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Northwest Missouri State University

First-Time Freshmen

Why should you choose Northwest?

Quality Academics

Northwest offers more than 120 academic programs. Ninety-five percent of our tenure track faculty have the highest degree in their fields, and our classes are taught by full-time professors, not graduate assistants. Our faculty will challenge you academically while providing you with the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.


Northwest is one of the most affordable universities in the Midwest. Northwest offers a variety of automatic scholarships based on your ACT score, class rank and GPA. Northwest also offers several out-of-state scholarships for those who qualify. Use our net price calculator to see your actual cost to attend.

Profession-Based Experience

In our Horace Mann Laboratory 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, volunteer work and more.

The Right Size

Northwest currently has about 6,600 students. This size offers great opportunities for students to succeed socially as well as academically. With an average class size of 27, you will never feel like a number.

Student Success

Seventy-one percent of freshmen return after their first trimester. This high retention rate is attributed to Northwest's family atmosphere and to the University providing the tools necessary for student success.