University of Northwestern – St. Paul

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University of Northwestern is located in Roseville, Minnesota and is acccredited 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.

General Information

Admission Office

3003 Snelling Avenue North

Saint Paul, MN 55113-1598

(651) 631-5111

(800) 827-6827

Fax: (651) 631-5680

[email protected]

Contact: Kenneth Faffler

Director of Admissions
Main Address

3003 Snelling Avenue North

Saint Paul, MN 55113-1598

(651) 631-5100

Total undergrads: 1,846

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 437

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,842

Graduate enrollment: 93


Suburban setting

Very large city (over 500,000)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 95%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 79%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Stringed Instruments B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television A,B

Communications Technologies

Animation/Special Effects B


Art Teacher Education B
ESL Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B

English Language & Literature

Creative Writing B
English Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business Writing B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences A
Urban studies B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Multi/interdisciplinary studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B


Psychology – General B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Adult and family ministry B
Bible Studies B,C
Ministry B
Missionary Studies B
Pre-Ministerial Studies 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.

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