NWAFU is a top national public research university in China and belongs to the “Double First-Class University Project”, “985 Project” and “211 Project” research university leagues funded by the Ministry of Education of China.
Her history can be dated back to 1934 (民國二十三年) when National Northwest Senior College of Agriculture and Forestry (國立西北農林專科學校, the predecessor of Northwest Agricultural University) was founded by the Senior Politician of Kuomintang Mr. Yu Youren, Kuomintang veteran member Dai Jitao, Kuomintang General Yang Hucheng. The Senior College later merged with College of Agriculture of National Northwest Associated University, Department of Animal Husbandry in College of Agriculture of National Henan University (國立河南大學) and Department of Water Conservancy of National Lanzhou University (國立蘭州大學), then was renamed as National Northwest Agricultural College (國立西北農學院). In 1985, with the approval of the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fishery, the university name changed to be Northwest Agricultural University (西北农业大学). In 1999, the State Council agreed to merge 7 organizations as new Northwest A&F University in a reply to the proposal drafted by Ministry of Education and Shaanxi Province Government.