Mount Vernon Nazarene University Reviews

  • 8 Reviews
  • Mount Vernon (OH)
  • Annual Tuition: $34,168
0% of 8 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 8 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Aaron Daniel Behr
  • Reviewed: 7/11/2023
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"My degree from MVNU has been mocked by my peers, on more than one occasion, for being from a joke of an institution. These peers had respectable degrees from Ohio State, University of Texas, and Kenyon College to name a few. As I'm watching attendance of my alma mater being chipped away, a third at a time, I can't help but mourn the reality that it is true. Not only have I experienced the abuse of their religious rhetoric in praxis, I'm watching the decay of their relevance academically. I imagine, that in just a few years, my degree will be from a university no longer existent. The good news is that they had a really cool athletics facility before they died, right? Serving mammon has a way of catching up to us, doesn't it? I strongly recommend a person get their degree from a respectable university. MVNU does not practice what it preaches and its fruits are in its perishing."
  • Reviewed: 12/9/2020
  • Degree: Organizational Leadership
"I am so close to being done (I only have one more course left) but I wish I would have transferred to a different school I don't feel like I have learned much in my 2 years I've taken online, but have have a 3.7+ GPA. The teachers are there for grading, that is it. There is no lecture, but sometimes there is a random youtube video to watch. They tell you what chapters to read of the textbook and give you busy work. Some of the teacher are great, but you can't build any kind of relationship with them because they are a grading horse. They can't even make any changes to their courses if they wanted to. Then, to make it a "Christian education" they just add a second discussion board where they take a verse, say on the rapture, and try to make you relate it to whatever business topic the week is about. It's very "what does this verse mean to you" and that is an awful way to read the Bible. My advisor was wonderful, but I am really disappointed in MVNU. I did one semester on campus that was great besides the liberal leanings and slight weirdness in chapel."
  • Reviewed: 3/6/2019
  • Degree: Political Science
"I tried to keep an open mind throughout my time there because some of the professors were quite good especially once you get in your major, including my first adviser who has since moved on to another school. Some majors were better developed than others, and mine, while I think it taught me a lot of critical thinking and writing skills, was not very well developed. In theory, I was on a comparative politics track, but to my knowledge International relations was not offered the entire time I was there and the only comparative politics class they had operated as a general education class for cultural engagement or something like that. It was not at an upper divisional level. I was mostly put in history classes. The professor who replaced my initial adviser has restructured the major a lot to be more truthful to the brochure than the program I was enrolled it, eliminating tracks all together, but I think the critical thinking and writing skills I did gain under the first professor are not being taught as effectively under the new professor. Having graduated 2 years ago now, I realize how useless my degree was. MVNU does not have a good system for helping place you in a career when you leave. When I was looking for internships and later a job for after college, I spoke to my new adviser several times as well as the career "expert". These experiences were not helpful at all. My adviser couldn't offer me any suggestions of places to look for jobs and had no connections, at least that she shared with me. I was not given any good networking opportunities in my time at the school. I asked the career expert for advice on what to submit to a perspective employer as a writing sample and his answer was "Oh, I wouldn't know. I was an art major." I graduated MVNU Magna Cum Laude and went into the school with a 31 ACT score. I tried to take advantage of every opportunity I could find at this school. I was active in several school clubs, even helping found one, but I have not had a single interview in my field in the 2 years I have been out, despite many many applications, cover letters, and resumes sent out. P.S. If you do consider this school, my advice is to stay out of the honors program. The small scholarship they give you for being in it is wasted on the extra credit hours of classes they have you take. It is a lot of extra work with not a lot of pay out. I think it is designed more to make the school look good than it is to grow the students or make them more marketable employees. It did introduce me to several professors across disciplines that I really respect, but ultimately I dropped out to graduate earlier. My spouse who did graduate with honors is having as much difficulty finding a career as I am."
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2016
  • Degree: Computer Science
"I was enrolled in a working adult program where I would work on one class at a time. I realized that this was a Christian school and was told by the enrollment counselor that because of that I would be required to complete 3 credit hours of theology to graduate. I accepted this and went through the enrollment process. What he failed to mention was that religion would be shoehorned into every class I took. For example, the final assignment I had to complete in my astronomy class involved writing a 5 page essay describing how the course material affected my views and faith in God. It was the most valuable assignment in the class, point wise, and had absolutely nothing to do with what I had learned. This may not have annoyed me as much if I hadn't been led to believe that even though they were a Christian school the were open to people of all faiths and beliefs. If I had known that every class was going to be that way I never would have decided to go there. The icing on the cake for me, however, was that after completing 4 classes online (all were gen ed so I got nothing useful to my career out of the work I did) I received a call from the enrollment counselor asking if I had decided what I would like to change my major too. I asked why would I want to change my major? He then informed me that the program I was enrolled in was dropped and suggested I change to business management. So the school had dropped the program I was in and didn't bother to tell me until it was necessary for me to pick a new major. Not to mention they were still advertising the program I was in on the radio as recently as a month before I found out that it was being dropped. Business management is not what I went to them for so I had no choice but to leave them and find a new school. Of the four classes I took the equivalent of 1 credit hour transferred to my new school. If you are a highly religious Christian person who wants God to be injected into every single aspect of your life then may MVNU would be for you, if you are a traditional student. I cannot recommend anyone using any of their working adult learning programs if they are willing to drop them without letting those that are already enrolled to complete them or offer any kind restitution when they do."
  • Reviewed: 9/23/2015
  • Degree: Education
"The education was nice and the schedule was amazing. I went to school once a week for 22 months to get my degree. Some of the teacher's were a little close minded because they were so religion based they didn't appreciate different scientific thoughts, which was disappointing."
Jennifer Twigg
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2015
  • Degree: Special Education
"I really like this grad program because it is very intimate as there aren't too many students per cohort and we all get to know each other and get to bond over the years. I also like how supportive the professors and staff are. They are all wonderful people and I have had a great experience so far!"
Brittany Carpenter
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2014
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"This program has allowed me to get a more personal experience because of the small class size. I have been with the same people from the beginning of the program, and we have all grown tremendously!"
Buffy Fleece
  • Reviewed: 4/29/2013
  • Degree: Religious Studies
"The pros are a staff that is genuine and brings real life experience to the classroom. The cons are the lack of financial aid and scholarships."