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Congratulations on choosing Northwest Missouri State University. This booklet contains important information you’ll need to know about becoming a Bearcat – housing or commuter information, health information, checklists, deadlines, phone numbers and more.

Welcome to Northwest

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Living in the residence halls is a great way to stay connected to campus. Students who live in the residence halls are more likely to be involved in clubs and organizations and on average receive better grades than those living off campus. Most students will tell you that living on campus is the quickest way to make friends and get involved. Northwest’s campus is nice and compact, so everything is close to home — parking, classes, entertainment and dining. YOUR student id NUMBER When your application to Northwest was processed, you were assigned a student number, also known as your 919 number. This number was provided to you in your acceptance letter. This very important nine-digit number is your student identification number that you will use throughout your association with Northwest. You’ll use it to apply for housing; to apply for Summer Orientation, Advisement and Registration; to access the SOAR Directory; for room assignment notification; to view your class schedule; and to log into your CatPAWS account. It’s also your username, and it’s printed on your Bearcat Card. Memorize this number. You’ll be asked for it often as you navigate Northwest.



HOUSING POLICY ALL FIRST-TIME FRESHMEN MUST LIVE IN THE RESIDENCE HALLS UNLESS THEY ARE MARRIED, ARE AT LEAST 21 YEARS OF AGE OR ARE COMMUTING FROM THEIR PARENT’S OR LEGAL GUARDIAN’S PRIMARY RESIDENCE WITHIN 60 MILES OF MARYVILLE (WHERE THEY LIVED DURING HIGH SCHOOL). Students who are not first-time freshmen or those who are at least 21 years of age may live in housing of their own choice. All students not living in the residence halls must complete the commuter card located inside the front cover of this booklet. The housing agreement is for contracted periods, typically the fall and spring. Thus, release from the agreement at the end of the fall trimester will not be automatic nor should it be assumed.

DUAL CREDIT/AP/ CLEP/IB Students may apply credit earned via dual credit, AP, CLEP or IB to a degree at Northwest. Northwest will accept transfer and high school dual credit from regionally accredited institutions. Credit may also be granted for satisfactory scores on College Board Advanced Placement Tests (AP), the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations, and the International Baccalaureate (IB). In order to receive credit, students must have official transcripts from the college or original score reports from the testing agency sent to the Office of Admissions. Northwest does not award credit for all AP, CLEP or IB examinations. However, a current list of accepted credit may be found at www. academics/dualcredit.htm.

steps prior to enrollment

HEALTH HISTORY FORM Prior to starting classes at Northwest, students must complete and return a HEALTH HISTORY FORM. The form can be found at www. and should be returned to Wellness Services at least 30 days before classes begin. COMMUTING TO CAMPUS Freshmen, transfer and returning students who meet the commuting criteria must complete the COMMUTING TO NORTHWEST card on the inside cover of this booklet. Apartments and other rental properties in Maryville are limited, therefore, housing should be secured as early as possible before the start of the term. The COMMUTING TO NORTHWEST card should be completed within two weeks of receiving this booklet. To return this card, remove it from the inside cover, detach the top section, fold in half, seal with tape and drop it into the mail. Freshmen, don’t forget to have your card notarized! For questions regarding first-time freshman housing requirements and commuting to campus, please call Residential Life at 800.633.1175 or 660.562.1214 or email

Tell us your housing plans. ■■ Complete the Housing and Food Service agreement (found in the envelope stapled in the middle of this booklet OR go online to CatPAWS to complete and submit a housing agreement). Send $150 prepayment and the housing agreement in the envelope provided or online through CatPAWS. Room assignment will not be made until the housing agreement AND prepayment are received.

OR ■■ Complete and send back

the Commuter card located inside the front cover of this booklet (freshmen, don’t forget to have it notarized).

Apply for scholarships and financial aid. ■■ Many of our incoming scholarships are automatic, based on your admission information, but have a priority deadline of May 1. Information on other scholarships is available at finaid.

the Free Application for Federal Student Assistance (FAFSA).

Submit the Student health History form. ■■ Complete the Health History Form (found at www.nwmissouri. edu/wellness/beforenw. htm) and return it to Wellness Services at least 30 days before classes begin. Please be sure to complete all necessary sections, as instructed on the form. ■■ International students

must also carry adequate medical insurance. Northwest offers an insurance plan if students do not have their own insurance. Please contact the Intercultural and International Center for more information about this requirement.

Attend orientation/ registration sessions. ■■ Dates for each session are listed on page 23 of this booklet. ■■ Watch your mail for

a special invitation to register for your orientation/registration program.

