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    Northwest Missouri State University is located in Maryville, a town of about 12,000 in northwest Missouri. Northwest is a classic American university environment where students feel safe and supported in order to suceed. The campus has 14 major academic buildings, nine residence halls and a wide variety of services and recreational facilities.

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    Welcome to Northwest Missouri

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    Northwest Missouri State

    Why Choose

    Why should you choose Northwest Missouri State University?

    Success is all around us at Northwest and you can actually “feel” it when you walk through campus during a blue sky autumn day with cheers roaring from the stadium and students excelling academically in national competitions.

    We understand traveling to a new country to study and live is a big challenge. We offer specialized international student support, a safe environment, excellent academic, living, and social amenities with reasonable prices as well as quality academic programs. We work hard to provide you with the tools you need to succeed in our university and in life afterwards.

    Excellent faculty focused on your success

    Ninety-five percent of our tenure track faculty have the highest degree in their fields, and our classes are taught by full-time professors, not by graduate assistants. Our faculty will challenge you academically while providing you the skills and knowledge necessary for a successful career.

    The Right Size

    Maryville and the campus of Northwest are located in a traditional “College Town.” Northwest offers all of the same amenities as a large University in a friendly, supportive, safe environment. Currently, Northwest has about 7,000 students; with a student-to-faculty ratio of 22-to-1. You will never feel like a number.

    This size of campus offers great opportunities for students to succeed academically and socially. Northwest offers more than 127 undergraduate majors and 73 minors.

    Ranked #1
    in 10 out of 11
    scales on student
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    We are focused on your current and future success

    Every student, every day: Our commitment to your success is our top priority and we truly believe our students will succeed in their lives if they become active and engaged learners and members of the Northwest family. We actually can prove it: roughly 97% of all of our graduates find work or continue studies within 6 months of graduation from Northwest. Our international alumni are especially successful. We have many Northwest alumni working in upper administration in some of their own country’s top corporations as well as American corporations in the US and abroad.

    What does this mean for you?

    More of our students succeed in the classroom in their first year and feel that Northwest was the right fit for them. Our students are happy with their choice after they arrive and settle into their new home. More of our students finish their education and find jobs.

    Rankings

    According to Northwest Missouri State University president Dr. John Jasinski, “Northwest continues to deliver academic excellence and a variety of rankings illustrate such. Our focus is on people, relationships and student success, and we deliver on those objectives.” Here are some of the ways Northwest campus and community excellence has been recognized:

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    Northwest by the

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    Northwest Missouri State University is a fully accredited, coeducational, primarily residential, regional university serving students world-wide. Northwest offers various undergraduate and select graduate programs. The university’s academic programs place special emphasis upon business, computer science, teacher education, biological sciences and agriculture.

     

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    Located In

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    97%

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    $5,848

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    Maryville Average Temperatures

    2°C - 29°C

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    Established in 1905, Northwest Missouri State University is
    a vibrant and diverse learning community that continues to grow to meet the needs of students.

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    With more than 200 organizations and opportunities to get involved, you are sure to find your fit!

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    University Police work to maintain a safe campus environment and discourage inappropriate activity. The city of Maryville is also ranked among the “Safest College Towns” by SafeWise.

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    97% of students continue their education or find a job within six months of graduating. North West Missouri is named best college in missouri for getting a job*

    *via zippia.com

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    The average aid for international undergrads is $5,848.

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    Textbook and laptop rental programs save students more than $7,300 over four years.

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    Northwest Missouri State University is home to 468
    international students from 37 countries.

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    Apply for one of the more than 1,200 on-campus jobs.

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    Maryville Average Temperatures

    16°C

    Spring Average

    18°C

    Fall Average

    29°C

    Summer Average

    2°C

    Winter Average

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    High rises

    Franken, Dieterich, Millikan and Tower Suites
    are located near The Station, these residence halls include a kitchen, lounge area, recreation room, free cable TV, WiFi and laundry.

    For more information about residence halls,
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    Use your Resident Dollars at:

    Campus dining

    Dining options:
    Located in the Student Union

    Visit your “home away from home” at the International Involvement Center located in the B.D. Owens Library.

    Attend an athletic event at Bearcat Stadium.

    International Flag Plaza

    Celebrate Northwest’s diversity and raise your country’s flag during the annual International Flag Raising Ceremony.

