University of Northwestern-St Paul in Saint Paul

Saint Paul, MN

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University of Northwestern-St Paul offers 237-degree programs and 36 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1. 1 high safety campus. Acceptance Rate is 70%. The most popular test is SAT - 8% of students submitted it in comparison to 95% of students who submitted ACT. 40.8% are women, and 59.2% are men. 1% percents of international students. University of Northwestern-St Paul is a member of 7 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at University of Northwestern-St Paul is 23508$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $32636 and $40636 per year. 68% of full-time University of Northwestern-St Paul students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $35,000, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The University of Northwestern-St Paul is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, University of Northwestern-St Paul students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$19,964
$30,001 - $48,000$19,896
$48,001 - $75,000$21,557
$75,001 - $110,000$23,863

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)



  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5350

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


1885 of University of Northwestern-St Paul undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 59 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes University of Northwestern-St Paul number 11 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Minnesota.

Students at University of Northwestern-St Paul awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a federal, state, local or institutional grant aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in University of Northwestern-St Paul.


ROTC - Army

ROTC - Air Force

Study abroad

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: students can complete their preparation in certain areas of specialization

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

ROTC - Reserve Officers' Training Corps, a college program offering scholarships for training commissioned officers covering college tuition.

Study abroad - programs and arrangements giving students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • Member of National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate


University of Northwestern-St Paul graduation rate is above the national average.

68% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to University of Northwestern-St Paul completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes an extensive number of students. This indicator doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

3 : 1

Admission considerations


  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school rank
  • Secondary school record
  • Recommendations
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)


  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Formal demonstration of competencies

Neither required nor recommended:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.


In comparison to National Average

University of Northwestern-St Paul acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 71%, so acceptance rate value is below state average for 1% only.


In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $20k - $30k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 71%, so University of Northwestern-St Paul acceptance rate value is below state net price average for 1% only.


Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.



Full time


Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate


Part-time retention rate


The University of Northwestern-St Paul full-time retention rate is 82% and part-time retention rate is 45%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and continue studying in the same program next fall semester are included in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important indicator: if it is high, it demonstrates that school offers quality curriculum, positive student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Northwestern-St Paul students submitting SAT scores


Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
913 - 1228

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 443 - 640
Math: 470 - 588
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range


ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking University of Northwestern-St Paul students submitting ACT scores


Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
21 - 27

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 21 - 29
Math: 20 - 27
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range


SAT Score Converter

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Most students in the Class of 2017 will take the new SAT, and most colleges will convert old SAT scores to new SAT scores.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at University of Northwestern-St Paul is 18:1, that means that for every 18 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Number of international students


Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In University of Northwestern-St Paul the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at University of Northwestern-St Paul and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in U.S., location unknown.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Main Campus

The campus located by 3003 Snelling Ave N address in St Paul, Minnesota.


Main Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is a part of University of Northwestern-St Paul with 0.53% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Main Campus are burglary and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

University of Northwestern-St Paul offers 237 programs in total: 189 are for Bachelor's degree, 18 - for Associate's degree, 15 - for Master's degree, 9 - for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, and 6 are Postbaccalaureate certificate.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 141 universities in Minnesota state. University of Northwestern-St Paul is one of the few institutions in Minnesota that offers an Associate's degree program.


Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 36 distance learning programs that are offered in the University of Northwestern-St Paul: 15 are for Master's degree, 9 - for Bachelor's degree, 6 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 3 - for Associate's degree and 3 are 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and contain real-time elements. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Minnesota state average data to help you compare.


University of Northwestern-St Paul provides coursework for undergraduate students and graduate students.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 2666 students with 79975 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 161 with 3875 credit hours.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for University of Northwestern-St Paul

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

For being a “christian” college their staff is incredibly arrogant and seems to in fact need Jesus. The athletic director did an excellent job at presenting the school as a hostile and disrespectful environment. I have never witnessed a “professional” get so emotional over something as minuscule as parents/family stepping on turf while waiting to greet their kids after a sporting event. It is completely inappropriate to escalate such an insignificant situation to point of yelling at parents/families. I will pray for this sensitive athletic director and hope no one else steps on his godly turf.

