University of Northwestern – St. Paul

University of Northwestern (UNW) is a private Christian university in Roseville, Minnesota. It was founded in 1902. UNW also owns a chain of radio stations across the Midwest and Eastern United States, broadcasting listener-supported Christian music and teaching programs. Noted evangelist Billy Graham served as the school's second president from 1948 to 1952.


The University of Northwestern offers 70+ areas of study, six of which are through its FOCUS Adult Undergraduate Program. Northwestern offers six master's degrees.

The Graduate Studies program offers the following graduate degrees:

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Organizational Leadership


In February 1949, the Northwestern Schools opened KTIS AM and KTIS-FM in the Twin Cities area, the first in a series of radio stations across the Upper Midwest. Northwestern Media today operates two separate radio networks; the Faith Network focuses on Christian teaching and discussion programs, while Life Network airs a more youthful Christian Contemporary music format.

Major markets served by Northwestern stations include the Twin Cities; Fargo; Duluth; Madison; Waterloo, Iowa; Des Moines; Sioux Falls; Hartford, Connecticut; Kansas City; and Omaha. The mission statement for the University of Northwestern – St. Paul's media ministry is: "to lead people to Christ and to nurture them in their spiritual growth through Christ Centered media".

In addition to the Faith and Life networks, University of Northwestern – St. Paul operates a campus radio station, The Remnant, and a student television station. The Remnant is a station that broadcasts on KTIS-HD4 as well as a live Internet stream.


Music ensembles at Northwestern include the Northwestern Choir and Orchestra, Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Varsity Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, and numerous chamber ensembles. The Music Department is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.


The University of Northwestern – St. Paul's sponsors 20 varsity 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, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's lacrosse. Northwestern is a member of the NCAA Division III, a Division I member of the National Christian College Athletic Association, and is one of nine full-time members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC). Prior to its NCAA Division III membership, which began on a full-time basis prior to the 2008-2009 academic year, the Eagles were a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).

Since becoming a Division III member in 2008, the schools teams have earned bids to 25 NCAA Tournaments. In 2015 two University of Northwestern – St. Paul teams advanced to NCAA Sweet 16 appearances in men's basketball and women's volleyball. The Eagles volleyball team has advanced to eight of the last nine NCAA Tournaments, 2 Sweet 16's (2015 & 2017), a Final Four (2016), and was a recipient of the NCAA's Sportsmanship Award for all divisions in 2009. The men's basketball team has also advanced to eight of the last nine NCAA national tournaments. The University of Northwestern – St. Paul became the first college football team in modern history to play two games on the same day. On October 8, 2005, under head coach Kirk Talley, the Eagles defeated Trinity Bible College 59–0 in a 12 noon kickoff before defeating Macalester College 6.5 miles down Snelling Avenue at 7 p.m. that night, 47–14. The UNW football team has won two NCCAA Victory Bowls in 2000 and 2008. The University of Northwestern – St. Paul men's basketball team won the 2010 NCCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Tournament, defeating King College (Tennessee - NCAA Division II), for its first ever Division I championship by a score of 58–54.

University of Northwestern – St. Paul athletic and recreation facilities consist of the Ericksen Center (1996) (volleyball, men's and women's basketball) and the Reynolds Field complex (2014), which houses the Johnson Tennis Complex and 100 percent artificially turfed fields for baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse. The outdoor facility also offers a running and jumping pit for track and field participants, a stadium, and four locker rooms.

In addition to the Eagles' success on the court and field of play, the University of Northwestern – St. Paul's coaching staff has an average tenure of over 10 years, with five head coaches logging at least 15 years at UNW.


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

The FOCUS 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.

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