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Highlighting Northwest's emphasis on profession-based learning and career-oriented instruction, a pair of websites have ranked Northwest among the most affordable universities in the state and nation. Northwest students receive a fully-loaded laptop and textbooks as part of their tuition, providing them with additional savings in their education.

Highlighting Northwest's emphasis on profession-based learning and career-oriented instruction, a pair of websites have ranked Northwest among the most affordable universities in the state and nation. Northwest students receive a fully-loaded laptop and textbooks as part of their tuition, providing them with additional savings in their education. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Sept. 28, 2017

Rankings place Northwest among nation’s most affordable

Northwest Missouri State University is one of the most affordable out-of-state public schools in the U.S., according to a review of schools throughout the nation by AffordableColleges.com, which also commends Northwest for its quality programs.

AffordableColleges.com ranks Northwest at No. 36 on its list of most affordable public schools for out-of-state students. It also lists Northwest at No. 39 for most affordable online MBA programs and No. 40 for most affordable in-state public universities.

Another website, CollegeAffordabilityGuide.org, ranks Northwest as the most affordable school in Missouri.

“These rankings support what we have known at Northwest Missouri State University for a long time,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “We are about providing access, affordability and quality to help students be successful in their careers and communities.”

AffordableColleges.com recognizes Northwest for prioritizing profession-based learning and career-oriented instruction that prepares students for the global marketplace. Northwest’s high freshman retention rate – a record 74 percent this fall – can be attributed to its meta-major program, which allows freshmen deciding on a major to study a broad range of topics.

The rankings also acknowledge that Northwest includes the cost of textbooks and a laptop in its tuition, saving students an average of about $7,300 during four years of college.

Northwest’s Bearcat Advantage program provides some of the best out-of-state tuition rates available, allowing some students to receive in-state tuition rates or a significantly reduced fee. Northwest’s American Dream Grant covers 100 percent of tuition and fees for Pell-eligible students.

Northwest also integrates students into University operations through its internationally benchmarked student employment program, which offers about 1,200 opportunities for students to build professional skills and their résumés on the campus. Ninety-six percent of Northwest undergraduates and 97 percent of graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, and Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Furthermore, Northwest’s affordability and an array of academic resources help students graduate with limited debt and secure employment to help them pay any remaining balances. Northwest’s loan default rate is lower than state and national averages, while its graduation rate stands in the 89th percentile of the University's national peer group.

Among other recent rankings, U.S. News and World Report ranks Northwest as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri on its list of “2018 Best Colleges. Additionally, Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” while BestCollegesOnline.org has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”


For more information, please contact:

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

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