#13 Best Private Colleges in Minnesota

Northwestern College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Northwestern College overview
Location Saint Paul, Minnesota
Online nwc.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Religious Affiliation Other Protestant
Northwestern College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Northwestern College, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, is a private Christian liberal arts institution established in 1902. Positioned in a suburban setting, the college is approximately ten miles from the bustling urban center of Minneapolis. The campus showcases a contemporary architectural design with a range of facilities, including on-campus housing options for students. Northwestern College offers a plethora of undergraduate degree programs, with notable emphasis on fields such as theology, business, and education. While the institution maintains a holistic and competitive admissions process, it is characterized by a somewhat selective acceptance rate. Academically, the college is structured to deliver a curriculum that integrates faith and learning, emphasizing a Christian worldview across disciplines. It does not have a broadly recognized athletic program, focusing instead on the academic and spiritual development of its student body.

In the most recent statistical year 1,349 prospective students applied, and 1,248 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 398 enrolled in the school.  1,887 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 1,366 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $34,490 plus fees of $850. Northwestern College is ranked 554 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Northwestern College is rated within the top 48% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Northwestern College overview
SAT 1015/1311
ACT 21/28
GPA 3.58

Applications Accepted

Northwestern College overview
Applications Due Aug 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Northwestern College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$700
Other Fees$850
Room and Board $10,644
Budget for Other Expenses$2,360
Total One Year Cost$49,044

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$41,100 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

64% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Northwestern College students
Subject Percent of Class
Theology and Religious Vvocations 22%
Business 18%
Education 11%
Psychology 10%
Communication 10%

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