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Northwest University

Kirkland, WA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate96%
Acceptance Rate96%

About Northwest University

Northwest University Overview

Northwest University is a private, religious school in a suburban setting in Kirkland, Washington. Northwest University was founded in 1934 and the school presently has around 2,583 students per year, which includes 1,871 undergraduate students. Northwest University provides on-campus housing for up to 514 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 50% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! August 1, 2023 is the final deadline to submit an application for the Fall 2023 semester.

Student Activities at Northwest University

Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Northwest University's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Northwest University students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Northwest University does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

Planning to play sports? Northwest University has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northwest University on the Student Life page.

2022 Northwest University Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 96%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate 99%
Average GPA 3.4
Applicants Submitting ACT scores 99%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 19%
Tuition $34,500
Percent of Need Met 71.86%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $19,441

Is Northwest University a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Some factors that can help you determine what a good school for you might be include admissions criteria, acceptance rate, tuition costs, and more.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better view of what Northwest University offers and if the school might be a good choice for you.

Northwest University Acceptance Rate 2022

It is moderately difficult to get into Northwest University. Northwest University admitted 96% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 473 applications received in 2022, 454 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwest University

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Northwest University, around 80% come back the next year. 58% of Northwest University undergrads graduate within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Northwest University Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Northwest University by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Northwest University directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Northwest University's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Northwest University's endowment was valued at $8.8 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $8,267 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwest University

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Northwest University meets 71.86% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $19,441 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $27,373 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwest University.

Based on this information, is Northwest University the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Northwest University a good school for you?

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Where is Northwest University Located?

Northwest University is located in the suburban setting of Kirkland, Washington, less than an hour from Seattle.

If you are interested in seeing Northwest University for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 405 to Kirkland, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Seattle-Tacoma International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northwest University and Kirkland are like without leaving home.

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College Info

5520 108th Avenue, NE Kirkland, WA 98033

Campus Setting: Suburban

Northwest University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Aug 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Aug 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Northwest University is Aug 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northwest University is Aug 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Northwest University ACT Scores


ACT Range

24 - 32

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Northwest University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

960 - 1205


Math SAT Range

490 - 590


Reading SAT Range

495 - 620

Northwest University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northwest University is like? There are approximately 2,583 students enrolled at Northwest University, including 1,871 undergraduate students and 712 graduate students. 74% percent of students attend school full-time, 74% percent are from WA and 26% percent of students are from other states.


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