This is Raider Nation

Our students are smart. Committed. And ready to be part of God’s work in the world.

Landon Van Berkum

Landon Computer science and history

Northwestern’s size and sense of community led Landon here, but it's the faculty and learning opportunities that continue to impress him as a student. Right now, Landon is considering grad school to become a history professor.

Jonathan Johnson

Jonathan Business administration and psychology

Jonathan came to Northwestern from California and joined the Honors Program partway through his college career to increase his learning and competitive advantage for eventual employment or graduate school.

Josh Fischer

Josh Computer science

Josh enjoys writing code and solving complex problems. What he loves most, though, are the relationships he has with his computer science professors and peers.

Joel Van Peursem

Joel Music and secondary education

If a Northwestern College music ensemble is playing, there’s a good chance Joel is part of it. A music and secondary education major, he plans to become a high school band director after graduation.

Samantha Olson

Samantha Biology-health professions

When looking at career options, Samantha discovered her love for math and science align with the skills needed for biomedical engineering.

Ali Almail

Ali Art and genetics, molecular and cellular biology

A double major, Ali aspires to be a physician scientist, and he says studying art improves his skills as a scientist.

Libby Ven Huizen

Libby Worship arts

Libby found that worship arts combines all of her passions: music, theology and theatre.

Sammy Blum

Sammy Biology–health professions

Sammy uses the Peer Learning Center herself. She loves the satisfaction that comes when someone leaves a tutoring session confident in their knowledge or homework.

Taylor VanderVelde

Taylor Biology-health professions

Taylor appreciates how Northwestern sets high academic standards that will prepare her well for medical school.

Jadeyn Veltkamp

Jadeyn Public relations

Jadeyn hopes to work in event planning and fundraising, with her sights set on one day starting a nonprofit to assist people who have been rescued from human trafficking.

Sofia Schaeffer

Sofia Theatre

Sofia is grateful for how Northwestern's theatre department is preparing her not only for a career in performance, but also many other areas of theatre work.

Hayden Lee

Hayden Social work

Hayden hopes to serve as an advocate for people in need, aiming to improve their lives and circumstances.

Colin Kaemingk

Colin History

Colin's lifelong love of history has led him to want to bring the past to life for students.

Jacob Lynott

Jacob Nursing

Jacob became interested in health care at a young age, as both his mother and grandmother were nurses. Through their examples, he realized that he, too, enjoys helping people be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.

Karlveon Ford

Karlveon Business Administration

With the hands-on experience Karlveon has received as a business administration major and entrepreneurship minor, he feels well prepared to become a real estate agent in the Phoenix area following graduation.

Dylan Kirkeby

Dylan Biophysics

A biophysics major, Dylan says his professors have helped him understand that the learning process is more important than any grade he might receive.

Faith Tyrell

Faith Graphic Design

Faith’s experiences as an art student have given her versatility in multiple art forms, styles and techniques. In the future, she hopes to illustrate children’s books for a Christian publishing company.

Madelynn Harre

Madelynn English Teaching

Madelynn Harre is an English teaching major with a heart for words and exploring God’s world. She appreciates how her English courses have widened her perspective on diverse cultural backgrounds.

Manuel Jaramillo

Manuel Criminal Justice

Wrestling brought Manuel to Northwestern, where he is majoring in criminal justice and preparing to become a probation officer.

Steve Van Meeteren

Steve Mathematics

Studying math has strengthened Steven’s faith and taught him how to identify sound reasoning and false assumptions—skills that will be useful not only in his future career as a physician, but also in life.

Kip Cullinan

Kip Chemistry

Kip appreciates the academic rigor of Northwestern’s science curriculum and feels it will set him apart on his journey to become an orthopedic surgeon.

Lydia Wissink

Lydia Secondary education

The many field experiences Lydia has had as a secondary education major have helped her feel prepared for the day she’ll have her own classroom.

Maya Hall

Maya Political science and social work

Maya’s concern for human rights is the motivation for her double majors in political science and social work. She eventually wants to work for a government agency serving refugees, immigrants, migrants and orphans.

Emily Erck

Emily Public relations and marketing

A campus tour guide who remembered her when she returned to Northwestern for a second visit is one of the reasons Emily decided to transfer to NWC. Even though she transferred in the middle of a school year, she found it easy to make friends and get involved.

Elyssa Tang

Elyssa English Teaching

Though she is 9,000 miles from home, international student Elyssa has found a second family at Northwestern as she prepares to become an English teacher.

Emily Hurley

Emily Exercise Science

Spending a semester studying in Ireland helped Emily expand her worldview and grow in confidence.

Amelia Holt

Amelia Psychology

An aspiring art therapist, Amelia appreciates her psychology professors’ support of her research and believes she will be well prepared for grad school.

James Stoscher

James Worship Arts

James Stoscher values the time he and fellow worship arts majors spend studying Scripture and its more practical applications. In the future, he plans to lead worship at a local church and direct band or choir at a school.

Trey Harms

Trey Spanish

Trey is preparing for a career in missions by enhancing his language skills and building relationships with students from all walks of life.

Emily Strasser

Emily Physical Education

A two-sport all-conference athlete, Emily looks forward to becoming a physical education teacher so she can inspire children to become more active.