    Career Services is here to help you become career ready, day one.

    Foster Fitness Center

    • Free to students.
    • Cardio and weight lifting machines

    Hughes Fieldhouse

    • Free to students.
    • Indoor 90-yard practice turf and 300-meter completion track

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    • All-you-care-to-eat dining facility
    • Mediterranean
    • Produce Market
      and Deli
    • Exhibition station and Mongolian Grill
    • Tex-Mex
    • True Balance: Allergen Solutions Station
    • Comfort Station
    • American Grill
    • Vegan Station
    • Bakery

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    Safe Ride

    Free transportation service for students within the city limits of Maryville

     
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    Academic

    Experiences

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    Majors in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems are designed for students to be trained with cutting-edge technology in a fast-paced industry and make an impact in the world.

    Knacktive

    A capstone program that is designed to simulate a full-service marketing agency and combines talents from five schools and departments on campus.

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    Create powerful, compelling design by working closely with faculty and
    industry professionals.

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    A multidisciplinary, customizable program that focuses on three core areas: emergency management, humanitarian relief in conjunction with homeland security and defense.

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    The nanoscale science program prepares students for success in a high-growth, high-tech career field through courses and labs that provide an in-depth understanding of nanoscale phenomena, while offering hands-on experience and access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and computer simulations.

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    As the need for feeding an ever-growing population continues to expand, the School of Agricultural Sciences offers hands-on training at the R.T. Wright Farm, the Horticultural Complex and the Agricultural Mechanics Laboratory, to name a few.

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    Get hands-on experiences in the School of Communication and Mass Media with two radio stations, a television station, converged print and online newspaper, yearbook, and audio recording studios for students to use.

    Students experience real-world, hands-on opportunities in the the classroom, and through internships and field experiences ensuring they graduate career ready, day one! Below are some examples of hands-on learning at Northwest

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    Majors, Degrees and Programs

    Northwest offers 127 undergraduate majors, 73 minors, 18 pre-professional programs, 40 graduate programs, five graduate certificate programs, three certificate programs and three specialist programs.

    Each year, about 20% of our incoming freshmen and 10% of transfer students begin their education at Northwest as a deciding student.

    Students who are deciding their major are in the process of exploration. They are evaluating the interests, abilities, needs and values they possess and how they fit with a major or career.

    The staff at the Advisement Assistance and Orientation Office and the Office of Career Services want to help any deciding student in the process of choosing a major. In the meantime, we encourage you to continue the process of deciding.

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    Agricultural Business

    Agricultural Education

    Agricultural Science

    Agriculture

    Agronomy:
    Crop Science
    Horticulture
    Soil Science

    Animal Science

    Animal Science (Pre-Vet)

    Pre-Veterinary Medicine

     

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    Accounting:
    Managerial
    Public

    Business Administration:
    Agricultural Economics
    General Management

    Business Economics

    Business Education

    Business Management

    Business Technology

    CATapult/Business

    (Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program - 4 Years)

    Data Science:
    Business

    Economics

    Finance

    International Business

    Marketing

    Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

    Strategic Advertising

    Business Meta Major

    Business

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    Communication:
    Interpersonal
    Communication
    Organizational
    Communication
    Public Relations
    Rhetoric

    Digital Media:
    New Media

    Mass Media:
    Applied Advertising
    Broadcasting and Production
    Multimedia Journalism
    Sports Media

    Media Studies

    Speech/Theatre Education


    Business Meta Major

    Communication
    and mass Media

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    Applied Computer Science

    Applied Computer Science

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    Business Education

    Business Technology

    Computer Science

    Cybersecurity

    Data Science:
    Computer Science

    Digital Media:
    Computer Science

    Information Systems

    Management Information Systems

    Computer Science And Information Systems

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    Early Childhood Education

    Elementary Education

    Middle School Education

    Special Education


    Art Education

    English Education

    Mathematics Education

    Spanish Education


    Education Meta Major

    Education

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    Art:
    Studio - Ceramics
    Studio - Drawing
    Studio - Painting
    Studio - Photography
    Studio - Printmaking
    Studio - Sculpture

