Freshman admission for international students is evaluated on an individual basis. Admission is offered to those 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:
A minimum high school grade point average of 2.00 or “C” average and;
A college-preparatory curriculum in secondary school, including courses in mathematics, science, language and social studies.
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, he or she must submit a score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic). Undergraduates should have a minimum score of 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL, a 5.5 on the Academic IELTS or a 44 on the PTE Academic.
English proficiency scores must be less than two years old at the time the student starts classes. Additional options used to verify English Proficiency include C1 Advanced, Duolingo, EIKEN, GTEC, iTEP, SAKAE SEPT, and TOEIC. The Northwest website may be referenced for score requirements.