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.
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!
Dean of Students
President’s & Dean’s List
Celebrate Our Students Who Earned High Academic Achievement!
Edwin Salamo Sanchez
Accommodations for Students
At Northwest Indian College, providing equal opportunities for students who experience disabilities is a campus-wide responsibility and commitment. Academic and Student Support services are an integral part of equalizing the post-secondary environment for students who experience disabilities.
NWIC is committed to providing students with disabilities equal opportunities to benefit from all College services, programs, and activities. We comply with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Upon enrollment at NWIC, we ask that you provide the most
recent documentation form a licensed medical professional that clearly states your diagnoses (IEPS or 504 plans are also accepted). You can email to email@example.com, scan to
360-392-4255, or bring in person to the Center for Student Success (Building 17).
The Dean of Students will review your documentation and create an Accommodation Confirmation Letter. Once you review this letter, it will be submitted to your faculty quarterly upon your enrollment.
Faculty Notification letters will be emailed to each of your instructors. Ideally, you will meet with your instructor at the beginning of each quarter to discuss your accommodations and
communicate any concerns or questions you may have.
Did You Know?
Dean of Students – (360) 392-4255
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.
Estabon Hayes is a graduate of the Tribal Governance and Business Management program at Northwest Indian College. Estabon is an entrepreneur and owns multiple businesses. Being an entrepreneur and business owner gives Estabon unique insights that he brings to the classroom as an instructor. Estabon is the Tribal Governance and Business Management program advisor. He will be earning an MBA in entrepreneurship. When Estabon isn’t working for Northwest Indian College, he grows his businesses and travels. Estabon is a citizen of the Spokane Nation.
The Student Connections Program is designed to provide student support services for students at Northwest Indian College. The core of the program is the use of success strategies developed by the NWIC TRIO Student Support Program, Peer Mentoring and efficient case management strategies. These holistic non-cognitive strategies incorporate academic coaching, cultural knowledge and skill building, and development of self-efficacy. The objectives of the program are to maximize student strengths, identify challenges, and develop a fluid and flexible individual student success plan. Overall goal of the Student Connections Program is to promote persistence, retention, and graduation of NWIC students. The SCP uses the three-pronged approach focusing on Academics, Events, and Personal Life/Culture. Using these areas as a focus for supporting students, the SCP reaches out to students to support them with:
- Proper Academic Advisement and Planning
- We connect them with events and activities that are meaningful to their success
- We connect them with community opportunities that provide cultural community and a sense of place and identity.
This can include things like introducing them to our Indigenous Wellness events, connecting them with community members, aligning them with students and staff from the same communities and advising the student in a holistic manner.
What We Do:
Academic Coaching is provided to students by:
- The Student Connections Program Director in the Center for Student Success
- The Coach Advocate in the academic program in which the faculty member teaches, or by
- Student Peer Mentors
Meet your Student Connections Staff
Hello, my name is Denise Neal. I am an enrolled tribal member of the Suquamish Tribe, which is a sovereign nation on the Port Madison Indian reservation. Many will recognize my tribe through its affiliation to the city Seattle, WA; which is named after the ancestral leader of my tribe “Chief Seattle.”
I am an alumnus of Northwest Indian College, I graduated in 2019 from the Tribal Governance Business Management program and then I decided to continue my higher education journey at Arizona State University as an Indigenous Education, MA student.
I have returned to NWIC as a Coach Advocate for students. I am passionate about supporting our community’s cultural survival and identity efforts. Culture has been the fuel to my educational pursuits and now my long-term career goals too.
Student Internship Opportunities
Student Internship Documents
If you are a student that has worked at NWIC within the last three years and has all hiring documents on file, the internship supervisor only needs to submit a PAF.
If you are a student that has not worked within the last three years, the student will need to submit all the following new hire documents and the internship supervisor needs to submit a PAF.
Some s also require a NWIC application, cover letter and resume. This is optional.
Internship Supervisor Documents
If your intern has worked at NWIC within the last three years and has all hiring documents on file, you only needs to submit a PAF to HR.
If your student intern has not worked within the last three years, the student will need to submit all the following new hire documents and you need to submit a PAF to HR.
Wellness is a core belief at NWIC. As part of our guiding values, NWIC believes:
- Sәla-exʷ: Our strength comes from the old people. From them we receive our teachings and knowledge and the advice we need for our daily lives.
- Schtәngәxʷәn: We are responsible to protect our territory. This means we take care of our land and water and everything that is on it and in it.
- Xwlәmi-chosәn: Our culture is our language. We should strengthen and maintain our language.
- Leng-e-sot: We take care of ourselves, watch out for ourselves and love and take care of one another.
- Xaalh: Life balance/sacred
Student Access through Health Promotion Northwest in Whatcom County
Free – Confidential – Helpful
Office Hours: 8:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Eve. appts. available
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.
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.
