Ben SchmidtBiology teaching
Bemidji, Minnesota

Changing tracks
After two years at a university in the Pacific Northwest, Ben transferred to Northwestern because he wanted a Christian college with a strong sense of community on campus. He describes his transfer process as “Great!” and appreciates that Northwestern is enabling him to still graduate in four years by accepting all his credits from his former institution.

Tracking right
I wanted to transfer to Northwestern because it’s a small Christian college with big opportunities for growth academically and spiritually. I made the decision to apply after reading about Northwestern’s strong academic programs and high national rankings, but it wasn’t until I arrived on campus that I realized that what really sets Northwestern apart from other colleges is strong community. From day one, I felt a sense of belonging and knew I’d made the right choice.

Smooth move
My transition to Northwestern was great!—easy to apply and easy to sign up for classes. Northwestern accepted all my credits, so I didn’t have to worry about falling behind. The whole process was simple, and whenever I had any questions, my adviser had the answers. Everyone I talked with during the application process was friendly, helpful and seemed sincerely interested in my education.

Science of learning
The more I learn about biology, the more fascinated I am with God’s creation. Learning about the incredible complexity and interconnectedness of life has helped me grow in my faith. I love that the science professors here are serious about integrating faith into academics. With an exceptional biology department that’s rooted in Christian faith, Northwestern is a place where faith and science come together.

Place of faith
I’m making great friends and great memories, but I think one of the most important things I’ve gained at Northwestern is a greater understanding of my faith in God. Northwestern offers so many excellent opportunities for spiritual growth: chapel, Sunday night praise and worship, in-depth theology classes, and spring break mission trips to places all over the U.S. and the world. (I helped repair homes in New Orleans last year.) The professors, fellow students and experiences I’ve had at Northwestern have challenged me to step outside my comfort zone, ask tough questions, and truly learn what it means to be a Christian.

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