Application for Admission
UNW encourages applications from all individuals who have the capacity and determination to complete a degree program.
We appreciate the opportunity to review your application to determine whether UNW is a good fit for you and, if it is, help you through the enrollment process.
Submitting your application begins the official part of the UNW enrollment process. We will review your application and contact you within two business days to discuss your status. (You should also receive an email after completing this application that covers the next steps in the enrollment process.)
Who is a Freshman (or First-Year) Applicant?
Most students enter University Northwest as freshmen (first-year students) after graduating from high school. If you have not attended another accredited college or university, you should apply as a freshman. (Note: This does not apply to high school students who have taken courses at a college or university as part of their high school coursework.)
Freshman Application Requirements
To be considered for freshman admission to University of Northwest, you will need to submit:
A completed application.
A $65 non-refundable application fee.
A completed Admissions Essay
An official high school transcript (to be sent by your guidance counselor).
A letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor. (Additional letters of recommendation will be considered, but are not required).
Official SAT or ACT scores are optional. (Students submitting ACT scores only, must also take the optional writing portion or the scores will be deemed incomplete for the purpose of making an admissions decision.) To send your scores directly to UNW, make sure to enter the appropriate code in the designated area of the SAT or ACT form.
If you are applying for any of the programs in the University of the Arts* – such as Fine Arts, Music, Theatre, Dance, Communication Studies or Broadcasting – you are required to complete an interview, audition or portfolio review in order to be considered for admission into these programs. If you are applying for Fashion Studies or Art History, no interview, audition or portfolio review is required.
Please note that admission to University Northwest does not guarantee acceptance into the program of your choice.
You will receive information about scheduling an interview, audition or portfolio review once your application for admission is complete.
Freshman Admission Standards
University Of Northwest considers a number of factors in reviewing an admissions application. The most important of these factors is the student’s academic performance in high school, particularly the student’s high school GPA and the rigor of the courses taken (minimum course requirements plus additional, more comprehensive coursework as described below.)
Other factors considered in our holistic review process include: strong letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors; a well-written, thoughtful admissions essay; a commitment to extra-curricular engagement (for example, community service, leadership in student organizations and athletics, performance and artistic activities, and part-time employment); and standardized test scores.
Each application for admission to University Of Northwest is reviewed individually, and the admissions process is a competitive one. Each decision is made within the context of the whole applicant pool and the number of places available in our incoming class.
Applicants for admission are expected to complete a minimum of 16 units of a college-preparatory coursework as follows:
- 4 units of English
- 3 units of Mathematics (including Algebra, Geometry, and Algebra II)
- 2 units of the same foreign language
- 2 units of a laboratory science
- 2 units of social sciences
- 3 additional units in any of the subject areas above
Students are recognized in the admissions process for pursuing a challenging curriculum beyond the minimum required, including, for example:
- Mathematics beyond Algebra II
- Laboratory science beyond Chemistry
- A third or fourth year of a foreign language
- Advanced Placement courses
- Honors courses
Our strongest candidates for admission possess a 3.2 or higher cumulative high school GPA on an un-weighted, 4.0 scale, a challenging course sequence (particularly in the junior and senior years), and a well-rounded extra-curricular resume. Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required, but, if a student chooses to submit those scores, the scores will be considered in the admissions process.
International Student Admission
International Student Application Requirements
In order to be considered for admission to University of Northwest as an international student applicant, you must submit:
A completed application. Make sure to choose the international student application type.
- A $65 non-refundable application fee.
- A TOEFL score of at least an 80 on the Internet-based test, a 213 on the computer-based test or a 550 on the paper-based test. (NOTE: The TOEFL requirement is only waived if you are a native English speaker or have completed a college-level English Composition course in the U.S. with a grade of “C” or better.) A score of 6.5 or better on the IELTS is also acceptable.
- An academic evaluation and English translation of all coursework completed in another country. For potential freshmen, this is high school equivalent work. For potential transfer students, this is a course-by-course evaluation of college-level work.
International Student Admission Standards
International students should have academic preparation as indicated in the freshman and transfer student admissions standards. In addition, demonstrated English language competency is required for admission.