Northwestern College Named 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 2018–19 Christian College of Distinction and one of six 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 absolutely thrilled to recognize Northwestern College as a College of Distinction for its effective dedication to student success,” says Tyson Schritter, chief operating officer for Colleges of Distinction. “Colleges of Distinction is so impressed with Northwestern’s curriculum, which is enriched with the kind of high-impact educational practices that are most crucial for student development. Such innovative engagement is preparing the next generation of young adults to thrive after college.”

Colleges of Distinction’s selection process consists of a review of each institution’s freshman experience and retention efforts alongside its general education programs, alumni success, 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 is far more than a ranking list of colleges and universities,” says Schritter. “We seek out the schools that are wholly focused on the student experience, constantly working to produce graduates who are prepared for a rapidly changing global society. Northwestern College stands out in the way it strives to help its students to learn, grow and succeed.”

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.