MidAmerica Nazarene University
Student Life
MidAmerica Nazarene University

Campus Life

Dorm Life
Spiritual Life
Global Life
MNU Traditions

Dorm Life

Where will I be living? If you’re like most people, this is high on your priority list. Having a strong community at MNU is important to us so we are a residential campus. That means unless you live at home with parents or are married, you'll live on campus until age 22.

This idea of students living on campus really helps to forge the bonds of friendship and builds relationships with people of different backgrounds, with varied personalities and ideas.

Find your place in one of nine residence halls…

Women's Halls

Men's Halls

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Dorm Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dorm Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Dorm Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Additional Info

  - Student Handbook [PDF]

Spiritual Life

MNU is a community of Christian faith as well as learning. Weekly chapel services are the heart of our campus, and it’s not uncommon for your professors to open class in prayer. Here you’ll grow in relationship with others and with God. As a student, you will be required to attend our chapel services and earn points.

We have four Chapel opportunities:
- Community Chapel in College Church of the Nazarene’s sanctuary. Worship with the entire MNU community as well as the surrounding Olathe community. (2 points)
- Morning Prayers takes place in the intimate Weatherby Chapel, with liturgy, prayers, scriptures, hymns and communion. (1 point)
- Student-led Chapel with services planned by students just for students. (1 point)
- Kairos emphasizes participation between the pastor and the congregation, in addition to prayer and teaching. It’s multi-dimensional worship. (1 point)

Additionally, our small-group ministries create a comfortable space no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.

Spiritual Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Wondering where to go to church?

Here are some churches in the area where our current students attend:

  - Mission Church (Lenexa)
  - Jacob's Well (KC, MO)
  - Shawnee Church of the Nazarene (Shawnee)
  - Chuch of the Resurrection (Leawood & Downtown)
  - Christ Community Church of the Nazarene (Olathe)
  - College Church of the Nazarene (Olathe)
  - Central Church of the Nazarene (Lenexa)
  - Westside Church of the Nazarene (Olathe)
  - Heartland Community Church (Olathe)
  - The Gathering Network (Lenexa)
  - Living Hope Church of the Nazarene (Olathe)

Spiritual Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Global Life

Are you ready to make an impact on the world? Do you want to be a part of something bigger than yourself? MNU students, faculty and staff are passionate about supporting humanitarian work and global development.

Over the years, our student body has raised funds through our annual Passion to Serve Project to build an orphanage in Guatemala, led after-school ministries in downtown Kansas City, and provided medical care to orphans in Kenya.

The MNU Go Global program sends over 100 students every year to work with Nazarene missionaries and Heart to Heart International leaders. Some of the countries we minister to are: Australia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, Kenya, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Uganda and the United States.

Hover over each photo to learn more!

Passion to Serve Project

Global Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University: The KC Urban Youth Project

KC Urban Youth Project

In addition to regularly ministering to the children helped by the Kansas City Urban Youth Ministry, MNU students decided to make a financial difference in these children’s lives. Students worked to raise more than $8,300 during the 2011-2012 academic year. The money went to upgrade the Rosedale Ridge apartment complex, provide playground equipment, and purchase a van.

Global Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University: The Kenya Orphan Care Project

Kenya Orphan Care Project

Proving that one person, one student, can make a difference, MNU students raised $35,000 during the 2010-2011 academic year for the Siaya, Kenya Orphanage. When MNU student, Jeb Flynn, spent a summer in Kenya, he proposed the university develop a plan to help. The money raised helped purchase land for housing, build sustainable gardens and provide ongoing mentorship for the children.

Support Us

  • You can help fund our project by supporting this year’s Passion to Serve project.
  • You can help fund a team traveling through our Go Global program.
  • You can also fund a specific student traveling as part of our Go Global program. These payments are a personal benefit to the student so they are not tax-deductible


Global Life at MidAmerica Nazarene University: The Guatemala Project

The Guatemala Project

In 2009-2010 the idea was that posed that ‘if’ 1,000 faculty, staff and students each donated $25 per semester—less than $2 per week—what could they do for the world? As a community, MNU raised more than $50,000 that year. Partnering with Rotary International, Heart to Heart International and Engineers Without Borders KC, the village of Patanatic, Guatemala received a new health clinic.

MNU Traditions

The things we hold dear. Those rituals we revisit. These are ours.

Rootbeer Fest—At the start of every school year there’s sand volleyball and rootbeer floats! This event is a great way to kick off our year and Welcome Week (action-packed activities every night).

Homecoming Hoe - Down—Line dance, dress western and eat chili. Yeah, that's right... line dance!

Thrift Store Prom—Hit the thrift-stores. We all dress up in the worst outfits we can find and then go roller-skating.

Mock Rock— At Mock Rock, we don’t take our talents very seriously. Parodies, impressions and weird talents perform at this talent (or not) show.

Mother-Daughter-Others Weekend—This weekend creates space for mothers, sisters and even grandmothers and aunts to spend quality time together.

Cook Center Crazies & Paint Up Guys—Every school has ‘em, the most spirited, athletic supporters! These fans get really excited. Whether it’s baseball, basketball, football or volleyball season, they do what they do best. PAINT UP!

