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Chances of getting into Northwest Nazarene University

Open Admission Policy

Can I get into NNU? Northwest Nazarene University is an open admission policy institution. Open admission colleges typically have few admission thresholds and will admit all applicants so long as certain minimum requirements are met. New admission is often granted continually throughout the year. Please consult Northwest Nazarene University directly to learn the specifics of its open admission policy.

Testing Requirements

You are required to submit admission test scores with your application. Northwest Nazarene University is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

NNU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 500
SAT Math 25th 480
SAT Composite 25th 980
SAT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 590
SAT Math 75th 600
SAT Composite 75th 1190
Average SAT Score 1090

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Northwest Nazarene University?

Northwest Nazarene University typically prefers applicants to be in the top 64 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 980 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 870. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1090 out of 1600. NNU ranks #5 in Idaho for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 79 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Northwest Nazarene University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1190 and Above Good >86%
1085 to 1190 Avg + 77%-86%
980 to 1085 Avg - 64%-77%
875 to 980 Reach 48%-64%
Less than 875 Low <48%
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NNU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 19
ACT Math 25th 16
ACT Composite 25th 19
ACT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 21
ACT Math 75th 22
ACT Composite 75th 25
Average ACT Score 22

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into NNU?

Admission data indicates that NNU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 19 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 56 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 16 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 22 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 25 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Idaho for highest average ACT composite score. 47 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwest Nazarene University.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Northwest Nazarene University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
25 and Above Good >86%
22 to 25 Avg + 77%-86%
19 to 22 Avg - 64%-77%
16 to 19 Reach 48%-64%
Less than 16 Low <48%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 
Typical High School Grades 

What GPA do you need to get into Northwest Nazarene University?

Applicants require very good grades in high school to get into NNU. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Northwest Nazarene University was 3.6 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #2 in Idaho for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.6 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NNU accepts 77% of all applicants.

 What do these ratings mean?

High School GPA's for admitted Northwest Nazarene University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 21.8% Good
3.75 to 3.99 26.9% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 18.8% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 10.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 11.1% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 9.2% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 2.2% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2021

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High School Class Rank

51% of Northwest Nazarene University freshman were in the top twenty five percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northwest Nazarene University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 25%
Top 25% of class 51%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Aug 15, 2022
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 1 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2022.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Northwest Nazarene University is $0. The school is free to apply to.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Northwest Nazarene University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Northwest Nazarene University Application Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Northwest Nazarene University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=142461 IPEDS survey data for Northwest Nazarene University.


Does Northwest Nazarene University prefer SAT or ACT?

79% of students submit their SAT scores to NNU. 47% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Northwest Nazarene University?

NNU has an open admission policy. Open admission colleges generally only require a high school diploma or a GED certificate to be admitted.