Midwestern State University

  • Established in 1922.
  • Located in Wichita Falls, Texas, which is located midway between Oklahoma City and the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex.
  • 255-acre campus is nestled among the city's residential area, and comprises 70 buildings, numerous playing fields, and an outdoor recreational facility near Sikes Lake.
  • One of 36 public institutions of higher education in Texas.
  • Only university in Texas to become a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).
  • Offer U.S. non-Texas residents a special tuition rate. The university was recently recognized U.S. News and World Report's list of "10 Public Schools with the Cheapest Out-of-State Tuition."


Midwestern State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, and master's degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Midwestern State University.

Other accreditations are listed below:

Dillard College of Business Administration

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Gordon T. and Ellen West College of Education

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

Teacher Certification
Division of Educator Certification Standards of the Texas Education Agency

Lamar D. Fain College of Fine Arts

Harvey School of Visual Art
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

National Association of Schools of Music

College Health Sciences and Human Services

Athletic Training Education Program
Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAATE)

Associate of Applied Science in Radiography
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Care
Committee on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)

Dental Hygiene
American Dental Association, Commission on Dental Accreditation

Nursing (undergraduate and graduate programs)
Board of Nurse Examiners for the State of Texas

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Social Work
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

College of Science and Mathematics

American Chemical Society

McCoy School of Engineering
Technology Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET)

MSU Facts

Established: 1922
Colors: Maroon & Gold
Mascot: Mustangs

Midwestern State University is the only university in Texas to become a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC). The Council champions the cause of liberal arts education of superior quality in the public sector.


  • Enrollment: 5,870
  • Undergraduate: 5,193
  • Graduate: 677
  • Men: 2,402 (41%)
  • Women: 3,459 (59%)


MSU students represent 42 states and 45 foreign countries.

  • American Indian or Alaskan Native 0.7%
  • Asian 2.8%
  • Black 13.0%
  • Hispanic 6.6%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.3%
  • Nonresident Alien 8.1%
  • White 58.4%
  • Two or More Races 7.7%
  • Unknown 2.2%

Student Life

  • More than 100 student organizations
  • 14 nationally affiliated fraternities and sororities
  • Intramural sports

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More than 1,500 students live in 5 residential halls: three traditional-style complexes and two apartment complexes.

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  • Undergraduate programs: 45
  • Graduate programs: 28
  • Full-time faculty: 229
  • Student/Faculty ratio: 17:1

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Midwestern State University participates in the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference

Men's programs

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis

Women's programs

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

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Tuition & Fees (Texas resident/15 hrs.) $3,627
Course Fees (estimated) $300
Books (estimated) $750
Room & Board $3,225
Vehicle Registration $50
Total per semester (estimated) $7,952

Financial Aid

In 2012-13, approximately 72% of the MSU population received $48 million in some form of financial aid assistance.

Mustangs Guarantee Program

Beginning freshmen and undergraduate transfer students new to MSU who have not already received a degree, are Texas residents, Pell Grant eligible, and whose family's combined annual income is $50,000 or less are guaranteed that any remaining balance of tuition and mandatory frees not covered by grants, scholarships, exemptions, benefits, and/or waiver programs will be paid by the university.

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Vernon College

Vernon College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college offering academic, career and technical education programs, as well as community classes to prepare students for employment or for successful transfer to a four-year college or university.


Vernon College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at


1866 Southern Lane

Decatur, Georgia 30033-4047

or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Vernon College.

Vernon College was successfully reaffirmed as part of the 2009 Track A class. Documents provided as a part of this site represent the preparation for that reaffirmation of accreditation.

philosophy, vision, values & mission


VERNON COLLEGE PHILOSOPHY : Vernon College is a constantly evolving institution, dedicated primarily to effective teaching and regional enhancement. With this dedication to teaching and to the community, the College encourages open inquiry, personal and social responsibility, critical thinking, and life-long learning for students, faculty, and other individuals within its service area. The College takes as its guiding educational principle the proposition that, insofar as available resources permit, instruction should be adapted to student needs. This principle requires both flexibility in instructional strategies and maintenance of high academic standards. Strong programs of assessment and accountability complement this educational principle. VC accepts the charge of providing a college atmosphere free of bias, in which students can exercise initiative and personal judgment, leading to a greater awareness of personal self-worth. It strives to provide every student with opportunities to develop the tools necessary to become a contributing, productive member of society.


VERNON COLLEGE VISION : Vernon College will promote a culture of success for our students and communities through learner-centered quality instructional programs and exemplary services.


VERNON COLLEGE VALUES : Vernon College promotes a culture of success through our shared values and commitment to:
Building Relationships
Student Success

Our values define who we are and guide us in conducting our business every day. Our values are our morals – what are important to us at our college.


VERNON COLLEGE MISSION The mission of Vernon College is teaching, learning, and leading. Vernon College is a comprehensive community college that integrates education with opportunity through our instructional programs and student support services by means of traditional and distance learning modes. Therefore, to fulfill its mission, the College will provide access, within its available resources, to:

  • Career technical/workforce programs up to two years in length leading to associate degrees or certificates;
  • Career technical/workforce programs leading directly to employment in semi-skilled and skilled occupations;
  • Freshman and sophomore courses in arts and sciences, including the new core and field of study curricula leading to associate and baccalaureate degrees;
  • Ongoing adult education programs for occupational upgrading or personal enrichment;
  • Compensatory education programs designed to fulfill the commitment of an admissions policy allowing the enrollment of disadvantaged students; ;
  • A continuing program of counseling and guidance designed to assist students in achieving their individual educational goals;
  • Career technical/workforce development programs designed to meet local and statewide needs;
  • Support services for educational programs and college-related activities;
  • Adult literacy and other basic skills programs for adults; and
  • Such other programs as may be prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board or local governing boards in the best interest of postsecondary education in Texas.

Approved by College Effectiveness Committee September 27, 2013
Officially approved and adopted by the Board of Trustees on the 16th day of October 2013.

2013-2017 Strategic Plan


Mission as adapted from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Strategic Plan for Texas Public Community Colleges 2011-2015 , according the Texas Education Code, Sec. 130.003(e)


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