    Art Education

    Graphic Design

    Digital Media:
    Visual Imaging

    Music Education:
    Instrumental
    Vocal

    Music

    Speech/Theatre Education

    Theatre:
    Performance
    Technical Design

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    Applied Health Science

    Applied Health and Sport Science

    Biology

    Biology/Psychology

    Biomedical Sciences

    Clinical Laboratory Sciences

    Foods and Nutrition: Dietetics

    Health and Physical
    Education

    Human Services

    Physical Education

    Radiologic Sciences

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    Corporate Recreation
    Recreation and Park Management
    Recreation Resource Management
    Therapeutic Recreation

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    And Wellness

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    Criminology

    Data Science:
    Geographic Information Systems

    Emergency and Disaster Management

    Geographic Information Science

    History

    Interdisciplinary Studies

    Political Science

    Pre-Law

    Social Studies: History

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    English

    (Accelerated Bachelor’s/Master’s Program - 5 Years)

    English: Emphasis in
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    English Education

    Spanish

    Spanish Education

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    Data Science:
    Business
    Computer Science
    Geographic Information
    Systems
    Molecular Biology

    Mathematics

    Mathematics

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    Biology

    Biology Education

    Biology/Psychology

    Biomedical Sciences

    Chemistry

    Chemistry Education

    Clinical Laboratory Sciences

    Data Science:
    Molecular Biology

    Earth Science

    Environmental Geology

    Geology

    Marine Biology

    Nanoscale Sciences

    Physics

    Physical Education

    Pre-Chiropractic

    Pre-Dental Hygiene

    Pre-Dentistry

    Pre-Engineering

    Pre-Engineering

    Pre-Medicine

    Pre-Nursing

    Pre-Occupational Therapy

    Pre-Optometry

    Pre-Pharmacy

    Pre-Physical Therapy

    Pre-Physical Therapy

    Pre-Physician Assistant

    Pre-Podiatry

    Pre-Radiology

    Pre-Respiratory Therapy

    Pre-Veterinary Medicine

    Radiologic Sciences

    Wildlife Ecology and Conservation

    Science Meta Major

    Natural Sciences

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    Scholarships

    Northwest offers more than $19 million in scholarships each year. The University’s sources of financial assistance to international students are growing.
    There are academic-based scholarships available to students with desirable academic background credentials and also for exceptional scores on the ACT or SAT. However, there is no need-based financial assistance available for international students.

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    Northwest international Achievement Scholarship
    (NIAS)

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    Transfer Scholarships

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    Graduate

    CS/IS International Graduate Achievement Scholarship

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    Northwest Academic
    Merit Scholarships

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    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarship

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    Northwest International Achievement Scholarship (NIAS)

    This award will represent the value of the difference in price between in-state and out-of-state
    tuition. It is equivalent to approximately $6,652 during your first year based on 28 credit hours (the scholarship total will vary based on credit hours taken). The scholarship is renewable the second year if a student completes 24 unique credit hours (superseded credit hours do not count twice)
    with a 3.0 GPA. If a student does not maintain continuous enrollment they will lose their waiver.
    For NEW freshmen (first-year students) to be eligible for the NIAS, you must have graduated from a
    non-English speaking school and be at one of the following levels of English proficiency:

    These are automatic scholarships that will be applied to the student's account. There is no application required to be considered for these scholarships.

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    Transfer Scholarships

    Students transferring with a 3.00 transfer GPA or higher will receive the NIAS award (resident tuition discount) plus one of the following Merit Awards:

    All Transfer Scholarships

     

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    CS/IS International Graduate Achievement Scholarship (no application needed)

    To be eligible for the CS/IS International Graduate Achievement Scholarship, applicants must have a high level of achievement in their academic background and meet requirements for full admission to a graduate program in the School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Students in other graduate programs or students conditionally admitted to the graduate school are not eligible.

    With this award you will receive $500 toward your first semester tuition. The scholarship is a
    one-time award and is automatic. No application is needed.

    Undergraduate

    Northwest Academic Merit Scholarships

    First-time freshman may be eligible for one of the following scholarships if they have taken the SAT or ACT:

    *Students scoring 1060 or higher on the SAT do not need to submit an English Proficiency Exam score.

