Christian University Mount Vernon Nazarene University Again Climbs National Rankings

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University was Ranked for the Sixth Year in a Row in the Top Tier "Best Baccalaureate Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report in its America's Best Colleges 2010 publication.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is excited to announce that it has improved its ranking by seven places in the "Best Baccalaureate Colleges" category in U.S. News & World Reports America's Best Colleges 2010. Moving to # 26 this year from #33 in 2008 and #52 in 2006, MVNU is building an impressive record of improvement. Leaders at this Christian university in Ohio are grateful for the recognition and are focused on continuing to provide affordable private higher education that focuses on shaping the whole person, cultivating Christ-likeness, and encouraging lifelong learning and service.

"We are pleased with the rise in rankings and believe it confirms what we have known for quite some time--a Mount Vernon Nazarene University education is one that pursues the very best in producing a challenging and engaging academic experience that prepares students for life itself," said University President Dr. Dan Martin. "The university's continued success and achievements stem from our focus on our centrality of mission and commitment to excellence in all we do."

The 2010 America's Best Colleges package provides the most thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 15 widely accepted indicators of excellence. Among the many factors weighed in determining the rankings, the key measures of quality are: peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, alumni giving and graduation rate performance. This recognition squarely places MVNU among the best Christian colleges and universities.

In addition to the new list, U.S. News offers an extensive resource of ranking and college information at http://www.usnews.com/colleges, which hosts the new advanced search feature, enabling students and parents to search for colleges based on specific criteria, such as region, cost and financial aid, student body makeup, student activities, sports offered, religious affiliation and more. Whether searching for Christian universities or schools based on other criteria, this feature is helpful. Furthermore, the site features additional interactive tools designed to help students and parents navigate through the college selection process.

According to Dr. Bruce Oldham, MVNU 's Vice President for Enrollment Management, "Selecting a university is one of life's most important decisions, and the number of options available to students and families can be overwhelming with so many factors to consider. We believe MVNU offers a life-changing experience intellectually, socially, and spiritually, and that the commitment of our faculty and staff to providing an educational environment that both nurtures and challenges students to change their world makes MVNU an excellent value in today's higher education marketplace. The U.S. News & World Report publication provides useful information to contemplate what university can best prepare students for the adventure of tomorrow, and we are pleased to be part of it."

About Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, four-year, intentionally Christian university for traditional age students, graduate students and working adults. U.S. News & World Report ranks MVNU in the top 50 Best in the Midwest (Baccalaureate) institutions for the sixth year in a row. With a 400-acre main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, and eight additional satellite Adult and Graduate Studies sites throughout the state, MVNU emphasizes academic excellence, spiritual growth and service to community and church. MVNU offers an affordable education to more than 2,500 students from 25 states and six countries/U.S. territories. http://www.mvnu.edu

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