Northwestern at a glance

The college

Founded in 1882 by the Reformed Church in America, Northwestern is a 4-year Christian liberal arts college nationally recognized for its academic excellence and integration of faith with learning.

Academic programs

We offer bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, 16 pre-professional programs, and 6 career concentrations.


Our professors are committed Christians devoted to high-quality teaching, scholarship, mentoring and service. 81% of them have doctorates or the equivalent; our student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1.


1,205 students come from 34 states and 23 countries. Nearly 90% of students live on campus in professionally staffed residence halls and apartments.


At the center of Northwestern’s 100-acre campus is Zwemer Hall, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Award-winning buildings include a chapel, theatre and student center. A $14 million learning commons, opened in 2013, contains the college's library, peer learning and writing centers, audiovisual department, archives and special collections, a coffee shop and a spacious lounge.


99% of Northwestern students receive financial aid. While individual awards may vary, the award average is nearly $24,700.


We field 16 intercollegiate athletic teams for men and women in the competitive GPAC conference. Raider teams have claimed 7 NAIA national championships since 2001.


Northwestern is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. We also hold accreditations for these program areas: athletic training, business, education, nursing and social work.

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