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Above, students walk the Northwest campus during the first day of classes in August. For the second consecutive year, the city of Maryville is named by SafeWise as one of the “Safest College Towns in America.” (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Above, students walk the Northwest campus during the first day of classes in August. For the second consecutive year, the city of Maryville is named by SafeWise as one of the “Safest College Towns in America.” (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Oct. 20, 2016

Maryville named one of ’Safest College Towns’ for second year

Maryville, the home to Northwest Missouri State University, is one of the “Safest College Towns in America” for the second consecutive year, according to a recent report released by SafeWise, an online resource for home security and safety information.

Maryville comes in at No. 28 on the list of cities, up from 32 last year. Also for the second consecutive year, it is the only Missouri college town to appear on the list.

“Maryville is a city that displays its civic pride through public and private beautification projects and cooperative efforts that bring residents together for the betterment of the town,” Safewise reported. “These ideals are mirrored by Northwest Missouri State University, which includes servant leadership, collaboration, and providing beautiful surroundings in its core mission and values.”

City Manager Greg McDanel said the safety ranking is a testament of the high level of collaboration by law enforcement agencies throughout the Maryville community – Maryville Public Safety, the Nodaway County Sheriff’s Department, the University Police Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol – and their work to maintain a healthy relationship with the community and encourage residents to remain diligent in reporting. The agencies provide several educational programs focused on issues that are important to students.

“It’s an asset to our community to be one of the safest,” McDanel said. “Maryville is a safe community. It’s a place you can send your students and your children and know that they’re going to have a safe education experience during their time in Maryville.”

University Police’s Safe Ride Home program, launched in 2004 as a student initiative, has reduced violations for driving while intoxicated by more than 60 percent while providing transportation to more than 20,000 students annually. University Police also offers numerous awareness programs to educate students about relationship violence, sexual assault, crime prevention and emergency preparedness.

Additionally, University Police reports that more than 90 percent of students with whom officers interact in a judicial manner rate their experience as a quality one, illustrating the department’s emphasis on serving students and treating them respectfully. 

“It really speaks louder than most people think,” University Police Chief Clarence Green said of the SafeWise recognition. “With the state of policing in America as it is today, it shows we listen to our community well and that we’re responsive to our community needs. We take service first. I hope, whether someone agrees with us or not, that a student says, ‘I felt like you listened. I may not have the answer I wanted, but you listened and you responded.’ That’s what we’re proud of.”

SafeWise combined data from recent FBI statistics and identified safety-related programs and initiatives in college cities across the country to compose its list. Click here to view the entire list.


About Northwest Missouri State University

With an enrollment of more than 6,500 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its flagship Maryville campus as well as a new Kansas City location and in St. Joseph.

Founded in 1905, Northwest was ranked in 2015 and 2016 by U.S. News and World Report as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri, and it is one of only four four-year institutions in Missouri to meet all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during its first three years.

The University boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest's national peer group. In addition, 97 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.

Northwest also places a high emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers. Students have opportunities to build their resumes with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory School, National Public Radio affiliate KXCV, the RT Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area, the internationally ranked Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship or Knacktive, a student-driven integrated digital marketing communications agency.

Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,300 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. 

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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