Why Northwestern?

Your success starts here. As Iowa’s Standout Christian College, Northwestern offers you an exceptional academic experience in a community where you’ll be known and be prepared to lead a life of significance.

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Northwestern consistently receives top honors for academic excellence, campus life and safety, and graduate success. U.S. News says NWC is a best-value school, Princeton Review ranks us “Best in the Midwest” and Forbes includes us on their list of “America’s Best Colleges.”

Academic excellence

Our graduates record standout scores in pre-med, nursing, accounting, psychology and more. Our 135+ academic programs offer opportunities like elite research and plenty of career-readiness, service and internship experiences. With small class sizes, you will have access to faculty and the freedom to customize your own academic path.

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Graduate success

99% of recent grads got jobs or started grad school within 6 months of graduating. Our grads are working at places like Apple, EY (Ernst & Young), Google, the Mayo Clinic, Principal Financial and more.


Grow spiritually

Our world needs Christians who are smart and strong. Courageous and faithful. Leaders and servants. Preparing Christians with that kind of character is our mission. And that’s why Christianity Today has called Northwestern a “best college for spiritual enrichment.”

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You belong in Raider Nation

“Community” is a word students often use to describe life at Northwestern. We’ve been named a Top 5 college for NAIA student-athletes, and we offer more than 10 musical ensembles and produce 6+ theatre shows per year. With 50+ clubs and organizations, you’ll find your fit.

Northwestern student satisfaction scores outrank competitors’ for personal attention, academic reputation, school spirit and belonging.

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Northwestern is ranked in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in College Factual’s list of the "Best Colleges for the Money." 100% of our students receive financial aid, with an average package of $30,000.

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Vibrant community life

Orange City (pop. 6,000) has been called one of the nation's "Top 10 Christian College Towns." It's also known as safe, clean and friendly, offering students easy access to shops, restaurants, movie theatres, parks and trails.

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

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