University of Northwestern - St. Paul

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We're a wholeheartedly Christian university with 70+ majors, award-winning fine arts and athletics, and a community of passionate faculty, staff & students. We're here to help you grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in your profession, and to give God-honoring leadership in your home, church, community, and world.

Contact information

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


Phone: 651-631-5100


Organization details

EIN: 410711610

CEO/President: Alan S. Cureton

Chairman: George Kenworthy

Board size: 16

Founder: William Bell Riley

Year founded: 1965

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


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

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Overall efficiency rating525 of 81772 of 100
Fund acquisition rating486 of 81763 of 100
Resource allocation rating748 of 81791 of 100
Asset utilization rating200 of 81717 of 100

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$3,859,783$4,261,340$4,530,442$4,725,903$6,566,963
Short-term investments$15,611,161$15,207,424$14,442,021$11,724,772$12,768,195
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$36,966,403$40,656,137$38,722,419$42,240,534$38,094,004
Long-term investments$2,274,657$2,741,614$2,650,073$2,623,872$2,674,145
Fixed assets$81,211,029$81,681,809$82,979,115$69,864,950$71,077,054
Other long-term assets$13,812,343$9,345,287$8,752,176$8,952,251$8,475,098
Total long-term assets$97,298,029$93,768,710$94,381,364$81,441,073$82,226,297
Total assets$134,264,432$134,424,847$133,103,783$123,681,607$120,320,301
Payables and accrued expenses$6,156,164$6,792,007$6,035,050$6,261,038$6,294,458
Other current liabilities$1,438,185$1,607,080$1,522,719$1,355,774$1,512,040
Total current liabilities$7,594,349$8,399,087$7,557,769$7,616,812$7,806,498
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,899,654$3,508,381$3,842,294$4,786,465$3,781,539
Total long-term liabilities$28,614,597$30,901,651$33,411,733$28,626,982$29,787,450
Total liabilities$36,208,946$39,300,738$40,969,502$36,243,794$37,593,948
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$5,854,056$4,685,013$4,525,401$6,106,606$7,613,604
Permanently restricted$10,901,598$10,576,616$10,445,864$10,225,421$9,808,176
Net assets$98,055,486$95,124,109$92,134,281$87,437,813$82,726,353
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Total contributions$22,543,537$20,024,411$19,536,445$20,097,311$20,406,344
Program service revenue$82,848,906$78,751,942$75,271,755$74,788,255$72,968,825
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$1,118,382$1,233,693$1,090,668$734,526$938,756
Other revenue$185,816$132,002$189,799$239,276$275,266
Total other revenue$84,153,104$80,117,637$76,552,222$75,762,057$74,182,847
Total revenue$106,696,641$100,142,048$96,088,667$95,859,368$94,589,191
Program services$72,939,329$68,708,429$64,897,385$63,613,646$63,006,743
Management and general$26,371,674$24,821,393$23,658,936$22,418,966$22,745,929
Total expenses$103,642,524$97,855,261$92,740,834$89,777,378$89,602,920
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Surplus (deficit)$3,054,117$2,286,787$3,347,833$6,081,990$4,986,271
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$3,054,117$2,286,787$3,347,833$6,081,990$4,986,271


Dr Alan CuretonPresident$392,632
Dr Janet SommersSr. VP For Academic Affair$173,985
Jason SharpSr. VP For Media$173,264
Bryon D KruegerVP For Finance/CFO$171,596
Richard WhitworthAssistant VP For Media/Hom$167,992
Drdon JohnsonProfessor of Psychology$143,153
Ann SorensonProfessor of Communication$138,220
Arnold LindstrandTrustee$13,400

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2019

Response from ministry

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/27/2020. To update the information below, please email:



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, and the Billy Graham Community Life Commons opens.

Program accomplishments