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 or SAT) – *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.
Home schoolers are strongly encouraged to present transcripts and a diploma from a recognized home school organization, or complete the GED tests. Students who are home schooled, but show the ability to benefit from college course work by scoring in the top 25 percentile on the SAT or ACT (for college-bound students), may also be admitted.
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
- 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.