2007-09 Catalog 
    Mar 28, 2020  
2007-09 Catalog [Archived Catalog]

2007-09 Catalog

Northwestern College
Orange City, Iowa 51041
Phone: 712-707-7000

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

Applicants for admission and employment, students, parents of students, employees, sources of referral of applicants for admission and employment and all organizations holding professional agreements with Northwestern College are hereby notified that this institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or handicap in admission, access to, or employment in, its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning Northwestern College’s compliance with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504 is directed to contact Bill Minnick, Northwestern College, Orange City, Iowa 51041 (Telephone 712-707-7225). He has been designated by Northwestern College to coordinate the institution’s efforts to comply with the regulations implementing Title VI, Title IX, or Section 504. Any person may also contact the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, regarding this institution’s compliance.


Northwestern College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, located at 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504 (Telephone 312- 263-0456). Individual programs are accredited by the Iowa Department of Education, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, and the Council on Social Work Education. Accreditation documents are located in the Office of the President.

Changes in Academic Requirements or Policies:

Northwestern College reserves the right to change academic requirements or policies, as stated in this catalog, at the beginning of each semester, with proper notification of such changes to be distributed to all students and faculty.

Northwestern College is…


Academically excellent

A Northwestern education is recognized for its high quality by U.S. News & World Report, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges, and Rugg’s Recommendations on the Colleges. Our professors-82 percent of whom hold the highest degree in their field-have studied at institutions that include Cornell, Duke, Princeton and UCLA. Northwestern’s faculty includes award-winning authors and world-renowned researchers. What’s more, they’re passionate about teaching and being available to you-so you graduate not just with knowledge, but with wisdom.


Northwestern faculty and staff are Christians who teach students what it means to engage the world through wisdom and compassion. You’ll be given the freedom to ask questions and the support you need to find answers-all with the goal of making your faith your own. At Northwestern, a Christian worldview is integrated into every subject, every co-curricular activity, and every residence hall. You’ll have opportunities to serve others on campus, in the community and around the world. Your faith is important to you. We’ll make it indispensable.


Over 87 percent of Northwestern’s students live on campus and say living with your best friends is the time of your life. Students praise Northwestern’s rigorous academics but add that a lot of their learning becomes meaningful in conversations with roommates and friends in the residence hall, cafeteria and athletic arena. Your Northwestern friends will include faculty and staff as well as students. And your social life will include concerts, dances, and NWC traditions like “Clash of the Classes” and “Ballyhoo.” What are those? You’ll have to enroll to find out.

A small campus with a large worldview

Northwestern promotes multicultural understanding by welcoming international students and by encouraging students to study abroad. Twenty-two nations are represented among NWC students, and a quarter of our faculty and staff have lived in other countries. Students can choose from semester or summer study abroad opportunities in places like Australia, Costa Rica, Egypt, England, India and Russia. Our musical groups and sports teams travel overseas to perform, compete and serve. And every year, more than 200 students participate in service projects in other states and nations.

Valuable and affordable

Northwestern is one of the few colleges in the nation to provide its students with a tuition guarantee. That means tuition, room and board your senior year will be the same as what it was as a freshman. With our guarantee comes an education recognized by U.S. News & World Report for its excellence. We’re also consistently listed by an independent research firm as one of the nation’s best college buys. Ninety-nine percent of Northwestern students receive financial aid, and while individual awards depend on FAFSA results and family resources, the average financial aid package is more than $16,000 per student.


You’ll graduate from Northwestern broadly educated, yet prepared for a specific career-with the critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills necessary for an ever-changing workplace. On average, 96 percent of our students find employment or are in graduate schools within six months of graduation. Recent alumni have gone to graduate school at MIT, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Yale and have been hired by employers that include Boeing, Christianity Today, the Minneapolis Public Schools, Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical and Wells Fargo Financial.

Committed to each student’s calling

At Northwestern, we recognize your calling is more than a career-and discovering your calling is a lifelong process of identifying your talents and interests. We’ll expose you to many fields of study, provide you with leadership opportunities, and encourage your involvement in co-curricular activities. You’ll have access to the Career Development Center and to faculty and staff who will advise and mentor you. All that-combined with Bible studies, retreats and service projects-enables you to better discern God’s voice in your life.