Northwest University

Northwest University Data & Information Overview

Want the scoop on Northwest University? We've put together a comprehensive report on the school that covers what majors Northwest University offers, how the school ranks, how diverse it is, and much more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Northwest University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Northwest University was awarded 56 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is other theological and ministerial studies.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2022 analysis, Northwest University is ranked #720 out of 2,576 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Northwest University held the #779 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 58 colleges in Washington, Northwest University is ranked at #19.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Northwest University?

Acceptance Rate

Because it has a high acceptance rate of 97%, some consider Northwest University to be a safety school. But don't just assume that admittance is in the bag. Make sure to spend enough time on your application so that it is in tip-top shape.

Average Test Scores

About 77% of students accepted to Northwest University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 510 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northwest University  ( 510 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Northwest University  ( 500 to 600 )
Northwest University received ACT scores from 34% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 19 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Northwest University  ( 19 to 26 )

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Northwest University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Northwest University is an impressive 11 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Northwest University is 27%. This is lower than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  27 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwest University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 74% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Northwest University enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  74 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Northwest University for first-time, full-time students is 41%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  41 out of 100

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Northwest University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 947 undergraduates at Northwest University with 923 being full-time and 24 being part-time.

How Much Does Northwest University Cost?

The overall average net price of Northwest University is $22,194. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Northwest University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$15,871 $15,049 $18,878 $22,135 $27,127

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Northwest University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Northwest University, approximately 67% of students took out student loans averaging $8,034 a year. That adds up to $32,136 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Northwest University is 4.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Northwest University Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Northwest University with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $41,300 in their early years. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Northwest University make the most money.

Location of Northwest University

Located in Kirkland, Washington, Northwest University is a private not-for-profit institution. Kirkland is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Contact details for Northwest University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 5520 108Th Ave Ne, Kirkland, WA 98083-0579
Phone: 425-822-8266

Northwest University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 39 majors graduated from Northwest University. Of these students, 276 received undergraduate degrees and 182 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 48 $67,800
Communication & Media Studies 32 NA
General Psychology 30 $30,500
Business Administration & Management 18 $48,200
Teacher Education Grade Specific 16 $42,600
Music 14 NA
General English Literature 14 NA
Interdisciplinary Studies 12 NA
Theological & Ministerial Studies 11 $32,500
Biblical Studies 9 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Northwest University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Northwest University

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 277 students took at least one online class at Northwest University. This is a decrease from the 330 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 277 4
2017-2018 330 42
2016-2017 293 1
2015-2016 140 4
2013-2014 248 187

Learn more about online learning at Northwest University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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