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Sept. 9, 2020

Northwest removes ACT, SAT requirement for prospective students entering in 2021

Northwest Missouri State University is not requiring prospective students to submit ACT or SAT test scores for admission to the University during the spring and fall 2021 semesters, effective immediately.

“During these unprecedented times, Northwest is committed to removing barriers and assisting students in achieving their academic goals,” Jeremy Waldeier, executive director of student recruiting said. “Just as the University is focused on student success – every student, every day – our admissions and recruiting team is focused on helping students make the transition from high school to the college campus so they are set up to be successful.”

Although ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission, prospective students who wish to be eligible for merit-based scholarships must submit ACT or SAT scores and high school grade-point average to the admissions office for consideration. Families may find additional scholarship information by visiting

Home-schooled and graduates of unaccredited high schools also must submit test scores for admission. 

Prospective students and their families are invited to learn more about attending Northwest by scheduling an in-person visit or by participating in Northwest’s virtual Discover Your Major Visit Days as well as Virtual Visits with Financial Aid. To view all of the visit opportunities, visit


About Northwest

With an enrollment of about 7,100 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university, founded in 1905, 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.

Northwest’s graduation rate is in the 90th percentile among its peers. In addition, 96 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 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 $7,200 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


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