University of Northwestern Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

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University of Northwestern Description:

The University of Northwestern (formerly Northwestern College) is a private non-denominational Christian university located in Roseville, Minnesota, a town just north of St. Paul. The 107-acre campus sits on the edge of Lake Johanna. The university has a 14 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 22. Undergraduates can choose from over 70 areas of study with majors in business, ministries and psychology being the most popular. The university does well with financial aid, and nearly all students receive some form of grant aid. In athletics, the Northwester Eagles compete in the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). The university fields 17 intercollegiate sports, and students can also participate in intramurals. Popular sports include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, and track and field.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • University of Northwestern Acceptance Rate: 87%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 3,447 (3,241 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 39% Male / 61% Female
  • 61% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $29,460
  • Books: $600 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,060
  • Other Expenses: $2,890
  • Total Cost: $42,010

University of Northwestern Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 74%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,874
    • Loans: $7,826

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Communication Studies, Elementary Education, Ministries, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 49%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 61%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field
  • Women's Sports: basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

More Minnesota Colleges - Information and Admissions Data:

Augsburg | Bethel | Carleton | Concordia College Moorhead | Concordia University Saint Paul | Crown | Gustavus Adolphus | Hamline | Macalester | Minnesota State Mankato | North Central | Northwestern College | Saint Benedict | St. Catherine | Saint John's | Saint Mary's | St. Olaf | St. Scholastica | St. Thomas | UM Crookston | UM Duluth | UM Morris | UM Twin Cities | Winona State

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University of Northwestern Mission Statement:

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"University of Northwestern – St. Paul exists to provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and world."

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