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Northwest Missouri State University


Assist Program

Freshman Seminar is a graduation requirement that all freshman are required to complete in their first trimester at Northwest. Enhanced Freshman Seminar is a one-hour course which is taught by the student's academic advisor that meets throughout for the entire fall semester. The course is designed to help students with the transition from high school to college by familiarizing students with the Northwest community and resources. In addition, the course will help students develop skills and strategies needed for success in college.

Participants will be asked to sign an "Understanding of Participation". The "Understanding" outlines Northwest's expectations of the student and what the student can expect from the program.

Each participant will be assigned an academic advisor who is also the student's Freshman Seminar course instructor. Advisors will monitor academic progress, act as an information source, recommend tutoring if needed, and help students register for future trimesters. Each Freshman Seminar class also has a student Peer Advisor (PA) who mentors students individually from the perspective of a successful upperclassman.

Each academic advisor will receive regular grade and attendance checks for all participants. The progress reports will be discussed with the student and recommendations for improving performance will be made when appropriate.

Each year approximately 150 students are admitted to Northwest through the EFS program. The success of the students in the program leads us to believe that the resources and structure of the program are truly beneficial. Each year an average of 75 percent of the students will return for their spring trimester.

Contact the Assist Program at assist@nwmissouri.edu.