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Northwest Missouri State University

Assist Program

Assist is a program designed for students who do not meet Northwest’s moderately selective admissions standards. Students who have an ACT composite score below 21 and an admissions index below 100 will be considered for this program. Such things as the high school GPA, class rank and grades earned in college preparatory coursework are taken into consideration.

The Assist Program provides additional support as students transition from high school to college. It provides each student the support of an individual Student Success Coach, who works to enhance students’ study skills, time management skills and their knowledge of the campus community and resources.

About the Program

Assist expands the support and services to new first year students. Each participant is assigned a Student Success Coach and peer mentor who will monitor academic progress, act as an information resource person on campus, and recommend tutoring if needed.

Each Student Success Coach receives regular grade and attendance checks for all participants. The student’s progress is discussed and recommendations for improving performance are made when appropriate.

Additionally, each participant benefits from one-on-one peer mentoring from a successful upperclassman as well as regular sessions with their coach.

Participants are required to sign an Understanding of Participation. This form outlines Northwest’s expectations of and commitment to the student.

Approximately 100 students are admitted to Northwest through the Assist Program each year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: As an Assist Program participant, will I be required to take additional or special courses?
A: No. As with all Northwest students, course placement is based on each student’s major, ACT/SAT subscores, and preparatory courses taken in high school.

Q: Will I be limited in the number of credit hours in which I can enroll?
A: Yes. Students are limited to a maximum of 16 hours during their first trimester. These hours include at least nine hours of general education courses unless a student’s major requires otherwise. Students must be enrolled in at least 12 trimester hours to be considered a full-time student.

Q: How long is my commitment to the Assist Program?
A: A student’s formal commitment is for the first trimester of enrollment only. However, most of the program’s resources are available upon request to students in subsequent trimesters.

Q: What if I have poor academic performance my first trimester at Northwest?
A: If your first trimester GPA is 2.00 or higher, you will be allowed to continue at Northwest. If your first trimester GPA is below a 2.00, your class and mentoring session attendance will be used to determine your eligibility to enroll in subsequent terms.

Q: What support services will be made available to me?
A: Students are provided with free tutoring in content areas that are relevant to their class schedules. Students are invited to attend various workshops and sessions designed for first-year students. Students will be assigned a Student Success Coach who is knowledgeable about student development and the myriad of Northwest resources. Students will also be assigned a student mentor who will provide insight and assistance from a student perspective.


Additional Information

For more information on the Assist Program, contact:

Tamera Grow
Associate Director of Admissions