Accreditation & Affiliations

Accreditation & Affiliations

University Classification:
Private, Christian Liberal Arts

Primary Accreditation:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)

Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional).

Northwest University is a regionally-accredited, Christian coeducational undergraduate institution offering baccalaureate college education under the control of the Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Northwest, Southern Idaho, and Wyoming districts of the Assemblies of God. All these districts are represented on the University's Board of Directors. The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Northwest University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP), which is a Council for Higher Education Accreditation professional accrediting body.

The University holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. The Council is committed to cultivating communities of educational excellence in which the Lordship of Jesus Christ is central. Membership in this esteemed association of Christian colleges and universities provides opportunities for personal and professional enrichment for students, faculty, and administrators.

Northwest University is affiliated with the Jerusalem University College (formerly the Institute of Holy Land Studies) in Jerusalem. This Institution offers specialized training in the fields of geography, archaeology, the history of the Holy Land, and Judeo-Christian studies. Credits earned at the Institute are accepted at Northwest University, where applicable. Details may be secured from the Office of the Provost.

The University is also approved by the Professional Education Standards Board and Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Washington to prepare elementary and secondary education teachers and recommend for certification.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing at Northwest University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

The University is approved by the Federal and State Governments for student aid programs and for the training of international students. Selected programs of study are approved by a Washington State Approving Agency for enrollment of those eligible for benefits under Title 38 and Title 10, U.S. Code and by Washington State for training in Vocational Rehabilitation. It is listed in the current bulletin, "Accredited Higher Education Institutions," published by the U.S. Office of Education.

To review a copy of the documents describing Northwest University’s accreditation and it’s state or federal approval or licensing please contact the Office of the Provost at (425) 889-5237.

Addresses of Accrediting Bodies

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities:

8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100
Redmond, WA 98052
(425) 558-4224

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association:

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

Accreditation Council for Business Schools & Programs:

11520 West 199th Street
Overland Park, KS 66213

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education:

One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791

Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board:
Complaints can be directed to the Washington Student Achievement Council:

Oregon Office of Degree Authorization:
Complaints can be directed to the Oregon Student Access Commission:

Idaho State Board of Education:
Complaints can be directed to the Idaho State Board of Education: