Northwest Missouri State University is a public, 4-year school located in Maryville, MO, 100 miles north of Kansas City. The school was founded in 1905 as a teachers college and was launched as the Fifth District Normal School. In 1919, the name was changed to Northwest Missouri State Teacher’s College and was shortened in 1949 to Northwest Missouri State College. The school achieved university status in 1972. In 1993 the state legislature designated the campus as the official Missouri State Arboretum. The 370 acre campus features traditional collegiate red brick architecture; the Administration Building is notable for its similarity to Brookings Hall in St Louis, used as the administration building for the 1904 World’s Fair. The campus also features a large quad before the Administration Building and many tree-lined paths and open spaces. Among notable alumni is Jean Bartik, an original programmer for the ENIAC computer.
Northwest Missouri State University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s degrees, post-baccalaureate Certificates, Master’s degrees and post-masters Certificates in over 125 fields of study. The University also offers Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees and Certificates online. The University is comprised of 11 schools and departments: Department of Fine and Performing Arts, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Language, Literature and Writing, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Department of Natural Sciences, School of Agricultural Sciences, Melvin D & Valerie G Booth School of Business, School of Communications and Mass Media, School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education and School of Health Science and Wellness. Specifically noted for Dietetics, Music and Teacher Education, the largest programs on campus are in Business and Education. Per the concise Mission Statement, “Northwest Missouri State University focuses on student success – every student, every day.”
There are over 5,600 undergraduate students enrolled in Northwestern Missouri State University, many of whom live on campus among several residence halls and living communities. The University sponsors over 175 clubs and student organizations, including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the green and white Bearcats, led by Bobby the Bearcat, field teams in 9 sports and participate in NCAA Division II competition. A rivalry exists between the school and Truman State University, culminating in the annual ‘Hickory Stick’ football game. This has been an annual event since 1908! Students are aware of and appreciate the stated values of the University: Student success; Scholarship and life-long learning; Intercultural competence; Collaboration; Respect and integrity; Strategic thinking; and Excellence. The school described the following goals and conditions as being in “‘Our DNA:’ Advocating one-to-one engaging relationships; Keeping costs affordable; Providing beautiful and safe surroundings; Driving economic development and entrepreneurship to better our region and community; Being socially responsible; and Delivering excellence through high expectations and servant leadership.”