NNU Online General Studies Program

NNU Online bachelor's and associate's degrees are designed to meet the needs of the virtually-oriented learner. The asynchronous online format allows flexibility of delivery while building a quality online community of learners. Traditional-aged students who are drawn to online learning environments or adult learners who need the flexibility of an online delivery will benefit from NNU's online degree programs.

The NNU Online General Studies program allows students to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies with an emphasis area in humanities, math and science, or social sciences.  Alternatively, students can earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in applied studies with a few select emphasis areas. The Associate of Arts degree in liberal studies is offered fully online. In addition, NNU Online offers general education courses that allow others to fulfill the initial requirements of the associate's or bachelor's degree in business, Christian ministry, or education.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will display an attitude of intellectual curiosity in basic areas of human knowledge, harnessed by moral responsibility.
  2. Students will grow in the content, methodology, and implications of the basic areas of human knowledge.
  3. Students will develop the ability to think critically and independently.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

Please see NNU Admission Requirements for degree seeking students.

High School Student Admission Requirements

Students currently enrolled in High School can apply to take college credit through NNU Online. The online application available at nnu.edu/apply-now. In order to qualify for NNU Online, a high school student must:

  1. Be 16 years old and have junior or senior standing, or equivalent;
  2. Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, or ACT composite score of 18 or higher, or SAT composite score of 870 (PSAT composite score of 87) in Critical Reading and Mathematics; 
  3. Have approval of a parent/legal guardian who will sign the parental consent on the registration form.

Note: Once graduated from high school, students must reapply for admission to continue enrollment at the University.

* A student not meeting these requirements may submit a petition for an exception. The petition must be approved prior to registration.

High School Student Application Process

Application materials needed for admission include but may not be limited to:

  1. A completed application;
  2. A completed parental consent form;
  3. A completed lifestyle acknowledgement form;
  4. A copy of a student’s most recent high school transcript to verify GPA;
  5. An official report for any credit that may have been achieved through testing (AP, CLEP, Dantes, etc.);
  6. An official transcript for any college credit (such as concurrent or dual enrollment credit).

Note: Prior to the conferral of any degree, an official high school transcript with the date of graduation must be submitted to the NNU Registrar’s Office.

Financial Considerations

A student must pay in full or make payment arrangements for NNU Online tuition prior to the first day of class. Payment is non-refundable unless the student is prohibited from enrolling in the course due to class size, etc.

High school students are not eligible for federal financial aid or NNU institutional aid. Outside scholarships may be applied toward NNU Online expenses.

Academic Standing and Dismissal

A student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain in good standing in the NNU Online Professional Program at Northwest Nazarene University.  If a student drops below a cumulative GPA of 2.0, the student will receive a warning notification and be placed on academic probation for the duration of the following semester during which time they must earn a minimum GPA of 2.5. If a student continues to make unsatisfactory progress, he or she will receive a formal notification of dismissal from the NNU Online Professional Program at Northwest Nazarene University.  

*Student must earn a minimum GPA of 2.0 to graduate. Courses in the major must be passed with a minimum grade of C-.  

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