About Northwest Nazarene University

Founded in 1913, Northwest Nazarene University. is a Private college. Located in Idaho, which is a city setting in Idaho, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 1,450 full time undergraduate students, and 707 full time graduate students.

The Northwest Nazarene University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 15:1. There are 98 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Northwest Nazarene University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate95%
Application Deadline
Application Fee40
SAT Range1000-1240
ACT Range21-27

Admissions at NNU are considered Less Selective, with ,10% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

0% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 0% were in the top quarter, and 0% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.


We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Northwest Nazarene University.

“We”re apathetic”
“We know about current events and vote”
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
“We save it for the classroom”
“Sometimes, but not often”
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
“All the time, including weekends”
“I”m always terrified”
“I only go out in groups”
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
“I feel extremely safe”
“We don”t play sports”
“We play recreationally”
“We bought the gear”
“We live for the big game”
“It”s not really our thing”
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
“There are a variety of opportunities”
“We”re a very artistic group”
“Haven”t met them”
“Available in class”
“They keep regular office hours”
“They”re always available”
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
“We”re not into drinking at all”
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
“We only party on weekends”
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
“Never, we”re here to learn”
“There might be people who do”
“People are known to partake on weekends”
“There”s a huge drug scene”
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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    37 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 19 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    20 Students rated off-campus housing 3.6 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    38 Students rated campus food 2.9 stars. 5 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    38 Students rated campus facilities 4.2 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    38 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 63 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    37 Students rated school activities 3.9 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    37 Students rated local services 4.6 stars. 68 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    38 Students rated academics 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.

Northwest Nazarene University REVIEWS

What's your overall opinion of Northwest Nazarene University?

16 Students rated Northwest Nazarene University

Morgan - 06/23/2023

Originally I was hesitant to go to NNU, but due to the financial aid that was offered it was the best choice. The thing that stood out to me was how much the professors seemed to care. When I was struggling in my classes the professors worked with me and were super encouraging which made me feel like I could do it.

Zoe - 03/09/2021

I really enjoy being at Northwest Nazarene University and I love how the class room settings are smaller so that I could actually have a real conversation with my peers and professors. NNU is very involved in politics when it comes to their campus ministry especially this year, which I believe they should not do because no matter what politics brings division and we are to unify each other. I enjoy the people at NNU and I love the community that I have on campus.

Molly - 01/01/2021

I am currently attending NNU and I absolutely love it. The academics are great and my professors are constantly pushing us while also being there and understanding as well. If you are looking for a great Christian community while obtaining a great education I would highly suggest looking into NNU.

Amber - 03/17/2020

NNU is a good university that has mostly small class sizes, which is nice. It is a Christian University which means you would expect the classes to be taught from a Biblical perspective. They do a good job of that, for the most part. It is an expensive university and I hope that the education I will receive will show the investment.

Northwest Nazarene University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Northwest Nazarene University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Northwest Nazarene University is 95%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    I would tell my younger self this: "Grades are very important. Mom and Dad tell you to focus on your studies for a reason. Do not screw around and put things off. You are just going to regret it, in the end. Get all your homework done first, before hanging out with your friends. Do not put your friends before your schoolwork because you are for an education. Friends are great, and the ones you make at college will stay with you forever, but do not go looking for drama to start up. Just do your work, hang out with your friends, and go to bed at a decent time. Also, go to the gym! You will gain weight, and you will hate it! Go to the gym, and work out before you gain too much weight. Remember those four things, and you will be set."

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  3. Describe the students at your school.

    I haven't started classes yet...

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  4. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    NNU feels like home with quality people surrounding you who all care about your life and education.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    Nothing. I knew a lot about the school already.

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  6. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I tell all my friends back home about the clean air quality, the snow, and the mountains. Back in my hometown, Bakersfield, California, these are three things you hardly see, if ever. It never snows. The air quality is awful, and you can hardly ever see the mountains. Up here in Idaho, it's very pretty here.

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  7. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    Since Nothwest Nazarene Universtiy is a privite institution, the tuition cost is higher than average. As a result, much of my tution is paid for with student loans. Though I am fortunate enough to receive some money through scholarships and grants, the rest must be paid with loans

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  8. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Someone seeking a great education with professors and staff members who truly do care. A school full of school spirit and pride for our sports and what we stand for as a school. A close knit campus where there is never a dull moment.

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  9. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    A person who is well-rounded, dedicated, and true to his/her faith.

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  10. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    Like every other thing, this university has its things, that i dont agree with, we have fines for strict rules. We have curfew, and if your late you get fined, or if you dont get on time to your wing meeting, which we have every tuesday, we get fined. I understand the fact that we should get wing meeting, but they should understand that we have things to do.

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  11. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    My school is best known in this area for its growing MBA program. They advertise a lot about how easy it is to get your MBA in their evening program.

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  12. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    The students are more friendly and share a closer friendship with each other. Proffessors will go out of their way to help students succeed in the classes they are taking. Even the students are willing to help each other to succeed in school.

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  13. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing is the community aspect. The smaller size of the school and religious aspect seemed to make it easier to intereact with most people on campus and even to explore different ideas within the community.

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  14. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    The student government, freshmen retreat, spring musical, week one, week done, TWIRP, Black Tie, Zombie vs Humans

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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

100% of students attending Northwest Nazarene University receive some sort of financial aid. 36% were awarded federal grants. While 67% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

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