B-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B
  4. Campus
    B-
  5. Athletics
    C+
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    C
  8. Location
    A
  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 98033

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

Acceptance Rate
96%
SAT Scores Range
880-1145
ACT Scores Range
19-25
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
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Test Scores and GPA for Northwest University

Cost

Net Price
$20,317/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,650/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,760/ year
  • $49-75k
    $17,323/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,591/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,540/ year

Academics

Professors
C
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
13:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.29 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.30 responses
67%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,287Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
26%
Pell Grant
36%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Encouraging and uplifting
    59%
  • Extremely thoughtful and encouraging.
    18%
  • Outgoing
    9%
  • Professionals seeking degrees.
    9%
  • Ingenuine but Encouraging at times
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
92%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.38 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.48 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Amazing
    40%
  • Small and welcoming
    24%
  • Interesting
    12%
  • Small
    12%
  • Dated!!!
    4%
  • Small, Helpful, but way too expansive
    4%
  • Wasted time and money
    4%

After Northwest University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$40,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
53%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
92%
National
83%
91%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.23 responses

Northwest University Reviews

492 reviews
All Categories
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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NU prides itself in a strong, interconnect community in student life - there is a very positive atmosphere amongst students. NU also provides its students with a holistic education that (I believe) has prepared me for my vocation. The College of Education has great professors which set me up for success in my field. Not only this but the majority of graduates have teaching jobs within a year of graduation. I personally don't fully agree with a liberal arts education at the collegiate level, but NU formats the degree programs in a way even my disbelieving mind could substantially benefit and grow. // Dorm/apt life is . The remodeled lounges are very nice. The opened-door mentality people naturally bring to the dorms offer a very warm community experience. // A great university. Highly recommended for a believer in Jesus who wants to grow academically and spiritually, while expanding their worldview, in order to impact and carry their specific calling into their vocation or field.
Living in the dorms on campus has been a great experience, much better than I imagined it would be. My RA is awesome, she is constantly organizing floor activities, study nights, and always there for us when we need someone. The roommate system at NU matches you to someone who fits your personality and living habits, obviously there are occasional roommate issues but for the most part everyone gets along great with them!