Orientation

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. 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.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 7, 2024

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

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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 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

Chau'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

“I would see how God was working in [other guys'] lives, and that allowed me to put in perspective how I wanted to be known and seen by other people.”

Isaac Munoz Isaac Munoz’22 Spanish major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Isaac'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

“During my time at NWC, I’ve become more independent and have learned about myself and about God. I’ve learned how to take charge and make things happen.”

Andrea Freeman Andrea Freeman Computer Science major from Newton, Iowa

Andrea's story

“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

Jackson'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

“I’m learning, being equipped professionally, and growing in my faith. I’m not only absorbing theory, but practicing what is being taught by professors, staff and other students.”

Celina Corrales Celina Corrales Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship Arts major from Choluteca, Honduras

Celina's story

“I chose Northwestern because I believed it was the best college for me to succeed academically. I knew professors wouldn’t try to weed me out, but instead, would help me succeed.”

Steve Van Meeteren Steve Van Meeteren Mathematics major from Sheldon, Iowa

Steve'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’s faculty are amazing. Every professor cares about his or her students and strives to make their college experience special.”

Kip Cullinan Kip Cullinan Chemistry major from Urbandale, Iowa

Kip'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

““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’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

Emily's story

“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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