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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.

Fall Orientation: Aug. 18-21, 2017

ENVISION, 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. 19.

Midyear Orientation: Jan. 8, 2018

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

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

We our studentsand our students love us

“I wanted a college that would not only challenge me academically and athletically, but spiritually as well. Northwestern does all three! ”

Madison Bertman Madison Bertman ’18 History major from Adel, Iowa

Madison's story

“Being in a setting like Northwestern, where faith is incorporated into essentially every aspect of campus life, has really helped strengthen my faith. ”

Nnenna Nwaelugo Nnenna Nwaelugo ’19 Biology health professions major from Aboh-Mbaise, Nigeria

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“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

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“Studying business has challenged my faith in a variety of ways, and I especially appreciate the business ethics course I took. We were able to discuss difficult scenarios from a Christian perspective, and I have no doubt I will personally encounter many similar situations in my future career.”

TJ Spykstra TJ Spykstra ’17 Business administration/marketing major from Aurora, Colorado

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“I love all the sociology professors and really enjoy their teaching methods. They keep class exciting and interesting.”

Rebecca Quade Rebecca Quade ’18 Criminal justice major from Kingsley, Iowa

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