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About Northwest

Welcome to Northwest!

Northwest Missouri State University began in 1905 as Missouri's Fifth District Normal School to provide teachers to a 19-county region in Northwest Missouri. The University still fulfills that function, but has grown into a state university that offers more than 120 undergraduate programs, 40 master's degrees, three specialist degrees, a cooperative doctoral program and five certificate programs.

John Jasinski, president, Northwest Missouri State University

"The Northwest Missouri State University experience is truly one that helps shape future leaders. Survey after survey shows Northwest is a national leader in both student satisfaction and degree completion. The heartfelt commitment of our faculty and staff to your development, both in and beyond the classroom, is one of Northwest's finest assets."

-John Jasinski, president, Northwest Missouri State University

In 1972, the Board of Regents implemented the current name to recognize the evolution of the school into a comprehensive institution. With more than 7,000 students from 42 states and 30 countries, Northwest has evolved into a vibrant and diverse learning community.

In 1987, Northwest unveiled its unique Electronic Campus Program designed to accelerate student learning and enrich faculty teaching and research by placing a computer terminal in every student residence hall room and faculty office. The first of its kind on a public college/university campus in the U.S., the program was heralded by USA TODAY and The Washington Post as innovative.

With its emphasis on student success, the University is focused on providing an exceptional student experience that places high value on scholarship and lifelong learning, intercultural competence, collaboration, respect, integrity, strategic thinking and excellence.

Mission, Vision and Values


Northwest Missouri State University focuses on student success—every student, every day.


We will be THE university of choice for a comprehensive, exceptional student experience.


  • Student success
  • Scholarship and lifelong learning
  • Intercultural competence
  • Collaboration
  • Respect and integrity
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellence
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