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First-year students walk through the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza on the Northwest campus during Advantage Week activities in August. Northwest's fall census shows the University's enrollment is 6,530 students, which includes an increased undergraduate headcount of 5,628. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

First-year students walk through the Joyce and Harvey White International Plaza on the Northwest campus during Advantage Week activities in August. Northwest's fall census shows the University's enrollment is 6,530 students, which includes an increased undergraduate headcount of 5,628. (Photo by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

    Oct. 3, 2016

    Northwest enrollment remains steady; undergraduate, transfer students increase

    Enrollment at Northwest Missouri State University this fall is 6,530 students, the University announced after completing its fall census.

    The total headcount comprises 5,628 undergraduate students – a slight increase from last fall – and 902 graduate students.

    The headcount includes 1,347 first-time freshmen and 298 transfer students, which is up 17.8 percent from last fall. At the same time, 70.7 percent of Northwest’s fall 2015 first-time, full-time freshmen returned to the University – a percentage that continues to place Northwest above state and national averages.

    “Northwest has embarked on a number of new enrollment strategies to impact student success and retention,” Bev Schenkel, Northwest’s associate provost for enrollment and retention management, said. “These strategies are aimed at removing barriers and being proactive to ensure our students are successful at achieving their educational goals.”

    Northwest's student body remains increasingly diverse with 1,497 students, or 23 percent, coming from underrepresented domestic groups or other countries. Northwest’s total minority enrollment is 835 students, which represents almost 13 percent of the student body and is a slight increase since last fall.

    The University’s enrollment includes 662 international students, and they represent about 10 percent of Northwest’s student body. They represent 35 countries with the majority of those students coming from India, Nepal, China and South Korea.

    The University’s in-state student population increased to 4,192 students, and Northwest students represent a total of 39 states this fall. In addition to Missouri, Northwest draws well from Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.

    Academically, Northwest students remain strong with an average ACT score of 22.5, and students enrolled at the University this fall carried an average high school grade-point average of 3.38.

     

    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 flagship Maryville campus as well as a new Kansas City location and in St. Joseph.

    It 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, 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’s graduation rate 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.

    The University 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.

    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
    mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

    Northwest Missouri State University
    215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468