We’ll help you finish what you started.
You’re ready. You’ve spent time completing general education requirements, perhaps at several colleges. You’ve explored a few avenues and know what you want from your future. Now is the time to transfer to a 4-year university to complete your bachelor’s degree – as quickly as possible – so that you can jump start your career. We understand, and we’re here to help!
Practicality is the best word to describe how the professors at Northwest prepare you for a career in teaching. They take what you need to know, and have you practice it again and again! This focus on the essentials is invaluable in the education field.
Frequently Asked Questions
In most cases, yes! We want to give you as much credit as possible for your work completed at another institution. And we’ve structured our general education requirements to accommodate transfer students. For example, although most degrees requires 9 semester credits of Social Science, you may instead choose any combination of two disciplines: Business, Communication, Education, Management, and more. With flexibility you can enjoy more of the classes you want while still completing your degree on time. Some programs have prescriptive requirements, like Education and Nursing, so ask an Admissions Counselor to guide you on the fastest path.
NU is transfer friendly, accepting lots of credit! Please contact an Admissions Counselor for an unofficial transcript review. Your unofficial transcript review will approximate the time required to complete your degree at NU, and which classes you need. We will even conduct an unofficial review of your credits before you submit an application! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yes! You may earn credit that is transferrable to Northwest University from a variety of sources. Northwest University offers credit for successful completion of CLEP, AP, IB, and Dantes exams, in addition to military training (provided it is reflected on an official transcript) and prior learning, through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). For detailed information regarding earning credit at Northwest University from these sources, you can consult our Credit Transfer Guide, or contact an Admissions Counselor at email@example.com.
Northwest University utilizes the semester system, so you can apply for either the Fall (August-December) or Spring (January-May) terms. We also offer on-campus and online classes during the summer. Certain programs only start in the Fall semester. Please contact an Admissions Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if this applies to you.
If you have taken college credit after high school graduation then you are considered a Transfer Student. If you completed your college credits before high school graduation then you will apply to NU as a new incoming student with Running Start college credit.
We recommend completing your application as soon as possible because financial aid is awarded when you are accepted to the University and after completing the FAFSA. Submit your current official college transcripts from all colleges previously attended with your application. Once you finish your term, send a new transcript reflecting your completed courses.
This is very common among transfer students, and Northwest University can recommend a few options for you. Please contact an Admissions Counselor to make a plan for completing the Nursing prerequisites: email@example.com
The Northwest University Admissions Committee considers students holistically and decisions are made after reviewing each part of the application. If you are concerned that your grades do not match your academic abilities, consider submitting a supplementary essay describing your academic history and your plan for success at Northwest University. Please provide your essay to your Admissions Counselor.
|Class Standing||Semester Credits||Quarter Credits|
|Freshman||0 – 29.9||0 – 44.9|
|Sophomore||30 – 59.9||45 – 89.9|
|Junior||60 – 89.9||90 – 134.9|
Note: All credits accepted by Northwest University are converted into and reported in semester credit hours. One quarter credit is equal to two-thirds of a semester credit. Semester credits are calculated by dividing the total number of quarter credits by 1.5.
Scholarships for Transfer Students
In addition to qualified State and Federal Financial Aid, Northwest University rewards hard work with generous scholarships for transfer students. You will want to check out our Financial Aid website for a complete list. Here are a few scholarships you may qualify for:
|Scholarship||Amount (per year)|
|Transfer Academic Scholarship||$4,000 – $10,000|
|NU Grant||Up to half tuition|
|Music, Athletic, Debate, and other Talent Scholarship||Varies|
You can always refer to our Net Price Calculator to estimate your qualification for financial aid.
Our Admissions Counselors can also recommend a few alternate sources of aid – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Don’t overlook Northwest. The professors here are really invested in your success. They opened doors for me that I could have never opened myself. Choosing this school has made a huge difference. I’ve done things here that I never imagined I would.
