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About Northwest Missouri State University

Originally established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year regional university that also offers graduate degree programs.

Quality Academics

Northwest offers 127 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate's programs. The business, education, geography and agriculture departments graduate the largest number of students each year. Career Services offers an "Exploring Majors" fair where students can learn about different majors on campus and find which major is the perfect fit for them.


Every full-time student receives a laptop computer to use throughout the school year. Visit the Campus Laptop Computers Program to learn more.


Northwest has implemented a rental program where students pay only $6 per credit hour for their textbooks.

Profession-Based Experience

Northwest is a true advocate of profession-based experience. For instance, in our Horace Mann Lab School students majoring in education get a true inside view of what teaching is all about. Northwest offers several other opportunities for profession-based experiences including internships, the University farm for agriculture majors, on-campus radio and television stations and volunteer work.

The Right Size

Northwest currently has around 7,000 students. This size of campus offers great opportunities for students to succeed socially, as well as academically. With a student to teacher ratio of 20 to 1, you never feel like a number and receive personalized attention from faculty.

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Welcome from the President

Dr. John Jasinski

On behalf of the Northwest community, welcome to Northwest Missouri State University's website. As Northwest's president, it is my privilege to invite you to explore the varying links across our acclaimed academic programs, extensive co-curricular experiences, and so much more.

My Northwest colleagues and I know the Northwest experience is truly one that helps shape future leaders. Survey after survey shows Northwest is a national leader in both student satisfaction and degree completion. The heartfelt commitment of our faculty and staff to your development, both in and beyond the classroom, is one of Northwest's finest assets. Engaged alumni remain connected and quite supportive of the University's efforts, and Northwest's many partners are equally committed to the institution's success.

Northwest is an exceptional place to learn, live and grow no matter your academic pursuits. Please call us at 660.562.1212 if you have any questions, and feel free to email me directly at

The warmest of welcomes,
John Jasinski
Northwest Missouri State University