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Nov. 11, 2016
Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Northwest Missouri State University a 2017 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 fifth consecutive year Northwest has been named on the list, which honors 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 schools approved for VA tuition funding. According to Victory Media, about 1,1600 colleges, universities and trade schools made this year’s list, based on survey scores as well as an assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, degree advancement and loan default rates.
The list is annually provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans,” Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media, said. “Military Friendly helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”
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 more than 6,500 students, Northwest was ranked for 2015 and 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri, 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 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 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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