We are honored to serve the students, who represent their families and their tribes when they walk through our doors.
STUDENT LIFE AT NWIC
At Northwest Indian College the student body is a diverse group. The average student is a 29-year-old female with at least one dependent. However, increasing numbers of traditional college age students are enrolling right out of high school. Over 75 percent of our students come from a federally-recognized Indian tribe and we represent over 90 different tribal nations. Northwest Indian College proudly serves over 1,100 students annually.
Our student clubs consist of interest groups from Media, Art, Rockets, Grad School, and Pow Wow to Nationally recognized organizations such as AISES and AIBL, which allow our students opportunity for life experiences not found in a book or in the classroom. Students have the option to work within the communities in which they learn, and give back to their people in various ways.
STUDENT CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS
Campus clubs and organizations exist for a variety of reasons. Clubs allow students to develop a community of people with similar interests. Clubs often provide a door into the non-academic world through professional contacts with business and Tribal leaders. Clubs and organizations provide students a way for involvement in the larger community. Clubs and organizations add value to a student’s collegiate experience. Students may create a Campus Club with a group of students coming together with a collective mission that aligns with the college’s mission. Campus Clubs and Organizations include, but are not limited to:
We are committed to our students, the Tribes we serve, and advancing Tribal sovereignty for the protection and enhancement of our home-lands and future generations.
Through education, Northwest Indian College promotes Indigenous self-determination and knowledge. Guided by our vision and core beliefs and values, mission fulfillment is when a student has attained the academic and cultural knowledge skills, and values to positively impact Tribal communities.
We are honored to serve the students, who represent their families and their tribes when they walk through our doors.
Message from the Dean of Student Life
Thank you for choosing Northwest Indian College!
At Northwest Indian College, we not only offer quality learning at an affordable cost but also the skills to achieve a balanced education through our philosophy of promoting Indigenous self-determination and knowledge. It is this philosophy that lends to our daily practices and dedication to student success.
Our student-oriented approach is evident in all we do: classroom learning, extra and co-curricular experiences, internships, research, and community outreach. Our investment in students is reflected in our graduates who are leaders in their fields and highly prized by employers. Student success is our highest priority.
As a student at Northwest Indian College, it is important that you understand you are a part of our family and that the Center for Student Success will make our best efforts to ensure you succeed, so that you may provide for yourself, your family, and your community. I encourage you to become involved in clubs, organizations, student government, and service-learning opportunities so that you may make the most of your college experience. It is your responsibility to take charge of your own education, and our Student Services staff will stand by to support you as you take full advantage of this extraordinary place.
Best wishes for a successful year!
Center for Student Success
NWIC President’s & Dean’s List
Celebrate Our Students Who Earned High Academic Achievement!
PRESIDENT’S LIST AND DEAN’S LIST
PRESIDENT’S LIST WINTER
|Mark Bear Dog|
|Michael Howling Wolf|
|Myrna Red Leaf|
DEAN’S LIST WINTER
|Ian Xavior Olson|
|Rudy St Germain|
NWIC Student Resources
First Year Experience
Newileng, welcome students, to First Year Experience, (FYE)
at Northwest Indian College (NWIC).
First Year Experience provides students under forty-five college credits with opportunities to participate in a uniquely designed Indigenous student success initiative that aligns with institutional mission fulfillment. FYE also helps integrate these students into the academic rigor and cultural community of NWIC.
FYE courses and activities help students to:
- Transition into college.
- Enhance knowledge and academic skills for college success.
- Develop an educational degree plan.
- Connect with local community holistic and wellness support services.
- Participate in co-curricular activities.
- Establish personalized student support.
- Improve student life skills and personal academic organization.
The First Year Experience Student Objectives:
- Exhibit Tribal place-based awareness.
- Commitment to Tribal community and civic responsibility.
- Demonstrate college level skills in mathematics, oral communications, reading, and writing.
NWIC Math and Writing Center
The Math and Writing Center is a safe haven that provides academic support for all students. Peer and professional tutors provide individual and small group tutoring. Support is provided in subjects such as mathematics; including algebra, calculus and statistics, English; such as writing, grammar, editing, and science; with emphasis in chemistry and biological studies. Access to computers and printing services is also available.
Although the Math and Writing Center is located at the Lummi campus, online tutoring is also available for all students, regardless of location. Online tutoring can be accessed by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions or special tutoring arrangements contact the Math and Writing Center, building 3, at the NWIC Lummi Campus. The Math and Writing Center is typically open from 9-5pm Monday-Thursday and 10-4pm Friday with extended hours during finals week. For more information, please call 360-392-4235.
The mission of the library is to support the Northwest Indian College and the Lummi Community with research, informational, and recreational resources that enhance life-long
The collections include more than 30,000 titles in print, audio, and video formats and focus on curricular support and Native American topics while including general interest and children’s materials. Subscriptions provide access to a number of electronic databases. The library also holds the personal collection of Native scholar Vine Deloria, Jr.
