As a transfer student, you’ll find your previous hard work recognized and appreciated by NWC. You'll also discover a welcoming community that's committed to making your transition as smooth as possible, whether you're graduating from a community college or just want to find a college that's a better fit. 

Transfer student scholarships

Our investment in you starts with an award based on your current GPA.

  GPA Award
Peale Scholarship 4.0 $15,000
Presidential Scholarship 3.8 to 3.99 $14,000
Collegiate Scholarship 3.65 to 3.79 $13,500
Collegiate Scholarship 3.5 to 3.64 $13,000
Academic Achievement Award 3.25 to 3.49 $12,000
Academic Achievement Award 3.0 to 3.24 $11,000
Raider Award 2.3 to 2.99 $9,000

GPAs will be rounded to the nearest hundredth. The scholarships and awards above are renewable through graduation if you maintain the required GPA. Peale and Presidential Scholarships require a 2.75 after your first year and a 3.0 thereafter. Collegiate Scholarships require a 2.75 GPA. Academic Achievement Awards require a 2.5 GPA. Raider Awards require a 2.25 GPA. 

Associate′s degree policy

If you're a community college graduate with one of the associate’s degrees listed below, you automatically meet all of the Northwestern Core (or general education) requirements, with the exception of one Christian Story course and one Senior Seminar course. So instead of worrying about losing credits you’ve worked hard to earn, you can start right in on the requirements for your major. That seamless transfer of courses means you’ll be on your way toward earning your bachelor’s degree—and achieving your educational and career goals—faster and more efficiently.

  • The associate's degree policy applies to transfer students with an Associate of Arts (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.) or Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • If you’ve taken a religion course equivalent to Northwestern’s Christian Story course, then that requirement is met as well.
  • While we’ll consider your Northwestern Core requirements complete if you have an associate’s degree, we will transfer in only 100-level or above courses for which you have earned a grade of C or higher. All students are required to have a minimum of 124 earned credits in order to graduate.
  • Your final 30 credits need to be completed at NWC in order to receive a Northwestern College diploma.

Online degree-completion programs

In addition to our traditional on-campus academic programs, Northwestern offers two online programs specifically designed for students with an associate’s degree:

  • The RN-to-BSN program was created for registered nurses who need a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree to advance in their careers.
  • The Early Childhood B.A. degree prepares graduates for early childhood education roles, including paraprofessional and lead teacher positions.

Learn more

For more information about transferring to Northwestern College, contact:

To apply:

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You’ve been working hard in college.
Find out what your scholarship payoff will be when you transfer to Northwestern. Your college GPA may qualify you for a scholarship ranging from $7,500 to $12,500 per year that you’ll receive automatically when you apply, get accepted and enroll.

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“Besides an education, I have gained meaningful relationships with my professors and peers at Northwestern. I have also gained a broader understanding of my place in the world both as a Christian and a scientist. ”

Peace Preston Peace Preston ’'19 Chemistry major from Spencer, Iowa

Peace's story

“It wasn’t until I asked a tutor for assistance for the first time that I realized how helpful peer tutoring can be.”

Matt Scott Matt Scott ’'19 Actuarial Science major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Matt's story

“My professors know who all my classmates and I are and have a genuine interest in our success.”

Regan Scott Regan Scott ’19 Business administration and marketing major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Regan's story

“I love that I have professors ready to teach me and answer all of my harebrained questions, but who I can also call my mentors and friends.”

Steven Clark Steven Clark ’18 religion major from Belmond, Iowa

Steven's story

“During my time at Northwestern, I’ve gained a sense of belonging. ”

Erica Kitchenmaster Erica Kitchenmaster ’ Music education major from Lake Andes, South Dakota

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Emily Erck

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A campus tour guide who remembered her when she returned to Northwestern for a second visit is one of the reasons Emily decided to transfer to NWC. Even though she transferred in the middle of a school year, she found it easy to make friends and get involved.

Emily's story

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