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International Students

Why should you choose Northwest Missouri State University?

Success is all around us at Northwest and you can actually "feel" it when you walk through campus during a blue sky autumn day with cheers roaring from the stadium and students excelling academically in national competitions.

We understand traveling to a new country to study and live is a big challenge. We offer specialized international student support, a safe environment, excellent academic, living, and social amenities with reasonable prices as well as quality academic programs. We work hard to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in our university and in life afterwards.

For those students that are not able to physically take classes here in Maryville, MO, we offer online only degree programs that fit their personal needs and lifestyles. Similar to our campus-based classes, these courses are fully supported by full-time faculty and staff members, providing you with the necessary resources to succeed – even from afar.


Excellent faculty focused on your success

Ninety-five percent of our tenure track faculty have the highest degree in their fields, and our classes are taught by full-time professors, not by graduate assistants. Our faculty will challenge you academically while providing you the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.


The Right Size

Located in the traditional "college town" of Maryville, Missouri, Northwest offers all of the same amenities as a large University in a friendly, supportive, safe environment. Currently, Northwest has about 6,600 students, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 22-to-1. This size of campus offers great opportunities for students to succeed academically and socially. With more than 120 academic programs to choose from, Northwest students work to be innovative in their field of study.


We are focused on your current and future success

Our commitment to your success is our top priority. We believe our students will succeed in their lives if they become active and engaged learners and members of the Northwest family. To prove our commitment, roughly 95% of all of our graduates find work or continue studies within 6 months of graduation from Northwest. Our international alumni are especially successful. We have many Northwest alumni working in upper administration in some of their own country's top corporations, as well as American corporations in the US and abroad.  


What does this mean for you?

Northwest students succeed in the classroom in their first year and feel that Northwest was the right fit for them. Our students are happy with their choice after they arrive and settle into their new home. More of our students finish their education and find jobs.