Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University Student Enrollment Information

Located in Maryville, MO, Northwest Missouri State University is a public university that offers undergraduate and master's programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Northwest Missouri State University the School for You?

Northwest Missouri State University (NWMSU) is located in Maryville, MO, 100 miles from Kansas City. This public university offers certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's programs through the academic colleges of arts and sciences; education and human services; and business and professional studies. Weigh the facts below to decide if you should attend NWMSU.


  • Ranked among the top 50 of public schools
  • Total cost (including all school and living expenses) is $855 lower than the national average for in-state students
  • Acceptance rate is 6.2 percentage points higher than the national average


  • 4-year graduation rate is 13 percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-faculty ratio is 24:1, which is higher than the national average

Rankings & School Analysis

Northwest Missouri State University was ranked #37 on U.S. News & World Report's 2014 list of Top Public Schools. As a NWMSU student, you'll be able to choose from 135 undergraduate programs and 36 master's programs. The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) reported that the university accepted 70% of applicants in 2012, just above the national average of 63.8%, and that 67% of students returned after their first year.

According to the NCES, 27% of students who started at the school in Fall 2006 graduated in four years, well below the national average of 40%. Fifty-two percent completed their degrees within six years. NWMSU offers a student-faculty ratio of 24:1, higher than the national average of 15:1, but all classes are taught by professors - the majority of whom are full-time faculty members - rather than graduate students.

NWMSU is an affordable option for most students. The total cost of attendance (including tuition and fees, room and board, books and personal expenses) for the 2012-2013 academic year was $17,005 for Missouri residents, just below the $17,860 national average for in-state students at public universities. Out-of-state students paid roughly $21,892 during that period, much lower than the national average of $30,911.

Getting In & Financial Aid at NWMSU

The NCES reported that 31% of accepted students chose to attend the university in 2012. To apply, you'll need to submit the school's application and standardized test scores; roughly 99% of applicants submitted ACT scores in 2012, and the middle 50% of accepted students that year scored between 20 and 25 on the composite ACT. The school does not require the writing portion of the ACT, but test scores must be sent to the school by August 1.

If you need help paying for school, you can apply to the university by April 1 to receive priority consideration for financial aid. About 97% of undergraduates received some type of aid in the 2011-2012 year, and 61% had their full need met. You may be eligible for scholarships based on need, academic performance, alumni affiliation, minority status, state residency or achievement in areas such as art, athletics and ROTC. If you're entering a graduate program, you may be able to apply for teaching, research, tutoring or administrative assistantships.

Application and Tuition Info
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013) April 1***
Notification of Acceptance (2013) Rolling, beginning September 1***
Application Fee (2013) No fee for online application***
Acceptance Rate (2012) 70%*
All Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-2013) $17,005 for in-state
$21,892 for out-of-state students*
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $9,667***
Percent of Students with Need Met (2012) 61%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $23,264***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 7.2%*

Student Life at NWMSU

At NWMSU, you can choose to live among fellow students in traditional residence halls, apartments, family housing, gender neutral housing and two special interest communities. If you want to get involved on campus, the university offers more than 150 student organizations and 17 Greek chapters.

NWMSU offers a number of academic resources, including a textbook rental program and wireless-enabled laptops for all full-time students. The school has several research tools for agriculture students, including an arboretum, dairy operation, swine herd and experimental farmland. Its other facilities include an alternative energy learning center, an observatory and numerous museums.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Remote town*
Student Population (2012) 6,014 undergraduates, 817 graduate students*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 44% to 56%*
% of Full Time Students (2012) 89%*
% of In-state Students (2011) 68%*
Retention Rate (2011-2012) 67% for full-time and 67% for part-time students*
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 38%***
Number of Libraries 1**
Extracurricular Activities Over 150**
Noteworthy Full-time students receive laptops for use during the school year**

Article Sources: *NCES College Navigator, **Northwest Missouri State University, ***The College Board

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, 800 University Drive, 248 Administration Building, Maryville, MO 64468
  • Phone: (660) 562-1148