Admission to Undergraduate study at Northwest University is granted to applicants meeting the University admissions requirements. The University does not consider, sex, race, age, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability in making admissions decisions. However, Northwest University is a Christian University admitting only persons who express and give evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and who demonstrate a sound Christian moral character.
In order to be admitted to Undergraduate study at Northwest University the international applicant must:
- Be a high school graduate or be eligible for graduation prior to attending Northwest University.
- Give evidence of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, and of sound Christian character. This requires providing a reference from a local pastor or spiritual mentor.
- Demonstrate strong academic potential. This requires providing a reference from a professor who can explain the student's academic strengths.
- Complete the Application form and pay a $30 USD non-refundable application fee.
- Submit High School transcripts in English.
- Submit transcripts from any previous College or University work in English. If a student wishes to transfer credit from a previous College to Northwest University the student must request a course-by-course evaluation by an NU-approved evaluator.
- Submit a TOEFL score taken within the period of six months prior to application. A minimum score of 80 on the internet exam is required for admission to the University undergraduate program. Scores are submitted to Northwest University by the testing agency – School code 4541. Students may choose to submit an SAT score rather than a TOEFL score to be considered for admission. Students transferring to Northwest University from a college or university in the United States who have completed at least one year of college level English courses will not be required to submit a TOEFL score. Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirement may choose to enroll in the Center for English Language Education at NU for language training prior to their university matriculation.
- Fill out an Affidavit of Financial Support and provide supporting documentation. Northwest University is required by the United States government to obtain evidence that each applicant has adequate funds to pay for educational and living expenses for the period of study and may require a sponsor if the student does not have sufficient personal or family funds to meet the cost of education and living in the United States. If the student is being sponsored by someone other than an immediate family member, the sponsor must fill out an affidavit of support and provide supporting documentation as required.
After admission, the student must do the following before an I-20 form will be sent for the purpose of receiving a visa from the US embassy in his or her home country:
- Make a payment to the University equal to the full cost of attendance for the first semester. Students will be notified of their final costs following the awarding of any scholarships they are eligible to receive.
- If the student is being sponsored by someone other than an immediate family member, the sponsor must fill out an affidavit of support, have the form notarized, and provide supporting documentation as required.
To confirm that a student plans to attend Northwest University the student must make a payment in full for the first semester's costs. Students living on-campus must submit an additional deposit to hold a room. The priority deadline for payments is May 1st for the fall semester and December 1st for the spring semester. Deposits should be submitted as early as possible. Deposits for fall semester enrollment are refundable or deferrable to a future semester upon written notice of cancellation or deferral by July 15th. Thereafter refunds are granted only for reasons of extreme illness or emergency, as verified by the Admissions Office.
All international students are required to purchase health insurance through Northwest University.