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Students who transfer to Northwestern say our college is exceptionally welcoming and easy to fit into. Regardless of your reason for transferring—whether you’re graduating from a community college or want to find a college that’s a better fit for you—we’ll do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition. 

On average, between 50 and 60 students transfer to Northwestern each year. We accept all qualified courses from your previous institution(s). If you are transferring in 30 or more credits, you need to complete your final 30 credits at NWC in order to receive a Northwestern College diploma.

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You’ve been working hard in college.
Find out what your scholarship payoff will be when you transfer to Northwestern. Your college GPA may qualify you for a scholarship ranging from $7,500 to $12,500 per year that you’ll receive automatically when you apply, get accepted and enroll.

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Real. Smart. Christian.
Authentic community. Excellent academics. Christ-centered learning. That’s Northwestern College.

We our studentsand our students love us

“The faith-based education, the friendliness of everyone I met, and the tight-knit community that makes up Northwestern weren’t found at the other schools I looked at. ”

Hope De Ruyter Hope De Ruyter ’19 Psychology major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Hope's story

“The classes I have taken have not only challenged me to grow as a person, but have opened up doors to a number of different opportunities after college.”

Connor Sams Connor Sams ’'18 Public Relations major from Monrovia, California

Connor's story

“Though the coursework in the sciences is often difficult, Northwestern has created an environment that fosters learning and enables students to be successful. ”

Matt Hillman Matt Hillman ’18 Biology health professions major from Post Falls, Idaho

Matt's story

“Besides an education, I have gained meaningful relationships with my professors and peers at Northwestern. I have also gained a broader understanding of my place in the world both as a Christian and a scientist. ”

Peace Preston Peace Preston ’'19 Chemistry major from Spencer, Iowa

Peace's story

“Being in a setting like Northwestern, where faith is incorporated into essentially every aspect of campus life, has really helped strengthen my faith. ”

Nnenna Nwaelugo Nnenna Nwaelugo ’19 Biology health professions major from Aboh-Mbaise, Nigeria

Nnenna's story

Jose Leon

Crunching the numbers

Jose Leon attended a nearby community college to earn an associate's degree before transferring to Northwestern. Now, he’s majoring in business administration/finance and marketing at Northwestern and is on track to become a certified financial planner after graduation.

Jose's story

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