Year in Review: 2016-2017

Year in Review: 2016-2017

The 2016–2017 school year was a one marked by growth—academic, relational, and spiritual. Now that it’s come to a close, let’s take look back at some of the highlights and memories.


The year kicked off with Orientation, as we welcomed new students into the NU community. Over the course of Orientation weekend, new students engaged with other incoming students, current students, and NU faculty to learn what Northwest is all about. Today, each student has made their own unique impact on the University.  

Screaming Eagles Week

Screaming Eagles Week is one of the most anticipated events of the year. As always, living areas competed in a series of friendly competitions, including a music video contest, the Eagle Olympics, and much more.

Women’s Soccer Team Makes It to Final Four

For the first time in NU sports history, a team made it to the Final Four. The Northwest women’s soccer team competed in the NAIA national tournament in Alabama and made it all the way to the semifinals. Although NU students couldn’t cheer on the team in person, they gathered for livestream viewing parties of the game across campus.

NU Teams Up with Union Gospel Mission

Northwest University has teamed up with Union Gospel Mission to serve the Seattle-area homeless community with something invaluable: an education. The program has already impacted a number of people who are on their way to a four-year degree—something most of them never thought possible.

$12,900 Raised to Fight Human Trafficking

This year, NU donated offerings collected in chapel to Rescue Freedom, a local organization dedicated to assisting victims of human trafficking. NU students raised $6,450 to help fund Rescue Freedom’s life-transforming work.   

Rankings from Money Magazine and Christian Universities Online

Northwest University is a great place. But don’t just take it from us. This year, Money Magazine ranked NU #20 among affordable private colleges in the nation and #21 of colleges that “add the most value,” a ranking determined by graduation rates, earnings, student loan repayment, educational quality, and alumni success. Northwest University was also ranked the #7 Christian college in the West by Christian Universities Online. This ranking is based on faculty-to-student ratio, scholarships, selectivity, retention rate, and graduation rate.

Pursuit Conference

In February, NU hosted Pursuit Conference, where our community came together for worship and spiritual formation. This year’s Pursuit Conference was different from most, featuring sessions with both guest speakers and student speakers.

NU Unplugged

NU Unplugged is an event for accepted students to get an in-depth look at Northwest University. They tour the campus, attend chapel, interact with students, and even spend a night in the dorms. This year, Northwest University hosted nearly 100 students for NU Unplugged, and we look forward to welcoming them back to campus in the fall.


Over 10,000 students have now graduated from Northwest University, going out to shape and impact the world for the kingdom of God. On Saturday, May 6th, the Class of 2017 marched out of Overlake Christian Church to join those who have gone before them. We couldn’t be more proud of our graduates.

As a community, we’ve experienced this year together—joy, hardship, and everything in between. We are grateful to have been a part of your story, and we hope you enjoyed being a part of ours. These are just a few of the memories that helped make this year all that it was, and we look forward to creating more with you.

We hope you have a wonderful summer, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall! 

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