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    Undergraduate

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Scholarship

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    Tuition, Costs & Fees

    Undergraduate

     

     

    Tuition:

    Fees:

    Laptop and Textooks, Academic Support, WiFi, SafeRides, Campus Activities, Library Services

    Housing/Meals:

    Health Insurance:

    Orientation/Fee
    Includes airport pickup at MCI in Kansas City

     

    Total:

     

    With Northwest International
    Achievement Scholarship:

     

    With Merit Scholarship:

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    Tuition:

    Fees:

    Laptop and Textooks, Academic Support, WiFi, SafeRides, Campus Activities, Library Services

    Estimated Off-Campus Living Costs (9 Months)

    Health Insurance (Approximate):

    Orientation/Fee

     

     

    Total:

     

    Total For Four Terms (30 Credit Hours):

    All Students

    Other estimated costs of living and learning in Maryville

     

    Personal Expenses:

    (Airfare, Bedding, Social Events, Travel, Clothing, etc)

    TB Screening:

    MMR:

    Meningitis Vaccine

    Total

    (Calculated on 28 Credit Hours - 14 Each Semester)

     

    $12,528

    $3,829

     

    $9,022

    $1,266

    $300
     

     

    $26,945

     


    $20,195

     

    $16,195 - $19,195

    Total

    (Calculated on 18 Credit Hours - 9 Each Semester)

     

    $6,030.00

    $2,667.60

     

    $5,400.00

    $1,266.00

    $225.00

     

     

    $15,588.60

     

    $27,978.00

    Total

     

     

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    Calculate your savings and view a breakdown of costs at
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    The services provided by our Career Services office is one of the reasons 97% and 99% of our Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates, respectively, find employment or seek an advanced degree within six months of graduation. Stop by their office for resume and cover letter assistance, internship and job searches, interview preparation, and more.

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    From more than 200 student organizations, to intramural sports, to athletic events, to cultural enrichment through concerts and theatre productions, there is always something for students to do at Northwest. Try your hand at rugby, volunteerism, performing arts or government and politics. Can’t find what you are looking for? You can always create a club at Northwest. Getting involved in the campus and community is easy at Northwest, and helps students feel connected from the moment they step on campus.

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    Friends of International Students (FIS) is a community-based organization established to match families with international students at Northwest. The program provides support to students as they adjust to their new home, and promote friendship and understanding between people of different nationalities.

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    Northwest Missouri State University has a long and proud history of athletics. For the student-athlete or fan, Northwest’s Division-II NCAA teams have succeeded in several of our 6 men’s and 8 women’s sports teams and give Bearcat fans many reasons to cheer. Tickets to all sporting events are free to full-time students. And for students who want to stay fit or play intramural sports, our Recreation Center and new Foster Fitness Center offer
    state-of-the-art equipment and a variety of options--from basketball and volleyball courts, to cricket and football (soccer) pitches, to tennis and racquetball courts.

    Intramurals

    Hughes Fieldhouse

    Recreation and Fitness Centers

    Athletics

    SPORTS AND ATHLETICS

     
     
     
     
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    Your residence hall provides you another opportunity to meet and make friends at Northwest. Beyond just a place to sleep, residence hall life at Northwest provides students with a social and academic environment that aids success in and out of the classroom. You’ll never go hungry at Northwest, either. Our “all-you-care-to-eat” dining facility, convenience store, and coffee shops offer a variety of food to please your taste buds, whenever your hunger strikes.

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  • About Maryville

    Maryville is at the heart of it all.

    You’re not just a Bearcat – you’re a member of the Maryville community. The city of Maryville, also known as “the Ville,” is a friendly, welcoming town with nearly 12,000 residents.

    You are welcome here.

    Here are some links to websites related to the Maryville community:

    The City of
    Maryville

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    “My best experience at Northwest Missouri State University would be the Flag-raising Ceremony. It makes me feel very welcome, seeing that there are so many different countries that attend the University.”

    Sarah
    Home country: Saba
    Major: Psychology

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    “The University made me feel like a Bearcat the day I arrived! Everyone is nice and thoughtful: teachers, friends and coaches. I highly recommend Northwest. It’s a school where international students matter. It was easy to fit
    in as a student and make
    friends.”

    Lorena Rivas
    Home country: Mexico
    Major: Foods and Nutrition: Dietetics

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    “Northwest offers me the opportunity to spend an extended period of time immersed in a culture other than my own. The entire university puts a lot of effort to make internationals feel safe and belong to this community through numerous activities that we can participate in.”

