Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Admission Procedures

First-Time Freshmen

Students interested in attending MVNU should complete the following steps:

  • An application packet (an online application is also available at should be requested from the Admissions Office. The application process for incoming freshmen should begin at the end of the junior year or early in the senior year of high school.
  • Students must complete and return the application form, and submit the non-refundable application fee ($25) with the application. Applications are not considered without the fee. A fee waiver may be granted for extenuating circumstances or in special cases from the Admissions Office.
  • The ACT or SAT test requirements are recorded above in the Admission Tests section.
  • One reference must be submitted, using the reference form included in the application packet. The high school guidance counselor, a faculty member, the student’s pastor, youth leader, or a member of the student’s church who knows the student well should complete the character reference. Relatives are not acceptable references. The form should be sent directly from the person providing the reference to the University.
  • An official high school transcript must be sent directly to the University by the high school. A partial transcript of work completed is sufficient when the application is made prior to high school graduation (minimum of six high school semesters); acceptance is provisional until the student has graduated and the University receives a final transcript after high school graduation. Should a student have earned college credit concurrently during high school, additional transcripts from the university sponsoring the program may also be required.
  • Action is taken after the completed application form, references, transcripts, and official ACT or SAT scores are received by the Admissions Office. Notification of acceptance is sent by mail.
  • After acceptance, students must submit a $100 tuition deposit and complete and return the medical history form. Students required to live in campus residences must also complete a housing contract and submit the housing deposit of $150.
  • For the fall semester, incoming students are expected to be accepted for admission and submit the tuition deposit, medical history form, and housing contract by May 1. Applications received after July 15 are considered as late applications and may require special processing to be completed by the beginning of the semester. For the spring semester, the application process should be completed by December 15, and applications received after January 15 are considered late applications. Students applying after the late application date may be admitted on a space available basis only.
  • Apply for financial aid as soon as possible after January 1 of the high school senior year. This includes both the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and MVNU Financial Aid Application (included in the admission application); students should obtain the FAFSA from the high school guidance office or online at Both forms are also available from the University’s Financial Aid Office.
  • Participate in one of the new student orientation sessions held during the summer. Parents are also encouraged to attend. Information is sent in the spring to all students who have been accepted for admission.

Home Schooled Students

MVNU welcomes students who have graduated from home school programs of study. They should complete the standard admission process with the following exception:

  • a home school transcript may be produced by the home school instructor or parent.

Home schooled students who desire to play intercollegiate athletics should contact the University Registrar (or the Director of Athletics) early in the admission process for information on meeting NAIA eligibility regulations.

International Students

Students who are not citizens of the United States of America who desire admission to MVNU must complete the regular admission process with the following provisions:

  • The prospective student must complete and return the application packet to the University’s Admissions Office by May 1 for fall enrollment or October 1 for spring enrollment.
  • International students must have their secondary school (or equivalent) and university transcripts evaluated by the following independent evaluation service and mail official transcripts and evaluation results to the Admissions Office:

    Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE)

    PO Box 514070

    Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA

    Telephone: 414-289-3400

    Fax: 414-289-3411



  • Each international student must furnish the University with evidence of the ability to finance an education by completing the International Student Certification of Finances form which can be obtained from the University. Upon verification of funds, an initial deposit of $500 must be submitted that will be held in the student’s account at the university throughout their enrollment at the university. Securing finances is the responsibility of the student, and international students are often sponsored by their family, friends, or a host church or family. International students do not qualify for U.S. federally-sponsored financial aid, but a limited amount of academic, church-related, and international student scholarships is available.
  • Once the above steps have been completed, the university will issue an I-20 form for the student to use in obtaining an F-1 student visa. Students who are citizens of a country other than the United States of America (USA) must hold the F-1 visa in order to register for classes and enroll at the University. Persons who have entered the United States on a visitor’s visa must convert it to an F-1 visa before the University will consider admission. International students on academic or disciplinary probation or dismissal at another university are not considered for admission. A SEVIS fee of $200 must be paid in addition to the visa application fee.
  • International students who have not taken the ACT or SAT and had an official score report sent directly to the University must take the ACT before classes begin. The test is offered at New Student Orientation and in the University’s Test Center.

Applicants from countries and US territories in which English is not the primary language must also provide recent evidence of proficiency in English by one of the following:

  1. scoring 550 or above on the written TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with subscores in writing and reading of at least 50,
  2. scoring 80 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL with subscores in writing, reading and listening of at least 20, or
  3. scoring 110 or above on the ELS (English Language Studies) proficiency examination.

All tests of English proficiency must have been taken in the last two years to be considered for acceptance. An official score report must be mailed directly to the Admissions Office.

