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Christian Life Profile

Vision: Carry the Call
Since 1934 Northwest University has offered students a challenging balance of spiritual enrichment, academic excellence, and practical experience. This is how we prepare you to Carry the Call with heart, head, and hand.

Northwest University is a community of faith and learning for people who are pursuing God’s call on their lives.

We believe that the best response to God’s call is to develop exceptional competence, which requires a commitment to scholarship and discipleship.

Northwest University alumni serve around the world in nearly every profession. They show Christ’s love through hands of compassion, doing God’s work in God’s world.

Spiritual growth
Northwest University is committed to the spiritual development of each of its students. That’s why chapel each Wednesday and Friday is an important element of the curriculum. Chapel provides intentional time for worship and hearing God’s Word. Messages are often brought by Christian leaders from around the world as well as local pastors, respected scholars, and Northwest University community members.

Students are often at the forefront of leading spiritual growth. Each week begins with a Monday evening praise service directed and conducted entirely by students. It’s a time of prayer, music, and worship—deepening your relationship with God and other students.

There’s much more, of course, including small groups with other students and mentor sessions with caring faculty and staff educators. We are committed to helping you deepen your faith.

At Northwest University you will be challenged and encouraged to grow intellectually as you encounter the breadth and depth of our rigorous academic programs. You have been given unique gifts and interests. We offer programs that will help you develop your aptitudes and talents in a way that will equip you to make a difference in the future.

Northwest University has successfully prepared students for service and leadership. Approximately 1,700 students study in more than 70 academic programs, including biblical literature, business, ministry, nursing, psychology, music industry, and teacher education.

NU graduates have gone on to prestigious graduate schools such as Oxford University and Princeton Theological Seminary. Others have achieved their dreams of becoming talented teachers, business professionals, or ministry directors. Whatever your calling, Northwest University will give you the foundation you need for a successful career.

Hands-on learning
At Northwest you will have frequent opportunities to supplement what you learn in the classroom with practical, hands-on experience. This may be in a laboratory session or an internship, for a few hours each week or an entire semester. For example, students have interned at a Seattle television station and Benaroya Hall, home of the Seattle Symphony. Education majors work with qualified teachers while student teaching in local schools, and ministry students intern with experienced pastors in vibrant churches. In addition, several academic programs provide cross-cultural learning experiences, such as the School of Nursing’s month-long service trips in hospitals and clinics in Taiwan, India, Mexico, Africa, and Eastern Europe.

Global experience
Many Northwest University students take advantage of the opportunity to study thousands of miles away for a few weeks, a semester, or an entire year. For nursing, business, psychology, and ministry majors, these experiences are built into the curriculum. For others the classroom abroad is optional, yet students commonly choose to explore the world and learn as global citizens.

Northwest University is a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference and has varsity teams in basketball, soccer, cross-country, and track & field for both men and women, plus volleyball and softball teams for women. If you simply want to stay in shape without the demands of being a student-athlete, NU offers the fully equipped Eagle Fitness Center and intramural sports. Adventure recreation trips take advantage of the beautiful Pacific Northwest through overnight backpacking, day hikes, kayaking, and climbing.

Located on a beautiful 56-acre campus near the park-lined shores of Lake Washington on Seattle’s Eastside, Northwest University is nestled in the middle of it all. With plentiful walking-accessible amenities, students take frequent advantage of wooded trails and paths, cafés and coffee shops, enjoyable parks, and easy bus routes to Seattle, Bellevue, and Redmond. At Northwest students are just minutes away from the leading corporate headquarters of Microsoft, Starbucks, Amazon, and Nordstrom. Greater Seattle has it all, including festivals, museums, outdoor recreation, shopping, and professional sports. Northwest University is on the doorstep of some of the best destinations for skiing, hiking, biking, paddle boarding, and canoeing.

Called to Northwest University
If you feel God is calling you to attend Northwest University, we can help. First, we offer more than 70 academic programs, so you can study in an area in which God has given you unique interests and abilities. Second, we have knowledgeable and helpful admission counselors who can answer your questions. Third, we have substantial financial aid resources, including federal and state grants and loans, as well as hundreds of scholarships. Over the past 80 years, Northwest University has graduated more than 10,000 students who are carrying the call of God into transformative, lifelong service.

Visit Northwest University
Northwest University offers visit events throughout the year. Visiting NU is your chance to experience University life up close and personal in a Christian environment. You will be able to visit classes, tour campus, worship at chapel, dine in the cafeteria, meet students, and chat with professors. To find out how you can earn a $500 scholarship for visiting, see




Institutional control: Private
School type: Four-year
Academic calendar: Semesters
Religious affiliation: Assemblies of God
School size: Small (fewer than 2,000)
Average class size: 22
Student-faculty ratio: 13:1
Number of registered organizations: 20

Undergrad in-state tuition (academic year): $27,700
Undergrad out-of-state tuition (academic year): $27,700
Room and board (academic year): $7,790
Average additional fees: $386
Scholarships: Yes
Grants: Yes
Loans: Yes
Work-study programs: Yes
Co-ops/internships: Yes

Average GPA: 3.38
Average ACT score: 23
Average SAT score: 1590
Essay required: Yes
Interview required: No
Application deadline: August 1
Application fee: $30

Northwest Commission on Colleges
and Universities

Alliance for Assemblies of God Higher Education

American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Approximately 1,700 students, currently and recently from 47 states and 25 foreign countries