Northwest Missouri State University

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800 University Drive

Maryville, MO 64468

Phone: (800) 633-1175
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#102 Overall Score: 37 out of 100. Regional Universities (Midwest)

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Northwest Missouri State University is a public institution that was founded in 1905. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,014, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 370 acres. It utilizes a trimester-based academic calendar. Northwest Missouri State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 102. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,988 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,236 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Northwest Missouri State University is a learning-centered institution founded in 1905 as a normal school to train teachers for 19 counties in northwest Missouri. Since that time the University has evolved into a comprehensive, coeducational, state-assisted, regional university. Northwest's primary focus is undergraduate education that includes 42-hours of general education plus a major and minor. The University offers 103 undergraduate majors, 36 master's programs, 3 specialist degrees and a cooperative doctorate in Educational Leadership. Business, Education, Geography and Agriculture graduate the largest number of students each year. Three baccalaureate degree programs (Business Management, Accounting and Computer Science) and two master's programs (Geographic Information Systems and Education) are available over the web. The BA programs also are delivered through 2+2 agreements with 22 community colleges. A number of undergraduate and graduate courses and programs are offered at off-campus sites in classroom settings or through interactive video.

Northwest is a national leader in utilizing technology to deliver, improve and accelerate learning. In addition to completely asynchronous on-line courses, approximately 40% of regular courses are "web-enhanced." Over 80 of the University's major classrooms are "electronic"; that is, equipped with projectors, ports to the Internet, document cameras and a VCR or videodisc player. Through the Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE) assistance is provided to faculty as they integrate technology into their courses. These services help provide learning at times and places that are convenient for students.

Northwest's "Culture of Quality" program was launched in 1987 and has undergone several cycles of evaluation and renewal. The University's longtime commitment to continuous improvement is reflected in our Mission, Vision and Cultural Core Values, outcome-driven Seven-Step Planning Process (SSPP), and continued participation in Baldrige-based self-assessment programs.

Northwest won the Missouri Quality Award in 1997 and 2001 and was the only higher education institution to be site-visited for the 2003 Baldrige Award.

Northwest has the lowest percentage of part-time faculty (2.3 percent) of the 41 institutions in its peer group.

Northwest installed the nation's first comprehensive Electronic Campus in 1987. Today the system includes University-provided networked personal computers (PCs) in every student residence hall room and faculty/ administrative office.

Several distinguishing features have contributed to Northwest's competitive success: (1) the Electronic Campus, (2) a reputation as a friendly, relatively small, unusually attractive and well-maintained campus, (3) quality programs and services, (4) moderate tuition rates, and (5) agility in responding to changes in our marketplace. Our success in meeting and exceeding student expectations is reflected in the fact that we have the highest freshman success rate for moderately selective institutions in the state. We have systematically built and continue to maintain these advantages through our planning processes.

Cultural Core Values
? We focus on our students and stakeholders.
? We care about each other.
? We are a learning organization, continually improving our University and ourselves.
? We collaborate and work together to accomplish our goals.
? We master the details of what we do.
? We are open and ethical.
? We are leaders in our field.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1905
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar trimester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment N/A


When applying to Northwest Missouri State University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Northwest Missouri State University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 88.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 88.2%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northwest Missouri State University is 23:1, and the school has 38.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northwest Missouri State University include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Psychology; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 68 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 23:1
4-year graduation rate 27%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 33%
Education 18%
Psychology 9%
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences 7%
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 7%

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Student Life

Northwest Missouri State University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 6,014, with a gender distribution of 44.5 percent male students and 55.5 percent female students. At this school, 38 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 62 percent of students live off campus. Northwest Missouri State University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 6,831
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Northwest Missouri State University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Northwest Missouri State University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Northwest Missouri State University, 55 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Northwest Missouri State University.

Students who have cars on campus 55%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Northwest Missouri State University, 68.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $5,590.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,988 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,236 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,986 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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