North Park University was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church when the Covenant decided that they should formally establish a school of their own. In 1894, the school moved to its current location in Chicago, Illinois. Originally a two-year college named North Park Junior College, in 1958 the school expanded to include four-year programs and the name was changed to North Park College. Then in 1997, the decision was made to again change the name of the school to its current name of North Park University.
As a Christian university of the Evangelical Covenant Church, the mission of North Park University is “to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.” This mission is led by the university’s core values of Christian faith, an urban atmosphere and a multicultural community.
North Park University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor’s degrees, Master’s degrees, Doctorate degrees and certificates. In addition to overall accreditation a few independent programs at North Park University have also received programmatic accreditation. The programs with specialized accreditation include Theology, Nursing and Music. North Park University’s campus is located in Chicago, Illinois.
At North Park University there are seven schools in which students can find a program of interest. The schools include:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- North Park Theological Seminary
- School of Adult Learning
- School of Business and Nonprofit Management
- School of Education
- School of Music
- School of Nursing
For students requiring a more flexible schedule, North Park University offers select courses and entire degree programs through their distance learning program. The distance learning program offers three bachelor’s degrees where select classes can be completed online, and five bachelor’s degrees that can be completed entirely online. At the graduate level, there are five Master’s degree programs and ten graduate-level certificates that can be completed entirely through online interactive courses. Many online courses can also supplement the traditional in-class Seminary programs.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Evangelical Covenant Church of America
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,447
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