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Multnomah University
Motto If it's Bible you want, then you want Multnomah! (college)
Bringing the Word to Life (seminary)
Established February 14, 1936
Type Private
President Daniel R. Lockwood
Staff 230
Undergraduates 600
Postgraduates 260
Location Portland, Oregon, USA
45°31′35″N 122°34′36″W / 45.52651231459339°N 122.57661268115°W / 45.52651231459339; -122.57661268115044Coordinates: 45°31′35″N 122°34′36″W / 45.52651231459339°N 122.57661268115°W / 45.52651231459339; -122.57661268115044

Multnomah University is a Christian educational institution in Portland, Oregon, United States that consists of a Bible college and a Biblical seminary. Multnomah specializes in Biblical studies and theology. All students at Multnomah Bible College receive a bachelor's degree in biblical studies, and may also complete a second major or minor. In the fall of 2007, the college began a Master of Arts in Teaching program. Multnomah Biblical Seminary offers a Master of Divinity and a Master of Divinity in Theological Studies, as well as master's programs in theology, biblical studies, and pastoral studies. Multnomah has an enrollment of approximately 860 students.



On February 14, 1936, the Rev. John G. Mitchell called a meeting to discuss a vision, and subsequently Multnomah School of the Bible came into existence. The following October, classes began in a former mortuary. There were 49 students and a half-dozen faculty. Multnomah Biblical Seminary was founded as a related institution in 1986. In 1994, the college was renamed to Multnomah Bible College. On July 1, 2008, the over-arching name of the entire institution was changed to Multnomah University.

The original campus was located adjacent to the site of the present Lloyd Center shopping mall in Northeast Portland. In 1952, the school purchased the 17-acre (69,000 m²) former campus of the Oregon Blind Trades School, a branch of the Oregon State School for the Blind, located at NE 82nd Avenue and NE Glisan Street, which is the university's current location.

The college is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and The Association for Biblical Higher Education. The seminary is accredited by Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Both the college and the seminary are licensed by the Oregon State Office of Degree Authorization to grant bachelor's and master's degrees.[1]


Multnomah's Glisan campus is home to Multnomah Biblical Seminary. Multnomah began offering graduate certificates in 1947, and in 1977 began offering Master of Arts in Biblical studies and Master of Sacred Ministry degrees. In 1986 Dr. Joe Aldrich, Multnomah's third president, lead the formation of a separate graduate school, which in 1993 became known as Multnomah Biblical Seminary.[2] The seminary now offers five different Master degrees (with several specific emphases) including a Master of Divinity, and a graduate certificate program. Students at Multnomah Biblical Seminary are offered a standard (for those without formal Bible and theology education) and an advanced track (for those with formal Bible and theology training) that eliminates one year of graduate studies.[3]


Multnomah University's motto is "If it's Bible you want, then you want Multnomah." Multnomah students graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Biblical Studies, with the choice of second major or minor in the following areas: Biblical Hebrew, educational ministry, elementary education, english minor, historical studies, intercultural studies, intercultural studies - TESOL, journalism, missionary aviation (flying and repairing airplanes for missions work), music, New Testament Greek, pastoral ministry, psychology, speech communication, teaching endorsements, and youth ministry.[4]


Multnomah's athletic teams are nicknamed the Lions, and "Mitch the Lion" is the name of their mascot. The school's nickname was formerly the Ambassadors.[5] The school is a member of both the National Christian College Athletic Association and the Association of Christian College Athletics.

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