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Northwest Missouri State University: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

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About Northwest Missouri State University

Established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a 4-year public university located on a 370-acre campus in the small town of Maryville. Today, the university serves over 7,000 students each year through undergraduate, graduate, and pre-professional programs.

Northwest incorporates environmental practices throughout its campus. As recently as 2012, the university's website noted that at least 80% of the thermal energy needs of the university were met through the use of alternative energy sources, such as wood chips and animal waste. The university also implemented campus-wide recycling programs.


Northwest offers over 130 fields of study along with special learning opportunities that include ROTC, teacher certification, distance-learning opportunities, and study abroad programs. Online learning options available to university students include a bachelor's degree program in business management, certificate program in instructional technology, and master's degree programs in geographic information science and business administration.

Students can also pursue an associate's degree, along with a high school diploma, at the university's Missouri Academy. This program is designed for high school students and serves as a replacement for their last two years of traditional high school coursework.

As recently as 2012, about 41% of the student body resided in campus housing. In the same year, there were about 149 student organizations, including those for students interested in agronomy, choral signing, social science research, and chemical issues.


Northwest Missouri State University evaluates prospective student's class ranking, grade point average (GPA), and ACT/SAT scores during the admissions process. A college-preparatory program is required as well. Applications may be submitted online along with official transcripts and test scores. Fall trimester applications must be submitted by July 1 each year.

In Fall 2011, the school admitted roughly 70% of all applicants. The majority of the university's undergraduate students, which was about 95%, were 24 years of age or younger during that semester. These students entered the university with an average high school GPA of 3.32 and in the same year, approximately 71% of the student body was Missouri residents.

Tuition & Financial Aid

In the 2012-2013 academic year, resident tuition and fees at Northwest Missouri State University were $257.31 per credit hour, while non-residents paid $460.93. These expenses do not include books, room and board, transportation, or other expenses therefore prospective students are encouraged to consider these during the budget planning process.

In addition to financial aid, the university also offers various scholarships to students including those for freshmen students and specific majors. Northwest offers a payment plan, which includes four monthly installments over the trimester, along with a minimum down payment and the fees for room and board.

School Type Public, 4-year*
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's, certificates*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Trimesters**
School Setting Remote town*
Student Body 6,281 undergraduates, 944 graduates in 2011*
Student Housing Available; around 2,400-2,500 on-campus students in 2010-2011**
Schools and Programs Five colleges; over 130 majors, 70 minors, and 19 pre-professional programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 22 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In Fall 2011:
Associate's: Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other (73)
Bachelor's: Business Administration and Management (151)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (59)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2005 cohort 27% in four years
49% in six years
52% in eight years*
Admission Rate 70% in 2011*
Entering Class Size 6,281 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 69% for full-time and 50% for part-time students*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 22 in 2011**
Undergraduate Application Due Date Fall Trimester- July 1
Spring Trimester - November 15
Summer Session - April 1**
Tuition $257.31 per credit hour for residents, $460.93 per credit hour for non-residents (undergraduate tuition and fees; excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses, and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2011:
Federal grant aid (41%)
State/local grant aid (44%)
Institutional grant aid (90%)
Loans (66%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 98% in 2011*

Sources: *IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, **Northwest Missouri State University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468
  • Phone: (660) 562-1562
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