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Northwest Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Nampa, Idaho. Nampa is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

30 Undergraduate Degrees
123 Graduate Degrees
$29,437 Avg Cost After Aid (Undergrad)
73% Acceptance Rate

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Northwest Nazarene University Rankings

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.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at NNU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#30 Best Value Educational Administration Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#48 Best Value Student Counseling Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

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

How Do I Get Into NNU?

You can apply to NNU online at:

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
The acceptance rate at Northwest Nazarene University is 73%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

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 )

SAT Math Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 500 to 600 )
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 )
ACT Math Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 19 to 27 )
ACT Composite Scores for Northwest Nazarene University  ( 20 to 27 )

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

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. 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

1,062 Full-Time Undergraduates
58% Women
19% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,423 undergraduate students at NNU, with 1,062 being full-time and 361 being part-time.

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

There are also 688 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,062 full-time undergraduates at NNU, 42% are male and 58% 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 17
Black or African American 13
Hispanic or Latino 128
White 816
International Students 24
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.


This school is the 2nd 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 #1,172 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
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 82%
Curriculum & Instruction 19%
Curriculum & Instruction 19%
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 18%
Student Counseling 82%

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
Administration of Special Education #4
Superintendency & Educational System Administration #7
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship #9
Curriculum & Instruction #96
Curriculum & Instruction #96
Teacher Education Subject Specific #143
General Educational Leadership & Administration #153
Educational Administration #187

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 Teaching Concentrations

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

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 0 42 0 42
Superintendency & Educational System Administration 0 0 33 0 0 33
Elementary Education 1 22 0 0 0 23
Elementary & Middle School Administration/Principalship 0 0 0 17 0 17
Counselor Education/School Counseling & Guidance Services 0 0 0 17 0 17
General Educational Leadership & Administration 0 0 0 0 14 14
History Education 0 2 0 0 0 2
Mathematics Education 0 2 0 0 0 2
Biology Education 0 1 0 0 0 1
Music Education 0 1 0 0 0 1
Physical Education Teaching & Coaching 0 1 0 0 0 1
Administration of Special Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Art Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
English & Language Arts Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
Spanish Education 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 29 33 76 14 153


*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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