Friday Escape

A general campus visit can sometimes lack the full college picture, but Friday Escape is an excellent way to experience NNU. Escape from high school for a day to imagine your life as a college student. These events are designed to fit into your busy life and still provide you opportunity for an in depth campus visit. Arrive on Thursday night and stay over in the dorms or check in Friday morning and stay for the day. Either way you can tour the campus, meet faculty, talk with admission and financial aid counselors, attend class and chapel, and eat in the dining hall.

These events are free and include one meal on campus. Just bring yourself unless you are planning on an overnight stay. For a night in the dorms bring your sleeping bag, pillow, towel, and toiletries. If staying overnight, please make arrangements with the Campus Visit Coordinator to meet up with your overnight host the night before your chosen date between 5:00 and 9:00 pm. Overnight dorm housing is not available for parents.  Parents can stay in the Alumni House if available, or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator for local hotel recommendations.

Friday Escape Dates for 2015-2016

September 18, 25
October 9, 16, 30
November 20
December 4
January 22, 29
February 5, 12, 19, 26
March 18
April 8, 22, 29

Sample Friday Escape Schedule

9:30 am - Check-in
9:45 a.m. - Why we love NNU—university overview
10:10 a.m. - Attend chapel
11:00 a.m. - Campus tour or attend class
12:00 p.m. - Lunch with NNU students
1:00 p.m. - Campus tour or attend class 
2:15 p.m. - NNU student panel & closing session
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Admissions & financial aid open house

Register for Friday Escape

Explore NNU

Explore NNU is a FREE two day event that allows you to attend classes, meet professors, get questions answered by admissions staff, and also hang out with college students to get a feel for student life. It's one of the great ways that we make your campus visit a meaningful experience!

Included is up to five meals on campus, an overnight stay in the residence halls, admission to campus activities, and an NNU t-shirt. Plan on bringing your sleeping bag, pillow, towel, and toiletries. For students that would like an extended visit experience, you have the option to stay on campus Friday evening as well.  Explore NNU offiially ends Friday afternoon, but we can coordinate your additional dorm stay and make recommendations for on-campus or local area activities for Friday evening. Overnight dorm housing is not available for parents.  Parents can stay in the Alumni House if available, or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator for local hotel recommendations.

Explore NNU makes a great group event, and is one of a number of options for your campus visit. Bring a friend or come with your youth or school group.


Sample Explore Schedule

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Registration/check into dorms/dinner
7:00 p.m. - NNU athletic event
9:00 p.m. - Brick House student event

8:00 a.m. - Breakfast 
8:45 a.m. - Campus tours
10:10 a.m. - Attend chapel
11:00 a.m. - Attend class & parent/youth leader discussion
12:05 p.m. - Lunch with professors
1:15 p.m. - Departmental tours & music auditions
2:15 p.m. - Attend class
3:30 p.m. - Admissions/financial aid session   


Explore Dates for 2015-2016

October 1 – 3, 2015
Please register by Friday, Sept. 25

November 5 – 6, 2015
Please register by Friday, Oct. 30

March 3 – 4, 2016
Please register by Friday, Feb. 26


Register for Explore NNU

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Group Visit

Schedule a campus visit to Northwest Nazarene University.

We are pleased to welcome you and your group to visit our campus!  We are able to offer groups the following activities:

  • Campus Tour
  • Information session presented by an Admissions Counselor
  • Lunch in the Sodexo Dining Hall (discounted at $5 per student, please pay cash at the door)

We want your group visit to be a beneficial and educational one.  To ensure a successful visit, we ask that you keep the following in mind:

  • Group visits can only be scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
  • Visits may last a maximum of 2.5 hours.
  • We are able to accommodate groups up to 100 students.
  • We are able to offer visits to middle school, high school, college, and community groups of middle school age or older.
  • Each group must have at least one adult chaperone for every 15 students.  Chaperones will be responsible for the care and discipline of students while on campus.
  • Groups should be respectful of our facilities, tour guides, and all other members of the NNU community.
  • We accept group visit requests on a first-come, first-serve basis and ask for a minimum of 2 weeks notice.
  • We are not able to accommodate your group until the scheduled start time of your visit.  If your group is running late, please contact the Group Visit Coordinator.
  • Lunch is only available during the school year between 11am and 1:30pm. If your group wishes to eat lunch on campus, you must notify Admissions and submit a final head count no less than 1 week in advance of your visit.  If purchasing lunch, we ask that your group collect money from students/chaperones and submit one payment via cash or check upon your arrival.

