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.
We Love Bricks, Fresheree and an Elk Named Howard
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 Journeys Outfitting Co.), 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.
The value of co-curricular activities
Don’t miss opportunities to gain experience and grow in a like-minded community outside of the classroom. We share five out of 30+ co-curricular activities that might interest you.
The value of living on campus: A resident director perspective
“It can sometimes be hard to put words to exactly what the cost of housing gets you, and while it is the ‘brick and mortar’ shelter you'll call home, it's so much more of an experience and an opportunity,” says freshman girls RD Jessica Novello.
5 life lessons I learned as a college athlete
Alumna Shelli Bunn-Petterson shares poignant and funny lessons she learned while playing varsity basketball and volleyball for NNU. She relates how sports and NNU helped make her a wiser, humbler person and gave her some great memories.
New Student Orientation & Week One
Looking for a school with incredible traditions to make special college memories? You couldn’t pick a better place than NNU to make that happen. In fact, you can hardly start your first year experience without immersing yourself in special NNU events. During New Student Orientation and Week One you’re guaranteed to make memories that will last a lifetime. Curious about what those memories will be? Take a look at your first eight days on campus.
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.
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.
We Pursue Victory
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.
Varsity Sports at NNU
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NNU is excited to announce new university mascot
Over the past several years, NNU’s Board of Trustees has discussed and considered the possibility of changing the university’s institutional nickname and mascot. President Joel Pearsall announced Northwest Nazarene University’s new mascot in chapel this morning.
Paul Rush named Head Men's Basketball Coach
This morning Paul Rush, the top assistant and recruiting coordinator for the Crusaders the past two seasons, was named as the new head men’s basketball coach for the Crusaders. “Paul Rush embodies the type of coach, mentor, and leader we want within NNU Athletics,” Lindley said.
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 video below for what you will find when you venture off NNU's campus.
Boise Valley Accolades
- #6 Top State for Job Growth | Forbes
- Top 5 Places for Millennial Startups | Tech.co
- Top 10 Best Capital City | WalletHub
- #6 Best Downtown | Livability
- Top 10 Best Places to Live 2016 | Men's Journal
- Top 20 America's Fastest Growing Cities | Forbes
- #3 Best Cities for Jobs this Spring | Business Insiders
- #6 Best Place to Live | U.S. News & World Report
Think a brick is a red stone block? Think again. Read on for definitions of commonly used campus words and phrases.
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.
Students who give campus tours, host prospective students and know a wealth of information about NNU and the admissions process.
NNU's women's choir.
A student-created iced coffee drink served each Thursday night in the 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.
A campus league sport using the 90-acre campus as a golfing green.
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.
A student band that travels across the Northwest each summer to lead worship.
Our cafeteria. The Dex is well known for its fabulous cookies. Students can be seen stockpiling them for snacks all day.
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.
A common area with comfy couches, tables and a large fireplace. Located next to the Dex.
Modeled after the internet-sensation, NNU students are known to pause or break out in random dancing in downtown Boise to confuse the public.
Our annual talent show. No talent required.
A community-building weekend retreat in early September for all incoming freshmen. The retreat is in Cascade, Idaho.
When you visit campus.
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!
Our friendly elk found outside the NNU Brandt Center in the sculpture garden. Search "Howard Elk" on Facebook to learn more about Howard.
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.
NNU's 13th president, Joel Pearsall.
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.
An annual tournament between the art and music departments.
A hallmark of the NNU experience.
NNU's bicycle club that offers bike tune-ups and organizes group rides.
A mock pageant (like Ms. America, except with dudes).
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.
The NNU mascot.
A select choral ensemble.
New Student Orientation
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.
The campus coffee shop, conveniently located in the Student Center.
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.
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.
A mini-phonebook for students.
Student Government Association. This group of elected student leaders is in charge of campus-wide social events like TWIRP and the class councils.
Part of the NNU culture… Doing your very best for the very best of NNU!
A student-led worship service every Wednesday night where students can take a break from a busy week and worship together.
A campus-league sport.
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.
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.
The Brick House coffee shop, where Bricks and live music are served up weekly.
Upper-division course for biology majors. Check out our catalog for other courses that will shake your vertebrate.
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.
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.
A special, week-long chapel series with a guest pastor. This event takes place during the fall semester.
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).