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Jan. 9, 2018
Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Northwest Missouri State University a 2018 Military Friendly School in recognition of the University’s commitment to embracing military service members, veterans and their family members and ensuring their success on campus.
This marks the sixth consecutive year Northwest has been named on the list, which honors colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are delivering the best experience for military students.
In its profile of the University, Victory Media wrote Northwest’s “more than 200 rigorous academic programs of study, small class sizes, opportunities for profession-based learning experiences early in your college career and high career placement rates following graduation are just a few of the reasons why Northwest is an excellent choice for military members.” It also cited resources available to students such as its Student Success Center, student employment opportunities and faculty advisors.
Northwest, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers a range of degree and certification programs that benefit military students. The University is VA approved, gives credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). Northwest also follows American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations when granting credit for military experience or from other regionally accredited institutions as transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
Further enhancing its services for veterans, Northwest partners with veterans organizations and regularly hosts representatives to assist with filing for VA benefits, employment and readjustment counseling. Northwest also offers a variety of scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty. For more information about resources available to veterans at Northwest, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/admissions/apply/veterans/.
In partnership with the Missouri Army National Guard, Northwest also offers the Guard Officer Leadership Development (GOLD) program to develop qualified Missouri citizens into commissioned officers through classroom instruction, leadership laboratories and a physical conditioning program.
Now in its 16th year, the Military Friendly Schools list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families, using data sources from federal agencies, veteran students and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.
Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation are evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. For the first time, student survey data also was taken into consideration for the designation. Final ratings are determined by survey scores as well as an assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, degree advancement and loan default rates
More than 1,300 schools participated in the 2017-2018 survey with 849 making the list, which was published in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and online at www.militaryfriendly.com.
With an enrollment of about 6,300 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs on its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location at the Northland Innovation Center and through Northwest Online.
Founded in 1905, Northwest has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report during three of the last four years as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri, and it has met all measures of the state’s performance-based funding initiative during four of the model’s first five years. 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. In addition, 96 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.
Northwest 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 R.T. Wright Farm, Mozingo Outdoor Education Recreation Area 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 nation, 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.
For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit www.nwmissouri.edu/facts/.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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Northwest Missouri State University
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