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Application Process

For First-Year Freshmen

  1. Take the ACT or SAT on one of the national test dates. Have your test scores sent to Northwest by entering the ACT college code number for Northwest (2338) on the test registration form. If you are completing the SAT, Northwest's code is 6488.
  2. Complete the application for admission in one of the following ways:
    • Complete and submit your application electronically.
      • Domestic students can access the Northwest application by creating an account. If you submit your application online, there is no application fee.
      • International students can also apply online, but there is a fee to submit. 
    • Complete and submit the paper applicationView PDF, along with a $25 application fee* to the address below. This fee will be credited to your University account upon enrollment at Northwest.

      Mailing Address:
      Office of Admissions
      Northwest Missouri State University
      800 University Drive
      Maryville, MO 64468-6001

      Walk-In Address:
      246 Administration Building
      or call 660.562.1148

      * There is no deadline for admission applications as we have a rolling admissions process.
  3. Have your high school send an official copy of your six or seven-semester transcript with class rank and GPA at the time of application and a final eight-semester transcript showing the date of your high school graduation.

Important Reminders

  1. Official ACT/SAT scores must come directly from ACT/College Board. Scores reported on your high school transcript will be used for admission decisions, but acceptance to the University will not be complete until official scores of the date you received the highest composite score are received from ACT/College Board.
  2. If you have earned any college credit or dual credit while attending high school, you must request each college or university from which credit has been earned to send an official transcript to the Office of Admissions,
  3. Student copies of transcripts or personal copies of test results do not constitute official records or copies.