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Orientation

We make sure your first Northwestern experiences are welcoming, fun and productive because we know your first days at Northwestern set the tone for your entire four-year college experience. During orientation, you’ll be guided through all the business of getting your college career started, like confirming your course selections and becoming acquainted with the people and resources that will support your learning both in and out of the classroom. You’ll meet professors, residence life staff and other new students—some of whom will become lifelong friends.

Midyear Orientation: Jan. 8, 2018

We also offer a midyear orientation for students entering Northwestern at the start of the spring semester.

Fall Orientation: Aug. 17-20, 2018

Northwestern's orientation for students entering college in the fall will be held the weekend before fall semester classes begin. You can begin moving into your dorm room at noon on Friday, Aug. 17.

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You’ve worked hard in high school.
Find out what your Northwestern College scholarship payoff will be. Tell us your test scores and GPA and we’ll give you an estimate for the 4-year academic scholarship amount you’ll automatically receive when you apply, get accepted and enroll.

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Northwestern students blog about life as Red Raiders. Visit our NWC Stories website to read about what they’re learning and experiencing–and who they’re becoming.

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Real. Smart. Christian.
Authentic community. Excellent academics. Christ-centered learning. That’s Northwestern College.

We our studentsand our students love us

“Nursing is a profession that allows me to mix my love of science and service with compassion for people. ”

Jessica Howe Jessica Howe ’17 Nursing major from Orange City, Iowa

Jessica's story

“I chose Northwestern because of the great dorm life I experienced when I visited on a RED101 Day during my senior year. I remember playing Settlers of Catan, and everyone in the residence hall I stayed in treated me like I was part of the family. ”

Thomas Heitritter Thomas Heitritter ’ Actuarial science, finance and economics major from Boyden, Iowa

Thomas's story

“The faith-based education, the friendliness of everyone I met, and the tight-knit community that makes up Northwestern weren’t found at the other schools I looked at. ”

Hope De Ruyter Hope De Ruyter ’19 Psychology major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Hope's story

“During my time at Northwestern, I’ve gained a sense of belonging. ”

Erica Kitchenmaster Erica Kitchenmaster ’ Music education major from Lake Andes, South Dakota

Erica's story

“Northwestern’s social work professors are always willing to listen to students, so when we’re in the classroom, we are encouraged to think and learn together.”

Chie Lee Chie Lee ’18 Social work major from Osaka, Japan

Chie's story

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