Mount Vernon Nazarene University
In 1964, the Church of the Nazarene voted to create three new colleges. One became Mid-America Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, one became the Nazarene Bible College in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and the third came into being in Mount Vernon, Ohio. The Educational Zone ‘A’ College was created out of educational zones from three other Nazarene schools. The area still includes all of Ohio, West Virginia, and that portion of Kentucky east of Interstate 75.
Mount Vernon Nazarene College started as a two-year institution opening its doors to over 150 students on October 12, 1968. Since its founding, the school has emphasized Christian beliefs in its curriculum. MVNU's mission is to shape lives through educating the whole person and cultivating Christ-likeness for lifelong learning and service. Students are nurtured and empowered through caring relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators; challenged to be a devoted disciple of Christ; drawn toward discovery of wisdom and truth in every discipline of study; prepared for leadership in various professions; equipped to be lifelong learners; and sent into the world to live out their faith by offering their hearts and lives in service to God and others.
In 1972, two-year accreditation was granted from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school began a master of ministry program in the 1990’s and later added other programs both on the Mount Vernon campus and in other locations in Ohio.
The college transitioned to university status in August, 2002.
In 2008, Mount Vernon Nazarene University boasted an enrollment of 2,558 students, including 486 students enrolled in graduate programs, especially in education and business. Most students enrolled came from Ohio, but the student body included enrollees from twenty-five other states and six countries or United States territories. While the Church of the Nazarene continues to operate Mount Vernon Nazarene University, the institution accepts students from all religious backgrounds.