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Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, Idaho

Northwest Nazarene University, a comprehensive Christian university founded on a liberal arts philosophy of education, offers over 60 areas of study, 18 master’s degrees, and 2 doctoral degrees. In addition to its 88-acre campus in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 35 countries. Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students, and approximately 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program.



Student Profile

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

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
104 full-time faculty
1 part-time faculty
15 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
76% of first year students live on campus
70% of all students live on campus

School Location

Nampa, Idaho

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


Nonresident aliens 3%
Hispanic/Latino 7%
Black or African American 2%
White 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 2%
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.

Other Information

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.

Study Abroad

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.

Research Opportunities

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.

Activities Offered

Campus Ministries x
Choral groups x
Concert band x
Drama/theater x
International Student Organization x
Jazz band x
Literary magazine  
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles x
Musical theater x
Opera x
Pep band x
Radio station  
Student government x
Student newspaper x
Student-run film society x
Symphony orchestra x
Television station  
Yearbook x

Student-Faculty Interaction

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.

Common Core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Philosophy x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x

Class Size Breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 105 119 68 23 10 12 0 337

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:

Spiritual Life

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.

Residence Life

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

Coed dorms  
Men’s dorms x
Women’s dorms x
Apartments for married students x
Apartments for single students x
Special housing for disabled students x
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing  
Other housing options  

Successful Graduates

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

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Academic GPA

Class rank
Standardized test scores

Rigor of secondary school record
Application Essay
Religious affiliation/commitment

Freshmen Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 460 580
SAT Math 460 570
SAT Writing 440 560
SAT Essay    
ACT Composite 21 25
ACT Math 22 25
ACT English 21 25
ACT Writing 21 27


Net Price Calculator


Tuition $27,750
Fees $400
Total $28,150
Room and Board (on campus) $7,000
Room Only $3,000
Board Only $4,000
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

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