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Northwest University

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

Northwest University Admissions

If you are planning on applying to Northwest University, the deadline for Fall 2023 admissions is August 1 and the fee for the application costs $30.

Northwest University Admissions Stats at a Glance

The following is an overiew of some of Northwest University's admissions stats.

Northwest University 2022 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.4
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 19%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 8%
Waitlist No

Northwest University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Northwest University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No –– ––
Early Decision II –– –– ––
Early Action Yes November 15 ––
Regular Decision Yes August 1 ––

Applying Early to Northwest University?

Northwest University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15.

Northwest University accepts about 99% of early action applicants and 96% all applicants for all deadlines. In 2021, Northwest University admitted 265 of the 267 who applied early action.

➡️ Discover a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Northwest University Admissions

How Hard Is It To Get Admitted to Northwest University?

It is moderately difficult to get into Northwest University. Northwest University evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Northwest University accepted 96% of students, around 454 from 473 applicants.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Northwest University, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transferring to Northwest University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Northwest University

Northwest University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Northwest University?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that prioritize the areas where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Northwest University

Wondering what factors are considered by Northwest University during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Make sure to check with Northwest University for more information on admission factors.

Northwest University Application Requirements

To apply to Northwest University, all applicants must submit the following items. Check with Northwest University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S)
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northwest University?

Students admitted to Northwest University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.4. Northwest University considers weighted GPA scores from incomging students.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Northwest University looks at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Northwest University has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 19% of Northwest University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 8% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Northwest University?

To be competitive with other Northwest University applicants, you should strive to score between 960 and 1205 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northwest University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1205 and 25% of scored lower than 960, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northwest University students scored 590 or higher and 75% of students scored 495 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northwest University students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 495 or higher.

What is a Good ACT Score for Northwest University?

To be most competitive at Northwest University, you should strive to earn between 24 and 32 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 32 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northwest University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 32, and three out of four students scored lower than 32 on the ACT.

A 24 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northwest University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 24.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

More Information on Transferring to Northwest University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Northwest University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is August 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Northwest University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Spring Term

Northwest University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northwest University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northwest University.

Does Northwest University accept transfer credits?

✅ Northwest University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northwest University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Northwest University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Northwest University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits and Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northwest University?

❌ No, Northwest University is test optional, so you can choose if you want to to include your ACT or SAT scores. If you have higher than average scores, you may want to send them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you may want not want to include them in your application.

What is Northwest University's acceptance rate?

✅ Northwest University's acceptance rate is 96%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northwest University?

❌ Northwest University does not offer early decision.

What is the early action acceptance rate at Northwest University?

✅ The early action acceptance rate at Northwest University was 99% in 2021.

Want To Learn More About Northwest University?

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Northwest University Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into Northwest University? Northwest University is a somewhat selective institution. The Northwest University acceptance rate is 96%. This means that the institution accepts 95 out of every 100 applicants.


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

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

32 and Above


24 to 32


24 and Less


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Northwest University, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.41. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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