University of Northwestern – St. Paul

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University of Northwestern – St. Paul
Motto "Light the Way"
Established October 2, 1902
Type private
Religious affiliation Christian, nondenominational
President Dr. Alan S. Cureton
Academic staff 14:1 student-to-faculty ratio
Students 3,070
Undergraduates 2,981
Postgraduates 89
Location Roseville, Minnesota, USA
Campus 107-acre (43 ha) campus on Lake Johanna; 12 buildings
Newspaper The Column
Mascot Eagles
Website unwsp.edu

University of Northwestern – St. Paul is a private conservative Evangelical Christian college located primarily in Roseville, Minnesota, United States and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[1] Established in 1902 as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School by Dr. William Bell Riley, a pastor at the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis, Northwestern is the only non-denominational Christian private college in the state of Minnesota. Prior to July 1, 2013 the school was called Northwestern College.

Billy Graham served as the school's second president from 1948 to 1952.[2]

Mission statement[edit]

"University of Northwestern – St. Paul exists to provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and world."[3]

Undergraduate and Graduate Programs[edit]

Northwestern offers 55 bachelor's degrees,[4] 11 of which are through its Adult Undergraduate (formerly FOCUS) Degree Completion Program. Northwestern offers 5 master's degrees.[5] Areas of undergraduate study offered includes elementary and secondary education, music, business, psychology, broadcasting/electronic media, art, English, mathematics, criminal justice, life sciences, Biblical studies, and Christian ministries. Areas of graduate study includes organizational leadership and theological studies. In addition to a mandatory daily chapel program featuring local, national, and international speakers, students are required to earn a minor in Bible by taking 30 credits of Bible classes throughout their college career.

Alternative Education Programs[edit]

The Adult Undergraduate (formerly FOCUS) Degree Completion Program offers an Associate of Arts degree as well as degree-completion programs in business, psychology, ministries, and communication studies.

The Center for Graduate Studies offers the following graduate programs:

  • Master of Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Arts in Human Services
  • Master of Arts in Education

Other non-traditional programs include:

Science and Mathematics[edit]

Northwestern offers accredited bachelor of science degrees in traditional and applied mathematics, mathematics education, biology, biochemistry, and engineering sciences.[6]

Northwestern also has a cooperative dual-degree program with the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology.[7] In this program, students complete three years of study (on average) at Northwestern in either applied mathematics or engineering sciences. Students then transfer to the University of Minnesota to complete the requirements for a focused engineering degree.

Media[edit]

The campus houses the KTIS and KTIS-FM radio stations, broadcasting contemporary Christian music and programming to the Twin Cities area. In addition to KTIS, which began broadcasting in 1949, University of Northwestern – St. Paul owns and operates media outlets in 7 other cities: KFNW AM and KFNW-FM in Fargo, ND; KDNW and KDNI in Duluth, MN; WNWC-FM and AM in Madison, WI; KNWS-FM and AM in Waterloo, IA; KNWI and KNWM in Des Moines, IA; KNWC (AM), and KNWC-FM in Sioux Falls, SD, and KJNW in Kansas City, MO.

Until July 2010, University of Northwestern – St. Paul also owned WSMR in Sarasota, Florida; due to financial troubles, this station was closed down and sold to the University of South Florida, who reformatted the station with a classical music format. Also, in March 2012, Northwestern sold KFNL in Fargo, North Dakota to Robert Ingstad's Mediactive, LCC, who would reformat the station with an active rock format.

The mission statement for Northwestern's media ministry is: "The purpose of Northwestern Media is to lead people to Christ and to nurture them in their spiritual growth through Christ Centered media!"

In addition to KTIS, University of Northwestern – St. Paul operates a Campus radio station, The Remnant, and a Student television station, NWC7. The Remnant is a station that broadcasts on KTIS HD4 as well as a live Internet stream. In 2011, The Remnant won its third straight College Radio Station of the Year award from the National Religious Broadcasters.

Music[edit]

Music at Northwestern has a long and proud heritage of serving the college and the greater Twin Cities area through its preparation of students to serve in their homes, churches, and communities through Christian leadership. Ensembles include nationally renowned College Choir and Symphony Orchestra, as well as Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, and numerous chamber ensembles. The Music Department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Majors include Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and General Music. A music minor is available to those who want a concentration of coursework in music but have other educational goals.

Athletics[edit]

See also List of Northwestern Eagles head football coaches

Northwestern sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic sports, including football, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and men's and women's tennis.

The Eagles are one of eight full-time members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), and are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The school is also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

On October 8, 2005, Northwestern's football team under head coach Kirk Talley became the first college team in modern history to play two games in the same day. They first played Trinity Bible College at home in the early afternoon, winning 59-0. After a two-hour break, the team boarded a bus for the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) drive to Macalester College for a 7:00 p.m. (0000 UTC, 9 October) game, which the Eagles won 47-14.[8]

The Northwestern men's basketball team won the 2010 NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament, defeating King College (Tenn.), for its first ever Division I championship by a score of 58-54.[9]

Associations[edit]

University of Northwestern – St. Paul is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

The Adult Undergraduate program is a member of the Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance.

The Music Department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Presidents of University of Northwestern – St. Paul[edit]

  • Dr. William Bell Riley 1902 to 1947
  • Dr. Billy Graham 1948 to 1952
  • Dr. Richard Elvee 1953 to 1956
  • Dr. Curtis B. Akenson 1957 to 1966
  • Dr. William Berntsen 1966 to 1985
  • Dr. Donald Ericksen 1985 to 1997
  • Dr. Wesley Willis 1997 to 2000
  • Dr. Alan "Big Al" Cureton 2002 to present

Notable alumni[edit]

Roger Youderian, Christian missionary who was killed in Ecuador

Henry Charles Smith, Grammy Award-winning conductor and trombonist

Ron Carey (Minnesota politician), Former MN Independent Republican Party Chairman

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