Northwestern To Switch To All-Online Until Further Notice

Orange City, Iowa — Another northwest Iowa institute of higher learning has decided to transition to all-online classes due to the global outbreak of COVID-19.

Northwestern College in Orange City is transitioning to online course delivery for all traditional undergraduate classes effective Monday, March 23. Complete information about Northwestern’s decision can be found at

All traditional undergraduate on-campus classes are canceled through Thursday, March 19. The campus will reconvene online on Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m. for a required convocation. All instructors will offer their classes online starting Monday, March 23, through the rest of the semester.

College officials say all student activities, campus ministries, and campus events are canceled. Normal campus operations will continue. Faculty and staff are expected to work as usual; however, there may be some modifications to campus services and to work assignments.

Northwestern’s current graduate and online courses will operate as previously planned with no break.

They tell us that residential students are asked to move out of the residence halls and apartments as quickly as is reasonably possible, but no later than 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Students whose situations may necessitate extending their on-campus housing may petition to continue living on-campus beyond that time by filling out an online form by noon on Monday, March 16.

Campus dining will remain open for regular hours through Monday, March 16. Foodservice will be available in the following weeks for those students who must remain on campus.

Northwestern’s recreational facilities (Juffer Fieldhouse, RSC Fitness Center and the Bultman Center) are temporarily closed. College officials tell us the date to reopen will be communicated later.

They say campus visits for prospective students will be available on a limited basis.



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