■■ Apply as soon as possible

after Jan. 1, 2012, using



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freshman halls EAST SIDE: Hudson Hall and Perrin Hall, joined by the Hudson-Perrin Community Building, opened in fall 2007. This complex, with its modified suite-style rooms, has five or six rooms grouped together in a pod with a private bathroom. The Community Building area features a front desk, kitchen, free laundry facilities, recreation room and a gathering place. Each residence hall has wireless internet available on all floors.These halls are located near the J.W. Jones Student Union and Colden Hall. HIGH RISES: These seven-story buildings are on the northwest corner of campus. Each traditional standard room has two built-in desks, closets and dressers, along with two movable chairs and beds. The rooms and hallways are carpeted. There is a central restroom/shower area and lounge on each floor. Each highrise residence hall has a front desk and wireless internet available. Residents also have access to fitness equipment, a kitchen, free laundry facilities and sand volleyball courts. Each residence hall also contains Freshman Learning Centers and the buildings are close to the Station and Wellness Services. The following descriptions are for the 2012-2013 academic year: HUDSON/PERRIN HALLS opened Fall 2007

■■ coed by floor ■■ capacity: 450 ■■ fully carpeted ■■ movable furniture ■■ mini-blinds ■■ Freshman Learning Center ■■ beds are loftable or bunkable

(see pg. 11) ROOM SPECIFICATIONS* ■■ Windows: 68” w x 78” h ■■ Ceiling: 9’ h ■■ Door: 36” w x 80” h ■■ Mattress: 80” long

DIETERICH HALL ■■ coed by floor ■■ capacity: 306 ■■ kitchen ■■ may bring lofts (see pg. 11) ■■ recreation room

MILLIKAN HALL ■■ coed by floor ■■ capacity: 306 ■■ aerobic exercise area ■■ may bring lofts (see pg. 11) ■■ kitchen and study lounges

FRANKEN HALL ■■ coed by floor ■■ freshmen and upperclassmen ■■ kitchen and study lounges ■■ may bring lofts (see pg. 11) ■■ recreation room

PHILLIPS HALL ■■ coed by floor ■■ capacity: 306 ■■ weight-training equipment and aerobic exercise area ■■ may bring lofts (see pg. 11) ■■ kitchen and study lounges

*These are measurements for typical rooms. Your room might vary slightly. All furniture must remain in the room. There is not additional space for storage.


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ROOM SPECIFICATIONS* ■■ Dieterich, Franken, Millikan

and Phillips ■■ Windows: 37.5” w x 51.5” h ■■ Desk: shelf and light: 57” h ■■ Desk: 30.75” h ■■ Ceiling: 8’ 1” h ■■ Door: 31.75” w x 84” h MATTRESSES: ■■ Phillips/Franken: 80” long

(Extra-long twin sheets suggested.) ■■ Dieterich/Millikan: 76” long (Regular twin sheets will fit.)

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❑❑ Receive notification regarding your admission status and automatic scholarship awards approximately two weeks after all materials have been received. For assistance, see CatPAWS from the Resources tab on the homepage or contact us at 800.633.1175.

❑❑ Review and apply for Northwest’s competitive scholarships. Information available online at freshman.htm.

❑❑ Submit your housing agreement

along with a $150 prepayment (refundable if canceled by June 1, Dec. 1 for spring attendees). See

❑❑ Receive a postcard from

the Residential Life Office acknowledging receipt of your prepayment and confirming your reservation for a space on campus.

❑❑ Complete the Health History

Form which is available at

Enrollment checklist

beforenw.htm and return it to Wellness Services at least 30 days before classes begin.

❑❑ Beginning Jan. 1 or after, submit

the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Northwest’s code number is 002496. To apply electronically, go to www.

❑❑ Receive a financial aid award

package for your review and acceptance. Awards are mailed beginning April 1.

❑❑ Respond to SOAR (Summer

Orientation Advisement and Registration) for freshmen or Preregistration for transfer and returning students. Invitations are mailed early April. See www. orientation.


❑❑ Attend a one-day SOAR or

Preregistration program to receive your fall course schedule and meet with an academic advisor. See admissions/orientation.

❑❑ Room and roommate assignment posted on CatPAWS beginning mid-July.

❑❑ Receive your billing statement

at the end of July. First quarterly installment or full payment is due Aug. 15.

❑❑ Before classes begin, contact your

roommate. Get to know each other and discuss what you’ll bring to Northwest. If you need to change rooms, you may do so beginning one week after the first day of classes.

❑❑ Beginning Aug. 1 register your car and purchase a parking permit. (see page 16 for details)

❑❑ Move into your residence hall on

the Thursday before classes begin.

❑❑ Attend Advantage in August (fall

orientation starts Thursday before classes begin). Information will be mailed in late July. For more Advantage information, see admissions/orientation/ advantage.htm.



alls h n a m s s a uppercl ROBERTA HALL Unlike other universities, sorority women at Northwest do not have houses in the community. Instead, each sorority has a designated area in Roberta Hall. For this reason, freshmen cannot choose Roberta as their hall selection. ■■ sorority members only ■■ upperclassmen ■■ suites ■■ close to classroom buildings ■■ beds are bunkable and loftable

FRANKEN HALL This high-rise is located near Owens Library, the Station and the Bearcat Baseball Field. It houses both freshmen and upperclassmen. Depending on space each year, some upperclassmen and transfer students may have private rooms in the building. ■■ coed on each upperclass floor ■■ rec room ■■ study lounges ■■ may bring lofts (see pg. 11)

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SOUTH COMPLEX South Complex is centrally located to academic buildings, University offices, Student Union, Student Rec Center and the swimming pool. Four or five rooms are grouped in a pod with a private bathroom. ■■ Healthy Living and Leadership floors ■■ upperclassmen and Honors Program (includes freshmen) ■■ coed by pod ■■ 24-hour visitation policy ■■ weight and aerobics room ■■ movable furniture ■■ bunkable beds ■■ rec room ■■ only metal lofts allowed (see pg. 11)

