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Northwest Christian University Online

Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore. was founded as Eugene Divinity School in 1895 by Eugene C. Sanderson with five students and free tuition. The name was changed to Northwest University in 2008. Its mission, as stated on the university website, is “to develop competent, ethical leaders for service in the workplace, community, Church, and world.” U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 “Best Colleges” list ranks Northwest Christian University 20th in the “Regional Colleges (West)” category.

Programs Offered

Students choose from 29 majors at Northwest Christian University, including accounting, Biblical studies, youth ministry, English, psychology, and teacher education. NCU underscores a small class size with a hands-on education that integrates faith and learning. Associate degrees are available from NCU in pre-professional health science, music ministry, and psychology. Undergraduate programs include an internship component applicable to the student’s field of study for a maximum 16 credit hours. Graduate degrees, on the other hand, are available through four programs: business administration, clinical mental health counseling, school counseling, and education.


The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has accredited Northwest Christian University since July 1962.


Northwest Christian University considers applications on a rolling admissions policy. Applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores and a personal statement of at least 250 words. Graduate students apply through the four graduate programs and are required to submit an application with an application fee, an official baccalaureate transcript with a minimum 3.0 grade point average, a statement of purpose, and corresponding standardized test scores. This includes an official passing test score report for either the Praxis I : Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) or the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST) if applying to the education program or school counseling program; a minimum combined score of 1000 (verbal and quantitative) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or a minimum scaled score of 400 on the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) if applying to the clinical mental health counseling program).

Admissions Contact

Northwest Christian University
Admissions Office
828 East 11th Ave.
Eugene, Oregon 97401

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