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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A-
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    C
  7. Professors
    C+
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B
  11. Student Life
    B+
  12. Safety
    A
Northwestern - Iowa is an above-average private, Christian college located in Orange City, Iowa. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 997 undergraduate students. Admissions is somewhat competitive as the Northwestern - Iowa acceptance rate is 68%. Popular majors include Business, Elementary Education, and Nursing. Graduating 68% of students, Northwestern - Iowa alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $32,200.
About Northwestern College - Iowa...
Athletic Division
NAIA Division II
Athletic Conference
Great Plains Athletic Conference
Address
101 Seventh St SW
Orange City, IA 51041
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Northwestern College - Iowa Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
68%
Application Deadline
SAT Range
1000-1240
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action

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Cost

Net Price
$23,335/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $20,836/ year
  • $30-48k
    $20,569/ year
  • $49-75k
    $21,411/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,682/ year
  • $110k+
    $26,118/ year
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Academics

Professors
C+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
79%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.24 responses
81%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
65%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
997Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
1%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
49%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 18 responses
Report
  • Hard Working
    78%
  • Average
    22%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
98%
Poll
95%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
Report
  • Community
    76%
  • A place to learn and grow from where you left off.
    18%
  • Strict
    6%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$37,200/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
68%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
81%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.16 responses
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Northwestern College is a wonderful college with faith integration and a very rigorous academic programs. The professors here are highly qualified and genuinely care about every student they encounter. My experience here so far is fantastic and I am loving every minute of it. There is a large variety of clubs, sports, and activities to take part in! Every student here contributes to our community. Community is a large part of Northwestern and you will here this at least three times a week. Warm cookie Wednesday in the cafeteria is also great. If you are looking for an awesome but challenging school with faith integration and challenging academics then this is the college for you!
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FAKE "Christian community." Some of the faculty were rude and pushed their political agendas using snide comments about the president DURING CHAPEL. Students and Orange city residents were hateful towards different people whether it be because of race or sexual orientation. Also both students and residents of OC were EXTREMELY judgmental. Many of the students also very snotty as well. Food was horrible, dorms too small. Etc, etc. NOT worth the money. On the bright side, the professors were caring and intelligent.
As a queer person at Northwestern College, I felt very unsafe. I could not be myself on this campus. There were some wonderful professors who were incredibly supportive, and I am so thankful they were there. Those professors are the only reason I am giving two stars instead of one. Northwestern is not a safe place for queer people.