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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 25, 2014

Northwest starts academic year with increased enrollment; international enrollment up 100%, graduate enrollment up 30.8%

Enrollment at Northwest Missouri State University is up 3.5 percent this fall as the University kicks off its 2014-2015 academic year and students begin classes today.

Northwest enrolled 6,573 students to begin its fall trimester. That total includes 1,333 first-time freshmen, a 2.9 percent increase from the first day of classes last fall.

“It’s always exciting to start a new academic year at Northwest and continue our relentless focus on student success,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Each fall brings new initiatives to campus and a sense of renewal, but our increased enrollment is a testament to the comprehensive educational experience Northwest provides and our commitment to the direction gleaned from our strategic planning activities as well as our faculty and staff who commit themselves daily to student success.”

Northwest recorded a substantial increase in enrollment of international students. The University’s enrollment today includes 717 international students, a 100 percent increase from last fall, and they represent 32 countries.

“Northwest students live, study and interact with students from all over the world,” Northwest Provost Dr. Tim Mottet said. “That kind of exposure to different cultures and perspectives prepares them to work in today’s diverse workplace.”

Additionally, Northwest’s graduate school enrollment is 1,165, which is up 30.8 percent from the same time last year.

The enrollment numbers are preliminary and the University’s official census occurs Monday, Sept. 22.

“Our enrollment growth this year can be attributed to many new initiatives across campus that are allowing us to serve new segments of students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels,” said Bev Schenkel, dean of enrollment management at Northwest. “Through our strategic enrollment planning process, there has been a lot of work done to develop new majors and identify new markets.”

Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university offering a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs. Its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state. Northwest also boasts a 59.2 percent graduation rate, which is significantly higher than the national average. In addition, 97.5 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.

Late registration will continue on the campus through Sunday, Aug. 31. Northwest encourages high school students interested in attending the University to apply early in their senior year. For information about admission or to schedule a campus visit, call 800.633.1175 or visit

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468