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Academic excellence is the No. 1 reason Northwestern is a top-ranked college in the Midwest. But challenge isn’t limited to your classes. Northwestern’s Christian liberal arts education will push you to ask big questions. Consider new ideas. Trust God will lead you to truth.

Professors will come alongside you with guidance and support. Expert scholars and caring mentors, they share your Christian faith and are committed to your intellectual and spiritual growth. Teaching is their passion, and they want to invest in you.

At Northwestern, we won’t tell you what to think as a Christian in today’s world—we’ll teach you how.

Measures of success
Our grads’ stats—like their top accounting and pre-med scores—prove the value of our academic programs. See how we stack up.


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98% of Northwestern’s recent grads got jobs or started grad school within 6 months of graduation. Success starts with Raider Nation.

Meet our grads

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Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to the experts.

#10 Best Recional Colleges Midwest

U.S. News & World Report ranks Northwestern College 6th among 70 Midwestern regional colleges. Rankings are based on academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources and student selectivity.

Top 10 consensus ranked schools Iowa

College Consensus, a site that averages the latest results from the most respected college rankings with thousands of online student review scores, ranks Northwestern as the third-best college or university in Iowa.

Rugg's Recs

Rugg’s recommends 24 NWC programs: actuarial science, athletic training, biochemistry, biology, business, chemistry, computer science, ecological science, education, English, exercise science, history, music, music and worship leadership, nursing, philosophy, physics, psychology, public relations, religion, social work, sociology, Spanish and theatre.

Named a best college in the midwest by the Princeton Review

Princeton Review lists Northwestern among 156 institutions selected for its "Best in the Midwest" designation, based on student praise for the college's integration of faith and learning, tight-knit community, caring professors, small class sizes, opportunities for involvement and commitment to diversity.

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Success Stories
Northwestern students talk about their internships and the strong preparation NWC provided.

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