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Overall Rating:

After spending 4 1/2 years at UNW my thoughts and experience would take a book to finish. But I'll try to be short. Pros. I loved most of my professors. I had professors who actually cared for my success and are willing to go out of their ways to help. Many of my professors knew me personally and I wasnt just a number in their schedule. Which I can't say my other friends from other colleges can say. UNW pushed me out of my comfort zone and helped me realize what my passions are; through realizing how much I disagreed with the institution, but nevertheless I matured. The friends I've made. True and great friends who all felt the same. lolCons: granted not every student is and thinks the same, but there's enough consensus to make me believe the school does way too little to better itself. Too much of the school thinks they're past racism. Whenever we reach a topic on anything related to culture or race we would have less than 2 days to talk about it while other topics used a week easily. Professors uncomfortability trumps the need to discuss out issues. Teachers have openly say diversity is the issue. 100% of school advertisement would showcase vast variety of diversity and multiculturalism, yet students of color makes less than 5% of the entire body. And 95% of the students in the advertisements don't even go to Northwestern. I know this because I know most of those students and they've graduated years ago. Academically it was subpar for the price of admission. Tuition jumped $10,000 within the time I was there. The school preaches love yet it's hard to find any. As a student of color, for years i felt so out of place. We were referred as a horde of animals, we were unvalued, and were expected to fit into that sameness the school holds on to. I've heard and seen many use their gospel to reject our presence. They're friendly on the outside but could care less about who you are.There's more I can say, but my verdict is this: if you like monoculture, ethnocentrism, expensive decent academics, and want to go back to your tiny town, then Northwestern is great for you.If you're a student of color who wants a supportive community, a student body that strives for cultural acceptance, understanding, and REAL gospel love equaled with high academic quality, go somewhere else. Save yourself A LOT of money.

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Overall Rating:

This school needs to adapt to the supply and demand of skills in the market workplace. There are more students than there are jobs demanding the skills that this college and colleges in general is teaching. For example, the MIS program focuses heavily on programming and not enough in other IT skills such as business intelligence, data analytics, business/systems analysis, and quality assurance. Sure, this program and its current state of heavy programming courses has worked well for most alumni's to get roles in both programming and non-programming jobs but that is not the case for some students that do not have that high of a GPA. These students will have a TOUGHER time finding a job in a IT role that they want because they were not given the ability to choose more courses relevant to their career choices as opposed to a student that is more technical savvy and understand technology in general better. Not saying that these students with lower GPAs won't find a job but just that it will be 2-3 times as tougher. Companies are looking for more than just programmers but yet UNW and colleges in general continues to push a lot irrelevant coding courses on them that they will never use. I have been out of this school for a while and not once have I have had the need to use java, xml, and visual basis nor did the roles I have interviewed for (from the IT topics I listed above) have asked for it. A lot of companies are hiring for business/systems analysis, business intelligence, data analytics, and quality assurance but programming is the main focus for this program. This program is still stuck in the 80s-90s. This school needs to start adapting to the supply and demand of the workplace market.

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I graduated from Northwestern a few years ago. The art department is excellent! I couldn't have asked for more knowledgeable and caring professors. The only thing that discouraged me was that as a student of color, I felt completely out of place. I found myself conforming to the culture there, which consists mainly of white, conservative, upper-middle class folks. I felt a very strong disconnect between the other students and myself, sometimes even between the professors and me. Sometimes I'd ask myself, "What am I doing here? I don't belong here." I was an art major and it was only within the art department that I felt at ease. Everyone there was different, creative, expressive and open-minded. It was a little community of artists and I am forever grateful for that experience.

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Overall Rating:

Any college experience will mostly be what you make of it, and who you choose to spend your time with. Northwestern provided excellent resources for academic and spiritual growth (legit professors, excellent dorm community, daily chapel opportunities, and local outreach ministries). But, the professors you take will change your experience a lot. So, choose carefully, ask for advice from older and more mature students, and spend time planning your schedule. Don't expect your advisor to help you pick the best profs who might change your life.I went through the engineering program, which was amazing. Wouldn't want anything else. The academics are good here. But I also invested my life in the community, hall ministry, leadership opportunities, spiritual growth, and God did great things. It is incredible all he did in spite of all I am not.Northwestern provides an environment for much potential, but it isn't everything. Rooting yourself in a local church will be of the utmost importance and it was equally important in shaping my time at Northwestern. Finding godly mentors and role-models is also a top priority. Last note, if you have godly roommates who are zealous for the gospel, living on campus will be an equally life-changing experience. It's worth the extra cash.

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Location & Website

Address: 3003 Snelling Ave N


Religious affiliation: Other Protestant

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6516315100

Institution is active in current year: 1

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