Raider Nation Orientation

We make sure your first Northwestern experiences are welcoming, fun and productive because we know your first days at Northwestern set the tone for your entire four-year college experience. During Raider Nation Orientation, you’ll be guided through all the business of getting your college career started, like confirming your course selections and becoming acquainted with the people and resources that will support your learning both in and out of the classroom. You’ll meet professors, residence life staff and other new students—some of whom will become lifelong friends.

Fall Raider Nation Orientation: Aug. 18-20, 2023

Northwestern’s orientation for students entering college in the fall will be held the weekend before fall semester classes begin. You can begin moving into your dorm room on Friday, Aug. 18.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 7, 2024

Northwestern provides a midyear orientation for students entering NWC at the start of the spring semester. 

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Get to know the faculty, staff and students who will
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“My professors have been such a blessing to me! Because they are very knowledgeable and approachable, I have enjoyed staying back after class to talk with them or listen to the conversations they have with other students or professors. ”

Elyssa Tang Elyssa Tang English Teaching major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Elyssa's story

“Northwestern calls us to something higher and deeper than our own motives and focuses?it’s a place where we can strive to live the lives God desires for us.”

James Stoscher James Stoscher’23 Worship Arts major from Erseka, Albania

James's story

“Besides an education, Northwestern has given me great friends and connected me to a variety of different people”

Linsy Gonzalez Linsy Gonzalez Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation major from Boyden, Iowa

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“One of the things I most appreciate about the Northwestern business department is its commitment to excellence and student understanding.”

Brian VandenBerg Brian VandenBerg’23 Business-Finance major from Mason City, Iowa

Brian's story

“I want to become a certified nursing assistant because I care about people and want to help them feel better. ”

Daniel Mills Daniel Mills NEXT Program major from Blackstone, Massachusetts

Daniel's story

“In my sociology classes, we reflect upon faith’s impact on our understanding of social problems. This skill of reflection has helped me understand why I believe what I believe. I have also learned how to dig deeper into the Bible to inform my knowledge of biblical truth.”

Caitlin Hornback Caitlin Hornback Sociology major from Winterset, Iowa

Caitlin's story

“The community of Northwestern is unlike anything I've ever experienced. From professors and coaches to fellow students and cafeteria workers, I’ve formed truly special connections at Northwestern.”

Dylan Kirkeby Dylan Kirkeby Biophysics major from Brandon, South Dakota

Dylan's story

“From professors in my major to those teaching general education courses, each Northwestern professor has sought to help me flourish at college.”

Aaron Eckmann Aaron Eckmann Political Science major from Cavour, South Dakota

Aaron's story

“The thing I appreciate the most about Northwestern is the people.”

Emma Wilson Emma Wilson Math major from McCallsburg, Iowa

Emma's story

“I love that faculty are willing to see me as a person, and not just as a student. They take time out of their day to help me, even when it is not office hours.”

Caroline Van Berkum Caroline Van Berkum Physics Education major from Antonito, Colorado

Caroline's story

“Northwestern’s faculty are amazing. Every professor cares about his or her students and strives to make their college experience special.”

Kip Cullinan Kip Cullinan Chemistry major from Urbandale, Iowa

Kip's story

“Students get very personal care in Northwestern’s agribusiness program. We get extensive hands-on experience and take many field trips to prepare us for the growing, innovative field of agribusiness.”

Kaylynn Ridgely Kaylynn Ridgely Agricultural Business major from Rockwell City, Iowa

Kaylynn's story

“Northwestern's faculty and staff helped me feel supported and welcomed right away, and I’ve come to them for guidance whenever I’ve needed help.”

Stephanie Riveros Munoz Stephanie Riveros Munoz Social Work and Spanish-English Translation and Interpretation major from Orange City, Iowa

Stephanie's story

“The opportunities Northwestern provides to travel and serve, like the Spring Service Partnerships (SSPs) or study abroad programs, are what I appreciate most about Northwestern. These opportunities allow for students to explore God’s kingdom and grow in faith-filled trust. ”

Madelynn Harre Madelynn Harre English Teaching major from Maplewood, Minnesota

Madelynn's story

““To the King”—which is something casts say before every show—helps me focus on why I do what I do and how my art glorifies God. I never connected those two ideas before I came to Northwestern.”

Madilynn Loats Madilynn Loats Theatre major from Mason City, Iowa

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