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As a transfer student, you’ll find your previous hard work recognized and appreciated by NWC. You'll also discover a welcoming community that's committed to making your transition as smooth as possible, whether you're graduating from a community college or just want to find a college that's a better fit. 

Our commitment includes generous financial aid for transfer students—as much as $14,000 per year in academic scholarships, depending on your college GPA.

Transfer student scholarships

(for students enrolled in Northwestern's on-campus undergraduate programs)

3.8 to 4.0 GPA  $14,000/year Presidential Scholarship  (renewable if you maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA) 
3.4 to 3.79 $12,000/year Collegiate Scholarship  (renewable if you maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA)
3.0 to 3.39 $10,000/year Academic Achievement Scholarship  (renewable if you maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA)

Associate′s degree policy

If you're a community college graduate with one of the associate’s degrees listed below, you automatically meet all of the Northwestern Core (or general education) requirements, with the exception of one Christian Story course and one Senior Seminar course. So instead of worrying about losing credits you’ve worked hard to earn, you can start right in on the requirements for your major. That seamless transfer of courses means you’ll be on your way toward earning your bachelor’s degree—and achieving your educational and career goals—faster and more efficiently.

  • The associate's degree policy applies to transfer students with an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • If you’ve taken a religion course equivalent to Northwestern’s Christian Story course, then that requirement is met as well.
  • While we’ll consider your Northwestern Core requirements complete if you have an associate’s degree, we will transfer in only 100-level or above courses for which you have earned a grade of C or higher. All students are required to have a minimum of 124 earned credits in order to graduate.
  • Your final 30 credits need to be completed at NWC in order to receive a Northwestern College diploma.

Online degree-completion programs

In addition to our traditional on-campus academic programs, Northwestern offers two online programs specifically designed for students with an associate’s degree:

  • The RN-to-BSN program was created for registered nurses who need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to advance in their careers.
  • The Early Childhood B.A. degree prepares graduates for early childhood education roles, including paraprofessional and lead teacher positions.

Learn more

For more information about transferring to Northwestern College, contact:

To apply:

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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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“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

“I love that I have professors ready to teach me and answer all of my harebrained questions, but who I can also call my mentors and friends.”

Steven Clark Steven Clark ’18 religion major from Belmond, Iowa

Steven's story

“This program makes sure that when we graduate with a degree in education, we are sharp, elite, and can perform the way teachers are supposed to: like heroes without the cape.”

Stephan Sanford Stephan Sanford ’18 Physical education major from Pomona, California

Stephan's story

“I’ve learned through studying theatre at Northwestern that God speaks to us through stories, and we can seek God and glorify him through using our talents to tell stories to connect with other people. ”

Rebecca Ochoa Rebecca Ochoa ’'19 Theatre major from Cedar Falls, Iowa

Rebecca's story

“Nursing is a profession that allows me to mix my love of science and service with compassion for people. ”

Jessica Howe Jessica Howe ’17 Nursing major from Orange City, Iowa

Jessica's story

Dabby Anyadike

Pitch perfect

A transfer from a Los Angeles community college, Dabby says Northwestern’s helpful staff made the transfer process go smoothly, and he’s been impressed with the friendly and welcoming professors.

Dabby's story

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