Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Northwest University been around?

Originally called the Northwest Bible Institute, we opened our doors in 1934, and a few name changes later, grew into a private liberal arts university that is affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination.

Where is the campus located?

Our beautiful 56-acre campus, studded with tall evergreens and grassy expanses, is located in Kirkland, Wash., overlooking Lake Washington and the snow-capped Olympic Mountains. It's just minutes from Seattle and the corporate headquarters of leading companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Starbucks and Nordstrom, among others.

What kind of accreditations does NU have?

The university is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and offers associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. Certain degree programs are accredited by separate specialized organizations, such as the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

What are your core values?

Students, faculty and staff at NU make up a vibrant community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence and empowered engagement with human need.

How many online programs do you offer?

NU's expanding selection of online learning options currently includes six programs: A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, a master's degree in business administration, a master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages, a master's degree in international community development, a master's degree in ministry and a certificate in ministry leadership.

Can I use the library and career center?

Both on- and off-campus students have access to NU's student resources. We have a library, computer labs, career center, coffee shop, lounge areas and more.

What kind of financial aid is available?

NU puts together personalized financial aid packages for each student. A wide variety of options are available, from scholarships and work study, to grants and loans. The average student at NU is awarded more than $16,500 in aid each year.

Are there programs for non-traditional students?

In addition to typical undergraduate and graduate degrees, NU has programs for international and adult learners. For adults completing or continuing their education, we have flexible evening and online courses designed with working professionals in mind.

What is the campus culture like?

We are a community first and foremost. We embrace diversity and look for opportunities to support each other. We work together during the week and enjoy the weekend together. The Seattle area is great for everything from going to museums and concerts, to hiking, kayaking and snowboarding.

Will I be able to find a program that interests me?

With more than 75 academic programs to choose from, we have something for everyone. Whether you're interested in business, the arts, science, ministry, education or something else, with the help of our experienced faculty, you'll be able to find the right fit for you.

What is your typical class size?

As a smaller university, NU has an average class size of about 20 students. As a result, you aren't just another number—your professors know you by name, care about your progress and are dedicated to helping you succeed.

What about the weather?

We know; Seattle has a reputation for rain. And we do have rain, but that's what keeps everything so green—after all, Seattle is nicknamed the “Emerald City.” Overall, Seattle has well-defined seasons: snow and rain in the winter and spring, sun and moderate temperatures in the summer and gorgeous fall colors and cooler temperatures in the autumn.

How do online students access their courses?

NU uses a platform called Moodle, which enables students to access everything they need for their classes, such as viewing assignments, completing coursework and joining in group discussions, in one convenient location. NU's Moodle portal is located at

Who do I go to if I need help?

Every student participating in an online learning program has access to an advisor who can help with everything from learning more about a course and working out your schedule to technical support.

Are online courses very different from regular on-campus courses?

Our online programs are designed with the same care and consideration—and often by the very same experienced faculty members—as our traditional courses. You can have confidence in the quality of your education, with the added convenience and flexibility of an interactive online learning environment.