe is the campus?

A: Midwestern State University employs a fully functioning police department, rather than a campus security department as many campuses will have. Our students feel safe and secure. In addition, there are safety poles strategically placed around campus so students that would ever feel at risk or threatened simply have to push a button and an officer will respond accordingly. In general, our campus and our town are safe places to live. For a full report on Crime Awareness and Campus Security, please visit the website for our police department.

Q: How much does it cost to attend?

A: The very rough estimate that we like to quote for about 15 credit hours per semester, including room and board (meaning your dorm room and your meal plan) is usually just under $15,000 per year. This can change a bit based on what meal plan you sign up for, how many credits you ultimately decide to take, if your courses have lab fees, etc.

Q: When do classes start?

A: For the Fall Semester 2016, the first day of classes is Monday, August 29.

Q: Where is Midwestern State University located?

A: We are in Wichita Falls, TX, which is about two hours from the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and about two hours from Oklahoma City.

Q: How big is the town of Wichita Falls?

A: Wichita Falls has just under 105,000 people.

Q: What is there to do in Wichita Falls?

A: Wichita Falls is a growing, vibrant community! ChooseWichitaFalls.Com has up-to-date listings of events that occur in the community each week, and in addition, the community has many amenities like a trampoline park, a bike trail, parks, kayaking, a food truck yard, a mall, and much more!

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Application Process for Freshmen Students

Q: After I submit my application, what other documents do you need in order for my file to be complete?

A: We will need to receive high school transcripts, dual credit transcripts if applicable, as well as either an ACT or SAT score. You will also need to pay the $25 application fee, which can be done here.

Q: Do you accept dual credit/AP/IB courses?

A: Based on what scores you make on the corresponding exams, we certainly do. For more information on credit by exam, click here!

Q: Do I need to submit a writing score from either the ACT or SAT?

A: You will need to submit one writing score from either the ACT or SAT. If you retest and send additional scores, for our purposes, you do not need to retake or resubmit this portion of the exam.

Q: Is there a way to check on my application status online?

A: Yes! By clicking here, follow the step by step instructions to see what documents we have received and stay up to date with where we are at with your application.

Q: How long does it take to receive an admission decision?

A: Once your file has been marked "complete", meaning that we have all the necessary documents that we need from you, we will have an admission decision for you in the next 7-10 days.

Q: How will I be notified once an admission decision is made?

Once we have made a decision, you will be able to view your admission decision using the online tool to check your application status (click here for instructions), and we will also mail a letter to the address you indicated on your application and notify you via email.

 Q: What factors do you take into consideration for your freshmen applicants? 

A: We take a variety of factors into consideration looking most strongly at your high school rank and your SAT or SAT scores. We will also be looking for students to have graduated or be intending to graduate on one of our approved graduation plans. For the full list of requirements for incoming students, please click here.  If you don't feel like you meet our immediate criteria, don't worry. We do have systems in place for students who are close but do not quite meet our criteria, and we would highly encourage you to still apply! For more information, contact your Admissions Counselor.

Q: Who is my Admissions Counselor?

A: Click here to Meet Your Admissions Counselor!

Q: What is the role of an Admissions Counselor?

A:  Your admissions counselor is responsible for assisting you with many of the aspects of becoming a new Midwestern State University student, like your application process, ensuring all of your supplemental documents have been turned in, and assisting you with knowing your TSI status, who your Academic Advisor is, signing up for orientation, housing, etc. There are some limitations of an Admissions Counselor as we have limited information on the financial aid process and the registration process. To get the best help with these topics, you'll receive the best assistance by reaching out to your Academic Advisor or a Financial Aid Counselor.

Q: If I change my mind about when I want to come to Midwestern, can I move my application to a later semester?

A: Yes! You are able to move your application up to one semester later than what you had originally applied for and you can only move your application to a later term once. You can do this either before or after you receive your admission decision. Contact your admissions counselor for a change of term request form.

Q: What happens after I've been admitted?

A: A lot of exciting things! Before you get to campus, make sure you are working on our Admitted Student Checklist. It can be found by clicking here.

Q: I can't seem to access my my.mwsu.edu account. What can I do about that?

A: Please reach out to our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@mwsu.edu or 940-397-4278. You will want to provide them with your full name and your Mustang ID number.

 

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Application Process for Transfer Students

Q: Do a lot of students transfer in to MSU? Is it "transfer-friendly"?

A: Midwestern State University is very transfer-friendly! We would love to be your next college. While we offer degree assessments as part of our application process, you're able to view our transfer equivalency guides to start to see what courses will transfer in with a grade of a 2.0 or better. 

Q: How many credit hours do I need to be considered a transfer student? Do my dual credit hours count towards college hours?

A: In order to receive the categorization of "transfer student", we are looking for at least 18 credit hours of post-high school, non-developmental courses. Dual credit hours might count towards your degree plan and the total number of hours that you will have accumulated towards your Bachelor's degree, but they do not count towards the required 18 credit hours of non-developmental courses to be considered a transfer student.

