Northwest University recognizes that a great number of students are choosing to Homeschool. We welcome homeschool students and appreciate the many contributions they bring to the NU community. At Northwest, faith in Jesus is foundational in everything we do. Those include Bible courses, community experiences like worship and life groups, and career-ready opportunities so students can pursue their faith and calling.
Admission to Northwest University is granted to applicants meeting the University admissions requirements without regard to sex, race, color, age, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability. However, admissions are made on a selective basis according to criteria described below.
The following is required to be considered for admission to Northwest University’s traditional undergraduate programs, with the method of communicating the requirement to the Admissions Office in parentheses. (Admissions to the College of Adult and Professional Studies and Graduate Programs are detailed in their respective catalogs.)
- Application Form (Application Packet)
- Application Fee ($30)
- Biographical Essay (Application Form)
- Entrance Test (ACT, SAT, CLT) – *See Below for Covid-19 Test Optional Policy
- Official High School Transcripts of work completed at time of application (or GED)
- College Transcripts (previous college work)
“The mission of Northwest is to provide, in a distinctly evangelical Christian environment, quality education to prepare students for service and leadership.” As a Christian Liberal Arts University, all experiences are directed to students discovering and preparing for God’s plan for their lives. Therefore, a vital experience of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ is required to be admitted.
Application and Fee
The Admission Application inquires about a student’s preparation to pursue higher education at Northwest University. The application requirements, completed in entirety, provide an assessment of the applicant’s preparation to benefit from and contribute to Northwest University’s learning community. Applicants must submit all official test scores, transcripts, and a non-refundable application fee in order to complete the application for review. Application deadlines are August 15 for Fall Term and December 15 for Spring Term. No assurance of acceptance shall be assumed until the applicant receives an official letter of approval from the Admissions Office. Northwest University reserves the right to revoke, suspend, or modify an admission decision if application information is falsified, incomplete, or withheld.
High School Graduate
Applicants must be graduates of a recognized high school. The following years of preparatory work are recommended:
- English – 4
- Math – 3
- Social Studies – 2
- Science – 2
- Foreign Language – 2
- Electives – 3
Applicants may be admitted on the basis of satisfactory scores on the General Educational Development Tests as established by State Competency Standards.
Students who are homeschooled can present transcripts from a recognized homeschool organization or from their homeschool educator. Students who are homeschooled can also present test scores for further admissions consideration.
A limited number of mature persons who are not graduates of a high school may be admitted on a selective basis as special students. However, special students are not allowed to earn degrees, diplomas, or certificates at the University.
Home schoolers are strongly encouraged to submit official transcripts from one of the following:
- Record prepared and signed by the administrator or educator
- State or national accredited homeschool association
- General Education Development test certificate
Transcripts prepared by an individual educator must include information about curriculum and reading lists included with the homeschool program. For admission to NU, high school transcripts, test scores, demonstrated written ability, and academic curriculum will be considered.
*Covid-19 Test Optional Policy: Applicants for admittance in 2022 may submit test scores for purposes of application evaluation, scholarship eligibility, and academic advising. Due to limited testing availability during the Covid-19 pandemic, applications will be evaluated without submissions of tests scores. However, admitted students who seek qualification to the invitational President’s Scholarship Competition must submit entrance tests per requirements outlined within the President’s Scholarship overview.
The ACT (American College Tests, College Code: 4466), the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Tests, College Code: 4541), or the CLT (Classical Learning Test). These tests are normally administered at high schools on a set schedule but require registration as early as possible. Transfer students with a minimum of 30 transferable quarter credits (20 transferable semester credits) from accredited colleges or universities are exempt from submitting test scores. (This does not include credit from Technical Institutions.)