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First-year Northwest students participated in the University's annual convocation at Bearcat Stadium Sunday. Northwest welcomed 1,253 freshmen and 298 transfer students to its campus this fall.

First-year Northwest students participated in the University's annual convocation at Bearcat Stadium Sunday. Northwest welcomed 1,253 freshmen and 298 transfer students to its campus this fall. (Photos by Todd Weddle/Northwest Missouri State University)

Aug. 29, 2017

Northwest sets record retention rate with focus on student success

Northwest employees and community members welcomed new students to Northwest on Sunday at the conclusion of its orientation activities.

Northwest employees and community members welcomed new students to Northwest on Sunday at the conclusion of its orientation activities.

Coming off a banner year during which it won 13 national championships, Northwest Missouri State University begins its 2017-18 academic year with another record-breaking milestone by achieving the highest retention rate in the University’s history, according to preliminary enrollment totals released by the Office of Enrollment and Retention Management.

Northwest, which annually leads its peers in freshman retention rates, reports that 74 percent of its fall 2016 freshman class has returned to the University for their sophomore year. That rate is up 3 percent from a year ago and tops Northwest’s previous high set in 2006.

“The record retention rate does not come by accident,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “It is a result of our culture of being safe, trusted, invested and resourceful. We are driven by student success and profession-based learning opportunities, and embedded within is a focus on access, affordability and quality – and we have metrics to back this up. We don’t just focus on recruiting students – we focus on persistence, completion and placement.”

Bev Schenkel, Northwest’s associate provost for enrollment and retention management, added, “The focus of the faculty and staff this year on improving retention and student success has been stellar. We have worked hard to ensure our students know there is support and assistance at Northwest to help them achieve their educational goals; all they have to do is ask for help. Our students are learning about resiliency, grit, self-awareness and self-advocacy – all good traits to achieve success.”

With its mission of focusing on “student success – every student, every day,” Northwest touts achievements that include a graduation rate in the 89th percentile of its national peer group. Additionally, Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest – which boasts career placement rates of 96 percent for undergraduates and 97 percent for graduate students – the best college in Missouri for getting a job. Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America.”

As part of the University’s retention strategy focusing on affordability, Northwest includes textbooks and a laptop in its tuition, which is among the lowest in the state and saves 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. 

The University has won 13 national championships – 11 by academic teams in business education and forensics and two by athletics teams in football and men’s basketball – since December. The University counts more than 40 national titles in academics and athletics since 2009.

Additional preliminary enrollment numbers at Northwest report a freshman class of 1,253 students. Twenty-one percent of the class represents underrepresented populations, of which 4 percent are international students. 

Northwest also enrolled 298 transfer students this fall, with 64 percent transferring from within the state.

All enrollment numbers are preliminary until the University’s official census occurs Monday, Sept. 25.

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 www.nwmissouri.edu.

 

More about Northwest Missouri State University

Founded in 1905, Northwest – a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university – 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 and through Northwest Online.

The University 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. BestCollegesOnline.org has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.” It also is a recipient of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities’ Excellence and Innovation Award for sustainability and sustainable development.

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 R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/facts/.


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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