Northwest University was founded on October 1, 1934. We are a Christian co-educational institution accredited at the highest institutional level nationally and regionally. We awards associate, baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees in over 70 programs.
Northwest University is a Christian institution built on the values, morals, and ethics of Jesus Christ. It is NU’s mission to provide its students with the moral foundation necessary to engage with the world honorably and professionally.
Our classes are not easy, but excellence never is. Our commitment to excellence means that we maintain a very high standard for our faculty members and classrooms. At Northwest, we keep class sizes small. Our expert professors will engage your intellect and challenge you with new ideas. Their doors are open. Their hearts are open. And they’ll become an inspiring and significant part of your university experience.
Our athletes compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Our varsity sports include soccer, volleyball, basketball, softball, track and field, and cross-country. Our women’s soccer team has won league championships. As proud as we are of accomplishments like this, we’re even more proud of our athletes themselves. They are champions of character who have been recognized by the NAIA as Athletes of the Year for their sportsmanship and talent.
We are surrounded by companies such as Microsoft, Boeing, Amazon, Google, Starbucks and more that have changed the world. Our 56-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, voted by Money magazine as the Fifth Best Place to Live in the U.S. This means access to internships while getting your degree, excellent employment options, and strategic alumni connections once you graduate. Not only that, students can participate in boundless recreational activities in the great Pacific Northwest.
Scholarships & funding
Whether you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, there are many scholarships available for Kirkland campus undergraduate students. Scholarships are based on your need or academic performance or a particular talent. A student may not receive more than 2 scholarships.
AVAILABLE TO UNDERGRAD FIRST-YEAR STUDENTS:
selected through the invitational President’s Scholarship Competition, an on-campus, two-day event held each spring.
- GPA: High School GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Test Scores: At least one of the following:
- SAT – 1250 or higher
- ACT – 28 or higher
- CLT – 83 or higher
Determined by GPA and SAT/ACT/CLT Scores
Full-time study and Participation through senior year of high school at a regional level or higher.
District Youth Directors Scholarship:
Contact your Assemblies of God Youth Director for application information.
Empowering the future:
Every Kirkland on-campus undergraduate student pursuing a College of Ministry degree will receive financial aid, not including loans, equal to at least 50% of tuition. This financial aid includes Pell, institutional scholarships, institutional grants, and endowment funding. If these sources do not reach 50% of tuition, an additional discount titled “Empowering the Future” will be given to reach the 50% of the tuition amount.
Recognized instrumental or vocal talent with active participation in a music ensemble as determined by the Music Department faculty.
NU Athletic scholarship:
Recognized athletic talent in one of the sports.
NU Bound Scholarship:
The NU College Bound Scholarship is available to those students who are eligible for the Washington State College Bound scholarship, are eligible for the Pell Grant award, and have received the Provost Scholarship.
Nurse R.O.T.C Scholarship:
Must be a full-time student, taking R.O.T.C. classes as an elective.
Must be a full-time student, taking R.O.T.C. classes as an elective.
Recognized theatrical performance or design/technical talent with active participation in theatre production as determined by Theatre Department faculty.
Why study at Northwest University
- Over 70 programs: NU gives students of all callings the opportunity to discover and cultivate their gifts, offering over 70 majors and programs to choose from.
- Small Class Size: At NU, the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1, allowing for the kind of personalized education you may not find elsewhere.
- Location: NU’s campus is located nearby the corporate headquarters of companies like Microsoft, Expedia, Amazon, and Costco, as well as many innovative tech startup. This close proximity contributes to a robust job economy for NU graduates, as well as rich internship opportunities.
- Internships: Internships are the best way for students to gain real-world experience. That’s why over 70% of students hold internships at NU. Often, this leads to full-time job offers from some of the best companies in the area.
Awards & Accreditations
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional)
A Best Value University
U.S. News and World Report (2022)
Accreditation of NU's College of Business
Accreditation Council For Business School Programs, Accredited
Membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities
approval from the Professional Education Standards Board and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington
Accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology
American Psychological Association, Accredited
Student services & facilities
- Career Readiness Initiative: NU has identified a list of workplace competencies and certificates to prepare students even more fully for the workplace. Also every academic major requires a local internship.
- International Student Services-we provides academic English instruction and also support to students from around the world with the goal of developing dynamic leaders, scholars, and international professionals
- Campus life: there are many ways to get involved in the community life: attending an event put on by our Student Activities Board (SAB), engaging in meaningful conversations hosted by our Multicultural Life office, hanging out with your friends in our Residence Halls (Residence Life and Housing), attending an Eagle Athletics event or worshipping as a community through one of our many Campus Ministries programs. Additionally, at Northwest University we have over 20 clubs and organizations we encourage our students to get involved in.
Our beautiful campus is a semi-wooded tract of 56 acres that overlooks Lake Washington and is just minutes from the world-class city of Seattle with all its amenities. A view of the snow-clad Olympics graces the skyline to the west. At NU, opportunities for fun abound, from hiking and snowboarding to watching the 2014 Super Bowl Champions, the Seattle Seahawks.
At Northwest, we are neighbors to some of the most successful companies of the 21st century, including Microsoft, Google, Boeing, and Amazon. These game-changing corporations are great places to intern or work once you graduate. It’s no wonder why our home, Kirkland, was voted by Money Magazine as the fifth best place to live in the U.S.
Since our beginning, Northwest University has been a Christ-centered institution, and we have not wavered. Today, we continue to build a Christian community wholly dedicated to the spiritual vitality of each student—where our love, respect, and support for one another are evidence of God’s presence.
At Northwest University, there are so many ways to get involved in community life. Whether that is attending an event put on by our Student Activities Board (SAB), engaging in meaningful conversations hosted by our Multicultural Life office, hanging out with your friends in our Residence Halls (Residence Life and Housing), attending an Eagle Athletics event or worshipping as a community through one of our many Campus Ministries programs. Additionally, at Northwest University we have over 20 clubs and organizations we encourage our students to get involved in
You aren't just choosing a university. You're also choosing a place to call home. NU is dedicated to creating a close, supportive, and safe community for all students. A place where you'll learn how to live life well with others. A place where you can thrive academically, spiritually, and socially. A place that feels like it was made just for you. Because guess what? It was.
Guy, Perks, and Crowder Halls (GPC) house primarily first-year students throughout nine floors. The three independent buildings provide the following common areas for NU community use:
Perks Lounge features a large-screen HDTV with Comcast Cable service, an air hockey table, a fireplace, and a large piano. Perks Hall also provides our student government (ASNU) members with office space, where they are available as a resource for fellow students. Crowder Lobby is a smaller lounge with comfy couches for studying or hanging out with friends. The GPC community kitchen provides a full kitchen, lots of counter space and tables for cooking or studying, comfortable couches, and a wall-mounted TV with a DVD player.
Gray and Beatty Hall offers a diverse community of seasoned upperclassmen and transfer students. The two independent buildings are joined together by a large lounge area that features a large-screen HDTV (great for movie nights) with Comcast Cable service, a pool table, and a small, private study room.
The beautifully renovated Gray/Beatty basement features an HDTV with surround sound speakers, a shuffleboard table, and a modern kitchen. This space can accommodate an entire floor of students for events.
Our student apartments are nestled in the woods on the upper east side of campus. They offer a more private and independent residential experience for returning upperclassmen. They consist of two- or three-bedroom units that are spacious, partially furnished, and include utilities.
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