Students Say

Northwestern is a Christian school, but students should be wary of pigeonholing it. This is a school that “likes to foster discussions that many other Christian colleges would shy away from,” a college devoted to “providing a safe space to dialogue and grow in knowledge along with people from different perspectives.” This is helped along by small class sizes, which “allow for better relationships between students and professors.”

Overview

Applicants
1,254
Acceptance Rate
78%
Average HS GPA
3.60

GPA Breakdown

45%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
455 - 600
SAT Math
490 - 640
ACT Composite
21 - 27

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

Northwestern is a Christian school, but students should be wary of pigeonholing it. This is a school that “likes to foster discussions that many other Christian colleges would shy away from,” a college devoted to “providing a safe space to dialogue and grow in knowledge along with people from different perspectives.” This is helped along by small class sizes, which “allow for better relationships between students and professors.” Though classes can be “very difficult” and “academically challenging,” professors who “really care about us as individuals and our learning” help students overcome educational obstacles. “I was surprised to see how willing my professors were to work with me if I didn't understand something or to go over something again in class when questions were asked.” The educators here don’t forget faith, either. “The professors really make us think outside the box and want us to relate what we are learning in the classroom with our faith,” which “keeps you engaged and ready to learn more.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
138
with Terminal Degree
69

70
Men
68
Women
3
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
85%
Graduate in 5 years
99%
Graduate in 6 years
63%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Richard Mouw
President of Fuller Theological Seminary

Steve Macchia
Author and President, Leadership Transformations, Inc.

Corwin Smidt
Retired Paul Henry Chair in Christianity and Politics, Cal

Robert Van Citters
Dean Emeritus, University of Washington Medical Sc

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
89
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,247

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,193

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,101

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$27,929

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
85%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$21,105

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$28,750
Required Fees
$300
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,400

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships
Need-Based United Negro College Fund

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

“Most students that come here are from the area or from Iowa, South Dakota, or Nebraska.” While that may suggest students of a homogenous rural background, in fact, “Northwestern has a big focus on diversity within the student body, and it shows in the student population. There are people from all sorts of different backgrounds.” The two common ties that bind are faith and friendliness. “The typical student is very religious and tries to live their life through God,” a common thread that “makes a very tightly knit community.” Differences in faith can mean “students are very cliquey based on views,” but by and large this bunch “are very friendly and won't forget your face.” And they don’t necessarily seek out those with similar views, either. Northwestern students like to be challenged. They are “eager to discuss things learned in class and with people who may disagree.” The way faith and education are interwoven results in students who “are looking for ways to incorporate their faith into everyday living.” This common bond brings people together. “If you walk into the cafeteria alone, you will not end up sitting alone.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,205
Out of State
47%

International
3%
Foreign Countries Represented
23

Demographics

1.13%
Asian
1.48%
African-American
5.30%
Hispanic
86.79%
Caucasian
3.04%
Unknown
3.48%
International

59% female
41% male
47% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

Students Say

A small town campus means “we have to make our own fun.” And the “strict requirements to live off campus” means you’ll probably have to adapt to life at Northwestern. It’s not difficult because “there is almost always something to be involved in or an activity to do around campus every day.” Northwestern students “have lots of opportunities for interaction with other students in dorm, classroom, and other settings,” and they take advantage of them. Students find themselves involved in “dances, movies, hanging out with friends, going out to eat, campus-wide activities, community events” and much more, even right down to “a random game night, playing sardines in the chapel, or a made-up game outside on the green.” Some “have late night adventures and long talks.” Others “get a lot of coffee, have snowball fights, go on walks, go bowling, watch sports, and other things.” Almost universally, most devote time to discussing, exploring, and sharing their faith.

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
89%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
94
First-Year Students living on campus
99%

Campus Environment
Rural
Fire safety rating
90

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Female
Dorms Male

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
52
Number of Honor Societies
2

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
NAIA

44% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Red Raiders)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Soccer
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Wrestling
Women's Sports (Red Raiders)
10 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
Minority Support Groups: Rahn Franklin is our Multi-Ethnic Student Counselor. He can be contacted at 712-707-7327 or rahn.franklin@nwciowa.edu

Sustainability

Green Rating
61

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
90

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
14

Average Number of PC's per Lab
15

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
80%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Laura De Boer
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admissions
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, IA 51041

Phone
800-747-4757

Email
admissions@nwciowa.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
DeWitt Learning Commons
Rowenhorst Student Center
Bultman Center Gymnasium
Christ Chapel
Ramaker Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
De Koffie Hoek Coffee Shop
Holland Plaza Theatres
Blue Mountain Grille
Windmill Park
Empire Mall (Sioux Falls, SD)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8-5pm, Mon-Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Visitation Days

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
visit@nwciowa.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airports are in Sioux City, IA and Sioux Falls, SD

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit off Interstate 29 to highway 75 then exit onto highway 10 which routes through Orange City.

Local Accommodations
Hampton Inn, Orange City, 712-707-4100 Super 8, Orange City, 712-707-2600 Holiday Inn Express, Sioux Center (15 minutes away), 712-722-3500 EconoLodge, Sioux Center (15 minutes away), 712-722-4000
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Key Stats

1,254
Applicants
1,205
Size
78%
Acceptance Rate
1090
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists