Midwestern State University

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Midwestern State University
MottoPer Scientam ad Excellentiam
Motto in English
Through Knowledge to Excellence
TypePublic liberal arts university
Academic affiliations
COPLAC - Texas Tech University System
PresidentSuzanne Shipley
ProvostJames Johnston
Location, ,
United States

33°52′26″N 98°31′16″W / 33.87389°N 98.52111°W / 33.87389; -98.52111Coordinates: 33°52′26″N 98°31′16″W / 33.87389°N 98.52111°W / 33.87389; -98.52111
CampusSuburban, 255 acres
ColorsMaroon and Gold[1]
AthleticsNCAA Division IILone Star
MascotMaverick T. Mustang
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Midwestern State University (MSU Texas) is a public liberal arts university in Wichita Falls, Texas. In 2015, it had over 6,000 students. It is the state's only public institution focused on the liberal arts.[2]


Founded in 1922 as Wichita Falls Junior College, it was renamed Hardin Junior College in 1937 when it moved to its present location off Taft Boulevard. In 1946, a senior division was added and it was renamed Hardin College. In January 1950, the name changed to Midwestern University, with the junior college division remaining Hardin Junior College. In March 1948, the university became a member of the Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. In January 1959, the university added a graduate school which received full approval from the State Board of Education in August of that year.[3]

Midwestern State University Hardin Tower
Midwestern State University Hardin Tower

A further change in the school's status came September 1, 1961, when by action of the 56th session of the Texas State Legislature, Midwestern University became part of the Texas Colleges and Universities System and the junior college division was dissolved. In 1975, the Texas Legislature changed the name to Midwestern State University.[3]

From its beginnings as a municipal junior college housed in a high school building, Midwestern has become a state university whose campus of 255 acres and 70 buildings offers a wide variety of academic programs in liberal and fine arts, mathematics, sciences, business, and applied sciences.[3]

On March 9, 2015, the university announced that Suzanne Shipley was selected to become its next president, following Jesse Rogers' retirement after 48 years of service to the school.[4]

On December 13, 2016, the university broke ground on a new campus in Flower Mound, Texas. The two-story facility shares space with North Central Texas College and opened in June 2018.[5]

Glass Wall of the new Robert and Carol Gunn Health Sciences and Human Services building.
An inside look of the new Robert and Carol Gunn Health Sciences and Human Services building glass classrooms.

The Robert and Carol Gunn College of Health Sciences and Human Services officially opened up their new building, Centennial Hall, on September 6, 2019.[6]

On August 6, 2020, the Texas Tech University System and Midwestern State University agreed to a memorandum of understanding to begin the process of MSU Texas becoming the fifth university to join the system.[7] The process was completed on June 8, 2021, when Governor Greg Abbott signed HB 1522 into law.[8]


Academic rankings
U.S. News & World Report[9] 75
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[10] 235

Midwestern State University is organized into seven colleges with 16 undergraduate programs offering 43 majors and 30 minors, and 9 graduate programs offering 28 majors and 15 minors.

MSU is the only university in Texas with membership in the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and was the first public university in Texas to establish a core curriculum. The university is also a member of the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the Association for Core Texts and Courses.

Dalquest Desert Research Station[edit]

The Dalquest Desert Research Station[11] is located on 3,000 acres of West Texas soil north of the Big Bend Ranch State Park. The land was a gift from the late Dr. Walter W. Dalquest, a professor at MSU, and his wife, Rose, on the condition that it be used for scientific research by biologists and geologists. Today, the site is used by professors, students, naturalists, scientists, and educators.

Dalquest Desert Research Station
Dalquest Desert Research Station


Midwestern State fields 13 intercollegiate NCAA Division II athletic teams. MSU is a member of the Lone Star Conference (LSC). The school mascot is the mustang.

The basketball and volleyball teams play at D.L. Ligon Coliseum. The football team plays at Memorial Stadium (Wichita Falls). The soccer teams play at the MSU Soccer Field. The softball team plays at Mustangs Park. The tennis teams play at the MSU Tennis Center.

Mustangs Park
Mustangs Park was redesigned with turf for the 2016 season.
MSU Mustangs celebrate late goal.
The Midwestern State University Mustangs celebrate after scoring a late-goal during the 2016 playoffs.

Student life[edit]

The university's campus covers 255 acres (1.0 km2) with over 50 buildings uniformly built of red brick with tiled roofs and arched facades.

Students can be members of 14 nationally affiliated fraternities and sororities. Sororities on campus include Kappa Delta Chi, Sigma Kappa, Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Alpha Phi, Kappa Delta Chi, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta, and Sigma Lambda Alpha. Fraternities are Tau Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Nu, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Omega Delta Phi, Kappa Sigma, and Kappa Alpha Order.

More than 100 other student organizations are on campus, such as the Association for Computing Machinery, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, several musical organizations, and sports clubs such as MSU Rugby.

The campus has a newspaper, The Wichitan, and a student-run television channel and production studio, M&G Media. The campus newspaper and production studio are housed in the Mass Communication wing of the Fain Fine Arts Center.[12]

Housing and dining services[edit]

Midwestern State has four residence halls; Legacy Hall, McCullough-Trigg Hall, Killingsworth Hall, and Pierce Hall. It also has two apartments; Sundance Courts and Sunwatcher Village.

Dining services went through a major remodel in 2016, adding new storefronts.[13] Dining halls include the Mesquite Dining Hall and Maverick's Corner. New storefronts in the Clark Student Center include Chick-fil-A, Grill Nation, and Burrito Bowl. Einstein Bros. Bagels is located in the Dillard College of Business Administration. A cafe serving Starbucks coffee is located in Moffett Library.

Legacy Hall
Legacy Hall

Notable alumni[edit]

Arts and entertainment[edit]


Business and nonprofit[edit]


Journalism and literature[edit]

Science and education[edit]

  • Dr. Mark Puder — professor of surgery, Harvard Medical School[27]
  • Mark Rippetoe — author, strength-training coach[28]
  • Dr. Michael K. Obeng, celebrity plastic surgeon in Beverly Hills, CA[29]
  • Dr. David Hunter - Texas Rangers, Team Physician

Notable faculty lecturers and staff[edit]


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  23. ^ "The Randy Waldrum Era: A Success by Any Account". Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  24. ^ Gary Cartwright, Showdown at Waggoner Ranch, Texas Monthly, January 2004
  25. ^ Mark Boulware, U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania
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  27. ^ "Notable Alumni » Alumni » Midwestern State University". mwsu.edu. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  28. ^ "About | Starting Strength". Starting Strength. Retrieved 2017-08-14.
  29. ^ "Michael Obeng, the First Black Plastic Surgeon in Beverly Hills, is Reportedly Worth $8 Million". Black Enterprise. 2020-01-07. Retrieved 2021-02-11.

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