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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

“As an artist and a Christian, I feel like I'm faced with stereotypes about what can be considered 'Christian art.' Learning to embrace abstract art as a way of glorifying God has challenged me, and so has finding ways to lead people to God through my work.”

Osiris Ordaz Osiris Ordaz ’18 Art and psychology major from Berwyn, Illinois

Osiris's story

“The community at Northwestern has enabled me to take a good hard look at where I am on my own adventure, and the people I have met in Orange City and overseas have inspired me to empower others to be the best they can be. ”

Will Norris Will Norris ’17 Community Development major from Spirit Lake, Iowa

Will'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

“As I encountered the complexities of chemistry, physics and God’s created order, my faith has been strengthened as I stand in awe of the Creator who made it all.”

Jordan Strand Jordan Strand ’17 Chemistry major from Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Jordan's story

“Asking for a tutor is not a sign of weakness or ignorance; it actually means the person is mature enough to admit that someone else can help. ”

Mario Salcedo Mario Salcedo ’17 Criminal justice and Spanish major from Sioux Center, Iowa

Mario's story

Making the switch

A transfer student from Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington, Minnesota, Maddie Rasche explored attending Northwestern after contacting head women’s volleyball coach Kyle Van Den Bosch.

Maddie's story

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