Northwest University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Washington


Northwest University is a small, private university founded by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. Since its founding in 1934, the school's evangelical identity has been central to its mission and learning environment. Northwest University's 56-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, near Lake Washington and Seattle. Undergraduate students can choose from over 50 bachelor's programs; the professional fields of business and nursing are most popular. In recent years the university has expanded opportunities for adult students to earn college degrees. On the athletic front, the Northwest University Eagles compete in the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference.

Most Popular Majors

Business Administration, Communication, Elementary Education, English, Ministries, Nursing, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1246
Total Grad Students: 98
Undergraduate Students: 1148
Faculty: 49

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 25:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 23:1

Percent Male: 40%
Percent Female: 60%

Financial Resources


Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 43%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 50%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

PO Box 579
Kirkland Washington 98083


Main Email:

Main Phone: 425-822-8266

Additional Campuses:
Salem Bible College
5313 Faith Ave NE
Salem, OR 97305

Admissions Contact:
Stephanie Kanehen
Transfer Counselor, Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:
Ben Thomas
Director of Traditional Admissions, Admissions

Athletics Contact:
Gary McIntosh
Director of Athletics & Men's Soccer Coach, Athletics

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Courses must be graded a C- or better to transfer. Courses graded as Pass and Satisfactory need to be determined to have been at a C- level or higher in order for them to transfer. Some academic departments require higher grades than a C- to transfer.

Credits (Min/Max):
Courses from two-year colleges are limited to 60 semester credits.

Test Scores for Applying:
The SAT/ACT requirement can be waived for a student who has completed 20 semester or 30 quarter college credits. However, we recommend that students submit a score if possible because it may assist for financial aid purposes.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Reference forms completed by a pastor and Christian Friend

Essay(s) required:
Biographical essay, minimum of one page, single spaced

Application Fee:

Other Requirements:
Adherence to Northwest University's lifestyle standards.

Fall Deadline:

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 19 26
English 19 26
Math 18 25
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 450 590
Math 450 570
Writing 440 560

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 251

Transfers Accepted: 183

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 73%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 62%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: 11%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2008


Books: 1000

Other Expenses: 2050

Room and Board: 6884

Tuition and Fees: 23400

Total Cost: 33334

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Types of aid available: Academic scholarships, Talent scholarships, Athletic scholarships, Tuition Credits. For more information about financial aid, please visit or call 425.889.5210.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 9777

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 97%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 72%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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