Our mission

Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.

Christian academic community

We care about serving and loving God and each other. Students are accepted here and equipped to become better people in God’s image. Education doesn’t stop after class is dismissed; it’s a 24/7 experience as students learn, live and worship with friends and mentors.

Courageous and faithful learning and living

We don’t shy away from tough issues or questions “off limits” to some Christians, so students might be challenged by new ideas. Through that, their beliefs will become clearer to them—and more important. This is a safe place to explore, and students can trust that their professors are seeking God’s truth.

Pursuing God’s redeeming work

At Northwestern, students learn about God’s world and their call to help redeem it. We’ll prepare them for a successful career, but we’ll also get them ready for an even more important job: leading a faithful life. That will require intelligence, compassion and an education—like Northwestern’s—that teaches both mind and heart.

Our identity

Northwestern College is a Christian college in the Reformed tradition, founded in 1882 and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. We are committed to providing a Christian liberal arts education in the context of community among learners on campus and online. We offer bachelor's degrees in traditional and professional programs, as well as graduate degrees and certificate programs.