Excellence

U.S. News & World Report ranks Northwestern College 6th among 99 Midwestern colleges in our category. Rankings are based on academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, and alumni giving.


Forbes.com ranks Northwestern among the top 10% of the nation's colleges and universities. Forbes, which evaluates institutions based on quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of student debt, ranked NWC as the 8th-best college in Iowa and 417th overall out of 2,770 four-year schools. Only 14 Iowa colleges and universities were chosen as "America's Best Colleges" by Forbes.com.


Princeton Review lists Northwestern among 155 institutions selected for its "Best in the Midwest" designation, based on student opinion. In the survey, our students praised the college's integration of faith and learning, tight-knit community, caring professors, small class sizes, opportunities for involvement, and commitment to diversity.


Washington Monthly ranks Northwestern as the sixth-best baccalaureate college in the nation based on our commitment to social mobility, service and research. Factors figuring into the rankings include the number of bachelor's degree recipients who go on to earn doctoral degrees and the institution's commitment to community service.


President's Honor RollThe President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll lists Northwestern for the seventh consecutive year among U.S. institutions whose students display exceptional commitment to community service. Last year 521 NWC students were involved in community service in Orange City and around the U.S. Another 586 students were engaged in academic service-learning, putting classroom knowledge into practice by helping area agencies and businesses.


CBSNews.com lists Northwestern 5th in a ranking of "25 Colleges with the Best Professors"—ahead of every Ivy League school and all state universities. The ranking was based on data compiled by Forbes magazine using the website RateMyProfessors.com.


Rugg's Recommendations on the Colleges touts 21 Northwestern academic programs as "quality departments at a quality college."


TheBestSchools.org includes Northwestern in its list of "The 15 Best Colleges for Studying the Bible." The only school in Iowa on the list, NWC was among those chosen for their "commitment to sound Christian education, vital campus life, outstanding faculty, academic excellence and … impressive Bible curriculum."


For the fifth consecutive year, the Groundwater Foundation has named Northwestern a Groundwater Guardian Green Site in recognition of our care for the environment. NWC is one of only 5 colleges nationwide to receive the designation.


American School and University magazine selected Northwestern's renovated Rowenhorst Student Center for their "Outstanding Design" showcase. Our student center holds three design awards. Northwestern's 100-acre campus also includes an award-winning chapel and theatre arts center.


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