Best-of-all-worlds location

Best-of-all-worlds location

Northwest Nazarene University
Jul 11, 2016

The NNU campus in Nampa, Idaho, offers students the safety, convenience and community of a small town. But just a 20-minute drive down the highway sits Boise—the state capital and one of America’s fastest growing cities according to Forbes. Here, students take advantage of the varied internship, employment, cultural and recreational opportunities available in one of the country’s most applauded cities.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Boise as the #6 Best Place to Live, saying it “sits squarely on the boundary of urban and rural, civilized and wild, refined and raw. If you value the outdoors and time spent among rivers, mountains, canyons, deserts and lakes—and all the activities encapsulated therein—it’s worth a serious look. Boise functions as a hub for many industries. More recently, a growing technology sector has powered Boise’s economy, led by Micron Technology, Inc.”


The presence of tech firms like Micron means increased opportunities for student internships and funded research. For his senior engineering design project, NNU grad Erik Anderson (’16) worked with a team of students on a Micron-sponsored project to develop an insole that would test foot pressure and stress. Other NNU research teams have worked with local companies like PakSense and American Semiconductor Inc.

Other large area employers include Hewlett-Packard, Clearwater Analytics, two regional hospitals, J.R. Simplot Company, Scentsy, Inc., federal and state government agencies. As Boise attracts new businesses and technology firms, the list of local career options for NNU grads grows. Idaho was ranked #6 of Top States for Job Growth in 2015 by Forbes and #1 by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. In addition, Boise came in #3 on Business Insider’s list of Best Cities for Jobs in spring 2016.

NNU’s most recent graduating class is already taking advantage of these opportunities. Computer science graduate Cierra White (’16) recently began her new position with the Boise office of the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, a federal commission under the Department of Interior. As an application development tester, she will be working on a new web application that will help several organizations and agencies track fish from hatcheries in Idaho, Oregon and Washington. She shared, “Had I been at a different university, I probably wouldn’t have heard about this job, and I wouldn’t have been as prepared as I am for this next chapter in my life.” Other graduates from the class of 2016 will be working for Micron, Cradlepoint Technology, Scentsy, and many others.

For those seeking an entrepreneurial career path after graduation, rated Boise one of the Top 5 Places for Millennial Startups. Boise welcomes young business startups and is home to Trailhead, a non-profit organization founded by entrepreneurs to help Boiseans start and scale businesses and high-impact projects.

But Boise isn’t all work and no play—Livability Magazine rated Boise #6 of Top 10 Downtowns in 2016. They said, “Boise’s high-tech employers don’t have to do much coaxing to attract talented workers. Young professionals and families find a perfect mix of small-town charm and hip urban playground in downtown Boise.”

Whoever you are, you’ll find something here that suits your interests and feeds your passions. With hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, whitewater rafting, fly fishing, skiing, spelunking and world-class golf courses all within a 30-minute drive, life in Idaho puts amazing outdoor pursuits within arm’s reach.

The Boise Valley has a coffee culture to rival that of our Northwest neighbors and a community dedicated to the arts. Ballet Idaho, Boise Philharmonic, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Boise Art Museum and Opera Idaho are just a few of the varied cultural resources and amenities.

NNU’s unique setting in the Boise Valley has much to offer. If it’s opportunities you seek, look no further.

To learn more about all that's happening in the Boise Valley, visit the Boise Valley Economic Partnership site at