What if education could go beyond a degree or career to firmly establish your God-given purpose? At UNW, we will give you what you need to strengthen your academic skills, develop lasting relationships, grow in your Christian faith, and prepare for God's call on your life. Because of God’s compelling love, we will teach wisdom and understanding to reach all nations for Christ. More than a degree. Find your mission.

Religious affiliation: Non-Denominational Protestant

Student body profile

Learning options

Dual-degree programs

Dual degrees are offered through the School of Business and the Christian Ministries Department within the School of Biblical and Theological Studies. Options include Master of Business Administration, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Ministry Leadership or Master of Divinity.

Honors program

Eagle Honors Program exists for students who are looking for a college experience that will broaden their intellectual horizons, deepen their Christian faith, and reward their academic strengths. 


Many majors require an internship, and we help students find and thrive in these opportunities.

Study abroad/away

The Center for Global Programs is dedicated to helping students find study abroad programs that offer options to support spiritual growth and future career goals. There are study abroad options for all majors. Our staff will work with you to find courses that can fulfill degree requirements.

Cost & financial aid

Your time at UNW is about more than earning your degree. This is an investment in your future and we want to help make it affordable. That’s why our expert financial aid staff are here to guide you through the process.

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Tuition and fees

First-time, full-time students receiving grants and scholarships

Financial aid application deadline
Many scholarships have a Dec. 1 deadline.

FAFSA code

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Student activities

College is supposed to be fun — and the opportunities to have fun with your classmates is what makes UNW really special. From dorm life to off-campus service and intramural sports, we have what you’re looking for outside of the classroom. 

Number of student organizations

Types of student organizations
Academic clubs
Cultural or ethnic
Greek organizations
Honor societies
Student government
Student interest/hobbies

Cultural or ethnic

Tapestry is a multicultural student organization that focuses on providing activities that cultivate a community where every person experiences a deep sense of belonging and affirmation of their identity in Christ, expressed within each person’s distinct culture. Leadership roles on this team include President, Vice President of Annual Events and Vice President of Seasonal Events.

Honor societies

Individual departments participate in honor societies such as Theta Alpha Kappa National Honor Society with Biblical/Theological Studies, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society and Alpha Beta Omega — Northwestern's chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.


Every year UNW hosts a Day of Prayer and Service. On that day, the university cancels classes so students and faculty can serve on campus or with nonprofits around Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Student government

Student government represents the student body at UNW. Roles of Student Government include Student Body President, Vice President, Business Director, Communications Director and eight Student Senators. These positions serve as the primary representative of the student body to the UNW's Board of Trustees, President, faculty, staff and alumni.

Student interest/hobbies

Intramural activities provide opportunities for students to participate in competitive sports and recreational activities. The intramural program currently includes nine league competitions in a variety of sports and activities in a wide range of interests.

Fine arts offerings

With the second largest stage in the state, UNW’s theater and music programs are among the most technical and excellent you’ll find. Join an ensemble or take an elective — but use your giftedness to create beautiful music, art, expression, dance and more at UNW.

Instrumental Music

Concert band
Jazz ensemble
Pep band
Small ensembles
Symphony orchestra

Vocal Music

Men's Choir
Mixed choir
Women's Choir

Theater & Dance

Dance company
Dance team / club
Sacred dance
Swing dance
Theater productions

Athletic programs

NCAA Division
Division III

Conference membership
Midwest Lacrosse Conference (men’s)
Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference
National Christian College Athletic Association
Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC)

Northwestern competes in over 300 athletic events a year. Last year, eight of UNW’s 20 athletics programs advanced to an NCAA or NCCAA national tournament. UNW has more than 100 national tournament appearances in the last 10 years.

Men's varsity

Track and field (indoor and outdoor)

Women's varsity

Track and field (indoor and outdoor)

Club sports

Cheer Team
Clay Target
Dance Team
Ice Hockey (men's)
Ice Hockey (women's)
Nordic Skiing
Swing Dance
Volleyball (men's)
Volleyball (women's)

Intramural sports

Intramural activities provide opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to participate in competitive sports and recreational activities. The intramural program includes both league competition in a variety of sports and individual activities in a wide range of interests.

Intramural sports offered
Basketball (3-on-3 or 5-on-5)
Clay target
Flag football

After graduation

Our graduates live around the world fulfilling their calling in Christ. Our doctors, teachers, coaches, pastors, nurses, and graduate school-bound students can be found in nearly every industry and setting — and they have incredible things to say about their alma mater.

Disciplines with largest number of graduates
1. Business, management, marketing and related support services
2. Health professions and related programs
3. Education

Alumni majors
Use LinkedIn’s alumni tool* to explore what UNW's graduates majored in and the types of careers they have and with which companies.

*based only on those who have accounts on LinkedIn

Contact information

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Adult learners

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