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. Learn more

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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Students choose NWC for standout academics,
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ways you’ll enrich our campus community.

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“The professors in the psychology department are approachable, intentional and helpful. They are always willing to help students on an individual basis, whether it pertains to class or not. ”

Amelia Holt Amelia Holt Psychology major from Omaha, Nebraska

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“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 Biochemistry major from Kalona, Iowa

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“I’ve had unprecedented opportunities, and I have peace when thinking about my future because I am confident I will be well equipped for life after college.”

Emily Rozendaal Emily Rozendaal Biblical and Theological Studies major from Sully, Iowa

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

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

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“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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“Northwestern's faculty and staff helped me feel supported and welcomed right away, and I’ve come to them for guidance whenever I’ve needed help.”

Stephanie Riveros Munoz Stephanie Riveros Munoz Social Work and Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation major from Orange City, Iowa

Stephanie'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

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“I believe Northwestern students form more meaningful relationships than they would find anywhere else.”

Ty Martens Ty Martens Business Administration major from Elizabeth, Colorado

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“The nursing program at Northwestern has been such a blessing to me. Not only do the courses challenge me academically, but they also are taught by incredible professors who really care about every student”

Jackson Henry Jackson Henry Nursing major from Kailua, Hawaii

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““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

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“I appreciate the application of our statistics classes to the real world. Dr. Huffman and Dr. Schon both have experience working for reputable companies in the field of statistics, so it’s always interesting to hear how what we’re learning might play out in everyday situations.”

Hailey Louw Hailey Louw Statistics major from Story City, Iowa

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“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

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“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

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“At Northwestern, I’m not just one in a thousand; I’m known and have friends in all areas of activities. It’s truly a community of people who care about and support each other.”

Becca Nevin Becca Nevin Sport management major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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“The business department at Northwestern is incredible. My adviser helped me navigate quite the puzzle of a schedule, given my many interests. ”

Noah Roisum Noah Roisum Business Administration/International Business and Political Science major from Rapid City, South Dakota

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