    Doory Dan
    Home country: South Korea
    Major: Chemistry ACS

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    “At Northwest I’ve had the most amazing experience in my life! The entire staff and instructors are committed to student success. Located in a safe and calm place, at Northwest I can focus on my studies and learn in an engaging environment.”

    Gurinder Singh Brar
    Home country: India
    Major: Computer Science
    Postgrad: Computer Science

     
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    “Since becoming a Bearcat I have experienced lots in a short time. They offer many opportunities for the students to get involved on campus: from making new friends to improving my language skills and having excellent experiences with professors.”

    Taina
    Home country: Brazil
    Major: Business Management & Marketing

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    “I enjoy studying at Northwest Missouri State University because the faculty challenges me to learn by providing me with an interesting and engaging learning environment. I also enjoy attending Northwest because the campus is very friendly and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in student organizations.”

    Jun-Yue Cheng
    Home country: China
    Major: Computer Science

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    “Due to the small class sizes, faculty have much emphasis on helping students in their academics. I am proud to say that I am a Bearcat.”

    Valentine Osakwe
    Home country: Nigeria
    Major: Computer Science

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    “At Northwest I’ve had the most amazing experience in my life! The entire staff and instructors are committed to student success. Located in a safe and calm place, at Northwest I can focus on my studies and learn in an engaging environment.”

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    Home country: Japan
    Major: Biology

     
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    “Northwest – as I love to call it – is my safe haven. From the loving, generous and diverse supportive staff and students, to the extended community members who are affiliated with Northwest, I feel right at home.”

    Eldaneka Rolle
    Home country: Bahamas
    Major: Communications: Public Relations

     
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    “At Northwest, everyone is
    friendly and there for each other. Northwest gives us the opportunity to be as one in a diverse community. There is truly something about the campus, the vibe, the fall colors, the football game and most of all, being a Bearcat.”

    Sruthi Palpandian
    Home country: India
    Major: M.S., Applied
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    “I will encourage other students to come to Northwest because they will learn what it is like living on campus, experimenting this new culture, and making a lot of life long friends.”

    Antonio Mora Torres
    Home country: Ecuador
    Major: Business Administration & Marketing

     
  • Your application and documentation must be received by the Office of Admissions prior to the deadlines noted below; applications not completed by the deadline will be considered for the next admission session. These deadlines allow for the evaluation of transcripts for admission and for transfer of credit, review of graduate applications by the respective departments, time to process, send and receive an I-20 and time for the student to obtain a visa. No exceptions are made to these deadlines.

    Dates And Deadlines

  • Students entering Northwest are required to have a reading, writing, and conversational knowledge of the English language. If the student’s native language is not English, then he or she is required to meet minimum score requirements on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic):

    Undergraduate
    500
    61
    5.5
    44

    Graduate
    550
    79
    6.5
    53

     
    Paper-based TOEFL
    Internet-based TOEFL
    Academic IELTS
    PTE Academic

    Language Requirements

  • Freshman admission for international students is evaluated on an individual basis. Admission is offered to students who possess academic qualifications equivalent to those required for domestic first-time freshmen. Consideration is given to the courses taken and grades received in secondary school, as well as to results of school leaving examinations and certificates. The integrity of the student’s native educational system is respected in regard to the university entrance requirements in the native country. Students not eligible for university admission in their native country will not likely be granted admission to Northwest.

    For comparison purposes, admission requirements for domestic first-time freshmen must include the following:

    1. A minimum high school grade point average of 2.00 or “C” average and;
    2. A college-preparatory curriculum in secondary school, including courses in mathematics, science, language and social studies.

    Academic Requirements

    International Transfer Students

    To be admitted as a transfer student, you must have a grade point average of 2.00 or “C.” Transfer students with less than 24 semester hours of transferable college coursework will be considered on the basis of both secondary and post-secondary coursework.

    International Graduate Students

    The prerequisites for consideration for graduate school are:

    1. A baccalaureate-level degree from either an accredited American university or one recognized by the Ministry of Education (international institution).
    2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. (GPA requirements may be higher, please see catalog for
      specific program requirements).
    3. A score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as required by program.
      See specific graduate admissions requirements online.

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    • Online application fee: $75
    • English proficiency score
    • Official transcript
    • Passport
    • Bank statement
    • Statement of Support

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