University of Northwestern – St. Paul

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School Overview

University of Northwestern is located in St. Paul, Minnesota and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. University of Northwestern was established in 1902 under the name Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School. The school was founded by a pastor, Dr. William Bell Riley, of the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis. University of Northwestern remains a single non-denominational private college.

Eleven of Northwestern’s fifty-five bachelor’s degrees are taught through the school’s FOCUS Degree Completion Program. In addition to these bachelor’s degrees, the college offers two master’s degrees. Undergraduate ares of study include art, Biblical studies, broadcasting/electronic media, business, Christian ministries, criminal justice, elementary and secondary education, English, mathematics, life sciences, and psychology. Graduate study programs include theological studies and organizational leadership. Students at University of Northwestern are required to attend daily chapel programs, showcasing a variety of speakers, and take at least 30 credits-worth of Bible study classes throughout their undergraduate years.

University of Northwestern features a dual-degree initiative in cooperation with the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology. The dual-degree program enables an average student to finish three years’ worth of studying at University of Northwestern in either the mathematics or engineering sciences programs. After these three years, a student can complete a more focused engineering degree at the University of Minnesota.

University of Northwestern-St Paul Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (651) 631-5100
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 3003 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-1598
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 3,525
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 62%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,758 (50% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Certificates, Associates, Bachelor's, Master's

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $32,210
Out-of-state Tuition: $32,210
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $20,298

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

University of Northwestern-St Paul Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at University of Northwestern-St Paul.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 2
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 172
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 23
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services 1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 1
Education 121
Engineering 1
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 1
English Language and Literature/Letters 2
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 2
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Psychology 2
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 1
Social Sciences 1
Theology and Religious Vocations 352
Visual and Performing Arts 6
Grand total 43556

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at University of Northwestern-St Paul 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 Fees 2019-2020
In-state $32,210
Out-of-state $32,210
Books and supplies $500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,982
Out-of-state $8,982

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 409 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 409 100% $20,298
Student loan aid 288 70% $9,968

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,830 53% $18,198
Federal student loans 1,281 37% $7,136

Admissions & Enrollment

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

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,243 530 713
Percent admitted 100% 91% 92%
Percent admitted who enrolled 33% 33% 33%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
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

University of Northwestern-St Paul Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 3,525
Undergraduate enrollment 3,376
Graduate enrollment 149

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

University of Northwestern-St Paul Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs

*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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