Northwestern Polytechnic University

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Northwestern Polytechnic University
Established 1984
Type Private
President Peter Hsieh
Location Fremont, California, USA
Campus Urban campus
Not to be confused with Northwestern Polytechnical University in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, China.

Coordinates: 37°28′40″N 121°55′33″W / 37.4778°N 121.9259°W / 37.4778; -121.9259[1] Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) is a private institution of higher education located in Fremont, California, USA.

The school, founded in 1984, awards Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate degrees in science, technology and management. The university is one among a small group of polytechnic universities in the United States which tend to be primarily devoted to the instruction of technical arts and applied sciences.[2]


The NPU campus is situated in a high-technology business area in Fremont, in the midst of numerous corporations and information technology companies.

The campus buildings house the schools and classrooms; administrative and faculty offices; the library and recreation center; several electronic labs, communication labs, database, and simulation laboratories; as well as other student facilities. NPU has student housing available in the university dormitories located within walking distance of the campus.

Buildings & locations(by schools) North Building - 47102 Mission Falls Court, Fremont CA 94539/Laboratory - 47132 Mission Falls Court, Fremont CA 94539/South Building - 47655 Warmspring Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539/OEC Building - 47613 Warmspring Blvd., Fremont, CA 94539/East Building - 105 Fourier Ave, Fremont, CA 94539/West Building - 117 Fourier Ave, Fremont, CA 94539/Admin Building - 47671 Westinghouse Dr., Fremont, CA 94539


Northwestern Polytechnic University (NPU) was founded by Dr. Ramsey Carter and Dr. Barbara Brown on January 2, 1984 and incorporated as a California nonprofit, public-benefit institution. Responding to strong demand in Silicon Valley for qualified engineers, the School of Engineering began granting Bachelor of Science degrees in electrical engineering in November 1984, followed by the Master of Science in electrical engineering in 1985. NPU opened the Computer Systems Engineering programs at both the bachelor's and master's levels in 1987. February 23, 1989 marked a milestone for the university as NPU attained full institutional approval from the California Department of Education.

The School of Business was established in 1995, offering the Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Business Administration and Information Sciences degrees. At the same time, the School of Engineering continued to expand its programs by offering bachelor's and master's degrees in Computer Science. In January 1998, the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) accredited NPU to award bachelor's and master's degrees. In April 2005, ACICS accredited NPU to award two doctorate degree programs: Doctor of Business Administration and Doctor of Computer Engineering.

Dr. George Hsieh, serving as NPU's President since 1991, retired as of September 1, 2015.


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