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Northwestern College

Orange City, IA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate83%
Acceptance Rate83%

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 Overview

Northwestern College is a private, religious school in a small town setting in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern College was founded in 1882 and enrolls around 1,531 students a year, including 1,071 undergrad students. Northwestern College provides on-campus housing for up to 1,050 students. The majority of students live on campus. On the weekends, about 80% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

Student Involvement at Northwestern College

Interested in music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Northwestern College's theater groups.

Are you interested in journalism and communications? Northwestern College students can write for the campus newspaperor be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Northwestern College does not have any greek life opportunties.

Planning to play sports? Northwestern College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Northwestern College on the Student Life page.

2022 Northwestern College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 83%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate ED not offered
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Tuition $34,000
Percent of Need Met 93.7%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $34,426

Is Northwestern College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a university is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better idea of what Northwestern College offers and if the school might be a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Northwestern College

It is moderately difficult to get into Northwestern College. Northwestern College admitted 83% of all applicants in 2022. Last year, 1,172 students applied to Northwestern College and 973 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Northwestern College

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

About 83% of students who start at Northwestern College return the next year. Around 70% of students who started at Northwestern College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. 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 Outlook Northwestern College Graduates

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. 84% of graduates from Northwestern College recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Northwestern College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Northwestern College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Northwestern College's endowment was valued at $56.3 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million. The school spends $8,530 for each full-time student enrolled.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern College

Tuition cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Northwestern College meets 93.7% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Northwestern College full-time are awarded $34,426 a year in financial aid, on average.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $32,835 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served 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! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Northwestern College.

Based on this information, is Northwestern College the school for you? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! 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 are interested in seeing 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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Student Life

Wondering what life at Northwestern College is like? There are approximately 1,531 students enrolled at Northwestern College, including 1,071 undergraduate students and 460 graduate students. 91% percent of students attend school full-time, 56% percent are from IA and 44% percent of students are from other states.


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