Northwestern College Online (Minnesota)

Northwestern College was established in 1902 at First Baptist Church in Minneapolis as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School, and was first led by pastor and evangelist William Bell Riley. Riley selected Billy Graham to succeed him in 1947, and Graham led the university for four years. The campus moved to St. Paul, Minn. in 1972. The school has produced eight Fulbright Scholars, and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” list at 16th in the “Regional Colleges (Midwest)” category.

Programs Offered

Northwestern College students choose from more than 50 majors in 15 departments, including accounting, biology, design, engineering, finance, history, kinesiology, ministry, pastoral ministry, psychology, studio art, and urban studies. Northwestern College emphasizes leadership and Christian ministry in its graduate programs, and offers graduate degrees in three departments: human services, organizational leadership, and theological studies. Northwestern College also offers distance education program to earn bachelor’s degrees in Biblical or global studies, and master’s degrees in theological studies or organizational leadership.


The North Central Association of Colleges and Schools has accredited Northwestern College since January 1978. Northwestern College has also been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music since September 1986.


Admission to Northwestern College requires a complete application, high school transcripts, and SAT or ACT scores. Northwestern College does not require undergraduate applicants to submit an application fee. The application deadline is August 1. As stated by the Northwestern College Graduate Admissions website, graduate applicants must submit “evidence of a new birth in Jesus Christ,” willingness to “subscribe to the ideals and patterns of life and conduct of the Northwestern community,” an accredited bachelor’s degree with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and application form with a $50 application fee, a statement of intention, a personal or professional essay, a reference from a pastor, and a reference from a professor or employer.

Admissions Contact

Northwestern College
Admissions Office (or whatever they call their admissions office)
3003 Snelling Avenue North
ST. Paul, Minnesota 55113-1598

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