As the name of the university indicates, it is a university for women. It houses about 2,200 undergraduate students and about 630 graduate students. About 300 faculty and staff members work at the university. Of the 87 National University Corporation universities (as of 2006), there are only two which are all-women, and Nara Women's University ranks among the leading Japanese institutions in women's higher education with a first-rate academic level. The university also has a secondary school, a primary school, and a kindergarten.
The university is located in Nara City, an ancient capital of Japan, which has eight world heritage properties designated by UNESCO and is surrounded by many cultural sites and beautiful nature. The famous deer of Nara Park occasionally visit the campus. Many students nurtured in this environment are now playing significant roles in a wide variety of fields.