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Study at Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is a coeducational, public, state university located in Maryville, Missouri, United States. It was established in 1905 as a teachers' college named Normal School. In 1919, the name was changed to Northwest Missouri State Teacher's College. In 1949, the name was changed again to Northwest Missouri State College. Finally, on August 14, 1972, the college was granted University status, which meant it could offer master graduate degrees, and it was given its present name.

The University's sports teams are called the Bearcats. The official mascot is Bobby the Bearcat. Northwest Missouri State University sponsors various sports including football, basketball, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, cross country, track/field, golf, and soccer.

Profile of Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State can be found in Maryville, MO (a town not particularly near any major cities). The school is a public institution. The Post-Master's certificate is the highest degree at Northwest Missouri State.

Course Topics

The school offers a wide range of choices in programs of study. The most common majors at Northwest Missouri State are in media, agricultural science and management, landscaping and horticulture, and education and teaching.

Northwest Missouri State Selectivity

The school does not have an open admissions system. Not everyone who applies is accepted. Only 25% of students scored 450 or lower in 2007 on the verbal SAT test. Math SAT scores at Northwest Missouri State centered around 490 to 590, but ranged both higher and lower.


A tenure system is one way the school works to keep a high-quality staff.

Student Enrolment

In 2007, 6, 511 students were enrolled in Northwest Missouri State.

Student Life

Student dorms or apartments are common at the school. Northwest Missouri State student athletes compete in Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association competitions.

Northwest Missouri State Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Education and Teaching259elementary school teaching, physical education teaching, secondary school administration, elementary/middle school admin, superintendency and administration, computer teaching, middle school teaching, educational administration, . . .
Business and Management217business management, accounting, finance, marketing, MIS, international business, managerial economics
Liberal Arts110interdisciplinary studies, geography, history, English, sociology, geography courses, speech and rhetoric, political science, . . .
Therapy and Counselling98psychology, social psychology, psychobiology, organizational psychology
Media91radio and television, public relations, advertising, journalism, organizational communications
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy51parks and recreation management, dietitian, recreational therapy
Computer Science and Engineering48web design, systems analyst, computer and info science
Agricultural Science and Management41agricultural operations, agriculture, agricultural economics
Science31biology, chemistry, geology, anatomical sciences
Family and Social Work28family studies, public administration, foodservice management
Engineering Technician20industrial production tech
Fine Arts19fine arts
Landscaping and Horticulture15horticultural science, agronomy
office and Administration12administrative assistant, business support services
Animal Science and Care12animal science
Construction Trades9apparel and textile marketing
Conservation and Resource Management8wildlife management
Drama and Performing Arts6theatre design, acting
Medical Support and Technology3clinical lab tech
Religion and Philosophy2philosophy

Contact: Northwest Missouri State

Northwest Missouri State University

800 University Drive

Maryville, MO 64468-6001

General Phone: (660) 562-1212


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