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Why Northwest's Early University Program?

Northwest's Early University Program is designed for students who would like to complete traditional college core curriculum requirements while still in secondary school. Students can finish a college degree faster, at a significantly discounted rate, and continue to earn secondary school credit.

2nd, 3rd, and 4th year students who meet requirements are eligible to take Northwest's Early University Program classes.

Admissions & Enrollment

Cost and application questions and information.

Who is eligible for Northwest's Early University Program?

Secondary school students attending English-speaking secondary schools:

  • 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year – minimum of 3.0 Cumulative GPA OR minimum 

Secondary school students attending non-English-speaking secondary schools:

  • 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year – minimum of 3.0 Cumulative GPA OR minimum 
  • Minimum English proficiency exams scores, as listed below.
    • TOEFL - 61
    • IELTS - 5.5
    • PTE - 44
    • C1 Advanced (formerly CAE) - 162
    • GTEC - 1100
    • iTEP - 3.5
    • SAKAE - 11-12
    • EIKEN - Pre-1 (2304)
    • TOEIC - 586
    • Duolingo - 90

*all students must complete the Northwest's Early University Program application, complete with parent/guardian signatures, and school counselor recommendation.

*all students must meet the course placement requirements as listed below.

 

ACT Mathematics Sub-score Requirements

Statistics

PreCalculus Algebra

  • ACT Math 22 -OR-
  • SAT Math 570 -OR-
  • ACT Aspire Math 432 -OR-
  • Secondary School Cumulative GPA 3.00

ACT English Sub-score Required*

Composition
  • ACT English 18 or higher -OR-
  • SAT Writing 430 or higher -OR-
  • ACT Aspire English 428 or higher -OR-
  • Successful completion of the Writing Challenge

What is the cost for Northwest's Early University Program courses?

For the 2021-2022 school year, tuition for Northwest's Early University Program courses is $150 USD per credit hour. Most classes will cost $450 USD.

Cost and payment plans?

Student will be responsible to pay their school and bills will not be sent to individual students. Students should meet with their school's Early University Program Coordinator for information on payment schedules. A student may not enroll for subsequent semesters until all accounts are paid in full. No copies of transcripts will be issued or further enrollments confirmed if any financial obligations are outstanding to the University.

Cost Comparison

Taking courses through Northwest's Early University Program vs. as an On Campus Student

Secondary school students choose Northwest's Early University Program courses for the cost savings and course opportunities. Northwest's Early University Program courses help students finish college sooner.   

2020-2021 School Year Costs

Classification Tuition Room & Board with Meal Plan Total
On Campus Student
(12 credit hours of classes)
$4,426.32 $4,924.00 $9,350.32
Northwest's Early University Program (12 credit hours of classes) $1,800.00 N/A $1,800.00
SAVINGS OF $7,550.32

How do I enroll?

Students will work with their secondary school coordinator to enroll in Northwest's Early University Program courses throughout the regular academic year.

  1. Meet Admission Standards including Requirements for Course Placement (if applicable)
  2. Read and maintain a copy of the Northwest's Early University Program Registration Information Flyer for your records
  3. Complete Northwest's Early University Program Application for Admission and Enrollment online
  4. Request to have Secondary School send a letter of recommendation and Official Secondary School transcripts with GPA 

Ready to apply?

Northwest's Early University Program Application

Dates & Classes

Important dates, deadlines, enrollment information and class offerings.

What courses are offered through Northwest's Early University Program?

Fall 2021 Course Offerings

Northwest's Early University Program fall online classes will run during the University's regular fall semester. These courses will utilize Northwest Online, and will never meet in person. All of Northwest's Early University Program courses are asyncronous. The following dates correspond directly to courses that begin on August 18, 2021 and end on December 10, 2021.

Enrollment deadline is August 10, 2021.  For details on how to enroll, visit our online enrollment page.

Click the name of the course to learn more!

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Additional Fees
Communication 
Oral
29-102 Fundamentals of Oral CommunicationMOTR course 3 $0
Written
10-111 Composition I MOTR course 3 $0
Mathematical Sciences 
17-114 General Statistics MOTR course 3 $0
Social and Behavioral Sciences 
Civics
33-155 The United States to 1877 MOTR course 3 $0
Geography
32-101 Introduction to GeographyMOTR course 3 $0
Psychology
08-103 General PsychologyMOTR course 3 $10

Spring 2022 Course Offerings

Northwest's Early University Program spring online classes will run during the University's regular spring semester. These courses will utilize Northwest Online, and will never meet in person. All of Northwest's Early University Program courses are asyncronous. The following dates correspond directly to courses that begin on January 12, 2022 and end on May 6, 2022.

Enrollment deadline is December 14, 2021.  For details on how to enroll, visit our online enrollment page.

Click the name of the course to learn more!

Course Number Course Title Credit Hours Additional Fees
Communication
Written
10-112 Composition II MOTR course 3 $0
Humanities and Fine Arts
Civilization
26-103 Western Civilization IIMOTR course 3 $0
Literature
10-220 Introduction to LiteratureMOTR course 3 $0
Music
19-201 Enjoyment of Music MOTR course 3 $0
Mathematics and Statistics
17-118 Pre-Calculus Algebra MOTR course 3 $0
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Civics
34-102 Intro to American Government & Politics MOTR course 3 $0

What is Core 42?

Core 42 MOTRANSFER LogoThe goal of the CORE 42 is to facilitate the seamless transfer of academic credits. The completion of the CORE 42 at any public institution of higher education will transfer to every other public institution of higher education in the state and substitute for the receiving institution’s general education requirement. Individual courses that comprise the CORE 42 are guaranteed to transfer one-to-one among all public (and participating independent) colleges and universities in Missouri. 

What schedule do Northwest's Early University Program classes use?

Northwest's Early University Program courses run on the same schedule as the University. View the University's Academic Calendar.

What are the registration dates for Northwest's Early University Program?

Registration Dates for 2021-2022

Northwest's Early University Program Course Registration for Fall courses – DUE AUGUST 10, 2021

Northwest's Early University Program Course Registration for Spring courses – DUE DECEMBER 14, 2021

 

Drop/Withdraw options

Drop: if a student is taking multiple courses at Northwest and they want to stop taking one of the courses, they would need to initiate a drop.

Withdraw: if a student would like to drop all their courses, or they are only in one course and they would like to stop taking it, that is considered withdrawing from the University.

A student may withdraw from a semester-long course before the 80% point or until the last day of fall semester finals for yearlong courses. Those dates are available on the Registrar's website (https://www.nwmissouri.edu/registrar/calendar.htm) In the event of an on-time withdraw, all tuition charges will be removed except for a $50 processing fee. When a student withdraws, a ‘W' grade will be recorded on the student's Northwest transcript for each course. If a student drops a course but remains enrolled in at least one course, the tuition will be removed and the processing fee will not be assessed.

A change to a student's secondary school schedule does not automatically change their status at Northwest Missouri State University.

If a student wants to drop or withdraw, that process begins with the student AND their school coordinator contacting the Student Success Center at +1-660-562-1695.

Are Northwest's Early University Program courses actual University courses??

Northwest's Early University Program courses are college-level courses, taught online by University faculty. Northwest Missouri State University is fully accredited and courses are likely to transfer.*

*Students are responsible to check the transferability of the courses with their chosen University.