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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

“I visited Northwestern twice before making my decision to attend, and during my second visit, several people recognized and remembered me. Northwestern felt like a place I absolutely fit. Three years later, I still feel the same way.”

Julia VanDyk Julia VanDyk ’17 Theatre major from Ames, Iowa

Julia's story

“I wanted a college that would not only challenge me academically and athletically, but spiritually as well. Northwestern does all three! ”

Madison Bertman Madison Bertman ’18 History major from Adel, Iowa

Madison's story

“As an artist and a Christian, I feel like I'm faced with stereotypes about what can be considered 'Christian art.' Learning to embrace abstract art as a way of glorifying God has challenged me, and so has finding ways to lead people to God through my work.”

Osiris Ordaz Osiris Ordaz ’18 Art and psychology major from Berwyn, Illinois

Osiris'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

“My professors are very caring and want to get to know me outside of class. One of my favorite memories so far has been when I went with the rest of my Calculus 1 class to Professor Westenburg’s house for a Christmas dinner.”

Levi Letsche Levi Letsche ’17 Math major from Marcus, Iowa

Levi's story

Making the switch

A transfer student from Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota, Maddie Rasche explored attending Northwestern after contacting head women’s volleyball coach Kyle Van Den Bosch.

Maddie's story

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