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Northwest Missouri State University

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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.

Cats Culture

India, Nepal, China and Korea are just a few of the more than 30 countries represented in Northwest’s student body.

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

Maryville and the campus of Northwest are located in a traditional "College Town." 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. You will never feel like a number. This size of campus offers great opportunities for students to succeed academically and socially. Northwest offers more than 127 undergraduate majors and 73 minors.

We are focused on your current and future success

Every student, every day: Our commitment to your success is our top priority and we truly believe our students will succeed in their lives if they become active and engaged learners and members of the Northwest family. We actually can prove it: roughly 97% 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?

More of our 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.