Academic Advising

CASA, the Center for Academic Success and Advising, is responsible for advising and scheduling all new students in addition to providing services for Academic Support, Tutor Services, Disability Services, and Testing. CASA endeavors to enhance the educational experience of each student through assistance in discovering his or her abilities, interests, and career objectives. Student progress is monitored each semester and the CASA staff counsels those encountering difficulties.

Disability Support Services (DSS) for the University are available through CASA. DSS exists to ensure access to the University and its programs by students with disabilities. The office coordinates and provides reasonable accommodations, advocates for an accessible and hospitable learning environment, and promotes self-determination on the part of the individuals served.

CASA supports the educational mission of NNU by providing high quality testing services in accordance with the National College Testing Association Professional Standards and Guidelines and governmental regulations. The services provided for students, faculty, staff, community members, and business partners will be consistently rendered with an attitude of service that demonstrates value for relationships, personal excellence, diversity, and commitment to lifelong learning.

Freshman Schedules

Upon receiving information from new students and major departments, our office creates a custom schedule for each new student, taking into consideration high school performance, standardized test scores and desired major. The schedule is then sent to the student for review and necessary adjustments.

Provisional Status

Students who have been admitted on provisional status are required to meet with an academic coach on a weekly basis for their first term of attendance. At the completion of the term, a decision will be made by the Student Progress Committee regarding future enrollment.

Probationary Status

When a student fails to meet school standards (2.0 gpa, 1.75 gpa for freshmen) a support system is automatically implemented. Weekly meetings with an academic coach provide encouragement and accountability for the student.

Schedule Changes

Schedule changes for first-time NNU students, as well as a change of major, are done in the CASA office. Continuing and returning students make schedule and major changes with their academic advisor and the registrar's office.

Academic Concerns

Questions and problems regarding academic standards or courses should be brought to the CASA office for clarification.

Special Needs

CASA assists students with special needs by helping them to become aware of support services that may be available to them.


Every new freshman or transfer student with less than 28 credits is required to take the ACT for admission requirements. Northwest Nazarene University is a residual testing site for the ACT and arrangements can be made through our office to take the test on campus. The cost of the test is $50. Call 208-467-8463 to make an appointment.


The COMPASS test is a computer administered math test that will determine math proficiency or placement. Contact our office to register. The cost is $10. Students must bring a photo id and a calculator.

Correspondence Testing

CASA will proctor independent study course tests for both NNU and non-NNU students. Non-NNU students are subject to a $25 per test proctoring fee; there is no charge for a degree seeking NNU student to use the proctor services.


NNU uses the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) to determine academic development of our college students. It is helpful in assisting our faculty improve our academic program here at NNU. Areas of strength and weakness will be shown to us so we can work to improve the quality of education our students receive. This improvement will then increase the value of the degrees we offer upon graduation. The CAAP is a graduation requirement. It may be completed during the junior or senior year. Two testing dates will be offered each semester free of charge. Any student who requests to take the test at any other date is subject to a $50 fee.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and Dantes (DSST) credit by examination options

Tests are offered in a variety of subject areas. Appointments are made on an individual basis by calling 208-467-8463 or sending an email to studenttesting(at) CLEP and DSST charge an $80 fee per exam. NNU's proctor fee is $40 per exam.

Bachelor of Arts: Applied Studies

This program leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. It provides students with a broad program including course work in an applied area coupled with course work in the humanities, in social sciences, and in mathematics and sciences. The program is administered by the Director of the Center for Academic Success and Advising (CASA) in conjunction with major advisors.

Requirements: 60 credits including 12 in humanities, 12 in social sciences, 12 in mathematics and sciences and 24 selected from one or two of the following areas: applied art, business, education, computer science, engineering, English (courses in writing or composition which may include ENGL1030), kinesiology, music (education, theory and applied), nursing, Christian education, social work, and communication studies. In a single focus applied studies major, 12 credits of the 24 credits must be numbered above 299. In a dual focus applied studies major, 16 of the 24 credits must be numbered above 299, with at least 6 upper division credits taken in EACH applied area.

Notation: If music is selected, no more than 3 credits of private lessons may apply. If kinesiology is selected, no more than 3 credits of kinesiology activities or activity labs may apply.