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Northwest annually celebrates veterans and their families during its Military Appreciation football game. The University is a Military Friendly institution for 2019-20. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

Northwest annually celebrates veterans and their families during its Military Appreciation football game. The University is a Military Friendly institution for 2019-20. (Northwest Missouri State University photo)

July 19, 2019

Northwest is Military Friendly School for eighth consecutive year

Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Northwest Missouri State University a Military Friendly School for 2019-2020 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 eighth consecutive year Northwest has been named on the list, which honors colleges, universities and trade schools that deliver the best experience for military students.

Dr. Tyler Tapps, who served as a fuel maintenance technician in the U.S. Air Force, is among several veterans at Northwest who understand the value of the benefits and services the University offers. Tapps earned a Bachelor of Science in corporate recreation and wellness and a Master of Science in recreation from Northwest. Today, he is an associate professor of recreation in Northwest’s School of Health Science and Wellness.

“I am very proud of the commitment made by Northwest to ensure ample opportunities for veterans and families of veterans,” Tapps said. “Personally, as a veteran who navigated the process, I found the support of the staff and other veterans to be extremely valuable.”

In its profile of the University, Victory Media cites Northwest’s more than 200 rigorous academic programs, small class sizes, opportunities for student employment and profession-based learning. “Many resources, including the Student Success Center, Writing Center, Math Lab, career services, and faculty advisors, are available to help students be successful throughout their time at Northwest and after,” the report states.

“We are constantly working to try and be as innovative and welcoming in new and exciting ways for our veterans and military students and employees,” Tapps said. “Northwest understands the sacrifices that are necessary and made by these individuals, and we are working every day to support, lift up and applaud those individuals.”

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 and 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

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.

The Military Friendly Schools list annually provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families, using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations. Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school.

This year, 766 schools earned the designation, and the list was published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The complete list of Military Friendly Schools is available at


About Northwest Missouri State University

With an enrollment of about 6,800 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.

The University boasts a graduation rate 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. Zippia, a career website, names 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 résumés with experiences on campus in nearly every area of study, including the Horace Mann Laboratory SchoolNational 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 $7,400 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program. 

Founded in 1905, Northwest has been ranked by U.S. News and World Report during three of the last five years as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri. Safewise has ranked the city of Maryville as one of the “Safest College Towns in America,” and has named the Northwest campus one of the “50 Most Amazing University Botanical Gardens and Arboretums in the U.S.”

For more information about Northwest and its performance, visit


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