Northwest University Admissions: Everything You Want to and Need to Know

Overview of Northwest University

Northwest University is a small, private institution situated in Kirkland, Washington. Northwest University offers associate, bachelor’s master’s, and doctoral degrees. Undergraduate students can select from over 50 bachelor’s programs, and outside of the classroom, and they will find lots of clubs and organizations to engage with. The Northwest University Eagles play in the NAIA Cascade Collegiate Conference. The university majors ten varsity athletic teams.


  • Total Enrollment: 1,321 (975 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 34% Male/66% Female
  • 96% Full-time

Cost of Attendance Information

  • Tuition and Fees: $32,960
  • Books: $840
  • Room and Board: $9,000
  • Other Expenses: $2,430
  • Total Cost: $45,230

Financial Aid Information

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 98%
    • Loans: 67%
  • Mean Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $18,560
    • Loans: $6,927

Academic Programs Offered

  • Most Popular Majors: Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Psychology, General; Business Administration and Management, General; Organizational Communication, General; and Missions/Missionary Studies and Missiology

Retention and Graduation

  • First-Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 46%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

NCAA Athletic Programs

  • Men’s Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Wrestling
  • Women’s Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Fencing, Field Hockey, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball

Overview of Northwest University Admissions

With an acceptance rate of 95% in 2019, Northwest University is not an extremely selective school. Students whose SAT/ACT scores and GPA are within the institution’s requirements have a good chance of being admitted. Applicants must complete an online application and send test scores from either the SAT or ACT and high school transcripts. Glowing recommendation letters can bolster your application, along with being involved with student organizations and attempting a challenging course load. Students with unique talents and accomplishments can still receive strong consideration even if their GPAs are outside of the mean range. After applying, students will receive a message from an admissions counselor about the application process’s next steps. Interested students should check out the university’s website, which has helpful tips and contact information for the admissions offices.

Admissions Data                        

  • Northwest University Acceptance Rate: 95%
  • Test Scores — 25th/75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 520/630
    • SAT Math: 510/595
    • SAT Writing: -/-
    • ACT Cumulative: 21/26
    • ACT English: 20/26
    • ACT Math: 19/25

Safety Net Schools: Easy to Gain Admission

If past admission data predicts that you would be a competitive candidate for Northwest University, it should be easy to gain admissions to the schools below. If Northwest University is currently out of your reach, then you are sure to be a competitive candidate for the schools below.

La Salle University, Liberty University, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, California State University Sacramento, California State University Northridge, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Same Tier: Just As Hard to Gain Admission

If you’re a competitive candidate for Northwest University, you should have an equal chance of gaining admissions at these schools.

Florida Gulf Coast University, Hampton University, Washington State University, University of Texas at San Antonio, East Carolina University, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

Reach Institutions: Gaining Admissions Will Be More of a Challenge

These schools are more challenging to gain admission into than Northwest University. If you improve your GPA and SAT/ACT scores, you’ll be a competitive candidate.

University of Arizona, University of Alabama, Colorado State University, Quinnipiac University, Ohio University, University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington

Applying to Northwest University

Application Deadline: Rolling

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