Northwestern College students

Quick facts about NWC


Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God's redeeming work in the world.

Denominational affiliation

Reformed Church in America (Students, faculty and staff come from more than 40 Christian denominations.)


1,307 (2018-19)
Undergraduate students: 1,021
Graduate students: 286
States represented: 32 (38% of students are from out of state)
Countries represented: 18
Gender: 46% men, 54% women (traditional undergraduates)
Ethnic diversity: 13% undergraduate ethnic minority students

Average high school GPA


Average ACT score

NWC average: 24.8
Iowa average: 21.9 (1)
National average: 21.0 (2)

% of students living on campus


Full-time faculty


% of full-time faculty with doctorates or terminal degrees


Student-faculty ratio


Average class size


Programs offered

Bachelor's, master's and online

Top 10 undergraduate majors

  1. Elementary education
  2. Biology-health professions
  3. Business administration-general
  4. Exercise science
  5. Accounting
  6. Nursing
  7. Psychology
  8. Social work
  9. Business administration-finance
  10. Secondary education

Retention rate

80% (5-year average)

6-year graduation rate


69% (87% of graduates earn their degree in 4 years or less)

Job placement rate


Undergraduate tuition and financial aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees (2019-20): $32,100
Room and board (2019-20): $9,600 to $10,100
Average financial aid package: $28,000 annually
Students receiving financial aid: 100% (traditional undergraduates)

Campus location
and size
Orange City, Iowa (population: 6,000); 100-acre campus includes more than $50 million in new construction and other improvements since 2013

Athletic affiliation

NAIA; Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC)