Northwestern College

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101 Seventh Street SW

Orange City, IA 51041

Phone: (712) 707-7000
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#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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Northwestern College is a private institution that was founded in 1882. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,241, its setting is rural, and the campus size is 100 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Northwestern College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Colleges (Midwest), 6. Its tuition and fees are $26,764 (2013-14).

Northwestern College is a Christian institution located in Orange City, Iowa, about 150 miles north of Omaha, Nebraska. Students at Northwestern can choose from more than 40 majors and receive extra help with their studies at the Peer Learning Center, which offers tutors, tips and writing workshops. Northwestern also encourages students to study abroad. Many students choose to study in Oman or Romania because the school has special programs that charge the same price for tuition in those countries as on campus. If students want to stay a little closer to Northwestern, in just a few hours they can drive to the cities of Minneapolis; Des Moines, Iowa; and Kansas City, Missouri.

On campus, students can get involved in more than 50 clubs or intramural sports, such chess and pickleball, a cousin of badminton. Students also participate in numerous campus events, including singing competitions, formal dances and the annual Clash of the Classes between the academic grade levels. Northwestern's athletics program includes more than 15 Red Raiders varsity sports teams, which compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics' Great Plains Athletic Conference.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God's redeeming work in the world. A Northwestern education both challenges and supports students as it emphasizes the development of the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Opportunities for meaningful involvement and service enlarge students worldviews and prepare them for fulfilling careers and faithful lives as thinking Christians.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1882
Religious affiliation Reformed Church in America
Academic calendar semester
Setting rural
2012 Endowment $41,317,514


When applying to Northwestern College, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Northwestern College is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 73.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 73.6%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Northwestern College is 12:1, and the school has 68.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Northwestern College include: Business Administration and Management, General; Elementary Education and Teaching; Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse; Biology/Biological Sciences, General; and Psychology, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 77.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 53%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 18%
Elementary Education and Teaching 14%
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 10%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6%
Psychology, General 6%

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Student Life

Northwestern College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,241, with a gender distribution of 42.9 percent male students and 57.1 percent female students. At this school, 89 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 11 percent of students live off campus. Northwestern College is part of the NAIA athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,241
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NAIA

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Campus Info & Services

Northwestern College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Northwestern College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Northwestern College, 70 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Northwestern College.

Students who have cars on campus 70%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Northwestern College, 79.6 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $7,938.

Paying for college doesn't have to be difficult or devastating. Go to the Paying for College knowledge center to get advice on raising cash and reducing costs.

Tuition and fees $26,764 (2013-14)
Room and board $8,084 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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