Guest Students

Students admitted to a degree program at another institution may enroll in MVNU as a guest student by presenting a letter of authorization from the academic dean or registrar of the other University. Guest students may enroll in courses not leading to degrees by showing evidence of ability to profit from the course and by accepting the ideals of MVNU. When a course the guest student wants to enroll in at MVNU has a pre-requisite, the student must present an official transcript from any institution(s) showing the pre-requisite is completed.

Senior citizens who are 62 or over and retired may enroll as guest students in courses tuition-free on a space available basis. Registration is on the first day of class. Senior citizens pay course fees and any applicable lab fees. Senior citizens cannot enroll in the adult-degree completion or graduate programs as Guest Students. Senior citizens who desire to enroll in courses must complete a Guest Student Application prior to registration. Senior citizens who desire to complete a degree must complete the regular or transfer admission process. In all cases, grades are recorded and credits are earned.

Dual Enrollment Students

Students enrolled as freshmen, sophomores, juniors or seniors in high schools may participate in the Dual Enrollment program. Under this program, students may enroll in university courses and receive high school and college credit simultaneously (i.e., dual enrollment). When Ohio students select this option, the University accepts tuition and book fees from the State of Ohio through the local school district as courses are successfully completed with the dual enrollment being funded by Ohio's Post-Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) program.

Students seeking admission to the dual enrollment program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • be a high school student of these classifications with the corresponding non-weighted cumulative GPA of at least the following:
    • freshman: 3.75 cumulative GPA (from 8th grade coursework and any advanced coursework taken);
    • sophomore: 3.50 cumulative GPA; or
    • junior or senior: 3.20 cumulative GPA.

    These minimum requirements reflect the cumulative non-weighted GPA in all high school work attempted through the end of the academic year prior to enrollment (except for freshmen).

  • Achieve an ACT composite score of at least those listed below with all sub-scores of 19 or above, or the equivalent SAT composite score (critical reading and mathematics) and have the score report sent directly to the University from ACT or SAT:
    • freshman – ACT composite score of 27;
    • sophomore – ACT composite score of 25;
    • junior or senior – ACT composite score of 23.
  • Complete this minimum college preparatory curriculum:
    • For freshmen, 8th grade performance reports showing superior academic performance in all academic areas and proven success (a grade of A- or better) in at least one high school college preparatory level course.
    • For sophomores, one year of proven success in high school college preparatory level courses (at least 5 units) with a grade of B+ or higher.
    • For juniors or seniors, be participating in a college preparatory curriculum and have successfully completed with a grade of B or higher:
      • Two units of English for juniors and three units for seniors;
      • two of the following courses in mathematics: Algebra I, Algebra II, or Geometry;
      • two units of science (one must be a laboratory science);
      • two units of social studies; and
      • foreign language (one year for juniors or two years of the same language for seniors).

All prospective students must:

  • contact their high school about their intentions to participate in the dual enrollment program; and
  • submit the dual enrollment application by May 1 with
    • the $25 application fee;
    • a letter of recommendation from the high school guidance counselor; (For freshmen and sophomores the recommendation should address not only academic ability, but also that the student demonstrates the social/emotional maturity to successfully participate in classes in a collegiate environment.)
    • a character reference;
    • a high school transcript (or middle school/junior high school work for freshmen); and
    • a completed medical history form if the student plans to attend classes at the main campus in Mount Vernon. Students attending at other locations need to conform to that location’s need for appropriate medical information.

Dual enrollment students must complete the application by May 1 for each year they wish to enroll. High school freshmen may take up to 4 credit hours per semester. High school sophomores and juniors are limited to 7 hours (no more than 2 courses) per semester. High school seniors are limited to 10 hours per semester (or no more than 3 courses). Course placement for dual enrollment students is on a space available basis.

The dual enrollment program is intended to be a part-time program. In the rare event that a student desires to enroll in the program on a full-time basis (12 or more credit hours per semester), the student must submit a petition by May 1 for exception to the Assistant to the Provost for Administration that provides a rationale for full-time enrollment and describes the ways in which the student plans to engage in significant ways with the University faculty and participate enthusiastically in campus life. The Assistant to the Provost will consult with academic and student personnel before making the determination. If the exception is granted, the student will be required to participate in the chapel program, will register during the summer new student orientation events, and be assigned a faculty advisor. This review process is subject to annual reconsideration.

Students enrolled in dual enrollment options must maintain good academic standing as defined by the University’s academic regulations. Failure to maintain a cumulative 2.00 GPA or failure to earn credit for a course (i.e., grade of F or U) will result in dismissal from the program. Students enrolled in the post-secondary enrollment options program that withdraw on their own or are dismissed by the University must pursue readmission through the appeals process if they are to be readmitted. Subsequent decisions on their readmission will be made by the Admissions Committee.