Fall 2015 Enrollment
1,524 undergraduate students
77% of undergrad students are full time
43% male — 57% female
49% of students are from out of state
2015-2016 Academic Year
104 full-time faculty
1 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio
76% of first year students live on campus
70% of all students live on campus
Retention Fall 2015
74% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full time, first time freshmen)
6 Year Graduation Rate 2015
49% of students graduated in 6 years
ENROLLMENT BY RACIAL/ETHNIC CATEGORY - FALL 2015
|Black or African American||2%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||1%|
|Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander||0%|
|Two or more races||4%|
|Race and/or ethnicity unknown||6%|
NNU is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC). Fifteen varsity sports are available—men’s sports: baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and indoor and outdoor track & field; women’s sports: basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, indoor and outdoor track & field and volleyball.
NNU has approximately 50 indoor and 85 outdoor intercollegiate events hosted by athletics throughout the school year. The beautiful Johnson Sports Center (JSC) is home to the Orrin Hills Center Court (basketball and volleyball), a 25,000 square foot multi-purpose field house, athletic training facilities, an indoor soccer field, racquetball courts, two fitness centers, a kinesiology wellness lab, the NNU Military Science department, two classrooms, coaches and staff offices, two hardwood balcony practice areas, and more. NNU faculty, staff, students and local community members utilize the Johnson Sports Center on a year-round basis. NNU classes are held at the JSC and the many outdoor facilities including three tennis courts.
For the fifth time in school history, Crusader Athletics claimed the GNAC All-Sport Academic Championships in league history, and swept the titles by also winning the Men’s Teams and Women’s Teams GNAC All-Sports Academic Championships. Crusader student-athletes had a cumulative GPA of 3.23 for the 2014-15 academic year. The men’s teams had a cumulative GPA of 3.09, and the women’s teams had a cumulative of 3.36.
Northwest Nazarene University, founded in 1913, is a four-year, comprehensive Christian university founded on a liberal arts philosophy of education, accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
Earning a college degree is hard work, and NNU makes students work hard to earn a degree. NNU students are committed to intellectual inquiry. Whether they’re interested in business or computer science, NNU graduates leave prepared to embark on any career path or pursue advanced degrees.
A longstanding partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) allows students to see the world. Students have access to programs in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Jordan, Oxford and Uganda, to name a few. NNU also offers connections to domestic programs in Washington, D.C., Los Angeles and Nashville.
Recent research projects include: NASA RockSat and CubeSat Engineering projects; agricultural drones; hyperbaric oxygen treatment of breast cancer cells; Alzheimer ’s disease; and Lake Titicacan frogs and native cat species in Costa Rica. Mentoring faculty work alongside students to enrich the research experience. Many students have also gone on to present their research at national conferences such as the Murdock College Science Research Program Conference.
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Students have direct access to talented faculty members in all disciplines who become their research partners, mentors, tablemates in the cafeteria (if they choose) and spiritual sounding boards. Undergraduates at NNU are able to build relationships with their professors that are usually only afforded to graduate students. These relationships allow professors and students to work side-by-side.
Not only are the NNU faculty accessible, but they are gifted. Students are constantly getting involved in faculty research, writing, and projects. Take Dr. Earwicker and Dr. Lawrence for example:
Ben Earwicker, professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies and chair of NNU’s Department of Language, Literature and Culture was named Idaho State Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by the Idaho Association of Teachers of Languages and Cultures. With this status, Earwicker represents the statewide organization to the regional Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL). He acts as a candidate of the PNCFL when he attends the national organization, the American Council of Teaching of Foreign Languages national convention.
Earwicker has traveled all over the world for a variety of academic pursuits including exploring Costa Rica and speaking in Xi’an, China. On his most recent trip to Costa Rica, he was accompanied by twenty students who spent two weeks studying ecology and biodiversity, Spanish and photography.
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Class Size Breakdown
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NNU takes care of every aspect of the student experience—from where students live to what they do on Thursday nights. Here’s just a sample of what’s in store:
Through Spiritual Life, students find new ways to grow in their faith. The community is rooted in love for one another and for God, but it is not a Christian hideout from the world. Students and faculty alike challenge one another to examine, articulate, and own their faith. Attending Timeout (a weekly student-led worship service), serving locally and joining a D-group (discipleship group) are just a few of the ways students can grow.
Student Government Association
Staple campus traditions would not be possible without the Student Government Association (SGA) and other student leadership positions. SGA gives students opportunities to get involved, both on-campus and in the surrounding community. NNU has the standard clubs and organizations (more than 40) and some unique traditions and campus characters you might not find elsewhere.
16 percent of students come from a culturally diverse background. The Office of Multicultural Affairs works to increase awareness, cooperation, and understanding concerning ethnic, religious and cultural diversity on campus and in the local community.
NNU students and alumni will tell you that most of their best college memories were made while living on campus. Whether it’s a late night run to Merrit’s for a world-famous scone, competing in intramurals with a dorm wing, or deep conversations with a roommate, living in a caring community is an integral part of the NNU experience.
Being a residential campus is not just about the fun though. Living on campus contributes significantly to the success of students, both socially and academically. Studies show that students living on campus achieve a higher GPA and have a higher graduation rate than those who live off campus. And, NNU wants its students to be successful.
Campus Housing Options for Undergraduates
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Doctors? Yes. Lawyers? Of course. Professors, ministers and teachers? Plenty. NNU graduates leave prepared to embark on any and every career path, and to pursue advanced degrees at some of the best graduate schools in the country. But more importantly, NNU graduates leave prepared to make the world a better place. They are creative, socially responsive men and women ready to represent Christ in a changing world. And that makes us proud.
NNU graduates have been accepted into prestigious graduate schools, including: American Film Institute Conservatory, Azusa Pacific University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Loma Linda University, Nazarene Theological Seminary, Purdue University, Syracuse University, University of Arizona, University of Colorado, University of Glasgow, University of Idaho, University of Michigan, University of Notre Dame, University of Oklahoma and Vanderbilt University.
Employers of recent graduates: Agri Beef Co., Campbell Soup Company, Drake Cooper, DreamWorks, Ernst & Young, Hewlett Packard, Micron, Idaho Power, John Templeton Foundation, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, KTVB, National Science Foundation, NetApp, Northwestern Mutual, Pepsi, TSA, U.S. Bank, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and University of Georgia.
Students dive into research and internship opportunities throughout the country and around the world. NNU’s strong connections and industry relationships have opened doors for students to explore their discipline in a professional arena.
NNU students have interned at ESPN, FoxSports, Unilever, Campbell’s, Centennial Job Corps, St. Luke’s, Wal-Mart Headquarters, U.S. Embassy in Belgium, Micron, Hewlett Packard, Scentsy Headquarters, Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Simplot and Disney.
Admissions Fall 2015
1,589 Total Applicants
870 Total Admissions
258 Total Freshmen Enrollment
54.75% of applicants admitted
Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission
Rolling Admission? No
Closing Date: August 15
Priority Date: March 1
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Freshmen Profile Fall 2015
|25th Percentile||75th Percentile|
|SAT Critical Reading||460||580|
TUITION AND COSTS
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TUITION AND COSTS BEFORE FINANCIAL AID 2016-2017 ESTIMATED
|Room and Board (on campus)||$7,000|
|Estimated Total On Campus||$7,400|
Average Financial Aid Packages 2014-2015
$28,538 First year students
$26,604 All undergrads
Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015
73% on average, the percentage of need that was met
22% of financial need students that had need fully met
$14,234 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$9,241 Average need-based loan