You're ready. You've spent the last few years completing your general education requirements, perhaps at several colleges. You've explored a few avenues and now you know what you want from your future. Now is the time to transfer to a 4-year university to complete your bachelor's degree – as quickly as possible – so that you can jump start your career. We understand, and we're here to help!
In addition to potentially qualifying for State and Federal Financial Aid, Northwest University rewards hard work by providing scholarships to many of our transfer students. You will want to check out our Financial Aid website for a complete list, but for now, here are a few scholarships you may qualify for:
|Scholarship||Amount (per year)|
|Transfer Academic Scholarship||$6,000 – $10,000|
|NU Success Scholarship||Up to half tuition|
|Music Scholarship||$500 – $5,000|
Of course, you may always refer to our Net Price Calculator to estimate the amount of aid that you may qualify for.
Northwest University accepts college and university-approved Associate of Arts (AA) degrees from public community colleges in Washington and Oregon. Students who have completed these direct transfer degrees will receive 60 semester credits and junior academic standing. Transfer courses must be completed with a grade of C- or above. Some majors require higher markings.
There are 30 community colleges in Washington with direct transfer degrees that meet the ICRC Guidelines. The names of the colleges and their direct transfer degrees are listed below:
|Bellevue College||AA and AS|
|Big Bend Community College||AA&S|
|Cascadia Community College||Associate in Integrated Studies|
|Centralia College||AA, Associate in Liberal Arts|
|Columbia Basin College||AA&S|
|Edmonds Community College||AA&S, Option I|
|Everett Community College||AA&S, Option II|
|Grays Harbor College||AA|
|Green River Community College||AA|
|Highline Community College||AA, Option A|
|Lower Columbia College||AA&S, Plan B|
|North Seattle Community College||AA, AS|
|Northwest Indian College||AA&S|
|Olympic College||AA&S, Option A|
|Peninsula College||AA, AA – Honors|
|Pierce College, Ft. Steilacoom||AA|
|Pierce College, Puyallup||AA|
|Seattle Central Community College||AA, AS|
|Shoreline Community College||AA&S, Option A|
|Skagit Valley College||AA, Univ. and College Transfer|
|South Puget Sound Community College||AA|
|South Seattle Community College||AA, AS|
|Spokane Community College||AA|
|Spokane Falls Community College||AA|
|Tacoma Community College||AA&S, Option A|
|Walla Walla Community College||AA|
|Wenatchee Valley College||AA&S|
|Whatcom Community College||AA&S|
|Yakima Valley College||AA|
AA: Associates of Arts
AA&S: Associates Arts of Sciences
AS: Associates of Science
Did you know that almost 40% of our student body transferred into NU? You are among friends! If you're ready to apply to NU you will need to submit:
|Fall Semester||Spring Semester|
|August 1||December 15|
Approximately 70% of Northwest University's programs incorporate internships, which means that earning a degree at Northwest University will not only help you achieve your educational goals, it will help you launch your career upon graduation. Take a look at some of the success stories our alumni have shared with us. Their words say it best.
"Practicality is the best word to describe how the professors at Northwest University prepare you for a career in teaching. They take the true facets of what you need to know and make you practice it, again and again! This focus on what is essential for you to know and have at your fingertips is invaluable in the education field."
"Don't overlook Northwest. The professors here are really invested in your success. They opened doors for me that I could have never opened myself. Choosing this school has made a huge difference. I've done things here that I never imagined I would."
If you would like to meet one-on-one with our Transfer Counselor, we are happy to schedule an individual appointment tailored to your needs. We look forward to meeting you.
If you have taken college credit after high school graduation then you are considered a Transfer Student. If you completed your college credits before high school graduation then you will apply to NU as a new incoming student with Running Start college credit.
We recommend completing your application as soon as possible because financial aid may not be awarded unless a student has been accepted to the University. Submit your current official college transcript(s) with your application for admission. Once you finish your term, send a new transcript reflecting your completed courses.
|Class Standing||Semester Credits||Quarter Credits|
|Freshman||0 – 29.9||0 – 44.9|
|Sophomore||30 – 59.9||45 – 89.9|
|Junior||60 – 89.9||90 – 134.9|
Note: All credits accepted by Northwest University are converted into and reported in semester credit hours. One quarter credit is equal to two-thirds of a semester credit. Semester credits are calculated by dividing the total number of quarter credits by 1.5.