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At Northwest Nazarene University, you will discover a university with a century-long history of providing a transformational education that is committed to helping individuals elevate their God-given purpose as they live into our Here for Good promise. We believe an education is more than an intellectual pursuit; it is more than merely acquiring a degree to get a better job. At Northwest Nazarene University, we believe that a meaningful life is rooted in timeless values and empowered by a close-knit community that embodies these principles for each and every one of our students, staff, and faculty. Together, we realize our potential by committing to a life of service that transforms ourselves, our society, and the world.
Founded in 1913, Northwest Nazarene University is a comprehensive Christian university with over 80 undergraduate areas of study, 18 master’s degrees in six different disciplines, five Education Specialists degrees and two doctoral degrees. NNU has more than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 6,000 continuing education students and more than 10,000 high school students who participate in the University’s concurrent credit program. Our students are highly motivated and engaged. They tend to be well-rounded, often participating in athletics, music, student life and spiritual development—all while taking their academics seriously. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), a regional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
NNU has a long and deep association with the Church of the Nazarene, and all University faculty and staff commit themselves to living out their faith in a community shaped by serious scholarship and Christian values.
Northwest Nazarene University is situated in a best-of-all-worlds location. Nampa is a fast-growing Boise suburb, situated in the southwestern part of Idaho. It is just 18 miles from downtown Boise, Idaho's state capital. In 2015, ZipRecruiter named the Nampa-Boise area as the second-best up-and-coming city for college graduates. In 2019, Market Watch named Boise the most affordable city in the United States and in 2020, Wallethub identified Nampa as the #1 Best-Run Cities in America, with Boise as a close second.
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. Nampa's location allows easy access to ski resorts, mountain hiking, camping, boating and river rafting. Surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges, Nampa experiences the diversity of all four seasons. In 2017, the Men’s Journal named Idaho one of the most outdoorsy states, with more than 75% of our population engaging in outdoor recreation. Additionally, Boise offers many cultural amenities such as Zoo Boise, Idaho State Museum, Boise Philharmonic Orchestra, Idaho Black History Museum, Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, Discovery Center of Idaho, Opera Idaho, The Basque Museum & Cultural Center, Ballet Idaho, and the Boise Art Museum.
In compliance with the Clery Act, Northwest Nazarene University publishes annual reports containing information about crime prevention, reporting policies, crime statistics, and other safety and security-related information. The University also maintains daily crime and fire logs. You may click here to view the Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports. Hard copies are also available upon request at the Campus Safety Office, 515 S. Ivy St., Nampa.