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Accreditations & Regulations

Accreditation Commitment

A Pledge to Students’ Success

Northwest Nazarene University is dedicated to guiding you to your full God-given potential. Along that journey, we’re committed to holding ourselves to maximum accreditation standards and regulatory compliance. Explore this page further if you’re interested in learning more about the accreditations we hold and the regulations we follow. With every ”i” that we dot and “t” that we cross, we’re shouting “You are worth it!” to the students in our care. After all, you are the reason we are here.

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  • NNU offers programs leading to 19 degrees (AA, BA, BS, BSN, MA, MAcc, MACP, MAT, MBA, M.Div., M.Ed., MS, MSN, MSW, Ed.S., Ed.D., Ph.D., Psy.D. and Th.D.).
  • Undergraduate degrees include 52 majors and 11 co-majors covering 78 areas of study.
  • Graduate degrees include 28 areas of emphasis in seven departments: Business, Counselor Education, Education, Nursing, Psychology, Social Work and Theology.
    In addition, Graduate Business offers a certificate program and Graduate Theology offers seven certificates.
  • The Center for Professional Development offers two certificate programs and a variety of continuing education courses and workshops that qualify for professional development credits and/or continuing education units, depending on the subject matter.
  • NNU also offers concurrent credit for high school students and an online ministerial credentials course of study program that leads to ordination in the Church of the Nazarene.

Data at a Glance

Student Enrollment Data

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Student Enrollment data

Student Demographics Data

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Student Demographic data

Student Residency Data

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Student Residency data

Peer Comparison Data

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Peer Comparison Data

Post Graduation Success Data

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Post Graduation Success Data

Student Retention, Graduation & Transfer-Outs Data

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Student Retention, Graduation & Transfer-Outs Data

About Accreditation

Accreditation is a collegial process of self-review and peer review for improvement of academic quality and public accountability of institutions and programs. It is a process of recognizing educational institutions for performance, integrity and quality that entitles them to the confidence of the educational community and the public. This recognition is extended largely through non-governmental, voluntary membership associations that establish accreditation criteria, evaluate institutions against those criteria and approve institutions that meet the criteria. Higher education in the United States is served by eight regional accrediting agencies.


Northwest Nazarene University has a long and distinguished history as an accredited institution, having first been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) as a junior college in 1930, and subsequently as a four-year college in 1937. NNU has maintained its regional accreditation with the NWCCU since that time. This NWCCU accreditation process is currently represented by a seven-year cycle of written reports and visits by peer-evaluation committees. In fall 2016, the institution completed a seven-year cycle; in fall 2017, the institution began its new seven-year cycle of evaluation that will be completed with an evaluation team site visit in October 2023. Self-evaluation reports for the past two accreditation cycles are linked below.

Our Accreditations

College of Business

The Business programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). Learn more.

Department of Counselor Education

The Counseling Department is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Learn more.

College of Education

The College of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Learn more.

Department of Engineering

The BS Engineering Programs are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. Learn more.

College of Nursing

The Nursing Department is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Learn more.

Department of Social Work

The Social Work Department is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Learn more.

Graduate School of Theology

The Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Learn more.


Through the years, we have refined our processes to meet regulations while also continuing to serve our students, faculty and staff well.

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