Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest Missouri State University is a public four-year university located in the city of Maryville. The school, which awards both graduate and undergraduate degrees, serves more than 7,000 students each year.

Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, the university has historically had an emphasis on agriculture, education, and business. It is classed as a Master’s College and University I by the Carnegie Institute.


Northwest was founded as the Fifth District Normal School in 1905 with the goal of training new teachers. It became Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College in 1919 and was renamed Northwest Missouri State College in the late 1940s. The institution was granted university stats and the ability to grant master’s degrees, along with its current name, in 1972.


The university is divided into three main units in addition to a graduate school:

  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Education and Human Services
  • College of Business and Professional Studies

There are more than 20 academic departments within the Colleges, each offering dozens of majors and minors. To help ensure student retention, Northwest also offers a multitude of academic support and retention programs, including SOAR, Discover (career services), the Exploring Majors program to help determine a student’s focus, and general and practicum classes.

Popular bachelor’s degree programs include animal science, broadcasting, business, English, horticulture, industrial psychology, journalism, physics, public relations, Spanish, theatre, and wildlife ecology & conservation. There are pre-professional programs in forestry, engineering, law, mortuary science, and many health fields. Minors are available in many of the major areas and also in fields such as English writing, French, gerontology, and nutrition. There are two-year programs in farm operations, medical administrative assistant, and office systems.

Students can pursue over 30 master’s degree programs, including business administration, education, agriculture, guidance and counseling, recreation, and biology. Many master’s programs are concentrated in education and the Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree is offered through the College of Education in the following areas: superintendency, secondary principalship, and elementary principalship. The only Master of Arts degrees offered are in English and history. Aside from biology, the physical sciences are not represented. There are no doctoral programs.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The Enhanced Freshman Seminar is a program for first-time freshmen who have great potential yet require proper support and guidance. Students in this program have demonstrated areas of weakness and are required to participate as a requirement for enrollment. All incoming freshmen are offered the opportunity to participate in SOAR—Summer Orientation, Advisement, and Registration. This gives freshmen some exposure to campus life and helps to ease the transition into the university.

The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics, and Computing is a two-year residential program that replaces the junior and senior years of high school for skilled, advanced high school students. The Academy’s goal it to acclimate these students to the college experience while they earn both a high school diploma and an associate of science degree. Participants live on campus in a special residence hall and some courses are taken with traditional-aged college students.

The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences produces graduates who go on to improve goods and services for optimal individual and family life.

The Horace Mann Laboratory School is school located on the Northwest campus. It provides an arena for early childhood, elementary, and middle school teachers to improve their skills and gain valuable experience along with an enriching education for students.


Undergraduate Admissions

The admissions process and criteria are fairly selective. The university recommends that prospective students apply during November or December of the year preceding the fall term in which they wish to enroll. Students should have completed high school courses as follows: 4 units of English, 3 units of mathematics, 3 units of history and social studies, 2 units of science, 1 unit of fine arts and 3 units of electives. Decisions are made based on a combination of SAT/ACT scores, class rank, and high school grade point average (GPA). Students who are enrolled in high school at the time of application will need to have their official final high school transcripts sent after graduation to the Admissions Office.

Transfer and International Admissions

Transfer students and international students will have varying requirements depending upon their prior educational background. Students who intend to transfer from another college or university must have a minimum GPA of 2.00 in at least 24 hours of transferable credit.

Graduate Admissions

Students applying to the graduate programs should consult the individual department to which they are applying. General requirements include a bachelor’s degree with a GPA of 2.5 along with GRE, GMAT, or other appropriate standardized test scores. The graduate application deadline varies by department, but students are advised to apply as soon as possible.

Financial Aid

Students who seek financial aid to help pay for their tuition, fees, and college-related expenses will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Many aid options are offered to eligible students, including Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Perkins Loans, William D. Ford Loans, and Federal Work Study programs. There are also aid programs unique to the state, including the Advantage Missouri Program and the Missouri College Guarantee Program. Work-study programs are also available based on need. Special financial aid programs for minority or non-traditional students include the Missouri Minority Teach Education Scholarship.

