Feb 29, 2024  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Salem Campus

Programs Supported Associate in Arts; Business Management; Ministry Leadership; Psychology

Northwest University at Salem offers NU education with flexible schedules to meet the unique needs of today’s college students.

Northwest University at Salem supports the strategic mission of the University in multiple ways. First, the Salem campus makes a Northwest University degree accessible to residents of Oregon and Southwest Washington. Accessibility is further enhanced by the fact that the Salem campus is the most affordable private university in Oregon. Second, the Salem campus contributes to the overall impact of Northwest University in Oregon through its graduates as well as through marketing and networking efforts.

The degree programs offered at the Salem campus are designed to equip graduates to be effective leaders in places of service in vocational ministry and the marketplace. Bachelor degrees in the areas of Business Management, Ministry Leadership, and Psychology are currently offered, as are Associate degrees in General Studies and Ministry Leadership. Students seeking to fulfill educational requirements for ministerial credentialing with the Assemblies of God can do so by earning the Certificate in Ministry Leadership at Salem.

The Salem campus offers a unique class schedule. All of the Salem courses are based upon a two-session semester format with each semester divided into two seven-week sessions. As a result, full-time students take only two or three classes during each session, so they can be focused in their learning. Salem students also have the option of taking both onsite and online courses.

The faculty members at Salem are deeply committed to student success. The campus utilizes adjunct professors who invest in students’ academic and personal development. Faculty are not only academically qualified to teach, but most are also currently serving in their area of expertise. This enables instructors to provide teaching that draws upon their educational background and up-to-date vocational experience.

The Salem campus offers supportive structures and systems for students. With high standards of academic excellence, faculty and staff contribute to an environment that facilitates academic and personal development. Engaging relationships with faculty and fellow students provide students with a compelling sense of community, with a strong value placed upon relationships in and outside of the classroom.

Graduates of Northwest University at Salem are carrying the call of God and engaged with human need throughout the United States and internationally. A degree earned at the Salem campus will equip graduates to serve with excellence, wherever God may direct them.

Tuition and Fees


Fall & Spring Tuition (per credit) $ 399.00

Fees (non-refundable)

Student Life fee (per semester) $ 50.00
Orientation fee (new students only, one time) 25.00

Special Course Fees (per semester)

Concurrent Credit Fee (Undergraduate, per credit in addition to applicable tuition charge) $ 100.00
Independent Study Fee (Undergraduate, per credit in addition to applicable tuition charge) 80.00
BIBL 3993  (International Experience) (Travel Fee) 5,460.00


Students should prepare for books to cost approximately $100 per class. Some classes have book costs that are significantly less, while some courses will exceed this cost.

Annual Cost

Annual Cost with 12 credits per semester $ 9,676.00*
  (Tuition, $399 x 12 credits x 2 semesters = $9,576; student life fee $50 x 2 semesters)  
Annual Cost with 15 credits per semester $ 12,070.00*
  (Tuition, $399 x 15 credits x 2 semesters = $11,970; student life fee $50 x 2 semesters)  
*New Students: additional Orientation Fee of $25 in first semester only  

Payment Information:

Tuition and Fees are due in full at the start of every semester. Balances not paid in full by the end of the following month incur a 1.5% late fee. Students with outstanding account balances that have not been set-up on a payment plan will not be able to register for classes the following semester.

Payment Plan Information:

A payment plan can be set-up through the third party payment processing system Tuition Management System. They are available online at afford.com and by phone at 888.285.3052.

TMS Annual Enrollment Fee (annual charge) $ 125.00
TMS Semester Enrollment Fee (single semester – once per semester charge) 75.00

Salem Campus Calendar

For the full Academic Calendar refer to www.northwestu.edu/calendar

Session “A”  
  Preparation Week Aug 21-25
  First Day of Classes Aug 29
  Last Day to Register; Last Day to Add/Drop Courses Sep 3
  Labor Day Holiday (University closed) Sep 4
  Class Break October 9-13
  Last Day to Withdraw from classes Oct 17
  Last Day of Classes Oct 19
Session “B”  
  Preparation Week Oct 23-27
  First Day of Classes Oct 31
  Last Day to Register; Last Day to Add/Drop Courses Nov 3
  Thanksgiving Break (no classes) Nov 22
  Thanksgiving Holidays (University closed) Nov 23-24
  Last Day to Withdraw from classes Dec 12
  Last Day of Classes Dec 14
  Student Semester Break (no classes) Dec 15-Jan 3
  University Offices Closed Dec 22-Jan 1
Session “A”  
  Preparation Week Jan 1-5
  First Day of Classes Jan 9
  Last Day to Register; Last Day to Add/Drop Courses Jan 15
  Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (University closed) Jan 15
  Presidents’ Day (University closed) Feb 19
  Last Day to Withdraw from classes Feb 20
  Last Day of Classes Feb 22
  Spring Break (no classes) Feb 26-Mar 2
Session “B”  
  Preparation Week Mar 5-9
  First Day of Classes Mar 13
  Last Day to Register; Last Day to Add/Drop Courses Mar 19
  Reading Day (no classes) Mar 29
  Good Friday (University closed) Mar 30
  Class Break Apr 16-18
  Last Day to Withdraw from classes May 1
  Last Day of Classes May 3
  Baccalaureate Chapel TBA
  Commencement TBA
  Summer University: May-August Sessions May 5-Aug 26
  Memorial Day (University closed) May 28
  Fourth of July (University closed) Jul 4
  Summer University Notes: Last Day to Register and Last Day to Add/Drop Courses is the end of the first week of classes for that session; some course assignments, independent study, practicum and internship may extend through August; see applicable course schedule for exact dates.

Location and Facilities

The Northwest University Salem Campus is located at 5313 Faith Ave. NE, Salem, OR 97305. The school facilities include a chapel, classrooms and the administrative offices. In addition, the location includes a reference library with computers and study areas for the students’ use.

Academic Policies

Military Credit

Any veteran receiving GI Bill benefits while attending Northwest University is required to obtain transcripts from all previously attended schools and submit them to the school for review of prior credit.

Those having had military service may petition the Registrar’s Office for credits based on learning through military experience. Northwest considers the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) in evaluating military-based credits.

Credit by Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

This institution will evaluate all previous education and training, grant credit where appropriate, reduce the length of the program proportionately, notify the student of any prior credit granted, and keep records of this process on file.

Leave of Absence

A student taking a leave of absence for one semester or more must submit a Request Registration Change Form to the Registrar’s Office and complete the reapplication process when returning.

Salem Adjunct Faculty

Bryan Davenport Ministry, Theology; Salem  
Steve Emerson Ministry; Salem  
Bob Frank Business, Salem  
Stan Houghton Business, Salem  
Debbie Lamm Bray Bible, Theology, University; Salem  
Sean Odell Ministry, Salem  
Boyd Powers Ministry, Salem  
Gayle Reichelt English; Salem  
Gabriele Rienas Psychology; Salem  
Werner Rienas Bible, Theology, Ministry, Salem  
Kaylee Roderick Mathematics, Salem  
Jeremy Siebert Bible, Ministry; Salem  
Jeremy Wallace Bible, Theology, Ministry, Salem