About Us

Front of chapel with university sign Mount Vernon Nazarene University is Ohio's premier Christian university for traditional undergraduates, graduate students, and working adults who want to learn and grow in an academic community of faith. We challenge students to achieve their highest potential, to become increasingly Christ-like, and to make a difference in the world through lifelong service.
  Quick Facts

  The University Founded in 1968 MVNU is a comprehensive teaching university sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene within the Wesleyan evangelical tradition, offering Associate, Baccalaureate and Masters degrees in more than 80 areas of study.
  Mission Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers outstanding academic programs from a distinctly Christian perspective to prepare students not only for a career, but for meaningful service to God and humankind.
  Location We're located in Mount Vernon, 45 minutes northeast of Columbus. With a population of 16,000, affordable housing, good shopping and plenty of restaurants and recreation, Mount Vernon has been named one of Ohio's "Most Livable Communities."
  Students 2,392 students (2,206 undergraduate and 186 graduate students) from Ohio, 24 other states and 8 foreign countries and territories. 11% of students come from outside Ohio. Students represent over 30 different religious denominations. 75% of fulltime undergraduates live in campus residence halls.
  Faculty Over 100 faculty with advanced degrees. Most have the Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field.
  Student/faculty ratio 17:1. More than half of all classes offered have less than 20 students and full-time faculty teach more than 90% of our classes.
  Facilities Superior facilities housed in 33 academic and residential buildings, including multiple computer labs, an art gallery, and 2,000-seat R.R. Hodges Chapel/Auditorium, Thorne Performance Hall, Visual Arts Center, Free Enterprise Business Center, Hyson Campus Center, Thorne/Library/Learning Resource Center, Jennie K. Moore Family and Consumer Science Center, WNZR broadcast Radio station, and Prince Student Union. Tour them now.
  Financial aid Over ninety percent of undergraduates receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, work-study and/or loans.
  Intercollegiate Athletics The Cougars compete in NAIA Division II, American Mideast Conference, and the NCCAA. Men's Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer. Women's Sports: Basketball, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball.
  The Church of the Nazarene The Church of the Nazarene believes you may discover forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love and meaning in life and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Click to learn more about our purpose, belief, and values.