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B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B-
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    B-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    A
  9. Dorms
    B+
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  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
From Northwest University

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
August 1
Acceptance Rate
93%
SAT Range
942-1174
ACT Range
20-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Accepts Common App

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
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Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
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
922Undergrads
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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What I like most about Northwest is the integration of faith into our studies. They help and encourage students to build a strong relationship with God, professors, and peers. Not only that, they also help you prepare for life after college by providing multiple experiences such as volunteering, and mission work. Northwest University is very focused on the student and helping them achieve their goals both inside and outside the classroom. The community on campus promotes a positive environment to help students grow into the individual they are meant to be. I would recommend this school students from all walks of life!
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Listen, nothing in life is perfect. We all know that. The trick is to focus on what makes whatever it is enjoyable. For me Northwest University does have some shortcomings and when I focus on them it distorts my view of what is otherwise a phenomenal school! I mean the food is great, the dorms are more than decent, the people are genuine, and the teachers are invested in their students. Yet when I scrutinise the tinniest things I forget all that. Needless to say everyone is different so maybe others have more problems with Northwest than I do. But even I (who is not attracted to “the college experience”) have loved my experience here at Northwest.
People there are a community. Making long-lasting relationships is better here than almost anywhere. However, because the school is smaller in size, the opportunities and majors offered here are limited. If you are looking to go into nursing or music, then this school has everything you could ever want and more, but some of the other majors like economics or accounting are so small, they practically do not exist. If you have some clear direction for your life, and are aware of the slightly high price tag, and are looking for a good experience that is has less of a party atmosphere, then this is the one for you.