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Northwest Missouri State University

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To be fully admitted to Northwest, students must submit each of the following items to the Office of Admissions at the address below.

checkbox   International application for admission

Apply online here.

checkbox   Application fee of $50 in U.S. currency

This is a nonrefundable processing fee required of every applicant. It must accompany your application in order for your request for admission to be considered. All fees must be paid in U.S. dollars in either a check drawn on a U.S. bank, or a U.S. Postal Service money order or an international money order made payable to Northwest Missouri State University. Fees are also payable online via credit card.

checkbox   Official academic transcripts from each secondary and
      post-secondary institution attended

Students currently enrolled in a high school, college or university should send official, partial transcripts along with any certificates of graduation, if applicable. Transcripts must be certified and placed in a sealed envelope by the issuing institution. All transcripts become the property of Northwest and cannot be released. Syllabi (course descriptions) should be submitted for all courses taken at any university outside the United States. In addition to transcripts in the native language, certified translations must be attached to the official transcripts. Applicants must have a minimum, cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (after conversion to the U.S. scale) to be considered for bachelor’s admission. Graduate students should consult Graduate Catalog for GPA requirements.

checkbox   Copy of your passport

checkbox   Statement of Support

From family member or sponsor stating amount and years of support View PDF.

checkbox   Bank statement

Official, certified bank document verifying that the sponsor has a balance of at least $22,500 USD for Undergraduate students and $19,500 USD for Graduate students.  Information must be submitted on official bank letterhead and contain the available funds, account holder’s name and number, date of issue, and bear an original bank officer signature.

checkbox   An official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign
      Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing
      System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English (PTE)

Undergraduates must have a minimum score of 500 on the paper-based test. Graduates must have a minimum score of 550, or 173 and 213 on computer-based TOEFL; 61 for undergraduate and 79 for graduate on the internet-based TOEFL.

  • A minimum score of 5.5 on the Academic IELTS for undergraduate admission and a minimum score of 6.5 on the Academic IELTS for graduate admission.
  • A minimum score of 44 on the PTE for undergraduate admission and a minimum score of 53 on the PTE for graduate admission.

checkbox   Transfer recommendation form

This is required only if applying as a transfer student View PDF from another United States university.

checkbox   GRE and/or GMAT score reports

If you are applying for graduate admission.

Application Deadlines

The application and documentation must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the deadline noted. Applications not complete by the deadline will be considered for the next admission session. These deadlines allow for the evaluation of transcripts for admission and for transfer of credit, review of graduate applications by the respective departments, time to process, send and receive an I-20 and time for the student to obtain a visa.

Fall (August) Trimester July 1
Spring (January) Trimester November 15
Summer (May) Trimester April 1
(limited program availability for summer enrollment)

Send applications to:

For visa and arrival questions:

Office of Admissions
Northwest Missouri State University
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468-6001
tel: +1 660.562.1562
fax: +1 660.562.1821
Office of International Affairs
tel: +1 660.562.1367