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. 19-21, 2022

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. 19.

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

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

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Students choose NWC for standout academics,
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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

“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

Madelynn'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

Hayden's story

“I love helping people. It’s fun to watch people grow and mature throughout the school year in the classes I tutor. ”

Kaytlyn Keeler Kaytlyn Keeler Biology-Health Professions major from Farson, Wyoming

Kaytlyn'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

“After seeing the college’s new science facilities on a campus visit, I knew that Northwestern was the place where I would have the best experience in science education. ”

Marshall Kleinhesselink Marshall Kleinhesselink Biology/Secondary Education major from Sheldon, Iowa

Marshall's story

“I love how my education classes provide real-world experience in a safe, accommodating environment. These experiences have helped me grow in confidence, so I feel prepared for teaching in a real classroom”

Lydia Wissink Lydia Wissink Secondary Education major from Chisago City, Minnesota

Lydia'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

“My professors have not only helped prepare me for my career as an actuary, they have helped me become a better person.”

Ryan Sjaarda Ryan Sjaarda Actuarial Science major from Valley Springs, South Dakota

Ryan'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

“Northwestern faculty and staff do a great job of challenging me. They hold high standards that are achievable and attainable. ”

Taylor VanderVelde Taylor VanderVelde Biology-Health Professions major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Taylor's story

“The science faculty are all great people. They want to help students succeed—getting you well prepared for not only future schooling but also life.”

Dominick Pickard Dominick Pickard’24 Biochemistry major from Kalona, Iowa

Dominick's story

“My professors share tangible ways they have served the Lord with their talents and expertise, which shows me how I can do the same in the business world.”

Emily Bosch Emily Bosch Business Education, Secondary Education and Accounting major from Ankeny, Iowa

Emily's story

“I’ve grown so much as a person while at Northwestern. There are countless opportunities for leadership development through clubs, Spring Service Partnerships, student government and residence life. ”

Brandon Kjonegaard Brandon Kjonegaard Business Administration/Marketing major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Brandon's story

“In my sociology classes, we reflect upon faith’s impact on our understanding of social problems. This skill of reflection has helped me understand why I believe what I believe. I have also learned how to dig deeper into the Bible to inform my knowledge of biblical truth.”

Caitlin Hornback Caitlin Hornback’24 Sociology major from Winterset, Iowa

Caitlin's story

““I was open to attending Northwestern, because I thought, ‘This is the place I will find God.’””

Chau Le Chau Le’21 Computer Science, Math & Chemistry major from Hanoi, Vietnam

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