Created in 1913 to be both a grade school and Bible school, what was to become Northwest Nazarene University was, from the start, offering a sound general education with a solid Christian base. Associated from the start with the Church of the Nazarene, it became a four year degree granting college by 1937, making it the first accredited college to be backed by the church. Holding to that religious core today and offering a wide variety of education options, NNU now serves undergrads, graduate students, adult learners looking to continue education, or anyone looking for education, be it ministerial or otherwise.
NNU stands on 85 acres in Nampa, Idaho, offering Master’s and Bachelor’s, as well as certifications to a student body of roughly 1900 largely Christian learners, as well as another 10,000 online/continuing education students and another 1900 high school students (as they offer a concurrent credit program allowing for high schoolers to complete high school and earn college credit simultaneously). Though the majority of students are undergrads, with 60 possible areas of study, there are 9 Master’s programs (many of which can be done online), attracting a good 600 graduate learners. Popular majors at NNU stray to the religious of course, with Bachelor’s in Evangelism and Youth Ministry, although their strong liberal arts background and near century of teaching has yielded typical majors in education and natural sciences as well.
Distance learners are in luck at Northwest Nazarene, as they offer more than just online classes. Students are given access to resources (from academic advisement to library materials), religious/spiritual materials (recordings of chapel sermons), and, of course, online degrees. Currently, NNU offers 9 different online Master’s degrees and though most of them are religious based programs with offerings like a Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation, there are also the more traditional MS in Nursing and MBA degrees. In addition, there are two Bachelor offerings online, with a BA in Christian Ministry and an accelerated Business Administration Bachelor that uses both online and/or face to face evening classes to help adult students get degreed in 3 semesters.
NNU is aware of the importance of utilizing technology as an academic resource and have integrated it into the way the school teaches. Even non-credit seeking learners are welcome to the wealth of online resources at the school, with a Course of Study program in Ministry for professional pursuers of ordination who aren’t looking for college credit. Also, their E-Learning program is a support for both faculty and students, with help for teachers in designing/implementing online courses and help in using Internet tools to expand learning, as well as student tools like e-portfolios. Primarily a teaching tool for adapting to the online education world, there are also plagurism detection programs and a station for creating your own streaming media for use in distance learning.
Northwest Nazarene simply looks for ways to provide religious centered education to all, whether it be through their extensive distance learning, their accelerated and concurrent credit programs, or even in extensive study abroad and missionary opportunities. Not just for Christian learners but offering a recognized education of quality to all faiths and cultures (there is a even a cross-cultural learning requirement), NNU is one of the top Midwest colleges for learners anywhere, regardless of location or divinity.