Academic Services

John E. Riley Library
The John E. Riley Library is housed in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons.  Vital to the educational and intellectual life of the university, the library's physical collection contains more than 125,000 items, including books, curriculum, periodicals, non-print materials such as CDs and DVDs, and federal government documents (the library is a selective repository).  Additionally, the library maintains a special collection of works by or about John Wesley.  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.  Students may borrow a limited number of items from Boise State University and the College of Idaho.

The library's electronic collection (found at includes indexes and databases that contain more than 150,000 ebooks and thousands of online periodicals, dissertations, and music.  The library also maintains the University's institutional repository of scholarly works from NNU students.

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

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

The University Archives contains 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, Academic Coaching, Major/Career Explorations, Mathematics Strategies, English Strategies, English language acquisition courses, and more.

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 consistently 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; 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 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. Statistical data for institutional, regional, and national reports and surveys are generated. All data concerning the university catalog and the Course Schedule Bulletin are sent to the Office of the Registrar for verification and organization. By providing accurate and timely data and having a thorough understanding of academic policy, the Office of the Registrar exists to serve and to educate faculty, staff, administrators, and students of the academic policies and procedures of NNU.

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.  

Participation in Commencement

When all other requirements have been met, a student may participate in commencement if no more than 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.