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Northwestern College


Northwestern College is a private liberal arts school affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. The school’s 100-acre campus is located in Orange City, Iowa, and features 24 buildings where approximately 1,200 students are educated in a variety subjects. Northwestern College (also called Northwestern IA) was founded in 1882 by Reverend Seine Bolks as a classical academy that prepared students for higher education and ministry in the church. Today, Northwestern is a four-year institution that seeks to provide students with a post-secondary education steeped in the Reformed Christian tradition.

Educational Programs

Northwestern College has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report, Forbes, and the Princeton Review as being one of the top schools in the Midwest. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to award Bachelor of Arts degrees and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The school has over 40 majors, 16 pre-professional programs, and 6 career concentrations. Students can also design their own major to fit their personal and professional goals. Here is a selection of subjects you can study at the college:

  • Actuarial Science
  • Biology Ecological Science
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Science
  • English Teaching
  • Humanities
  • Journalism
  • Literature
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Political Science
  • Sports Management
  • Translation and Interpretation

Pre-professional programs include Art Therapy, Dentistry, Graphic Design, Medicine, Mortuary Science, Occupational Therapy, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine.

Northwestern has an online learning program that allows students to take select classes online. Students must have reliable access to the Internet, Microsoft Office ’97 or better, antivirus software on their computer, and a selection of browser plugins installed such as Adobe Acrobat Reader and QuickTime.

Two study-abroad programs have been established at the school. Students can earn college credit and experience a different culture in Oman or Romania. The school also has arrangements with other colleges and universities that provide additional off-campus opportunities such as internships.



Northwestern looks at students’ high school grades, test scores, and class ranks to help them determine how successful they are likely to be at the school. In addition to submitting an application, first-year students need to send in their transcripts, a recommendation from a guidance counselor, teacher, or employer, and take the ACT or SAT test. Those scores will automatically be sent to the school.

Transfer students must have at least a 2.25 cumulative grade point average. Non-English speaking international students are required to take the TOEFL or IELTS test. The minimum accepted scores are 550 (paper) for TOEFL and 6.5 for IELTS. International students must also submit the Declaration of Finances form.

Students are required to pay a $100 (nursing students $575) enrollment deposit after acceptance to the school. The enrollment deposit for international students is $5,000.


Here is what you can expect to pay for an education at Northwestern College:

  • Full-time tuition: $25,590 per year
  • Part-time tuition: $545 (1-4 credits)/$805 (5-8 credits)/$1,055 (9-11 credits)
  • Summer/Overload tuition: $395 per credit
  • Online course tuition: $395 per credit
  • Technology fee: $75 full time students/$50 par time students per term
  • Room and board: $7,770 per year

The school has numerous resources to help students pay for their educations. Students may qualify for grants, scholarships, or loans through the state and federal government. Northwestern also has several scholarship opportunities such as the National Merit Scholarships and the Pearle Scholarship that students can apply for. More information about these programs can be obtained from the financial aid office.

Campus Life

Approximately 90% of students live on campus at Northwestern. It is a great way to meet new people and studies show that students do better in school when they live onsite. Housing consists of 3 men’s and 3 women’s residence halls, 2 apartment complexes, and several student cottages. Students are matched with roommates by the admissions counselors. Mixed gender visitations are only allowed during certain days and hours of the week.

There are ample activities on campus for students to participate in. The school has all the normal sports programs including baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and volleyball. There are over 50 student clubs and organizations including Business Club, Sigma Tau, Jazz Band, Drama Ministry Ensemble, Project Serve, International Club, Campus Democrats, Spectrum, Chess Club, and Juggling Club.


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