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Northwestern College (Iowa)
Former names
Northwestern Classical Academy (1882–1928)
Northwestern Junior College (1928–1961)
Motto"God Is Light" (Deus Est Lux)
TypePrivate college
Religious affiliation
Reformed Church in America (RCA)
Endowment$56.3 million (2020)[1]
PresidentGreg Christy
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Undergraduates1,546 (fall 2020) [2]

42°59′56″N 96°03′25″W / 42.999°N 96.057°W / 42.999; -96.057
CampusRural, 100 acres (40 ha)
Red & White
NicknameRed Raiders
Sporting affiliations

Northwestern College (NWC and informally Northwestern Iowa) is a private Christian liberal arts college in Orange City, Iowa. It is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and enrolls more than 1,500 students. In addition to approximately 1,000 students in bachelor's degree programs, the college has a growing graduate school, which includes a master's degree program in physician assistant studies since June 2020. Northwestern began as an academy in 1882. It became a junior college in 1928 and a four-year college in 1961.

Northwestern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.[3] In addition, the athletic training, business, education, nursing and social work programs are accredited by their respective accreditation organizations.[4]

College community

Northwestern College is an educational institution of approximately 1,500 students and 300 faculty and staff [5] located in Orange City, a rural community of 6004 residents in Sioux County, Iowa.[6] The campus is a few blocks south of the downtown area, centered on the intersection of State Highway 10 and Albany Avenue.


Northwestern College is governed by a board of trustees chaired by Carl Wynja. Approximately half of its members represent the RCA denomination.[7] There is also a Student Government Association.[8]

Greg Christy serves as the president of the Northwestern College. He is assisted by a leadership team called the President's Cabinet.[9]

President Christy began serving as president of NWC in 2008. He had previously served as the vice president for institutional advancement at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota, an institution he served for 12 years. Prior to that, he held positions on the staffs of South Dakota State University and Iowa State University. Christy holds a bachelor's degree in management from Simpson College and a master's degree in physical education and sports management from Western Illinois University.[10]

Campus culture

Northwestern College identifies itself as a "Reformed, evangelical and ecumenical" community, viewing these three Christian theological perspectives as complementary and drawing strengths from each perspective to fulfill its mission.[11] Chapel is offered two days a week. There is also a student-led time of praise and worship on Sunday evenings.[12]


There were a total of 1,546 students at the start of the 2020–2021 school year. Roughly one-third of the student population attending NWC comes from the state of Iowa and more than half of its students come from four Midwestern states: Iowa (539 students), South Dakota (123), Minnesota (80) and Nebraska (64). The top six Christian denominations represented at the college are: Reformed/RCA (310), Evangelical Free (64), Lutheran (157), Baptist (44), Methodist/Wesleyan (36) and Roman Catholic (57). Approximately 17% of residential undergraduate students are identified as ethnic minorities or international students.[13]

Student residences

Student groups and clubs on campus

Events and traditions

Academic buildings

Zwemer Hall is the oldest building on campus. It contains offices for the registrar, admissions, financial aid, president, and other administrative departments.

Administrative facilities


Missions opportunities

Spring Service Partnerships

Spring Service Partnerships provide students opportunities to participate in mission work taking place domestically and abroad during annual spring breaks in early March. Students have spent their ten-day breaks serving in city missions, youth hostels, construction sites, disaster relief zones, and low-income schools.[25]

Summer of Service

The Summer of Service (SOS) program at Northwestern College challenges, prepares and encourages students to be effective Christian servants in the world. It also exists to assist and support missionaries and the communities they work in. Each year, 20 to 25 students serve cross-culturally for at least six weeks in the U.S. or overseas. Past participants have traveled to countries like Croatia, India, Ireland, Jamaica, Malawi, Russia, South Africa and Thailand to serve with mission agencies like The Luke Society, Dublin Christian Mission, Pioneers International and TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission). They have worked in hospitals, orphanages and refugee camps; taught Vacation Bible School and English as a second language; and served in sports and hospitality ministries.

Summer of Service team members return from their summer experiences more aware of the world's problems and promises and more equipped to wrestle with biblical applications to what they experienced. Often these students remain involved in service and mission, either full- or part-time after graduating from college.[26]


The Northwestern athletic teams are called the Red Raiders. The college is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) since the 1992–1993 academic year.

Northwestern competes in 20 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track & field and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, dance, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball; and co-ed sports include cheerleading and eSports.


Outdoor sports such as football and track are played at DeValois Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 3,100 and also hosts track and field events including conference championships,[27] NAIA football playoff games,[28] and marching band events.[29]

National Championship appearances

Year Sport Result Score Opponent
1972 Football Lost 14–21 Missouri Southern
1973 Football Won 10–3 Glenville State (West Virginia)
1979 Football Lost 6–51 Findlay (Ohio)
1983 Football Won 25–21 Pacific Lutheran (Washington)[30]
1984 Football Lost 22–33 Linfield (Oregon)
1992 Men's Basketball Lost 79–85* Grace (Indiana)
2000 Women's Basketball Lost 49–59 Mary (North Dakota)
2001 Men's Basketball Won 82–78 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kansas)
2001 Women's Basketball Won 77–50 Albertson (Idaho)
2003 Men's Basketball Won 77-57 Bethany (Kansas)
2008 Women's Basketball Won 82–75 Ozarks (Missouri)
2010 Women's Basketball Won 85–66 Shawnee State (Ohio)
2011 Women's Basketball Won 88–83 Davenport (Michigan)
2012 Women's Basketball Won 75–62 Ozarks (Missouri)
2020–21 Football Lost 13–45 Lindsey Wilson (Kentucky)
2022 Football Won 35–25 Keiser (Florida)

"*" indicates overtime

The 2001 "double" (men's and women's basketball titles) was the first time that an NAIA school accomplished the feat, and at the time, only the second in collegiate history (Central Missouri State, now known as the University of Central Missouri (located in Warrensburg, Missouri) previously accomplished the feat in 1984; the University of Connecticut would later accomplish the feat in 2004 and 2014).[citation needed]

Free throw record

Deb Remmerde-Leusink, a 2008 Northwestern College graduate, holds numerous NAIA records, including the record for most consecutive in-game free throws in the history of organized basketball. She ended her 133-shot free-throw streak in February 2006. Remmerde later appeared on "The Early Show," where she completed 580 of 585 free-throws, live, in front of a CBS television crew.[31][32]

Notable people


Staff and faculty


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