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Northwest Missouri State University

Future International Students


Thank you for your interest in Northwest Missouri State University. For admission questions, please email


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How to apply

Northwest Missouri State University is moderately selective, regional, public university. We offer true value with our admission-based scholarships.  To apply and find the necessary documents for admission, please visit our admissions website »


All documents must be submitted by the application deadline to be considered for admission.

Fall Admission - July 1
Spring Admission - November 1
Summer Admission - April 1

Transferring to Northwest from another U.S. school?

If you are transferring to Northwest from another U.S. institution, please follow the admissions process. You will also need to submit the International Student Advisor Report View PDF as part of your admission application. If you have questions about this process, please contact our admissions office at

I have my I-20, now what?

I got my F-1 visa, now what?

What to bring

  • New, old, & duplicate I-20s
  • Passport & visa
  • Immunization records
  • Pack clothing according to Missouri Weather

Defer attendance

If you need to request a deferral to next available intake:

  1. Email for undergraduate deferral and graduate deferral
  2. Submit the $50 deferral fee
  3. Please allow 10-14 days for processing

Tuition & fees

Health insurance

  • Do NOT purchase health insurance from your country to cover your studies at Northwest
  • Travel insurance to cover airline changes, lost baggage, cancellations and delays is suitable to cover your travel here.
  • All international students at Northwest Missouri State University will be charged for the university-sourced International Student Plan upon enrollment.
  • Insurance is billed in the fall and spring semester.
  • Students in participating in the ISEP exchange program, short term non-degree programs, and government sponsored students (i.e. SACM or Fulbright) need to report to International Programs to provide proof of coverage to the International Programs Office prior to classes starting.
  • Student insurance is administered through LewerMark Student Medical Insurance

Airport shuttle sign-up

Student Type Arrival Date
Graduate Sunday, August 19, 2018
Undergraduate Monday, August 20, 2018
Exchange Wednesday, August 22, 2018
  • DEADLINE: 5 p.m., Monday, August 13
  • A University representative will be at the airport to meet you.
  • ALL students will meet at Terminal C, Gate 90 until the designated shuttle time.
  • Students who do NOT make a reservation will wait until there is an available seat.


Schedule Your Ride from the Airport


If you arrive prior to the designated arrival day, you may contact Yates Limousine to transport you to the University, from the airport.  You can contact this service by email at or by calling (816) 617-8717. There is a $130 charge for this service, payable directly to the driver.

International Retention Policy

To increase the retention of international students, the University has developed a plan to assess student’s abilities and needs in a number of areas, to encourage student success.  The following are used to determine a student’s course load:

  • SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Math placement exam
  • Writing challenge exam
  • College Student Inventory

After assessing this criteria, you may be enrolled in less than 12 credit hours.  This plan is permitted for students having difficulty with the English language or who are unfamiliar with American teaching methods in their first semester.  Students can be authorized in SEVIS for a reduced course load, which is in compliance with international student immigration regulations.  For information on this regulation, please read  8 C.F.R. § 214.2(f)(6)(iii).

There are several benefits to this approach:

  • You can take time to understand the educational system.
  • Improve your English proficiency and assimilate to the Northwest community.
  • Become familiar with academic support services to ensure your success.
  • You will be placed in classes designed by professors who understand the specific needs of international students to achieve higher grades.

Orientation Schedules

Campus Resources

University Break

Please note: Additional housing charges will be added to your student account if you stay in the residence hall during college breaks, as classes are not in session. Campus dining facilities are closed during these break times so students should plan accordingly, in advance. These breaks include the following:

Fall Break During the American holiday of Thanksgiving in November
Semester Break Mid-December through the first part of January
Spring Break During March or April

Computing Support

  • Online
  • Phone/Email: Information Technology-Client Computing Help Desk at 660.562.1634

Email Access

Northwest Missouri State University provides email services to faculty, staff and students.

Access Student Email   Access Employee Email

Northwest provides electronic mail services to faculty and staff through an in-house Microsoft Exchange service. While students have a separate email service through Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service.


The Cat Personal Access to Web Services program (CatPAWS) is a web-based program that allows students to enroll in classes, drop or add classes, and view their bill. CatPAWS can be accessed either from the Quick Tools drop-down menu at the top of the page.

Access CatPAWS

  • Accessing
  • Logging on
  • Forgot PIN
  • Enrollment Verification
  • Changing Personal Information
  • Student Services/Financial Aid
    • Add/drop courses
    • Course Schedule
    • Paying bill
    • Checking grades


myNorthwest is a web portal that provides a number of services designed to help students, faculty and staff interact more effectively with Northwest resources, including:

Access myNorthwest

  • Northwest Online - access to your online course site.
  • Email - myNorthwest provides a link to your Web-based e-mail.
  • University Calendar - myNorthwest provides a link to the University's Calendar of Events.
  • Group Studio - Create online groups containing resources like photo albums, Internet links, news articles and applications like message boards and chat rooms.
  • Administrative Services - myNorthwest allows you access to various administrative services such as the ability to check grades, register for classes, change the personal information that your institution maintains about you, etc.

myNorthwest allows you to customize your user layout to add, remove and rearrange channels. Every time you log into myNorthwest, your tab and channel preferences are preserved.

To get on to the myNorthwest web portal, type the following web address into your web browser:

A how-to-guide of basic myNorthwest features and how to access those features:

Degree Audit

DegreeWorks is a web-based tool to help students and advisors monitor student progress toward degree completion. Degree Audit combines Northwest Missouri State University's degree requirements and the coursework you have completed with an easy-to-read worksheet that helps you see how courses that you have completed count toward degree requirements, and what courses and requirements you still need to complete. Degree Audit can be accessed through your myNorthwest account. 

Read more about Degree Audit program »

Northwest Online

Northwest Online is an online extension of Northwest Missouri State University that offers courses and degrees through the Internet.

Access Northwest Online

All online courses are offered through Northwest Online. Additionally, some onsite courses offer course material through Northwest Online.

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