Register for Group Visit

Dates To Avoid

These dates are not available for a class visit or a campus visit.



August 21 - 24, 2015

New Student Orientation

September 7, 2015

Labor Day

November 25-28, 2015

Thanksgiving Break

December 23, 2015-
January 1, 2016

Christmas Break

January 18, 2016

MLK Jr. Day

March 25, 2016

Good Friday

May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

July 4, 2016

Independence Day

Unavailable Class Visit Dates

Campus visits are still available on these days, but you will not be able to visit a class.



October 12-13, 2015

Fall Break

November 25–28, 2015

Student Thanksgiving Holiday

December 7-11, 2015

Fall Finals

December 11, 2015-
January 16, 2016

Student's Christmas Break

February 15, 2016

President's Day

March 21-25, 2016

Spring Break

March 28, 2016

Easter Holiday

May 2-6, 2016

Spring Finals

May 9 - August 23, 2016 Summer Break

Preview NNU

Preview NNU is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to preview life as an NNU student. This special event in April, exclusively for accepted students, will include not only NNU activities but also the opportunity to meet your future classmates.

Date: March 31 - April 2, 2016

Registration Deadline: March 25

Sample Preview Schedule

Thursday, March 31
5:00-7:00 pm Check-in and Registration
7:00 pm Welcome Gathering
8:00 pm Event hosted by your future home (Dorm Event)

Friday, April 1
8:00- 9:00 am Breakfast at the Dex
9:00-10:00 am Campus Tour
10:10-10:55 am Chapel
11:00 am- 12:05 pm Visit a class
12:05- 1:00 pm Lunch at the Dex
1:00- 4:00 pm Early Registration:
Academic Advising, Financial Aid, Business Office, Admissions 
1:00- 4:00 pm Breakout Sessions:
Understanding Transitions: High School to College, NNU Culture: Joining the Community, Campus Employment: Finding a Job
6:00- 8:30 pm Awards Banquet (semi-formal attire preferred, $10 registration fee per guest)
9:00- 11:00 pm After-Party

Saturday, April 2
9:00- 10:30 am Send-off Brunch at the Dex

What you should know before you visit

When is the best time to come to campus?

You should definitely come during the academic year when you can see and experience NNU in action!

What should I bring on my campus visit?

If you are staying overnight in the dorms, please plan to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, towels, and necessary toiletries. If you are coming for a day visit, plan to wear comfortable clothes and shoes for walking around campus. Idaho's weather can change quickly in the course of an hour or two, so layered clothing works best.

Where can I park on campus during my visit, and do I need a parking permit?

Guests may park in any of the parking lots or streets on campus. Examine a campus map for exact locations. Parking is free and there is no need to obtain a guest pass.

Can parents participate in the visit events?

Yes! Parents are welcome to attend any and all visit events/activities taking place; in fact, we encourage you to participate! The process of visiting college campuses is as important for parents as it is for students. At NNU we invite students and parents to talk about what they want to do together and separately during the campus visit. One student may love having dad along throughout the entire day, but another student may prefer to visit campus by himself. Ultimately, we want both student and parent to feel comfortable with the environment in which they choose to spend the next few years of their life because these years are pivotal in the shaping and developing of each student's world view and values. Overnight dorm housing is not available for parents.  Parents can stay in the Alumni House if available, or contact our Campus Visit Coordinator for local hotel recommendations.

What is the closest airport to NNU?

Boise International Airport is approximately 30 minutes from campus and accepts flights from most major airlines.

Does NNU provide transportation to and from the airport?

Yes, airport transportation is available! Before purchasing your tickets, please contact our Campus Visit Coordinator to confirm that a shuttle will be available on the date of your flight(s). NNU's shuttles operate between the hours of 8am - 9pm.