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About Northwestern College

As a top-ranked Christian college, Northwestern offers a standout academic experience in a community where students are noticed, accepted and valued. With a 99.5% placement rate after graduation, students receive excellent preparation for not only their career, but are empowered to lead a life of significance.

Northwestern College is a private, religious school in an small town setting in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern College was founded in 1882 and now enrolls around 1,507 students a year, including 1,080 undergrads.

Northwestern College offers housing for up to 1,050 students. The majority of students live on-campus.About 80% of students stay on-campus during the weekends..

As of 2021, the total market value of Northwestern College's endowment was $56.297 million For each full-time student, Northwestern College spends about $8,530. There are 13 undergraduate students for every full-time Northwestern College professor.

2021 Northwestern College Admissions Facts At-a Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 70%
Average GPA 3.6
Tuition $33,350

Northwestern College Regular Decision Deadline 2022

Northwestern College Early Admission

Northwestern College does not offer early decision or early action.

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2021 Acceptance Rate for Northwestern College

It is moderately difficult to get into Northwestern College. Northwestern College admitted 70% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 1,188 applications received in 2021, 836 students were offered admission.

Northwestern College Waitlist 2021

Northwestern College reports that no students were waitlisted or admitted off the waitlist in 2021.

How Do I Get Into Northwestern College?

Northwestern College is considered moderately difficult to get into. Every admissions committee has a different way of evaulating applicants, but most look at a combination of grades, test scoes, activities, as well as essays and recommendations. To apply to Northwestern College, applicants must submit the following items.

Northwestern College Application Requirements

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Written Essay or Personal Statement
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.0 2.5
Letter(s) of Recommendation 1
Transcript of High School Record

GPA and Test Scores for Northwestern College

The average high school GPA for a student admitted to Northwestern College is 3.6 on a 4.0 scale.

Visit the Admissions tab above for more on how to apply to Northwestern College.

Is Northwestern College Test Optional?

Northwestern College does not have a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

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Dorms at Northwestern College

Yes! Northwestern College provides on-campus housing for up to 1,050 students.

Northwestern College students are active in the school's Drama Ministries Ensemble, A cappella Choir and Discipleship Groups. Clash of the Classes, RUSH (student dance exhibition), and and Colenbrander Hall Christmas Bash are a few of the events that the campus rallies behind each year.

Click the Student Life tab above to learn more about the student body and campus life at Northwestern College.

Financial Aid at Northwestern College

Northwestern College meets 81% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $26,811 a year.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some aid is awarded ona first-come, first-serve basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Is Northwestern College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern College

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Northwestern College, around 78% return for their sophomore year. Out of the 316 students who started at Northwestern College as first-time freshman, 201 graduate within four years.

Northwestern College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 68%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes and Debt for Northwestern College Grads

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Within six months of graduating, 82% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $29,473 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Northwestern College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Northwestern College a good school for you?

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Where is Northwestern College Located?

Northwestern College is located in the small town setting of Orange City, Iowa.

If you want to see Northwestern College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take U.S. Highway 60 to Orange City, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Sioux Gateway.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Northwestern College and Orange City are like without leaving home.

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College Info

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The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Northwestern College is Continuous processing.

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Wondering what life at Northwestern College is like? There are approximately 1,507 students enrolled at Northwestern College, including 1,080 undergraduate students and 427 graduate students. 90% percent of students attend school full-time, 57% percent are from IA and 43% percent of students are from other states.


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