The Missouri Valley College commonly called MVC is an affiliate of the Presbyterian church and a private liberal arts college that was established in 1889. It is located at 500 East College Street, Marshall, Missouri, United States. The University stretches over a beautiful rural 150 acres of land which houses all its facilities. It was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[i]
Since 130 years, Missouri Valley College has been striving to impart high-quality education. More than 30 undergraduate degree programs are offered to students hailing from over 47 countries. The college maintains a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 to provide individual attention to students.
For UG courses, Missouri Valley College seems to have maintained a good graduation rate over a span of 6 years. Considering the ethnic diversity in the college, non-resident alien students have showcased the maximum graduation rate of 54%, while the Asian students stood last in the list with 0% graduation rate (Graph 1).
Graph 1: The graph represents the ethnicity-wise graduation rate of students who enrolled themselves at Missouri Valley College in the year 2012.
MVC is ranked:
|Type of University||Private (Affiliate)|
|Number of Undergraduate||1848|
|Percentage of international students||15%|
|Basic Tuition fee for international undergraduate students||19,700 USD|
|Basic Tuition fee for international Graduate students||400 USD per credit hour|
|Test scores accepted||TOEFL: 40; IELTS: 5.5|
|Annual acceptance rate||46%|
With its 150 acres of land, MVC operates with a single campus that incorporates buildings and facilities that serve all its structural needs. It is located in the heart of Marshall City and anchored by Chillicothe from the north, Springfield from the south, Kansas City from the west and St. Louis from the east.
The campus includes 27 On-Campus facilities with a parking lot. Some of the facilities include the Baity Hall at the centre, the Ferguson Centre, the Murrell Library and the Reed Kepner field which borders the south end of the campus. There are also Off-Campus sites which include; Porter-Brwon Rodeo Residence Hall, Blosser Hall and the School of Nursing and Health Science.[iv]
MVC offers both undergraduate and graduate students a buffet of options when it comes to housing and accommodation. These options include residence halls, apartments, suites and rooms across the school's nine residential communities. To ensure the safety and wellbeing of students living On-Campus, MVC provides a Resident Assistant (RA) and Resident Coordinator (RC) for each of the nine communities on campus.
On-Campus Residence: Students living on campus have easy access to the school facilities and can easily feel the aura of the community atmosphere in the residence hall community. On-Campus options for feedings include a Grab-and-Go option, Specialty Bistro, and traditional cafeteria-style dining to match students' style and schedule. The estimated cost of On-Campus residence per semester ranges from 2,500 USD to 3,000 USD.
Off-Campus Residence: The city of Marshal provides a plethora of local lease and rental facilities and information about this can be found at the Marshall Chamber of Commerce. More so, it is obvious that the living Off-Campus can prove to be less or more expensive depending on the amount a student spends on rent, food, and other basic necessities. It is pertinent to note that some financial aids may not cover basic necessities thus off-campus students are expected to check in on such details before making a residential decision. Students living Off-Campus are also expected by the MVC to get insurance cover and make available their phone numbers and house addresses immediately after they report for each semester.
Meal Plans: Food is always being served in the Ferguson Centre Dining and the meal plans available include:
These plans are flexible and students both Off-Campus and On-Campus are at luxury to choose from any of them. New international students should visit www.moval.edu/student-life/housing-dining/campus-housing/ to seek out the best housing options for them and then register at www.movalhousing.com.
Application for housing is carried out in March of every year.
MVC offers a variety of in-demand professional courses for undergraduate and graduates which span across disciplines like Social Sciences, Human Services, Education, Fine Arts, Mathematics and Sciences, Health Sciences and Business and across degree types such as major, minor, graduate, associate and online.
There are 42 courses available at MVC, of which 31 are major, 25 are minor, 4 are associate, 5 are online and one is graduate (the Master of Arts in Community Counselling). Few of the courses are; Psychology, Music, Mathematics, Mass Communication, Values, and Society, etc.
Below are detailed information pertaining to the admission process for international students.
How to apply: Applicants are to visit the school application page through the school's website and fill the online form for international students. A non-refundable fee of 75 USD is paid and this applies to both undergraduate and graduate applicants.
Admission Requirements: When the application fee has been paid and the online form has been filled out, the International Admissions Office will not commence a review of credentials until the following requirements are being met.
For Undergraduates, the requirements are:
Thereafter, applicants can ship their I-30 and pay the compulsory I-901 SEVIS fee.
