northwest missouri state university
Providing a quality education Welcome to Northwest Missouri State University! We understand that choosing a college is a family decision. It’s one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. We also know that it’s natural for you to worry about your son or daughter as they trek off to a few years of freedom, independence and exploration. Take comfort in knowing that a team of professionals dedicated to your son’s or daughter’s success awaits your student at Northwest. From incredible academic support and a variety of campus activities to the friendly, safe environment that you expect, Northwest is an outstanding choice. A degree from Northwest isn’t just a piece of paper, it’s a collection of experiences and memories, of support and skills, and it’s the key to unlocking doors. We provide many services and opportunities to prepare your son or daughter for success after graduation. The Office of Career Services, the Advisement Assistance and Resource Office, Student Affairs, and the Talent Development Center, combined with quality campuswide instruction, work together to ensure student success. Northwest is an excellent choice for any student who wants to be challenged academically and prepared for today’s technologically savvy work environment. It’s perfect for students who see college as a time to spread their wings and get involved in campus activities. Many students say Northwest offers them the best academic preparation in their major or that they were attracted by the Laptop Computer Program and the Textbook Rental Program. Cost is sometimes a factor. So is location. Many times our students and parents realize the importance of Northwest’s smaller class sizes or being taught by full-time professors, not graduate assistants. More than anything, students say they like the atmosphere at Northwest: it’s friendly, it’s an easy place to fit in and it’s safe. 800.633.1175 www.nwmissouri.edu/admissions/parents
Student Success Investing in Northwest pays off in many ways. Our students’ success is measured by the following: ■■ Our graduation rate is 58 percent. ■■ Northwest student-athletes achieve an academic success rate of 87%. This is on pace, or exceeds, peers within the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association Conference and the state of Missouri. ■■ Our undergraduate placement rate six months after graduation, either in employment or continuing education, is 95 percent. ■■ 90 percent of our freshmen return for their second trimester. ■■ Northwest is a leader in Freshman Success Rate. The rate is based on the number of freshmen completing 24 credit hours with a minimum 2.00 grade-point average. Northwest boasts a rate of 72 percent. 80% 60% 40%
Freshman Success Rate
compared to other moderately selective universities in Missouri which include Missouri Southern State University, Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Central Missouri Fall 2007 cohort
SMALL CLASSES PROMOTE LEARNING With a 21-to-1 student-tofaculty ratio, it’s easy to see why Northwest professors know their students by name. Our 247 full-time faculty are dedicated to quality teaching and demand excellence in return. ■■ Professors are accessible to students in and out of class. ■■ 95 percent of all tenure and tenure-track faculty have the highest degree in their field. ■■ Professors, not graduate assistants, do the actual teaching. ■■ Professors provide links to students’ academic areas and serve as information sources for internship opportunities and graduate schools. ■■ Professors are mentors during a student’s time here and become colleagues once the student graduates. ■■ Students learn by doing through hands-on learning. SUMMER ORIENTATION ADVISEMENT AND REGISTRATION This is the first step in your son’s or daughter’s college career at Northwest. During SOAR, students receive fall course schedules, meet current and new Northwest students and experience the first phase of orientation to the University.
SOAR also provides parents an opportunity to receive an orientation. You will receive information about the services, resources and opportunities available to your student at Northwest. You can also: ■■ Ask current students questions during a panel discussion. ■■ Visit with representatives from several key offices across campus during our Student Services Fair and receive answers to your questions. ADVANTAGE WEEK Incoming freshmen and transfers arrive on campus four days before classes begin in the fall to participate in Advantage Week, our Freshman Orientation program designed to ease students into the college routine. Students: ■■ Are introduced to the campus and its services. ■■ Meet other students, participate in activities and group sessions and become familiar with residence halls and roommates. ■■ Get to know their way around Maryville. ■■ Will begin meeting with their Freshman Seminar class, get to know their advisor and peer advisor (a current Northwest student) and bond with fellow students.
Living and Learning Environment Students living in our residence halls receive much more than a comfortable place to call home. It’s also an environment rich in student support. ■■ Freshman Learning Centers – Students connect with positive role models, learn to make positive choices, interact with Academic Resource Consultants in Halls (ARCH) to promote good study habits and receive computing assistance from Peer Educators in Residence for Technology (PERTs). ■■ Freshman Seminar – Not only does this class acquaint students to Northwest and college life in general, it also allows students to participate in fun, educational events at their residence halls. ■■ A program titled Building Relationships and Integrating Diverse Growth Experiences (BRIDGEs) facilitates diversity education in residence halls and promotes an enriching environment by providing programming and resources for students and staff that will stimulate an active interest in other cultures.
