Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

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Undergrad Christian Life

Mission: We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

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

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

Empowered engagement
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.  

Growing in Christ
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.

Growing in knowledge
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 1,200 students study in more than 70 academic programs, including Biblical Literature, Business, Ministry, Music Industry, Nursing, Psychology, 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 College of Nursing’s month-long service trips to hospitals and clinics around the world, including 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 Business, Ministry, Nursing, and Psychology 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,cross-country, soccer, and track & field for both men and women, plus softball and volleyball 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 84 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 students)
Average class size: 19 students
Student-faculty ratio: 12:1
Number of registered organizations: 19

Undergraduate in-state tuition (for the 2019–2020 academic year): $32,500
Undergraduate out-of-state tuition (for the 2019–2020 academic year): $32,500
Room and board (for the 2019–2020 academic year): $9,000
Average additional fees: $460
Scholarships: Yes
Grants: Yes
Loans: Yes
Work-study programs: Yes
Co-ops/internships: Yes

Average GPA: 3.4
Average ACT score: 23
Average (new) SAT score: 1150
Essay required: Yes
Interview required: No
Application deadline: August 1
Application fee: $30

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Association of Christian Schools International Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities

Undergraduate (full-time): 922
Graduate (full-time): 348

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