Q: After I submit my application, what other documents do you need in order for my file to be complete?

A: We will need to receive college transcripts from every institution that you have ever attended, including dual credit courses. You will also need to submit your $25 application fee, which can be done here.

Q: Does your application require an essay?

A: There is no essay requirement on our application!

 

Q: Is there a way to check on my application status online?

A: Yes! By clicking here, follow the step by step instructions to see what documents we have received and stay up to date with where we are at with your application.

Q: How long does it take to receive an admission decision?

A: Once your file has been marked "complete", meaning that we have all the necessary documents that we need from you, we will have an admission decision for you in the next 7-10 days.

Q: How will I be notified once an admission decision is made?

Once we have made a decision, you will be able to view your admission decision using the online tool to check your application status (click here for instructions), and we will also mail a letter to the address you indicated on your application and notify you via email.

Q: What factors do you take into consideration for your transfer applicants? 

A: For transfer students, we are looking for at least 18 credit hours post-high school (so not including dual/concurrent credit) that are not developmental courses, and a cumulative GPA of a 2.0 or better. If you believe that you are not someone who meets our immediate criteria, we would still encourage you to apply as there are systems in place for students who are close but do not quite meet our requirements. For more information, contact your Admissions Counselor.

 

Q: Who is my Admissions Counselor?

A: Click here to Meet Your Admissions Counselor!

Q: What is the role of an Admissions Counselor?

A:  Your admissions counselor is responsible for assisting you with many of the aspects of becoming a new Midwestern State University student, like your application process, ensuring all of your supplemental documents have been turned in, and assisting you with knowing your TSI status, who your Academic Advisor is, signing up for orientation, housing, etc. There are some limitations of an Admissions Counselor as we have limited information on the financial aid process and the registration process. To get the best help with these topics, you'll receive the best assistance by reaching out to your Academic Advisor or a Financial Aid Counselor.

Q: Can I move my application to a later semester?

A: Yes! You are able to move your application up to one semester later than what you had originally applied for and you can only move your application to a later term once. You can do this either before or after receiving your admission decision.

Q: What happens after I've been admitted?

A: A lot of exciting things! Before you get to campus, make sure you are working on our Admitted Student Checklist. It can be found by clicking here.

 

Q: I can't seem to access my my.mwsu.edu account. What can I do about that?

A: Please reach out to our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@mwsu.edu or 940-397-4278. You will want to provide them with your full name and your Mustang ID number.

 

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TSI (Texas Success Initiative)

Q: Do I need to take the TSI (Texas Success Initiative) assessments?

A: Some students aren't required to take the TSI due to the set of exemptions that are in place.  You can check to see if you qualify for an exemption by learning more about the requirements here. If you do not have an exemption, you will be required to take the TSI tests and these help us determine what English and Math courses you should start off in here at MSU. IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE TSI, YOU MUST DO SO PRIOR TO ATTENDING ORIENTATION AND REGISTERING FOR CLASSES.

Q: Where can I take the TSI?

A: You're able to take the TSI in some cases at local community colleges, but each school differs. Midwestern State University also has a testing center that administers the TSI, and if you would like more information on testing on campus, please call 940-397-4676 or visit the Testing website. AGAIN, IF YOU ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE TSI, YOU MUST DO SO PRIOR TO ATTENDING ORIENTATION AND REGISTERING FOR CLASSES.

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Bacterial Meningitis Shot Records

Q: When should I get the meningitis shot?

A: Your meningitis shot must have been administered within the last five years, and must also have been administered more than ten days prior to the first day of school.  YOU MUST HAVE YOUR SHOT RECORD ON FILE PRIOR TO ATTENDING ORIENTATION. Note: Students over the age of 22 are exempt from this requirement. 

Q: How do I get my meningitis shot record on file?

A: Midwestern State University has contracted with Magnus Health for our shot record process. Upon being accepted into the university, you should receive an email with login instructions as well as shot record upload instructions for the Magnus Health Website. If you do not receive this email, or if you are having any trouble with their website, you're welcome to call their help desk at 877-461-6831.

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New Student Orientation

Q: How do I sign up for orientation?

A: If you have been admitted into the university, click here to sign up for your new student orientation date! 

Q: If I am a distance education student, do I have to attend orientation on campus?

A: No! There is an online orientation that is available. Your academic advisor will provide you with a link and password to join a session.

Q: What happens at orientation?

A: If you have not pre-registered, you will have the opportunity to meet with an academic advisor and register for your fall courses, and in addition you will receive an overview of campus resources, begin to get acclimated with what it’s like to live and learn at MSU, and meet lots of new friends!

Q: What if I'm not able to attend an early orientation?

A: Early orientation has many benefits, but if you are coming from out of state, out of the country, or even if you are just unable to attend sooner, we do have orientations that are scheduled as part of our move-in programming, Mustangs Roundup.

