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Your 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.

NNU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.59

Typical High School Grades 

B+

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

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into NNU are to have around a 3.59 high school GPA. You are required to have very good grades in high school.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.59 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as NNU accepts 88% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at NNU is 3.59 on the 4.0 scale. 25% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn B+ letter grades and regularly score around 87-89 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #1 in Idaho for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since NNU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.6 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Northwest Nazarene University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 25.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 18.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 22.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.0% Avg -
3.00 to 3.24 7.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 10.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 4.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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NNU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Northwest Nazarene University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 54% of students submitted SAT scores and 13% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1000-1240

Applicants Submitting SAT 

54%
SAT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 490
Math 25th Percentile 510
Composite 25th Percentile 1000
SAT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 630
Math 75th Percentile 610
Composite 75th Percentile 1240
Average SAT Score 1120

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at NNU is 1120 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1000-1240. Students who get into Northwest Nazarene University score in the top 60 percent of all SAT test takers..  NNU ranks #5 in the state of Idaho for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1120 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. NNU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1000 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1000, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 880, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Northwest Nazarene University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1120 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1120, you have around a 88% chance of being admitted. A 1240 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 93% chance of getting in.

Northwest Nazarene University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1240 and Above Good >93%
1120 to 1240 Avg + 88%-93%
1000 to 1120 Avg - 79%-88%
880 to 1000 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 880 Low <67%
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NNU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

19-27 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

13%
ACT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 17
Math 25th Percentile 19
Composite 25th Percentile 19
ACT Scores for Northwest Nazarene University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 29
Math 75th Percentile 26
Composite 75th Percentile 27
Average ACT Score 23

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

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

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to NNU is 23, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 19 and 27.  The school ranks #5 in Idaho for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 23. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 19 and score in the score in the top 56 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 15.

13 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Northwest Nazarene University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Northwest Nazarene University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into NNU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 23 score has around 88% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 93% with a 27 ACT score.

Northwest Nazarene University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >93%
23 to 27 Avg + 88%-93%
19 to 23 Avg - 79%-88%
15 to 19 Reach 67%-79%
Less than 15 Low <67%
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High School Class Rank

80% of Northwest Nazarene University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 39% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Northwest Nazarene University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 21%
Top 25% of class 39%
Top 50% of class 80%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Aug 15, 2024

Days left to Apply

55

Applicants have 55 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Aug 15, 2024.

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 Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Not considered for admission, even if submitted
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

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

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

FAQs

Does Northwest Nazarene University prefer SAT or ACT?

54% of students submit their SAT scores to NNU. 13% 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.