Northwest offers numerous free services to help your son or daughter be successful in an academically challenging environment.
■■ The Talent Development Center offers a variety of free academic support services to students, including tutoring. ■■ An Early Alert System is in place for faculty concerned about student academic progress. ■■ Northwest’s Supplemental Instruction program uses student facilitators to assist other students enrolled in difficult courses. ■■ The Writing Center, a branch of the English Department, helps students become better writers. ■■ The Math Lab is staffed with tutoring services for all levels of math courses. ■■ The Advisement Assistance and Orientation Office assists students with academic questions and informs them of additional resources.
■■ Freshman Seminar, a course designed to introduce students to Northwest, covers topics such as adjusting to university life, what skills are necessary to make the most of the university experience, and academic programs and advisement. ■■ Student Support Services is a program designed to assist first generation college students or those who have special needs. 60%
six-year graduation rate
compared to other moderately selective universities in Missouri which include Missouri Southern State University, Southeast Missouri State University and University of Central Missouri Fall 2003 cohort
■■ The Office of Residential Life’s Academic Resource Consultant in Hall (ARCH) works with one Freshman Learning Center to facilitate academic progress and promote an environment of intellectual inquiry by providing programming and resources for students and staff. ■■ The Student-Athlete Success Program (SASP) provides Northwest student-athletes with academic advising, academic progress reports, mentoring and career development. ■■ Peer Educators in Residence for Technology (PERTs) are available to help with computer equipment. They work primarily in the Freshman Learning Centers and assist with computer and printer setup, network services and troubleshooting.
MEETING YOUR CAREER GOALS Northwest Career Services provides many resources, events and opportunities for students, parents, employers, faculty, staff and alumni, all with the goal of bringing talent and opportunity together.
CAREER COUNSELING/ ASSESSMENT
■■ Learn about resources and events to aid you in choosing a major. ■■ Explore career options with Career Services professionals. ■■ Use online tools to assess career self-awareness.
■■ Learn how to make a good first impression. ■■ Interview resources available on our website.
■■ Interviews are scheduled throughout the year. Opportunities are listed on our website.
■■ Career Services offers advice on the do’s and don’ts of interviewing. “MOCK” INTERVIEW DAYS
■■ Learn how to polish your résumé. ■■ Improve your résumé and cover letter with the assistance of a professional. ■■ Sample résumés and resources are located on our website. INTERNSHIP PARTICIPATION
■■ Learn how to market yourself and polish interview skills. ■■ Receive immediate feedback from real employers.
■■ Job fair for education majors and school districts. ■■ Network with teaching professionals and learn more about education career paths.
■■ Network with employers regarding internships or employment.
■■ Explore career options.
■■ Meet with representatives about graduate and professional school.
■■ Add valuable experience to your résumé.
■■ Discuss career options with recruiters and professionals.
■■ Test drive a career path.
■■ Visiting recruiters travel to the Northwest campus to interview candidates for internships and post graduation employment.
■■ Faculty invite Career Services staff into classrooms to deliver career development information. NORTHWEST PLACEMENT INFORMATION
■■ First destination employment and continuing education statistics of recent graduates are available on our website. www.nwmissouri.edu/admissions/parents 800.633.1175
HONORS PROGRAM Northwest’s Honors Program specifically targets high-ability, motivated students. Students in the program will take up to three Honors courses their first trimester. To be considered for the program, students must have a minimum ACT composite score of 26 and a high school GPA of at least 3.50. LAPTOP COMPUTER PROGRAM All full-time students are provided a laptop computer. All Northwest residence halls and classroom buildings support wireless Internet. Wireless access is also available in the B.D. Owens Library and the J.W. Jones Student Union. Printers are available at the front desk of each residence hall and in computer labs, and black and white printing costs 10¢ per page and $1 for color. Students may bring their own printer.
Northwest Computing Services provides maintenance and repair for University issued laptops at no cost to the student. Students are encouraged to bring an external storage device (flash drive 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. Green Campus At Northwest, we don’t just bleed green, we think green, too. ■■ Northwest has been using alternative fuels since 1982. ■■ Wood pellets, paper pellets and animal waste pellets provide 80-85 percent of Northwest’s thermal energy needs.