Traditions at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Traditions at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Traditions at MidAmerica Nazarene University

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Athletics at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Athletics: Varsity Sports

We know you’re here for an education, but it’s so much fun to have winning athletics team—and we do! Our teams regularly win their conference and participate in post-season play. The Pioneers are in the Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) and are NAIA Division I where competition is fierce.

Need something to do? There’s always a game coming up soon.

View mnusports.com

Athletics: Intramural Sports

If you are ready to be active and sports is your passion or just a pastime, we have tons of intramural opportunities for you to play recreational sports. Basketball, powder puff football, softball and more. Intramural programs serve up the competition and help Pioneers stay active while having fun.

Athletics at MidAmerica Nazarene University

Fine Arts

From choir to band to student plays, there are many ways for you to be involved with the Fine Arts program at MNU. Scholarship opportunites are available and auditions may be required for many of these groups. Explore any of the following ways you can get involved with Fine Arts at MNU!

Heritage Choir


Heritage Choir is an auditioned ensemble representing a wide range of majors. Heritage Choir meets MWF afternoons and performs on most choral concerts. Repertoire includes historic masterworks, contemporary music, multicultural music, Broadway shows, Vocal Jazz, and Gospel. Heritage Choir sang in New York's Carnegie Hall in March 2011 and in the National Capitol Choral Festival in Washington DC in May 2013.

Symphonic Choir


Symphonic Choir is an auditioned large ensemble meeting Monday evenings. Symphonic Choir presents large choral masterworks performed with orchestra. Recent works include choruses from Handel's Messiah, Vivaldi's Gloria, Mozart's Regina Coeli, and Schubert's Mass in G.

Concert Choir


Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble representing a wide range of majors. Concert Choir meets MWF afternoons and performs on most choral concerts in the Department. Repertoire includes historic masterworks, contemporary music, multicultural music, Broadway shows, Vocal Jazz, and Gospel.

Concert Band


Concert Band is a large ensemble of wind and percussion instruments that meets MWF at noon. This ensemble performs a mixture of standard band repertoire and new repertoire by current composers. Periodically, chamber wind music is also performed using select members from this group.

Jazz Ensemble


Jazz Ensemble is comprised of standard big band instrumentation. This ensemble performs a wide variety of styles including Swing, Latin, Funk, Rock, Fusion, and Bebop. Ensemble members incorporate improvisation and appropriate idiomatic styles into the performance practice of this group.

Marimba Ensemble


Marimba Ensemble, plays traditional music of Mexico and Central America on authentic instruments. The group often performs in the community for Latino events providing opportunities for students to interact with persons from other cultures.

Theatre Productions


Each semester the department puts on a play or musical. Actors are drawn from the MNU student body, as well as the Olathe community, depending on the needs of each production. Recent shows have included Annie Get Your Gun and Little Women.

Student Government

The MNU Associated Student Government (ASG) chooses student leaders with good stewardship. Our goal is to provide advocacy to the always changing needs of the student body at MNU. 

In ASG you can expect to run for positions like president, director of student services, director of publicity, or even director of intramurals. Within your own class, you can also run for positions such as student ministries, student finances, or even class president.

And as a memeber of ASG, you'll be active in a variety of service and volunteer projects, including Winterfest and MNU Athletics events.  Not only that, but you can expect to throw fun events for the students on campus like Toga parties, masquerades, and even TWIRP, where the women are required to pay for the dates.

Photos: (clockwise) Rootbeer Fest, Welcome Week Slip-N-Slide, 2015-2016 ASG members.

MNU students enjoy Root Beer Float Fest during Welcome Week, hosted by Associated Student Government (ASG).

MNU students get crazy with the annual Slip-N-Slide day during Welcome Week, hosted by Associated Student Government (ASG).

MNU Associated Student Government (ASG).

Kansas City

Stuff to Do

Arts: The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kauffman Center for the Perfoming Arts
Sports: Royals, Chiefs, NASCAR, Sporting KC and T-Bones
Shopping: The Plaza, The Legends, Westport, Town Center
Culture: River Market, First Fridays at the Crossroads
Concerts: Sprint Center, Cricket Wireless Amphitheater, Starlight Theater

Places to Eat

Oklahoma Joe’s Bar-B-Que: named KC’s best [and just down the road!]
Lydia’s: upscale Italian
Port Fonda: an urban twist on Mexican
Quay Coffee: coffeeshop in the River Market [owned by MNU alum]
Succotash: a KC favorite for all things breakfast and brunch

Student Services

Information Technology

IT support hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

IT Online Help Desk
Please visit helpdesk.mnu.edu to submit a support ticket or check the status of a ticket.

Tech Support
For in-person technology support, we are physically located in the Learning commons. Located near the entrance of the library, tech supoprt is staffed during most of the hours the library is open.

Campus Counseling Center

There are many reasons to seek counseling, from decision making to relationship development and more. Our highly trained staff is available to help you as well as give you resources for a variety of life’s circumstances. The Counseling Center is open during the school year and is confidential and free for students. To request a counseling appointment, please email wellness@mnu.edu.

Academic Success Center

What if you need academic help in your class(es)? The Academic Success Center’s mission is to help you achieve your academic goals. The staff can help with tutoring in prerequisite and developmental skills, as well as studying, note taking and test taking. Peer Instructors are also available to provide tutoring in many subject areas. We also have online 24/7 tutoring through Smarthinking.