Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Northwestern College

Find Schools Near

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?

258 Undergraduate Awards
$25,365 Avg Cost After Aid
68% Acceptance Rate
  • 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?

Location of Northwestern College

Contact details for NWC are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 101 Seventh St Sw, Orange City, IA 51041
Phone: 712-707-7000

How Do I Get Into NWC?

You can apply to NWC online at:

Admission Requirements for NWC

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into NWC?

68% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
12% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 68%, NWC does not let just anybody through their doors! Make sure you spend enough time polishing up your application so you will make a great impression.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northwestern College  ( 490 to 600 )

SAT Math Scores for Northwestern College  ( 505 to 635 )
NWC received ACT scores from 90% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 20 and 28. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Northwestern College  ( 20 to 28 )
ACT Math Scores for Northwestern College  ( 20 to 26 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northwestern College  ( 21 to 27 )

Can I Afford Northwestern College?

$25,365 Net Price
71% Take Out Loans
2.7% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NWC is $25,365. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

968 Full-Time Undergraduates
52% Women
10% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,061 undergraduate students at NWC, with 968 being full-time and 93 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NWC

There are also 351 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 968 full-time undergraduates at NWC, 48% are male and 52% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NWC

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northwestern College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NWC Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 10
Black or African American 15
Hispanic or Latino 47
White 802
International Students 35
Other Races/Ethnicities 59

Geographic Diversity

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

338 Took All Classes Online
510 Took At Least One Class Online
51.4% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 2 bachelor’s degree and 3 master’s degree programs available online at NWC. In 2017-2018, 510 students took at least one online class at the school.

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
Education 4%
Nursing 21%
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
Educational Administration #34
Nursing #73
Education #88
Health Professions #132

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.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Teacher Education Grade Specific 37 27 64
Business Administration & Management 39 0 39
Nursing 29 0 29
Educational Administration 0 22 22
General Biology 20 0 20
Health & Physical Education 15 0 15
General Psychology 14 0 14
Accounting 13 0 13
Social Work 9 0 9
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8 0 8
Economics 7 0 7
Computer Science 5 0 5
Special Education 0 5 5
Romance Languages 5 0 5
Criminal Justice & Corrections 5 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 5
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 4 0 4
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 4 0 4
Public Relations & Advertising 4 0 4
Chemistry 4 0 4
Writing Studies 3 0 3
Allied Health Professions 3 0 3
Religious Studies 3 0 3
Sociology 3 0 3
Religious Education 3 0 3
Design & Applied Arts 3 0 3
Genetics 2 0 2
General English Literature 2 0 2
Mathematics 2 0 2
Fine & Studio Arts 2 0 2
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 1 0 1
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 1 0 1
History 1 0 1
Political Science & Government 1 0 1
Music 1 0 1
Journalism 0 0 0
Information Science 0 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0 0
Statistics 0 0 0
Philosophy 0 0 0
Other Visual Art 0 0 0
TOTAL 258 54 312


*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.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

Featured Schools

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.