 

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Housing

Q: How do I sign up for housing?

A: If you have been admitted into the university, you may click here to begin the process of signing up for housing.

Q: How safe is the campus?

A: Midwestern State University employs a fully functioning police department, rather than a campus security department officer will respond accordingly. In general, our campus and our town are safe places to live. For a full as many campuses will have. Our students feel safe and secure. In addition, there are safety poles strategically placed around campus so students that would ever feel at risk or threatened simply have to push a button and an report on Crime Awareness and Campus Security, please visit the website for our police department.

Q: When is move-in?

A: New students are able to move in to the university on Saturday, August 20, 2016 as part of our exciting Mustang Round-Up program! For more information on the exciting activities that are a part of Mustang Round-Up, click here.

 

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Advising & Registration

Q: Who is my Academic Advisor?

A: Your Advisor is assigned to you based on your academic major, so to determine who you will be working with, please use the "Who's My Advisor" page.

Q: Can my Admissions Counselor advise me and assist me with registration?

A: Only an academic advisor is able to advise you and help you register for your courses.

Q: Do I have to be advised in person?

A: For the most part... no! You're welcome to reach out to your advisor by phone or by email prior to attending orientation to begin the process of building your schedule for the following semester, and even register for your courses early! Please note: Some programs do have different preferences, and do encourage advising and registration at orientation.

Q: How do I get registered for classes?

A: Please work with your Academic Advisor (see above).

Q: When is the last day I can register for classes?

A: Friday, August 26, 2016

Q: When do classes start?

A: Monday, August 29, 2016 (unless you are enrolled in a Saturday course in which case it is Saturday, August 27!)

Q: I can't seem to access my my.mwsu.edu account. What can I do about that?

A: Please reach out to our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@mwsu.edu or 940-397-4278. You will want to provide them with your full name and your Mustang ID number.

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Campus Tours and Events

Q: How do I go about scheduling a campus tour? When are they offered?

A: During the fall and spring semesters, we offer campus tours every day, Monday through Friday, at 10 am and 2pm. We will also be offering an 11 am tour on the first Saturday of each month. This schedule stays as regularly scheduled unless there is a conflict with a holiday or with our student ambassadors’ exam schedules, so be sure to register ahead to make sure your date is confirmed. Our campus is beautiful and we would love to have you experience it for yourself! To register for one of our campus tours, click here!

Q: Do you host any open houses for interested students?

A; Yes, we host two Mustangs Rally open house events each year, one in the fall and one in the spring semester. In addition, we host smaller "Discover MSU" programs in the spring semester, that highlight your intended program in much more depth. For more information on Mustang Rally and to sign up, click here! For more information on Discover MSU, please instead click here. We look forward to meeting you!

Q: Is the University open on Saturdays?

A: The Welcome Center at Midwestern State University is open the first Saturday of each month for prospective student tours. Our campus is beautiful and we would love to have you experience it for yourself! You can register for your tour with us today by clicking here.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Opportunities

Q: What freshman merit scholarships do you have available?

A: Incoming freshmen have the opportunity to earn merit scholarships based on their ACT or SAT scores. These are four year, renewable scholarships that are available to any student who has the necessary test scores AND has been accepted (or has at least submitted all of their documentation in order to have a complete, pending file) by our scholarship deadline of April 1. For more information and to see if you qualify, click here.

Q: What transfer merit scholarships do you have available?

A: Incoming transfer students have the opportunity to earn merit scholarships renewable based on the GPA they apply and are accepted with prior to the April 1 scholarship deadline. For more information and to see if you qualify, click here.

Q: What other scholarships are available?

A: Please visit the website for Donor Services, the Honors program, and your specific program's department website to learn more about other scholarship opportunities for which you may qualify!

Q: What does it mean when you say you offer a "fixed tuition rate"?

A: The fixed tuition rate essentially means that you are "locked-in" at the tuition rate that is being charged at the time of your first semester for the duration of your education here. Some limitations apply, and for more in-depth information, speak with a Financial Aid Counselor.

Q:  What is the "Mustangs Guarantee" program?

A: Based on a set of criteria, some students who are coming from families that bear a financial hardship may qualify for what we call the Mustangs Guarantee program. This program helps to cover the cost of tuition in the event a student is having a hard time covering the cost him/herself. For more information and to see if you qualify, click here.

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Mustang Athletics

Q: What athletic programs does Midwestern State University carry? What division are you in?

A: We are NCAA Division II and in the Lone Star conference, and we offer:

  • Men’s and Women’s Basketball
  • Men’s and Women’s Golf
  • Men’s and Women’s Soccer
  • Men’s and Women’s Tennis
  • Football
  • Women’s Cross Country and Track
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

 

Q: How can I get in touch with the athletic coaches?

 A: Please refer to our Athletic Website to get contact information for various members of our athletic department.

 

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