Northwestern College again named a College of Distinction

Northwestern College has again been named one of the nation’s Colleges of Distinction in acknowledgment of its continued dedication to high-impact educational practices. Northwestern is the only Iowa institution to be named a 2019–20 Christian College of Distinction and one of seven selected as Iowa Colleges of Distinction.

Northwestern’s first-year seminars, collaborative assignments and projects, undergraduate research, capstone projects, study abroad programs, internships, Honors Program, service-learning programs, Spring Service Partnerships, intensive writing courses and interdisciplinary programs are among the factors that led to the Colleges of Distinction recognition.

“We are so proud to see Northwestern College walking the walk,” says Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction knows that a truly valuable education can’t be measured by rank or reputation. Students learn and thrive best when they embrace hands-on learning in a vibrant, welcoming community. That’s why it’s so encouraging to find Northwestern College take such an innovative approach with its curriculum: Its high-impact educational practices ensure the undergraduate experience is worthwhile and unique.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of detailed interviews and research for each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, career development, strategic plan, student satisfaction and more. Schools are accepted on the basis that they adhere to the organization’s four distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

“Colleges of Distinction doesn’t rank schools, because we know that every student is different in what they need to best learn, grow and succeed,” said Schritter. “Instead, we value schools that embrace those differences. Northwestern College puts the student experience first, providing all the tools and opportunities they need to become lifelong learners who are ready to take on any challenge in today’s ever-evolving society.”

Northwestern’s business, education and nursing programs have also received specific recognition for investing in student engagement that prepares students to thrive after graduation. To view Northwestern College’s profile and learn more about the innovative learning experiences it offers, visit

Since 2000, the Colleges of Distinction website and guidebook have honored schools throughout the U.S. for excellence in undergraduate-focused higher education. The website,, and guidebook provide dynamic college profiles; customized tools; and resources for students, parents and high school counselors.