University of Northwestern St. Paul

3003 Snelling Ave N, Saint Paul, MN 55113-1598

School Details

The University of Northwestern in St. Paul is a Christian, private not for profit, four year institution of higher education nestled in the town of Roseville, a suburb of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.


The school was founded in 1902 as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School by a pastor and evangelist named Bell Riley. Reverend Billy Graham was the second president of the school, which helped the institution gain national attention until it closed in 1966 for restructuring and relocating. When the school reopened in 1972, it began to grow from Northwestern College into the University of Northwestern - St. Paul that it is today. The mission of this school is as follows:

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.

The vision statement of the University of Northwestern - St. Paul is based on 2 Corinthians 5:14, Proverbs 1:7, and Matthew 28:19. It is important to note that the University of Northwestern - St. Paul is an Evangelical Christian college that is the only non-denominational Christian private college in Minnesota.

This institution is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to this accreditation, the University of Northwestern - St. Paul is affiliated with and a member of many professional, religious, and academic organizations. This includes memberships in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), the Minnesota Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (MACTE), National Association of Schools of Music, American Council on Education, Association of Governing Boards, Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Council of Independent Colleges, the North American Coalition for Christian Admissions Professionals, the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, Association of Christian Schools International, Upper Midwest Athletic Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the National Christian College Athletic Association.

There are many extracurricular activities available to students at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul. Some of the clubs and organizations that are student run include: College Republicans, CroKnit Club, Dance Ministry Team, Gender Matters Task Force, International Association of Business Communicators, and the UNW Swing Club. Students can also volunteer for many religion related opportunities like campus ministries, mission trips, and religious clubs. Students may also get a work-study job on campus. The University of Northwestern - St. Paul sports teams are nicknamed the Eagles and participate in the NCAA - Division III. Sports teams at this institution include: baseball, basketball, football, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, track, softball, and volleyball. Intramural sports are also played throughout the year.


The University of Northwestern - St. Paul offers around 55 bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 areas of studies from Religion to Business. Students have opportunities to participate in the Honors program, the Degree in Three program (an accelerated course of study), or the Build Your Own Degree program. The student to teacher ratio at this university is 17 to 1, which helps students maintain a close relationship and an intimate learning environment. It is important to note that all students enrolled in a degree program at the University of Northwestern - St. Paul must take and pass foundational religious courses along with their General Education requirements.


Northwestern University - St. Paul also offers adult undergraduate education programs, graduate degrees, and online programs. High school students can also join the PSEO (Post - Secondary Enrollment Options) program, which allows them to take college courses online or on campus and earn college credit before they have graduated high school. Non-PSEO online programs include: Associate of Arts and Bible, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies, Master of Arts in Education, Master of Arts in Human Services, Master of Arts in Theological Studies, Master of Divinity, Master of Organizational Leadership, and the Certificate in Bible.


The University of Northwestern - St. Paul enrolls around 3,267 students; 3,086 are undergraduates. Most of the undergraduate students are full-time (65 percent) and 86 percent are white. Around 12 percent of the undergraduate population is adult age (25 and over) and most students (69 percent) are from Minnesota. Almost all of the graduate students are enrolled in at least some distance education, while 37 percent of undergraduates take advantage of at least some distance education. The University of Northwestern - St. Paul has an overall graduation rate of 67 percent, a retention rate of 80 percent, and a 60 percent admissions rate.


The estimated cost of tuition and fees for an academic year at University of Northwestern at St. Paul is $28,390 and 100 percent of all students at this institution take part in some form of financial aid, whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Non-Denominational Christian

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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