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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.


AMA collegiate chapter earns award

AMA collegiate chapter earns award

The School of Business is pleased to announce that NNU’s American Marketing Association (AMA) Collegiate Chapter was a recipient of the Exemplary Collegiate Chapter Performance award for outstanding chapter planning at the AMA International Collegiate Conference in New Orleans.

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Jump into experiential learning as a freshman

Jump into experiential learning as a freshman

At NNU, freshmen can find hands-on learning experiences across the curriculum. No matter your interest, don’t waste a moment. Get involved in academic extracurriculars that will enrich your education and help you make critical connections.

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Job outcomes for open-ended majors

Job outcomes for open-ended majors

Some majors are more open-ended than others; but fear not, there is a place in the job market for you! We've put together a list of five open-ended majors, and delved into some of the potential career paths you could follow for each of them.

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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

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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.


Senior business students see success in Seattle

Senior business students see success in Seattle

A team of senior business students took 3rd place at the Social Venture Plan Competition hosted by Seattle Pacific University in April. Their winning plan is for an app that would allow individuals to donate more easily to the local charities and organizations they want to support.

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Crusader women’s soccer builds team and trust

Crusader women’s soccer builds team and trust

Over the past few years, Northwest Nazarene University Athletics has given its student-athletes once-in-a-lifetime opportunities that go beyond the playing fields and courts. Most recently, the NNU women’s soccer team spent a week in the island nation of Trinidad off the coast of Venezuela.

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Engaging in international mission work

Engaging in international mission work

Each year, NNU offers students opportunities to be involved in various global mission projects. This summer, NNU on a Mission sent out four teams to serve communities in Liberia, Poland, Colombia, Haiti and Kenya.

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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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Making a difference in Idaho, the nation, the world

Making a difference in Idaho, the nation, the world

The impact that the NNU Doceō Center is having on primary, secondary and postsecondary education stretches far beyond the campus to Idaho and even around the world. Dr. Eric Kellerer, Doceō Center director, shares the four primary areas in which the work of the center has taken place since its establishment in 2013.

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Professor and student co-author academic article

Professor and student co-author academic article

When we think of professor-student research collaboration, the humanities usually are not the first subjects to come to mind; however, just this last year, professor-student research in the humanities reached print. An NNU English professor and undergraduate student’s research project eventually led to the writing and publication of “Literary Catholicity: an Alternate Reading of Influence in the Work of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton.”

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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.


RockSat-X Team will launch experiment with NASA August 16

RockSat-X Team will launch experiment with NASA August 16

For the fifth consecutive year, an NNU engineering team has been selected by NASA to launch an experiment into space. On Tuesday, August 16, NASA will launch the NNU RockSat-X team's experimental payload that will test the effectiveness of flexible RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) sensors and ADC’s (Analog to Digital Converters) under the harsh space environment.

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Engineering students find value in hands-on learning

Engineering students find value in hands-on learning

“I chose to be a part of the VEX Robotics team so that I could get hands-on experience with some of the basic engineering concepts," says engineering student Cole Logemann. "Being able to say that I was a part of this team will show a potential employer that I am a team player and that I have some foundational experiences that can be built upon.”

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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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