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.
Northwestern College is a Christian college in the Reformed tradition, founded in 1882 and affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. We are committed to providing a Christian liberal arts education in the context of community among learners on campus and online. We offer bachelor’s degrees in traditional and professional programs, as well as graduate degrees and certificate programs.
Vision for learning
Northwestern College is a community rooted in Scripture and the confessions of Reformed theology and thus shaped by a robust integrative and transformative vision of the Triune God who creates, redeems and sustains. This theological background supports a framework within which students, staff, and faculty of various Christian traditions take up the task of loving, understanding, and serving the world whose Savior and Lord is Jesus Christ. We see the pursuit of liberal arts education as worship experienced in community and offered to the glory of God. Embracing this calling with a freedom that arises from confidence in God’s saving grace and sovereignty, we are committed to cultivating virtues of heart and mind that will enable us to live out our shared vocation as participants in God’s redemptive work. We respond to God’s call to proclaim the message of the gospel, be stewards of creation, serve Christ in all persons, and bring all things under his lordship.
In keeping with this commitment, we intend Northwestern graduates to be person who
Trust, love and worship God
- Understanding that God is the center of life, learning about God through careful and rigorous study, and aspiring to trust, love, and worship God as the sovereign Lord of the universe.
- Recognizing that to love God is also to live joyfully as participants in a variety of communities, valuing the diversity of the human family and seeking opportunities for learning, growth, and transformation through intercultural relationships.
- Demonstrating competence in navigating and contributing to the world of ideas and information, having learned to listen, read, question, evaluate, speak, write, create, and perform with a disciplined imagination.
- Gaining a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical foundations, methods, and products of the humanities, the social and natural sciences, and the fine arts.
- Pursuing truth faithfully in all aspects of life; developing, articulating, and supporting their own beliefs; and seeking meaningful dialog with those holding different convictions.
- Desire to continue a life of learning and contemplation.
Connect knowledge and experience
- Completing academic majors that enable acquisition of the narrower but deeper knowledge and skills that serve as the basis for mastery of a particular discipline and as preparation for meaningful life and work.
- Exhibiting a broad understanding of the current and historical interplay of different realms of knowledge and experience.
- Seeking opportunities for growth and reflection that integrate faith, learning, and living in community.
- Seeing beauty and finding joy in all pursuits.
Respond to God’s call
- Discerning and developing their unique gifts in service to Christ, the church, and the world Christ loves and redeems.
- Regarding all persons as made in the image of God and thus deserving of understanding, love, and justice.
- Living a balanced and whole life in obedience to God.