Northwest Nazarene University


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

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Academic Calendar: Semester

State: Idaho


Northwest Nazarene University sits on a nicely landscaped 90-acre campus in Nampa, Idaho, a city just west of Boise. Outdoor lovers will find skiing, fishing, kayaking, climbing, hiking, camping, and other recreational opportunities nearby. The university is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, although 55% of students belong to different denominations. Northwest Nazarene takes its Christian identity seriously, and all applicants must sign a lifestyle commitment form and submit a character recommendation letter. Students must agree to live according to the university's expectations when it comes to alcohol use, tobacco use, drug use, and sexual purity. An NNU education focuses on the whole person, and intellectual and spiritual development go hand-in-hand. Undergraduates can choose from over 60 areas of study through the university's five schools: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Education, Social Work and Counseling; Business; Health and Science; and Theology and Christian Ministries. Among undergraduates, business and nursing are most popular. At the master's level, business, social work and ministerial studies have the highest enrollments. Students with strong academic preparation should look into the Honors Program for a more interdisciplinary academic experience. Academics at NNU are supported by a healthy 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio. Student life is active with more than 40 clubs and organizations. On the athletic front, the NNU Crusaders compete in the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The university fields six men's and seven women's intercollegiate sports.

Most Popular Majors

Business Administration, Elementary Education, General Studies, Nursing

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 1939
Total Grad Students: 609
Undergraduate Students: 1330
Faculty: 101

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

Percent Male: 41%
Percent Female: 59%

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Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 40%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 54%

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Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

623 Holly St
Nampa Idaho 83686


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Main Phone: 208-467-8011

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Admissions Contact:
Anna Lee
Assistant Director, Admissions

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Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

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Minimum GPA for Applying:
Cumulative college GPA of at least 2.0. Fewer than 28 transferable credits must have cumulative high school GPA of at least 2.5.

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
NNU does not accept grades below a C- (1.75) for transfer.

Credits (Min/Max):
A max of 62 semester credits (1/2 the total required for graduation) are accepted from a 2-year school. NNU accepts an unlimited number of credits from accredited 4-year schools. In order to graduate from NNU, 32 credits must be earned in residence.

Test Scores for Applying:
You will be required to submit ACT or SAT scores if you have fewer than 28 transferable credits.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
All transfers are required to submit the Personal Recommendation form. This can be completed for you by a pastor, employer, teacher, etc. Your recommender cannot be a relative.

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Application Fee:
There is a $25 fee to apply.

Other Requirements:
You must complete the Lifestyle Expectations form.

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Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 1160

Other Expenses: 1785

Room and Board: 6260

Tuition and Fees: 24030

Total Cost: 33235

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Since more than 95% of NNU students receive some sort of financial aid, we would encourage every student to apply for financial aid and pursue every possible resource, including scholarships, grants, loans, and employment.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 7030

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 98%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 97%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 70%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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