Financial aid recipients must have a high school diploma or GED, be enrolled as a degree-seeking student, and make satisfactory academic programs.

Graduate students may qualify for aid in the form of teaching or research assistantships, including a stipend and a tuition waiver. There are also several small scholarships specifically for graduate students in particular programs.

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Students may live on-campus in traditional dormitories as well as Living-Learning environments, which are focused on specific areas of academic interest and intended to immerse students in their field of study.

The school offers more than 150 student organizations including academic and honor societies, fraternities and sororities, sports clubs, and religious and service groups. Broadway productions and nationally known comedians and musical acts are common on-campus attractions.

Media produced by students include the magazine Heartland View, a weekly newspaper, and a yearbook. Students can also be involved with the campus radio station. There is a recreation center and students can participate in intramural sports.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The Northwest Missouri Bearcats compete in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association of the NCAA. Intercollegiate teams include baseball, cross country, football, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball.

Since 1980, the Bearcat Hall of Fame has inducted individuals whose collegiate and professional athletic achievements make them stand out among all former Bearcat student athletes. Entire teams have also been recognized in the Hall of Fame, including the 1996 Bearcat football team (inducted in 2003).

Among the championships and awards that the Bearcats have received are numerous All-Conference awards for individual athletes, national tournament play in women’s tennis and outdoor track & field, and conference tournament play in baseball and softball.

Athletic facilities include a football stadium and track, an aquatic center, tennis courts, gymnasium, and baseball and softball fields.


The Bell of 1948 is rung on campus to signify athletic victories, the passing of a student or other university member, or any other significant or memorable event that is to be recognized by the entire campus community. One of those events is the annual Walkout Day, which is held on the Friday before Homecoming each year. On Walkout Day, students leave classes early and have a massive celebration downtown. Another celebration is Family Day, when faculty and administrators get to meet with parents and other family of their students.

Local Community

Maryville is a traditional American small town with a population of just under 12,000. Mozingo Lake offers an 18-hole championship golf course and recreation areas for camping, fishing, and boating. Major employers of Maryville residents include Energizer, Kawasaki, Maryville Metal Culverts, ARAMark, and the Maryville School District.

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Missouri and 155th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.04
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 1 0.01
Burglary 4 0.06
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.11

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 30 0.25
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 1 0.01
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 32 0.27
Larceny 233 1.94
Vehicle theft 4 0.03

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population14,107 (11,582 urban / 2,525 rural)
Households5,054 (2.25 people per house)
Median Household Income$31,988
Families2,641 (2.90 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (education dominant)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemTrimester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2906

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1737th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,288 $4,288 $9,289
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $2,102 $2,102 $2,102
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $266 $266 $475
FT Graduate Tuition $4,370 $4,370 $8,740
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,662 $1,662 $1,662
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $335 $335 $578
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,376 $17,376 $22,377
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,376 $17,376 $22,377
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,390 $9,390 $14,391

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $5,947 $6,175 $5,947 $6,175 $10,638 $11,062
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,926 $7,830
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,617 $2,500
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,926 $7,830
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,617 $2,500
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,617 $2,500

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 5,680 (2,290 male / 3,329 female)
Admitted 4,113 (1,667 male / 2,444 female)
Admission rate 72%
First-time Enrollment 1,260 (538 male / 718 female)
FT Enrollment 1,252 (533 male / 715 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (5 male / 3 female)
Total Enrollment6,485

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Basketball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Baseball Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc
NCAA Track & Field Conference Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath Assoc

ACT Test Admission

619th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 98%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25

SAT Test Admission

553rd for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 2%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 570
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 480 / 600
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 930 / 1170

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,598
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$4,792
Board Fee$3,794

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2419th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,675 ($60,933 male / $51,284 female)
Number of FT Faculty 238 (137 male / 101 female)
Number of PT Faculty 286
FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
Total Benefits $7,087,873

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