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Admission Criteria

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.

IB and A Level Classes

IB credit

Northwest recognizes the rigor of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and is pleased to award students credit for IB courses completed at their high school. Several subjects have been evaluated by academic departments at Northwest and course credit will be awarded to the student if the designated score was achieved. Credit is awarded for higher level examinations only unless otherwise stated. Official score reports must be received directly from the International Baccalaureate Organization. See requirements to receive credit.

General Education Certificate (GCE) Advanced Level Examinations

Exams must reflect a grade of C or higher on a US grading scale to earn credit.  Only pass credit will be awarded by Northwest, not a grade. Credit is only awarded for A (Advanced)-Level examinations, not for AS (Advanced Subsidiary)-Level. Eight credit hours will be awarded per exam. See equivelant courses to receive credit.


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