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You've been accepted—congratulations!

Now what? Follow these steps to prepare for life as an Eagle.

1. Confirm Your Enrollment with Your Deposit

Submit your $100 Confirmation Deposit online. After receiving your acceptance letter, you will receive a personalized tuition deposit link in your email. Or, to confirm your attendance now, simply request a personalized link from your Admissions Counselor. The priority deadline for deposits is May 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester.*

2. Complete Your FAFSA

The quickest way to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is to complete the application online at

By completing the FAFSA, you are able to apply for federal and state aid, and also for all Northwest University institutional scholarships and aid (foundation, partnership, alumni, and outside scholarships have additional applications).

Tips on Completing FAFSA

3. Register for SOAR

Summer Orientation Advising and Registration (SOAR) Days are held throughout the summer to get everything set for your year ahead. You’ll meet with an Academic Advisor, confirm your financial plans, and gain new friends all before arriving for fall semester. Parent’s join in, too!  We look forward to seeing you on campus this summer!

If you are unable to attend one of the SOAR Days, please contact the Advising office at 425-889-5227 to schedule an individual appointment.

4. Mark Your Calendar for Orientation

Each August, we mark the beginning of the school year with Orientation. We have four days filled with events that acclimate you to Northwest University! Every new student attends all four days as we journey through the things that make NU so unique: academic excellence, empowered engagement, and spiritual vitality. Mark your calendar now for this fun, important, and intentional time—you won’t want to miss it!

5. Apply for Housing

All students, whether living on- or off-campus, need to complete a housing application. Using your NU email address and password (provided after you pay your tuition deposit):

  • Access the NU Housing page on Eagle.
  • Click on the “My Housing” icon to access the online application portal.
  • Complete the New Student Housing Application (available starting March 18th).
  • Pay the Housing Placement Fee, which reserves your space and covers normal custodial and maintenance expenses in your home away from home.
  • Register for at least 12 credits of Fall 2020 courses! (Students must register for classes before they can receive a housing placement).
  • Check your NU email for your housing placement after you have registered for classes. Or, revisit the NU Housing page on Eagle to learn of your housing placement and roommate!  Housing placements begin in early June.

6. Receive Commuter Approval

Are you planning to live off campus as a Commuter? All commuter students need to submit a Residential Exemption Request. Approval is typically granted to students living at home with a parent or legal guardian within 35 miles of NU, students who are at least 23 years old, or students who are 21 years old with at least 60 cumulative credits.

  • Access the NU Housing page on Eagle.
  • Click on the “My Housing” icon to access the online application portal.
  • Complete the Residential Exemption Request.

Once approved as a commuter, look through the resources available for commuter students on the Off-Campus Community page! Reduced fare ORCA bus passes, on-campus locker rentals, campus resources, and more are available to you.

7. Select a Meal Plan

All residential students living on campus are on the Unlimited Meal Plan as part of room and board.

  • The plan includes three meals per day in NU’s newly renovated Caf, which offers eight food stations and many options to accommodate a variety of tastes and dietary needs.
  • Residential students also have $100 each semester for purchases at the Aerie Café, our campus coffee shop.

Commuter students have several options for meal plans, depending on your needs:

  • 10 Meal Punch Card: 10 meals total in the Caf.
  • Semester Lunch Plan: Covers lunch Monday–Friday for the whole semester.
  • Semester Board Plan: Full meal plan.
  • $3.50 Commuter Lunches: On a Tuesday or Wednesday when paying with cash or debit/credit.

8. Submit Immunization Information

Northwest University students are asked to submit immunization information. Please log in to your Eagle Profile and look toward the bottom of the page for the link to My Immunizations. Conveniently submit this form online.

9. Register Your Vehicle And Get A Parking Pass

Plenty of parking is available on campus. To maintain this convenience for the NU community, residential students, commuter students, and employees are required to display a parking pass.

10. Learn About Security

Northwest University Security staff is available 24-hours a day to serve the NU community. Learn more by visiting the Security page on Eagle.

11. Request Your Final Official Transcript(s)

Contact your high school and/or most recent college to request your final official transcript(s) so that NU can verify your graduation date and transfer any college credit. Transfer students with fewer than 60 credits earned after high school graduation must submit a final official high school transcript to the Admissions Office by August 1 for Fall Term and December 1 for Spring Term.

12. Meet with Advising and Complete Class Registration

Most new students are registered for classes before arriving on campus for the semester. Check out our SOAR Days page to learn about class registration and advising.

13. Consider Student Employment

Are you looking to have a job while at school? Check out opportunities now through our on-campus student employment page or off-campus employment page. Jobs are updated often, so make sure to check back throughout the summer and into the school year!

14. Check your Student Account and Pay Your Balance

If all required documents have been completed and processed, financial aid should be applied to your student account by the end of the first full week of classes. Full payment of your fall semester balance owed after financial aid must be paid by September 25th to avoid late fees. Any account with a balance owed at the end of each month following September 25th will receive a late fee of 1.5% of the balance. For more information on making payments, visit our page.

If you have any questions, contact us.

*Note: On a space-available basis, tuition deposits may be accepted after the priority deadline. Tuition deposits are refundable or deferrable to a future semester upon notice of cancellation or deferral to the Admissions Office received by June 1st for fall semester or December 15th for spring semester.

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Stay up-to-date on all of the latest NU events! Join Northwest University’s Parent Connections eNewsletter where you will hear from other parents and receive campus updates and invitations for upcoming parent events.

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Talk to one of our enrollment counselors to get the answers you need.

Call 1-800-669-3781 or find your counselor online.

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