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How to Apply to NNU

We are excited about your interest in applying to Northwest Nazarene University! We want to make the undergraduate application process as simple as possible. If you would like to contact the undergraduate admissions office please call 1-877-NNU-4-YOU or (208) 467-8000.

Below are the forms a new freshman needs to complete. The Undergraduate Admissions Application is the form you should complete first. NNU will contact you to make sure we have the rest of the forms after you apply.

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To be considered for acceptance at NNU you must submit the following:


Once you have been accepted to NNU, you can secure your financial aid, housing assignment, and freshman year class schedule by paying your advance tuition deposit. This deposit will be applied to your tuition.

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The following documents are required to complete your admissions file and enroll:

Undergraduate Admissions Criteria

If you're hoping for a great future, this is the place to start. Northwest Nazarene University welcomes your application! We carefully consider each student on an individual basis, using the following criteria:

High School Students

  • Graduation from a high school with a grade point average of 2.5 (or above) on a 4.0 scale.
  • A rank in the top 50 percent of the graduating class.
  • An ACT composite standard score of 18 or above, or a SAT composite score of 1270 or above.
  • Students who do not meet these criteria may be considered for provisional admittance.

Homeschooled Students

A transcript must be submitted that was prepared and signed by the homeschool educator, showing a list of courses completed and grades received. Homeschooled students are evaluated using the same criteria as students who attend high school.

  • Must show a GPA of 2.5 or above on a 4.0 scale.
  • Must have an ACT composite standard score of 18 or above, or SAT composite score of 1270 or above.

GED Students

Students with a GED in lieu of a high school diploma may be admitted provisionally if they meet the following criteria:

  • GED standard score average of 45 (450) or above, with a writing score of 45 (450) or above.
  • ACT composite standard score of 18 or above or SAT composite score of 1270 or above.

Transfer Students

Admission is generally granted to transfer students students who:

  • Have completed 28 transferable college or university semester credits; and
  • Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0; and are in good academic standing at their previous institution.
  • Students who have completed less than 28 transferable credits at another school may be evaluated using freshman criteria. Please note that vocational or technical credits will usually not transfer to NNU.
  • Students with less than 28 transferable credits will need to submit an ACT composite score of 18 or above or SAT composite score of 1270 or above.

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We love our growing and vital campus

We can tell you! We can show you pictures! But the best way to know if NNU is the place for you is to visit our campus! We encourage all high school students in their junior or senior year and all transfer students to visit NNU. You will probably fall in love with our people and with our campus, but if you don't, that's OK too. At least you're one step closer to finding a college you will truly love!

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Friday Escape

Friday Escape is an excellent way to experience NNU. Escape from high school for a day to imagine your life as a college student.

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Explore NNU

Explore NNU is a two day event that allows you to attend classes, meet professors, get questions answered by admissions staff, and hang out with college students.

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Group Visit

If you're an educator, teacher, or counselor, we invite you to request a group visit on a day that is good for your schedule.

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Preview NNU

Preview NNU is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preview life as an NNU student, exclusively for accepted students.

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Important Campus Visit Information

  • NNU will provide three meals in the Dining Hall for students and their parents. Additional meals may be purchased.
  • Call our Campus Visit Coordinator to arrange airport pickups/drop-offs. Please note that we will not be able to transport you to or from the airport before 8am or after 9pm.
  • NNU will offer a maximum of two nights stay in the residence halls.
  • If staying overnight in a residence hall, please bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towels and necessary toiletries.
  • Students transferring from other colleges or universities should bring a copy of their transcripts for evaluation.

To schedule your visit, click the link for the event you are interested in. You can check out sample schedules of each event and see the date options. Don't hesitate to call our Campus Visit Coordinator at 1-877-668-4968 with any questions or to register over the phone.