TOWER SUITES These residence halls provide upperclassmen with advanced housing options, located near the high-rise halls on the northwest corner of campus. The Tower Suites mail services are located in The Station. SUITE FEATURES:

■■ two buildings with two-bed and four-bed units ■■ beds are bunkable and loftable ■■ each unit has its own bathroom and a living space ■■ community building with meeting/study space, coffee shop and convenience store ■■ movable furniture EACH SUITE FLOOR INCLUDES:

■■ laundry room ■■ kitchenette ■■ balcony or patio ■■ lounge ■■ study room ■■ meeting room

Married Housing Northwest now provides the option for married students to live on campus in Forest Village Apartments. At least one person living in the apartment must be a Northwest student to live on campus. Two bedroom apartments are available that include one restroom, a full kitchen with full-size refrigerator, dishwasher, stove and microwave, washer and dryer, and fully furnished living room and bedrooms. If interested, contact Residential Life at 660.562.1214 or Sibling Housing Upperclassmen siblings of different gender may live together either in the Forest Village Apartments, or Tower Suites. If interested, contact Residential Life at 660.562.1214 or

FOREST VILLAGE APARTMENTS Juniors, seniors and graduate students can take advantage of the Forest Village Apartments, located north of the Garrett-Strong Science Building. There are two and four bedroom apartments. EACH APARTMENT INCLUDES:

■■ individual/private bedrooms ■■ movable furniture (bedroom and living room) ■■ full kitchen (dishwasher, microwave, garbage disposal, range, refrigerator) ■■ washer and dryer ■■ bathroom (two in the four-bed units)

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You’re going to be living in a 12-foot x 15-foot room with another person, so you’ll need to get creative on maximizing that space. Students have a lot of innovative ways of making their rooms their own. Building a loft is just one way you can gain space. Some of the most interesting, space-saving, efficient rooms on campus are those with lofts. The lofts raise your bed up and out of the way to provide more living space.



One of the biggest changes you’ll experience when going to college is living on campus. This is an exciting, fun time and a chance for personal growth. The opportunity to meet other people and share the common freshman experience can be a powerful learning opportunity. Whether you choose your roommate or meet for the first time when you arrive, setting up your room will be an early priority. You’re going to be living in a 12-foot x 15-foot room with another person, so be creative in maximizing that space. Many students choose to only bring essentials at first in order to get a feel for what they will need and what can wait. Other students bring their entire winter wardrobe in August. Some of the most interesting, space-saving, efficient rooms on campus are those with lofts. The lofts raise your bed to provide more living space. Students make lofts of various heights. Some are designed to increase storage and raise the bed only a few feet. Other students

build lofts that are to the limit (2 feet from the ceiling) and put couches, TVs and refrigerators under the loft. There are many options to create the space that works for you and your roommate. When considering a loft, be sure to look at the Loft Guidelines listed on the Residential Life webpage at Residence_Hall_Life/lofts.htm. Also, loft guidelines will be available at SOAR. Be sure to read the requirements before you build. It will save a headache later if you choose to build a loft. We recommend that you not build your loft until you arrive on campus in the fall. Please note: student-constructed lofts can only be installed beginning the first day of move-in and after. No early installation of lofts is allowed unless it is installed by a vendor approved by Northwest. No two rooms are exactly alike, so the measurements supplied are approximate. Waiting until you arrive will save time and frustration. All furniture must remain in the room including the bed

frame, so please consider this when constructing the loft. Merchants offer “loft kits” to ease the loft-building process. During SOAR, vendors will have loft kits on display for you to view, along with pricing information. Many residence halls on campus allow students to either loft or bunk the beds in their room. In Dieterich, Franken, Millikan and Phillips halls, you have to rent from a metal loft vendor or construct the loft in your room if this is the style of bed you want. Roberta, Hudson, Perrin and Tower Suites have bed components that allow students to bunk or loft their beds. For this reason, no homemade lofts are allowed in these buildings. Students living in South Complex have the option of bunking beds or renting from the metal loft vendor. Homemade lofts are not allowed in South Complex rooms. Bunk beds are single beds placed one on top of the other.



RESIDENCE HALL LIVING: MAKING FRIENDS 101 A great thing about living on campus is that you’re going to meet a lot of people. The friendships you make while living on campus will last a lifetime. Another is the fantastic opportunity to get involved. More than 180 campus clubs and organizations are right here on campus just waiting for you. Make friends. Get involved.

