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.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 9-10, 2022

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

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.

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Your success starts here
Students choose NWC for standout academics,
strong faith and a sense of belonging.

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Our investment in you starts with scholarships
that reward your hard work and recognize the
ways you’ll enrich our campus community.

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Inside Raider Nation
Get to know the faculty, staff and students who will
influence you, and alumni who are leading lives
of significance.

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Smart and Strong
Want a standout college that’s strong academically, spiritually, relationally and athletically? Choose Northwestern.

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We our studentsand our students love us

“My professors have been such a blessing to me! Because they are very knowledgeable and approachable, I have enjoyed staying back after class to talk with them or listen to the conversations they have with other students or professors. ”

Elyssa Tang Elyssa Tang ’24 English Teaching major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Elyssa's story

“Being a Raider has changed my life. Coming from California to Orange City was a huge culture shock, but it was the greatest decision I could have made for myself”

Manuel Jaramillo Manuel Jaramillo ’23 Criminal Justice major from Selma, California

Manuel's story

“I really love the idea of interdisciplinary study that the Honors Program offers. This really interests me because my majors are so different, and because I love to learn as much as I can. In fact, I wanted to major in four or five disciplines, but that’s not feasible, so instead I enrolled in the Honors Program because it promises experience in fields outside of your own, which is really cool.”

Landon Van Berkum Landon Van Berkum ’22 Computer science and history major from Everson, Washington

Landon's story

“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 ’23 English Teaching major from Maplewood, Minnesota

Madelynn's story

“I chose Northwestern because of the people. Students and faculty are very personable and willing to engage in conversation, whether it’s about academics, athletics or campus life. Northwestern makes me feel like I’m at home even when I’m away from home. ”

Jacob Lynott Jacob Lynott ’22 Nursing major from Hawarden, Iowa

Jacob'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 ’23 Chemistry major from Urbandale, Iowa

Kip'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 ’21 Computer science major from Newton, Iowa

Andrea'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 ’23 Biology-health professions major from Farson, Wyoming

Kaytlyn'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

“The relationships I’ve gained during my time at Northwestern have been greater than I could have ever imagined. I’ll leave Northwestern with connections I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”

Trey Harms Trey Harms ’22 Spanish major from Aberdeen, South Dakota

Trey's story

“I encourage students to choose Northwestern if they’re seeking intimate learning environments that focus on cultivating connections and interdisciplinary skills.”

Ali Almail Ali Almail ’ Art and genetics, molecular and cellular biology major from Sanad, Bahrain

Ali'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

“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 ’24 Worship Arts major from Erseka, Albania

James's story

“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 ’23 Psychology major from Omaha, Nebraska

Amelia's story

“At Northwestern, God has provided me with an excellent academic experience, a beautifully Christ-centered community, and a place that has grown and challenged my faith. ”

Faith Tyrell Faith Tyrell ’23 Graphic Design major from Marshalltown, Iowa

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