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In over 100 years of existence, NNU has continued to produce high-quality humans who are changing the world.

We Love Learning

Earning a college degree is hard work, and we will make you work hard to earn your degree. NNU is nationally recognized and awarded by both US News & World Report and The Princeton Review; but more importantly, our students are committed to intellectual inquiry through quality academics. Whichever one of our numerous majors they have chosen, our grads leave NNU prepared to embark on any career path, and to pursue advanced degrees at some of the best graduate schools in the country. Below you'll find stories highlighting some of the fantastic projects and students coming out of our academic departments.


NASA selects NNU for CubeSat space missions

NASA selects NNU for CubeSat space missions

On February 18, 2016 NASA announced its selections for the seventh round of its CubeSat Launch Initiative that “provides opportunities for small satellite payloads to fly on rockets planned for upcoming launches.” NNU’s project will be the first satellite or spacecraft ever built in space and the first satellite from an Idaho university.

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Unique opportunities and connections

Unique opportunities and connections

Computer science major Devon Ellis (’15) found some unique experiential opportunities through both what AND whom he knew. The quality of his education at NNU and the outstanding alumni networking he had access to have given him a foundation for success.

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Learning from experience

Learning from experience

Studies show that students who participate in experiential learning while at college are twice as likely to be engaged at work. At NNU, opportunities abound for students to apply their studies to the real world.

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Find a Major You Love

With more than 60 areas of study from which to choose, at NNU you don't have to settle for a major that's anything less than your true passion. Unless your true passion is underwater basket weaving.

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Applied and Liberal Studies

  • Applied Studies
  • Humanities
  • Liberal Studies
  • Math & Science
  • Social Science

ArtVisit →

  • Graphic Design
  • Photography
  • Studio Art

BiologyVisit →

  • Biology
  • Ecology/Bio Diversity
  • Ecology/Biodiversity
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Physical Therapy

BusinessVisit →

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Global Business
  • Management
  • Marketing

ChemistryVisit →

  • Biochemistry
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Chemistry

Communication StudiesVisit →

  • Broadcasting
  • Communication
  • Communication Science
  • Drama
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Production

Computer ScienceVisit →

  • Computer Graphic Design
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science

EducationVisit →

  • Elementary Education
  • Secondary Education
    • American Government / Political Science
    • Art
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Communication
    • Economics
    • English
    • Health
    • History
    • Kinesiology
    • Mathematics
    • Music
    • Social Science
    • Spanish

Engineering and PhysicsVisit →

  • Engineering
    • Computer Engineering
    • Electrical Engineering
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Engineering Physics
  • Physics

History & Political ScienceVisit →

  • History
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Pre-law

KinesiologyVisit →

  • Athletic Training
  • Kinesiology/Coaching
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Recreation and Sport Management

Language, Literature, and Cultural StudiesVisit →

  • Chinese Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Literature
  • Professional Writing
  • Spanish

MathematicsVisit →

  • Mathematics

Military ScienceVisit →

  • Military Science

MusicVisit →

  • Music Industry
  • Instrumental
  • Music
  • Piano
  • Theory/Composition
  • Voice
  • Worship & Music Ministry

NursingVisit →

  • Nursing

PhilosophyVisit →

  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy and Religion

Pre-ProfessionalVisit →

  • Pre-Chiropractic
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Optometry
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Physician Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine

Psychology, Sociology and Criminal JusticeVisit →

  • Criminal Justice
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Psychology
    • Pre-Counseling
    • Scientist/Practitioner
  • Sociology

ReligionVisit →

  • Bible
  • Biblical Languages
  • Biblical Studies
  • Children's Ministries
  • Christian Education
  • Christian Ministry
  • Evangelism
  • Intercultural Ministry (Missions)
  • Parachurch Ministries
  • Pastoral Ministries
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • Theology
  • Worship Leadership
  • Youth Ministry

Social WorkVisit →

  • Social Welfare
  • Social Work

We Love to Travel

A longstanding partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities(CCCU) allows students to see the world while pursuing top-notch academics. Our students have access to programs in Australia, China, Latin-America, Egypt, Russia, Oxford and Uganda, to name a few. As part of the general education at NNU, all students must meet our required cross-cultural experience. Many majors choose to satisfy this requirement through studying abroad.


