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.)


1,585 (2021-22)
Undergraduate students: 1,072  
Graduate students: 500  
Northwestern NEXT students: 13  
States represented: 37 (46% of traditional undergraduate students are from out of state)
Countries represented: 20 
Gender: 52% men, 48% women (traditional undergraduates)
Ethnic diversity: 12% undergraduate ethnic minority students (excluding international students)

Average high school GPA


Average ACT score

NWC average: 23.1  
Iowa average: 21.1 (1)
National average: 20.6 (2)

% of students living on campus

89% of degree-seeking residential program undergraduates

Full-time faculty


% of full-time faculty with doctorates or terminal degrees


Undergraduate student-faculty ratio


Average class size for traditional undergraduates


Programs offered

Bachelor's, master's and online

Top 10 undergraduate majors

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

Retention rate


6-year graduation rate


70% (92% of graduates earn their degree in 4 years or less)

Job placement rate


Undergraduate tuition and financial aid

Undergraduate tuition and fees (2021-22): $33,350
Room and board (2021-22): $10,000 to $10,700
Average financial aid package: $30,000 annually
Students receiving financial aid: 100% (traditional undergraduates)

Campus location
and size
Orange City, Iowa (population: 6,000); 100-acre campus includes nearly $75 million in new construction and other improvements in the past 10 years

Athletic affiliation

NAIA; Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC)