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Northwest Nazarene University

Nampa, ID 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate88%

NNC Admissions

It is moderately difficult to get into Northwest Nazarene University. The acceptance rate at Northwest Nazarene University is 88%. Out of 3,394 applications received in 2023, 2,993 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Northwest Nazarene University, there is no application fee, which means it is free to apply.

Northwest Nazarene University Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here is an overiew of some of Northwest Nazarene University's admissions stats.

Northwest Nazarene University 2023 Admissions Statistics
Mean Unweighted GPA 3.7
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 22%
Mean SAT Score 1107
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 54%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 31%
Waitlist No

Northwest Nazarene University Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Northwest Nazarene University.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I No
Early Decision II
Early Action Yes November 15 December 15

Applying Early to Northwest Nazarene University?

Northwest Nazarene University does not offer early decision but does offer early action.

🗓️ The Early Action deadline is November 15. Northwest Nazarene University will release EA admissions decisions no later than December 15.

Some students apply to college early because they hope it will boost their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of being admitted, since it shows your interest in a school.

➡️ Find a list of some top colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Northwest Nazarene University Admissions

Transferring to Northwest Nazarene University

It is moderately difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University has not reported data for waitlisted and admitted students.

What Does Northwest Nazarene University Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when determining who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are given the most weight when choose which applicants to admit, and which to deny. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Northwest Nazarene University

What does Northwest Nazarene University consider during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Class Rank Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important

Make sure to check with Northwest Nazarene University for more information on admission factors.

Northwest Nazarene University Application Requirements

To apply to Northwest Nazarene University, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Northwest Nazarene University's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Transcript(S) of College Record
Standardized Test Scores
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Transcript of High School Record
Minimum High School GPA (On 4.0 Scale) 2.5

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Northwest Nazarene University?

Students admitted to Northwest Nazarene University have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 63% submitted a class rank. At Northwest Nazarene University 22% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 45% were in the top 25% and 68% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Northwest Nazarene University, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA 25%
3.75 and 3.99 27%
3.50 and 3.74 18%
3.25 and 3.49 12%
3.00 and 3.24 8%
2.50 and 2.9 8%
2.00 and 2.49 2%

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Northwest Nazarene University directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that highlights your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Northwest Nazarene University is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 54% of Northwest Nazarene University's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 31% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Northwest Nazarene University?

To be competitive with other Northwest Nazarene University applicants, you should aim to score between 990 and 1210 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Northwest Nazarene University 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1210 and 25% of scored lower than 990, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Northwest Nazarene University student is 1107.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Northwest Nazarene University students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 490 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Northwest Nazarene University students scored 630 or higher, and 75% scored a 490 or higher.

To be most competitive at Northwest Nazarene University, you should strive to earn between 19 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Northwest Nazarene University's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 19 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Northwest Nazarene University students. Only one out of every four students scored below 19.

More Information on Transferring to Northwest Nazarene University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Northwest Nazarene University.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1.

Transfer students can enroll in Northwest Nazarene University during the following terms:

• Fall Term

• Winter Term

• Spring Term

• Winter Term

• Summer Term

Northwest Nazarene University Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Northwest Nazarene University?

✅ Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Northwest Nazarene University.

Does Northwest Nazarene University accept transfer credits?

✅ Northwest Nazarene University accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Northwest Nazarene University accepts:

• CLEP subject tests • DSST/DANTES

Does Northwest Nazarene University accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

✅ Northwest Nazarene University accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Northwest Nazarene University?

❌ No, Northwest Nazarene University is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Northwest Nazarene University's acceptance rate?

✅ The acceptance rate for Northwest Nazarene University is 88%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Northwest Nazarene University?

❌ Northwest Nazarene University does not offer early decision.

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NNC Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective


How hard is it to get into NNC? NNC is a somewhat selective institution. The NNC acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 88 out of every 100 applicants.


NNC Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Not available

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to NNC is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

NNC SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

990 - 1210


Math SAT Range

510 - 610


Reading SAT Range

490 - 630

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1210 and Above


990 to 1210


990 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for NNC students is 1107. Applicants with SAT scores of 1210 and above have a good chance of being admitted to NNC, while applicants with SAT scores between 990 to 1210 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 990 have a low chance of being offered a spot at NNC.


Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)


GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At NNC, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.67. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases © 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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