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. 19-21, 2022

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. 19.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 8-9, 2023

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

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Students choose NWC for standout academics,
strong faith and a sense of belonging.

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ways you’ll enrich our campus community.

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Get to know the faculty, staff and students who will
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We our studentsand our students love us

“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

“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

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“I’ve grown so much as a person while at Northwestern. There are countless opportunities for leadership development through clubs, Spring Service Partnerships, student government and residence life. ”

Brandon Kjonegaard Brandon Kjonegaard Business Administration/Marketing major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Brandon's story

“Northwestern does a great job of providing a community where you can meet incredible people and grow and learn together”

Misael Bruzzone Misael Bruzzone Economics major from Asunción, Paraguay

Misael's story

“My professors have not only helped prepare me for my career as an actuary, they have helped me become a better person.”

Ryan Sjaarda Ryan Sjaarda Actuarial Science major from Valley Springs, South Dakota

Ryan's story

“I love helping people. It’s fun to watch people grow and mature throughout the school year in the classes I tutor. ”

Kaytlyn Keeler Kaytlyn Keeler Biology-Health Professions major from Farson, Wyoming

Kaytlyn's story

“I’ve had unprecedented opportunities, and I have peace when thinking about my future because I am confident I will be well equipped for life after college.”

Emily Rozendaal Emily Rozendaal Biblical and Theological Studies major from Sully, Iowa

Emily's story

“"I have grown a tremendous amount during my time at Northwestern, developing into a leader and an active learner."”

Austin Dixon Austin Dixon’23 Music major from George, Iowa

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“I grew as a person in every way at Northwestern—academically, emotionally and spiritually. I learned so much about myself, others and the world around me. Northwestern is a beautiful, fun and safe place that truly changes students’ lives if they let it.”

Samantha Olson Samantha Olson Biology-Health Professions major from Sioux Center, Iowa

Samantha's story

“During my time at NWC, I’ve become more independent and have learned about myself and about God. I’ve learned how to take charge and make things happen.”

Andrea Freeman Andrea Freeman Computer Science major from Newton, Iowa

Andrea's story

“The relationships I’ve gained during my time at Northwestern have been greater than I could have ever imagined. I’ll leave Northwestern with connections I’ll cherish for a lifetime.”

Trey Harms Trey Harms Spanish major from Aberdeen, South Dakota

Trey's story

“I chose Northwestern because I believed it was the best college for me to succeed academically. I knew professors wouldn’t try to weed me out, but instead, would help me succeed.”

Steve Van Meeteren Steve Van Meeteren Mathematics major from Sheldon, Iowa

Steve's story

“Not only has Northwestern prepared me for my career, but my education has prepared me to live a meaningful life. ”

Jenee Eden Jenee Eden Accounting major from Wesley, Iowa

Jenee's story

“I chose Northwestern because of the people. Students and faculty are very personable and willing to engage in conversation, whether it’s about academics, athletics or campus life. Northwestern makes me feel like I’m at home even when I’m away from home. ”

Jacob Lynott Jacob Lynott Nursing major from Hawarden, Iowa

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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

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