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Our Address

Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center
800 University Drive
Maryville, MO 64468


Driving Directions

Kansas City

From Kansas City (2 hours; 1.5 hours from the airport)

Go north on Interstate 29 through St. Joseph. Proceed north to Exit 56A to Highway 71. Proceed north 35 miles on Highway 71 to Maryville. Take Business 71 into town; it becomes Main Street. Proceed on Main into the downtown area and turn left onto Fourth Street. Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. The Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

Des Moines

From Des Moines (2.5 hours)

Go south on Interstate 35 for 65 miles to the Leon, Iowa Highway 2, exit #12. Turn right and proceed west on Highway 2 for 60 miles to Bedford, Iowa. Turn left on Iowa Highway 148 and proceed south for 20 miles to Maryville. Turn Right on Highway CC, and at the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 continue straight on Business 71 and follow it into the downtown area. Turn right on Fourth Street (University Drive). Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. The Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

Omaha-Council Bluffs

From Omaha-Council Bluffs (2 hours)

Take I-29 South to Kansas City, stay on I-29 S, 13 miles. Take Exit US-34 E/US-275 South toward Glenwood, IA. Turn left and continue to follow US-34 East, 38 miles. Exit onto the US-71 ramp at Villisca, IA. Turn left onto US-71 South, 13 miles. Turn right, stay on US-71 South to Clarinda, IA. At the stoplight in Clarinda turn left, continue South on US-71, 30 miles. Turn right on Icon Road, look for the Northwest Missouri State directional sign, and proceed South 2 miles to campus. Turn left onto College Avenue. Turn left onto University Drive, where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitor's Center is located on the right.

Lincoln

From Lincoln (3 hours)

Current Directions Due to Flooding in Nebraska

Take I-80 East to Omaha and continue until you see signs for I-29 South to Kansas City. Continue on I-29 South, take Exit 35 for US-34 E/US-275 South toward Glenwood, IA. Turn left and continue to follow US-34 East, 38 miles. Exit onto the US-71 ramp at Villisca, IA. Turn left onto US-71 South, 13 miles. Turn right, stay on US-71 South to Clarinda, IA. At the stoplight in Clarinda turn left, continue South on US-71, 30 miles. Turn right on Icon Road, look for the Northwest Missouri State directional sign, and proceed South 2 miles to campus.  Turn left onto College Avenue. Turn left onto University Drive, where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitor's Center is located on the right.

St. Louis

From St. Louis (5.5 hours)

Go west on Interstate 70 to Kansas City. Exit right onto Interstate 435 North (Des Moines). Exit left onto Interstate 29 North through St. Joseph. Proceed north to Exit #56A to U.S. Highway 71. Proceed north 35 miles on U.S. 71 to Maryville. Take Business 71 into town; it becomes Main Street. Proceed on Main into the downtown area and turn left onto Fourth Street (University Drive). Follow the Bearcat Paws to campus. Turn right onto University Drive where Mabel Cook Recruitment and Visitors Center is located on the right.

Other Locations

From Other Locations

LocationDrive Time
Columbia, MO 3.5 hours
Springfield, MO 4.25 hours
St. Joseph, MO 45 minutes

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