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We Love the 90 Acres We Call Home

In addition to its 90-acre campus located in Nampa, Idaho, NNU offers programs online in Boise, Twin Falls, Idaho Falls, and in cooperation with programs in 10 countries. You can see more about our campus life on the official campus map.

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We Love Telling You About NNU

What does a typical day look like in the life of an NNU student? What will you do on the weekends? Where will you eat? Where will you hang out? Bloggers Sam, Allie and Lexie are here to answer these questions about our campus life and more. Read about their college experience, ask more questions of your own, and picture yourself at NNU!


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At NNU, we encourage every member of our community to engage in the transformational opportunities that we offer. The culture that surrounds our young men is no different—in fact, their experience here is one that we know offers foundational insights to help them become the persons they want to be.

We invite you to learn more about what it means to become The NNU Man. Also, chainsaw.

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We Love Bricks, Fresheree and an Elk Named Howard

Campus Life and Community at Northwest Nazarene University

We have some unique traditions and campus characters you might not find elsewhere. With more than 40 student clubs and organizations contributing to our campus life (ranging from Art Club to the Midnight Ridazz), and quirky traditions like Fresheree (our annual talent show) and Mr. NNU (like the Miss America pageant, except with dudes), you'll find enough student-life options to keep you involved and entertained for all four years.


TWIRP

TWIRP is an annual, campus-wide, weekend-long group date. Long referred to as one of the best campus-wide traditions, TWIRP often takes students of campus to explore other parts of the Treasure Valley.

Mr. NNU

Mr. NNU is like Miss America without the miss...or America. Mr. NNU is a "beauty pageant" for the men of campus. Two guys from each class are nominated by their classmates to compete for the coveted title from which the event draws its name. Four areas are figured into the final score: Athletic Ability, Talent, Humor and the Question & Answer.

The reigning Mr. NNU hosts the event, and at the end he passes the crown on to his successor. NNU's freshman class council organizes this show where eight male students strut their stuff. Be prepared to witness hilarious and bizarre acts. Above all else though, be prepared to laugh.

Fresheree

Fresheree is NNU's infamous variety show. Each fall, students perform a menagerie of skits and songs during a night of comedy. Hosted by the sophomore class council, Fresheree takes place in NNU's Little Theatre, (also known as the "Sader Dome").

Unlike Mr. NNU, Fresheree is not a contest and both genders are welcome to participate. Favorite acts from past years include "Single Fellas," "Frank and Lester," and "Baby Hands." Students audition to emcee the event, as well as perform their skits. By far, it is NNU's funniest event of the fall. Students come out in droves to participate in and watch Fresheree.


Week One

College (and the first week of college) can be intimidating. Amidst moving in and figuring out your schedule, NNU's Week One is designed to facilitate a week's worth of activities to experience campus life and to cultivate relationships with fellow classmates, student leaders, faculty and other key University staff members.

Activities like a scavenger hunt will help you get to know campus better while bonding with fellow freshmen to complete ridiculous challenges. The Rootbeer Fest allows freshmen to relax and enjoy a movie outside with returning students before classes start. Jazz on the Lawn introduces students to our signature iced-coffee drink, "the brick," and NNU's jazz ensembles.


Student Government Association

Each year, NNU's Student Government Association (SGA) organizes countless events designed to enrich the NNU college experience. Staple campus traditions would not be possible without the SGA and other student leadership.


The Arts

We love the arts. Whether it's reader's theatres, plays, musicals, choir or concert band, the arts play a large part in the NNU community and culture.

The spring musical is well known throughout the Boise Valley. Casts of approximately 30 students and a 15-student orchestra performs musicals such as Oklahoma, Honk!, Fiddler on the Roof and Godspell.

Students from the Department of Communications regularly participate in productions performed in the NNU Little Theatre. Each year, the fall play is a highlight of Homecoming & Family Weekend, and in the spring, one junior communications major is selected to direct the Junior Class Play.

