About NNU

Northwest Nazarene University, a nonprofit Christian university, offers over 60 areas of study, master's degree programs in eleven disciplines, accelerated degree programs, concurrent credit for high school students, and a variety of continuing education credits. In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, the University also offers programs online as well as in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries.  Founded in 1913, the university now serves over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students, more than 6,000 continuing education students, and 2,300 high school students through the concurrent credit program. Our mission is to encourage a habit of mind that enables each student to become God's creative and redemptive agent in today's world.  We believe that the education obtained from NNU prepares graduates to be global Christians through academic excellence, social responsiveness, and creative engagement.  NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, and has been rated by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top masters-level universities in the west as well as recently featured in the Princeton Review's Book The Best Western Colleges.

President's Welcome

by Joel Pearsall

Welcome to Northwest Nazarene University. I am delighted that you have chosen to learn more about NNU, and confident that as you explore this site, you will discover the unique combination of academic rigor and spiritual vitality that makes us one of the premier Christian institutions of higher education in the Northwest.

As such, we are committed to producing creative, socially responsive graduates who are ready to represent Christ in a vast and changing world.

As a student at this university, you can be confident that you will be challenged both intellectually and spiritually, and leave well prepared to meet the challenges of the future. I thank you for your interest in NNU, and hope to see you on campus very soon.


As one of eight U.S. liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, NNU receives financial assistance from the Nazarene churches in its region. NNU is the college for the Northwest Region of the United States, which comprises the Alaska, Washington Pacific, Oregon Pacific, Northwest, Intermountain, Rocky Mountain, and Colorado districts, which include Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and parts of Nevada and Utah.