Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Mount Vernon, Ohio
Mount Vernon Nazarene University was founded in 1968 by the Church of the Nazarene and offers a variety of Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees to both traditional and non-traditional students. MVNU is also home to Cougar Athletics.
MVNU has programs for traditional students, graduate students, and working adults. 88% of all degrees awarded are bachelor’s degrees and the 2007 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 72.2 percent. Student-to-faculty ratio is 15:1 and 62% of full-time professors hold a terminal degree. Many of the faculty members completed their training at one of the other Nazarene institutions of higher education.[9] In 2012, the retention rate was 76% and the average ACT score of MVNU students is 23.2.

MVNU is organized into six schools: Arts and Humanities, Business, Education and Professional Studies, Theology and Philosophy, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Natural and Social Sciences. Within these six schools the university offers over 100 different degree programs for traditional undergraduate students. The five most popular majors on campus are: Business, Nursing, Education, Biology, and Social Work.

Enrollment in 2012 consisted of 2,267 students, 1,756 of which were traditional and non-traditional undergraduates. 15% of students represent racial minorities, 92% of students are from the state of Ohio, about 24% are associated with the Church of the Nazarene, 62% are female while 38% are male, and 80% of students live on-campus. While on campus, students participate in student-led small groups, chapel services,mission trips, and community service groups organized and directed by upperclassmen students. Counseling and Career Services and Student Health Services are available to students at no cost. A student health insurance plan is also available through the university, where students can pay to have the university cover the co-payments of any doctor or hospital visits.

The Student Government Association (SGA) is responsible for many of the events that take place on campus. It consists of 18 members that are responsible for various aspects of community life, from planning events to influencing policies on important issues. These members are elected by the student body yearly and include a president of each class and representatives for the area of intramural sports, intercultural life, and others. Members of the SGA participate in meetings with the Board of Trustees, Faculty, Staff, and Administration. In past years, the SGA has been responsible for the end of the year Block Party and a change in policy that allowed more open dorm hours for the residence halls and apartment living areas.

Some campus events and traditions that take place annually are Welcome Week, Oaktoberfest, SonFest, Blue-Green Day, and the Block Party. Welcome Week includes activities such as 80s Neon Bowling and abonfire to welcome incoming freshman. Oaktoberfest takes place on the lawn in front of Oakwood Hall and features hay rides, s’mores, and pumpkin carving. SonFest is one of the region’s largest Christian music concerts, with yearly attendance numbering in the thousands. Taking place on the campus of MVNU, the event has previously featured popular artists that include Thousand Foot Krutch and David Crowder. Blue-Green day is an annual event that takes place in the spring, where students gather to beautify the campus. Finally, the Block Party is held to celebrate the end of the year and is hosted by the SGA. Loud music and paint drums are signature attractions of this event.

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