Northwest Missouri State University

800 University Drive, Maryville, Missouri, USA | Public University | Established 1905

About us

Originally established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year regional university that also offers graduate degree programs. The Northwest experience is truly one that helps shape future leaders. Survey after survey shows Northwest is a national leader in both student satisfaction and degree completion. The heartfelt commitment of the faculty and staff to students' development, both in and beyond the classroom, is one of Northwest's finest assets. Engaged alumni remain connected and quite supportive of the University's efforts, and Northwest's many partners are equally committed to the institution's success.

Why Northwest Missouri State University

  • Quality Academics: Northwest offers 127 undergraduate programs and 40 graduate programs. The business, education, geography, and agriculture departments graduate the largest number of students each year. Career Services offers an "Exploring Majors" fair where students can learn about different majors on campus and find which major is the perfect fit for them.

  • Profession-Based Experience: Northwest is a true advocate of profession-based experience. For instance, in our Horace Mann Lab School students majoring in education get a true inside view of what teaching is all about. Northwest offers several other opportunities for profession-based experiences including internships, the University farm for agriculture majors, on-campus radio and television stations, and volunteer work.

  • The Right Size: Northwest currently has around 7,000 students. This size of campus offers great opportunities for students to succeed socially, as well as academically. With a student to teacher ratio of 20 to 1, you never feel like a number and receive personalized attention from faculty.

  • Accommodating Supplies: Every full-time student receives a laptop computer to use throughout the school year. Northwest has implemented a rental program where students pay only $6 per credit hour for their textbooks.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: 1 in 6 students represent ethnic and cultural diversity. Northwest aims to broaden diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts campus-wide for students and employees, in addition to impacting community initiatives.


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