Transfer of Credits

Northwest Nazarene University accepts transfer credits as follows:

  • University-level credits earned in academic degree programs at colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting associations are accepted at upper- and lower-division levels.
  • Credits earned at Bible colleges accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) are accepted at the lower-division level.
  • Credits earned at an international college or university that have been evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services ( are accepted at upper- and lower-division levels.
  • Credits earned at non-regionally accredited colleges and universities which are accredited by an organization recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) are granted on a case by case basis through the Special Academic Petition process.

The following policies apply to the acceptance of transfer credits by Northwest Nazarene University:

  • Credits must be presented on an official transcript from the institution granting the credit.
  • Credits are not accepted in which a grade lower than C- (1.70) was received.
  • Remedial and developmental level courses are not accepted.
  • Credits earned in vocational or technical programs are not generally accepted.
  • A transfer student's classification is based on the total number of credits accepted.
  • A maximum of 62 semester credits may be transferred from two-year colleges.
  • The cumulative grade point average is based only on grades received at Northwest Nazarene University.

Questions regarding the transfer of credit should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.

Phone: 208.467.8542
Fax: 208.467.8603

Transfer of Associate of Arts Degree

 A student who enrolls at Northwest Nazarene University with an Associate of Arts Degree from a regionally accredited institution completed prior to admission will receive:

  1. Junior standing
  2. Transfer credit up to a maximum of 62 semester credits
  3. Waiver of all general education requirements, with the following exceptions:
    1. BIBL1100 or an elective in Bible literature (3 credits)
    2. THEO2100 Introduction to Christian Theology (3 credits)
    3. KINE1000 Fundamentals of Wellness (1 credit)
      (An equivalent transfer course may be substituted for this requirement.)
    4. HUMN4010 Capstone (1 credit)
    5. Cross Cultural Experience: Transfer students are required to complete two points of cross cultural experiences (one level 2 or two level 1 experiences). 
    6. Math Proficiency
    7. Cornerstone course for freshmen: All students defined as freshmen by IPEDS must complete the Cornerstone course. This includes all students who have graduated from high school the year prior to enrollment at NNU, regardless of the number of college credits or degrees earned while in high school.

Note: A two-year transfer degree does not guarantee bachelor degree completion within two years. Course prerequisites, course sequencing, and upper-division requirements must also be met.

Transfer students are encouraged to contact the Registrar's Office to determine applicability of their coursework to a specific bachelor's degree. General information can be given over the toll free number 1- 877-NNU-4-YOU. A complete transcript evaluation is available by sending the request with an official copy of the university transcripts to: Registrar's Office, Northwest Nazarene University, 623 S University Blvd, Nampa, ID 83686.

The minimum number of credits required to complete a degree is 124 semester credits of which 32 must be upper-division (courses numbered 3000 and above). For a complete listing of the undergraduate degree requirements, refer to the section in this catalog entitled "Undergraduate Degree Requirements."