Admissions Standings

Regular Student Status

Regular standing is granted to an admitted applicant who meets all requirements for admission and is pursuing a degree or approved certificate from the University. Regular standing requires an incoming 2.5 cumulative grade point average (GPA) in high school and/or college coursework and satisfactory test scores. For graduate programs, individual graduate program have established grade point average requirements along with specific test scores.

Success Student Status

Success standing is granted to an admitted applicant who, in the judgement of the Admissions Committee, shows the potential to successfully pursue studies at Northwest University but does not meet all requirements for regular standing. Success standing supports academic achievement and persistence through required participation in a track as advised in the Success Strategies program. A minimum incoming GPA of 2.0 in high school and college coursework is normally required for admission with success standing.

Non-Degree Seeking Student Status

A Non-Degree Seeking Student is not seeking a degree or approved certificate at the time of admission. Individuals in this status may be enrolled in courses for reasons such as personal enrichment, learning or upgrading job skills, or fulfilling degree requirements for another institution. A Non-Degree Seeking Student is not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Courses taken by a student while under this status are a part of the student's permanent academic record, but are not guaranteed to apply to a degree or certificate offered by the institution. Specific course prerequisites must be satisfied regardless of a student's admission status.

Non-Matriculated Seeking Student Status

A Non-Matriculated Student has been approved to enroll in a specific term for a specific course that has been designated open to non-matriculated students. Students in this status are not seeking a degree or approved certificate at the time of admission and are not eligible for federal or state financial aid. Courses taken by a student while under this status are a part of the student's permanent academic record, but are not guaranteed to apply to a degree or certificate offered by the institution. Specific course prerequisites must be satisfied regardless of a student's admission status.

Early Action

The Early Action program at Northwest University is a nonbinding agreement for students who place NU among their top choices of universities. Early Action candidates must submit their completed application by November 15 or January 15 and will receive notification of their status by December 15 or February 15 of the following calendar year. Students admitted as part of the Early Action program receive priority for course registration and housing placement.

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