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Northwest Nazarene University

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About Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University, a nonprofit comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts, offers over 60 areas of study, master's degree programs in seven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 88-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs in Boise, Twin Falls, 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 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program. Our mission is to encourage a habit of mind that enables each student to become God's creative and redemptive agent in today's world. We believe that the education obtained from NNU prepares graduates to be global Christians through academic excellence, social responsiveness and creative engagement. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top masters-level universities in the West. In addition NNU is often featured in the Princeton Review's Book The Best Western Colleges.

Campus information

NNU is situated on an 88-acre, park-like campus with 34 buildings including seven residence halls and apartment complexes, a baseball field, softball field, soccer field, tennis courts and an Olympic-sized track

Over 10,000 students. This year we have 1,323 undergraduate students, 712 graduate students, and more than 6,000 taking courses online or for Continuing Education. A majority of our students come from all over the Northwest and parts of California.  However, we do have international students from Papua New Guinea, Cameroon, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa, and many other countries.

Northwest Nazarene University is located in Nampa, Idaho (population of approximately 90,000), which provides a safe, small-town atmosphere. In addition, NNU is just minutes away from Boise, Idaho's capital city, and the advantages of a large urban area. The Boise Valley supports a number of music and cultural groups such as Ballet Idaho, the Boise Philharmonic, and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

NNU is also within driving distance of the world-renowned Sun Valley ski resort, beautiful McCall, the stunning Snake River, breathtaking Snake River Canyon (site of Evil Knievel's notorious attempted motorcycle jump), nearby Bogus Basin ski resort and the serene Salmon River.


Seven residence halls provide a variety of residential settings from the traditional Culver, Dooley, Ford and Sutherland Halls, which typically house underclassmen, to the Corlett, Olsen and Kirkeide apartment complexes, which provide the added amenities of apartment-style living along with the traditional benefits and convenience of on-campus living.


Courses available 10

Applied, Pure Sciences 1 Business, Management 2 Education and Teaching 1 Health and Medicine 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 MBA 1


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