See what students say:


Iowa’s Northwestern College is a small Christian school of around 1,000 undergraduates associated with the Reformed Church in America, offering “spectacular academics,” an “authentic staff,” and “a lot of different traditions that combine to create many activities that are extremely fun.” Academics are “tough, but in the best way possible.” The curriculum “encourages us to pursue our faith through our academics,” and classwork often asks that students reflect on how their Christian faith is “connecting with literature, translation ethics, evolution, rhetoric, social justice issues.” Students also cite the resources available to them across campus, including “an incredible student tutoring program” wherein those individuals “who succeed in classes are selected as tutors and assist other students in their coursework.”

Going along with that are the “helpful, understanding, positive, cheerful, and informative” professors at Northwestern. Students say professors “are committed to learning how their students learn best and take the time to help each student get the most out of their courses.” Classes incorporate numerous teaching materials, including “film, literature, or hands-on learning,” and some even end up “using the outdoors as an extension of the classroom.” Several others “merge different subject areas together to make a new way to think of things.” The school “does a wonderful job at offering a variety of opportunities for spiritual and faith development,” and many courses “integrate case studies to encourage students to apply what they are learning to real-life situations that could occur in their future profession.”

Student Body

The people of Northwestern are “committed to their studies and are well-versed in many different areas.” They’ve built “a community on campus, [one where] faculty, staff, and peers are very welcoming and accepting.” The “loving and trustworthy people” who compose the “very social” student body are “passionate about building relationships that make a difference.” To build those relationships, students will “go out of their way to get to know you and help you through whatever troubles you may be having.”

Campus Life

The school sits in a small town, so “people are really good at coming up with their own forms of entertainment.” Much socializing is done over food, and students “try to gather as many people together for each meal, including the secret fourth meal of the day: Pizza Time.” Even regular activities are far from mundane: students “love going to the local coffee shop to get off campus,” “Walmart runs are pretty common,” and “board games are also popular.” When it’s warm out, “the green is a popular place for hammocks, slacklining, spike ball, and other activities.” Turning inward, the school has “amazing facilities and [seems] to always be getting new buildings on campus,” and “the vast majority of people are involved in extracurriculars such as athletic teams, choir or band, or theater productions.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Kara Smit
Campus Visit Coordinator

Office of Admissions
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, IA 51041



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
DeWitt Learning Commons
Rowenhorst Student Center
Bultman Center Gymnasium
Christ Chapel
Ramaker Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
The Roadhouse
Holland Plaza Theatres
Los Tulipanes
Windmill Park
Empire Mall (Sioux Falls, SD)

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: 8-5pm, Mon-Friday
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Visitation Days

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

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Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Closest airports are in Sioux City, IA and Sioux Falls, SD

Driving Instructions to Campus
Exit off Interstate 29 to highway 75 then exit onto highway 10 which routes through Orange City.

Local Accommodations
Hampton Inn, Orange City, 712-707-4100 Super 8, Orange City, 712-707-2600 Holiday Inn Express, Sioux Center (15 minutes away), 712-722-3500 EconoLodge, Sioux Center (15 minutes away), 712-722-4000


Applicants: 1,094
Acceptance Rate: 88%
Average HS GPA: 3.62



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