Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, ID

Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, ID

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Here for Good

At NNU, you will discover a university with a century-long history of preparing students to live lives of purpose. Not only can you expect stellar academics grounded in hands-on experiences that will prepare you for your future and faculty who will guide you each step of the way, but also a supportive social and spiritual environment where you will be challenged to grow as a person and in your relationship with Jesus Christ.

At NNU we are committed to providing you with the academic challenge and career preparation you need to write your own story of success. Find and achieve your purpose through your college journey, knowing that we will encourage, support and provide the resources you need along the way.

The university consists of seven academic colleges: College of Arts & Humanities; College of Behavioral & Social Sciences; College of Business; College of Education; College of Natural & Applied Sciences; College of Nursing; and College of Theology & Christian Ministries.

NNU offers programs leading to 16 degrees (AA, BA, BS, BSN, MA, MDiv, MBA, MAcc, MAT, MEd, MS, MSN, MSW, EdS, EdD, and PhD). Undergraduate degrees include 64 majors and 8 co-majors covering 80 areas of study.

Experience it ALL
We all know that college is more than an academic degree. It’s an experience! At NNU, experience all that student life has to offer.

Experience your PASSION
Whether volunteering, climbing mountains, knitting, investing, planning marketing campaigns, or something completely different is your passion, we’ve got over 40 clubs and activities for you to get involved with!

Experience the ARTS
At NNU, you don’t have to be a music, theater, or communication major—or even a minor—to get involved in one of our 6 music groups (some even give you a chance to travel!), our theater program, or compete on our nationally-competitive speech team. And even if being front and center isn’t your thing, cheer on your classmates and friends as they enjoy the limelight.

Experience TRADITION
Fun, quirky campus traditions are our specialty around here. Whether it’s a non-talent talent show (makes sense right?), a chance to dress up and head to Boise for a night out, or a stress-relieving-Elf-viewing-cocoa-drinking study break party, you can be sure that you’ll always have something to keep you busy on campus... other than your school work, of course.

Experience ATHLETICS
Whether your vibe is cheering from the comfort of the stands, being a weekend warrior, aspiring to go pro—or somewhere in between—NNU offers something for every athlete or athlete-at-heart. And if you just want to stay in shape, there’s always a friend who is anxious to head to the JSC to get in a workout with you!!

Spiritual life on campus is integrated into everything we do. From your speech class to The Bean (the coffee shop on campus), from your dorm room to the student section at a basketball game, there are opportunities to learn more and grow in your spiritual life—regardless of your beliefs or church background.

Experience the best of COMMUNITY
Being on campus gives you the chance to live with your best friends while being only moments away from all of the activities that help make your college experience a memorable one. Come be a part of our tight knit community at NNU.



Best Regional Universities in the West | U.S. News & World Report


Best Colleges in the West | Princeton Review


Best Christian Colleges in America | Niche


Named a “College of Distinction”, “Idaho College of Distinction,” and a “Christian College of Distinction”


#2 in Idaho for “Best Colleges for Jobs” | Zippia


#1 doctoral education program in the nation |


NNU is situated in a best-of-all-worlds location. Just minutes away from the urban lifestyle of Boise as well as a myriad of outdoor activities, NNU is the place for those who want to be in the thick of things and those who want to get away from it all.

All things good

NNU’s close-knit community is rooted in love for one another and love for God.

NNU seeks to create an atmosphere of spiritual life in which students and faculty alike challenge one another to examine, articulate, own, and live out their faith in all aspects of their lives. No matter your background or where you are on your faith journey, our desire is to see you explore and deepen your own faith. This is a place where you can grow in your faith and talk about it. This is a place where you can safely ask tough questions and find honest answers in a community rooted in mutual respect and love. This is a place where you can expect to encounter Jesus as part of your everyday interactions—no matter where you are or what you’re doing. Although there are many intentional opportunities at NNU for you to develop your spiritual life, it is important to know that spiritual life is who we are and in EVERYTHING we do.

At NNU we are invested in helping you transform into the person God has created you to be so that you, in turn, can go out and transform the world for good

An Inside Look

What students are saying about us...

  • “NNU has given me a great stepping stone to leap into [aerospace] industries, by allowing me to get hands-on experience working with spacecraft through undergraduate research projects, providing a good educational experience through great professors, and by providing connections and guidance in helping me navigate into my dream career.”

    • Ben Campbell
      BS Engineering
  • “There are these vast grassy lawns that are all green and I was like, ‘oh this is so beautiful!’ I wanted to be in a place that actually had seasons. The Boise Valley has that. This was only one of the many reasons I felt like NNU is a good fit. It's a small school where you really connect with your professors, and are not just a number.”

    • Elaina Crenshaw