Great Northwest Athletic Conference, GNAC

Learn About the Ten Universities in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference

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:

Central Washington University

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, Washington
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 11,971 (11,119 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wildcats
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Central Washington University profile.

Montana State University Billings

MSU 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, Montana
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 4,362 (3,968 undergraduates)
  • Team: Yellowjackets
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Montana State University Billings profile.

Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene Soccer
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, Idaho
  • School type: private university affiliate with the Church of the Nazarene
  • Enrollment: 2,157 (1,450 undergraduate)
  • Team: Crusaders
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Northwest Nazarene profile.

Saint Martin's University

Saint Martin's University Library
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, Washington
  • School type: private Catholic university
  • Enrollment: 1,586 (1,282 undergraduate)
  • Team: Saints
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Saint Martin's University profile.

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University Clock Tower
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, Washington
  • School type: private Methodist university
  • Enrollment: 4,061 (3,095 undergraduate)
  • Team: Falcons
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Seattle Pacific University profile.

Simon Fraser University

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.

University of Alaska Anchorage

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, Alaska
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 16,318 (15,546 undergraduates)
  • Team: Seawolves
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Alaska Anchorage profile.

University of Alaska Fairbanks

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, Alaska
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 8,283 (7,162 undergraduates)
  • Team: Nanooks
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the University of Alaska Fairbanks profile.

Western Oregon University

Western Oregon University Library
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, Oregon
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 5,382 (4,833 undergraduates)
  • Team: Wolves
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Western Oregon University profile.

Western Washington University

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, Washington
  • School type: public university
  • Enrollment: 15,574 (14,592 undergraduates)
  • Team: Vikings
  • For acceptance rate, test scores, costs and other information, see the Western Washington University profile.