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Dec. 11, 2015
Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Northwest Missouri State University a 2016 Military Friendly School in recognition of the University’s commitment to embracing military service members, veterans and their family members and ensuring their success on campus.
This marks the fourth consecutive year Northwest has been named on the list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are delivering the best experience for military students.
The list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools approved for VA tuition funding. According to Victory Media, about 1,400 colleges, universities and trade schools made this year’s list.
The survey findings are compiled and weighted to determine a final score based on a number of categories including military support on campus, academic credibility, percent of military students and academic credit for military service.
Northwest, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers a range of degree and certification programs that benefit military students. Northwest also is VA approved, gives credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). The University follows American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations when granting credit for military experience or from other regionally accredited institutions as transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
Further enhancing its services for veterans, Northwest and the Missouri Veterans Commission partner to host a Veteran Service Officer in the University’s Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the first and third Mondays of every month in Room 1222 of the CIE. The service is free and patrons may learn more by calling the CIE at 660.562.1710.
Additionally, a Northwest advisor assists veterans with career placement, and the University has full-time veteran counselors on its staff. Northwest has veteran organizations on its campus, including a Northwest Student Veterans Association. Northwest also offers a variety of scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty.
Founded in 1905, Northwest is a four-year university that offers a broad range of profession-based undergraduate and graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as locations in Kansas City and St. Joseph.
With an enrollment of 6,600 students, 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 its first 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.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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Northwest Missouri State University
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