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Northwestern College is located in Roseville, Minnesotamarker, USAmarker. It is a four-year Christian college accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school was founded on October 2, 1902 as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School by Dr William Bell Riley, a pastor at the First Baptist Church of Minneapolis. Billy Graham served as the school's president from 1948 to 1952. Athletic teams at the school are nicknamed the Eagles.

Northwestern College has an enrollment of over 2,500 students in traditional and non-traditional programs. Northwestern is the only non-denominational Christian private college in the state of Minnesotamarker. The College is an evangelical Christian institution dedicated to the integration of faith and learning.

Mission Statement

Northwestern College exists to provide Christ-centered higher education, equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and world.

Traditional Undergraduate Program

Northwestern offers 45 bachelor's degrees in its traditional format including elementary and secondary education, music, business, psychology, broadcasting/electronic media, art, English, biblical studies, and Christian ministries. In addition to mandatory daily chapel program featuring local, national, and international speakers, students are required to have a focus in Bible by taking 30 credits of Bible classes throughout their college career.

Alternative Education Programs

The FOCUS Degree Completion Program offers an Associate of Arts degree as well as degree-completion programs in business, psychology, ministries, and communication studies.

The Center for Graduate Studies offers the following graduate programs:
  • Masters in Organizational Leadership
  • Master of Arts in Theological Studies

Other non-traditional programs include:

Media Ministry

The campus houses the KTIS and KTIS-FM radio stations, broadcasting contemporary Christian music and programming to the Twin Citiesmarker area. In addition to KTIS, which began broadcasting in 1949, Northwestern College owns and operates media outlets in 7 other cities: KFNW, KFNW-FM, and KFNL in Fargo, NDmarker; KDNW and KDNI in Duluth, MNmarker; WNWC in Madison, WImarker; KNWS-FM and KNWS in Waterloo, IAmarker; KNWI and KNWM in Des Moines, IAmarker; KNWC in Sioux Falls, SDmarker; and WSMR in Sarasota, FLmarker.

The mission statement for Northwestern's media ministry is: "The purpose of Northwestern Media is to lead people to Christ and to nurture them in their spiritual growth through Christ Centered media!"

In addition to KTIS, Northwestern College operates a student radio station, WVOE, and a student television station, NWC7. WVOE is a station that broadcasts on FM exclusively to the surrounding campus as well as a live Internet stream. WVOE was named the 2009 National Religious Broadcasters iNRB College Radio Station of the Year award.


Music at Northwestern has a long and proud heritage of serving the college and the greater Twin Cities area through its preparation of students to serve in their homes, churches, and communities through Christian leadership. Ensembles include nationally renowned College Choir and Symphony Orchestra, as well as Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Men's Chorus, Women's Chorale, and numerous chamber ensembles. The Music Department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. Majors include Music Education, Music Performance, Music Composition and General Music. A music minor is available to those who want a concentration of coursework in music but have other educational goals.


Northwestern sponsors 18 intercollegiate athletic sports, including football, women's volleyball, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and men's and women's tennis.

The Eagles are one of eight full time members of the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference (UMAC), and are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The school is also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

On October 8, 2005, Northwestern's football team became the first college team in modern history to play two games in the same day. They first played Trinity Bible College at home in the early afternoon, winning 59-0. After a two-hour break, the team boarded a bus for the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) drive to Macalester Collegemarker for a 7:00 p.m. (0000 UTC, 9 October) game, which the Eagles won 47-14. [37561]

The Northwestern football team defeated the Malone Pioneers in the 2008 Victory Bowl on November 21, 2008 by a score of 49-44.


Northwestern College is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

The FOCUS program is a member of the Twin Cities Adult Education Alliance.

The Music Department is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

Presidents of Northwestern College

  • Dr. William Bell Riley 1902 to 1947
  • Dr. Billy Graham 1948 to 1952
  • Dr. Richard Elvee 1953 to 1956
  • Dr. Curtis B. Akenson 1957 to 1966
  • Dr. William Berntsen 1966 to 1985
  • Dr. Donald Ericksen 1985 to 1997
  • Dr. Wesley Willis 1997 to 2000
  • Dr. Alan Cureton 2002 to present

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