Northwest Nazarene University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.12 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ACBSP
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Midsize
  • Student Population: 2,157 (1,450 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 15 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 22% part-time, 78% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,759
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4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2020

After researching PhD programs for many years, it was amazing to find a university like NNU. My requirements for university were accessibility, supportive staff, and low cost. I was sold on the staff's supportive nature when I spoke with Dr. Heidi Curtis. She took the time to answer my questions, which some schools were unwilling to do. The professors to this point have all reflected the same friendly personality as Dr. Curtis. The program is mostly online with the exception of two trips to Nampa, ID. The first one is two days long, and the second is two weeks long. These fall into your first and second year respectively. Any authentic PhD program will require a on-site visits. As for cost, I have yet to find another regionally accredited program near the price of NNU. The requirements to get into the program are steep, but their 98% graduation rate was very appealing.
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) social work program was a great program to attend. It could be in person or a satellite program that has some online classes and some video conference classes. It focuses on writing papers rather than tests and you are responsible for your own learning.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

I took all of my courses online. I was able to contact professors and receive a response in a timely manner. The support staff was great at recommending courses and the course schedule was easy to follow. I was able to interact with other students via Blackboard as well as in person when necessary.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014

Northwest Nazarene University is one of a kind. This University is amazing. The faculty and staff really care for you and want you to succeed. They push you to reach your absolute full potential. Everybody on campus is very friendly. I'm from California and never heard of this University until I took a visit. Once I was on campus and met a few people, within minutes I fell in love with it and knew this was the place I wanted to attend. I highly recommend this University if you want to succeed and make lifelong friends.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2013

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) is located in the beautiful southwest corner of Idaho which is a high desert climate. During the moderate winters and beautifully hot summers (temperature ranges from 20-115 degrees with only a few inches of snowfall) students can enjoy the outdoors while completing studies. It is located along the Snake River plain and offers Bogus Basin ski area only 60 miles away. NNU provides degree seekers with class sizes of 15-25 students, faculty which is happily available for help with assignment or reviewing them before turning work in. Faculty is more concerned with student learning and is interested in allowing peer tutoring and guidance with their oversight. Some classes have been held off-campus as students were employed by a neighboring school district and met one night a week. NNU had the instructor travel to the students who met 15 miles away. The college still expected quality work and great attendance, but realized adults had day jobs and it was easier for one instructor to travel than have all 15 students travel. NNU also allowed students to share their findings from the action research project conducted in place of a thesis. Each student participated in a learning fair type of activity where posters were constructed and research shared from students' individual classroom action projects. Faculty was anxious to help teach and guide steps, but remained far enough away for students to struggle and learn on their own. During class discussions, all views were greatly appreciated and accepted, and faculty allowed for other students to ask questions. The faculty were more discussion facilitators than they were instructors. Northwest Nazarene University is a private university attached to the Nazarene church and therefore devotionals and prayers were given before each class started. These traditions were welcome as the instructor and students were aware of the help required from above for success. They acknowledged God and celebrated His blessings to students. I would recommend NNU to anyone considering a small hometown college feel with caring professionals to lead and guide learning. NNU is the place to learn and grow in all aspects.
2.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

I believe that my grad program is a great one. I participate in a cohort program that brings professors to rural areas to offer the counseling program. I have also had the opportunity to do online courses through NNU while in the cohort. The cost of attending a private institution and at times the "rushed" feeling of courses due to the particular program I am working on and the situation can be overwhelming. I do love what they are teaching me though, and I love that I will be able to help in the education system with it.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros of this university are that it has a great education programing but the cons are that it can be a tad bit expensive to attend.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

While this program is widely accepted and is a great tool to get into the workforce, it is also the most expensive one in the surrounding areas. It lacks a social life but it does offer job security, so overall it is really good and does what it needs to do.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is a great program. The course work may be tough but it is completely worth it. The university has prepared me for my future!
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

My colleagues and I have been taught many things that have helped us in our careers. The advisers and teachers are very helpful and supportive as well.
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