Northwestern students participate in orientation.

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 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 Orientation: Aug. 17-20, 2018

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 at noon on Friday, Aug. 17.

Midyear Orientation: Jan. 7, 2019

We also offer a midyear orientation for students entering Northwestern at the start of the spring semester.

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You’ve worked hard in high school.
Find out what your Northwestern College scholarship payoff will be. Tell us your test scores and GPA and we’ll give you an estimate for the 4-year academic scholarship amount you’ll automatically receive when you apply, get accepted and enroll.

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Northwestern students blog about life as Red Raiders. Visit our NWC Stories website to read about what they’re learning and experiencing–and who they’re becoming.

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Real. Smart. Christian.
Authentic community. Excellent academics. Christ-centered learning. That’s Northwestern College.

We our studentsand our students love us

“I chose Northwestern because of the great dorm life I experienced when I visited on a RED101 Day during my senior year. I remember playing Settlers of Catan, and everyone in the residence hall I stayed in treated me like I was part of the family. ”

Thomas Heitritter Thomas Heitritter ’ Actuarial science, finance and economics major from Boyden, Iowa

Thomas's story

“Northwestern has equipped me with all I need to excel, not only professionally, but socially and spiritually as well. ”

Shanell Nieuwendorp Shanell Nieuwendorp ’18 Political science and criminal justice major from Orange City, Iowa

Shanell's story

“Being in a setting like Northwestern, where faith is incorporated into essentially every aspect of campus life, has really helped strengthen my faith. ”

Nnenna Nwaelugo Nnenna Nwaelugo ’19 Biology health professions major from Aboh-Mbaise, Nigeria

Nnenna's story

“At Northwestern, I’ve gained true friendships. ”

Alex Currier Alex Currier ’19 Sociology major from Ottawa, Kansas

Alex's story

“Nursing is a profession that allows me to mix my love of science and service with compassion for people. ”

Jessica Howe Jessica Howe ’17 Nursing major from Orange City, Iowa

Jessica's story

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