Northwest University

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5520 108th Avenue NE

Kirkland, WA 98033

Phone: (425) 822-8266
2013-2014 Tuition
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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#15 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Regional Colleges (West)

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Northwest University is a private institution that was founded in 1934. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,355, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 56 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northwest University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (West), 15. Its tuition and fees are $25,904 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1934, Northwest University has successfully prepared students for service and leadership. More than 1,400 students study in over 60 academic programs including church ministries, teacher education, business, psychology, biblical literature, biology/pre-med, and nursing. In addition, the university offers ten graduate programs: Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship, Master of Arts in Theology and Culture, Master of Arts in Missional Leadership, Master in Ministry, Master of Education, Master in Teaching, Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Master of Arts in International Care and Community Development, and a Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology.

Vision: Carry the Call
Students at Northwest University are challenged, and then equipped, to "Carry the Call." With their hearts, to develop compassion and character. With their heads, to discover the joy of rigorous study and mental discipline. And with their hands, to actively engage the world around them.

Spiritual Growth
Northwest University is committed to the spiritual development of each of its students. The university community gathers three times a week in Butterfield Chapel for worship and preaching by a variety of significant speakers. Students can participate in a variety of ministries that reach out to the community through service and prayer.

Northwest University is located on a 56-acre campus on the eastside of Seattle in Kirkland, near Lake Washington, placing students within minutes of leading corporate headquarters including Microsoft, Starbucks,, and Nordstrom. Greater Seattle has it all, including festivals, museums, parks, lakes, shopping, and major league sports. The Pacific Northwest offers some of the best venues for activities including skiing, hiking, climbing, windsurfing, biking, and canoeing.

Practical Experience
Northwest University students benefit from opportunities to gain practical experience, both locally and globally. 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 observing and student teaching in local schools, and ministry students intern with experienced pastors in area churches. In addition, senior students in the Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing spend a month in a cross-cultural context, serving in hospitals and clinics in countries such as Taiwan, India, Mexico, and Africa.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1934
Religious affiliation Assemblies of God
Academic calendar semester
Setting suburban
2012 Endowment $4,260,307


When applying to Northwest University, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling, and the early action deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Northwest University is $30. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 86.9 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 86.9%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

Northwest University has 66 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northwest University include: Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other; Psychology, General; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other; and Organizational Communication, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

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Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio N/A 4
4-year graduation rate 39%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 15%
Psychology, General 12%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 12%
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 9%
Organizational Communication, General 5%

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Student Life

Northwest University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,355, with a gender distribution of 41.3 percent male students and 58.7 percent female students. Northwest University is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,612
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity N/A
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Northwest University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Northwest University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Northwest University.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Northwest University, 82.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $14,765.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $25,904 (2013-14)
Room and board $7,190 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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