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Northwest Nazarene University Overview

Northwest Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Nampa, Idaho. The suburban atmosphere of Nampa makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

What Is Northwest Nazarene University Known For?

347 Undergraduate Awards
$29,437 Avg Cost After Aid
73% Acceptance Rate
  • The 3% student loan default rate at NNU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at NNU.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of the faculty were full-time.

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Northwest Nazarene University Rankings

Out of the 16 colleges in Idaho, NNU is ranked at #2.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Where Is Northwest Nazarene University?

Location of Northwest Nazarene University

Contact details for NNU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, ID 83686-5897
Phone: 208-467-8011
Website: www.nnu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Nampa-ID/Northwest-Nazarene-University/7401923021
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nwnazarene

How Do I Get Into NNU?

You can apply to NNU online at: love.nnu.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for NNU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into NNU?

73% Acceptance Rate
61% Of Accepted Are Women
78% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 73%, NNU may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 39% of accepted students are men and 61% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 73%, and the acceptance rate for women is 74%.

Average Test Scores

About 78% of students accepted to NNU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 500 and 600.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 530 to 630 )
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800

SAT Math Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 500 to 600 )
200
800
NNU received ACT scores from 53% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 26. Math scores were between 19 and 27. Composite scores were between 20 and 27.

ACT English Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 21 to 26 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 19 to 27 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 20 to 27 )
1
36

Can I Afford Northwest Nazarene University?

$29,437 Net Price
68% Take Out Loans
2.6% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of NNU is $29,437. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At NNU, approximately 68% of students took out student loans averaging $6,433 a year. That adds up to $25,732 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at NNU is 2.6%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Northwest Nazarene University Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,089 Full-Time Undergraduates
57% Women
18% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,483 undergraduate students at NNU, with 1,089 being full-time and 394 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  NNU

There are also 718 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,089 full-time undergraduates at NNU, 43% are male and 57% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  NNU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Northwest Nazarene University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of NNU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 20
Black or African American 22
Hispanic or Latino 111
White 845
International Students 27
Other Races/Ethnicities 64

Geographic Diversity

Idaho students aren't the only ones who study at Northwest Nazarene University. At this time, 17 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 23 countries are represented at NNU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, South Korea, and Brazil.

Online Learning at Northwest Nazarene University

670 Took All Classes Online
762 Took At Least One Class Online
5.7% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
There are 6 bachelor’s degree and 11 master’s degree programs available online at NNU. In 2017-2018, 762 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at NNU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 7th most popular in Idaho for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of NNU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Northwest Nazarene University was 5.7%. This is the #1,617 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at NNU regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of NNU majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 28%
Business Administration & Management 7%
Business, Management & Marketing 7%
Curriculum & Instruction 19%
Health Professions 11%
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 32%
Liberal Arts General Studies 32%
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 30%
Philosophy & Religious Studies 31%
Religious Studies 10%
Student Counseling 82%
Theological & Ministerial Studies 16%
Theology & Religious Vocations 21%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at NNU ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at NNU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Chemistry #6
Physical Sciences #16
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries #33
Religious Studies #40
Philosophy & Religious Studies #50
Theological & Ministerial Studies #82
Curriculum & Instruction #96
Theology & Religious Vocations #125
Teacher Education Subject Specific #143
Accounting #185
Educational Administration #187
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities #349
Liberal Arts General Studies #349
Nursing #352
Education #455

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Northwest Nazarene University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 2 46 0 28 0 76
Educational Administration 0 0 33 17 14 64
Nursing 0 34 0 26 0 60
Social Work 0 17 0 33 0 50
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 42 0 42
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 0 30 0 30
Liberal Arts General Studies 2 26 0 0 0 28
Teacher Education Grade Specific 1 22 0 0 0 23
General Engineering 0 21 0 0 0 21
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 0 0 19 0 19
Accounting 1 17 0 0 0 18
Communication & Media Studies 0 17 0 0 0 17
Student Counseling 0 0 0 17 0 17
Design & Applied Arts 0 16 0 0 0 16
General Biology 0 12 0 0 0 12
Marketing 0 12 0 0 0 12
Health & Physical Education 0 11 0 0 0 11
Religious Studies 1 9 0 0 0 10
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 0 2 0 8 0 10
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 9 0 0 0 9
Computer Science 0 8 0 0 0 8
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 7 0 0 0 7
General Psychology 0 6 0 0 0 6
Business/Managerial Economics 0 5 0 0 0 5
General English Literature 0 5 0 0 0 5
History 0 5 0 0 0 5
Chemistry 0 4 0 0 0 4
Political Science & Government 0 4 0 0 0 4
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 3 0 0 0 3
Mathematics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Philosophy 0 3 0 0 0 3
Physics 0 3 0 0 0 3
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 3 0 0 0 3
Ecology, Evolution & Systematics Biology 0 2 0 0 0 2
International Business 0 2 0 0 0 2
International Relations & National Security 0 2 0 0 0 2
Music 0 2 0 0 0 2
Interdisciplinary Studies 0 1 0 0 0 1
Fine & Studio Arts 0 1 0 0 0 1
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering Physics 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cultural Studies & Analysis 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Philosophy & Religious Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biblical Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Missionary Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 7 340 33 220 14 614

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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