Welcome to a Jesus First University
Northwest University is a private, Christian university that offers an experience unlike any other. One that will help you put Jesus at the center of all things. In your learning. In your career. In your relationships. In your life. Here, you’ll find fellow students, faculty, and staff—deeply committed followers of Jesus—who will help you grow into the person you may not be able to see today, but who God has seen since the beginning of time.
Accredited and Nationally Recognized
Northwest University is accredited at the highest possible levels. In fact, we’ve earned the same accreditation as Stanford and other academic institutions. The degree you earn here will be highly respected by employers.
Best Regional Universities”
– U.S. News & World Report
Best Christian Institution, WA”
Top 20 Best Value Schools”
– U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 Best Christian College in U.S.”
People's Choice Gold Winner: Best Colleges”
– The Seattle Times
A Private Christian University is More Affordable than You Think
Starting Costs: $46,682
We start with the lowest cost of private Christian universities in the region. But we don’t stop there.
Actual Costs: $26,182
With NU’s average financial aid award of $20,500 your final costs are drastically reduced. And your financial aid package may be even higher.
Scholarships: Helping You To Reduce Your Costs
Whether you are an incoming freshman or transfer student, there are many scholarships available for Kirkland campus undergraduate students. We offer many scholarships based on merit, talent, or need which do not need to be repaid. See which one is right for you.
The Value of NU: Comparing Tuition Costs
When you compare the tuition of Northwest University to other private universities in the area, you’ll like what you see. We work to keep our costs low and our standards high.
Things to Do Near NU
We Major In Majors
We offer over 70 majors and programs to get you started on a career path. But that’s not all. Over 86% of NU students are involved in off-campus internships. Here, you’ll learn in class and then put that knowledge to use with local companies. It’s a great way to gain practical experience and set yourself up for a job once you graduate.
Small Is Smart
With a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1, our professors know more than your name—they know you. We take an individual approach to education, rather than the one-size-fits-all at larger schools. And you’ll learn by leading—whether in student government, drama, music, campus ministries, or on mission trips. So, why get lost in a sea of faces? Choose small. Learn large.
Career Readiness Initiative
The Career Readiness initiative builds the quantifiable skills employers look for in a new hire. NU students obtain the core competencies, training, and certificates that prove to employers they are ready to work on day one.
For even greater preparation, all programs offer internship opportunities empowering NU students to get the hands-on experience they need to help them succeed.
The Value of a College Education
How much more does a person with a college degree earn annually than those with no degree? How does 76% more sound?
Over a lifetime, that can add up to a difference of $1.2 million. Yes. Million.
$1.2 Million Difference
We’re In Good Company
Money Magazine voted Kirkland as the 5th best place to live in the US. We’re close to a wealth of recreational activities and companies that have changed the world. For NU students, that means opportunity for fun while you’re here and—more importantly—excellent opportunities for employment once you graduate.
Northwest University Campus Tour
Pursuit Magazine is published for high school students to learn about the Northwest University community. It reflects your pursuit of the exceptional, the high level of spiritual growth, and academic excellence that has come to define Northwest University.