If you're a veteran or active in the military, you're welcome at Northwestern. We're grateful for your service—and happy to let you know some veterans or students active in the armed forces may be eligible for Northwestern's De Beer Legacy Veteran's Scholarship, which ranges from $2,500 to $10,000 per year for full-time undergraduate students. In addition, we are a Yellow Ribbon school and accept GI bill benefits for qualifying students and their dependents. As a result of our services to veterans and their families, Northwestern has been ranked as a Top-10 Military-Friendly School. Contact Austin Nyhof, associate registrar, at anyhof@nwciowa.edu to learn more about your military benefits at Northwestern.

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“Being a Raider has changed my life. Coming from California to Orange City was a huge culture shock, but it was the greatest decision I could have made for myself”

Manuel Jaramillo Manuel Jaramillo Criminal Justice major from Selma, California

Manuel's story

“I chose Northwestern College for the standout education, Christian experience and close-knit community it offers.”

Andrew De Noble Andrew De Noble Exercise Science major from Rock Rapids, Iowa

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“During my time at NWC, I’ve become more independent and have learned about myself and about God. I’ve learned how to take charge and make things happen.”

Andrea Freeman Andrea Freeman Computer Science major from Newton, Iowa

Andrea's story

“I wanted a school where the professors had personal connections with students and the dorms were places where other students helped you grow spiritually and emotionally. Northwestern fit that criteria.”

Colin Kaemingk Colin Kaemingk History major from Lynden, Washington

Colin's story

“In my sociology classes, we reflect upon faith’s impact on our understanding of social problems. This skill of reflection has helped me understand why I believe what I believe. I have also learned how to dig deeper into the Bible to inform my knowledge of biblical truth.”

Caitlin Hornback Caitlin Hornback’24 Sociology major from Winterset, Iowa

Caitlin's story

“Northwestern pushed me out of my comfort zone and enabled me to develop relationships with great people. The memories I have made with these lifelong friends is the biggest thing I am thankful for at Northwestern.”

Emily Strasser Emily Strasser Physical Education major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Emily's story

“I chose Northwestern because of the people. Students and faculty are very personable and willing to engage in conversation, whether it’s about academics, athletics or campus life. Northwestern makes me feel like I’m at home even when I’m away from home. ”

Jacob Lynott Jacob Lynott Nursing major from Hawarden, Iowa

Jacob's story

“I love helping people. It’s fun to watch people grow and mature throughout the school year in the classes I tutor. ”

Kaytlyn Keeler Kaytlyn Keeler Biology-Health Professions major from Farson, Wyoming

Kaytlyn's story

“At Northwestern, I’m not just one in a thousand; I’m known and have friends in all areas of activities. It’s truly a community of people who care about and support each other.”

Becca Nevin Becca Nevin Sport management major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Becca's story

“My professors have been such a blessing to me! Because they are very knowledgeable and approachable, I have enjoyed staying back after class to talk with them or listen to the conversations they have with other students or professors. ”

Elyssa Tang Elyssa Tang English Teaching major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Elyssa's story

“I love that Northwestern has become a second home and that no matter what, I’ll always have people who support me like family.”

Hayden Lee Hayden Lee Social Work major from Long Beach, California

Hayden's story

“Northwestern’s faculty are amazing. Every professor cares about his or her students and strives to make their college experience special.”

Kip Cullinan Kip Cullinan Chemistry major from Urbandale, Iowa

Kip's story

“Northwestern faculty and staff do a great job of challenging me. They hold high standards that are achievable and attainable. ”

Taylor VanderVelde Taylor VanderVelde Biology-Health Professions major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Taylor's story

““I want to care for people and help in a way that is fair and just for everyone, because God made us all in his image.””

Sonia Vasilyeva Sonia Vasilyeva’22 M.S., Physician Assistant Studies major from Eagan, Minnesota

Sonia's story

“The business department at Northwestern is incredible. My adviser helped me navigate quite the puzzle of a schedule, given my many interests. ”

Noah Roisum Noah Roisum Business Administration/International Business and Political Science major from Rapid City, South Dakota

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