Northwest University

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School Overview

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational school located in Kirkland, Washington, USA. The school also has a satellite campus-Northwest University- Salem Campus-located in Salem, Oregon. Northwest University was originally a Bible Institute started by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God USA and today it is still operated by the Assemblies of God (districts in Wyoming, Southern Idaho, Northwest, Oregon, Montana, and Alaska).

Regionally accredited, Northwest offers several associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. It is made up of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, the College of Ministry, the Mark and Huldah Buntain School of Nursing, the School of Education, the School of Business and Management, and the College of Arts & Sciences. The university adheres to its mission “to provide, in a distinctly Evangelical Christian environment, quality education to prepare students for service and leadership.”

General Information

Admission Office

5520 108th Avenue, NE

Box 579

Kirkland, WA 98083-0579

(425) 889-5231

(800) 669-3781

Fax: (425) 889-5224

Contact: Rose-mary Smith

Assistant Vice President, Enrollment
Main Address

PO Box 579

Kirkland, WA 98083-0579

(425) 822-8266

Total undergrads: 1,114

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 311

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,094

Graduate enrollment: 176


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $19,780 $20,790 $21,994 $23,004 +4.59%
Books and Supplies $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $6,578 $6,578 $6,724 $6,724 0.00%
Other $1,900 $2,050 $2,050 $2,050 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $6,578 $6,800 $6,800 $6,800 0.00%
Other $2,816 $2,960 $2,960 $2,960 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $29,258 $30,418 $31,768 $32,778 +3.18%
In-state Off Campus $30,174 $31,550 $32,754 $33,764 +3.08%
In-state with Family $20,780 $21,790 $22,994 $24,004 +4.39%
Average Graduate Student Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $16,588
In-state Student Fees $230
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $16,588
Out-of-state Fees $230

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 175 89%
Grant or scholarship aid 174 88% $2,166,628 $12,452
• Federal grants 56 28% $249,125 $4,449
• Pell grants 55 28% $187,867 $3,416
• Other federal grants 52 26% $61,258 $1,178
State/local government grant or scholarships 41 21% $207,223 $5,054
Institutional grants or scholarships 173 88% $1,710,280 $9,886
Student loan aid 136 69% $1,277,824 $9,396
• Federal student loans 135 69% $1,004,335 $7,440
• Other student loans 53 27% $273,489 $5,160

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS PhD AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 218 89 6
Biology and Biomedical Sciences
Biology and Biological Sciences, General
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 44 11
Accounting and Finance 6
Business Administration and Management 15 11
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 19
Marketing/marketing Management 4
Communication and Journalism Programs 12
organizational Communication 12
Education 16 29 6
Biology Teacher Education
Education 29
Elementary Education and Teaching 11
English/language Arts Teacher Education 1
Mathematics Teacher Education 3
Music Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education 1
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 6
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 11
English Language and Literature 11
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 20
Health/medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 20
History 5
History 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 8
General Studies 8
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Mathematics 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 2
Natural Resources and Conservation 2
Environmental Science 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 1
Health and Physical Education/fitness 1
Psychology 14 49
Counseling Psychology 35
Psychology 14
Psychology, Other 14
Social Sciences 5
Political Science and Government, Other 5
Theology and Religious Vocations 66
Bible/biblical Studies 21
Missions/missionary Studies and Missiology 9
Religious Education
Religious/sacred Music 2
Theological and Ministerial Studies, Other 26
Youth Ministry 8
Visual and Performing Arts 10
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
Film/cinema/video Studies 3
Music Management
Music Theory and Composition 7
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 77%

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Music – General B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Communications/drama B
Communications/film studies B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B
Organizational Communication B


Elementary Education B
Junior High Education B
Secondary Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B
Premedicine B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies A


Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Political Science/Government B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B,C
Missionary Studies B
Pastoral Counseling B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Theology B
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northwest University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(425) 822-8266
Type of School:4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address:5520 108th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:1,226
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):43%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:9 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:1,086 (89% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$29,200
Out-of-state Tuition:$29,200
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:98%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$16,775

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Northwest University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northwest University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services31
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs2
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
English Language and Literature/Letters1
Health Professions and Related Programs11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities11
Mathematics and Statistics1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Natural Resources and Conservation1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies2
Philosophy and Religious Studies111
Social Sciences1
Theology and Religious Vocations1151
Visual and Performing Arts6
Grand total543751

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

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Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northwest University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,000

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid19898%
Grant or scholarship aid19898%$16,775
Student loan aid14571%$10,173

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid86893%$19,389
Federal student loans63268%$9,303

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northwest University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northwest University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants560150410
Percent admitted100%95%93%
Percent admitted who enrolled37%45%34%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northwest University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment1,226
Undergraduate enrollment938
Graduate enrollment288

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northwest University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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