Northwest Nazarene University
623 S University Boulevard, Nampa, ID 83686
Nampa, ID 83686
(208) 467-8011
Accrediting Agency:
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Northwest Nazarene University is a four-year, private, not-for-profit university in Nampa, Idaho. Northwest Nazarene University was founded as an elementary school in 1913. High school and college curriculum was added to the curriculum over the following two years, and the first degrees were given to four graduates in 1917. Northwest Nazarene College changed its name to Northwest Nazarene University in 1999. The university has a student population of 2,260 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Programs Offered

Northwest Nazarene University is composed of six schools: the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Services; the School of Business; the School of Education, Social Work and Counseling; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; the School of Science and Mathematics; and the School of Theology and Christian Ministries. These schools offer degree programs in several areas, including liberal studies, computer science, music, art, education, nursing, behavioral sciences, philosophy, engineering, biology, English, psychology, business, history, psychology, religion, kinesiology, and mathematics. Northwest Nazarene University also offers degrees online. Online bachelor’s degree programs are available in business administration and Christian ministry. Online graduate degrees are available in business administration, Christian education, missional leadership, nursing, pastoral ministry, reading online, spiritual formation, and youth, church, and culture.


The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities has accredited Northwest Nazarene University since 1930.


Northwest Nazarene University sets an early action deadline for Dec. 15 and a priority deadline for March 1. The general admissions deadline for the fall semester is Aug. 15. The deadline for the spring semester is Dec. 15. Prospective students must submit a high school transcript with a grade point average of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale, a rank in the top 50% of the graduating class, and earn an ACT composite score of 18 or above, or SAT composite score of 870 or above. Students must also turn in an application for admission and financial aid, an academic recommendation, a character recommendation, academic planning form, residential status agreement, and a $25 application fee.


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