MidAmerica Nazarene University gets top ranking among Kansas public/private institutions

July 14, 2015



Carol Best                  

Public Relations Manager

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MNU Named Number 1 in Kansas by Money Magazine

Olathe, Kansas–MidAmerica Nazarene University was named number 1 in Kansas among public and private colleges and universities in Money magazine’s “Money’s Best Colleges 2015-2016” rankings. MNU came in number 4 in Missouri and Kansas. Among private universities in the North Central region of the country, MNU was number 10.


Listing 736 schools in the U.S. that “provide the best value for your tuition dollar,” the magazine screens institutions based on graduation rates, educational quality, affordability and alumni earnings. A “special value measure” also gives universities a grade that measures how well students performed at each school versus what would be expected given their economic and academic backgrounds and the institution’s mix of majors. In regard to affordability, the factors included merit aid, parent and student borrowing, the length of time to graduate and tuition increases, among other measures.


MNU President David Spittal is pleased with the acknowledgement by Money magazine.  

“Our commitment to excellence is based upon the work of faculty and staff who give their best daily to add value to the students’ experience at MNU,” Spittal says. “This recognition is a validation of their commitment to MNU’s mission and the core values that we work to fulfill as a learning community.” 


For more information about programs of study at MNU visit www.mnu.edu.



MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university founded in 1966. Offering 40 plus traditional undergraduate majors, the university is also known for its accelerated professional and graduate programs, including undergraduate degrees in management and nursing and graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and counseling, and postgraduate certificates. Online offerings include classes in education, nursing and associate’s-level studies. Study abroad as well as service-learning experiences are encouraged through MNU’s Go Global, MNU Europe, and ServiceCorps programs. The campus is located on 105 acres in Olathe, Kan., and operates a location in Liberty, Mo., for professional and graduate programs. More information may be found at www.mnu.edu.


MNU facts:

  • MNU enrolls more than 1860 students
  • MNU has offered innovative, accelerated adult degree completion and graduate programs since 1987.
  • The yearly economic impact of the University is more than $44 million annually in the state of Kansas.


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