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September 16, 2022

Northwest Missouri State University’s total enrollment this fall is 8,505 students, making it the highest enrollment in the institution’s 117-year history, according to the fall census. University.

Enrollment numbers represent an 8.1% increase from a year ago and the fifth straight drop that the North West has achieved overall growth. The University’s record enrollment is fueled by new institutional highs in graduate enrollment, which increased 24.7% to 3,197 students; international enrollment, which increased by 17.9% to 855 students; and dual credit enrollment, which increased 16.5% to 559 students. Additionally, online enrollment at Northwest increased 18.4% to 2,546 students; graduate students represent 82.6% of the University’s online workforce.

Northwest also achieved a record retention rate with 79.5% of last year’s freshman class electing to return to college this fall.

“Northwest has strong academic programs that provide students with work experiences,” said Dr. Clarence Green, interim president of Northwest. “Our championship culture extends to all aspects of Northwest. Our faculty and staff do an exceptional job of meeting our students where they are, and this is evidenced by our record retention rates.

Although its overall roster hits a new high this fall, Northwest recognizes it has work to do. Undergraduate field student enrollment at its Maryville campus was down 6% this fall.

“We are thrilled to achieve record high overall enrollment again this year with growth in many of our student segments,” said Dr. Allison Hoffmann, Assistant Vice President of Admissions and Student Success. Northwest students. “Still, we know there is work to be done on our renewed goal of increasing undergraduate field enrollment at the Maryville campus. We remain committed to a full and thriving college experience, and our record retention rate confirms that students who choose Northwest value our strong academic programs, holistic student support, extracurricular experiences, and career-based learning opportunities. .

Northwestern freshmen roam the Maryville campus in August before the start of the fall semester. (Photo by Abigayle Rush/Northwest Missouri State University)

Affordable, quality education helps students succeed

Profession-based learning experiences at Northwest—such as a 3D animation critique at the School of Communication and Mass Media—help students prepare for their careers.  (Photo by Lauren Adams/Northwest Missouri State University)

Profession-based learning experiences at Northwest—such as a 3D animation critique at the School of Communication and Mass Media—help students prepare for their careers. (Photo by Lauren Adams/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwest places a high emphasis on professional learning to help graduates jump-start their careers while maintaining competitive tuition rates and generous financial aid to help minimize any financial barriers students may face when pursuing an education. academics.

By providing opportunities for North West students to build their resumes through work experiences in nearly every field of study, the University’s placement rates indicate that 98% of bachelor’s degree graduates and nearly 100 % of master’s degree graduates gain employment or further education within six months. of graduation, according to the most recent data from the University. North West’s graduation rate is in the 95th percentile among its peers.

North West students receive laptops as part of their tuition through the University's Laptop and Textbook Rental Program.  (Photo by Lauren Adams/Northwest Missouri State University)

North West students receive laptops as part of their tuition through the University’s Laptop and Textbook Rental Program. (Photo by Lauren Adams/Northwest Missouri State University)

As for value, Northwest includes textbooks and a laptop computer in its tuition, which is among the lowest in the nation, saving students about $6,800 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to earn money while developing professional skills through the International Benchmark Program.

Eighty-nine percent of freshmen receive an institutional scholarship or grant, which includes Northwest’s innovative Bearcat Advantage and Northwest Promise programs. The University also offers low-cost housing and a fee structure for graduate students based on market demand and program offerings rather than a traditional residency-based model.

Additionally, to help students graduate in four years or less and rack up less debt, Northwest’s “Complete 30” initiative encourages students to take a personalized approach to meeting their academic goals and complete 30 hours. credit during an academic year.

Results from the 2021 Ruffalo Noel Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory show North West students are more satisfied than students of their national peers and 80% of North West students say they would repeat their college experience, compared to 77% of students surveyed nationwide at their respective institutions.

Other registration numbers

Northwestern students identifying with underrepresented groups or from countries other than the United States increased 13.4% this fall.  (Photo by Abigayle Rush/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwestern students identifying with underrepresented groups or from countries other than the United States increased 13.4% this fall. (Photo by Abigayle Rush/Northwest Missouri State University)

Northwestern’s fall freshman enrollment rose 13.6% to 1,095, and 35% of those students identify as first-generation students. The number of first-time transfers to the University is 309 students, up 1.3% from last fall.

Additionally, Northwest reports that its student population identifying with underrepresented groups or from countries other than the United States increased 13.4% to 1,840 students; they represent 21.6% of the total enrollment of the University. The total enrollment of national minorities in the North West is 895 students, who represent an additional 12% of the student body.

It should be noted that Hispanic students, who number 337, now make up the largest portion of underrepresented domestic students in the Northwest. Previously, African American students made up the majority of the University’s underrepresented national population.

International students at the University make up 10% of the student body and hail from 36 other countries, with most of these students coming from India, Nepal and Nigeria.

“The increase in underrepresented national enrollment at Northwest shows our commitment to diversity and inclusion, supporting the academic success of underrepresented national students and making our campus and community a more inclusive for all students,” said Dr. Justin Mallett, Northwest’s assistant vice president of diversity. and inclusion, said. Noting the Northwest Foundation’s partnership with the Hispanic Development Fund to support Hispanic student enrollment, Mallett added, “The increase in Hispanic student numbers shows Northwest’s ability to look beyond enrollment. and to become holistic in our ability to serve students from diverse populations.

While the student population in the University State is 5,545, representing an increase of 8.9% from a year ago, North West students come from a total of 47 States this fall, with the institution continuing to take good inspiration from Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

In Northwest-Kansas City, where the University offers a range of courses, 897 students are enrolled and include students in non-degree programs and dual credit courses.

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