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Northwest Missouri State University


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Northwest Missouri State, which prides itself on profession-based experiences and collaboration to help students succeed, is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year.

Northwest Missouri State, which prides itself on profession-based experiences and collaboration to help students succeed, is ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year.

Sept. 9, 2015

U.S. News and World Report ranks Northwest as top moderately-selective regional university for second consecutive year

Northwest Missouri State University is included on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2016 Best Colleges” and ranks as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year.

U.S. News ranked Northwest at No. 74 on its list of “Best Regional Universities” in the Midwest – up six spots from last year’s ranking. The list of Midwest regional universities 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.

“Northwest continues to deliver academic excellence and a variety of rankings illustrate such,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Our focus is on people, relationships and student success, and we deliver on those objectives through profession-based experiences and programming. I thank all who help us help students succeed, build better communities and deliver economic impact.”

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 44 percent of classes at Northwest are smaller than 20 students. Northwest’s four-year freshman retention rate of 68 percent places the University in the 66th percentile of its national peer group.

Founded in 1905, Northwest is a primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of profession-based undergraduate and graduate programs at its Maryville campus as well as locations in Kansas City and St. Joseph. It boasts a 49 percent graduation rate, which is in the 85th percentile of its national peer group. 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.

Its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations. 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. Also, Northwest offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. 

Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-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 fall enrollment of 6,415 students, as of the first day of classes, includes 1,478 first-time freshmen, which represents an 11-percent increase from the first day of classes last fall and ranks as one of the largest freshman classes in the institution’s history.

Furthermore, Northwest 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.

To view U.S. News’ “2016 Best Colleges,” visit www.usnews.com/education. To learn more about Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu.


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