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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Aug. 24, 2015

Northwest set for new students during move-in, Advantage

As the official start of its 2015-2016 academic year nears, Northwest Missouri State University will welcome more than 1,400 freshmen and nearly 300 transfer students to its campus Thursday, Aug. 27.

The day also marks the kickoff of Advantage, an annual orientation program designed to help first-year students get acquainted with other Northwest students, learn about the campus and enjoy some entertainment before fall classes begin, Monday, Aug. 31.

Northwest projects a total headcount of more than 6,600 students this fall. All enrollment numbers are preliminary until the University’s official census occurs Monday, Sept. 28.

The Advantage schedule includes times for new students to pick up their Northwest laptops, textbooks and Bearcat Cards as well as attend University Seminar classes, library tours and presentations geared toward helping them understand what they can expect during their first year at Northwest.

The weekend culminates Sunday, Aug. 30, when the first-year students gather at 2:45 p.m. in Bearcat Arena for the annual Convocation, which is followed by the March to the Tower and a tree dedication. At 8:30 p.m. the University hosts its annual back-to-school fireworks display at College Park.

A complete Advantage schedule and more information about the week is available at


Move-in Day parking

Move-in begins Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6 p.m. for select students. The University’s official move-in begins at 7 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, and will continue through Friday, Aug. 28. Residents should expect an increase in traffic volume.

Northwest closes specific parking lots and reroutes traffic during Advantage to help students and parents better navigate the campus and ensure a safe move-in process. The following lot closures and restrictions apply:

For a campus map with move-in day instructions, click here.

Late registration will continue on the campus through Sunday, Aug. 30. 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


About Northwest Missouri State University

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs on its Maryville campus and at outreach centers in Kansas City and St. Joseph.

Northwest is ranked as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2015 Best Colleges” and is one of only four four-year institutions in Missouri to meet all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during the past three years. According to a recently released economic impact study, Northwest generated $617.5 million in added regional income – the equivalent of creating 9,465 new jobs – during 2014.

Northwest boasts a 58 percent graduation rate, which is about 20 percent higher than the national average. In addition, 97 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.

While the Northwest campus also is designated the Missouri Arboretum, 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. To learn more, 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