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Northwestern NEXT

Northwestern NEXT
Northwestern College
Northwestern NEXT
101 7th St. SW
Orange City, IA 51041
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Program Contact John Menning
Program Contact Email
Phone 712-707-7454
Website Program website
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The mission of the Northwestern NEXT program is to provide a personalized inclusive college experience for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a supportive Christian environment.

Through Northwestern NEXT, students with intellectual or developmental disabilities can participate in campus life and learning at Northwestern College. Our two-year program offers students with disabilities the opportunity to:

Live in a college residence hall with a specially selected roommate/peer mentor

Participate in campus activities and social events with same-aged peers

Take specialized classes in life skills, including practical academics, independent living, social competence, interpersonal relationships, and career readiness

Audit up to 9 credits per semester of pre-approved courses from the college catalog

Northwestern NEXT is recognized as comprehensive transition programs (CTP) by the U.S. Department of Education. This indicates Northwestern NEXT meets standards of excellence, and it enables students to fill out the FAFSA and be eligible for federal financial aid.

Program information submitted: January 12, 2023

Public or private: Private
Type of school: 4-year college or university
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 12
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular high school diploma required? Yes, a regular high school diploma or GED is required
Criteria for admission
  • Student must be 18 or older
Accepts out-of-state students? Yes
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
Program length: 2 years
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term: 70.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one: 100.00%
Average student tuition and fees for the current school year: $11000.00
Room and board: $9000.00
Additional costs:
Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Private pay (student and family)
  • Scholarships
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Information on special classes: Health and Wellness 1 Health and Wellness 2 Career Class Positive Choices Course Life Skills 1 Life Skills 2
Percentage of academic time spent in inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities): 50-74%
Do all students in this program enroll in at least one inclusive college/university course for credit or audit each semester? Yes
Credential(s) students earn upon completing the program: CTP
Is the credential approved by the college/university? Yes, this credential has been through a formal approval process at the IHE
Students in the program have access to the following campus-wide services:
  • Career services
  • Disability/accessibility services
  • Academic tutoring services
  • Health services
  • Access to a transcript via the registrar
  • Academic advising services (not program staff)
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
  • Work Study
Housing is provided to students: Yes
Housing options available:
  • Inclusive on campus
Students participate in student organizations on campus: No
Percentage of social time spent in inclusive activities (open to all students on campus): 75-99%
Students may participate in the following extra-curricular activities
  • Registered student organizations
  • Club sports
  • Campus events
Students participate in these campus-wide events:
  • College/University's Student orientation
  • College/University's Family orientation
  • College/University's Graduation