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RESIDENCE HALL FEATURES Look at everything that comes standard for each on-campus student. ■■ air-conditioned ■■ coed living, organized by floor in some halls ■■ wireless internet access and email ■■ laptop computers for all full-time students ■■ free laundry facilities ■■ basic cable TV ■■ convenient access to other buildings ■■ social activities ■■ vending machines ■■ lounges and study rooms ■■ your own mailbox ■■ custodial service for restrooms ■■ community kitchens ■■ fitness facilities ■■ academic assistance ■■ helpful and friendly staff

L.I.F.E. LIVING IN A SMOKE-FREE ENVIRONMENT Northwest’s residence halls are smoke free. With the many health risks, including the effects of secondhand smoke, it is our responsibility to provide a healthy environment and encourage and challenge our residents to make healthy lifestyle choices. Other reasons include damage to facilities, fire safety, consistency with our drug and alcohol policy and work conditions for staff. Northwest’s campus is smoke-free, also, meaning no smoking is allowed on campus grounds. Hall Safety We take student safety seriously. The Northwest University Police, who employ state-certified commissioned police officers, is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Residential Life works closely with University Police in order to provide students with a safe living environment. All exterior residence hall doors are secured 24/7 with an electronic access system. Resident Assistants (RAs) conduct rounds throughout the building each night. During rounds, RAs ensure that policies are enforced and the community is safe. University residence halls have an alert system that is directly connected to University Police. Alert systems broadcast emergency alarms and announcements in each hall. The University also has an opt-in emergency text messaging system.



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appliances i may bring ■■ hair dryer, curling iron ■■ iron ■■ TV/DVD player, stereo (or, there is a TV in a central area of each hall) ■■ popcorn popper ■■ coffeemaker, hot pot ■■ refrigerator (5 cubic feet or less, 2.5 amps) ■■ microwave oven (700 watts or less) Do not bring ■■ electric skillet ■■ a hot plate ■■ toaster ■■ halogen lamp ■■ household extension cord ■■ Any appliance with an exposed coil, or any appliance that could present a fire hazard.

WHERE’S THAT KITCHEN SINK? Sure, you have to bring stuff like clothes, sheets, pillows, bedding, hand and bath towels and toothpaste, but have you thought of everything? Here’s a list compiled by students. ■■ umbrella ■■ sticky tac ■■ cable cord ■■ alarm clock ■■ power strip ■■ fan ■■ big laundry basket ■■ wipe-off board for door ■■ shower bucket ■■ shower shoes (flip-flops) ■■ robe (that covers you up) ■■ organizers, crates, shoe racks, etc. ■■ small wastebasket ■■ headphones (if you like loud music) ■■ dishes, glasses, mugs, silverware

Student Advice It’s hard to know what to bring because you need many things, but space is limited. Here’s what our current residence hall students advise: ■■ Bring only the things you need the most. ■■ Less is better to start out because every time you go home you tend to bring stuff back, and by the end of the year, packing is almost impossible. ■■ Bring things that will help make you feel at home. ■■ If you’re organized, your room will look bigger. ■■ Talk to your roommate ahead of time so you don’t bring duplicate items. ■■ Bring food – you will want snacks for late night studying. ■■ Buying all your room accessories to match your roommate’s looks good for awhile, but when you move out it’s not as cool. ■■ The weather can change quickly, so remember a raincoat, umbrella, gloves, hats, earmuffs, a heavy coat, boots and an ice scraper.



student support

FRESHMAN LEARNING CENTERS Our halls are divided between freshmen and upperclassmen to meet the needs of incoming students as they transition to Northwest. All freshmen living on campus participate in the Freshman Learning Center (FLC) program. ■■ FLCs provide a staff-resident ratio of 1 to 30, enabling students to connect with positive role models. ■■ FLC policies are designed to foster positive life choices. Upperclassmen enjoy more autonomous living experiences. ■■ Academic Resource Consultants in Halls (ARCH) live in Freshman Learning Centers to promote good study habits and to help students with academic resources. ■■ Computing assistance is available in the freshmen halls from the Peer Educators in Residence for Technology (PERTs). ■■ Northwest participates in the USA Today Readership Program. See page 16 for details. ■■ Programs are presented in each hall to enhance students’ educational and social experience.



FRESHMAN SEMINAR You’ll get your first taste of this class during Advantage Week. If you have declared a major, you will be assigned an advisor who will help you navigate your schedule. If you don’t declare a major, this is the time to find your path, and you will be led by an advisor who will open doors to many possibilities. Every Freshman Seminar class also has a peer advisor, an upperclassman who can give advice on what courses to take or how to find your place at Northwest. As part of this class, you’ll participate in fun, educational events at your residence hall — and it counts for class credit. Program topics range from “Doing Laundry When Mom’s Not Here” to “Making Responsible Choices.” Each program is designed to help you recognize your personal responsibility and transition to your new home.

STUDENT STAFF Your resident assistant (RA) is likely one of the first people you will meet when you arrive at Northwest. Each floor has an RA who has been trained to assist you with many questions, from “Where’s the laundry room?” to “How can I change my major?” The RA is supervised by a Residence Hall Director, a full-time professional who lives in your own community.

BRIDGEs (Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences) work to facilitate diversity education and promote an enriching environment by providing programming and resources for students. BRIDGEs work collaboratively with the Intercultural and International Center to provide activities and education that stimulate an active interest in other cultures.

There is a special person known as an academic resource consultant in hall (ARCH) assigned to your Freshman Learning Center. This is an undergraduate student trained in assisting students in achieving academic success. They plan programs, offer tutoring referrals and provide information to help you be the best you can be.

In addition, the front desk staff comprised of desk assistants (DAs) and a desk manager (DMs) are ready to help. The front desk provides such services as equipment checkout for sports, games and cooking to providing change for vending areas, package pick up and answering lots of questions.