Meet the Admissions Team

We have an exceptional team of people waiting to talk with you about joining us at NNU. You can call us at 1-877-NNU-4-YOU or email us at All other communications can be sent to our address:

623 S University Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686

Shawn Blenker

(208) 467-8950

Shawn serves NNU as the Director of Admissions. He and his wife Candice reside in the Treasure Valley with their children Jordan and Nolan. Shawn returned to NNU after working four years in the corporate sector. This valuable experience is added to his six years of NNU admissions experience at NNU and four years of service with the University Advancement team. Early in Shawn's career, he earned a master's of business administration from NNU. As an undergraduate student, Blenker served as the SGA President (1999-2000).

Rich Vasquez

(208) 467-8499

Works with:
Transfer Students

Rich graduated from NNU in 2002 earning a B.S. in Business Administration. He also earned his M.A. in Church Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. Rich is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and currently serves as the NYI President for both the Intermountain District and the NW Region. He has spent the last 10 years serving as a Co-Associate Pastor with his wife in Caldwell Idaho. Rich enjoys spending time with his wife and 3 children. He also loves cars and motorcycles.

Jennifer Miller

(208) 467-8637

Works with:
California, Washington (West)

Jen is a senior admissions counselor recruiting students who live in Western Washington. She counsels applied students planning to study Nursing, Liberal Studies, or those undecided. Jen graduated from NNU in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and a minor in Spanish. While attending NNU, Jen participated in intramural football, a study-abroad program in Costa Rica, and was a member of NNU's summer travel group, Witness. Jen is married to Grant and spends her free time playing games, scouting thrift stores, and drinking coffee!

Jesse Bland

(208) 467-8811

Works with:
Alaska, Northwest (Eastern Washington, Eastern Oregon, Northern Idaho), Off-Zone (Western US)

Jesse is an admissions counselor recruiting students who live in Eastern Washington, Alaska, and everywhere outside the northwest United States. He counsels applied students planning to study Communications, Kinesiology, Recreation & Sports Management, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or Math. Jesse graduated from NNU in 2013 with a B.A. in Communication Science. He transferred to NNU as a sophomore from a small community college in Washington. Jesse switched his major several times (like many students do) before finally settling on communication science. He worked in the Admissions Office as a student Ambassador and found his passion for communications at NNU. He says, "My three years at NNU were life changing!" When he's not working, Jesse loves to read and fish, and spend time with his wife, family and friends.

Courtney Gilbert

(208) 467-8648

Works with:
Colorado, Southern Idaho (excluding Boise, Meridian, Nampa), Utah, Nevada

Courtney is an admissions counselor recruiting students who live in Colorado and the Intermountain District. She counsels applied students planning to study English, Christian Ministries, Philosophy, Education, or Business. Courtney graduated from NNU in 2013 with a B.S. in Marketing and a B.A. in Business Administration. During her time at NNU she was president of NNU's American Marketing Association chapter, as well as an RA and a member of the Social Board. It was at NNU that she found her faith. Courtney says, "I know it sounds cheesy, but NNU changed my life! I wouldn't trade my four years here for anything." In her free time she likes to hang out with her best friends, drink coffee and play board games.

Dillon Luo

(208) 467-8118

Dillon is the Director of Asian Recruitment and Marketing. Dillon works with international students from the Asian region who want to attend NNU. Dillon is a native of China having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Law from Xiangton University in China. In addition, he has earned a Master of Business Administration from Harding University in Arkansas. Dillon is fluent in both Mandarin Chinese and English, and is married to Elsa.

Josh Hodges

(208) 467-8647

Works with:
Treasure Valley (Boise, Meridian, Nampa)

Josh recruits students from Boise, Meridian, and Nampa. In his spare time, he likes to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch, spend time with his wife and two sons, wear flip-flops, watch sports, and go fishing. Josh graduated from NNU in 2003 with a degree in Graphic Design. His favorite NNU memories all include the friendships he formed not only with his peers, but also with professors and even NNU’s president (who came to hang out in Josh's dorm room!) Today, he says, "Most of the people in my life now were roommates or friends I made while at NNU. If it were possible, I would do the whole experience again."