Resources › For Students and Parents Great Northwest Athletic Conference, GNAC Learn About the Ten Universities in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Share Flipboard Email Print For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated January 13, 2018 The Great Northwest Athletic Conference competes in the NCAA Division II and fields eight men's and eight women's sports. Member institutions are all from the Western United States and Canada, and they vary significantly in size and personality. The conference's headquarters are located in Portland, Oregon. Learn More about Western Colleges: Top West Coast CollegesTop Mountain State CollegesTop California CollegesTop Oregon CollegesTop Washington Colleges Central Washington University Central Washington University. Bobak / Wikimedia Commons CWU can be a great choice for outdoor lovers since the Cascade Mountains are just west of the campus. Business and education programs are extremely popular among undergraduate students. Location: Ellensburg, WashingtonSchool type: public universityEnrollment: 11,971 (11,119 undergraduates)Team: WildcatsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Central Washington University profile. Montana State University Billings MSU Billings. sara goth / Wikimedia Commons Located in Montana's largest city, MSU represents an excellent value for in-state students. Students will find a wide range of 2-year, 4-year, Masters, and certificate programs. Location: Billings, MontanaSchool type: public universityEnrollment: 4,362 (3,968 undergraduates)Team: YellowjacketsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Montana State University Billings profile. Northwest Nazarene University Northwest Nazarene Soccer. SFU Public Affairs and Media Relations This Christian college takes its values seriously and all students must commit to the university's expectations when it comes to alcohol, tobacco, drugs and sex. Business and nursing are most popular among undergrads, and the surrounding area offers students numerous outdoor recreation opportunities. Location: Nampa, IdahoSchool type: private university affiliate with the Church of the NazareneEnrollment: 2,157 (1,450 undergraduate)Team: CrusadersFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northwest Nazarene profile. Saint Martin's University Saint Martin's University Library. davidsilver / Flickr Saint Martin's 380-acre campus is just east of Olympia, and students will find easy access to skiing, hiking and other outdoor activities nearby. Small classes and close interaction between students and faculty are central to the Saint Martin experience. Location: Lacey, WashingtonSchool type: private Catholic universityEnrollment: 1,586 (1,282 undergraduate)Team: SaintsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Saint Martin's University profile. Seattle Pacific University Seattle Pacific University Clock Tower. cincodenada06 / Flickr SPU students can choose from over 60 degree programs; nursing and business are extremely popular. The 43-acre campus sits in a residential neighborhood 10 miles from downtown Seattle. Location: Seattle, WashingtonSchool type: private Methodist universityEnrollment: 4,061 (3,095 undergraduate)Team: FalconsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Seattle Pacific University profile. Simon Fraser University Simon Fraser University. Simon Fraser University / Wikipedia The only Canadian institution in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, Simon Fraser is a large university that offers 145 academic programs across its eight units. Students come from over 130 countries. Location: Burnaby, British ColumbiaSchool type: public universityEnrollment: 29,879Team: ClanVisit the Simon Fraser University website. University of Alaska Anchorage University of Alaska Anchorage. elliottcable / Flickr Alaska's largest university features impressive mountain views and nearby lakes and forests. Students can choose from 146 degree and certificate programs, and the school has wide offerings for both traditional undergraduates and adult students. Location: Anchorage, AlaskaSchool type: public universityEnrollment: 16,318 (15,546 undergraduates)Team: SeawolvesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Alaska Anchorage profile. University of Alaska Fairbanks University of Alaska Fairbanks. m_p_king / Flickr UAF is Alaska's only doctoral degree-granting institution, and it is the flagship campus of Alaska's public university system. The impressive 12 to 1 student / faculty ratio is unusual for a public university. Location: Fairbanks, AlaskaSchool type: public universityEnrollment: 8,283 (7,162 undergraduates)Team: NanooksFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Alaska Fairbanks profile. Western Oregon University Western Oregon University Library. densetsunopanda / Flickr Western Oregon is home to the Teaching Research Institute, and education fields are popular at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Skiing, hiking, biking, and other outdoor opportunities are all nearby. Location: Monmouth, OregonSchool type: public universityEnrollment: 5,382 (4,833 undergraduates)Team: WolvesFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Western Oregon University profile. Western Washington University Western Washington University. helenadagmar / Flickr WWU ranks well among regional public universities, partly because it has retention and graduation rates that are higher than predicted. 98% of all classes are taught by the faculty, not graduate students. Location: Bellingham, WashingtonSchool type: public universityEnrollment: 15,574 (14,592 undergraduates)Team: VikingsFor acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Western Washington University profile.