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Trevecca Nazarene University

Seal of Trevecca Nazarene University
Motto Esse quam videri
Motto in English "To be, rather than to seem"
Established 1901
Type Private
Religious affiliation Nazarene
Endowment US $14.8 million[1]
President Dan Boone
Students 2,476
Undergraduates 965
Postgraduates 1,511
Location Nashville, Tennessee, United States
36°08′34″N 86°45′11″W / 36.142680°N 86.753110°W / 36.142680; -86.753110Coordinates: 36°08′34″N 86°45′11″W / 36.142680°N 86.753110°W / 36.142680; -86.753110
Campus Urban
Former names Literary and Bible Training School for Christian Workers (1901-1911), Trevecca College (1911-1934), Trevecca Nazarene College (1934-1995)
Sports Baseball, basketball, cheerleading, golf, soccer, softball, and volleyball
Colors Purple and white         
Nickname Trojans
Mascot Troy Trevecca
Athletics NAIA (TSAC)
Affiliations CCCU, SACS

Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Nashville, Tennessee.



A view of College Church from the campus entrance

TNU was founded in 1901 by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan as the '"Literary and Bible Training School for Christian Workers". The school's name was changed to Trevecca College in 1911, after the Coleg Trefeca. The school was located in downtown Nashville until 1914, when it was moved to East Nashville on Gallatin Road. By 1917, the school had absorbed an independent Ruskin Cave College[2] and begrudgingly become an official college of the Church of the Nazarene, in order to save itself financially.[3]

Shortly after it had become a Nazarene institution, it also absorbed the Southeastern Nazarene College of Georgia, but still found itself in bankruptcy and forced to sell its campus by 1932.[2] After occupying a temporary space on the former campus of the defunct Walden University on White's Creek, it was unable to buy the property and relocated to the Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, taking on the name "Trevecca Nazarene College" (TNC) in 1934.[2] In 1935, the college moved back to its present location on Murfreesboro Road in southeast Nashville, where it once again leased and then took over the 7-acre campus of Walden University in 1937.[4] President A. B. Mackey bought an adjoining 40-acre plot for himself and later transferred it to the college.[2]

It was first accredited in 1969 and began offering master's degrees in 1984. In 1995, the school's name was changed from Trevecca Nazarene College to Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU)


TNU is one of eight U.S. liberal arts colleges[5] affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene.[6] TNU is the college for the "Southeast Region" of the United States,[7] comprising the Kentucky, Tennessee, East Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama North, Alabama South, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, North Florida, Central Florida, and Southern Florida districts, which include Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and part of Kentucky.[8] Each college receives financial backing from the Nazarene churches on its region; part of each church budget is paid into a fund for its regional school. Each college or university is also bound by a gentlemen's agreement not to actively recruit outside its respective "educational region."[9] TNU has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969.[10]


TNU is organized into four schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, and the School of Religion. Each of these schools are separated into divisions or departments. Most of the degrees offered by TNU are traditional bachelor's degrees in 58 different majors. The management and human relations degree is a non-traditional undergraduate degree geared towards working adults. The associate's degree, the master's degree, and a doctor of education degree are also available.[11] The 2008 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 68.5 percent.[12]

Student life

There were 2,476 students at the college in 2009, 965 of whom were undergraduates.[13] TNU is a member of the TranSouth Athletic Conference of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I and competes in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, [[volleyball]. In addition to intercollegiate sports, TNU also has a cheerleading team and holds competitions in a variety of intramural sports. On March 4th 2010 the university announced that men's and women's cross country running will be a varsity sport starting in Fall 2010. Trevecca has not had men's cross country running team since the 1970s and has never had a women's cross country team. [14] Also, our student life offers many on campus events that bring students not only the live on campus together but all students are encouraged to participate. Each semester begins with welcome week events such as all school praise and worship, movie night in the quad and celebrity skate night off campus in brentwood, TN. The students also have clubs that they can be involved in such as habitat for humanity and room in the inn. If a student comes to Trevecca, they will be surprised at how busy they will be!

Alma Mater

On a hill stands old Trevecca, Lined against the sky. Hallowed halls of faith and learning, as the years go by.

We will honor, and we'll love her; We will stand for right, Always carry high her banner, Hail to the purple and the white.

Chorus: Fellow students, may we honor her; And be ever true, Sons and daughters she'll be proud of-- Dear old T. N. U.

Words By Florence Nail (Revised 1996) Music by Peggy Perry

Notes and references

  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Retrieved February 5, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Called Unto Holiness Vol. 2 by Westlake Taylor Purkiser. Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House, 1983.
  3. ^ Called Unto Holiness by Timothy Smith, Kansas City: Nazarene Publishing House, 1962
  4. ^ Bobby L. Lovett, "Walden University (1868-1925)", A Profile of African Americans in Tennessee History, Nashville: Tennessee State University, 1995.
  5. ^ LIBERAL ARTS AND THE PRIORITIES OF NAZARENE HIGHER EDUCATION by J. Matthew Price, Ph.D.. Eastern Nazarene College is the only Nazarene institution to retain the "college" moniker. Different states hold different standards for university status, but none of the Nazarene "universities" are research universities. Rather, Nazarene higher education is based on the liberal arts model.
  6. ^ Nazarene Educational Regions
  7. ^ Eastern and Northwest are the only Nazarene schools to use their regional names. Trevecca is the name of an historic Wesleyan school in Wales (see History). Although TNU is the college for the traditional American "South," the school for the "South Central Region" was curiously changed from Bethany Nazarene College to Southern Nazarene University in 1988.
  8. ^ Southeast Region
  9. ^ Guidelines and Handbook for Educational Institutions of the Church of the Nazarene. Church of the Nazarene International Board of Education. 1997. p. 14. 
  10. ^ SACS Member, Candidate and Applicant List
  11. ^ Graduate Programs
  12. ^ "Trevecca Nazarene University". Best Colleges 2010. U.S. News and World Report. Retrieved 2010-3-18. 
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  14. ^ "Error: no |title= specified when using {{Cite web}}". 

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