Mount Vernon Nazarene University

800 Martinsburg Rd, Mount Vernon, OH 43050-9500

School Details

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private not-for-profit, four-year university, located in the city of Mount Vernon, Ohio.

MVNU was established in 1968 by the Church of Nazarene and is the college for the Nazarene East Central Region of the United States, which is made up of Ohio, Eastern Kentucky, West Virginia North, and West Virginia South districts. Although students are predominantly Nazarene, more than 40 other denominations are represented in the student body.

MVNU’s main campus lies on the southern edge of Mount Vernon and is made up of more than 15 classroom and residence buildings in addition to the R.R. Hodges Chapel, Hyson Campus Center, Prince Student Union, Ariel Arena, and the Buchwald Center. MVNU also operates multiple regional locations.

Demographics at Mount Vernon Nazarene University are as follows:

  • About 2,200 students enrolled
  • Student to faculty ratio of 14:1
  • About 82 percent of undergraduates and 74 percent of graduates study full-time
  • Approximately 65 percent of students are female
  • More than 80 percent of students are White
  • Approximately 31 percent of students are over the age of 25
  • About 90 percent of students are from Ohio

Curriculum at MVNU integrates Christian faith and learning into one.Mount Vernon Nazarene University awards associate’s degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees in the following schools of study: Arts and Humanities, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Theology and Philosophy, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Natural and Social Sciences. The most popular undergraduate majors on campus are Business, Nursing, Education, Biology, and Social Work. Continuing education offers community members and students programs in general studies, ministry certificates, and educational workshops. Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, dual enrollment, study abroad, and distance education. High school students are able to earn college credit prior to completion of high school programs through MVNU’s Dual Enrollment Program. Students must submit an application for dual enrollment by May 1. MVNU offers more than 20 domestic and international academic travel opportunities. Approximately 23 percent of students are enrolled in distance education and five undergraduate and graduate degrees can be earned completely online.

Student life includes Student Government Association, campus events, campus ministry, intramurals, Cougar athletics, and music and ministry groups. Traditional campus events include Welcome Week, Ocktoberfest, SonFest, Blue-Green Day, and the Block Party. Campus Ministry offers students Bible Study, chapel services, community services, faith courses, national and international service trips, and accountability groups. Intramurals available to students include tennis, softball, sand and indoor volleyball, and flag football. Athletic teams at Mount Vernon Nazarene University include men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s golf, men and women’s soccer, women’s soccer, men and women’s track and field, and women’s volleyball. Music and ministry groups travel throughout Ohio, West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky for worship services, camps, and other special events. Student services available include peer tutoring, career counseling, and hands-on internships.

More than 1,000 people apply for admission to Mount Vernon Nazarene University each year and about 73 percent of those applicants will be accepted for admission. Students applying to MVNU must submit a completed application, a $25 application fee, official admission test scores, a personal statement, and a character reference. Transfer credit is granted only for those courses for which a grade of C- or better was earned. International students must provide a copy of transcripts from all schools previously attended as well as submission of TOEFL scores.

About 88 percent of students at Mount Vernon Nazarene University receive some form of financial aid. During the 2012-2013 academic year, more than 36 million dollars in aid was awarded. To apply for aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon as possible after January 1 and before March 15 using the school code 007085. Types of student aid available include MVNU scholarships, Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, Federal TEACH Grant, Federal Direct Loans, Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Direct Parent Plus Loans, Federal Perkins Loans, and private education loans.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission


School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    4-year, Private not-for-profit
  • Religious Affiliation:

    Church of the Nazarene

  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
  • Total Enrollments:
  • Adult Age Enrollments:
  • Percent Admitted:
  • Calendar System:
    Four-one-four plan



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