Directions to NWC

Northwestern College is located in Orange City, a community of 6,000 people in the northwest corner of Iowa. Our GPS coordinates are 43.000053° (LAT), -96.058238° (LON).

Driving directions

From Interstate 29

From the north, take the Beresford, South Dakota, exit (Exit 47) and turn east on S.D. Highway 46. Follow the highway approximately 17 miles as it turns south and becomes Iowa Highway 10 entering Iowa. In Hawarden, look for the sign for Highway 10 East and Orange City and turn left (east) onto Highway 10. Orange City is approximately 20 miles east of Hawarden. Highway 10 intersects Northwestern’s campus. Once you are in Orange City, turn left (north) onto Albany Avenue at the first stop light. Go one block and turn left (west) onto 6th Street SE. Drive one more block and you'll reach the entrance to Northwestern's campus. Enter the boulevard and park in the lot on your right, just north of the DeWitt Learning Commons, where there is reserved parking for admissions guests. The admissions office is in Zwemer Hall, the historic building with towers on the south side of the green.

From the south, take the Iowa Highway 75/20 bypass (Exit 144A) on the south side of Sioux City and follow U.S. Highway 75 north to Le Mars. Stay on the four-lane divided highway as it bypasses Le Mars and becomes U.S. Highway 60 on the north side of town. Travel another 10 miles on Highway 60 until you reach Carnes and turn left (north) onto county road K64 for five miles to Orange City. Northwestern College is at the intersection of K64/Albany Avenue and Highway 10. Continue on through the stop light at that intersection for one block and turn left (west) onto 6th Street SE. Drive one more block and you'll reach the entrance to Northwestern's campus. Enter the boulevard and park in the lot on your right, just north of the DeWitt Learning Commons, where there is reserved parking for admissions guests. The admissions office is in Zwemer Hall, the historic building with towers on the south side of the green.

From Interstate 80

Take Interstate 29 north and follow the above directions.

From Interstate 90

From the east, take the first Worthington, Minnesota, exit (Exit 45) and head south on Minnesota Highway 60. Take Highway 60 approximately 50 miles south to Alton and turn west on Iowa Highway 10 for three miles to Orange City. Northwestern College is at the intersection of Highway 10 and Albany Avenue. At the stoplight at that intersection, turn right (north) onto Albany Avenue, go one block, and turn left (west) onto 6th Street SE. Drive one more block and you'll reach the entrance to Northwestern's campus. Enter the boulevard and park in the lot on your right, just north of the DeWitt Learning Commons, where there is reserved parking for admissions guests. The admissions office is in Zwemer Hall, the historic building with towers on the south side of the green.

Driving distances

City Distance
Chicago, IL 590 miles (approximately 9.5 hours)
Davenport, IA 410 miles (6.5 hours)
Des Moines, IA 240 miles (4 hours)
Fargo, ND 315 miles (4.5 hours)
Kansas City, MO 325 miles (5 hours)
Minneapolis, MN 250 miles (4 hours)
Omaha, NE 150 miles (2.25 hours)
Rapid City, SD 420 miles (6 hours)
Sioux City, IA 45 miles (45 minutes)
Sioux Falls, SD 70 miles (1.25 hours)

Flying to Orange City

If you’re a prospective student visiting during the school year, we’ll be happy to pick you up from either the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, or Sioux City, Iowa, airports, provided you give us at least five working days advance notice. Just let us know your airline and flight number, as well as the date and time of your arrival and/or departure.

Airfare reimbursement

Northwestern College reimburses prospective students for the cost of an airline ticket purchased to visit NWC, up to a maximum amount of $300. The reimbursement must be requested within one month of the visit.

  1. Reimbursement is for airfare only and does not include baggage fees. Northwestern will process your reimbursement once you are accepted for admission.
  2. You must stay overnight on campus in order to be eligible for airfare reimbursement. If your trip includes a visit to another college, Northwestern will pay up to $150—excluding baggage fees—for your ticket.
  3. Only high school juniors and seniors and transfer students are eligible for the one-time flight reimbursement. Additional visits will be at the student's own expense.
  4. Northwestern doesn't reimburse for tickets of traveling companions.
  5. Northwestern will provide transportation to and from the Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Sioux City, Iowa, airports during the school year. If your trip includes a visit to another college, we will provide one way of the transportation. We don't provide ground transportation for flights into Omaha, Nebraska.


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