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Fall 2021 at Northwest

Returning to a traditional campus experience!

Greetings future Bearcat! As Northwest looks toward the fall, we continue to evaluate how the campus will return to the traditional college experience our students know and love. The Northwest campus successfully offered in-person classes throughout the 2020-21 academic year while practicing COVID-19 mitigation measures to keep our students and community safe. Northwest largely anticipates returning to the traditional campus experience this fall. See below for additional information regarding fall 2021 and your experience.

Campus Operations

Northwest’s unique on-campus experience will provide you opportunities to become career-ready in a supportive environment. It’s what we do. When you arrive on campus, you become part of the Bearcat family and part of an experience like no other. Highly invested faculty and staff are ready to challenge you and help you find your passion on a campus full of hands-on experiences.  

Northwest places a high emphasis on profession-based learning experiences that help you get a jumpstart on your career. Students have opportunities to build their résumés in nearly every area of study without leaving campus. Build on your real-world experiences at the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational Public Radio affiliate KXCV, R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area or by getting involved in Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing agency.

Financial Aid

With the COVID-19 pandemic changing the lives of so many and leaving some people questioning how they can afford college, Northwest has invested in additional student financial aid for students entering in fall 2021 to help your dream of earning a college education become a reality. Visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Assistance ( or contact us at 660.562.1363 for more information about your eligibility.

Eighty-six percent of Northwest undergraduates receive some form of financial aid such as the Bearcat Advantage and American Dream Grant. The University also offers low-cost housing and a rate structure for graduate students that is based on market demand and program offerings rather than a traditional model based on residency.

Northwest includes textbooks and a laptop in its tuition costs, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. The University also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to earn money while building professional skills through the internationally benchmarked program. 

An ACT or SAT test score is not required for fall 2021 admission. Submit your FREE application today so you can be one step closer to becoming a Bearcat! For more information about our ACT/SAT test optional program, read Admission Criteria.


Bearcats love it here. Results of the 2019-20 Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory show Northwest students are more satisfied than national and regional peers on all scales. In fact, 82 percent of all Northwest students report they would repeat their Northwest experience, compared to 75 percent of students surveyed nationally at their respective institutions.

Illustrating its quality, Northwest’s placement rates indicate that 96 percent of bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, names Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you this fall.

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