The 10 scallops in the University seal stand for the original incorporators of Northwestern University who, imbued with a deep sense of mission, gave the best years of their lives to provide the Ilocanos quality education. The maroon symbolizes their utmost dedication, sincerity and passion to make the school a premier educational institution anchored on academic freedom - a legacy that continues to be preserved through the years. The golden yellow color speaks of the quality of education that Northwestern offers to everyone who would want to grow in spirit and wisdom. The book stands for knowledge.
Cognizant of its role as a citadel of learning, Northwestern continues to provide quality education, to institute new educational standards and policies, and to upgrade academic programs to dovetail with the demand for globally competitive graduates.
Above all, the light is a recognition of God's in-finiteness that serves as a source of all wisdom and goodness and love that transcend time, borders and race. It is this recognition that inspired and emboldened the founding fathers to embark on its mission, "FIAT LUX" is a mission carried through generations, that of providing enlightenment, guidance and direction which liberate the mind from the bondage of ignorance and depravity and nourish the heart and soul of the human person.