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#4551 of 14,131 In the World
#1270 of 2,597 In North America
#1195 of 2,496 In the United States
#18 of 39 In Iowa State

Quick Review

Religion
Reformed Church in America
Acceptance rate
74%
Average SAT
1110
Average ACT
23
Avg. cost to attend
$24,513 /y
Aid receiving
100%
Undergraduates
1,069
Graduates
427
Male:Female Ratio
40:60
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Master's degree
Website
nwciowa.edu

Northwestern College Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 74% 68% 84%
Applicants 1,136 740 396
Admissions 838 506 332
Freshmen enrolled full time 273 149 124

218 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

470 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

SAT scores

Among admitted applicants
31 or 11%
submitted SAT

25% of them
had 1010
or below

75% of them
had 1210
or below

Typical SAT scores of first-years in Northwestern College are 1010-1210 (middle 50% range).

ACT scores

Among admitted applicants
248 or 91%
submitted ACT

25% of them
had 20
or below

75% of them
had 26
or below

Typical ACT scores of first-years in Northwestern College are 20-26 (middle 50% range).

Admissions requirements

SAT/ACT Required
Secondary school record Required
TOEFL Required
College-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

White 1166 (78%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 174 (12%)
Hispanic 64 (4%)
Nonresident Alien 31 (2%)
Two or more races 23 (2%)
Black or African American 22 (1%)
Asian 14 (0.9%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 (0.1%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

Net average cost to attend
$24,513/year
Average aid awarded
$21,256
Students receiving aid
100%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $18,404
$30-48K $22,469
$48-75K $22,626
$75-110K $21,708
$110K+ $24,613

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $32,700$6,120
Tuition in-state $32,700$6,120
Tuition out-of-state $32,700$6,120
Fee in-district $220$220
Fee in-state $220$220
Fee out-of-state $220$220

Room and board price

Dormitory capacity 995
Combined charge for room and board $9,800

Northwestern College Majors

Major Bachelor's Master's
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 57
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 10 33
Elementary Education and Teaching 28
Registered Nursing & Registered Nurse 24
Business Administration and Management, General 22
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 18
Exercise Science and Kinesiology 13
Accounting 12
Social Work 10
Special Education and Teaching, General 10
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 9
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication 9
Psychology, General 7
Sport and Fitness Administration & Management 6
Actuarial Science 4
Athletic Training & Trainer 4
Political Science and Government, General 4
Computer Science 3
History, General 3
Mathematics, General 3
Religious Education 3
Rhetoric and Composition 3
Spanish Language and Literature 3
English Language and Literature, General 2
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 2
Art & Art Studies, General 1
Biochemistry 1
Business and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Teacher Education 1
Chemistry, General 1
Corrections and Criminal Justice, Other 1
Economics, General 1
English & Language Arts Teacher Education 1
Environmental Biology 1
Language Interpretation and Translation 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences & Liberal Studies 1
Music, General 1
Sociology, General 1
Visual and Performing Arts, Other 1
Grand Total 215 100
Total Men Women
Graduation rate 69% 64% 72%
  • Full-time retention rate - 79%

Publications & Citations

Publications
179
Citations
2,728

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
83 / 460
Medicine
37 / 1,359
Biology
30 / 572
Psychology
22 / 451
History
19 / 42
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
18 / 17
Physical Therapy
17 / 821
Art & Design
16 / 5
Sociology
16 / 106
Health Science
14 / 687
Environmental Science
12 / 245
Philosophy
12 / 23
Mathematics
11 / 145
Demography
8 / 265
Math Teachers
8 / 27
Computer Science
8 / 47
Political Science
8 / 10
Education Majors
8 / 11
Gender Studies
7 / 45
Child Psychology
7 / 330
Chemistry
7 / 106
Classics and Ancient History
6 / 0
Social Psychology
6 / 291
Physics
5 / 80
Art History
5 / 1
Aesthetics
4 / 0
Business
4 / 7
Forestry
4 / 24
Family medicine
4 / 50
Sports Medicine
4 / 58
Botany
4 / 48
Engineering
4 / 67
Genetics
4 / 124
Law
4 / 1
Media Studies
4 / 1
Ecology
3 / 141
Geography and Cartography
3 / 83
Environmental Management
3 / 75
Materials Science
3 / 65
Molecular Biology
3 / 150

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1991 4 10
1992 5 8
1993 11 8
1994 6 15
1995 4 28
1996 7 14
1997 7 37
1998 13 84
1999 9 104
2000 5 131
2001 2 118
2002 0 178
2003 2 180
2004 4 171
2005 1 189
2006 4 159
2007 12 137
2008 8 156
2009 8 155
2010 8 208
2011 6 186
2012 11 180
2013 7 176
2014 5 142
2015 11 175
2016 10 129
2017 7 136
2018 5 124
2019 4 155
2020 5 151
2021 4 96

Notable alumni

  1. Bob Vander Plaats

    Bob Vander Plaats
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1963-.. (age 59)
    Occupations
    teacher
    Biography

    Robert Lee Vander Plaats is an American politician and political activist. He is currently the president and CEO of The Family Leader, a social conservative organization. In 2016, he was the National Co-Chair for Ted Cruz for President.

  2. Mel Tjeerdsma

    Mel Tjeerdsma
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-.. (age 76)
    Occupations
    American football coachhead coach
    Biography

    Mel Tjeerdsma is a retired American football coach and athletic director at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. He served as the head coach at Austin College in Sherman, Texas from 1984 to 1993 and at Northwest Missouri State University from 1994 until his retirement after the 2010 season. In his 27 years as a head coach, Tjeerdsma compiled a career college football record of 242–82–4. He led the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats to three NCAA Division II Football Championship titles (1998, 1999, and 2009) and four additional NCAA Division II titles games (2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008).

  3. Skyler Wheeler

    Skyler Wheeler
    Years
    1993-.. (age 29)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Skyler Wheeler is an American politician. A member of the Republican Party, he has served as member of the Iowa House of Representatives, representing the 4th district since 2017.

  4. Dwayne Alons

    Dwayne Alons
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1946-2014 (aged 68)
    Occupations
    military officerpolitician
    Biography

    Dwayne Arlan Alons was an American politician. A Republican, he sat in the Iowa House of Representatives from 1999 to 2014, representing the 5th district until 2003, and the 4th district thereafter. He was a brigadier general in the Iowa Air National Guard and served as chief of staff at its headquarters. Alons died of cancer on November 29, 2014. He was succeeded in office by John Kooiker.

  5. John Wills

    John Wills
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1966-.. (age 56)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    John H. Wills is an American politician serving as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives from the 1st district. Elected in November 2014, Wills assumed office on January 12, 2015.

General info

Alternative names NWC
Founded 1882
Motto Deus est lux
God is Light
Colors red, white
Academic Calendar Semesters
Total FTE staff 259
Carnegie Classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Diverse Fields

Location and Contacts

Address 101 Seventh St SW
Orange City, Iowa, 51041
United States
City population 5,000
Phone 7127077000
Fax +1 (712) 707 7164

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