Northwestern College offers visit opportunities for prospective students

Northwestern College invites high school and transfer students to visit campus during the 2023–24 school year. Both individual visits and Raider Days (group visit days) serve as an introduction to the college for prospective students.

High school juniors, seniors and their parents are invited to Northwestern’s Raider Days, which provide information and firsthand experiences for students who are in their college search. Dates for this school year’s Raider Days include Sept. 22, Sept. 29, Oct. 20, Dec. 1 and March 1.

While Spanish translation is available upon request for every visit opportunity, a special Raider Day for Latino students and their parents, Latino Raider Day, will be held Jan. 26. A STEM and Health Professions Raider Day will be held Nov. 3 and a Nursing Raider Day will be held Feb. 9. Raider Days tailored specifically for high school juniors will take place on March 22 and April 26.

Raider Days begin with registration at 8:15 a.m. and conclude between 2 and 3 p.m., depending on individual appointments with staff or coaches. During the day, students and their parents will tour Northwestern’s campus, attend chapel, eat lunch in the cafeteria, and learn about academic and student life at Northwestern. They will also have the opportunity to hear about specific academic programs, financial aid and co-curricular activities. Students have the option of staying in a dorm the night before or after a Raider Day.

Students are also welcome to set up an individual, personalized visit to Northwestern most weekdays or select Saturdays. Students can register online at for any type of campus visit. For more information about visiting campus, contact Kara Smit, campus experience coordinator, by phone at 712-707-7164 or email at

“Our goal when hosting students and families is to provide an exceptional on-campus experience. We want each person to leave here with a true picture of who we are as a campus community,” says Lori Zomermaand, director of admissions. “It’s also imperative we give them what they need to discern their next step in the college search process. We understand what a big decision this is for students and families, and it’s our desire to walk with them and guide them through this process.”

For a complete campus visit calendar, go to