International students

We offer international students a world-class education in the heart of the U.S.A. Northwestern College is a Christian liberal arts, university-level institution in the midwestern United States. Faculty and students integrate academic study, community and service for a high-quality education that develops students’ intellect and character.

Liberal arts

In the liberal arts tradition of universities like Harvard, Yale and Princeton, Northwestern believes that successful students are those who learn to think about the connections between their field of study and other disciplines. So in addition to your major classes, you will also take classes in art, history, psychology and other fields as you work toward your degree.


Northwestern welcomes students from all religious backgrounds. As a Christian college, we seek to integrate discussions of beliefs, ethics and values with learning in and outside of class.

For the second consecutive year, Northwestern College is ranked in a tie for fourth among Midwestern baccalaureate colleges in U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guidebook. Learn more


STUDENT SPOTLIGHTMawuli MacDonald Mawuli first heard about Northwestern through a group of college advisors at the U.S. embassy in Ghana. After traveling over 25 hours to Orange City, Mawuli has made the most of his experience at Northwestern. More …