The catalog is available through our NWIC Library page. Purchasing or borrowing from other libraries may be an option.
Facilities include a computer lab with internet access and office software, wireless access, photocopying and scanning, study space, and video playback.
Library instruction is available individually and to classes. Distance learning students and faculty are encouraged to use library resources, and to contact the library for details.
Residence Life Center and Family Housing
NWIC Athletic Department
Competitive Sports Programs
It is the mission of the Athletic Department to create and foster an environment that provides opportunities to student athletes that enrich their collegiate experience through participation in competitive and cooperative athletics. The Athletic Department values gender and ethnic diversity and is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all students.
Show Your NWIC Spirit – Join Us For Some Games!
The Center for Student Success
NWIC Student Services and Programs
Northwest Indian College Advisors offer holistic and student-centered guidance, empowering students with practical knowledge and skills to support cultural identity, academic success, self-determination, and personal growth.
What We Do:
Academic advising is provided to students by:
- Advisors in the Center for Student Success
- Faculty Advisors in the academic program in which the faculty member teaches, or by
- Site Managers at our instructional sites.
The academic advisor will work with students to enroll for courses and provide the necessary information to ensure adequate course selection for the student’s intended program of study. Advisors offer assistance to students in understanding degree requirements, planning schedules, and monitoring satisfactory academic progress. Students should schedule appointments with their advisor to verify that courses they have selected apply to their degree program prior to quarterly registration. While appointments are not mandatory, they are strongly recommended, especially during busy registration times before the start of each quarter. Drop-in advising is always available to students on a first come, first serve basis.
Meet your Academic Advisors
Julia Orloff is a graduate of the Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science program at Northwest Indian College. She recently completed a Post-Graduate certificate in Academic Leadership through the Fielding Graduate University focused on women in STEM and initiatives in higher education, specifically at TCUs. She has a degree in Electro-Mechanical Technology. Currently, Julia serves as the Native Environmental Science Advisor and is a member of the National Advising Organization – NACADA. In her spare time, Julia enjoys showcasing her talent through traditional arts. Julia is an Aleut tribal member.
Shoshaunee is a descendant of the Tulalip and Tlingit and Haida tribes. She earned her Associate of Arts and Science- General Direct Transfer from NWIC in 2013 and Bachelor of Arts- CARE in 2019. Currently, Shoshaunee serves as the First Year Experience Advisor, advising students within their first 45 credits of college. She also helps advise Running Start students, and serves as the temporary Testing Center Coordinator.
Harrison Crowe is Seneca-Cayuga and Osage descent. He earned his BA degree in Human Services from Northwest Indian College and is currently working toward his M.Ed. in Adult Education at Western Washington University. Currently Harrison serves as the Second Year/Career Advisor and supporting students as they transition toward their academic and professional goals.
Student Clubs and Organizations
NWIC Campus Clubs and Organizations
Campus clubs and organizations exist for a variety of reasons.
Clubs allow students to develop a community of people with similar interests. Clubs often provide a door into the non-academic world through professional contacts with business and Tribal leaders. Clubs and organizations provide students a way for involvement in the larger community. Clubs and organizations add value to a student’s collegiate experience. Students may create a Campus Club with a group of students coming together with a collective mission that aligns with the college’s mission.
Campus Clubs and Organizations include, but are not limited to:
All full and part-time students on the main and extended campuses are automatically members of the Associated Students and are entitled to privileges and responsibilities of such membership. The ASNWIC annually elects an Executive board to represent the interests of students at all NWIC campuses. The Executive Board consists of student officers as President, Vice-President of finance, Vice-President of Clubs and Organizations, Vice-President of Activities, and Vice-President of Extended Campuses. The primary function of the Student Executive board is for student involvement in the college decision-making process and communication between college administration and students. In addition, the organization provides programs which meet the needs of students in the areas of education, culture, social activity and student welfare.
NWIC students are encouraged to be involved in an existing club or organize a group of students to form a new club.
- American Indian Business Leaders
- Art Therapy Club
- Craft Club
- Swinomish 13 Moons Gardening Club
- Sla-Hal Club
- Nez Perce Indigenous Crafts Club
- NWIC Journey Club
- LGBTQ2S+ Club
- Mod-Hob Club (Modern Hobbies)
- Native Pride Music Club
- Nisqually Student Alliance
- NWIC Pow Wow Alliance
- The Strategy Club
- Students for the Salish Sea
- TRiO Club
- The Port Gamble Breakfast Club
NWIC Extended Campus Locations
Northwest Indian College‘s main campus is located at the Lummi Nation. The College also has six full service extended campus sites located at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip. Please use the location links to view details for each extended campus site.
NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.
Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.