Measures of excellence

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100% pass rate

Northwestern’s 2023 NURSING grads had a 100% board pass rate. No wonder they’re in demand by top medical centers like the Mayo Clinic, Sanford Health and Duke University Hospital.

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Best in the world

Our 2021 PRE-MED grads’ MCAT scores ranked in the top 10% worldwide. 80% of NWC med school applicants are accepted the first time they apply. (Compare that to the national acceptance rate for all applicants: 45%).

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Top scores

Northwestern ACCOUNTING students consistently achieve top scores and pass rates on the CPA exam. So far, 2017 was our best showing: Our students had an 89.3% pass-rate, the best in Iowa and #2 in the nation among all institutions with 10+ candidates. How impressive is that? That same year Notre Dame was 11th and Duke was 23rd.

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Elite research

We’re 1 of just 3 institutions in Iowa selected for SEA-PHAGES and 1 of just 28 baccalaureate colleges worldwide. The program involves BIOLOGY students in a global effort to discover phages and sequence and annotate their DNA. So far, more than 50 NWC undergrads have peer-reviewed publications to tout as a result of their phage research and discoveries. Northwestern also participates in SEA-GENES, next-level research enabling our students to discover and publish previously unknown functions of genes.

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Top 30 nationally

Northwestern’s ACTUARIAL SCIENCE degree is among the nation’s top 30 best-value programs. We’re also 1 of just 3 Christian colleges that have met the requirements for Advanced Curriculum recognition by the Society of Actuaries. Our grads have typically passed 2 actuarial exams by the time they graduate, and their pass rate is 80% (compared to 50% nationally).

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Top 5% globally

NWC seniors competing in the international BUSINESS Strategy Game as part of their senior capstone class consistently finish in the top 5% among 6,500 teams competing around the world.

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99% success

99% of recent grads got jobs or started grad school within 6 months of graduating.

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Grad school prep

81% of alums who pursue advanced degrees report NWC prepared them more than adequately or even very well for graduate or professional school.

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Salary satisfaction

55% of Northwestern alumni report making $80,000+ per year. (In comparison, 49% of alumni from other Council of Christian Colleges & Universities schools report the same or higher salary levels.)

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Top scores in psychology

Recent psychology graduates scored in the top 4% on a national benchmark exam. That’s not surprising, since our psych majors consistently present research at national conferences and excel in graduate programs.

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