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Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest's first-year students took in the University's annual convocation Sunday afternoon in Bearcat Arena. Northwest's freshman enrollment this fall is 1,367 students.

Northwest's first-year students took in the University's annual convocation Sunday afternoon in Bearcat Arena. Northwest's freshman enrollment this fall is 1,367 students. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

    Aug. 29, 2016

    First-day enrollment includes 1,367 freshmen, total headcount up

    Northwest Missouri State University begins its 2016-17 academic year with a freshman class of 1,367 students while recording increases in students coming from Missouri and surrounding states, according to preliminary enrollment totals released by the Office of Enrollment Management.

    Sixty-six percent of the University’s freshmen come from within the state, which is up 4 percent compared to last year’s class. Additionally, Northwest recorded a 6 percent increase in freshmen coming from Iowa and a 2 percent increase coming from Nebraska.

    Twenty percent of the class represents underrepresented populations, of which 4 percent are international students.   

    The class represents 22 states and 10 countries. The students also are academically strong, entering Northwest with an average ACT score of 21.21, which exceeds state and national averages, and an average high school grade-point average of 3.36.

    “Our freshman class is representative of the high-achieving and diverse community we have at Northwest,” University President Dr. John Jasinski said. “I commend our enrollment team and so many partners across the institution who have taken intentional and strategic steps to maintain our institutional growth.”

    Additionally, Northwest enrolled 306 transfer students, which is an increase of about 20 percent; the number of students transferring from Missouri institutions is up 12 percent and out-of-state transfers are up 17 percent.

    Northwest also continues to lead its peers in freshman retention rates. The fall 2015 freshman class has returned to Northwest for their sophomore year at a rate of 71 percent.

    Northwest’s total headcount stands at 6,434, which is a slight increase from last fall.

    These enrollment numbers are preliminary and the University’s official census occurs Monday, Sept. 26.

    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

    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.

    The University was ranked in 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri for the second consecutive year. 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 – according to a recent economic impact study.

    Northwest boasts a 59 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 $7,300 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, 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