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Northwestern College Stats, Info and Facts

Quick Facts

1,243 Students

68% Admitted

  • 1,243 full time
  • 54 part time
  • 493 men full time
  • 696 women full time
  • 1,421 applied
  • 1,057 admitted
  • 324 enrolled

1,041 Undergraduates

$29,300 Tuition/Year

  • 46 Non-Degree
  • $29,300 in state
  • $200 fees
  • $9,200 room & board
  • $1,300 books and supplies

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At a Glance

Religious affiliation: Reformed Church in America
Institution Type: Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting: Plains Town, distant from an urban area
Highest Degree Offered: Master's degree
Level of Institution: Four or more years
Calendar: Semester
Reviews in 3 Sentences
  • Clarissa
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  • Northwestern has great community. The professors are very interested in their students. The college pushes students to achieve success.…

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  • Tamara from Sundance, WY
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  • Northwestern is a great place to meet new people and make new friends. They are very community oriented and love helping new students become acquainted with each other and the…

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  • Justina from Orange City
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  • Northwestern is perfect for people who are looking for a close community! The classes are small, professors are great, and the dorm life is a ton of fun! It's a…

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Mission Statement

Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.

Northwestern College
  • Located in Orange City, IA
  • Private not-for-profit
  • 1,243 students enrolled
  • 68% admitted
  • $29,300 annual cost to attend


Student Responses to Review Topic: Am I Enjoying Being Here
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  • Meghan from Yankton, SD
  • I am a current student here

    I love it here!!! From the moment I stepped on to campus when I was visiting that first time in high school, I felt that like place could be somewhere that felt like home. Now in my third year, this place DOES feel like home. My friends have become like family to me. People care about each other. My professors want to know me as a person, not just another face in the classroom. There are always activities going on around campus during the weekends. There might be concerts or a dance or a game night. There are events like Bingo night where you dress-up as an old person, speed dating which is just a funny way to get to know some other people, NBDC (Northwestern's Best Dance Crew) which is groups of students who choreograph dances and compete for the top spot, and so much more! The dorms also do activities like having bonfires or inviting speakers to come. Within the dorm, individual wings plan events to help build community among those living together. The campus also has a strong Christian feel to it. There is chapel on most days of the week as well as a student-led praise and worship service on Sunday nights. There are Discipleship Groups in each dorm that are like Bible studies with those you live with. Professors bring God into the classroom, too. People feel free to talk about God and are respected for different beliefs they may hold. The word community is thrown around a lot here, (some may say too much) but it describes the environment so well! I know I am where God wants me to be right now in my life.

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  • Jamiella
  • I am a past student here

    COMMUNITY! There is no place on Earth like this college. There is not a day that goes by that I don't reminisce of days at Northwestern. There was not a single thing I would change. I was genuinely loved and accepted by my peers, I was encouraged in my dreams, and supported through the trials and tribulations of life. The community at Northwestern is hard to explain, but is the type that everyone essentially needs in life.

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  • Nikki
  • I am a current student here

    I have made a ton of friends the first week here! And everyday I am still making friends.

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  • Laura from Gretna, NE
  • I am a current student here

    There is ALWAYS something going on and so much to be involved in. The very first weekend following Freshmen Orientation is full with events for the notorious CLASH of the CLASSES in which each class competes for braggin' rights. (In 2010-11, the freshman class dominated for the first time in school history.) It doesn't stop there, high profile entertainers - think Hawk Nelson, Tim Halperin, David Dunn and the like - are brought in on a regular basis to provide concerts FREE of charge. Concerts aren't the only outlet offered. An annual dance crew competition called NBDC (Northwestern's Best Dance Crew) brings in a professional crew from the real ABDC (America's Best Dance Crew) to act as judges for crews NW students put together. Shortly after NBDC, it's time for NCDC Extreme; the American Idol-esque competition that pits talented Northwestern vocalists against, rival and neighboring school, Dordt College. The prize? $500. Northwestern College sophomore, Nicole Northquest, walked away with the cash at this year's competition. If dances are your thing, don't worry, Ndub (the well-known and beloved nickname for Northwestern) has plenty of them. Impromptu dance parties occur nearly every night...ya' just gotta listen for the location and go! Organized dances are also held at Homecoming and Winter Formal. These events are well attended and an absolute blast to be a part of! Events quiet down for the fall semester following NCDC, but be ready to jump right back in the swing of things following Christmas Break for RUSH, a student led and produced dance production held annually. Everyone who auditions is cast, and experience levels range from beginner to Broadway performer. The Student Activities Council (SAC), headed by Lori Couch, does an excellent job in coming up with and promoting exciting events. It's rare for a student not to attend an event held by the SAC. Most of these are free of charge, but a few require a small fee; generally nothing more than $3. Many students find themselves way overbooked and having to scale back plans in order to complete their responsibilities. Events planned by the SAC are not the only social outlets available to students. A plethora of activities are scheduled within your wing and dorm. These events are also usually well attended. Campus ministries also offers numerous bible studies, outreach opportunities and other ways to give back to the community weekly.

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