A coeducational university of the arts and sciences, Mount Vernon Nazarene University is the official university of the East Central Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene. Primary responsibility for sponsorship and support of the University is charged to the Nazarene congregations in Ohio, West Virginia, and the eastern half of Kentucky, with control delegated to the Board of Trustees elected by the annual assemblies of the Central Ohio, East Kentucky, East Ohio, North Central Ohio, Northwestern Ohio, Southwestern Ohio, West Virginia North and West Virginia South districts. Many of the students come from this church constituency. However, the University is not narrowly sectarian; students of like ideals are welcome to the university community.
As an institution of the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University stands in the Wesleyan evangelical tradition, as summarized in the "Articles of Faith" in the Manual, Church of the Nazarene. According to this "Agreed Statement of Belief," we believe:
To these ends, the Mount Vernon Nazarene University curriculum follows a liberal arts pattern, which encompasses career preparation at the college level in selected professional and pre-professional areas of study.