|Northwestern Classical Academy (1882–1928)|
Northwestern Junior College (1928–1961)
|Motto||"God Is Light" (Deus Est Lux)|
|Reformed Church in America (RCA)|
|Endowment||$56.3 million (2020)|
|Undergraduates||1,546 (fall 2020) |
|Campus||Rural, 100 acres (40 ha)|
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|NAIA – GPAC|
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. In addition, the athletic training, business, education, nursing and social work programs are accredited by their respective accreditation organizations.
Northwestern College is an educational institution of approximately 1,500 students and 300 faculty and staff  located in Orange City, a rural community of 6004 residents in Sioux County, Iowa. 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. There is also a Student Government Association.
Greg Christy serves as the president of the Northwestern College. He is assisted by a leadership team called the President's Cabinet.
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.
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. Chapel is offered two days a week. There is also a student-led time of praise and worship on Sunday evenings.
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.
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.
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.
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, NAIA football playoff games, and marching band events.
|1973||Football||Won||10–3||Glenville State (West Virginia)|
|1983||Football||Won||25–21||Pacific Lutheran (Washington)|
|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)|
"*" 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).
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.