Northwestern College Overview
Located in Orange City, Iowa, Northwestern College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of NWC is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.
What Is Northwestern College Known For?
- The 3% student loan default rate at NWC is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
- Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at NWC.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of the faculty were full-time.
- On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from NWC to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.
Where Is Northwestern College?
Contact details for NWC are given below.
|Address:||101 Seventh St Sw, Orange City, IA 51041|
How Do I Get Into NWC?
You can apply to NWC online at: https://www.nwciowa.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for NWC
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into NWC?
Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 68%, and the acceptance rate for women is 68%.
Average Test Scores
About 12% of students accepted to NWC submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 490 and 600. Math scores were between 505 and 635.
Can I Afford Northwestern College?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At NWC, approximately 71% of students took out student loans averaging $8,116 a year. That adds up to $32,464 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at NWC is 2.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Northwestern College Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 351 graduate students at the school.
Of the 968 full-time undergraduates at NWC, 48% are male and 52% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northwestern College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||15|
|Hispanic or Latino||47|
Iowa students aren't the only ones who study at Northwestern College. At this time, 23 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 28 countries are represented at NWC. The most popular countries sending students to the school are United Kingdom, Brazil, and Nepal.
Online Learning at Northwestern College
The following chart shows how the online learning population at NWC has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 33rd most popular in Iowa for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of NWC
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northwestern College was 51.4%. This is the #494 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NWC regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NWC majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||9%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NWC ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NWC.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Teacher Education Grade Specific||#30|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Northwestern College Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- Image Credit: By Lawrence Albert Johnston under License
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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