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Students who transfer to Northwestern say our college is exceptionally welcoming and easy to fit into. Regardless of your reason for transferring—whether you’re graduating from a community college or want to find a college that’s a better fit for you—we’ll do everything we can to ensure a smooth transition. 

On average, between 50 and 60 students transfer to Northwestern each year. We accept all qualified courses from your previous institution(s). If you are transferring in 30 or more credits, you need to complete your final 30 credits at NWC in order to receive a Northwestern College diploma.

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

We our studentsand our students love us

“The faith-based education, the friendliness of everyone I met, and the tight-knit community that makes up Northwestern weren’t found at the other schools I looked at. ”

Hope De Ruyter Hope De Ruyter ’19 Psychology major from Rock Valley, Iowa

Hope's story

“Studying abroad has allowed me to experience a whole new way of life and the realization that I can learn and benefit from other perspectives.”

Keaton Hettver Keaton Hettver ’'18 Social work major from Bloomington, Minnesota

Keaton'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

“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

Jose Leon

Crunching the numbers

Jose Leon attended a nearby community college to earn an associate's degree before transferring to Northwestern. Now, he’s majoring in business administration/finance and marketing at Northwestern and is on track to become a certified financial planner after graduation.

Jose's story