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In case you need help with your computer equipment, students known as peer educators in residence for technology (PERTs) are available. They work primarily in the Freshman Learning Centers and assist with computer and printer setup, network services, troubleshooting and sponsoring programs for students to learn more about computing on campus. A few extensive services do have a fee associated, and students will be notified prior to any cost being incurred. The assistant complex directors (ACDs) are sophomores, juniors or seniors who have experience in Residential Life. They assist professional staff in creating a dynamic learning environment. ACDs are in Franken, Hudson-Perrin, Millikan and Tower Suites.



northwest living NEWSPAPER READERSHIP PROGRAM The Newspaper Readership Program is managed by USA Today. It provides students with free access to a daily assortment of newspapers in the residence hall lobbies as well as around campus. USA Today, The Kansas City Star and The St. Joseph NewsPress are available each weekday morning. The benefits of this program include an increased awareness of community, national and world events; an enhancement of classroom discussion, bringing theory to reality; and helping residents develop a lifelong, daily newspaper readership habit.

HONORS PROGRAM Honors Program participants may live in Honors Housing in South Complex. Each resident on the honors wing, including roommates, must be in the Honors Program. The honors wing provides a studious learning environment while serving as a venue for speakers, discussions, socials and other events that will support participants. This enables them to interact with each other, faculty and guests to make a vibrant living-learning environment. To be eligible for the Honors Program, students must have at least a 26 ACT and a 3.50 grade-point average. Please indicate on the housing contract if you are interested in living on the honors wing. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first-come, firstserve basis. PARKING ON CAMPUS All students are allowed to have a vehicle on campus. If you bring a vehicle to campus, remember to buy a parking permit. Permits are good for one year, from August through July, and cost $90 for the 2011-2012 school year. Go to your CatPAWS account and register your vehicle anytime after Aug. 1 for Fall 2012–Summer 2013. The Parking Permit Registration link is under the Personal Information section. The following information is required to complete the registration: license plate number, state, vehicle make, model, color and year. Once registered, go to the Student Services Center in the Administration Building with your Northwest ID and pick up your parking permit. Please note, you must register online before picking up your permit at the Student Services Center. In addition, scooter and motorcycle registration is not available online and must be completed at the Student Services Center. Permits will be available when you arrive for Advantage Week in August.



Student learning is Northwest’s mission, and residential life is a proud partner in this endeavor. Students who live on campus are part of a well-rounded university experience that fosters academic success and personal growth. Northwest’s living-learning options include staying connected through the use of a networked laptop computer, a wing for participants in the Honors Program, and the Newspaper Readership Program that keeps you informed about the world around you. LAPTOP COMPUTER PROGRAM All full-time students are issued a personal laptop computer. Each laptop comes with an AC adaptor, cable and connectors. All Northwest residence halls and classroom buildings support wireless connections to the web. Wireless access is available in the B.D. Owens Library and J.W. Jones Student Union as well. Printers are available at the front desk of each hall and in computer labs. Printing costs $1/page for color and 10¢/page for black and white. Charges are applied to your University bill. You also may choose to bring your own printer with a USB connection. Northwest Computing Services provides maintenance and repair for University issued laptops at no cost to the student. Repairs are commonly done by swapping computers. Service and repairs are not provided on machines students choose to bring to campus.

Students are encouraged to bring an external storage device (Flashdrive or USB hard drive) to maintain a backup of their files stored on the computer’s hard drive. Additional storage is available utilizing the University’s network storage system. Students may load their own legal software and programs onto their computers. The laptops come preloaded with Microsoft Windows 7 business operating system, Microsoft Office 2010 professional (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access), Internet Explorer 8 and antivirus software. Students pre-enrolled for the following fall term can keep the laptop during the summer for $50. If desired, private insurance for your laptop is available through outside vendors.



campus dining

Northwest offers an incredibly wide variety of dining options, from sit-down restaurants to grab-and-go lunches. The best part is that everything is deducted from your Bearcat Card, the most important thing you’ll carry with you at Northwest.

MEAL PLANS Northwest offers three meal plans: Aladine, Aladine Super and Aladine Lite (apartment residents have additional options). In each plan, you have the freedom to eat at any of the Campus Dining locations. Food services in the Union include: ■■ Food Court, featuring Good4U, Noodles, Quiznos Sub, Twisted Cactus, Salad Garden, W.O.K. Wu’s Oriental Kitchen, Cranberry Farms, Grille Works, Kettle Classic Soup, Tmmy. Ymmys., Grab & Go Express sandwiches and snacks. ■■ The Runt: Features Papa John’s pizza, Freshens Brand frozen treats, candy and convenience items. ■■ JW’s Grille: JW’s offers a full menu including steaks, grilled chicken, sandwiches, salads, appetizers and desserts. ■■ Java City at the Student Union: Features specialty coffee, cappuccino, espresso, frozen Javalanches, Italian sodas, upscale pastries and sandwiches. ■■ C3 at the Station: A full line of convenience items, groceries, grab-n-go items and Java City. ■■ Domino’s and Pizza Hut: Use your Bearcat card to order pizza delivery on or off campus. ■■ C3 Express: Located at Garrett-Strong. Bottled beverages, brewed Java City brand coffee, grab-n-go sandwiches, salads and snacks.



