Located in the city of Roseville, Minnesota, Northwestern College was initially founded in 1902 as the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School by Dr. William Bell Riley. Riley was a pastor at the local First Baptist Church of Minnesota who sought to strengthen the Christian community's education in the state of Minnesota and served as the school's first president until 1947. As Riley began seeking a successor, he turned to a young, ambitious religious leader named Billy Graham to take over as Northwestern College's second president - a role he maintained for nearly 20 years until 1966. Over the next several decades, the college gained prominence for its unique academic programs and non-denominational religious origins - the only such private school in Minnesota. In 1972, the school moved to its current campus location in St. Paul.
According to its stated mission, 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." The college achieves this mission with this vision statement: "Because of God's compelling love, we will teach wisdom and understanding to reach all nations for Christ."
Those living in student housing or an off campus apartment at Northwestern College have access to the school's distinguished academic programs and fields of study. Students may pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees through departments like Art & Design, Biology & Biochemistry, Biblical & Theological Studies, Music, Mathematics & Engineering, History, Education and World Languages.
Student living and university living at the college revolve around a variety of traditional campus student organizations and Christian-oriented community building initiatives.
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