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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

“I’ve learned through studying theatre at Northwestern that God speaks to us through stories, and we can seek God and glorify him through using our talents to tell stories to connect with other people. ”

Rebecca Ochoa Rebecca Ochoa ’'19 Theatre major from Cedar Falls, Iowa

Rebecca's story

“Northwestern’s social work professors are always willing to listen to students, so when we’re in the classroom, we are encouraged to think and learn together.”

Chie Lee Chie Lee ’18 Social work major from Osaka, Japan

Chie's story

“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

“I wanted a college that would not only challenge me academically and athletically, but spiritually as well. Northwestern does all three! ”

Madison Bertman Madison Bertman ’18 History major from Adel, Iowa

Madison's story

“Though the coursework in the sciences is often difficult, Northwestern has created an environment that fosters learning and enables students to be successful. ”

Matt Hillman Matt Hillman ’18 Biology health professions major from Post Falls, Idaho

Matt'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

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