Northwestern College Iowa

101 Seventh St SW, Orange City, IA 51041

School Details

Northwestern College Iowa is a Christian college in the Reformed tradition. After considerable economic hardship, the Dutch Reformed community of Orange City, led by Rev. Seine Bolks and Henry Hospers, incorporated the Northwestern Classical Academy in 1882 with the motto “Deus est lux” (God is light). The constitution called for establishing an institution of learning “for the promotion of science and literature in harmony with, and religion as expressed in, the doctrinal standards of the Reformed Church in America.” Adhering to its original mission of providing a Christ-centered education and still strongly connected to the Reformed Church in America, Northwestern has achieved recognition as a high-quality, genuinely Christian, liberal arts college.

Northwestern College offers undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates in liberal arts subjects. Several degrees and endorsements are available in fully online formats, including a Master of Education degree and coaching endorsements.

Accreditation & Licensing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

School Overview

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above
  • Religious Affiliation:
    Reformed Church in America
  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Bachelor's degree
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