Admission to NNU

Northwest Nazarene University admits students who desire to contribute to the mission of the University and display academic characteristics that predict success at the university level.  

  • NNU maintains a policy of equal educational opportunity for all students without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, or physical and documented learning disabilities; and in the administration of its educational and admissions policies, finance and operations, employment programs, student life, and services, or any other university-administered programs.
  • Specific high school courses are not required for admission; however, a strong college preparatory program in high school is recommended. Students planning to select majors in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, computer science or physics will benefit from four years of mathematics prior to enrolling at NNU.
  • Reasonable accommodations are extended to special-needs students. Inquiries about accommodations for students with disabilities should be directed to the Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA). The student must provide proper documentation before accommodations can be put into place. Any documentation provided is held in the strictest confidence and is used solely for the student's benefit.
  • Students must be 17 years of age, prior to enrolling at NNU. Applications received for students who do not meet this age requirement will be reviewed by the Admissions Commission. This applies to all NNU courses (including audit) except for those offered through a high school concurrent credit program.
  • Students may enroll in only one program at a time. For instance, a student may not be enrolled in an undergraduate class and a concurrent credit class simultaneously.

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program

Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program is based on the successful completion of established criteria noted in this catalog. Pre-nursing students may view an application packet located at Students are admitted twice a year; during the fall semester and during the spring semester.

Admission to the Professional Program in Teacher Education

Admission to the Teacher Education program is granted to students who meet selection and retention criteria. In addition to University admission requirements, students must apply for and receive admission to the Professional Program in Teacher Education. Admission to Teacher Education is dependent upon department requirements in the year of the program application.  

Admission for Students Who Have Been Charged With or Convicted of a Felony

Applicants for admission to NNU’s traditional residential program who have been convicted of a felony or who have felony charges pending against them may be denied admission or may be admitted upon special review and approval of the Admissions Commission at its sole discretion. Applicants who are in a correctional facility or have recently been in a correctional facility are required to allow a minimum of one year to elapse between the time of release and the time of enrollment at NNU.