MidAmerica Nazarene University, founded in 1966, is a four-year, private institution located in Olathe, Kansas about 20 miles southwest of downtown Kansas City. The school is one of the eight schools in America that is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene.
MNU offers over 40 undergraduate programs, supports nine pre-professional programs, and awards master’s degree programs in four areas. The university is on a semester system. The average class size is 16 for traditional undergraduate; 18 for professional studies; and 9 for graduate degrees. The top 5 majors for first-time freshman include nursing, elementary education, business administration, sports management, and ministry degrees. MNU accepts credit for dual credit coursework, credit for life experience, and advanced placement (AP) credits. Classes are offered in traditional classroom, online, and hybrid formats.
MNU’s main campus, over 100 acres, is located in Olathe, Kansas while a second campus (Santa Fe Commons Site) is located nearby in Olathe. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled and just about 75 percent of undergraduate students reside on campus. The main campus features nine residence halls, ten academic buildings, a performing arts center, dining facilities, an athletics center, and a library. On this campus, more than 1,000 trees and about 6,000 flower bulbs are planted annually. MNU also maintains two learning centers that are located in Liberty and North Kansas City, where master’s degree programs are offered. MNU Europe, the location for study abroad programs, is located in Büsingen, Germany.
Multiple study opportunities are available to students, including the Honors Program (available to students with at least a 3.5 GPA and an ACT score of 28), study abroad, and ROTC for Army and Air Force. In Büsingen, study abroad students share a common kitchen, dining room, living, study and worship space. While studying abroad, students enjoy day trips to major European cities while completing 15-17 college credits. Furthermore, through MNU’s affiliation with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, as well as Best Semester, students can travel to Australia, China, India, Latin America, The Middle East, Oxford, and Uganda. MNU’s freshmen and sophomore students can participate in the ROTC program with no obligation to join the Army after graduation, while students who continue with ROTC in their junior and senior years agree to an 8-year commitment to serve in the U.S. Army or Air Force and will be commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army or Air Force upon graduation. The ROTC scholarship covers tuition and fees, as well as a $1,200 per year book stipend and $500 per month for living expenses.
On-campus activities include religious and service organizations, musical and theatrical groups, publications, intramural sports, and varsity sports. Four chapel opportunities are available to student.
- Community Chapel in College Church of the Nazarene’s sanctuary
- Morning Prayers in the Weatherby Chapel
- Student-Led Chapel
There are a number of popular churches in the area, including the Christ Community Church of the Nazarene, College Church of the Nazarene, Central Church of the Nazarene, Westside Church of the Nazarene, Heartland Community Church, The Gathering Network, and Living Hope Church of the Nazarene. Athletic teams are nicknamed the “Pioneers” with colors of scarlet, white, and navy blue. MNU competes in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC). In 2007, the MNU Pioneers were the NAIA Men’s Basketball national champions.
Undergraduate tuition is $21,500 per year with an added $1,090 in general and tech fees. Graduate tuition is program-specific and ranges from $280 per credit hour for the Play Therapy Certification to $496 for the MBA program. Tuition payment plans are available via credit cards and installment plans.
Prospective students need to first apply for admission. MNU accepts about 600 applications per year and about 85 percent of those applicants are accepted. Along with the application, students must submit a high school transcript, ACT/SAT admission test scores, and an application fee of $25. After acceptance, students must submit a $200 confirmation deposit, submit a housing form (first time freshman), and submit any college transcripts (dual credit or advance placement courses). Students are encouraged to apply with priority status prior to March 1st.
After acceptance, students should complete the FAFSA for financial aid. Over 95 percent of MNU students receive financial aid, including:
- Federal Pell Grant
- Federal Perkins Loan
- Federal Stafford Loan
- Federal Direct Parent Loan
- Federal Work Study
- Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant
Awards are distributed based on financial need and/or academic merit or performance. The priority deadline for financial aid is March 1st and April 1 is the Kansas resident’s deadline to qualify for the Kansas Comprehensive Grant. MNU’s school code for filing the FAFSA is 007032.
MNU is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. The school has been accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1974.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Christian / Church of the Nazarene
Highest Level Of Offering:Post-master's certificate
Adult Age Enrollments:1,036
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