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
97.5% of our graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, based on 2012-13 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.
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.
Ranked among top 10 energy-reducing schools by Campus Conservation Nationals in 2013 and 2015.
Winner of the 2011,2013 and 2014 Annual Recycling Awards from the Missouri State Recycling Program, which recognizes outstanding contributions in a series of recycling collection, waste or recycled content procurement
Named Military Friendly School by Victory Media for three consecutive years, representing the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country for delivering the best experience for military students
In 1987, Northwest became known as "The Electronic Campus" by implementing the first comprehensive networked campus in the nation at a public university
Since 1982, Northwest has been on the cutting edge of alternative fuels. Approximately 75-85% of the University’s thermal energy needs are provided through alternative fuels, saving taxpayers more than $13 million since the program’s inception.
The Horace Mann Laboratory School and the Phyllis and Richard Leet Center for Children and Families provide a clinical experience for pre-service teachers and a diverse and interactive learning environment for children ages three through sixth grade.
The Department of Agricultural Sciences offers students hands-on experience at its 448-acre R.T. Wright Farm, which is home to beef, swine, dairy, poultry and sheep herds, as well as row, silage and hay crops. Students also gain experience at the campus orchard, Horticulture Complex, a composting facility and on the campus grounds as the Missouri State Arboretum.
The Department of Communication and Mass Media offers students hands-on experience through two campus radio stations, a campus TV station, a semi-independent broadcast production company, and award-winning student publications including a newspaper, yearbook and online magazine.