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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

Aug. 1, 2014

Northwest’s career placement rate rises to 97.5 percent

Grace Horvath, a computer science major from St. Louis, shakes the hand of a company representative attending a Career Day at Northwest. With the help of successful collaborations by faculty, employers and Career Services, Northwest boasts a career placement rate of 97.5.

Grace Horvath, a computer science major from St. Louis, shakes the hand of a company representative attending a Career Day at Northwest. With the help of successful collaborations by faculty, employers and Career Services, Northwest boasts a career placement rate of 97.5.

Northwest Missouri State University graduates continue to have success not just in the classroom but beyond. The latest proof is in the results of the University’s career placement rate, which shows 97.5 percent of undergraduate degree earners are securing jobs or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

The most recent percentage is based on 2012-2013 data gathered by Northwest Career Services and shows a slight increase from Northwest’s 2011-2012 rate of 97.4 percent among bachelor degree recipients. Additionally, 99 percent of Northwest students who have completed master’s degrees for the same period are in a job or continuing their education.

“Northwest is focused on preparing students for success while they’re on campus and in their careers, and our new career placement data continues to support what we hear often – that employers want to hire our graduates,” said Joan Schneider, director of Career Services at Northwest.    

According to the survey results, the most recent Northwest graduates are working or obtained internships in 33 states and abroad in a range of roles at companies of all sizes and types. Among students choosing to continue their education, many are doing so at Northwest, but the survey data also shows students are moving on to pursue master’s and doctorate degrees at institutions such as Creighton University, University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Northwest prides itself on preparing its graduates for successful careers by offering a comprehensive college experience that includes a variety of hands-on experiences, networking opportunities and coursework taught by faculty members who have professional experience in their respective fields. At Northwest, 57 percent of students participate in at least one internship, according to the career placement data.

“Northwest’s high placement rate is really a reflection of the students we have at Northwest and the faculty’s collaboration with employers and professional advisory groups to mold the coursework and internship experiences that prepare students for careers,” Schneider said. “It also represents the strong support services we offer at the University and the fact that students understand the value of a strategic job search.”

Students are using Northwest Career Services to their advantage, meeting with the office’s personable and knowledgeable staff to strengthen their resumes and receive interviewing advice. Northwest students participate in multiple career fairs and mock interview days sponsored by Career Services, too.

“Career Services allows students the opportunity to develop relationships with employers early on in their college career,” one survey respondent wrote. “When you go to apply for jobs and internships later on, that relationship is really important. If it weren’t for the opportunities Career Services gave me, I wouldn't have my job today.”

Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university offering a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Founded in 1905, the University has evolved into a vibrant and diverse learning community with enrollment of more than 6,500 students hailing from throughout the United States and 30 countries. Northwest offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition.

Furthermore, Northwest achieved all five benchmarks within the state of Missouri’s performance-based funding model for the second consecutive year in 2014. Those benchmarks include a 67 percent freshman retention rate and a 57 percent graduation rate, both of which are higher than the national averages.

The annual career placement survey seeks information from Northwest graduates during the previous academic year to provide Northwest stakeholders with a near accurate view of “first destination” employment and continuing education statistics. To view the entire report, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/careerserv/faculty/placementreport.htm.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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