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Northwest Missouri State University

Admission Criteria

First-time Freshman

Admission standards at Northwest Missouri State University are moderately selective. Admission for new freshmen is based on a combination of academic and personal considerations. An applicant's academic accomplishments are a priority and are demonstrated by test scores, grades, class rank and exposure to college prep curriculum. We also look for other qualities such as motivation, dedication to learning, integrity and leadership.

New freshman admission is based on a combination of ACT/SAT score, class rank and GPA. ACT/SAT scores must come directly from ACT or College Board. Northwest does not require the writing component of the ACT. The SAT score used for admission is a combination of SAT Critical Reading and SAT Mathematics scores. Students in the class of 2010 and beyond are required to have followed a college-preparatory curriculum that includes at least 24 units of credit and meet the requirements in either Category I or Category II.

Category I

  1. 21 ACT composite or higher (or the SAT equivalent: SAT-980); and
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.00 scale)

Category II

  1. Have a combined percentile index (see here) that equals or exceeds 100 points; and
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.00 scale)

Assist Program

The Assist Program at Northwest was designed for the first-time freshman who, after thorough and thoughtful review of academic records and transcripts, is believed to have the potential to be successful at Northwest given the proper support. Students selected for participation in this program have identified areas of weakness and must participate in this program in order to enroll as a student at Northwest.

More information on the Assist Program.

Missouri Academy Students

Any student who has previously attended the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing will only be considered for undergraduate admission to Northwest Missouri State University if one of the following criteria has occurred or been met:

  1. The student has earned their Associate of Arts degree from Northwest Missouri State University OR
  2. The student's initial cohort class has graduated from the Missouri Academy

First-time Transfer

First-time transfer students who have completed at least 24 hours of transferable, college-level coursework must have a 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) cumulative college GPA in transfer. For students with a cumulative college GPA in transfer below 2.00, consideration may be given based on professional judgment, and acceptance may be granted on a probationary basis. In all cases, a student must be eligible to return to the last institution attended in order to be accepted to Northwest. Transfer students who have fewer than 24 transferable hours completed will be considered for admission on the basis of the freshman admission requirements in addition to college work that has been completed.