Our Traditions

If your student starts posting pictures on Instagram of some crazy stunts or college students dressed in strange costumes, don’t worry. She’s probably just documenting some NNU campus traditions. To give you a head start on your NNU traditions knowledge, we’ve highlighted the big ones. To learn about more NNU traditions, go to

Week One

During the first week on campus in the fall, students gather for daily activities to reunite after summer break and meet some of the new students that have joined our community. These events are sponsored and organized by the Student Government Association (SGA). Activities throughout the week include the New Student Scavenger Hunt, SGA bonfire, Rootbeerfest, Jazz on the Lawn, Rollerscamming and Friday Night Lights.

Freshman Retreat

After completing the first week of class, the entire freshman class takes busses to McCall for the weekend. Here, new students get to know their classmates as they play games, explore McCall and enjoy the outdoors. Freshman Retreat is a great way to meet classmates and acclimate to college life.


Timeout is a weekly praise and worship service that is led by students for students. Each week students participate in singing, prayer, communion and encouragement.

The Brick House

Most every Thursday evening the Brick House is open for the weekly Top Ten Cafe. Featuring specialty drinks like “The Brick,”—NNU’s original frozen coffee drink—as well as espresso and Italian sodas, this is the place to hang out, listen to music and participate in unique activities.

Club Fair

Club Fair, held at the beginning of each school year, introduces students to the variety of social, academic and ministry clubs that our campus offers.


NNU’s all-school variety show Fresheree gives brave students an opportunity to showcase their hidden talents and for others to belly laugh at them.

TWIRP Weekend

TWIRP stands for The Woman is Required to Pay. This all-school event is a twoday, giant group date that takes place on a Friday and Saturday night with activities happening all over the Boise Valley. Ranging from lazer tag to picnics, TWIRP has become an annual highlight for many NNU students.

Homecoming & Family Weekend

Homecoming provides a chance for current students to interact with former students, as well as give parents a perfect weekend to visit. Activities range from plays and concerts to a pep rally and sporting events. We also celebrate the coronation of our Homecoming Court.


Mr. NNU is an annual pageant, for guys. Unlike Miss America or Miss USA, Mr. NNU features the talent (i.e. ridiculousness) of NNU’s best and brightest and most hysterical men. At the end of the evening only one is crowned Mr. NNU.

The Black Tie Event

Held off campus at a special venue, this formal event features top-notch entertainment and an elegant evening. It’s the perfect opportunity to invite that special someone or gather a group of friends for a fun evening out.

Week Done

With summer right around the corner, Week Done is a time to gather with friends and celebrate the end of the school year. It features ultimate frisbee and kickball tournaments, an annual highlight video, yearbook signing (yeah, we do that) and lots of food and fun.