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Reviews 182 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are a bunch of restaurants right next to campus, and even more just a little walk or brief drive away. Good variety of Chinese, Mexican, American, and small unique local dining.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: It's primarily a Dutch heritage school. We do have a lot of international students and other ethnicities for our size though.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: No Greek life. We don't really need it though.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It's an obviously Christian liberal arts college. If that's what you're looking for, that's what this is.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: NWC is located in a very small, very Dutch town. It's a cute place to be, has a few things to do, and is very safe for the "college bubble"; however, if you really want to do stuff off campus you have to drive at least 10 minutes to Sioux Center or 40 minutes to Sioux City. Those are both still close enough to be reasonably convenient if you have a car or can catch a ride with someone.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: My program was very easy to get into. I am a Theater and Public Relations double major, and I'm enjoying both.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: This is the best place to do theater I have ever encountered. It is a very supportive, creative, and innovative atmosphere. For such a small school, we are nationally known for our theater program and accomplished professors. There are many internship opportunities for both theater and public relations, and the faculty will help you apply for and often get them.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Many new buildings on campus. Lots of study space. Lots of pretty architecture. All sorts of green and colors in the spring and fall. There are student events almost every weekend, including Airband, NC/DC (a singing competition against our rival school), plays, concerts, Humans vs. Zombies, and more. Each dorm has a traditional thing they do every year as well. West Hall has a coffeehouse music/poetry night, Colenbrander Hall hosts "Coly Christmas," Fern Smith Hall hosts a swap meet and talent competition, and the other dorms do fun stuff too.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I LOVE living in the dorm. The housing process is super easy, and there are also plexes and apartments (open to incoming sophomores and up). All the people are great. Some of my closest friends live in my dorm. The ones who don't are just a quick walk away, since campus is so small and accessible. The social life is very close in both proximity and friendship.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We have pretty good cafeteria food and an on-campus restaurant as well as a coffee shop. You can use up to four meal exchanges at the restaurant every week, and depending on your meal plan flex dollars are often generous.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: NWC is mostly residential. Students typically choose to stay on campus because it is more fun, more convenient, and cheaper.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid process is very smooth, and they really work with you to make sure it is as affordable as possible. I have seven younger siblings at home, and the FAFSA tried to count their college funds toward mine, which gave me a financial aid package that wasn't very good (saying I had more money than I did). My dad emailed the financial aid office and they were able to help me out and award a bit more merit money so that I could afford to come.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Rules are strictly enforced, but none of the rules are oppressive or unreasonable. They are for the safety, happiness, and wellbeing of the students, and they all make sense.

3 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is kind of nonexistent but they do lock up buildings and other things at night.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Everybody rallies behind our sports teams. Crowds go to games, players seek to honor God with their actions, and overall the school spirit is very high. The athletic facilities are amazing as well.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: This is a very small campus and we don't have much use for public transportation or zip cars. Long distance transportation is usually pretty easy because people offer to give rides all the time.

2 College Freshman

Weather: It is very cold and snowy during the winter and can get very cold during spring and autumn. Summers are usually pretty nice.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I need money to go to school still and working with a private institution to receive that is difficult.

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College Freshman

Drug Safety: I have never even seen any drugs or drug use on our campus. Most people just drink.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I've never really had to deal with it, but I heard good things about it?

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5 College Junior

Transportation: It's a simple Northwest Iowa town, you can walk anywhere and be satisfied, and you can drive anywhere and be satisfied, anywhere you go in town.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There have been some imperfections about Northwestern, but looking by those, I made some great friends there and I feel like I have learned a lot more than I already thought I would learn coming in. I learned that this school thrives on a couple of levels. One level being traditionalsim in the aspect of different events happening with different parts of campus, and the tradition of Northwestern being built on an academic bar level so perfectly, that you are pushed to learn things, but you get so much out of it as well. Another level this campus thrives on is its label as a christian college, and I think that campus ministry here is very great, but it's definitely not perfect, so please don't see Northwestern college as heaven on earth, because it's very much not and no school can be.

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College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life

3 College Junior

Nightlife: You make it how you want it I guess, there are usually no parties at Northwestern, no clubbing scenes... there are however some Northwestern dances which can be a big hit sometimes, or they can just be down right horrible.

5 College Junior

Facilities: I think that Northwestern's facilities are great, and a plus is that they are getting updated to meet student needs.


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