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Background and Mission

Providing a Focused Education

With three campuses conveniently serving more than 1,500 students in the greater Chicago area, Northwestern College provides a solid, career-focused education in some of the fastest growing professions. In as little as one to two years, NC students can earn their certificate or degree and begin working in their chosen fields.

A Place to Prepare for the Future

Founded in 1902 to provide men and women with the specialized training necessary for a successful career in business and to support Chicago’s rapidly growing business community, NC continues to pursue the basic principle of its founder: to meet the needs of students who are career-oriented.

Northwestern College’s founder J.F. Fish had the foresight to realize that business would need competent, well-trained workers in the years ahead. His philosophy is still evident in the College today.

Mr. Fish and those who succeeded him believed that a career education should prepare students for significant, responsible lives and equip them with the intellectual and social skills necessary to succeed. Career preparation at NC emphasizes the complementary relationship between a general education foundation and specialized study. At graduation, NC students are prepared for entry into a career or for further study. Some will begin work in their chosen fields while others may seek to continue their education.

Our Mission and Purposes

The following mission statement has been adopted by the Board of Directors of Northwestern College to guide the development and growth of the College.

Northwestern College, an institution of higher education, encourages, prepares, and empowers its diverse student body to pursue their career and educational goals. Our distinctive programs, combined with our commitment, integrity, and student-centered learning community, provide employers with well-prepared graduates.


Empowering students for success.

Shared Values


Northwestern College is a professional educational community focused and committed to learning for its students, faculty, and staff.


Northwestern College respects the rights and dignity of all people by providing an environment that promotes a sense of accomplishment and self-esteem.


We practice honest, fair, and ethical behavior.


We believe that technology is pivotal to the future success of all of the College’s stakeholders.

Student and Employer Satisfaction

We are committed to the needs of students and employers.


We challenge ourselves to continually improve.

Institutional Focus

  • Northwestern College is dedicated to innovation, a student-centered environment, academic excellence, and supportive student services.
  • Northwestern College is committed to a comprehensive assessment of institutional effectiveness, student learning, and graduate success.
  • Northwestern College is committed to cultivating and fostering a learning community that is socially, ethically, and environmentally responsible.
  • Northwestern College is committed to responsible growth while sustaining a financially secure institution.
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