Northwest Nazarene University

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School Overview

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) is located in Nampa, Idaho, USA. This private Christian liberal arts college has an acceptance rate for applicants of 69.7% (in 2007). The mission of the school is to transform the whole person by instilling habits for the strength, mind, soul, and heart of the individual. Because the school is centered in Jesus Christ, NNU strives to enable each of its students to become one of God’s redemptive and creative agents in the world.

There are six schools at NNU: Theology & Christian Ministries, Health & Science, Education & Social Work, Business & Economics, and Academic Resources (Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.) The school is the home for the Wesley Center for Applied Theology. NNU also offers 29 bachelor’s degrees and 7 graduate programs. In 2007, 1,247 of its 1,836 students were undergraduates.

General Information

Admission Office

623 Holly Street

Nampa, ID 83686-5897

(208) 467-8496

(877) 668-4968

Fax: (208) 467-8645

Contact: Stacey Berggren

Director of Admissions
Main Address

623 Holly Street

Nampa, ID 83686-5897

(208) 467-8000

Total undergrads: 1,324

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 303

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,281

Graduate enrollment: 615


Suburban setting

Small city (50,000 – 249,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Online application fee: $25
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 66%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 89%

College Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Ceramics B
Drawing B
Graphic Design B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B
Music – Piano/Organ B
Music – Voice/Opera B
Music Theory/Composition B
Painting B
Printmaking B
Sculpture B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Cellular/Molecular Biology B
Ecology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B

Communications & Journalism

Communications/Rhetoric B
Journalism B
Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Art Teacher Education B
Biology Teacher Education B
Chemistry Teacher Education B
Computer Teacher Education B
Elementary Education B
English Teacher Education B
Health Teacher Education B
History Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Physics Teacher Education B
Psychology Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Science Teacher Education B
Spanish Language Teacher Education B


Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering Physics B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Nursing (RN) B
Physician Assistance B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Environmental chemistry B
Physics B


Industrial/Organizational Psychology B
Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Social Sciences

International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Social Sciences – General B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Bible Studies B
Missionary Studies B
Pastoral Counseling B
Religious Education B
Religious/Sacred Music B
Youth Ministry B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Northwest Nazarene University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (208) 467-8011
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, ID 83686-5897
Setting: Suburb: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 2,111
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 56%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 1,059 (50% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Associates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $31,050
Out-of-state Tuition: $31,050
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $19,476

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Northwest Nazarene University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Northwest Nazarene University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 251
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 2
Education 21951
Engineering 2
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 23
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 12
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 14
Physical Sciences 3
Psychology 1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 12
Social Sciences 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 33
Visual and Performing Arts 7
Grand total 2558141

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Northwest Nazarene University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $31,050
Out-of-state $31,050
Books and supplies $1,290

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $10,749
Out-of-state $10,749

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 270 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 270 100% $19,476
Student loan aid 183 68% $7,532

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 1,198 83% $18,893
Federal student loans 814 56% $6,778

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Northwest Nazarene University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Northwest Nazarene University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 1,666 645 1,021
Percent admitted 100% 81% 88%
Percent admitted who enrolled 17% 19% 15%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Northwest Nazarene University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 2,111
Undergraduate enrollment 1,423
Graduate enrollment 688

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Northwest Nazarene University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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