Direct Transfer Agreement
Northwest University accepts college and university-approved Associate of Arts (AA) degrees from public community colleges in Washington and Oregon. Students who have completed these Direct Transfer Degrees will receive 60 semester credits and junior academic standing. Transfer courses must be completed with a grade of C- or above. Some majors require higher markings.
Northwest University is committed to rooting our students in sound theological study that will build them both spiritually and academically. Theology and Bible courses are part of NU’s general education curriculum and may not be satisfied by Direct Transfer Degrees. Most majors facilitate completing a bachelor’s degree in two years after receiving your AA. To determine the exact requirements of your program, please contact an Admissions Counselor at email@example.com.
Northwest University has a Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) with 30 community colleges in Washington that meet the ICRC Guidelines. The colleges and their Direct Transfer Degrees are listed below:
|Bellevue College||AA and AS|
|Big Bend Community College||AA&S|
|Cascadia Community College||Associate in Integrated Studies|
|Centralia College||AA, Associate in Liberal Arts|
|Columbia Basin College||AA&S|
|Edmonds Community College||AA&S, Option I|
|Everett Community College||AA&S, Option II|
|Grays Harbor College||AA|
|Green River Community College||AA|
|Highline Community College||AA, Option A|
|Lower Columbia College||AA&S, Plan B|
|North Seattle Community College||AA, AS|
|Northwest Indian College||AA&S|
|Olympic College||AA&S, Option A|
|Peninsula College||AA, AA – Honors|
|Pierce College, Ft. Steilacoom||AA|
|Pierce College, Puyallup||AA|
|Seattle Central Community College||AA, AS|
|Shoreline Community College||AA&S, Option A|
|Skagit Valley College||AA, Univ. and College Transfer|
|South Puget Sound Community College||AA|
|South Seattle Community College||AA, AS|
|Spokane Community College||AA|
|Spokane Falls Community College||AA|
|Tacoma Community College||AA&S, Option A|
|Walla Walla Community College||AA|
|Wenatchee Valley College||AA&S|
|Whatcom Community College||AA&S|
|Yakima Valley College||AA|
AA: Associates of Arts
AA&S: Associates Arts of Sciences
AS: Associates of Science
Transfer Course Equivalency Guides
The list below provides a database of courses we previously accepted from other colleges and universities. Select your school to help determine how your previous coursework could transfer to Northwest University.
If your school or course is not currently listed, Northwest University has not yet evaluated that particular course or created a guide for your school. Please contact us with any questions you may have.
- Bellevue College
- Cascadia College
- Chemeketa Community College
- Clackamas Community College
- Clatsop Community College
- Concordia University
- Corban University
- Edmonds Community College
- Everett Community College
- George Fox University
- Grand Canyon University
- Green River College
- Highline Community College
- Lake Washington Institute of Technology
- Linn-Benton Community College
- Lower Columbia College
- Mt. Hood Community College
- Pierce College
- Portland Community College
- Seattle Community College
- Seattle Pacific University
- Shoreline Community College
- Skagit Valley Community College
- Tacoma Community College
- University of Washington
- Washington State University
- Western Governors University
- Western Washington University
- Whitworth University
Every professor within the department cares about their students. Not only did they push me in my academics, they talked with me, gave guidance, and ideas for where to go professionally. I don’t think I’d be the editor and writer I am today without them.
How to apply
Did you know that nearly 40% of our student body transferred into NU? You are among friends! If you’re ready to apply to NU you will need to submit:
- Official College Transcript(s)
- Official High School Transcript (Requirement waived with proof of a college degree awarded post-high school.)
- Official SAT or ACT Score Report (Required if you have completed less than 20 semester or 30 quarter college credits.)
Start your application to Northwest University today!
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|August 1||December 15|
Contact an Admissions Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-669-3781.
Visit Our Kirkland Campus
We offer many opportunities to visit our campus and get a taste of what your life will look like at NU.
If you would like to meet one-on-one with an Admissions Counselor, we are happy to schedule an individual appointment tailored to your needs. We look forward to meeting you.
Contact an Admissions Counselor at email@example.com or 1-800-669-3781.
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