Northwestern College

Private, Four-years School Located in Orange City, IA

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How much is the Northwestern tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, Northwestern's tuition & fees is $35,300.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $49,850 when a student lives on-campus.

Northwestern Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$35,300
Books & Supplies Costs$1,150
On-campus Room & Board$10,200
On-campus Expenses$3,200
Off-campus Room & Board$10,200
Off-campus Expenses$3,200
2023-2024 Estimates
Tuition & Fees$37,097

How Much Does it Cost to Go to Northwestern for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $152,359 at Northwestern. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $211,358. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $111,530.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$36,382$50,302$26,464
Sophomore (2024-25)$37,498$51,956$27,388
Junior (2025-26)$38,647$53,666$28,344
Senior (2026-27)$39,832$55,433$29,335
4 Years Total$152,359$211,358$111,530
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$37,498$51,956$27,388
Sophomore (2025-26)$38,647$53,666$28,344
Junior (2026-27)$39,832$55,433$29,335
Senior (2027-28)$41,053$57,259$30,361
4 Years Total$157,030$218,315$115,428
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$38,647$53,666$28,344
Sophomore (2026-27)$39,832$55,433$29,335
Junior (2027-28)$41,053$57,259$30,361
Senior (2028-29)$42,312$59,146$31,423
4 Years Total$161,844$225,505$119,463
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$39,832$55,433$29,335
Sophomore (2027-28)$41,053$57,259$30,361
Junior (2028-29)$42,312$59,146$31,423
Senior (2029-30)$43,609$61,096$32,523
4 Years Total$166,805$232,934$123,641
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$41,053$57,259$30,361
Sophomore (2028-29)$42,312$59,146$31,423
Junior (2029-30)$43,609$61,096$32,523
Senior (2030-31)$44,946$63,110$33,661
4 Years Total$171,919$240,611$127,967

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, Northwestern' tuition is higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Iowa, its tuition is slightly higher than the average tuition of $25,497.
Northwestern College$35,300
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Iowa Four-years Colleges$21,556
Public Schools$8,453$11,211
Private Schools$25,497

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between Northwestern and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
Northwestern CollegeOrange City, IA$35,300$6,600
Buena Vista UniversityStorm Lake, IA$40,190$10,170
University of DubuqueDubuque, IA$40,065$9,020
Mount Mercy UniversityCedar Rapids, IA$39,070$11,410
Waldorf UniversityForest City, IA$25,220$5,220

Financial Aid and COA

At Northwestern College, 1,035 students (95%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $23,129.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at Northwestern is $26,721 for students living on-campus and $26,721 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 268 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $22,228 and the average amount of student loans is $7,535.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$49,850
COA (off-campus)$49,850
Tuition & Fees$35,300
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$14,550
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$14,550
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$26,721
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$26,721
Average Financial Aid$23,129
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship1,03595%$23,129
Pell Grants27225%$4,289
Federal Student Loan64960%$6,263
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid268100%-
Grants or Scholarships268100%$22,228
Federal Grants7026%$5,109
Pell Grants6926%$4,312
Other Federal Grants6926%$872
State/Local Grants6825%$6,638
Institutional Grants268100%$19,209
Student Loan Aid17365%$7,535
Federal Student Loans17365%$5,222
Other Student Loans3714%$10,811

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

Northwestern's acceptance rate is 83.02%. A total of 1,172 applicants applied to and 973 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 268 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 27.54%.
To apply to Northwestern, 2 items are required - Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 3 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank and Completion of college-preparatory program. SAT and ACT scores are considered during the admissions process but are not required to be submitted.
Acceptance Rate83.02%80.59%86.38%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)27.54%24.45%31.53%
Secondary school GPARecommended
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsNeither Required Nor Recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither Required Nor Recommended
Admission test scoresConsidered But Not Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

Student Population

Northwestern College has a total of 1,651 students including 1,153 undergraduate and 498 graduate students. By gender, there are 625 male students and 888 female students attending Northwestern. The school offers online degree programs and 528 students enrolled online exclusively (31.98% of all students).
Total1,513 625888
Undergraduate1,053 513540
Graduate460 112348

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
Address101 Seventh St SW, Orange City, IA
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered62 Programs
Online Program Offered9 Online Programs
Graduate Program Offered7 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate87.01%
Student Population1,651
Graduation Rate62%
Transfer-out Rate9%
Retention Rate78%
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate15 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties78 (Full-time), 97 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs207 (Full-time), 163 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$64,115
Average Staff Salary$53,688