Why Northwestern?

Making the choice on where to attend college is a big (and exciting!) decision, so we asked our Red Raider bloggers: Why Northwestern?


Northwestern is special because it offers me the ability to double major, play golf, and be involved in multiple other activities like campus ministry and intramurals. It is so fun to be a part of so many different things on campus, and Northwestern’s small community and personable professors who care about me have fostered this. I know that I am being academically challenged while being spiritually encouraged by incredible friends, professors and coaches. Anna Perrenoud

It’s easy to wonder why a kid from Southern California ended up in the northwest corner of Iowa, but I can tell you that it was all about the people. I had visited numerous colleges, but it wasn’t until I got to NWC where I felt like I was at home. The people, the culture and the community all led to an atmosphere that was too good to not be a part of. I have met some of my best friends in the world at NWC, gotten to play 4 more years of the sport I love, and have walked away a better man, a better Christian, and a better human being. I owe a lot of who I am today to the amazing people at NWC. Connor Sams

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NWC is small, but I think that's what really sold me when I was trying to make my college decision. That was surprising because I had always envisioned myself going to a large public university. The professors don't see me as another faceless name on a long lecture roster. They know me. That means they'll hold me accountable for my work in their classes, but they'll also reply if I email them a Buzzfeed article about Shakespeare jokes. The professors are also really good at what they do, so they make sure that when we leave Northwestern we are really good at what we do, too. Academically speaking, I think it's one of the best places to go to college. Liz Meier

Northwestern's professors are amazing! Not only do they care about your learning and success, but they take an interest in you as a person. My professors are constantly providing me with opportunities outside of the classroom to grow in my field of study. Here at Northwestern, professors go the extra mile for their students. How many other colleges can say the same?  Lauren Weber

At Northwestern College I have found a unique support system that has surprised me, on more than one occasion, with the lengths people are willing to go to in order to help students. I have personally been blessed by teammates, coaches and professors who care about me in ways that go far beyond just being a student who earns a grade in their class or an athlete who earns points on their field. When I am going through difficult times, I have had teammates, coaches, and professors check in on me and offer assistance. And to me, the genuine care and concern I receive from such people in those times is something that makes Northwestern College unique and worth the investment. Caley Vink

Northwestern has provided me with some of the closest relationships I have ever had. It's not just people that are in my major or the same activities, but even people I know from living on the same wing or interacting around campusthe close-knit community is incredible. Even the professors encourage faculty-student interaction and want the best for your future. Through relationships with my professors, I have had access to opportunities that students at larger schools wouldn't have, from academic opportunities like one-on-one research to class-wide invitations for Sunday dinner. The community at Northwestern is no joke. Abbey Slattery

Northwestern has given me the opportunity to experience challenges daily with the support of everyone around me. Unlike most institutions I know of, nearly everyone I have encountered has shown they are willing to help in any and all ways. I think that it is imperative that at some point, everyone should experience this type of unconditional support in striving toward goals. Jonathan Johnson

Northwestern challenges me academically and spiritually. I came in timid and quiet about my faith and now I’ll graduate with an energized spirit and eagerness to spread God’s love. You really can’t hear about an event or activity on campus and think, oh, I’ll never be a part of thattake it from an introverted gal who ended up being a two-year RA & editor-in-chief for the Beacon! Each year there are countless opportunities to jump into and it’s truly encouraging to look back and see how far you’ve come since day one. What I’ve learned in my classes is much more than academic knowledge, but also life lessons I can take with me after I graduate. Shelby Maznio

Northwestern is special for many reasons.  I appreciate the relationships I have with my professors. On multiple occasions I have gotten meals or coffee with them. If I could go back to freshman year, I would encourage myself to start doing that right away. Dorm life is also so specialwhen else will you live with a group of people your age going through similar transitions? It’s so cool to walk through the hall and have everyone’s doors open. When that’s the case be sure to just walk in and start talking with your neighbors in the wing.  Northwestern is more than just getting students ready for a job, its about intentionally living and loving our neighbors. Dani Duistermars

Northwestern is such a great choice because of the community you get involved in. Not only are there so many different opportunities to socialize, especially through dorm events like Fern’s Grilled Cheese Fest and their joy-filled wing Christmas parties, but also the professors are invested in your life as well. As I get further into my major, I continue to meet more English professors who want to get to know me, through random conversations as we pass by each other or even through deep conversations. No matter where you come from, Northwestern always makes you feel like you belong. Kaitlyn Asmus