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Academic excellence is the No. 1 reason Northwestern is a top-ranked college in the Midwest. But challenge isn’t limited to your classes. Northwestern’s Christian liberal arts education will push you to ask big questions. Consider new ideas. Trust God will lead you to truth.

Professors will come alongside you with guidance and support. Expert scholars and caring mentors, they share your Christian faith and are committed to your intellectual and spiritual growth. Teaching is their passion, and they want to invest in you.

At Northwestern, we won’t tell you what to think as a Christian in today’s world—we’ll teach you how.

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Study and succeed
Northwestern will be the time of your life. And it will prepare you for the rest of it. An average of 96% of Northwestern alumni are employed or in graduate school within 6 months of graduation.

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Don’t just take our word for it. Listen to the experts.

#6 Best Recional Colleges Midwest

U.S. News & World Report ranks Northwestern in a tie for 6th place among 80 Midwestern regional colleges. Rankings are based on academic reputation, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources and student selectivity.

Best Baccalaureate Colleges Washington Monthly

Washington Monthly ranks Northwestern as the 25th-best baccalaureate college in the nation based on our commitment to social mobility, service and research.

Rugg's Recs

Rugg’s recommends 25 NWC programs: actuarial science, athletic training, biochemistry, biology, business, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, ecological science, education, English, exercise science, history, music, music and worship leadership, nursing, philosophy, physics, psychology, public relations, religion, social work, sociology, Spanish and theatre.

Named a best college in the midwest by the Princeton Review

Princeton Review lists Northwestern among 156 institutions selected for its "Best in the Midwest" designation, based on student praise for the college's integration of faith and learning, tight-knit community, caring professors, small class sizes, opportunities for involvement and commitment to diversity.

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