REMOTE TUTORING VIA ZOOM
Monday – 10AM-6PM
Tuesday – 10AM-6PM
Wednesday – 10AM-6PM
Thursday – 10AM-6PM
Friday – 10AM-6PM
Saturday – 11AM-5PM
Sunday – 11AM-5PM
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.
At Northwest Indian College, selecting and ordering textbooks is done entirely online at the NWIC Online Bookstore. Created in partnership with eCampus, the Online Bookstore simplifies the textbook ordering process for students and faculty while providing them with a variety of physical and digital textbook formats.
Textbooks are no longer available in the on-campus bookstore, but the NWIC Eagles Market is still open with a variety of snacks, gifts, clothing and additional products.
The Online Bookstore offers:
- Quick ordering process – complete your entire order in 5 minutes
- New, used, eBook, and rental textbook formats
- An average savings of 60% off list price on Marketplace items
- Price match guarantee on new books
- Free shipping on retail orders over $49 (not including Marketplace)
- Year-round access to post and sell any textbook on the website’s Marketplace – you name the price
- Go to the book voucher website https://books.nwic.edu/request/
- Log in with your student username and password
- Accept the conditions on the screen
- You now have your $300 “voucher” and can move on to ordering your textbooks.
Wait, How Do I Order Books?
Enrollment & Transcripts
Northwest Indian College’s primary focus is on recruiting Native American and First Nations (Canadian) students but follows an “open door” admissions policy.
Anyone who is 18 years of age or older and who has graduated from high school or completed a GED may enroll. Students who are between the ages of 16 and 18, who have completed a high school diploma or GED, must obtain permission from their school district before enrolling for college or high school level courses. Students 16 years of age and older are eligible to enroll in Continuing Education (CEU) courses. Students who are not prepared to begin college level courses are provided with a wide variety of developmental course work designed to enable them to prepare for more advanced study and to pursue programs suited to their interests and aptitude.
*As of July 1, 2015, students are REQUIRED to submit a copy of a high school diploma or GED before their application is considered accepted.
Getting Your Transcripts
Ordering a transcript online through the National Student Clearinghouse is a more convenient option that ensures all information is entered correctly to prevent delays and includes status notifications. There is a $4.00 fee and a convenience fee of $2.25 per transaction (the $4.00 fee is waived one time for currently enrolled full-time students).
Ordering a transcript through the Enrollment Services Office. There is a $4.00 fee and a convenience fee of $2.25 per transaction (the $4.00 fee is waived one time for currently enrolled full-time students). Completed forms should be submitted to email@example.com.
If you have any questions please contact the Enrollment Office at 360-392-4245 or
Enrollment & Transcript Forms
*Please note classes under the location ‘Lummi’ are in-person. Find virtual class options under Independent & Online and Video Conference. Please consult with your advisor or site manager for questions and assistance.
Definitions of Class Types
Student Housing Options
NWIC currently has two housing options. The first is the Residence Life Center (RLC) and the second is the NWIC Family Housing at the Kwina Estates, both located at the Lummi campus.
The mission of the RLC is to build a sustainable community through promotion of healthy living, leadership development, and embracing traditional ways of its residents and the community. Programming will enhance and strengthen individual access to culturally relevant education and personal growth.
The RLC houses 64 students and 3 Resident Assistants. There are double and triple occupancy rooms available. All rooms have a private suite style bathroom, sink, desk, chairs, bunk beds, dressers and space for either a microwave or small fridge.
The RLC also has a fully furnished lounge which includes: Television, Direct TV satellite, couches, chairs, dining set, kitchen and two computer stations. There is an on-site laundry facility and a dining hall where students have meals prepared for them. The quarterly meal plan is required for all residents.
The NWIC Family Housing at the Kwina Estates is located within walking distance from main campus. There are eight 1-bedroom, nine 2-bedroom, and two 3-bedroom apartments available. These units are not furnished. Residents of these units can purchase a quarterly meal plan but it is not required. This option requires an application obtained at the Residence Life Center office or download the PDF Form on this page.
Housing applications will be accepted continuously. All applications must be complete and include the $50.00 application fee. Complete applications will be placed on a waiting list in the order they are received. For more information please contact the Residence Life Center.
NWIC Residence Life Priority Deadlines
NWIC Quarters Deadline Date
Summer Quarter June 1
Fall Quarter September 1
Winter Quarter December 1
Spring Quarter March 1
NWIC Residence Life Priority Deadlines
|NWIC Quarters||Deadline Date|
|Summer Quarter||June 1|
|Fall Quarter||September 1|
|Winter Quarter||December 1|
|Spring Quarter||March 1|
Associated Students of Northwest Indian College
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.
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 a Student Executive Board (SEB) 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. 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 aware of the Constitution and Bylaws that help the Student Executive Board make decisions. The SEB uses the following documents to guide all the policy and procedures.
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:
Other Student Forms
Want to Start an NWIC Club?
NWIC students are encouraged to be involved in an existing club or organize a group of students to form a new 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.