We Love Living on Campus

Our students and alumni will tell you that most of their best college memories were made while living on campus. Whether it's a late night run to Merrits for a world-famous scone, competing in intramurals with your wing, or deep conversations with your roommate, living in a caring community is an integral part of the NNU experience.

Being a residential campus is not just about the fun though. Living on campus contributes significantly to the success of our students both socially and academically. Studies show that students living on campus achieve a higher GPA and have a higher graduation rate than those who live off campus. And, we want our students to be successful.

Our residential community is strengthened by a shared commitment to a common set of lifestyle guidelines. Among them are a commitment to refrain from tobacco, alcohol, and illegal or non-authorized prescription drugs; sexual immorality and pornography; harassment based upon sex, sexual orientation, race or religion, or other offensive behavior; and criminal activities. These guidelines are not in place simply to create a list of rules but are intended to create a community where all can flourish.

NNU has a lifestyle agreement that students sign upon enrolling at the University. This policy ensures a drug-, alcohol- and tobacco-free learning and living environment that students can feel comfortable in.

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Northwest Nazarene University ranked #8 on The 2015 Cappies™ Safest College Campuses. Compiling the results of over 1.4 million student reviews on over 2,000 colleges and universities, The 2015 Cappies™ honors America's top 25 favorite schools across multiple categories.

While all colleges strive for campus safety, students feel particularly secure on the college campuses in The 2015 Cappies™. See the complete list→


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We Love Winning

NNU is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II and fully endorses and abides by the organization's philosophy and bylaws. Our athletes are amazing students who use their talents for God's glory. Whose glory? God's glory.

Our athletes elevate their game in 13 men's and women's NCAA Division II teams, routinely winning conference championships - not to mention the hearts of opposing players and coaches.

Most importantly, our athletes are just as dedicated to their academic and spiritual growth as they are to the improvement of their jump shots, serves and 1600-meter times. We love that about them.


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Rimar Christie Track and Field

Rimar Christie is an example of a student-athlete who reaches for the gold, and who continues to earn himself titles and championships. Read Rimar's story→

We Love the Boise Valley

NNU's campus life is vibrant, but if you want to get off campus, Nampa, Idaho is a bustling community of 80,000 located just 20 minutes from downtown Boise. Check out the map below for what you will find when you venture off NNU's campus.

NNU Lingo

Think a brick is a red stone block? Think again. Read on for definitions of commonly used campus words and phrases.


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Abide Groups

A small gathering of four NNU students and one faculty or staff leader who explore how God is working in each others' lives.

Academic Support Center

Offers free tutoring, paper editing and accommodation for special learning needs.

Ambassadors

Students who give campus tours, host prospective students and know a wealth of information about NNU and the admissions process.

B

Bella Voce

NNU's women's choir.

Brick

A student-created iced coffee drink served each Thursday night in the Brick House.

Brick House

The BRICK House is NNU's student-run coffee house. Every Thursday night you will find students hanging out with friends, enjoying our signature coffee drink, the "brick" and playing pool.

C

Campus Golf

A campus league sport using the 90-acre campus as a golfing green.

Campus League

This is what we call our Intramural athletics. Compete in traditional league sports such as flag football, powderpuff (women's football), volleyball, basketball, ultimate frisbee, and others. Compete in a variety of non-athletic activities such as the annual Chili Cook-off, spelling bee, or the Amazing Race: Treasure Valley.

Covenant

A student band that travels across the Northwest each summer to lead worship.

Crusader

The NNU mascot.

D

Dex

Our cafeteria. The Dex is well known for its fabulous cookies. Students can be seen stockpiling them for snacks all day.

Dr. Alexander

NNU's 12th president.

E

Eugene Emerson

NNU's founder.

Explore NNU

An overnight visit event designed to give you ample opportunities to meet other students and meet faculty members, attend class, worship in chapel and spend the night in a residence hall.

