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Northwest Missouri State University

Northwest Missouri State University is a state-assisted, four-year regional university that offers 127 undergraduate and 40 graduate degree programs, serving a student population of around 7,000 from northwest Missouri and the surrounding region.  The Northwest Missouri State University main campus is 380 acres, home to over 1700 trees, and serves as Missouri’s State Arboretum.


The Thomas Gaunt House, located on the south edge of campus, was constructed during the 1870s and has been the home to all Northwest presidents since the institution’s founding 1905. Gaunt purchased the tract on May 4, 1860, added an additional 19 acres on March 31, 1864, and by 1882, his holding had grown to 72 acres.


Whether you take classes online, at the state-of-the-art Northwest-Kansas City facility or on the main campus in Maryville, Northwest Missouri State University focuses on student success – every student, every day.


Northwest Missouri State University students published the first Tower Yearbook in 1917. Digital versions of the Tower yearbooks are available through 2009.

The award-winning Northwest Missourian is a student newspaper distributed weekly since 1926. View and search archived issues for the Northwest Missourian from 1926-2005.


Career Services offers a variety of events to allow students, alumni, guests and employers to connect with one another at Northwest. For a description of each event and a detailed list of attending organizations, click on any of the events listed below.

Student services

Each year, about 15 percent of our incoming freshmen and a number of transfer students begin their education at Northwest as a deciding student.

Northwest supports deciding students by offering a deciding student professional advisor to assist students through the major and career exploration process. With the assistance of the deciding student professional advisors, students will evaluate personal interests, abilities, needs and values and how each fits with a major or career.

Housing services

Northwest is committed to giving students with disabilities an equal opportunity to participate in the University’s programs, courses and activities. 

OEA provides accommodations at no cost to any student who has a documented disability as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Accommodations afford students equal opportunity to participate in the University's programs, courses, and activities.

Library services

The Horace Mann Library is available for Horace Mann students and parents; and Northwest faculty, staff, and students.  It is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The library is closed on days when school is not in session.

ICT services

All Northwest students (graduate and undergraduate) regardless of whether they are full-time or part-time and live on or off campus, are provided with a wireless-ready laptop computer. Northwest laptop models may vary between students depending on availability and enrollment status.  

Medical services

Northwest provides health insurance to all benefit eligible employees and pay 100% of the premiums. Employees may elect to purchase coverage for one dependent or the entire family. If electing dependent coverage, the employee would be responsible for the additional premium cost through payroll deduction.

Campus life

Our interactive campus map allows you to search for and find buildings, explore campus and witness student life as a Bearcat.

Sports facilities

Northwest Missouri State University is home to the following Athletic Facilities. 

  • Bearcat Arena 
  • Bearcat Baseball Field 
  • Bearcat Pitch 
  • Bearcat Stadium 
  • Martindale Hall
  • Student Recreation Center
  • Foster Fitness Center 

Student clubs

Northwest students have an opportunity to network, gain leadership skills, build creative skills and enhance the Bearcat experience through student organizations.

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) was founded in 1895 as an independent higher education accreditor. The mission of HLC is to “Serving the common good by assuring and advancing the quality of higher learning.” HLC currently accredits over 1300 institutions of post-secondary education.

Maryville, Missouri, United States

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