University of Northwestern – St. Paul

In July 2013, University of Northwestern will be Minnesota’s newest university. The decision to become a university was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Trustees.

The new name, University of Northwestern – St. Paul, was announced on May 8. The institution will officially begin operating under the new name on July 1.


Watch President Cureton's university address: 


"After years of conversation and consideration, the time is right for Northwestern to officially move from being a college to the more accurate title of 'university.' In many ways, we have been operating as a university for some time, and this change will align our name with our function as we adapt to the changing educational needs and demands of our students, economy, and world."  –  President Alan S. Cureton, Ph.D.

Our name will change to reflect the natural growth and progression of who we are as an institution, but the mission and vision of Northwestern will endure.

Please visit here often for updates as we move toward this exciting change.

Media Coverage

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Additional information

  • Letter from President Cureton to the Northwestern community
  • News release about University of Northwestern becoming University of Northwestern – St. Paul
  • FAQs on becoming a university
  • Tweet Chat with President Cureton, answering your questions about what university status means for you