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Message from the President of Northwestern College

Lawrence Schumacher

Thank you for visiting our Northwestern College website!

Northwestern College was established in 1902 as a family-owned institution of higher learning, providing a career-focused education in areas with high demand jobs. What began as a local “neighborhood” college on Chicago’s north side expanded when my mother Violet bought the College in 1958. With my mom’s experience as a Northwestern College student, graduate and nearly 20 year employee of the College, she set in place the model still used today, including small class sizes, individualized attention, and faculty with real-world experience in the career fields they teach. As a small, family-owned college, our focus then and now remains on our students, not shareholders. The College has thrived for over a century as a result of the success of its students!

From the start of the twentieth century and now well into the twenty-first, Northwestern College’s growth has yielded a campus in Chicago’s Jefferson Park neighborhood and a second in Chicago’s southwest suburb of Bridgeview, both within steps of public transportation as well as with ample parking. In addition, the College maintains its NC Online division which offers the busy, working or rural student the opportunity to obtain their degree online, avoiding travel altogether. Strong ties with our local communities have led to partnerships with local businesses, community leaders and health care providers which have complimented our curriculum by providing the foundation for student externship, practicum and clinical opportunities.

Northwestern College provides a flexible, career-focused education in a variety of fields encompassing our School of Health Sciences and Commerce as well as our Violet L. Schumacher School of Nursing which was launched in 2010. We maintain several accreditations, including regional accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission and many programmatic accreditations which help to better prepare our students for successful passage of licensure and certification exams in their fields of study. Our goal is for you to achieve success in your career, and from the onset, our staff will assist you in crafting an easy-to-follow plan to quickly get you working in your desired career.  With faculty instructors that work in the fields they teach, each brings real-world experience into the classroom, educating you on what you need to be successful in today’s workplace, without the added burden of excess courses in subjects outside your chosen career field.

Investing in your education is a major life decision and we are proud that our Northwestern College degrees have been valued and respected for over a century.  An education from Northwestern College is one of the best investments you can make in your future, and our financial aid team can provide you with the personalized financial assistance you need to help reach your career goals. 

I urge you to visit our campus or speak with an admissions representative to learn more about what Northwestern College has to offer. We understand the fast pace of society and high demands of jobs and family, and for over a century have crafted our programs to address them by providing the flexibility and student resources necessary to take individual educational dreams and make them a reality.  As a small, family-owned and operated institution, our focus remains on our students and their career goals, understanding that Northwestern College succeeds because our students succeed!

Lawrence Schumacher



At Northwestern College, we are committed to providing you the training you need to help achieve your professional goals. We pride ourselves on having built progressive and effective curricula when it comes to career-based training, but we also believe in the value of each student who walks through our doors.

This means that although our goal is always to help you become marketable and successful as a professional, we never forget who you are—and who we are—in the process.

About Northwestern College

Because Northwestern College has been serving the Chicago region since 1902, we have a long, rich history of providing business-focused education to the local workforce. Our name, location, and degree programs have undergone a few changes along the way, but the core of what we do—providing an education that students and area businesses can depend on—has always remained the same.

That’s why we encourage you to get to know more about Northwestern College both online and in person. Our website can provide you with the facts about our long history and our current course offerings, but we’d also love to make a personal connection you can count on.

Why Northwestern College

As a career-focused training center, our top priority is to help you train for and begin a career that will carry you through your entire lifetime. This means that we not only provide a high-quality education from the start, but that our entire support staff is dedicated to your success.

  • Ready to launch you into a career in two years or less, NC offers a wide range of advantages over community colleges to allow you to enter your desired career field right away.
  • NC creates cohorts of class schedules in mornings, afternoons or evenings which accommodates your busy schedule, and promotes a great educational experience.
  • NC delivers a quality education through instructors who work in the field and bring the real-world experience into the classroom. This further enhances the hands-on experience students enjoy across all programs and we will provide you with what you need to be successful in today’s ever-changing workplace.
  • An education from Northwestern College is one of the best investments you can make in your future; we are highly accredited, including regional accreditation and many programmatic accreditations giving you the upper hand when competing against other graduates during your career search.
  • Success is important at NC; Northwestern College supports students outside of the classroom by offering free professional and peer tutoring in a variety of subjects.  You are not just a number at NC, you’re a future success story!  Many other services are available to assist you in preparing for a successful future.
  • At Northwestern College we are committed to value and affordability; we have significant resources available to help make your educational experience an affordable investment.

Just as you’re ready to transform your own life, so too are we constantly growing and changing, to keep your education in step with the needs of today’s employers.

Learn About Northwestern College

With over 116 years of experience and a focus that always puts our students first, we’ve become synonymous with quality, care, and continued success. Contact us today to learn more about our educational programs and how you can begin to change your life for the better.

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