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 Admissions Office will begin accepting applications on April 15 of a student's junior year in 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, financial hardship, or in special cases from the Admissions Office.
  • MVNU will accept current and redesigned SAT scores for admission and scholarship eligibility. Applicants may submit scores from either the current SAT or the redesigned SAT (offered beginning spring 2016).
  • A character reference is required only for the following students as a condition of acceptance:
    • Students who have been convicted of a crime
    • Students who have been expelled or suspended from a prior school or college
    • Students who do not meet unconditional acceptance or conditional acceptance requirements
      • Character references can be completed by the high school guidance counselor, a faculty member, the student's pastor, a youth leader, or a member of the student's church who knows the student well. 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 are also 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 the first Monday in January 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 by filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at Make sure to select MVNU on the FAFSA application, in order to expedite the awarding of financial aid.
  • Participate in one of the new student orientation (NSO) 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 (homeschool transcript templates can be found at

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 and desire admission to MVNU must complete the regular admission process with the following provisions:

  • The prospective student must complete and return an application 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



  • 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 80 or above on the Internet-based TOEFL with subscores in writing, reading, speaking and listening of at least 20, or
    2. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 and the International Student Financial Aid Application. These can be obtained from the University's Admissions Office. Upon verification of funds, an initial deposit of $250 must be submitted to the University. Securing finances for school is the responsibility of the student. International students do not qualify for U.S. federally-sponsored financial aid, but may qualify for academic, church-related, international student, and other scholarships from the University.
  • Once the above steps have been completed and the student has been accepted, 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. A SEVIS fee of $200 must be paid in addition to the visa application fee. International students on academic or disciplinary probation at another university, or who have been dismissed from another university, are not considered for admission.
  • 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.

Guest Students

Students admitted to a degree program at another institution may enroll at 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 prerequisite, the student must present an official transcript from any institution(s) showing the prerequisite is completed. Guest students are not eligible for financial aid, and must pay per credit hour. A tuition deposit of $100 should be made before beginning classes.

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

Depending on the program, students may enroll in dual enrollment classes as early as the seventh grade as allowed by the laws governing dual enrollment programs in the state of Ohio. 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 College Credit Plus (CCP) program.

Students seeking admission to the College Credit Plus program must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • be currently classified in seventh grade or higher yet not graduate from high school;
  • have a minimum 19 ACT Composite score;
  • have a minimum 18 ACT English subscore;
  • have a minimum 21 ACT Reading subscore;
  • have a minimum 22 ACT Mathematics subscore; and
  • have a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA.

    These minimum requirements reflect the cumulative GPA in all high school work attempted through the end of the academic year prior to enrollment. For students with no completed high school work, their middle school work will be accepted as a substitute.

    Students wishing to be admitted in the CCP program with no more than one subscore lower than the accepted admissions criteria can appeal to the committee for an admissions decision.

All prospective students must:

  • contact their high school about their intentions to participate in the dual enrollment program by filling out the required Intent to Participate form by April 1; and submit the dual enrollment application by May 1 with
    • a high school transcript (or middle school/junior high school transcript); and
    • a completed medical history form upon acceptance 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. The number of classes a student may take is determined by Ohio law that governs College Credit Plus participation levels. Students cannot exceed 30 credit hours per school year or 120 credit hours during their career as a part of CCP. Course placement for dual enrollment students is on a space available basis.

Full-time CCP students may live on campus if they are seventeen (17) years of age as of August 31st of the school year. Full-time CCP students who are sixteen (16) years of age as of August 31st may petition Residence Life for an exception. As part of the petition process, the Director of Residence Life may require additional references addressing maturity and character, and may conduct a face-to-face interview with the student.

Students enrolled in any dual enrollment program, including College Credit Plus, must maintain good academic standing as defined by the University's academic regulations. Failures to do so could result in a status of academic warning, academic probation, or academic dismissal. Refer to the Academic Standing section of the Catalog for these standards.