University of Northwestern - St. Paul

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Developing leaders through academically excellent, Christian education since 1902. University of Northwestern (UNW) is a Christian university located in the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Contact information

Mailing address:
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55113


Phone: 651-631-5100

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 410711610

CEO/President: Alan S. Cureton

Chairman: Dan Stolrtz

Board size: 17

Founder: William Bell Riley

Ruling year: 1965

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Because of God's compelling love, we will teach wisdom and understanding to reach all nations for Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:14, Proverbs 1:7, Matthew 28:19

Mission statement

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.

Statement of faith

Northwestern's educational programs and media ministries are firmly founded upon definitely formulated and explicitly stated biblical doctrines as follows:

I. The Scriptures

We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are verbally and plenarily inspired of God, are inerrant in the original writings, and are the infallible authority in all matters of faith and conduct (II Timothy 3:16).

II. The Godhead

We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (John 1:1-2). These three are equal in every divine perfection and execute distinct but harmonious offices in the work of creation and redemption (John 15:2).

III. The Father

We believe in God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth, perfect in holiness, infinite in wisdom, measureless in power (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 15:11, Job 12:13, Matthew 19:26). We rejoice that He concerns Himself mercifully in the affairs of men, that He hears and answers prayer (Matthew 6:6), and that He saves from sin and death all who come to Him through Jesus Christ (John 1:12).

IV. The Son, Jesus Christ

We believe in Jesus Christ, the eternal and only begotten Son of God, conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, sinless in His life, making atonement for the sin of the world by His substitutionary death on the cross. We believe in His bodily resurrection, His ascension into heaven, His present high priestly intercession for His people (Hebrews 9:24), and His personal, visible, imminent (Hebrews 9:28), and premillennial return to this earth according to His promise.

V. The Holy Spirit

We believe in the Holy Spirit, who came forth from God to convince the world of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and to regenerate, sanctify, and comfort those who believe in Jesus Christ (John 16:7-8).

VI. The Salvation of Man

We believe that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26), that he sinned in Adam, and that all men by nature and by choice are sinners having incurred not only physical death but also that spiritual death which is separation from God (Romans 3:23). We also believe that "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." Therefore, those who by faith, apart from human merit, works, or ceremonies, accept Christ as Lord and Saviour are justified on the grounds of His shed blood and become children of God. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust (I Corinthians 15:22, Acts 17:31). The saved will rejoice forever in God's presence, and the lost will be forever separated from God in everlasting conscious punishment. We believe that every human being is responsible to God alone in all matters of faith (Jude 24).

VII. The Church

We believe in the Church-a living, spiritual body of which Christ is the Head and of which all regenerated people are members. We believe that a visible church is a company of believers in Jesus Christ, buried with him in baptism and associated for worship, work, and fellowship (Ephesians 1:22-23). We believe that to these visible churches were committed for observance "till He come" the ordinances of baptism (Matthew 3:13-15) and the Lord's Supper (I Corinthians 11:23-26); and that God has laid upon these churches the task of persuading a lost world to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour and to enthrone Him as Lord and Master. We believe that human betterment and social improvement are essential products of the Gospel. We believe that Church and State must be kept separate as having different functions, each fulfilling its duties free from the dictation or patronage of the other.

VIII. The Responsibility

We believe that we are under divine obligation to contend earnestly for the faith once delivered unto the saints by proclaiming to a lost world the acceptance of Jesus Christ as Saviour and the enthroning of Him as Lord and Master (Jude 3, Acts 16:30, Colossians 3:1-3).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating205 of 110416 of 129
Fund acquisition rating618 of 110576 of 129
Resource allocation rating227 of 110523 of 129
Asset utilization rating200 of 110419 of 129

