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101 7th Street SW
Orange City, IA - 51041
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About Us

Northwestern College is a Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.

That’s our heritage. That’s our mission.


Northwestern College values diversity and is committed to providing a Christian liberal arts education in the context of a diverse community of learners. That commitment finds expression in numerous ways.

Our student body

Despite its setting in a rural Midwestern community, Northwestern's student population is becoming more racially diverse. The number of student of color has doubled in the past 7 years. Approximately 10% of the freshmen who enrolled in the fall of 2016 were students of color.

A multicultural community

  • Northwestern's stuent body includes students from 24 different countries.
  • Among our faculty and staff are individuals from Argentina, Canada, South Africe, South Korea and Taiwan.
  • A number of faculty and staff have lived, studies or served in more than 30 countries, including Argentian, Bahrain, China, Ecuador, Greece, Indonesia, Oman, Romania, South Africa, Spain and Thailand.

Bridge Scholarships for students from underrepresented populations

Scholarships of $2,500 are available to students from historically underrepresented populations who are accepted into Northwestern's Birdge Scholars program.

Global learning and living

  • Northwestern offers semester-long study abroad programs in Oman, Romania and dozens of other countries around the globe. Learn more
  • Spring Service Project trips offered each March give students cross-cultural experiences here in the U.S. and at three international sites. Learn more
  • Northwestern's Summer of Service program gives students the opportunity to spend up to 10 weeks serving in an overseas hospital, school, refugee camp or other missions setting. Learn more

Multi-Ethnic Resource Committee (MERC)

A 10-member team of faculty, staff and students, the Multi-Ethnic Resource Committee promotes the biblical values of intercultural competence and racial reconciliation. The committee works to strengthen multicultural education and awareness through student progras, curriculum development, diversity training, and campus-wide structural change. It also supports the recruitment and retention of an ethnically diverse faculty, staff, Board of Trustees and student body.

Vision for Diversity

Guided by the biblical narrative of creation, fall, redemption and restoration, Northwestern College strives to pursue God’s redeeming work in the world by courageously and faithfully engaging the fullness of our similarities and differences in our learning and living together.

We embrace diversity in God’s creation, 
  • valuing each person as created in the image of the triume God and thus intended for community
  • respecting the complexity of human identities
  • recognizing human differences as central to an educaiton that fosters critical thinking, empathy and dialogue
We lament human brokenness,
  • grieving out thoughts, words and actions that diminish, caricature or isolate one another
  • confessing our failure to hear and respond to marginalized voices on campus and in the world
  • recognizing our past and current participation in unjust social systems
  • repenting from any form of dehumanization that distorts God’s creation
We reconcile with one another,
  • bridging divisions that separate people from one another and from God
  • partaking in courageous conversations where varied perspectives are welcome
  • challenging unjust systems of power, privilege, and oppression
  • building and sustaining social structures that foster the common good
We embody shalom,
  • anticipating restored creation, where people from every nation, tribe and language worship God and live in harmony
  • pursuing human flourishing in our relationships, curriculum, staffing, resource allocation and corporate actions
  • affirming that all things hold together in Christ, to the glory of God
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