Northwest Missouri State University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is a public, four-year institution with a mean class size of 27 and a student/faculty ratio of 22 to 1. Its 70-acre campus in Maryville, Missouri, is the designated Missouri Arboretum and features over 130 tree species. Each of the 7,000 students at Northwest receives a laptop computer for school use. Northwest offers a total of 135 undergraduate and 36 master’s programs over a variety of majors. Campus life is robust, and Northwest has 150 student organizations and clubs, a robust Greek life, and many interesting intramurals. When it comes to intercollegiate athletics, the Northwest Bearcats have a formidable reputation. They participate in the NCAA Division II Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and have won national championships in football, cheerleading, and wrestling.


  • Total Enrollment: 6,857 (5,654 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 43% Male/57% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,298 (in-state); $17,525 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $400
  • Room and Board: $9,022
  • Other Expenses: $2,575
  • Total Cost: $22,295 (in-state); $29,522 (out-of-state)

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 97%
    • Loans: 65%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,378
    • Loans: $9,176

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Education; Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences; Psychology; and Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 78%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 33%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 27%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 47%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Tennis, Track and Field
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball

Overview of Northwest Missouri State University Admissions

In 2019, Northwest Missouri State University admitted three-quarters of those who submitted applications. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data             

  • Northwest Missouri State University Acceptance Rate: 79%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 478/593
    • SAT Math: 498/600
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 19/24
    • ACT English: 18/24
    • ACT Math: 18/24

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Northwest Missouri State University, then it should be easy for you to gain admissions to the schools below. If Northwest Missouri State University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Texas State University, Georgia State University, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Liberty University

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Northwest Missouri State University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, California State University Long Beach, Pace University

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Northwest Missouri State University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

Syracuse University, United States Military Academy, Penn State University Park, University of Cincinnati, Hofstra University, Temple University, Seton Hall University

Applying to Northwest Missouri State University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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