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,527,141$3,636,858$4,278,301$3,859,783$4,261,340
Short-term investments$17,917,728$19,842,861$16,259,592$15,611,161$15,207,424
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$43,206,188$45,761,846$37,083,350$36,966,403$40,656,137
Long-term investments$998,242$1,664,549$1,957,609$2,274,657$2,741,614
Fixed assets$77,048,090$79,483,871$80,364,003$81,211,029$81,681,809
Other long-term assets$18,706,591$17,822,681$18,042,838$13,812,343$9,345,287
Total long-term assets$96,752,923$98,971,101$100,364,450$97,298,029$93,768,710
Total assets$139,959,111$144,732,947$137,447,800$134,264,432$134,424,847
Payables and accrued expenses$6,329,655$6,801,707$5,536,571$6,156,164$6,792,007
Other current liabilities$1,238,721$1,173,348$1,731,776$1,438,185$1,607,080
Total current liabilities$7,568,376$7,975,055$7,268,347$7,594,349$8,399,087
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$2,106,002$3,205,464$3,737,515$3,899,654$3,508,381
Total long-term liabilities$12,807,375$24,573,545$29,777,354$28,614,597$30,901,651
Total liabilities$20,375,751$32,548,600$37,045,701$36,208,946$39,300,738
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$100,803,845$92,283,519$83,373,640$81,299,832$79,862,480
With donor restrictions$18,779,515$19,900,828$17,028,459$16,755,654$15,261,629
Net assets$119,583,360$112,184,347$100,402,099$98,055,486$95,124,109
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$38,212,344$30,511,155$27,931,959$22,543,537$20,024,411
Program service revenue$81,280,084$74,949,111$78,425,279$82,848,906$78,751,942
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$4,305,035$4,200,650$1,046,198$1,118,382$1,233,693
Other revenue$507,316$339,523$124,014$185,816$132,002
Total other revenue$86,092,435$79,489,284$79,595,491$84,153,104$80,117,637
Total revenue$124,304,779$110,000,439$107,527,450$106,696,641$100,142,048
Program services$100,506,767$72,966,603$74,168,721$72,939,329$68,708,429
Management and general$9,045,461$24,978,645$25,483,700$26,371,674$24,821,393
Total expenses$113,127,887$101,482,362$104,287,544$103,642,524$97,855,261
Change in net assets20222021202020192018
Surplus (deficit)$11,176,892$8,518,077$3,239,906$3,054,117$2,286,787
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$11,176,892$8,518,077$3,239,906$3,054,117$2,286,787


Dr Alan CuretonPresident$329,905
Dr April MoretonVP For Inst. Advancement$206,047
Jason SharpSr. VP For Media$197,179
Dr Janet SommersProvost/Academic Affairs$192,895
Bryon D KruegerCFO (thru Oct 2021)$161,781
Scott JonesAsst VP For Bus Ops & Tech/Media$157,514
Nina BarnesVP For Student Life and HR$151,502
Chad MillerChief Information Officer$150,002
Don JohnsonProfessor of Psychology$142,325
John SommervilleCFO (as of Nov 2021)$22,924

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2022

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Northwestern opens on October 2, 1902 as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School, founded by William Bell Riley, well-known pastor and evangelist. Classes are held in First Baptist Church in Minneapolis and Jackson Hall, First Baptist's education building.


In a brief four-year tenure, Northwestern's second president, Rev. Billy Graham, launches KTIS and sees the campus move to Memorial Hall in Loring Park. Despite gaining national prominence under Graham, the college temporarily closes in 1966 for restructuring and relocation.


Guided by the leadership and faith of William B. Berntsen, the college reopens in 1972 on its current St. Paul campus and begins to expand. The college sees a steady addition of programs and buildings under the leadership of Berntsen, Donald Ericksen, and Wesley Willis.


Alan S. Cureton becomes president, the Mel Johnson Media Center is constructed, Riley Hall undergoes major remodeling, graduate programs begin, Billy Graham Community Life Commons opens, and Maranatha Hall receives new renovations and a new name. Educational facilities continue to expand and receive upgrades: Engineering receives a new home at Rosedale Square North; the School of Nursing moves into new lab, classroom, and chapel spaces in Wilson Center; and updates are made to the Ericksen Center, including new golf training bays featuring PGA-grade technology.

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