Orientation

Raider Nation 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 Raider Nation 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.

Fall Raider Nation Orientation: Aug. 23-25, 2024

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 on Friday, Aug. 23.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 5, 2025

Northwestern provides a midyear orientation for students entering NWC at the start of the spring semester. 

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Your success starts here
Students choose NWC for standout academics,
strong faith and a sense of belonging.

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Our investment in you starts with scholarships
that reward your hard work and recognize the
ways you’ll enrich our campus community.

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Inside Raider Nation
Get to know the faculty, staff and students who will
influence you, and alumni who are leading lives
of significance.

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Want a standout college that’s strong academically, spiritually, relationally and athletically? Choose Northwestern.

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We our studentsand our students love us

“At Northwestern, God has provided me with an excellent academic experience, a beautifully Christ-centered community, and a place that has grown and challenged my faith. ”

Faith Tyrrell Faith Tyrrell Graphic Design major from Marshalltown, Iowa

Faith's story

““To the King”—which is something casts say before every show—helps me focus on why I do what I do and how my art glorifies God. I never connected those two ideas before I came to Northwestern.”

Madilynn Loats Madilynn Loats Theatre major from Mason City, Iowa

Madilynn's story

“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 grew as a person in every way at Northwestern—academically, emotionally and spiritually. I learned so much about myself, others and the world around me. Northwestern is a beautiful, fun and safe place that truly changes students’ lives if they let it.”

Samantha Olson Samantha Olson Biology-Health Professions major from Sioux Center, Iowa

Samantha's story

“I want to become a certified nursing assistant because I care about people and want to help them feel better. ”

Daniel Mills Daniel Mills NEXT Program major from Blackstone, Massachusetts

Daniel's story

“From professors in my major to those teaching general education courses, each Northwestern professor has sought to help me flourish at college.”

Aaron Eckmann Aaron Eckmann Political Science major from Cavour, South Dakota

Aaron's story

“My campus tour guide was one of the reasons I transferred to Northwestern. I visited Northwestern my junior year of high school and had the best experience. ”

Emily Erck Emily Erck Public Relations and Marketing major from Brandon, South Dakota

Emily's story

“I’m learning, being equipped professionally, and growing in my faith. I’m not only absorbing theory, but practicing what is being taught by professors, staff and other students.”

Celina Corrales Celina Corrales Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship Arts major from Choluteca, Honduras

Celina's story

“Northwestern has made me a better advocate for myself and others. Being surrounded by passionate people and diversity of thought has encouraged me to make the spaces I inhabit better for others.”

Jillian Simon Jillian Simon Social Enterprise major from Parkersburg, Iowa

Jillian's story

“At Northwestern I’ve gained spiritual growth, great friends and some incredible mentors. People are so willing to pour into you here, and that allows for much growth in and out of the classroom.”

Teagen Vander Waal Teagen Vander Waal Business Administration/Management major from Pella, Iowa

Teagen's story

“It's a blessing that God led me to Northwestern.”

Sonu Gupta Sonu Gupta Computer Science major from Birgunj, Nepal

Sonu's story

“Besides an education, Northwestern has given me great friends and connected me to a variety of different people”

Linsy Gonzalez Linsy Gonzalez Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation major from Boyden, Iowa

Linsy'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 was interested in Northwestern because of its reputation for strong academics and opportunities for spiritual enrichment. When I visited campus, it became clear that Northwestern cares about its students in every aspect of their college experience.”

Isaiah Gritters Isaiah Gritters Biology-Health Professions, Chemistry, Business Administration/Finance and Economics major from Pella, Iowa

Isaiah's story

“The opportunities Northwestern provides to travel and serve, like the Spring Service Partnerships (SSPs) or study abroad programs, are what I appreciate most about Northwestern. These opportunities allow for students to explore God’s kingdom and grow in faith-filled trust. ”

Madelynn Harre Madelynn Harre English Teaching major from Maplewood, Minnesota

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