Northwest Missouri State University

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Northwest Missouri State University

Founded as a teacher's college in 1905, today Northwest Missouri State University is a state university in Marysville, Missouri. Its campus is based on designs dating back to the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair and today is the official Missouri State Arboretum.

Marysville emerged the victor in the competition for the campus, offering an 86-acre donation as well as $58,000. Other competitors were the towns of Springfield, Cape Girardeau, Warrensburg and Kirksville.

Classes commenced in June 1906 with students ranging from kindergarten to third grade. Today there are three colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Services and the Melvin D. and Valorie G. Booth College of Business and Professional Studies.


Students may choose amongst 27 general fields of study, including accounting, communication, English, mass media and nutrition. There are 124 majors, 72 minors and 19 pre-professional programs. Northwest Missouri also has certificate programs in business technology and farm operation.

The school has 6,831 students: 6,014 undergraduates and 817 graduate students. Laptops and textbooks are included in the cost of tuition at Northwest Missouri, saving students an estimated $1,168 yearly.

Northwest Missouri has been ranked amongst the top five energy-reducing schools by 2013 Campus Conservation Nationals and was the 2011 winner of the Annual Recycling Award from the Missouri State Recycling Program.


Known as the Bearcats, Northwest Missouri's team play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II, as well as the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association for both men and women's sports. The school has won three NCAA Division II football national championships and was a runner-up four times.

Financial Aid

Northwest Missouri offers approximately $18 million a year in scholarships and grants, with more than 90 percent of incoming freshmen receiving some type of aid. Scholarships include freshman students, transfer students, continuing students and graduate students, while federal funding is available in the form of grants, loans and work-study.


The B.D. Owens Library has customizable collaboration spaces, personalized academic services and scholarly information resources.

Student Housing

Northwest Missouri has nine on-campus residence halls, four for freshmen and five for upperclass. There are also living learning communities, gender-neutral housing and family-student housing.

General Information

Admission Office

800 University Drive

Maryville, MO 64468-6001

(660) 562-1562

(800) 633-1175

Fax: (660) 562-1121

Contact: Beverly Schenkel

Dean of Enrollment Management
Main Address

800 University Drive

Maryville, MO 64468

(660) 562-1212

Total undergrads: 5,782

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,533

Degree-seeking undergrads: 5,506

Graduate enrollment: 1,121


Rural setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: Free
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 76%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 71%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agribusiness Operations B
Agricultural Economics B
Agriculture – General B
Agronomy/Crop Science B
Animal Sciences B
Farm/Ranch Management C
Horticulture Science B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Acting B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Theater Design/Stagecraft B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Administrative/Secretarial Services B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Office systems C

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Journalism B
Organizational Communication B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Web/Multimedia Design B


Agricultural Education B
Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Business Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Curriculum/Instruction B
Education of Multiple Handicapped B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Junior High Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B
Speech/theatre education B

Engineering Technologies

GIS technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Apparel/Textile Marketing Management B
Child Care Management C
Human Development/Family Studies B
Institutional Food Production B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health System Administration C
Medical Dietetics B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Humanities B


Mathematics – General B
Statistics B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Biological/Physical Sciences B
Biopsychology B
Multi/Interdisciplinary studies A

Natural Resources & Conservation

Alternative energy B
Wildlife/Wilderness Management B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Parks/Leisure Facilities Management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B


Industrial/Organizational Psychology B
Psychobiology/Physiological Psychology B
Psychology – General B
Social Psychology B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northwest Missouri State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(660) 562-1212
Type of School:4-year, Public
Address:800 University Drive, Maryville, MO 64468-6001
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:6,530
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):48%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:4,837 (74% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$7,343
Out-of-state Tuition:$12,513
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$7,893

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Northwest Missouri State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northwest Missouri State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences151
Biological and Biomedical Sciences21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services181
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs7
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services22
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields1
English Language and Literature/Letters21
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics1
Health Professions and Related Programs5
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies11
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies1
Physical Sciences2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Social Sciences141
Visual and Performing Arts4
Grand total817429

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Northwest Missouri State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services21
Social Sciences11
Grand total325

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northwest Missouri State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$400

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid1,35396%
Grant or scholarship aid1,31493%$7,893
Student loan aid86261%$5,826

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid4,30677%$6,961
Federal student loans3,09555%$8,532

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northwest Missouri State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northwest Missouri State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants5,3822,2003,182
Percent admitted100%72%76%
Percent admitted who enrolled26%26%26%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northwest Missouri State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment6,530
Undergraduate enrollment5,628
Graduate enrollment902

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northwest Missouri State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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