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. 20-22, 2021

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. 20.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 9-10, 2022

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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Get to know the faculty, staff and students who will
influence you, and alumni who are leading lives
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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

“If you’re looking to grow during your college years, choose Northwestern.”

Libby Ven Huizen Libby Ven Huizen ’21 Worship arts major from Sheldon, Iowa

Libby's story

“I chose Northwestern for the community. I wanted to be at a place where I knew not only my peers, but also the professors and staff. When I visited Northwestern, I could see all the students felt like they belonged, and that is how I wanted to feel.”

Michaela Kleinwolterink Michaela Kleinwolterink ’21 Accounting major from Sheldon, Iowa

Michaela's story

“I’ve always liked helping others in need. Not only does helping people in the tutor center give me satisfaction, but the part I love the most is when the student leaves the center understanding the topic.”

Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ’21 Biology–health professions major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Sammy's story

“At Northwestern, I'm gaining a better and broader worldview. If your education doesn't change the way you live, then something is wrong. Northwestern changes lives.”

Josh Fischer Josh Fischer ’21 Computer science major from Cutler Bay, Florida

Josh's story

“I encourage students to choose Northwestern if they’re seeking intimate learning environments that focus on cultivating connections and interdisciplinary skills.”

Ali Almail Ali Almail ’21 Art and genetics, molecular and cellular biology major from Sanad, Bahrain

Ali's story

“I have gained so many more things from Northwestern than just a fabulous education. I have grown in my faith every year, I have met incredible friends—including my wife—and established relationships that will last a lifetime, and I have grown in my musical skills. Northwestern is truly an amazing college.”

Joel Van Peursem Joel Van Peursem ’21 Music and secondary education major from Vermillion, South Dakota

Joel's story

“I applied to be part of the Honors Program for several reasons, one being that I wished to give myself the best opportunity to be pushed and to strive to achieve the highest of honors. To not challenge myself at this stage would feel as though I’m selling myself short. What makes this program even more desirable is the faculty; I appreciate that my professors are scholars who wish to promote the growth of each student.”

Jonathan Johnson Jonathan Johnson ’21 Business administration and psychology major from Bellflower, California

Jonathan'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 ’22 Nursing major from Hawarden, Iowa

Jacob's story

“Northwestern’s education faculty are amazing and constantly teach that faith goes hand-in-hand with learning at all levels. I really appreciate how quickly education majors are given hands-on experience in the classroom so we can determine early if this is the career path for us.”

Whitney Erickson Whitney Erickson ’23 Elementary education major from Story City, Iowa

Whitney's story

“I’ve grown through being exposed to so many cultures and new ideas. It made me more well-rounded and rooted in my faith and beliefs.”

Reid Seelhammer Reid Seelhammer ’21 Business administration major from Chatfield, Minnesota

Reid's story

“I chose NWC because of the intentionality of the professors, staff and students. Northwestern pushes students to grow into world changers through academic and spiritual leadership.”

Lydia Pearson Lydia Pearson ’22 Spanish and social work major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Lydia's story

“Northwestern provides an incredible education that puts students well on their way to achieving their goals.”

Erica Hulsing Erica Hulsing ’21 Sport management and accounting major from Grinnell, Iowa

Erica'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 ’22 History major from Lynden, Washington

Colin's story

“Besides gaining knowledge at Northwestern, I have gained maturity. ”

Wilfredo Almendarez Wilfredo Almendarez ’22 Political science major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Wilfredo's story

“My favorite part of Northwestern is the relationships I've built here. The love of Christ radiates through every person on campus, and all the Christ-centered friendships I've made reflect that love and have encouraged my spiritual growth.”

Schuyler Sterk Schuyler Sterk ’21 English teaching major from Belle Plaine, Minnesota

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