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.

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