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Admission Criteria

Academic Requirements | Language Requirements

Academic Requirements

International Freshman Students

Freshman admission for international students is evaluated on an individual basis. Admission is offered to students who possess academic qualifications equivalent to those required for domestic first-time freshmen. Consideration is given to the courses taken and grades received in secondary school, as well as to results of school leaving examinations and certificates. The integrity of the student's native educational system is respected in regard to the university entrance requirements in the native country. Students not eligible for university admission in their native country will not likely be granted admission to Northwest.

For comparison purposes, admission requirements for domestic first-time freshmen must include the following:

  1. A minimum high school grade point average of 2.00 or "C" average and;
  2. A college-preparatory curriculum in secondary school, including courses in mathematics, science, language and social studies.

International Transfer Students

To be admitted as a transfer student, you must have a grade point average of 2.00 or "C." Transfer students with less than 24 semester hours of transferable college coursework will be considered on the basis of both secondary and post-secondary coursework.

International Graduate Students

The prerequisites for consideration for graduate school are:

  1. A baccalaureate-level degree from either an accredited American university or one recognized by the Ministry of Education (international institution).
  2. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.50 on a 4.00 scale. (GPA requirements may be higher, please see catalog for specific program requirements).
  3. A score report from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) as required by program. See specific graduate admissions requirements online.

Language Requirements

Students entering Northwest are required to have a reading, writing, and conversational knowledge of the English language.

If the student's native language is not English, then he or she is required to meet minimum score requirements on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic):

NEPALESE FRESHMEN APPLICANTS: Only a TOEFL score with a minimum score of 61 on the internet-based TOEFL may be accepted for undergraduate admissions. 

Standard TestingGraduateUndergrad
Paper-based TOEFL 550 500
Internet-based TOEFL 79 61
Academic IELTS 6.5 5.5
PTE Academic 53 44