Academic Services

John E. Riley Library

Vital to the educational and intellectual life of the university, the John E. Riley Library contains almost 117,000 printed books, 140,000 electronic books and currently receives thousands of electronic periodicals. The library also has approximately 60,000 volumes in collections of microforms, non-print materials, and federal government documents, for which the library is a selective depository. Additionally, a special collection of works by or about John Wesley is maintained.

The library's web page is It provides links to the library's online catalog, various indexes and databases many of which include full-text materials, and to other resources. Through participation in OCLC Inc., an international library network, the library has access to additional books and other materials from libraries around the world, available via interlibrary loan.

Reciprocal borrowing agreements with Boise State University and with College of Idaho allow students to check out a limited number of items from these libraries.

Key to the library's mission is its staff, which provides friendly, professional service. Librarians, staff, and student assistants are available to make use of the library more effective and meaningful. Library services include interlibrary loans, instruction, and individual research assistance.

The library provides individual study areas, 17 group study rooms, and has wireless access for laptops and access to campus networked computers.

The University Archives contain items pertaining to the history of the University. Use of the Archives is by appointment only.

Information Technology Services (ITS)
ITS is located in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons. Hours are found on the website. Services include but are not limited to:

  • Computer Support
  • Printer Support
  • Classroom Technology Support
  • Phone Support
  • Purchased print credit

ITS provides technical support to students and employees of NNU. More information on ITS services and hours can be found on Contact ITS by visiting and submitting a request or by calling (208)467-8111.

Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA)

Academic Success 
CASA supports undergraduate academic programs by providing students with writing consultation and subject area peer tutoring for select courses. These services are available free of charge to undergraduate students. In addition, CASA offers face-to-face courses for credit in University Success, Major/Career Explorations, Mathematics Strategies, and English Strategies.

Disability Services
It is the policy of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) that no qualified persons with disabilities shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of its programs or activities. Any qualified student who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and/or working, can receive assistance at NNU as provided in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the ADA Amendment Acts of 2008. The Director of CASA serves as the campus contact for disability related needs.

The Testing Office supports the educational mission of NNU by providing high quality testing services in accordance with the National College Testing Association Professional Standards and Guidelines and governmental regulations. The services provided for students, faculty, staff, community members and business partners will be consistenly rendered with an attitude of service that demonstrates value for relationships, personal excellence, diversity, and commitment to lifelong learning. Tests/services include: Proctoring for distance learning courses; residual ACT testing; and CAAP, CLEP, DSST, and placement testing.

International Student Services and Programs
The office provides ongoing support to international students in the academic, spiritual, and social aspects of their lives.  We seek to promote awareness, cooperative efforts, and understanding about the various aspects of ethnic, religious, and cultural diversity.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for maintaining, storing, and distributing all academic records and petitions.

Degree Postings
Northwest Nazarene University posts the earned degree to the transcript at the end of each semester and at the end of the month.  If a student completes his or her degree between degree posting dates, the Registrar's Office will provide students a letter stating that the student has met all the requirements for degree completion, indicate when the degree will be posted, and will verify that the student should be afforded all the rights and privileges of one with a degree. Students would need to request this letter using the form at

Transcripts must be obtained with a signed request. Transcripts can be ordered from the web page: An e-signature is required and constitutes one's legal signature. Requests can also be sent by mail to Office of the Registrar, Northwest Nazarene University, 623 S. University Blvd., Nampa, ID 83686, with the appropriate payment included. All requests must include name, NNU ID number or social security number, birth date, signature, and the name and address to which the transcript is to be sent. Students should allow five business days for transcripts to be processed. The fee for an official transcript is $10.  The student's Business Office account must be clear for a transcript to be released. An additional fee will be charged for expedited mailing of transcripts.

Participation in Commencement
A student may participate in commencement if no more that six credits will remain uncompleted at the end of the current semester.

Ph.D. and Ed.D. students may participate in commencement if only the following remain uncompleted beyond the current semester:

  • EDUC9500 - Professional and Ethical Leadership
  • The final, approved written dissertation. The dissertation must have been successfully defended, but final edits may remain outstanding.
  • Submission of the final, approved written dissertation to the approved accreditation and assessment software and the NNU Library's UMI dissertation database.