■■ Northwest recycles aluminum, plastic, paper, glass, cardboard and other materials across campus. ■■ State and national organizations have recognized Northwest for its energy conservation efforts. FINANCIAL INFORMATION College is no small investment, but you can do this. We offer many sources of aid and scholarships. During the 20092010 academic year, more than 85 percent of Northwest’s undergraduate students received nearly $62 million in financial aid and scholarships. ■■ Northwest offers a competitive tuition rate. ■■ Every full-time student is provided a laptop computer to use throughout their studies. ■■ The textbook loan program provides most textbooks to all undergraduate students. ■■ Nearly 1,000 Northwest students are employed each trimester at the University. ■■ The average undergraduate financial aid award was more than $10,000 in 2009-2010.
STUDENT SAFETY We take student safety seriously. Northwest University Police employ state-certified commissioned police officers and is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. ■■ University Police work closely with the University Wellness Services, Residential Life staff, Freshman Seminar Office, Student Affairs Office and other University offices and student organizations. ■■ During the evening hours, visitors and members of the campus community may request an escort to their vehicle or back to their residence hall. ■■ Northwest has innovative alert systems, including a Simplex System, which broadcasts emergency announcements in campus buildings, and the optional emergency text-message alert program. ■■ All exterior residence halls doors are secured 24/7 with an electronic access system. Resident Assistants conduct rounds throughout the building each night. WELLNESS SERVICES University Wellness Services encompass medical, counseling, health promotion, public health, emergency response and dietetic services. ■■ Staff consists of a physician, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse
practitioners, mental health professionals and health promotion professionals. ■■ Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ■■ Designated fees paid by all Northwest students enrolled in classes each trimester fund the many services and initiatives that Wellness Services offers. Please visit www.nwmissouri.edu/ wellness/fees.htm to see how Wellness Services benefit Northwest students and the campus. ■■ Wellness Services can bill students’ University accounts or their health insurance provider for services offered. Please visit www.nwmissouri.edu/ wellness/insurance.htm for more information. LIVING ON CAMPUS To assist new students in the transition to Northwest, all firsttime freshmen are required to live in the residence halls and have a meal plan unless they are 21, married or commuting from their parent/legal guardian’s primary residence within 60 miles of Maryville. First-time transfer and current students who have reached sophomore status are not required to live in residence halls, but many choose to because it’s convenient and less expensive.
BEARCAT CARD The student ID is a lot more than just a piece of personalized plastic. ■■ It’s an identification card for free entry to Bearcat athletic events, library checkout and more. ■■ It’s a meal card, and can also be used for Domino’s and Pizza Hut pizza. ■■ It’s a debit card. ■■ It’s a multi-use card for vending machines and copiers. ■■ It can be used as a charge card at the Bearcat Bookstore and charges to a student’s University account. HOME AWAY FROM HOME Welcome to Maryville, or “The ’Ville,” a community of 11,000 in northwest Missouri. Students describe The ‘Ville as a perfect college town. From flying flags on game day to the friendly faces all over town, Maryville oozes Northwest pride. What is there to do in Maryville? Several parks, a movie theater, bowling alley and championship 18-hole public golf course on Mozingo Lake offer plenty of recreational activities. There’s also a variety of stores, restaurants and community activities. We’re also perfectly situated just two hours from Kansas City and Omaha, two-and-a-half hours from Des Moines, and 45 minutes from St. Joseph.
About Northwest ■■Laptops provided to all full-time
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 textbooks are included in tuition for all undergraduate students, saving them an average of $900 a year ■■Campus is designated the Missouri Arboretum ■■International Plaza on campus flies flags representing countries of Northwest international students
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. ■■Winner of Missouri Quality Award, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2008 ■■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
■■Alumni base: 47,157 ■■About 85% of thermal energy
vital statistics ■■Enrollment: 7,076 ■■Located in Maryville, Mo.,
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 ■■95% of undergraduates and
96.7% of graduate students find employment or continue their education six months after graduation ■■85% of undergraduate students receive some financial aid ■■247 full-time faculty ■■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
needs are provided by alternative fuels
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 ■■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, Soils Judging, Student Publications, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE)
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