A Northwestern NEXT participant cheers from the bench while helping to manage the Red Raider volleyball team.

Northwestern NEXT Campus Life & Learning for Students with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

What's next? For many 18- to 24-year olds, it's college or a college-like experience that serves as a transition to independent living, a job and adulthood. Through Northwestern NEXT, students with intellectual or developmental disabilities can participate in campus life and learning at Northwestern College. Our two-year program offers students with disabilities the opportunity to:

  • Live in a college residence hall with a specially selected roommate/peer mentor
  • Participate in campus activities and social events with same-aged peers
  • Take customized classes in practical academics, health and wellness, independent living, and career readiness
  • Audit up to 6 credits per semester of pre-approved courses from the college catalog