Northwest: 2020 Requirements, Scores & GPAs

This is the go-to guide for getting into Northwest Missouri State University. We suggest you read until the end... Not only will we layout the exact GPA and test scores you should aim for when applying to Northwest, but we’ll also offer creative ways to help your application stand out from the pack. We breakdown Northwest statistics better than any article out there and show you how these have changed over time. Also, make sure to check out Northwest Missouri State University on CampusReel to see what it’s really like here. If you're interesting in transferring to Northwest, the read our transfer guide. You can also use the below calculator to help determine your likelihood of acceptance at Northwest

What are your chances at Northwest?

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  • Your GPA*
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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Northwest or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

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    What GPA do you need to get into Northwest Missouri State University?

    Northwest Missouri State University’s average GPA is 3.37. Northwest Missouri State University does require GPA. This average GPA means Northwest Missouri State University is very selective. Often times, schools in this range are trying to increase their selectivity and “prestige”. We can’t read the minds of Northwest application readers, but they likely want to increase the average GPA from 3.37 to 3.54 this year - to play it safe, we recommend striving for the 3.54 GPA.

    *BEFORE CONTINUING PLEASE NOTE: GPA and “prestige” DO NOT mean a college is right for you. Northwest Missouri State University may seem amazing on paper, but you may hate it... That’s why 700,000 students transfer colleges every year - they end up going to the wrong school. It’s crucial to watch the videos on CampusReel and make sure you can envision yourself on Northwest’s campus. These Northwest admission statistics do not sufficiently tell you what a college or university is like.

    What is Northwest Missouri State University’s acceptance rate?

    Last year Northwest Missouri State University’s acceptance rate was 74.95. However, check out how the acceptance rate has changed over time.

    2016 2017 2018
    Acceptance Rate 74.0 % 74.0 % 74.95 %

    As you can see, Northwest Missouri State University is a little easier to get into than last year.

    Acceptance rate alone does not indicate your likelihood for getting into Northwest - it’s a very high level understanding of the true competition. Use the acceptance rate as a general guide for curating a list of 10-15 schools that fall into different ranges of competitiveness. Then, use the below data to get a deeper understanding of how your application will compare to the rest of the pool.

    What are your chances at Northwest?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Northwest or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

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    Does Northwest Missouri State University Require Test Scores?

    Northwest Missouri State University requires that you either take the SAT or ACT. See the table below for how Northwest Missouri State University’s accepted students have performed on both tests. You may be wondering how many test scores should you submit. Generally, don’t freak out about taking the test too often. Industry consensus is that you can submit up to 6 tests as a reasonable limit.

    Northwest Missouri State University SAT Requirements

    Northwest Missouri State University’s average SAT score is 995 - this is the sum of the math and reading portions of the SAT (the 1600 scale). Check out the below table for a deeper look into how students performed - it’s also very interesting to look at the average test score over time. The trend over time helps give insight into whether Northwest Missouri State University is getting more or less competitive.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 490 610 550
    Reading 390 500 445
    2019 Total 880 1110 995
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Northwest Missouri State University’s average SAT score is 995. To be a competitive applicant for Northwest Missouri State University your SAT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 880, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Northwest Missouri State University a “target” school (one that you are likely to get into) you should aim for a score of 1110.

    Northwest Missouri State University ACT Requirements

    Northwest Missouri State University’s average ACT score is 66. To be a competitive applicant for Northwest Missouri State University your ACT score should come close to the average. If you’re closer to the 57, you’re likely going to have a tougher time getting accepted. To consider Northwest Missouri State University a “target” school (one that you have a good chance of getting into) you should aim for a score of 75.

    25th Percentile 75th Percentile Average
    Math 19 25 22
    Reading 18 25 21
    Writing 20 25 22
    2019 Total 57 75 66
    2018 Total - - -
    2017 Total - - -

    Northwest Missouri State University Requirements

    Now you know where you need to be for getting into Northwest Missouri State University from a grade and test score perspective. Let’s quickly outline what else you’ll need to provide for your application to get reviewed, and then we’ll move onto the most important section: differentiating your app.

    Recommendations Status
    School Rank Recommended
    GPA Required
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    How to get into Northwest

    Follow these steps to maximize your chances of getting into Northwest. Everything you read above will help prepare you for what you need to achieve to have a shot at Northwest, but these steps will take you even further in applying that knowledge and differentiating your application.

    Main Academic Excellence that is in line with Northwest admission standards.

    1. Score at least a 995 on the SAT or 66 on the ACT.
    2. Maintain a GPA of at least a 3.37.

    Join Extracurriculars that Align with Northwest’s Values.

    1. Join your school band, a sports team or another group activity. If Northwest Missouri State University values music heavily, for example, then try to participate in an organization related to that topic.
    2. Volunteer in your hometown. Maryville has tons of ways to be involved beyond just the college. Northwest Missouri State University wants applicants that are also good ambassadors for the school - they want students who will give back to the local community and broader Maryville area in general.
    3. Spend your summer doing something that speaks to your values, personal growth, leadership qualities and other less quantifiable characteristics. Northwest needs to see past your test scores and grades - they need to know that you will be a valuable and contributing member of their community. You are more than grades and test scores - your experiences should demonstrate that.

    Prepare Your Application

    1. Write a stellar essay that shows Northwest Missouri State University something they can’t figure out from the other parts of your application. For a detailed guide on writing the best college essay, check this out.
    2. Get teacher recs that speak to your character. If you know what you’re majoring in and include that in your Northwest app, try to have at least 1 recommendation from a teacher in that department.
    3. Apply Before the Deadline. Too many students wait until the last minute to submit their application, and too much can go wrong during this precious time window. Since many students are applying on the last day, it’s possible that Northwest’s own system crashes. Don’t risk the added stress this can cause - submit your app a few days early.

    What are your chances at Northwest?

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    *gpa score is required

    This free college chances tool calculates your acceptance chances at Northwest or any other U.S. college

    Please note all chances are estimates based on test score and GPA averages.

    *or select a school above for a specific calculation

    Need chances at another college?

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