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.
Whether you're interested in business or computer science, 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.
Business alumna Ashley Bruce ('05) was presented with the 2010 Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) Alumna of the Year Award at the SIFE USA National Exposition in Minneapolis. As a student, Bruce led the NNU SIFE team to its second and third national competitions in 2003 and 2004. She continues to be involved today as a Business Advisory Board member, recruiter and judge through SIFE-sponsor Campbell Soup Company.
Not only are education grads highly sought after, they are frequently recognized with prestigious awards.
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.
Six sophomore engineering students 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.
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.
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.
A longstanding partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities(CCCU) allows students to see the world. 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 students choose to satisfy this requirement through studying abroad.
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.
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.
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.
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 disciplines who will become your research partners, your mentors, your tablemates in the cafeteria (if you choose) and your spiritual sounding boards.
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.
Xueyi "Frank" Wang's journey from Hangzhou, China, to Nampa, Idaho, is marked by many milestones - personal, educational and, most importantly, spiritual.
"Life experiences really help you realize Who is in control," he said. Frank, 33, was raised in Hangzhou, a highly populated city on the East Coast of China, south of Shanghai.
As a boy, he learned of Jesus Christ from his grandmother and believed. "I know one thing - God is love, God is peace, God is my Savior," he said.
But Frank said spiritual growth was a challenge because lessons and sermons in the underground Church were often given by those with little or no formal training in the Scripture, only a wide range of understanding.
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."
The Research Fellows program observes that while there have been many contacts between British and American philosophers of religion, there have been comparatively few opportunities for sustained interaction that is essential to the philosophical enterprise. The most helpful tool is typically face-to-face conversations with colleagues over relatively long periods of time.
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.
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.
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.
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 coursework.