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.

Spring Raider Nation Orientation: Jan. 9-10, 2022

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

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.

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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

“Northwestern faculty are amazing to learn from. They have so many insights about the topics we’re learning about, which make classes interesting and engaging. ”

Jadeyn Veltkamp Jadeyn Veltkamp ’23 Public relations major from Orange City, Iowa

Jadeyn's story

“At Northwestern, God has provided me with an excellent academic experience, a beautifully Christ-centered community, and a place that has grown and challenged my faith. ”

Faith Tyrell Faith Tyrell ’23 Graphic Design major from Marshalltown, Iowa

Faith's story

“I’ve always liked helping others in need. Not only does helping people in the tutor center give me satisfaction, but the part I love the most is when the student leaves the center understanding the topic.”

Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ’21 Biology–health professions major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Sammy's story

“I really love the idea of interdisciplinary study that the Honors Program offers. This really interests me because my majors are so different, and because I love to learn as much as I can. In fact, I wanted to major in four or five disciplines, but that’s not feasible, so instead I enrolled in the Honors Program because it promises experience in fields outside of your own, which is really cool.”

Landon Van Berkum Landon Van Berkum ’22 Computer science and history major from Everson, Washington

Landon's story

“At Northwestern, I'm gaining a better and broader worldview. If your education doesn't change the way you live, then something is wrong. Northwestern changes lives.”

Josh Fischer Josh Fischer ’21 Computer science major from Cutler Bay, Florida

Josh's story

“I have gained so many more things from Northwestern than just a fabulous education. I have grown in my faith every year, I have met incredible friends—including my wife—and established relationships that will last a lifetime, and I have grown in my musical skills. Northwestern is truly an amazing college.”

Joel Van Peursem Joel Van Peursem ’21 Music and secondary education major from Vermillion, South Dakota

Joel's story

“Northwestern faculty and staff do a great job of challenging me. They hold high standards that are achievable and attainable. ”

Taylor VanderVelde Taylor VanderVelde ’22 Biology-health professions major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Taylor'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 ’23 Chemistry major from Urbandale, Iowa

Kip's story

“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 ’24 English Teaching major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Elyssa's story

“I encourage students to attend Northwestern if they’re looking for a place where they can stand out. The wonderful thing about Northwestern is that it is really easy to find your niche and form lasting friendships.”

Sofia Schaeffer Sofia Schaeffer ’22 Theatre major from Spearfish, South Dakota

Sofia's story

“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 ’22 Biology-health professions major from Sioux Center, Iowa

Samantha's story

“I’ve always liked helping others in need. Not only does helping people in the tutor center give me satisfaction, but the part I love the most is when the student leaves the center understanding the topic.”

Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ’21 Biology–health professions major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Sammy's story

“If you’re looking to grow during your college years, choose Northwestern.”

Libby Ven Huizen Libby Ven Huizen ’21 Worship arts major from Sheldon, Iowa

Libby'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 ’22 Mathematics major from Sheldon, Iowa

Steve's story

“Studying political science has strengthened my faith, as it has highlighted the importance of knowing what you believe in the political realm.”

Maya Hall Maya Hall ’21 Political science and social work major from Kalona, Iowa

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