Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) is a liberal arts college with an evangelical Christian mission. It was founded in 1968 by the Nazarene Church. Although large numbers of students belong to the Nazarene branch of Christianity, there are over 40 other denominations represented among the student body.
There are six schools at MVNU: Arts and Humanities, the Jetter School of Business, Education and Professional Studies, Theology and Philosophy, Nursing and Health Sciences and Natural and Social Sciences.
Over 100 undergraduate and several Master’s programmes are offered. Students follow a core liberal arts curriculum designed to give a foundation in knowledge and thinking skills to serve students throughout their life, regardless of career.
MVNU’s motto is “To Seek to Learn is to Seek to Serve”.
MVNU hosts several annual events for students, including the week-long welcome party and SonFest, one of the largest Christian music festivals in Ohio. Upperclassmen are responsible for organising smaller events and community service groups, giving students experience in planning and management.
Travel is seen as an important educational tool. MVNU offers students the opportunity to take part in either academic or ministry trips. Students can share their faith in countries such as Haiti and Belize, or study in Italy or Croatia. The university also runs Bible trips focussing on the significance of countries like Israel, Jordan and Egypt.
The MVNU campus is located in the city of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Graduate programmes are offered at satellite campuses in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield and Newark.