For graduates, It is pertinent to observe that, for some specific graduate programs, there are additional requirements, so applicants are to check on each graduate program for details. However, the basic requirements are:
Table showing the English language test scores acceptable by MVC both for graduates and undergraduates).
|SAT||> or =340(undergraduates alone)|
|ACT||> or = 14(undergraduates alone)|
Deadline: The deadlines are rolling, thus, there is no set deadline. Therefore, it is advised that all documents are to be submitted to the Admissions Office no later than 60 days before the beginning of the new semester.[vii]
This section shows at a glance, the synopsis of expenses at MVC. It is pertinent to observe that online, part-time and graduate courses are all calculated per hour.
|Expenses||Cost for Undergraduate Students||Cost for Graduate Students|
|Tuition||350 USD (per credit hour)||400 USD (per credit hour)|
|Living Expenses||8,110 USD||9,400 USD|
|Books||2,950 USD||3,330 USD|
|Transportation||2,060 USD||2,800 USD|
|Miscellaneous Expenses||2,130 USD||2,130 USD|
MVC makes quality education very affordable for its students and this can be seen in the fact that more than 90% of its students are financial aids recipients. It is pertinent to note that international students at MVC do not qualify for federal aids but state or college aids.
The table below gives a view of some of the scholarships offered at MVC. However, thorough details can be accessed on the school's scholarship website.
|Scholarship||Annual Amount||Eligibility Criteria|
|MVC scholarship/Community scholarship||Varies||Must be accepted to MVC|
|Board of Trustees||5,000 USD||Must be recommended by a member of the board of trustees before application.|
|Alumni||1,000 USD (6 awarded annually)||New students only and recommendation is done by alumni before May 15 of each year.|
|Scholarships||Annual Amount||Eligibility Criteria|
|Loren C. Gruber Endowed Honors Award||Varies (Maximum award -500 USD)||Applicant must be a current student in good academic standing in MVC Honors Program and application must have completed a Thesis for the Honors Program. An applicant is selected by to Honors Program each year.|
|Scholarships||Annual Award||Eligibility Criteria|
|National Merit||250-2,500 USD||Finalist in National Merit Competition|
|Gwendolyn Allen Scholarship||Up to 6000 USD award to multiple students||Applicant must be an African-American who has successfully completed at least a semester at the College with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or above. Forms for this scholarship are picked up at the Office of Students Affairs.|
Students should note that each student is limited to a number of scholarships that the total amount does not exceed the cost of attendance. Moreover, a student vying for any scholarship to study in the US is expected to provide the Financial Aid Office with information on all scholarships they expect to receive.
Full details about all the scholarships can found at the school's website scholarship page.[ix]
Through the Student Employment Program, students are placed in the Hospitality Services for the first academic award year at MVC. Afterwards, students are eligible to choose specific work-study jobs that are suitable for them.
On-Campus Jobs: There are 80 departments with one or more job vacancies for students. Few of them are; Art Gallery Assistant, Education Office, Mascot, Delta News Clerk, Library, amongst others. These jobs pay 8.60 USD per hour and students can only work 108 hours per semester.
Off-Campus Jobs: There are 10 departments with one or more job openings for students Off-Campus. Few of them are; School of Nursing, Indian Foothills Park, etc. These jobs pay 10 USD per hour and students are not allowed to work more than 93 hours per semester.
It is pertinent to note that students are not allowed to earn more than 1870 USD per session and students who cannot afford transportation fare to jobs off-Campus are not to apply for jobs off-Campus.
How to Apply: Students need to download and fill out the job application form with their bank information on the Student Employment document. More details about this can be found on the school's website employment page.
Students can contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Student Employment Coordinator, Tabatha Anderson by Phone: 660-831-4201 or by mail through firstname.lastname@example.org.[x]
The MVC boasts of a strong network of more than 8,000 alumni commonly called "former Vikings". Apart from organizing social events for alumni, MVC alumni also benefit through the Alumni Legacy Scholarship which is open to children and grandchildren of degreed MVC alumni.
Notable MVC alumni include; Bobby Lashley -American Professional wrestler, Ameya Pawar -American Politician, Virgil Blossom -American Educator, among others
|Institution Type||Private (Not for Profit)|
|Average Cost of Attendance||$19,700 / Year|
|Student : Faculty Ratio||1 : 1|
|Missouri Valley College Enrollment||1903|
|Average Graduation Rate||19.8%|
The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees
|Undergraduate Programs||$19,700 / Year|
|Post Graduate Program||$19,700 / Year|
|On Campus Accomodation|
|Books & Supplies||$2,830 / Year|
|On campus, Room & Board||$8,750 / Year|
|On Campus, Other Expenses||$2,050 / Year|
|Off Campus Accomodation|
|Off campus (not with family), Room & Board||$7,780 / Year|
|Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses||$4,700 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Room & Board||$4,650 / Year|
|Off campus (with family), Other Expenses||$4,700 / Year|
|North Central Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Program Wise Accreditations|
|Nursing Programs||Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education|
|Nursing Programs||Missouri State Board of Nursing|
|Total Faculty||Full Time||Part time||Graduate Assistants|
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