We'll help you finish what you started.
You're ready. You've spent the last few years completing your general education requirements, perhaps at several colleges. You've explored a few avenues and now you 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!
Complete your degree at NU
- Will NU accept my credit?
In most cases, yes! We want to give you as much credit as possible for work that you have already completed at another institution. This is one of the reasons why we've restructured our general education requirements to be more flexible for transfer students. For example, for most degrees NU requires 9 semester credits of Social Science, but you may choose to take any combination of two disciplines: Business, Communication, Education, Management, and many others. With this added flexibility you can take more of the classes you want while still completing your degree on time. Ask our Transfer Counselor if your degree is one of the few exceptions.
- How long will it take to complete my degree?
If you would like to know how many of your credits will transfer to NU, please contact our Transfer Counselor for an unofficial transcript review. After receiving an unofficial review our Transfer Counselor will be able to explain approximately how long it will take you to complete your degree at NU, and which classes you have left to take. Our Transfer Counselor will even conduct an unofficial review of your credits before you submit an application! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- Do you offer credit for AP, IB, CLEP, Dantes, military training, or prior learning?
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 Transfer Guide, or contact our Transfer Counselor at email@example.com.
Scholarships for Transfer Students
In addition to potentially qualifying for State and Federal Financial Aid, Northwest University rewards hard work by providing scholarships to many of our transfer students. You will want to check out our Financial Aid website for a complete list, but for now, here are a few scholarships you may qualify for:
|Scholarship||Amount (per year)|
|Transfer Academic Scholarship||$6,000 – $10,000|
|NU Success Scholarship||Up to half tuition|
|Music Scholarship||$500 – $5,000|
Of course, you may always refer to our Net Price Calculator to estimate the amount of aid that you may qualify for.
Our Transfer Counselor can also recommend a few alternate sources of aid – email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Direct Transfer Degrees
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 our general education requirements that may not be satisfied by Direct Transfer Degrees. Nevertheless, most students are still able to complete their degrees in two years. To determine the exact requirements of your program, please contact our Transfer Counselor at email@example.com.
There are 30 community colleges in Washington with direct transfer degrees that meet the ICRC Guidelines. The names of 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
How to apply
Did you know that almost 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:
- Pastoral Reference
- Official College Transcript(s)
- Official High School Transcript (Required if you have completed less than 30 semester or 45 quarter college credits.)
- Official SAT or ACT Score Report (Required if you have completed less than 20 semester or 30 quarter college credits.)
Start the application to Northwest University today!
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|August 1||December 15|
Contact the Transfer Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-669-3781.
Approximately 70% of Northwest University's programs incorporate internships, which means that earning a degree at Northwest University will not only help you achieve your educational goals, it will help you launch your career upon graduation. Take a look at some of the success stories our alumni have shared with us. Their words say it best.
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 our Transfer Counselor, we are happy to schedule an individual appointment tailored to your needs. We look forward to meeting you.
Contact the Transfer Counselor at email@example.com or 1-800-669-3781.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When does the next term start? Is Northwest University on the semester or quarter system?
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 the Transfer Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if this applies to you.
- What is the difference between Running Start students and Transfer Students?
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.
- I'm still enrolled in classes. When should I submit my transcripts for my application?
We recommend completing your application as soon as possible because financial aid may not be awarded unless a student has been accepted to the University. Submit your current official college transcript(s) with your application for admission. Once you finish your term, send a new transcript reflecting your completed courses.
- I want to apply to the Nursing program but I have not completed the Bible courses. How do I finish them before the program begins?
This is very common among transfer students, and Northwest University can recommend a few options for you. Please contact the Transfer Counselor to make a plan for completing the Nursing prerequisites: email@example.com
- My GPA is not very good. Can I still be considered for admission to NU?
The Northwest University Admissions Committee reviews students' applications holistically. Admissions decisions are based on an equal weighting of 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 the Transfer Counselor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I know what class standing I will have when I transfer my credits to NU?
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 Senior 90+ 135+
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.
- Who can answer my questions about the GI Bill and how to access my educational benefits through the military?
Please contact our VA Coordinator at email@example.com.