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Northwest Missouri State University

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Students walk this fall on the Northwest campus, which is designated as the Missouri Arboretum. After completing its annual census, the University's fall enrollment is 6,338 students.

Students walk this fall on the Northwest campus, which is designated as the Missouri Arboretum. After completing its annual census, the University's fall enrollment is 6,338 students. (Photo by Carly Hostetter/Northwest Missouri State University)

Sept. 28, 2017

Enrollment maintains high quality students, high retention rate

Enrollment at Northwest Missouri State University this fall is 6,338 students, the University announced after completing its fall census.

The headcount includes 1,216 first-time freshmen and 289 transfer students. At the same time, 73.2 percent of Northwest’s fall 2016 first-time, full-time freshmen returned to the University – a percentage that continues to place Northwest in the top tier of its national peer group.

Academically, Northwest students remain strong with an average ACT score of 22.7, and students enrolled at the University this fall carried an average high school grade-point average of 3.39.

The total headcount comprises 5,474 undergraduate students and 864 graduate students.

The total headcount represents a 2.9 percent decrease from last fall, which the University attributes to the impending closure of its Missouri Academy of Mathematics, Science and Computing and slowing international enrollment.

Northwest’s student body remains diverse with 1,316 students, or 21 percent, coming from underrepresented domestic groups or other countries, an increase since last fall’s enrollment. Northwest’s total minority enrollment is 825 students, which represents almost 13 percent of the student body.

The University’s enrollment includes 491 international students, who represent about 8 percent of Northwest’s student body. They represent 31 countries with the majority of those students coming from India, Nepal, China and South Korea.

The University’s in-state student population is 4,130 students, and Northwest students represent a total of 36 states this fall. In addition to Missouri, Northwest draws well from Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.

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.

Additionally, the University was ranked this fall, for the third time in four years, by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri.  Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” and has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

Furthermore, Northwest has an established reputation as one of the most affordable universities in the country as ranks the University at No. 36 on its list of most affordable public schools for out-of-state students, and, ranks Northwest as the most affordable school in Missouri. As part of its retention strategy focusing on affordability, Northwest includes textbooks and a fully-loaded laptop in its tuition, 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 | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

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