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3 College Junior

Local Area: For me, the area is great. The school and town is located in Northwest Iowa, which is surrounded by crop fields. For me, the area is ideal because I grew up a half hour from the town. However, I wish that there were closer shopping stores and many more things to do in the nightlife. Every store or shop closes around 5:30 pm leaving nothing to do.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: 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.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Safety among the town is very safe. There are only a few area attractions such as the Tulip Time festival, and the community is very open to students. However there is not many activities on a regular basis for students to do off campus. Going to a nearby town is common.

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4 College Junior

Local Area: Orange City is a great small down with a great dutch heritage, you see a sign coming into the town that says "Discover the Dutch" by the time you're out of Northwestern, even if you're not dutch, you will be. Besides that, it's a friendly town, and I don't think it's that boring. Northwestern is a community within a community, so I find satisfaction there.

2 College Freshman

Local Area: The only activity Orange City has is the Tulip Festival in May every year. We are not very cultural because Orange City is mostly white. There are a few good shops to shop at,but they are very small. Orange City is a very safe town. There is no city transportation. There is not much to do in Orange City. Some students go to a bar called DD's in Alton and they have dances there. A lot of students drink and even have sex there.


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Rate the local atmosphere on the following topics    Based on 12 responses

Very poor
  • Cost of living
  • Dining
  • Friendliness of locals toward students
  • Museums/cultural attractions
  • Nightlife
  • Parking
  • Parks and recreation
  • Professional sports
  • Safety
  • Scenery
  • Shopping
  • Transportation

What is the local atmosphere like at your school?    Based on 14 responses

  • 0% City living at its finest. There's always something fun and interesting going on.
  • 7% Vibrant college town. There's no big city, but there are plenty of things to do off campus.
  • 79% Small town with plenty of charm.
  • 7% In or near a big city, but there's not much to do off campus.
  • 7% Painfully remote.

What is the proximity to other universities? Is there much interaction?    Based on 13 responses

  • 54% There are nearby schools that students often interact with.
  • 46% There are nearby schools, but students do NOT interact much.
  • 0% There aren't any nearby schools.

Can you see yourself living here after graduation?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% Totally.
  • 62% Maybe, if I could find a good job.
  • 23% No way.
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