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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

May 9, 2017

U.S. Senate passes resolution honoring Bearcats’ national titles

The U.S. Senate bestowed yet another honor on Northwest Missouri State University’s 2016-2017 football and men’s basketball teams on May 3 by unanimously passing a resolution commending the Bearcats on their NCAA Division II national championship victories.

The Bearcat football team defeated the University of North Alabama, 29-3, on Dec. 17 to win its sixth NCAA Division II national championship, and the men’s basketball team beat Fairmont State (W.Va.) on March 25 to win its first national title. The two victories made Northwest the first Division II institution to win national championships in those sports during the same academic year.

As a result, U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill introduced the resolution honoring Northwest.

“Missourians couldn’t be more proud of the Bearcats’ historic and record-setting year, which undoubtedly cements the university’s reputation as a college sports powerhouse,” Blunt said. “I wish the Bearcats the best as they spend the off-season preparing to defend their hard fought championship titles.”

McCaskill added, “The Bearcats made NCAA history with their championship seasons in not one but two sports in the same year — winning titles in men’s football and basketball and showcasing the incredible talent and grit of Northwest Missouri State’s athletic programs. With a combined winning record of 50-1, the student-athletes of these two teams have clinched a coveted place in Missouri and national college sports history.”

Click here to read the resolution passed by the U.S. Senate.

The teams also were recognized April 18 at the Missouri capitol with resolutions sponsored by Sen. Dan Hegeman and Rep. Allen Andrews as well as a proclamation issued by Gov. Eric Greitens.


About Northwest Missouri State University

With an enrollment of more than 6,500 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center.

Founded in 1905, Northwest was ranked in 2015 and 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri, and it has met all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during four of the model’s first five years. Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” while has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

The University boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest'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. Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Northwest places a high emphasis on 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 SchoolNational 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.

Furthermore, 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. 

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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