About Northwest

Our mission is to provide an environment of academic excellence that enables students to reach their highest potential.

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Welcome to Northwest Missouri State University!

With an enrollment of about 8,000 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs at its Maryville campus as well as its Northwest-Kansas City location and through Northwest Online.

Founded in 1905, Northwest boasts a high retention rate, and student satisfaction survey results show Northwest students are more satisfied with their experience than students at national peers. Additionally, Northwest’s graduation rate is in the 95th percentile among its peers, while 98 percent of bachelor’s degree earners and nearly 100 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.

In addition to its emphasis on profession-based learning to help graduates get a jumpstart on their careers, Northwest’s vibrant and diverse learning community places high value on scholarship and lifelong learning, intercultural competence, collaboration, respect, integrity, strategic thinking and excellence.

Welcome message from Dr. Lance Tatum, Northwest's President

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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