We Love Taking Our Mustaches to Outer Space
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Weston (pictured above) and five other NNU science majors worked with NASA aboard their zero-gravity Vomit Comet.

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.


NNU's academically challenging program is one of three Northwestern universities to hold national accreditation through the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs. Since 1997, graduating seniors consistently place in the top ten percent nationally on the Major Field Test in business.

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Not only are education majors highly sought after, they are frequently recognized with prestigious awards for their academics.

The Milken Family Foundation honored education graduate Brad Breuer -01- with its prestigious National Educator Award that recognizes early-to mid-career educators. Since 1987, the Milken Family Foundation has honored over 2,500 teachers and awarded more than $60 million.

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Six sophomore students with an engineering major took to the skies in NASA's "Vomit Comet" this spring to conduct an experiment in zero-gravity. The NNU team was one of nine research teams across the nation—including teams from Dartmouth and Yale—selected to participate in the space agency's Systems Engineering Education Discovery (SEED) program.

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Mass Communication

Hailing from Post Falls, Idaho, Lynelle never envisioned herself working for a well-known Hollywood studio like DreamWorks. In fact, she arrived at NNU without a declared major and ended up in the mass communication department, only after randomly being placed in an elective video/audio course.

Lynelle tried her hand at many different aspects of media production, including producing, script writing, directing and filming, and discovered that her strengths and passions lay in organizing, scheduling and producing. Wishing to put these to use in a television/film career, she knew she would have to get closer to the action to make that happen.

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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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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.

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Meet Ryan Mangum

Meet Ryan Mangum

Research opportunities are not limited to NNU's campus. Continue your summer research overseas. Opportunities complement coursework, fulfill requirements and offer you the chance of a lifetime to work alongside brilliant minds while seeing some of the world's wonders.

Ryan, for example, had the opportunity to complete his psychology internship in Athens, Greece. There he worked on the "Fairy Tale Test" with Dr. Carina Coulagoglou in her lab.

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Experience Costa Rica

Costa Rica Experience

Looking for something a little more exotic? Starting Fall of 2012, students will be able to travel to Seminario Nazareno de las Americas (SENDAS or The Nazarene Seminary of the Americas) in San Jose, Costa Rica.

There you'll spend eleven weeks experiencing the local culture and taking flexible courses while living just 5K from downtown San Jose.

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An Oxford Scholar

One of NNU's Oxford Scholars

It is really quite easy to bring a smile to Arielle Askren's face. The junior communication major from Bend, Ore., absolutely lights up when discussing her favorite topic: University of Oxford.

Arielle spent the fall of 2009 studying at Oxford's Wycliffe Hall as a part of NNU's partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). While a member of the Scholar's Semester at Oxford, Arielle was able to immerse herself in the history and culture of England's oldest university.

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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.

Meet Dr. Konya Cipul Weber

Dr. Konya Cipul Weber is an associate professor of marketing, currently serving as the chair of the Department of Business & Economics. Dr. Weber's industry experience includes corporate marketing management positions working with various Fortune 500 companies.

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Meet Dr. Kevin Timpe

Associate Professor Kevin Timpe Ph.D. of NNU's Department of Philosophy received one of only two Templeton Foundation Research Fellowships at the University of Oxford. For the 2010-2011 academic year, Dr. Timpe resided at Oxford University.

Dr. Timpe engaged in sustained contact with some of the world's foremost philosophers, scientists, historians of science, theologians and other specialists in religion, and conducted research on a book project tentatively entitled Free Will: Human and Divine.

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Costa Rica Experience

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.

Senior Engineering—Building Block Churches

NNU's engineering physics program has a 60-year history and now includes electrical and mechanical engineering. Housed in the new Thomas Family Health & Science Center, alumni holding this degree serve as engineering managers, researchers, entrepreneurs, professors and even a former space shuttle astronaut.

Summer Research

NNU's unique program provides opportunities to explore the ever-expanding world of biology. High acceptance rates into both graduate school and medical programs are driven by knowledgeable professors and meaningful academics.