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Mount Union College
Motto Opening Doors
Established 1846
Type Private liberal arts
Endowment US $121,000,000[1]
President Dr. Richard F. Giese
Undergraduates 2,200
Location Alliance, OH, USA
Campus Urban (115 acres)
Colors Purple and White
Nickname Purple Raiders
Mascot MuCaw
Affiliations United Methodist Church; NCAA DIII

Mount Union College is a 4-year private, liberal arts college in Alliance, Ohio.


History and profile

Mount Union was founded in 1846 by Orville Nelson Hartshorn as "a place where men and women could be educated with equal opportunity, science would parallel the humanities and there would be no distinction due to race, color or sex." In approximately 1911[1], Scio College of Scio, Ohio merged with Mount Union, moving faculty to the Mount Union campus and abandoning the Scio campus.

Mount Union College will become Mount Union University or University of Mount Union on August 1, 2010.[2]

Seventy-seven percent of the faculty at Mount Union have earned a doctoral or terminal degree with graduate training at universities in the United States and Europe.

Mount Union College enrolls 2300 undergraduates. Approximately 52 percent are women and 48 percent are men, representing more than 20 states and 15 countries. Mount Union has an active alumni base of more than 13,000 graduates located around the world. Admission to the College has always been predicated on academic excellence and promise.

For more than a century the college has been officially connected with the Methodist Church. It is now affiliated with the East Ohio, West Ohio and Western Pennsylvania Conferences of the United Methodist Church.

Mount Union has been ranked for 14 consecutive years as a top regional liberal arts college in the Midwest and is also ranked as a Best Buy for regional liberal arts colleges in the Midwest.

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Dr. Mark McNaught Associate Professor and Chair, Stated at Mount Union in 1998 BS Lafayette College; MS, PhD University of Rochester. Courses Taught Physical Geology, Environmental Geology, Hydrology and Water Resources, Mineralogy, Petrology, Structural Geology, Regional Geology Research Interests:Study of deformation associated with thrust sheet emplacement during mountain building.Development of methods for measuring finite strain, with emphasis on computerized methods.Study of the relationship between deformation and metamorphism, particularly the origin of solution cleavage.Monitoring of seismic activity in northeast Ohio.
  • Lee Ann Thorn, chair of the Board of Trustees, is the executive vice president and treasurer of GBS Corp. of North Canton, Ohio. She is a 1983 graduate of the College.
  • Dr. Roger Palutsis, a native of Chicago, Illinois, is currently the team doctor for the current Division III Football Champion Mount Union Purple Raiders.
  • Dr. Carol E. Canavan , Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs(2003). Dr. Canavan earned her B.A. in Communication and Theater from Michigan State University in 1969, her M.A. in Theater from the University of South Dakota in 1972, and her PhD in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University in 2001. Dr. Canavan currently holds the position of Assistant to the Vice President for Academic Affairs but has also held other positions including Dean of the College(1999), & Director of Grants (1990). Even before Mount Union Dr. Carol E. Canavan has held other positions including Director of Student Activities (Kentucky Country Day School, 1983) and Assistant Head (Andrews Schools, 1986). Dr. Canavan has published many professional papers including :
    • Canavan, C.E. (2003, April)."Developing the Capacity for Synthesis: Demanding and Assessing for High-Level Learning." (Paper & Presentation). In S. E. Van Kollenburg (Ed.), Promoting Student Learning and Effective Teaching (Vol. 3, pp. 161-167). Chicago, IL: The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
    • Dr. Carol Canavan continues to instruct courses in communication and more recently LS 100 (Liberal Studies 100, the Liberal Arts Experience) lecture classes at Mount Union.
  • De Scott Evans, noted 19th Century artist, former head of Mount Union art department


With school colors of purple and white, Mount Union competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in NCAA Division III athletics. The teams are nicknamed Purple Raiders, and the school's mascot is MUCaw, a purple macaw.

Mount Union sponsors 11 men's varsity teams: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, swimming, tennis and wrestling. The school also sponsors 10 women's varsity teams: basketball, cross-country, golf, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis and volleyball.



By far the best-known sports program at Mount Union is football, led by head coach Larry Kehres (289-21-3, .929 over 23+ seasons), which has won a record 10 Division III national championships—all since 1993. They also hold the all-division record for consecutive victories at 55, which ended in their loss to St. John's University, led by legendary coach John Gagliardi, in the 2003 national championship game. The Purple Raiders won 110 consecutive regular-season games between 1994 and 2005, posted 14 undefeated regular seasons, won 16 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, and had the best overall record in the 1990s (120-7-1 .941).

National Championships: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008.

Academic programs

With 45 majors and 56 minors to choose from, Mount Union College offers a wide array of academic coursework in keeping with the liberal arts tradition. Students are encouraged to thoroughly explore a variety of departments and majors to discover potential talents and interests. Through general education course requirements, students are able to test the waters of a variety of majors and minors, allowing students to find a perfect fit. Also, in developing a close relationship with their academic departmental advisor, students are able to find guidance in deciding what majors and minors are most advantageous.

Mount Union's communications students can reach out to their student body through the school newspaper, The Dynamo, or the school's radio station, 91.1 WRMU. The Dynamo was established in 1889 and its slogan is "A source of Light and Power since 1889." WRMU is called "The Radio Voice of Mount Union College." Its format is smooth jazz on the weekdays, with oldies/rock on the weekends, and DJ's choice from 10 pm to 2 am every weeknight.

One of the most popular programs for students at Mount Union College is the music program. Students can get involved in many kinds of bands or choirs, including Concert Choir, Mount Union Alliance Chorale, "Fire-Engine" Choir, Opera Workshop, Alliance Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Strings, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and more.

The Theatre Department puts on two productions every fall, and varying productions in the spring. Every spring semester alternates between a musical and a straight play every year for the main stage show, and every spring there are also student-directed one-acts. Theatre productions are open to all students, regardless of major or class rank.

As of Fall 2006, the degrees Mount Union offers are: American Studies, Army ROTC, Art, Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Communication, Computer Science, Economics, Accounting and Business Administration, Education, English: Literature, English: Writing, Environmental Biology, Exercise Science, French, Gender Studies, Geology, German, Health, History, Human Performance and Sport Management, Information Systems, International Studies, Japanese, Mathematics, Media Computing, Music, Non-Western Studies, Other Studies, Philosophy, Physical Education, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, , Pre-Professional Programs, Psychology, Public Service, Religious Studies, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Management, Teacher Education Program, and Theatre.

Greek life

There are four major social fraternities and four major social sororities at Mount Union College.

Men's fraternities

Women's sororities

Service Fraternity

Honor Societies


External links

Coordinates: 40°54′17″N 81°06′38″W / 40.904594°N 81.110666°W / 40.904594; -81.110666


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