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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

    Oct. 5, 2015

    Northwest records 11% increase in freshmen; undergraduate, domestic underrepresented, international enrollment is up

    First-year students travel under Northwest’s iconic Memorial Bell Tower during the annual March to the Tower, which welcomes news students to campus each August. Northwest’s fall headcount includes 1,438 first-time freshmen, an 11 percent increase from last year’s freshmen headcount. (Photo by Jacob Hubbert/Northwest Missouri State University)

    First-year students travel under Northwest’s iconic Memorial Bell Tower during the annual March to the Tower, which welcomes new students to campus each August. Northwest’s fall headcount includes 1,438 first-time freshmen, an 11 percent increase from last year’s freshmen headcount. (Photo by Jacob Hubbert/Northwest Missouri State University)

    Enrollment at Northwest Missouri State University this fall is 6,593 students, the University announced after completing its fall census.

    The total headcount comprises 5,618 undergraduate students – an increase of 2.3 percent from last fall – and 975 graduate students.

    The headcount includes 1,438 first-time freshmen, an 11 percent increase from last year’s freshman headcount, and 253 transfer students, which is up 4.5 percent from last fall. At the same time, 71.4 percent of Northwest’s fall 2014 first-time, full-time freshmen returned to the University – a percentage that is up from last fall and continues to place Northwest well above the national average.

    “Northwest continues to be the university of choice for profession-based education, grounded in real-world and hands-on learning experiences,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “Our significant freshman enrollment increase combined with the overall increase in undergraduate enrollment are results of a variety of factors and actions – all tied to our strategic plan and strategic objectives.”

    Compared to last year, Northwest has 127 fewer students in overall student population. The University attributes the slight dip in the overall headcount to a record graduating class of 945 students last spring in addition to intentionally decreasing graduate student headcount for select programs to ensure quality programming and student success.

    Northwest's student body remains increasingly diverse with 1,601 students, or 24 percent, coming from an underrepresented domestic group or another country. Northwest’s total minority enrollment is 826 students, who represent 12.5 percent of the student body. Those measures also are increases since last fall.

    Additionally, Northwest recorded an increase in enrollment of international students for the third consecutive year. The University’s enrollment includes 775 international students, an increase of 9.5 percent from last fall, and they represent 11.8 percent of Northwest’s student body. They also represent 30 countries with the majority of those students coming from India, Nepal, South Korea and China.

    “One of our strategic objectives is to enhance diversity and inclusion, and the increases realized in underrepresented domestic student and international student populations allow Northwest to develop students who are interculturally competent, which is one of the University’s guiding values,” Jasinski said.

    The university’s in-state student population remained steady at 73 percent, and Northwest students represent a total of 39 states this fall.

    Academically, Northwest students remain strong with an average ACT score of 22.2, and students enrolled at the University this fall carried an average high school grade-point average of 3.38.

    About Northwest

    Northwest, founded in 1905, is a four-year university that offers a broad range of profession-based undergraduate and graduate programs offered on its Maryville campus as well as locations in Kansas City and St. Joseph.

    Northwest recently was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year, and it 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. Northwest also provides a significant impact on the regional economy, generating $617.5 million in added regional income – the equivalent of creating 9,465 new jobs – during 2014, according to an economic impact study released last spring.

    Northwest boasts a 49 percent graduation rate, which is in the 85th percentile of the University's 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.

    Northwest places a high emphasis on laboratory- and 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.

    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.

    For more information 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