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Admission Criteria

First-time Freshman

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 or 1060*); and
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.00 scale)

* Per 2016 SAT redesign

Category II

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

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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.

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