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Northwest Missouri State University

Admission Criteria

First-time Freshman

First-time freshman admission is based on a combination of class rank, grade-point average and ACT/SAT score which must be submitted directly from ACT or College Board.

• Northwest does not require the writing component of the ACT.
• The SAT score used for admission is a combination of SAT Critical Reading and SAT Mathematics scores. 

Students in the graduating class of 2010 and beyond are also encouraged to complete the college-preparatory curriculum.

Category I

  1. 21 ACT composite or higher (or the SAT equivalent: SAT-980 or 1060*); and
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.00 scale)

* Per 2016 SAT redesign

Category II

  1. Have an admissions index score (see here) that equals or exceeds 100 points; and
  2. A minimum 2.00 cumulative GPA or above (on 4.00 scale)

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Superscoring Test ResultsNorthwest is a Superscore University!

If you have taken the ACT/SAT more than once, you can benefit from the superscore. Northwest will evaluate the ACT and SAT according to your "superscore" which is a composite of your best subscores in each subject area, regardless of the test date. Be sure to send in all your test scores for consideration. Your highest subscores will be used for admissions decisions, automatic scholarships and course placement.

ASSIST Program

The ASSIST Program at Northwest was designed for the first-time freshman who, after thorough and thoughtful review of academic records and transcripts, is believed to have the potential to be successful at Northwest given the proper support. Students selected for participation in this program have identified areas of weakness and must participate in this program in order to enroll as a student at Northwest.

View more information on the ASSIST Program »

Missouri Academy Students

Any student who has previously attended the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing will only be considered for undergraduate admission to Northwest Missouri State University if one of the following criteria has occurred or been met:

  1. The student has earned an Associate of Arts degree from Northwest Missouri State University OR
  2. The student's initial cohort class has graduated from the Missouri Academy

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