Mid America Nazarene University
January 30, 2012 by staff
Mid America Nazarene University, MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) is a Christian liberal arts college in Olathe, Kansas, United States. It was established in 1966 by the Church of the Nazarene. Mid-America Nazarene College (MANC) was founded in 1966. In 1996, Mid-America Nazarene College formally changed its name to MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU).
The 105-acre (42 ha) campus is located in Olathe, Kansas, a suburban city southwest of Kansas City, Missouri. The land was donated by Robert R. Osborne, a retired banker. Proposed sites for the college also included Wichita, Topeka, and Ottawa, Kansas.
As one of eight U.S. liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, the college receives financial backing from the Nazarene churches on its region; part of each church budget is paid into a fund for its regional school. Each college is also bound by a gentlemen’s agreement not to actively recruit outside its respective educational region.
MNU is the college for the North Central Region of the United States, which comprises the Dakota-Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Kansas City, Joplin and Missouri districts, which include North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri.
MidAmerica Nazarene is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU). MNU has been accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1974.
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