Multnomah University

8435 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR 97220

School Details

Multnomah University is a private not-for-profit, four-year institution of higher education, located in the city of Portland, Oregon.

Multnomah University was established in 1936 by Reverend John Mitchell, Dr. Sutcliffe, and Dr. Aldrich to create a much-needed Christian educational institution in the Pacific Northwest. The school was originally named Multnomah School of the Bible, which became Multnomah Bible College and Seminary in 1993. In 2008, the school changed its name to Multnomah University to reflect its many offerings.

Multnomah University offers students three campuses: the 25-acre main campus in Portland, Multnomah Reno-Tahoe Campus, and Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Seattle. Multnomah Reno-Tahoe offers all accredited Undergraduate and Seminary courses in Nevada. The Multnomah Biblical Seminary in Seattle offers online classes, short-duration intensive classes on the main campus, and classes at Crossroads Bible Church.

Demographics at Multnomah University are as follows:

  • About 780 students enrolled (500 undergraduates)
  • Student to faculty ratio of 15:1
  • About 82 percent of undergraduates and 73 percent of graduate students study full-time
  • About 60 percent of students are Male
  • Nearly 80 percent of students are White
  • Approximately 30 percent of students are over the age of 25
  • More than 60 percent of students are not from Oregon

Multnomah University specializes in Biblical studies and theology and offers certificates, bachelor’s degrees, and master’s degrees. Undergraduates major in Bible and Theology and choose a second minor from 15 available minors. Students in the graduate school can choose from four non-seminary graduate degrees that are designed to prepare students for the Christian ministry in many environments. Biblical seminary degrees offer seven majors with flexible scheduling, internship opportunities, and distance learning options. Students who have had significant professional work experience can enroll in the Adult Degree Completion program and choose from three majors that can be completed in two years by attending one class per week. Special learning opportunities include teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad. Approximately 9 percent of undergraduate students and 19 percent of graduate students are enrolled in distance education.

Student life at Multnomah University includes ministry and outreach events, athletics, residential events, student publications (Muse), spiritual life, student senate, and student ministries. Athletic teams at Multnomah University include men’s basketball and women’s volleyball. The “Lions” compete in the National Christian College Athletic Association and the Association of Christian College Athletics. Residential events include hall section retreats, forums, and brother/sister section events. Student services include an Academic Support center, Career Services, Counseling Center, Disability Services, and a Wellness Center.

All single undergraduate students under the age of 21 who are taking at least 10 credits are required to live in Residence Hall housing. All undergraduate housing on-campus includes television, WiFi, and a meal plan. In addition to singles housing, Multnomah University offers housing for single graduate students, single seminary students, and families. Housing for undergraduates costs $3,700 per semester and students over the age of 21 who live in apartment-style housing pay $2,000-$2,500 per semester, depending on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms in the apartment.

Multnomah University receives about 135 applications for admission per year and accepts about 71 percent of those students for enrollment. All students who apply to Multnomah University must pay the $40 application fee and submit a completed application. Undergraduates applying must have earned a high school degree (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 2.5. SAT or ACT scores are also required. Graduate students and seminary students are required to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 for many programs, but those applying should look into the program of study they would like to take to determine different requirements for entry. Adults who wish to enroll in the degree completion program must be at least 25 years of age with an overall college GPA of 2.0.

About 88 percent of students at Multnomah University receive financial aid. Before an offer of financial aid will be granted, Multnomah requires the student be accepted for admission.Students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year to determine financial aid eligibility (use school code 003206). Students are encouraged to apply for the FAFSA each year after January 1 or after applying for admission. Information needed to fill out the FAFSA includes the student’s social security number, driver’s license, W-2 forms (if married), records of any money earned, current bank statements, and alien registration or permanent residence card. Forms of aid that are available at Multnomah University include Federal Grants, Federal Loans, Work-Study Assistance, Private Loans, and Scholarships.

Tuition varies depending on a student’s program of study. Undergraduate tuition for a full-time student costs $10,800 per semester and online courses cost $460 per credit. Graduate students’ tuition varies on the program of study with the average graduate student paying $13,500 per year in tuition and $100 in annual fees. Students in the Seminary program pay $460 per credit. Books and supplies are estimated to cost $1,000 each year.

Multnomah University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.




School Overview:

  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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    Open Admissions
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