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The Northwest community welcomes new students to the University during activities prior to the first day of classes this fall. Citing Northwest's unique qualities and retention data, U.S. News has again ranked the University as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

The Northwest community welcomes new students to the University during activities prior to the first day of classes this fall. Citing Northwest's unique qualities and retention data, U.S. News has again ranked the University as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Sept. 19, 2017

U.S. News and World Report ranks Northwest as top moderately selective regional university for third time in four years

Northwest Missouri State University is included on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2018 Best Colleges,” which again ranks the institution as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri.

U.S. News ranked Northwest at No. 21 on its list of “Top Public Schools” among regional universities in the Midwest and No. 87 overall, in a tie with five other schools, on its list of “Best Regional Universities” in the Midwest, which includes all public and private universities in the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin as well as Missouri.

Northwest is ranked second among Missouri universities on both lists, trailing only Truman State University, which is classified as a highly selective university. U.S. News also ranked Northwest as the state’s top moderately selective regional university in 2015 and 2016.

“Choosing the right university is important, and these rankings help put a spotlight on the quality education and experiences Northwest Missouri State students receive,” Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said. “We live our mission of focusing on student success – every student, every day – and take great pride in our culture of champions. Our metrics and the stories we continue to hear from our students, parents, alumni and so many others are evidence that Northwest is providing an exceptional student experience.”

To develop its rankings, U.S. News analyzes data such as freshman retention, graduation rates, class sizes, ACT and SAT scores, financial resources and alumni giving. Each indicator is assigned a weight and institutions are ranked based on their overall scores.

According to U.S. News, Northwest scores well with a student-to-faculty ratio of 21 to 1, and 47 percent of classes are smaller than 20 students. U.S. News also cites Northwest’s four-year freshman retention rate of 70 percent, which places the University in the top third of its national peer group, based on 2015-2016 data. Preliminary enrollment data recorded by Northwest this fall shows the University’s retention rate has risen to 74 percent, which is an all-time high for the University and an indicator of student satisfaction.

U.S. News also cites Northwest’s unique qualities – such as its designation as the Missouri Arboretum; its Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area; Horace Mann Laboratory School; state-of-the-art lab facilities for agriculture, fine and performing arts, and student media, the Robert and Virginia Foster Fitness Center, and its cutting edge alternative fuels and sustainability initiatives, which have saved taxpayers more than $13 million.

As part of its retention strategy focusing on affordability, Northwest includes textbooks and a laptop in its tuition and saves students an estimated $7,300 over four years. Northwest also integrates students into University operations through its internationally benchmarked student employment program, which offers about 1,200 opportunities for students to build professional skills and their résumés on the campus. Additionally, its American Dream Grant covers 100 percent of tuition and fees for eligible students.

Northwest boasts nationally competitive athletics and academic programs, which have won more than 40 national titles since 2009, including 13 national championships – 11 by academic teams in business education and forensics and two by athletics teams in football and men’s basketball – since December. The Bearcat football team is a six-time national champion and four-time national runner-up, and the cheerleading team is a three-time national champion. The men’s basketball team won the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championship, making Northwest the first Division II school to win football and men's basketball titles in the same academic year.

Additionally, Safewise ranks the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” while BestCollegesOnline.org has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

The University boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is in the 89th percentile of Northwest's national peer group. Ninety-six percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 97 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data. Zippia, a career website, recently named Northwest the best college in Missouri for getting a job.

To view U.S. News’ “2018 Best Colleges,” visit www.usnews.com/education


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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