B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    C
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A+
Northwest University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Pentecostal
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Cascade Collegiate Conference
Address
5520 108th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98083
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Northwest University began as a Bible college in 1934, but has since grown into a liberal arts university offering over 70 majors and programs, all without deviating from its Christian roots. NU is a regionally accredited, Christian institution awarding associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees. Though NU students are pursuing different careers like nursing, audio production, teaching, and more, they are also committed to deepening their faith. NU is located near Seattle, Washington, a region that offers a thriving economy, technological innovation, and natural beauty.

Northwest University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Acceptance Rate
93%
SAT Range
942-1174
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App
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Cost

Net Price
$21,536/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,998/ year
  • $30-48k
    $13,577/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,854/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,043/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,230/ year

Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
74%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.31 responses
68%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.31 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
905Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
9%
Pell Grant
38%
Varsity Athletes
20%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Encouraging and uplifting
    61%
  • Extremely thoughtful and encouraging.
    17%
  • Outgoing
    9%
  • Professionals seeking degrees.
    9%
  • Ingenuine but Encouraging at times
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
89%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.39 responses
Poll
47%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.49 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Amazing
    42%
  • Small and welcoming
    23%
  • Interesting
    12%
  • Small
    12%
  • Dated!!!
    4%
  • Small, Helpful, but way too expansive
    4%
  • Wasted time and money
    4%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$38,400/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
56%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
85%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses
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Your experience at Northwest varies greatly on what your goal is to get out of it. If you are looking to major in ministry, this school is on fire for the Lord and has great resources. If you are looking into music, no doubt you should be here. If you are looking into anything else like business, sports, psychology, criminal justice, medical school, I would consider your options. Although there are some great classes for all of these, due to being such a small liberal arts school, money is invested more into ministry and music than any other program. The Nursing school is improving greatly, though. Northwest is definitely a school where you must be careful to not retain everything you hear and be discerning, for they tend to be a lot of talk and not as much walk. Northwest is great for some, okay for others, and overwhelming and not beneficial to the rest. Check Northwest out and talk to students with similar interests before committing! It could be the place for you, or not at all.
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Northwest university is, in my experience, different from any other college in the nation. I know a lot of people say that about their school, and usually it isn't true. But I fully believe that, in the case of NU, it is absolutely a fact that this University is, in many ways, completely unique. The community on campus is like nothing I have ever experienced. The people I have met in the last eight months have become better friends and closer allies than anybody I had met in the eighteen years prior to my attendance to this college. Academically, socially, and spiritually, Northwest University is in a league of its own.
Northwest University is such a welcoming school filled with caring professors and uplifting students. Everyone attending Northwest can ensure that professors and workers are there to see them succeed. With that they willingly take time out of their busy schedules to meet with students. Northwest is what they say they are, a university that not only guide students towards a career but guide them to grow spiritually, something that is so unique to this university.