Fund distribution The Aladine meal plans are the most flexible plans possible for you and your schedule. Aladine is a declining balance plan. That is, you have a balance on your Bearcat Card for meals, and the balance declines as you use your funds. All meal plans are on a “use-it-or-lose-it” basis. That is, once money is allotted to a student’s dining account, unused money is not refunded at the end of the academic year. Campus Dining will send a weekly email to all students with account balance information to help guide spending allowances. Also, each week in all the dining locations, an information sheet is posted listing how much you should have remaining on your meal plan. Should you need to have an installment applied early, go online to en-US/CSMW/NorthwestMissouri. There is no fee for putting an installment on early. Each time you use your Aladine plan, the cost is electronically deducted from your account. The cashier will tell you your balance each time you use your card. You also can ask the cashier to tell you your balance without making a purchase. You may purchase $25 increments (tax-free) online at the url listed above if you run out of Aladine money. All on-campus students must have a meal plan. You also may eat in any of the dining areas by paying cash.



Among current students, 65 percent have the Aladine plan, 27 percent have Aladine Lite and 8 percent choose Aladine Super.

Your student ID is a lot more than just a piece of personalized plastic. Here’s where and how you can use your card:

■■ ALADINE SUPER Designed for those who want to take advantage of everything Campus Dining has to offer.

AS AN IDENTIFICATION CARD: ■■ Owens Library ■■ Textbook Services ■■ Interlibrary loans ■■ Fitness Center ■■ Student Rec Center ■■ Bearcat Bookstore shopping (charged to your student account) ■■ Home athletic events ■■ Pick up student paychecks ■■ Copy machines

■■ ALADINE This plan is for those who have a moderate appetite. Students on this plan may dine frequently on campus, but will spend wisely when it comes to extras such as pizza delivery and the convenience store. ■■ ALADINE LITE Like all the other Aladine plans, Aladine Lite still gives you the ability to use your declining balance dollars at any Campus Dining location. However, due to the lower amount of money available to spend, Aladine Lite is the perfect plan for those with smaller appetites or for those who spend most of their weekends off campus. ■■ INCLINING BALANCE For commuters or students living in Forest Village Apartments, this plan is the ultimate choice when it comes to convenient dining. Sign up once a year and you never have to worry about it again. Once on the plan, your Bearcat Card works like a credit card, allowing you to accumulate charges throughout the month for purchases. Charges are then billed to your University account. You will also receive a statement from Campus Dining each month outlining your purchases, so you’re always in control of your spending. No limits. ■■ COMMUTER MEAL PLAN This gives you $375 in declining balance dollars to spend throughout the trimester. A bonus of this plan is that once you sign up, all your purchases become tax exempt.

AS A MEAL CARD ■■ Buy food in the Union or Station ■■ Purchases are deducted from your Aladine meal plan ■■ Shop in the on-campus convenience stores ■■ Vending machines ■■ Concession stands at Bearcat games ■■ 10% of your meal plan may go to Domino’s or Pizza Hut pizza orders with additional charges going automatically to an inclining balance AS A BANKING CARD ■■ Access your U.S. Bank student checking account with your Bearcat Card from any ATM (applications are available at all orientation programs) ■■ Use it as a debit card at merchants nationwide ■■ To learn more about this option, call Northwest’s Auxiliary Services Office at 660.562.1430



scholarship renewal information & costs

Undergraduate academic year fees for the 2011-2012 school year Missouri Residents: $247.80 per credit hour  Non-Missouri Residents: $443.23 per credit hour 


1 Trimester

Fall (14 hrs.)

2 Trimesters

Fall & Spring (28 HRS.)

Missouri Resident






Room and Board rates*

1 Trimester

Fall (14 hrs.)

2 Trimesters

Fall & Spring (28 HRS.)

Hudson/Perrin Standard $4,136.00


Traditional Standard



Modified Suites Standard $4,018.00


Tower Suites Standard



Apartment Basic

$544 plus utilities per month (w/o board)

find additional room and board options at

required fee New Student Fee

$140 one time fee

optional fees Parking Permit per year Fitness Center per year Supplemental Textbooks Online Courses

$90 $125 $85 estimated per trimester $35 per credit hour additional to standard rates

Total yearly Cost Missouri Resident Nonresident

$15,350.40++ $20,822.44++

+ Costs are for 2011-2012 and are subject to change. Standard tuition and fees includes tuition/incidental fee, tuition/designated fee, primary textbook usage fee, wellness fee, activity fee and technology fee charged per credit hour. Does not include supplemental textbooks. Based on 14 credit hours per trimester for undergraduates. * Freshmen are required to live on campus. The rate includes double occupancy room, meal plan and cable service. ++ Based on 14 credit hours per trimester, (Hudson/ Perrin rate) double occupancy room and Standard Aladine meal plan and new student. The 2012-2013 Financial Aid Budget will be available in spring of 2012. Calculate your cost of attendance at bursar/costworksheet.htm

Your acceptance letter will tell you

what automatic scholarships you have received. You’ll find the renewal requirements for these awards on page 21. And don’t forget to

apply for the other scholarships Northwest offers.

