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Academics

Northwestern College, a Christian liberal arts college in Orange City, Iowa, is home to a "Christian academic community" that is "all about preparing us academically for the future and encouraging us to determine our own beliefs and opinions on big issues." Students agree that the school's focus on "serving Christ through serving others" helps to cultivate a campus "community full of people who desire to learn and grow together—to be the best they can be and glorify God in all they do." Students praise professors at Northwestern "who truly care about their students" and go out of their way "to get to know [their students]." Students appreciate that the "professors here do a good job of using a variety of teaching methods" and make themselves available outside of class to help with homework and projects. "They expect a lot out of their students but they also make themselves very available to help with any student needs," one undergrad explains. The school has "really good education programs" and "an absolutely amazing theatre department." Due to a "demanding" workload "that really pushes you academically" and "a hard grading scale," students say that the academic rigor at Northwestern makes them "work harder than the average" college student.

Student Body

At Northwestern College, "nearly all of us share one thing in common, being a Christian," one student explains, so it is easy "to make friends from all around the country and the globe." On average Northwestern students are "white, middle-class, hard-working individuals who have a desire to grow as Christians and get a good education." Many hail from the surrounding area in Iowa, and "a lot of the people that you pass by on campus will smile and greet you," which students describe as "Midwestern niceness." Students are "encouraging and always supportive" toward one another, and they feel as if their peers "want me to receive the best education that I can just as much as I want that for them." Undergrads say that their interactions with fellow students, though almost all are of a similar faith, "challenge my thoughts and beliefs and push me to get the most from my education." Overall, everyone seems to agree that "Northwestern has a community that looks out for each other."

Campus Life

While the rigorous academics at Northwestern mean that a lot of time is spent studying," students still find time "go on midnight donut runs on Friday nights" and participate in "cultural clubs and athletic clubs." "Orange City is pretty quiet," and students admit that "finding things to do for fun can take some creativity in a small town," but there are "coffee shops, parks, frozen yogurt shops, and other activities." Back on campus, students "jam out in the band room," "play outside while it is warm," challenge one another to "ping pong or card games" or "[dress] up and [play] with pretend swords made out of cardboard." There are also "campus-programmed events" like the school's "annual Humans vs. Zombies game, bingo night, [and] the Hoedown." Few students mention drinking and most agree that "there is no partying on campus and if there is, it is rare and isn't talked about."

Overview

Applicants
2,199
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.58

GPA Breakdown

44%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
10%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
440 - 560
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
475 - 610

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Other Admission Factors

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Rigor of Secondary School Record
Standardized Test Scores

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
141
with Terminal Degree
68

71
Women
70
Men

Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Environmental Biology
  • Genome Sciences/Genomics

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business/Commerce, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations/Image Management

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Computer Science
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Business Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
  • Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Language Interpretation and Translation
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Social Work

  • Science Technologies/Technicians

  • Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other
  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious Education
  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Youth Ministry

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Directing and Theatrical Production
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General


Degrees

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

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
56%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,370

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,490

Average Need-Based Loan
$5,187

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
78%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$28,501

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$20,738

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$30,000
Required Fees
$200
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,350

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,500

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,000
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,099
Foreign Countries Represented
24

Demographics

1.67%
African-American
4.83%
Hispanic
81.78%
Caucasian
4.93%
Unknown
3.62%
International

56% female
44% male
45% are out of state
95% are full time
5% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
98%

Campus Environment
Rural

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

46% 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


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
The Old Factory 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
mwalling@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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