Nazarene Colleges

Jul 07, 2020

The Church of the Nazarene has many universities dedicated to a strong, faith-centered education with ministry as an essential part of daily life. Students at the following colleges can explore the world through study abroad programs, but always find fellowship wherever they go.

School Comparison

All of the following Nazarene colleges have a student population of at least 1,500, making the campus less intimate, but still small. The Nazarene schools in the following table all cost at least $25,000 per year to attend.

School Name Institution Type Student Population (2018)* Location Undergraduate Tuition (2019-2020)*
Mount Vernon Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,243 Mount Vernon, OH $30,404
MidAmerica Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,875 Olathe, KS $31,786
Olivet Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit 4,655 Bourbonnais, IL $37,070
Point Loma Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit 4,592 San Diego, CA $36,950
Southern Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,081 Bethany, OK $25,416

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Nazarene Universities

Across the nation, Nazarene universities are concerned with education and spreading the love and joy of a life in Christ. All of the following schools focus the spiritual life on campus with projects, groups, and worship dedicated to spreading the ideals of Christianity.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Online, graduate, and undergraduate degree programs are all available at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. There are nine athletic teams, with women's volleyball being the only one not to have both a men's and women's team. Of the many educational programs available, as of the 2017 school year, business was the department with the most students declared and the most enrolled undergraduate students; the education & professional studies program followed right behind business. Mount Vernon confers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees. Students interested in ministry can join the Community Service and Ministry Opportunities (CoSMO) program. In this program, 15 groups serve the elderly, children, and disabled people in the community. Others can join one of the many service learning trips around the world to expand their cultural and religious education.

MidAmerica Nazarene University

With an average class size of 16, MidAmerica Nazarene University offers students a personalized approach to education with faculty. With roughly 40 majors to choose from, students can focus their education on interests that suit them. Some majors include nursing, organizational leadership, intercultural studies, recreation & leisure studies, kinesiology, and business psychology. Along with graduate programs, certification programs help students earn continuing education credit and certificates in specified areas, such as sexual addictions treatment, play therapy, and reading specialist certification. For those on campus, chapel services and spiritual formation is offered weekly. Some ministries are catered to specific interests, such as music worship or service ministry.

Olivet Nazarene University

In the 2015-2016 school year, 100% of Olivet Nazarene University students who applied for financial aid received scholarships or grants. Olivet Nazarene University is located on 275 acres of land outside of Chicago. An important part of life at Olivet is the spiritual side, which includes ministering and volunteering to needful groups. Students may find themselves serving meals, working with children, ministering to high school students, or visiting with the elderly, along with several on-campus fellowship opportunities. Every Monday evening, students meet for weekly devotions. There are over 120 areas of study for students to undertake and earn their associate, bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree. On top of spiritual and education opportunities, Olivet has more than 90 clubs for students.

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU)

At Point Loma Nazarene University, students can confidently expand their faith and spiritual life. Through Worship Arts, students are encouraged to use any creative skills they may possess to share their faith and spirit. Chapel attendance is required, and students can go to morning chapel or go to Time Out Chapel, which is when students and faculty encourage and share testimonies. Full-time freshmen and sophomores must attend 30 out of the 54 chapel services, while juniors and seniors must attend 23. For those living off campus, the numbers are adjusted, but attendance is still required. PLNU has over 60 areas of study in which students can earn their undergraduate or graduate degree. Students may also study in any of the 50 countries with which PLNU has partnership schools. During this time, students put their skills to use and immerse themselves in an international Christian community with between 8-20 other students.

Southern Nazarene University

There are 55 degree programs available at Southern Nazarene University (SNU). Some of the areas of study include finance, network engineering, exercise science, athletic training, computer science, and pre-optometry. Students are required to attend chapel twice a week to find renewal. Along with chapel, students can attend one of the 16 faith-based groups that meet and study a variety of topics. Some of the programs focus on science and faith, sexual abuse, justice, love, and learning to listen to God's voice. Students can take part in any of the community outreach activities as well, such as an after school program or Feed the Children.

Next: View Schools
Created with Sketch. Link to this page

Popular Schools

The listings below may include sponsored content but are popular choices among our users.

Find your perfect school

What is your highest level of education?