Freshman scholarships President’s scholarship

3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. award: $5,000 Distinguished scholar

3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. If GPA is less than 3.50, student will follow Northwest Scholar, Tower Scholar and Academic Excellence Scholar requirements. Maximum 8 trimesters within consecutive academic years. award: $2,500 academic excellence scholar, Tower scholar and Northwest scholar

Students may FLOAT between levels depending on Northwest cumulative GPA. All require completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and the following Northwest cumulative GPA: Academic Excellence: 3.50 – $1,500 Tower Scholar: 3.40 – $1,000 Northwest Scholar: 3.30 – $750 Maximum 8 trimesters within consecutive academic years. Freshman merit award

Renews to University Scholar program with completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and minimum 3.30 Northwest cumulative GPA. Maximum of 2 trimesters of Merit and 6 trimesters of University Scholar. award: $500 midwest student exchange program

3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. Maximum of 132 TOTAL credit hours earned (including transfer and dual credit hours). award: 50% reduction in difference between in-state and out-ofstate tuition (estimate: $2,931.60). out-of-state award

3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. Maximum 132 total credit hours earned (including transfer and dual credit hours). award: 50% reduction in difference between in-state and out-of-state tuition (estimate: $2,931.60). nonresident award

3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. Maximum 132 total

credit hours earned (including transfer and dual credit hours). award: 100% waiver of out-of-state fees composed of 50% MSEP or Out-of-State Award and 50% Nonresident Award (estimate: $5,863.20). cultural enrichment scholarship

3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA, completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and acceptable participation in MORE program. Maximum 8 trimesters within consecutive academic years. Renewal amount: $1,000 American Dream Grant

Renewable for one year as tuition only scholarship with reapplication of FAFSA, continued meeting qualification guidelines and completion of 24 Northwest credit hours at a 2.00 Northwest cumulative GPA. Show-me scholars Scholarship

For first-time freshmen who participated in Show-Me Scholars initiative, accepted for admission by May 1. Return contract as proof of completion by June 1. award: $500 (nonrenewable) A+ Scholarship

For first-time freshmen who attend an A+ eligible Missouri high school and indicate A+ on Admission application; accepted for admission by April 1. Students admitted into Enhanced Freshman Seminar are NOT eligible for the A+ Scholarship. Actual award made upon confirmation of completed A+ requirements on final transcript. Renewable for one year with 3.30 cumulative Northwest GPA and completion of 24 credit hours. award: $1,500 International baccalaureate (IB) Diploma scholarship

For first-time freshmen who are accepted for admission by May 1. Scholarship will only be awarded after confirmation that the IB Diploma has been earned, send in a hard copy of your IB diploma or electronically from IBO. award: $1,000 (nonrenewable). missouri boys/girls state scholarship

For first-time incoming freshmen who participated in Missouri Boys/Girls State. Apply for admission by Feb. 1, indicate on admission application. Submit list of activities and leadership positions held during Boys/Girls State to Northwest’s Office of Financial Assistance. award: Five $1,000 awards each for Boys State and Girls State (nonrenewable).

alumni scholarship

Awarded to first-time student who is a son, daughter or spouse of Northwest alumnus. Please provide alumnus’s personal information on Admissions application. award: $500 (nonrenewable)

Transfer Scholarships president’s scholarship

3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. Maximum 6 trimesters within consecutive academic years. award: $5,000 Transfer Distinguished scholarship

3.50 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. Maximum 6 trimesters within consecutive academic years. award: $2,500 transfer academic scholarship

3.30 Northwest cumulative GPA and completion of 24 credit hours per academic year. Maximum of 6 trimesters within consecutive academic years. award: $1,500 transfer merit

Renews to the University Scholar program with completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and a Northwest cumulative GPA of 3.30. Maximum 2 consecutive trimesters of Transfer Merit and 6 trimesters of University Scholar. award: $500 cultural enrichment scholarship

3.00 Northwest cumulative GPA, completion of 24 credit hours per academic year and acceptable participation in MORE program. Maximum of 6 trimesters. award: $1,000 out-of-state award

See Freshman Scholarships. Maximum 132 total credit hours earned (including transfer and dual credit hours). midwest student exchange program

See Freshman Scholarships. Maximum 132 total credit hours earned (including transfer and dual credit hours). nonresident award

See Freshman Scholarships. Maximum 132 total credit hours earned (including transfer and dual credit hours). alumni scholarship



details, details

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Northwest is committed to providing quality support services to all students. If you have a documented disability you must make your needs known by requesting accommodations through a member of the Learning Assistance Providers/Services (LAP/S) Committee. The process for requesting accommodations is outlined on our “Services for Students with Disabilities� website at You are strongly encouraged to initiate this process as far in advance of your arrival on campus as possible. An excellent transition resource for students with disabilities is available at: guidebook/guidebook.html.



