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. 8-9, 2023

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

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.

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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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Want a standout college that’s strong academically, spiritually, relationally and athletically? Choose Northwestern.

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We our studentsand our students love us

“Northwestern’s education faculty are amazing and constantly teach that faith goes hand-in-hand with learning at all levels. I really appreciate how quickly education majors are given hands-on experience in the classroom so we can determine early if this is the career path for us.”

Whitney Erickson Whitney Erickson Elementary education major from Story City, Iowa

Whitney's story

“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 Public Relations major from Orange City, Iowa

Jadeyn'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

Jacob's story

“At Northwestern I’ve gained spiritual growth, great friends and some incredible mentors. People are so willing to pour into you here, and that allows for much growth in and out of the classroom.”

Teagen Vander Waal Teagen Vander Waal Business Administration/Management major from Pella, Iowa

Teagen's story

“I wanted a school where the professors had personal connections with students and the dorms were places where other students helped you grow spiritually and emotionally. Northwestern fit that criteria.”

Colin Kaemingk Colin Kaemingk History major from Lynden, Washington

Colin'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

“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 was open to attending Northwestern, because I thought, ‘This is the place I will find God.’””

Chau Le Chau Le’21 Computer Science, Math & Chemistry major from Hanoi, Vietnam

Chau's story

“It's a blessing that God led me to Northwestern.”

Sonu Gupta Sonu Gupta Computer Science major from Birgunj, Nepal

Sonu's story

“Northwestern is well-known for the strength of its science programs, so I knew I would be challenged and well-prepared by the biology department. ”

Garrett Raymon Garrett Raymon Biology-Ecological Science major from Hills, Minnesota

Garrett's story

“I’m learning, being equipped professionally, and growing in my faith. I’m not only absorbing theory, but practicing what is being taught by professors, staff and other students.”

Celina Corrales Celina Corrales Christian Education/Youth Ministry and Worship Arts major from Choluteca, Honduras

Celina's story

“The business department at Northwestern is incredible. My adviser helped me navigate quite the puzzle of a schedule, given my many interests. ”

Noah Roisum Noah Roisum Business Administration/International Business and Political Science major from Rapid City, South Dakota

Noah'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

Linsy's story

“The Northwestern faculty are among the main reasons I love NWC so much. They want me to do my absolute best, and they are there to support me every step of the way.”

Annika Stecker Annika Stecker Biology/Genetics major from Spirit Lake, Iowa

Annika'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 English Teaching major from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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