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.

Midyear Orientation: Jan. 4, 2021

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

Fall Orientation: Aug. 20-22, 2021

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. 20.

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You’ve worked hard in high school.
To reward you, we offer academic scholarships from $8,000 to $18,000. Visit our scholarships webpage to get an idea of what 4-year academic scholarship you’ll automatically receive when you apply, get accepted and enroll.

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Standout stories
Recent grads talk about what they learned at
Northwestern, what they loved about Raider Nation,
and how they hope to lead lives of significance.

Meet our grads

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I Northwestern
Our students love Raider Nation. They love the tight-knit community, their classes and professors, and opportunities to grow as Christians. They love feeling like they belong. See for yourself. You’ll love it.

We our studentsand our students love us

“Northwestern is full of genuine people because the ethos of campus encourages everyone to get out there and just be yourself. I love that. In Hospers Hall we have a saying, ”

Kitrick Fynaardt Kitrick Fynaardt ’21 Math and computer science major from Alton, Iowa

Kitrick's story

“At Northwestern I’ve gained relationships that will last a lifetime. It took less than a couple of hours on campus for me to meet someone who is now one of my best friends. And from there I found countless other friends who I know will be there for me at any time in my life.”

Chris Ten Pas Chris Ten Pas ’21 Criminal justice major from Oostburg, Wisconsin

Chris's story

“I’ve always liked helping others in need. Not only does helping people in the tutor center give me satisfaction, but the part I love the most is when the student leaves the center understanding the topic.”

Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ’21 Biology–health professions major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Sammy's story

“I’ve grown as a person in every way at Northwestern—academically, emotionally and spiritually. I’ve learned so much about myself, others and the world around me. Northwestern is a beautiful, fun and safe place that truly changes students’ lives if they let it.”

Samantha Olson Samantha Olson ’22 Biology-health professions major from Sioux Center, Iowa

Samantha'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 ’22 Biology-health professions major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Taylor'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 ’23 Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship Arts major from Choluteca, Honduras

Celina's story

“All of my professors have been extremely invested in both my learning and in my life. They are all passionate about both science and their faith, and they are always willing to field questions about either of these things.”

Noah Gritters Noah Gritters ’21 Biology–health professions, chemistry and mathematics major from Pella, Iowa

Noah's story

“Northwestern provides an incredible education that puts students well on their way to achieving their goals.”

Erica Hulsing Erica Hulsing ’21 Sport management and accounting major from Grinnell, Iowa

Erica's story

“Besides gaining knowledge at Northwestern, I have gained maturity. ”

Wilfredo Almendarez Wilfredo Almendarez ’22 Political science major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Wilfredo'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 ’22 Social work major from Long Beach, California

Hayden's story

“I applied to be part of the Honors Program for several reasons, one being that I wished to give myself the best opportunity to be pushed and to strive to achieve the highest of honors. To not challenge myself at this stage would feel as though I’m selling myself short. What makes this program even more desirable is the faculty; I appreciate that my professors are scholars who wish to promote the growth of each student.”

Jonathan Johnson Jonathan Johnson ’21 Business administration and psychology major from Bellflower, California

Jonathan's story

“I chose NWC because of the intentionality of the professors, staff and students. Northwestern pushes students to grow into world changers through academic and spiritual leadership.”

Lydia Pearson Lydia Pearson ’22 Spanish and social work major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Lydia's story

“I encourage students to attend Northwestern if they’re looking for a place where they can stand out. The wonderful thing about Northwestern is that it is really easy to find your niche and form lasting friendships.”

Sofia Schaeffer Sofia Schaeffer ’22 Theatre major from Spearfish, South Dakota

Sofia's story

“I chose Northwestern for the community. I wanted to be at a place where I knew not only my peers, but also the professors and staff. When I visited Northwestern, I could see all the students felt like they belonged, and that is how I wanted to feel.”

Michaela Kleinwolterink Michaela Kleinwolterink ’21 Accounting major from Sheldon, Iowa

Michaela's story

“I’ve always liked helping others in need. Not only does helping people in the tutor center give me satisfaction, but the part I love the most is when the student leaves the center understanding the topic.”

Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ’21 Biology–health professions major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Sammy's story

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