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Put your faith to work. Whether you’re headed to Wall Street or Main Street, studying business at Northwestern will prepare you for more than bottom-line success. You’ll be ready to make wise use of the resources God has given you. Business is the largest academic program at Northwestern College. Explore our programs:


Northwestern’s business and economics faculty have real-world experience with accounting, international economics and socially responsible business and entrepreneurial initiatives. They teach here because they are dedicated to preparing professionals whose faith guides their work, leadership, investing and decision-making.  Explore faculty

Proven success

Northwestern is included among the top 10 economics programs in the state of Iowa by the career website The CPA exam pass rates of NWC’s accounting graduates are consistently among the state’s best and in the top 10 among the 120 members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities. In 2016, Northwestern had the nation’s fifth-best CPA exam pass rate (85% with an average score of 80.9%) among all institutions with at least 10 candidates. In addition, over the past year, seniors competing in the international Business Strategy Game as part of their senior capstone class have been consistently successful, with teams finishing in the top 5% of 6,500 teams competing around the globe.

Regan Scott

Looking ahead

Regan wasn’t set on a particular major or career path when searching for a college, but she found that Northwestern offers many strong programs. Now a business administration and marketing major, she plans to attend law school after graduation.

Regan's story

Natalie Te Grootenhuis

Supporting farmers

Natalie works for the Iowa Corn Growers Association and the Iowa Corn Promotion Board, marketing Iowa Corn to the public and encouraging Iowa farmers to join the association.

Natalie's story

Chris Sietstra

A smart investment

Chris had a job offer from Big Four accounting firm Ernst & Young before he even graduated. His interviewers were so impressed with him, they said they'd send their kids to NWC.

Chris's story

Hans Vander Plaats

A profitable investment

Hans spent a semester at England's Oxford University and interned two summers in New York City before launching a career in finance.

Hans's story

Julie Haverly

Getting down to business

Confident in her head for business, Julie is executing the strategic marketing plan for a leading biodiesel producer and thinking of pursuing a Ph.D.

Julie's story