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Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Facts

Last updated on July 13, 2015

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The Location

  • Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, Mo. (population: 11,972)
  • Founded in 1905
  • Northwest’s main campus: 370 acres
  • Northwest’s campus is designated the Missouri Arboretum
  • University Farm: 448 acres
  • Rural lakefront: 315 acres
  • Northwest-Kansas City at the MCC-Maple Woods campus offers graduate degrees in education and business
  • Northwest-St. Joseph at the Historic Green Acres Building offers graduate degrees in education, business and science

Enrollment Statistics

  • 6,720 students
  • 5,491 undergraduate, 37% out-of-state
  • 10.5% international enrollment
  • 11.8% minority enrollment
  • Students represent 46 states and 31 countries
  • Average ACT Score: 22.8
  • Average High School GPA: 3.35
  • Average Admissions Index: 129.72

Academic Information

  • Northwest offers: 126 undergraduate majors, 73 minors, 18 pre-professional programs, 40 graduate programs, five graduate certificate programs, three certificate programs, three specialist programs and a cooperative doctorate in educational leadership with the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • 71% freshman retention rate, considerably higher than national and regional averages
  • 97% of undergraduates and 99% of graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, based on 2013-14 data
  • Northwest's student loan default rate is 9.5%, compared to Missouri average of 12.6% and national average of 13.7%
  • 59.2% graduation rate, which is 20% higher than the national average
  • Average class size of 27
  • 72% of Northwest classes have fewer than 30 students
  • 253 full-time faculty members
  • 95% of tenure and tenure-track faculty have the highest degree in their field
  • 100% of classes taught by professionals, not graduate assistants
  • 50% of Northwest’s regular courses are web enhanced
  • 22-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Laptops and textbooks are included in tuition at Northwest, ensuring that all students have access to the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. The textbook and laptop rental programs save students nearly $7,200 over four years.

Student Life

  • 90% of first-year students at Northwest rate their experience as “good” or “excellent,” and 87% of seniors said they would choose Northwest again if they could start over their college career, according to findings in the 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement
  • 41% of students are living on campus
  • More than 70% of students actively participate in one or more of Northwest’s 150-plus student organizations
  • 14% of students participate in Greek Life
  • Students have about 1,200 opportunities to build their resumes right on campus through student employment
  • Northwest named to 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Northwest has been named to the honor roll six times since its inception in 2006.


  • Division: NCAA Division II
  • Mascot: Bobby Bearcat
  • Colors: Green and White
  • 74% Student-Athlete Academic Success Rate
  • 59% Student-Athlete Graduation Rate
  • 97 student-athletes earned a 3.50 GPA or higher during 2013-2014, ranking Northwest fourth among all Division II schools for academic excellence
  • 2013 Bearcat football starting quarterback Trevor Adams named Division II's male student athlete of the year.
  • Women's basketball team advanced to the 2011 NCAA Division II Final Four
  • Wrestling club won the 2011 National Collegiate Wrestling Association Division II National Championship and was runner-up in 2012
  • 2010, 2012 and 2013 Universal Cheerleaders Association national champions
  • 1998, 1999, 2009 and 2013 NCAA Division II football national champions, four-time national runner-up 


  • More than 70,000 alumni and friends
  • 19 Alumni Chapters throughout the United States and one in Japan
  • In FY10, The Northwest Foundation recorded the second best year in the foundation’s history, raising more than $6 million
  • In FY14, The Northwest Foundation awarded 947 scholarships, providing $617,409 in support to students