NNU reports slight enrollment increases

Northwest Nazarene University is reporting a slight enrollment increase for 2020.

All told, 1,971 students are attending the Nampa private college, compared to 1,931 students a year ago.

“We believe our success in welcoming so many students can be attributed, in part, to the hard work that has been done by so many across campus to ensure that we are able to safely offer face-to-face classes and an on-campus experience to these students in the midst of a global pandemic,” vice president of academic affairs Brad Kurtz-Shaw said in a Friday news release.

NNU opened for face-to-face learning on Aug. 31.

This year’s numbers include 280 first-year students and 45 transfer students. On the whole, that reflects a decrease from 347 first-year and transfer students a year ago.

Meanwhile, NNU is tracking coronavirus cases on an online dashboard. As of Friday, NNU is reporting six confirmed cases, four involving non-resident students and two involving residential students. Nine students are under a “stay-at-home” directive.

NNU is using “surveillance” saliva tests to track coronavirus. The tests — including more than 950 conducted this week — are processed on campus



Kevin Richert

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