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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 17, 2015

Northwest to offer academic living communities to first-year students

Beginning in fall 2015, Northwest Missouri State University will offer academic living communities to students sharing common interests and areas of study.

Students who have selected a major in the Department of Agricultural Sciences or Department of Natural Sciences have floors designated in the high-rise residence halls.

“A major-based living and learning community will allow freshmen to connect with their peers who have similar interests,” said Bev Schenkel, Northwest’s dean of enrollment management. “As freshmen transition from high school to college, we are clustering students with similar majors to assist in the adjustment.”

Northwest’s academic living communities also will connect first-year freshmen with faculty and staff. Additional benefits to residing within the living communities will include organized activities and guest speakers, increased interaction with Career Services and development of strategies to increase efficient study tactics.

“Faculty members are looking forward to the opportunity to connect with students outside the classroom” said Dr. Mark Corson, chair from the Department of Natural Sciences.

Resident assistants seeking the same major are assigned to the floor and available as peer mentors to the residents. The communities are in place to offer an environment that encourages student success.

“We continue to explore innovative ways to assist new Bearcats in being successful as soon as they begin their education at Northwest, and a residential learning community lends itself to early student engagement with our department,” said Rod Barr, chair from the Department of Agriculture Sciences.

Northwest also offers a special interest community for honors students, located in its South Complex residence hall. For more information about learning communities at Northwest, contact the Office of Residential Life at or 660.562.1214.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468