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Northwest Missouri State University


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Students walk the Northwest campus, which also designated as the Missouri Arboretum. The University made U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2015 Best Colleges” and ranks as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri.

Students walk the Northwest campus, which is designated as the Missouri Arboretum. The University made U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2015 Best Colleges” and ranks as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri. (Photos by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Sept. 16, 2014

Annual report lists Northwest among ‘2015 Best Colleges’ in region

Northwest is a vibrant and diverse learning community that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs. Its graduation rate is about 20 percent higher than the national average, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years.

Northwest is a vibrant and diverse learning community that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs. Its graduation rate is about 20 percent higher than the national average, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years.

The internationally ranked Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is just one place on the Northwest campus where students can gain hands-on experience to jumpstart their careers. The CIE features state-of-the-art labs and serves as the hub for Northwest's cutting-edge nanoscale science program.

The internationally ranked Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship is just one place on the Northwest campus where students can gain hands-on experience to jumpstart their careers. The CIE features state-of-the-art labs and serves as the hub for Northwest's cutting-edge nanoscale science program.

Northwest Missouri State University is included on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2015 Best Colleges” and ranks as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri.

U.S. News ranked Northwest at No. 80 on its list of “Best Regional Universities” in the Midwest, which includes all public and private universities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin as well as Missouri.

In addition to being ranked as the top moderately selective regional university in the state, Northwest is ranked third among Missouri’s public regional universities, trailing only Truman State University and Missouri State University. When compared to its peers in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, only the University of Nebraska-Kearney ranks higher than Northwest.

"These rankings are but one indicator of Northwest’s continuing elevation of academic excellence," Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. "We are proud of our faculty, staff, students and alumni; thankful for the strong collaborative relationships with the communities we serve; and pledge to continue our strong contributions to economic development and positively impacting those we serve."

To develop its rankings, U.S. News analyzes data such as freshman retention, graduation rates, class sizes, students’ ACT and SAT scores, financial resources and alumni giving.

According to U.S. News, Northwest scores well with a student-to-faculty ratio of 22 to 1, and 45 percent of classes at Northwest are smaller than 20 students. Northwest’s freshman retention rate of near 70 percent places the University at the top of moderately selective institutions in Missouri and in the 66th percentile of its national peer group.

Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university offering a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs. It boasts a 59.2 percent graduation rate, which is about 20 percent higher than the national average. In addition, 98 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.

Furthermore, 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, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. 

Northwest also places a high emphasis on laboratory- and experiential-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the RT Wright Laboratory Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area, the internationally ranked Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

Northwest’s enrollment is 6,573 students, as of the first day of classes, a 3.5 percent increase since last fall. That total includes 1,333 first-time freshmen, a 2.9 percent increase from the first day of classes last fall. Northwest also recorded a 100 percent increase in its enrollment of international students, and graduate school enrollment is up 31 percent this fall.

To view U.S. News’ “2015 Best Colleges,” visit www.usnews.com/education.


For more information, please contact:

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

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