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Given the recent outbreak of COVID-19, we have made a few adjustments to our admissions procedures to protect the health and safety of you and our campus community.

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How to Apply to NNU

We are excited about your interest in applying to Northwest Nazarene University! We want to make the undergraduate application process as simple as possible. If you would like to contact the undergraduate admissions office please call 1-877-NNU-4-YOU or (208) 467-8000.

In order to qualify for an application deadline, all materials listed under One must be completed. The Undergraduate Application should be completed first. NNU will contact you to make sure we have the rest of the forms after you apply. Learn more about Early Action deadlines→

Applying for Fall 2020

Deadline TypeApply ByNotified By
Early Action INov. 1Dec. 1
Early Action IIDec. 1Jan. 1
Regular AdmissionFeb. 1Mar. 1

Applying for Spring 2021

Deadline TypeApply ByNotified By
Regular AdmissionDecember 15As Processed

Note: Applications will be processed and prospective students notified on a rolling basis as they are received after the regular admission deadline.


To be considered for acceptance at NNU you must submit the following:


Once you have been accepted to NNU, you can secure your financial aid, housing assignment, and freshman year class schedule by paying your advance tuition deposit. This deposit will be applied to your tuition. This deposit is non-refundable after May 1 for fall semester applicants or December 1 for spring semester applicants.

Pay Your Deposit


The following documents (available in your Applicant Portal) are required to complete your admissions file and enroll:

  • Academic Planning Form
  • Residential Status Agreement
  • Immunization Record

Admission Deadlines

Submit all items under step One above by the Early Action I or Early Action II deadlines to receive notice well ahead of the regular admission decision in the spring. Applying under Early Action means less stress during the year, and will allow you to focus on financial aid deadlines and visiting campus without worrying about admittance.

Early Action is non-binding. If you apply under Early Action and are accepted, you have until May 1 to notify NNU of your intent to attend.

If you are not admitted in one of the two Early Action rounds, there are two things that may occur. (1) Students who are clearly not a good match for NNU will be denied admission. (2) If there's a possibility of future admission—with improved test scores or GPA—the decision will be deferred until the next round. You will then have the opportunity to provide additional materials to strengthen your application before either the Early Action II or Regular Admission dates.

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Application Deadlines

Deadline TypeApply By
Early Action INovember 1
Spring Regular AdmissionDecember 15
Early Action IIDecember 1
Fall Regular AdmissionFebruary 1

Meet the
Admissions Team

We have an exceptional team of people waiting to talk with you about joining us at NNU. You can call us at 1-877-NNU-4-YOU or email us at All other communications can be sent to our mailing address: Undergraduate Admissions Office, 623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, ID 83686.

Stephanie Gunstream

Email Stephanie
(208) 467-8472
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Stephanie is the Campus Visit Coordinator. She is responsible for creating a personalized schedule for each individual visitor. Stephanie graduated from NNU in 2007 with a mass communications degree. She enjoys watching movies and playing board games with her husband and two sons. They are currently watching every Disney produced movie in chronological order. She loves her husky, wearing sweatpants, quoting Friends, and taking naps.

Rich Vasquez

Email Rich
(208) 467-8499
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Works with:
International Students, All Spring students, Fall transfer students

Rich serves as the Assistant Director of Admissions. He graduated from NNU in 2002 earning a BS in Business Administration. He also earned his MA in Church Leadership from Southern Nazarene University. Rich is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene and currently serves as the NYI President for the Intermountain District. He has spent the last 15 years serving with his wife as associate pastors at Canyon Hill Church of the Nazarene. Rich enjoys spending time with his wife and three children. He also loves cars and motorcycles.

Nate Jansen

Email Nate
(208) 467-8403
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Works with:
Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Wyoming, Montana

Nate is the admissions counselor recruiting in the Northwest and Rocky Mountain districts. He grew up as a missionary kid in Malawi, Africa, and then survived and thrived in the culture shock of moving back to the U.S. for his freshman year of college. He was an R.A. for two years for honors students and graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy from Boise State University in May 2015, and has lived in Nampa since 2014 with his wife and son. He loves playing worship music on his guitar, playing ultimate Frisbee, and making funny faces in the mirror when nobody is looking.

Christian Rohnert

Email Christian
(208) 467-8637
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Works with:
California, Washington (West)

Christian graduated from NNU in May 2016 with a Biology degree. He recruits students in the Washington Pacific area. He enjoys adventures with his wife and two dogs. He also loves mountain biking, backpacking, and quoting Star Wars. One of his favorite memories from NNU was the opportunity to spend 6 weeks in the rain forests of Costa Rica researching Jaguars.

Maggie Alcaraz

Email Maggie
(208) 467-8648
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Works with:
Canyon County, ID, Colorado

Maggie is an Admissions Counselor who works with Intermountain District and Colorado. Maggie is a recent graduate from NNU's class of 2018 and received a B.A in Social Work. She has lived in the Treasure Valley area for most of her life and took advantage of NNU's cross cultural opportunities and studied abroad in Costa Rica for a semester in 2016. During her time at NNU, Maggie participated in the University Choir and Orchestra, Bella Voce Women's choir, and was an RA for the Freshmen girls dorms. Maggie enjoys spending time with family and friends, drinking too much coffee, singing to Disney, and traveling.

CoCo Borges

Email CoCo
(208) 467-8481
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Works with:
Northern Utah, Northern Nevada, Southern Idaho

CoCo graduated from NNU in May 2018 with a degree in Political Science. She also received minors in both Spanish and Global Business. While attending NNU she was on the Women’s Basketball team and was the TA for the Political Science Department and Honors College. CoCo is from Pasco, WA and is excited for her sister to attend NNU and play on the Women’s Basketball team. In December 2018, CoCo married Jonathan Borges, who also attended NNU. Some of CoCo’s favorite events at NNU were the bonfires, Corlett Snack Nights, and Twirp. CoCo is now pursuing her MBA at NNU.

Leslie Gangwer

Email Leslie
(208) 467-8811
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Works with:
Mid-West and Eastern US, Oregon (West), Alaska

Leslie graduated from NNU in May of 2016 with a degree in Graphic Design and a minor in Photography. During her time at NNU, Leslie played intramural volleyball, was in the art club, and served on the Student Government Association as the Yearbook Editor. Leslie enjoys going on adventures with her husband Ben and puppy Lewis, spending way too much time in book shops, and visiting any art museum she can find.