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Northwest Facts

Last updated June 7, 2019

The Location

  • Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year university located in Maryville, Mo. (population: 11,972)
  • Founded in 1905
  • President: Dr. John Jasinski
  • Northwest’s main Maryville campus: 370 acres
  • Northwest’s campus is designated the Missouri Arboretum
  • University Farm: 448 acres
  • Rural lakefront: 315 acres
  • Northwest-Kansas City, in Gladstone, Missouri, offers graduate and completion degrees in education and business

Enrollment Statistics

(Based on fall 2018 enrollment data)
  • 6,857 students
  • 5,654 undergraduate
  • 33% out-of-state
  • 6% international enrollment
  • 13% domestic students of color enrollment
  • Students represent 44 states and 37 countries
  • Average ACT Score: 22
  • Average High School GPA: 3.37

Academic Information

  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 
  • Northwest offers 127 undergraduate majors, 73 minors, 18 pre-professional programs, 40 graduate programs, five graduate certificate programs, three certificate programs, three specialist programs and a cooperative doctorate in educational leadership with the University of Missouri-Columbia.
  • Operates on semester academic calendar
  • 74% freshman retention rate, considerably higher than national and regional averages
  • 96.6% of undergraduates and 99.3% of graduates find employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, based on 2016-17 data.
  • Northwest's student loan default rate is 7.8%, compared to the Missouri average of 10.3% and national average of 10.8%
  • 59% graduation rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest's national peer group
  • Average class size of 27
  • 78% of Northwest classes have fewer than 30 students, 44% have fewer than 20
  • 261 full-time faculty members
  • 95% of tenure and tenure-track faculty have the highest degree in their field
  • 100% of classes taught by professionals, not graduate assistants
  • 50% of Northwest’s regular courses are web enhanced
  • 22-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Laptops and textbooks are included in tuition at Northwest, ensuring all students have access to the tools they need to be successful in the classroom. Northwest launched its textbook rental program in 1922 and the laptop rental program in 2005; the programs save students nearly $7,300 during their four-year academic career.

Student Life

  • 90% of first-year students at Northwest rate their experience as “good” or “excellent,” and 87% of seniors said they would choose Northwest again if they could start over their college career, according to findings of 2012 National Survey of Student Engagement
  • 41% of students live on campus
  • 83% of students actively participate in one or more of Northwest’s 150-plus student organizations
  • 14% of students participate in Greek Life
  • Students have about 1,200 opportunities to build their resumes on campus through student employment
  • Northwest was named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its commitment to service-learning and civic engagement. Northwest has been named to the honor roll at least six times since its inception in 2006.



  • More than 70,000 alumni and friends
  • 21 Alumni Chapters throughout the United States and one in Japan
  • In FY18, the Northwest Foundation raised a record $4.5 million and awarded $934,000 in financial assistance for 1,217 students.
  • In FY17, the Northwest Foundation raised a record $12.7 million, with 94 percent gifted as cash contributions, and awarded a record $969,000 in scholarship to 1,146 students.
  • The Office of University Advancement is a two-time recipient, in 2017 and 2018, of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Educational Fundraising Award, presented to superior fundraising programs at educational institutions across the country.
  • The Foundation’s total assets under management are valued at $36.4 million while its endowment is $25.6 million.
  • Prominent alumni include Jean Jennings Bartik, who helped program the world's first electronic computer.