F

Flash Mob

Modeled after the internet-sensation, NNU students are known to pause or break out in random dancing in downtown Boise to confuse the public.

Fresheree

Our annual talent show. No talent required.

Freshman Retreat

A community-building weekend retreat in early September for all incoming freshmen. The retreat is in Cascade, Idaho.

Friday Escape

When you visit campus.

G

GNAC

Great Northwest Athletic Conference is our NCAA Division II conference.  We have 13 athletic teams who compete in this conference.  This year, our Women's Volleyball team was #1 in the GNAC conference!

H

Howard

Our friendly elk found outside the NNU Brandt Center in the sculpture garden. Search "Howard Elk" on Facebook to learn more about Howard.

I

Ivan

Ivan the polar bear stands guard in the lobby of NNU's newest facility--the Thomas Family Health & Science Center. Search "Ivan Bear" on Facebook to become his friend.

J

JSC

Our Johnson Sports Center is the home of our NCAA Division II athletic teams. This facility boasts three practice courts, two weight rooms, racquet ball courts and plenty of recreation space that every NNU student, athlete or not, can enjoy.

K

Kickball

An annual tournament between the art and music departments.

L

Love

A hallmark of the NNU experience.

M

Midnight Ridazz

NNU's bicycle club that offers bike tune-ups and organizes group rides.

Mr. NNU

A mock pageant (like Ms. America, except with dudes).

N

Nazarene

What is a Nazarene? The Church of the Nazarene is a protestant denomination whose doctrine focuses on God's grace, forgiveness and the importance of living a holy life.

Northwesterners

A select choral ensemble.

NSO

New Student Orientation

O

Oasis

Our yearbook, the Oasis, and our newspaper, the Crusader, are both student-run and offer paid jobs for students interested in writing, editing, journalism and photography.

P

Perk

The campus coffee shop, conveniently located in the Student Center.

R

Rollerscamming

Themed rollerskating at Nampa's Rollerdrome. It can't get any better when you and your crew are decked out in 70's gear or as your favorite T.V. show characters.

Rootbeer Fest

An SGA-sponsored event during freshmen orientation when a movie is projected outside on the track field, and everyone enjoys rootbeer floats before studies begin.

S

Scam Book

A mini-phonebook for students.

SGA

Student Government Association. This group of elected student leaders is in charge of campus-wide social events like TWIRP and the class councils.

The Standard

Part of the NNU culture… Doing your very best for the very best of NNU!

T

Time Out

A student-led worship service every Wednesday night where students can take a break from a busy week and worship together.

Tunnel Ball

A campus-league sport.

TWIRP

TWIRP is the largest group date you will ever go on. Over 200 couples attend this yearly campus event sponsored by the SGA. TWIRP stands for The Woman Is Required To Pay, and the ladies foot the bill, find a date, and take the guys out for a two-day extravaganza.

TWIX

A wing event(in residence halls) where the roommate finds you a date. Everyone on the wing goes on a group date together with the chosen dates.

U

Underground

The Brick House coffee shop, where Bricks and live music are served up weekly.

V

Vertebrate Zoology

Upper-division course for biology majors. Check out our catalog for other courses that will shake your vertebrate.

W

Week One

A week of unique social activities that help new and returning students get acquainted with each other. Week One is known for the Rootbeer Fest, Rollerscamming, the bonfire and the new-student scavenger hunt.

Wingding

The Wingding is another residential life activity that makes living in the dorms the way to go. The R.A. of a dorm wing plans a group outing and chooses a wing from a dorm of the opposite sex to take along.

Winter Awakening

A special, week-long chapel series with a guest pastor. This event takes place during the fall semester.

Witness

A service-oriented travel group that visits camps throughout the Northwest each summer to minister to youth.

X,Y,Z (and Q)

We're trusting our incoming class to creatively add to our campus lingo. (Attend our Campus League Spelling Bee for inspiration).