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.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 8-9, 2023

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

Fall Raider Nation Orientation: Aug. 18-20, 2023

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. 18.

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Get to know the faculty, staff and students who will
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We our studentsand our students love us

““I want to care for people and help in a way that is fair and just for everyone, because God made us all in his image.””

Sonia Vasilyeva Sonia Vasilyeva’22 M.S., Physician Assistant Studies major from Eagan, Minnesota

Sonia's story

“Northwestern calls us to something higher and deeper than our own motives and focuses?it’s a place where we can strive to live the lives God desires for us.”

James Stoscher James Stoscher’23 Worship Arts major from Erseka, Albania

James'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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“"I have grown a tremendous amount during my time at Northwestern, developing into a leader and an active learner."”

Austin Dixon Austin Dixon’23 Music major from George, Iowa

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“The relationships I’ve gained during my time at Northwestern have been greater than I could have ever imagined. I’ll leave Northwestern with connections I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”

Trey Harms Trey Harms Spanish major from Aberdeen, South Dakota

Trey'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 Elementary education major from Story City, Iowa

Whitney's story

“Students get very personal care in Northwestern’s agribusiness program. We get extensive hands-on experience and take many field trips to prepare us for the growing, innovative field of agribusiness.”

Kaylynn Ridgely Kaylynn Ridgely Agricultural Business major from Rockwell City, Iowa

Kaylynn's story

“The community of Northwestern is unlike anything I've ever experienced. From professors and coaches to fellow students and cafeteria workers, I’ve formed truly special connections at Northwestern.”

Dylan Kirkeby Dylan Kirkeby Biophysics major from Brandon, South Dakota

Dylan's story

“Northwestern is well-known for the strength of its science programs, so I knew I would be challenged and well-prepared by the biology department. ”

Garrett Raymon Garrett Raymon Biology-Ecological Science major from Hills, Minnesota

Garrett's story

“Northwestern pushed me out of my comfort zone and enabled me to develop relationships with great people. The memories I have made with these lifelong friends is the biggest thing I am thankful for at Northwestern.”

Emily Strasser Emily Strasser Physical Education major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Emily's story

“The faculty in the computer science department are fantastic. They do a great job of pushing students to find solutions on their own while also helping them when appropriate.”

Parker Van Kley Parker Van Kley Software Engineering major from Orange City, Iowa

Parker's story

“One of the things I most appreciate about the Northwestern business department is its commitment to excellence and student understanding.”

Brian VandenBerg Brian VandenBerg’23 Business-Finance major from Mason City, Iowa

Brian'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

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

Daniel Mills Daniel Mills’23 NEXT Program major from Blackstone, Massachusetts

Daniel's story

“I love that Northwestern has become a second home and that no matter what, I’ll always have people who support me like family.”

Hayden Lee Hayden Lee Social Work major from Long Beach, California

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