Opportunities for change: summer mission trips

Opportunities for change: summer mission trips

Each summer, Northwest Nazarene University sends out faculty and students to make a difference in people’s lives around the globe. This summer five mission teams will be sent to serve in Poland, Liberia, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya.

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Crusaders travel to Kenya to deliver Christmas gifts

Crusaders travel to Kenya to deliver Christmas gifts

Inspired by their coaches, Jake and Jenny Perry, seven current student-athletes and Northwest Nazarene alumnus Ashley Puga, volunteered their time this Christmas season to help Sean and Meredith Stewart with One 5 Ministries, and Andy and Jamie Fehr with Wordsower International.

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Making industry connections

Making industry connections

Through the Contemporary Music Center in Nashville, Tennessee, NNU music majors get a taste of the music industry and leave with the connections they need to make their way in this highly competitive field.

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We Love Our Faculty

To say that you'll get to know your professors at NNU would be a great understatement. Students have direct access to talented faculty members in all majors who will become your research partners through academics, your mentors, your tablemates in the cafeteria (if you choose) and your spiritual sounding boards.


Dr. Donna Allen to speak at Faculty Award Lecture

Dr. Donna Allen to speak at Faculty Award Lecture

Using Mark Knapp’s Staircase descriptive model of the stages of development and applying interpersonal theories, Allen’s lecture entitled, “An Interpersonal Relationship with God,” explores the similarities and differences in relationship development and maintenance of the unique God-human dyad.

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NASA EPSCoR grant supports wildfire research

NASA EPSCoR grant supports wildfire research

Northwest Nazarene University is pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Computer Science Dale Hamilton and Associate Professor of Computer Science Barry Myers have been awarded a NASA EPSCoR (experimental program to stimulate competitive research) Undergraduate Research Grant to support their research on fire monitoring and assessment technology.

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Dr. Ben Earwicker receives Idaho State Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award

Dr. Ben Earwicker receives Idaho State Foreign Language Teacher of the Year Award

Dr. Ben Earwicker, professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies and chair of NNU’s Department of Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice as well as chair of the Department of Language, Literature and Culture was named Idaho State Foreign Language Teacher of the Year by the the Idaho Association of Teachers of Languages and Cultures (IATLC)

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We Love Getting Our Hands Dirty

Students dive in to research and internship opportunities throughout the country and around the world. NNU's strong connections and industry relationships have opened doors for students to explore their discipline in a professional arena and to study abroad. NNU students have recently interned at Wal-Mart Headquarters, ESPN, FoxSports, Unilever, Campbell's, St. Luke's, U.S. Embassy in Belgium, Micron, Hewlett Packard, Simplot, and Disney, to name a few.

Projects that NNU students have recently researched include hyperbaric oxygen treatment of breast cancer cells, Alzheimer's Disease and Lake Titicacan frogs in Costa Rica. Mentoring faculty work alongside students to enrich the research experience. Many students have also gone on to present their research at national conferences such as the Murdock College Science Research Program Conference.


Q&A with student Kelsey Koberg: opportunity awaits

Q&A with student Kelsey Koberg: opportunity awaits

Having already interned through five different organizations (UBS Wealth Management, World Relief Boise, The Idaho Republican Party, Teneo Holdings and the Office of Senator Mike Crapo), Kelsey Koberg, a senior double major in business and communication, has a lot of experience with opportunity and advice on how to take advantage of it.

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Killing off MRSA, the super bacteria

Killing off MRSA, the super bacteria

In the fields of biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering and physics, 11 Northwest Nazarene University professors guided 36 students through a summer of research this last June, July and August. One of those projects involved the battle against MRSA (pronounced Mursa)–the super bacteria.

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Grants fund student-faculty research in the sciences

Grants fund student-faculty research in the sciences

Working on significant research in the sciences under faculty active in their fields is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at NNU. These research projects are made possible by grants from foundations that recognize the potential of NNU students and faculty to make significant contributions to the body of knowledge in their fields and to improve the lives of people with their discoveries.

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