Personal development and Counseling Center

Dr. Tim Crowley


Student Support Services

Brenda Johnson


wellness Services

Judh Frueh


Talent Development Center

Linda Standerford


College of Education and Human Services

Dr. Shirley Steffens


ADA/504 Coordinator

Dr. Leslie Galbreath


REGISTRATION AND ORIENTATION DATES Orientation and Preregistration are the first steps to beginning your career at Northwest. A freshman student’s orientation takes a three-part approach. In the summer, students attend SOAR (Summer Orientation Advisement and Registration) where they receive information about services, resources and opportunities on campus, meet other new freshmen and meet with an advisor to receive their fall schedule. Before school starts, students attend Advantage, arriving four days ahead to get acclimated to campus, ease into a routine and actually start meeting with their Freshman Seminar class. And finally, Freshman Seminar helps guide students through the first 10 weeks of the trimester. Transfer and Returning students attend a Preregistration day that helps acquaint them with campus and Northwest’s student services. They also will meet with a faculty advisor to enroll in classes. Students who cannot attend one of the Preregistration days are invited to attend General Registration a couple of days before school starts each trimester. Transfer students are invited, but not required, to attend Advantage, a four-day orientation held right before classes begin in the fall. They can move into their residence hall room/ apartment/suite, get acclimated to campus, make new friends before classes begin and choose from a variety of activities to attend.

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Preregistration and Orientation: ■■ Friday, April 20 Deadline: April 6 ■■ Friday, May 18 Deadline: May 4 ■■ Thursday, July 12 Deadline: June 29 ■■ Friday, July 13 Deadline: June 29 Invitations are sent beginning mid-March or upon acceptance.

General registration and first day of classes: ■■ May 13 ■■ June 10 ■■ July 8 ■■ Aug. 5


Fall 2012 (for transfer students)

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First day of classes: Aug. 27

First day of classes: Jan. 14


Move-In Day: Aug. 23

General Registration and Orientation: Jan. 11


Advantage: Aug. 23-26

Preregistration and Orientation: ■■ Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 Deadline: Nov. 23 Invitations are sent beginning mid-Oct. or upon acceptance.

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SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advisement and Registration) Deadline to register for all dates: June 1 ■■ Friday, June 15 ■■ Saturday, June 16 ■■ Tuesday, June 19 ■■ Wednesday, June 20 ■■ Friday, June 22 ■■ Saturday, June 23 ■■ Tuesday, June 26 ■■ Wednesday, June 27 Invitations are sent in early April.

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The national freshman-to-sophomore retention rate for public, master level, 4-year universities is 71.1%. Source: ACT, Inc. 2010 Graduation rates available upon request.



About Northwest ■■Laptops provided to all full-time

vital statistics ■■Enrollment: 7,200 ■■Located in Maryville, Mo.,

students are equipped with the newest wireless technology which can be used in public areas of all major buildings. Residence hall rooms support wireless access and high-speed wired access. ■■eCompanion is used for campusbased, web supplemented courses and for blended courses and online courses. ■■Primary undergraduate textbooks are included in tuition for all undergraduate students, saving them an average of $900 per year. ■■Northwest is designated as the Missouri Arboretum. ■■International Plaza on campus flies flags representing countries of Northwest international students.

a community of 11,000, county seat of Nodaway County (90 miles north of Kansas City, 100 miles south of Omaha). ■■Colors: Forest Green and White ■■Northwest is a state-assisted, four-year regional university. ■■President: Dr. John Jasinski ■■Operates on a trimester calendar of fall, spring and summer.

By the numbers ■■93% of undergraduates and

94.4% of graduate students find employment or continue their education six months after graduation ■■247 full-time faculty ■■80% of students receive some financial aid ■■95% of all tenure and tenure-track faculty have the highest degree in their field. ■■More than 180 student organizations ■■9 social fraternities, 8 social sororities ■■Alumni base: 47,775 ■■About 85% of thermal energy needs are provided by alternative fuels.

northwest quality ■■Founded in 1905 with a recognized tradition of quality education.

■■The Center for Innovation and

Entrepreneurship was recognized with the Missouri Southern Growth Policies 2010 Innovator Award for being an outstanding initiative that helps communities recover from the economic downturn. ■■On a nationwide norm student satisfaction survey, Northwest juniors ranked our campus the highest in safety and security compared to our peer group. ■■Nationally recognized for recycling efforts and alternative fuel usage.

On the field ■■Mascot: Bobby Bearcat ■■Varsity athletics: Men: football, basketball, baseball, track and field, cross country, tennis; Women: basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, track and field, cross country, tennis and golf

■■2011 Women’s Basketball Final Four appearance

■■2011 NCWA Division II National Champion wrestling club

■■2010 Universal Cheerleading

Association National Champions

■■NCAA Division II National Football

Champions in 1998, 1999 and 2009

■■Men’s and women’s basketball

MIAA tournament champions, 2003, 2008 ■■Athletic affiliations: National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II; Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association, for men and women

outside the classroom ■■Northwest competes on the

national championship level in these areas: Debate, Forensics, Soils Judging, Student Publications and Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)


Call the Admissions Office toll-free at 800.633.1175 or contact the following offices at these numbers: Admissions


Advisement Assistance 660.562.1695 Financial Assistance


Wellness Services


Housing/Residential Life 660.562.1214 Orientation




Transfer Affairs


Treasurer (billing)


Student Services Center 660.562.1212 (for general information and for numbers not listed)

Residential Life

660.562.1214 660.562.1439 fax

Wellness Services

660.562.1348 660.562.1857 fax

Northwest Missouri State University Office of Admissions 800 University Drive Maryville, MO 64468-6001 locally 660.562.1562 fax 660.562.1121 email 800.633.1175

Financial Aid


Students with Disabilities 800.633.1175

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Acceptance/Housing Booklet for Northwest Missouri State University