Founded in 1968, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, in Mount Vernon, Ohio is a co-educational liberal arts university with an intentionally Christian foundation and mission. From the very beginning, Mount Vernon Nazarene College has been alive with God-given possibility — this was a community who cared, loved, and served each other. With the help of the Church of the Nazarene and the local community, God’s hand was evident from the early days as MVNC was created, designed, and shaped into existence by a people committed to God. It is into this place that God placed a vision on the hearts of our founding faculty and staff to transform an ordinary farm into an extraordinary community of believers. That calling is still heard today. We’re still a part of this calling and this community — to “Shine Forth” in all we do. Although there are Nazarenes in the student body at MVNU, there are over 40 other Christian denominations are represented on our campus. MVNU challenges students to live up to their greatest personal potential by offering a wide variety of academic programs and many opportunities for service in a student's university life. MVNU encourages students to involve themselves in the local and international community by providing numerous opportunities for service and travel. With this distinctive global vision, the MVNU motto, "To Seek to Learn Is to Seek to Serve," continues to be fulfilled by all who walk the paths of those who have gone before us.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University exists to shape lives through educating the whole person and cultivating Christ-likeness for lifelong learning and service.
At Mount Vernon Nazarene University, "To Seek to Learn is to Seek to Serve." This mindset has created a dynamic, caring community of students and faculty who challenge each other and facilitate learning and growth. MVNU exists to shape lives through educating the whole person.
A private, four-year, Christian liberal arts college located north of Columbus, Ohio, MVNU is known for its spacious residence halls, a beautiful 327-acre campus and state-of-the-art athletic facilities. MVNU offers more than 20 educational travel opportunities; in the past few years, students have traveled to Turkey, Israel, Belize, Costa Rica and Italy.
MVNU offers its more than 1,200 traditional undergraduate students and 2,200 total students a choice of over 80 degree programs, including one of the best teacher education programs in the state of Ohio. Some of the most popular majors are biology, business, education, nursing and social work. MVNU’s student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1. The average tenure of full-time professors is 16 years.