About MNU

Our History & Campus

MidAmerica Nazarene University has a rich heritage built upon the strong faith and pioneer spirit of our founders. Thanks to God's gracious guidance and the contributions of committed faculty, staff, students, parents, churches and donors, MNU has grown from its five original buildings and 263 students to become a beautiful, thriving campus with 21 buildings, an enrollment of 1,870 students, and more than 20,000 alumni. After 50 years of growth and change, MNU continues to impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.


1966 – Founded.

1968 – MidAmerica Nazarene College opened its doors to students with an enrollment of 263 students. The first president was R. Curtis Smith.

January 1969 – The state of Kansas accredits the University with four-year institution.

May 15, 1972 – The “Pioneer Class” graduates with a total of ninety-one students.

July 18, 1985 – Dr. Donald D. Owens elected as the second president.

September 19, 1989 – Dr. Richard L. Spindle elected as the third president.

March 8, 1997 – Name changed to MidAmerica Nazarene University.

March 5, 2005 – Dr. Edwin H. Robinson elected as the fourth president.

August 2007 – Bell Cultural Events Center opens.

July 2011 – Dr. James H. Diehl elected as interim president.

January 17, 2012 – Dr. David J. Spittal elected as the fifth president.

February 23, 2012 – Mascot Pioneer Pete makes his debut on campus.

July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 – Celebration of the 50th anniversary of MNU

Student Body

  • More than 35 undergraduate programs
  • More than 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students
  • Students from 35 states and 16 countries



  • Located in Olathe, Kansas; 19 miles southwest of Downtown Kansas City
  • More than 100 acres, with over 1,000 trees and 6,000 flower bulbs planted annually
  • 56 percent of our undergraduate students live on campus.
  • Nine residence halls, 10 academic buildings, a fine and performing arts center, dining commons, athletics center, library



Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene

The permanent control of the University is vested in a board of trustees elected from the various districts of the North Central Region of the Church of the Nazarene: Iowa, Joplin, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, Nebraska and Prairie Lakes.



  • MNU offers more than 35 undergraduate academic programs and 15 graduate and professional degree programs.
  • Average class size is 16 for traditional undergraduate; 18 for professional studies; 9 for graduate degrees.
  • We employ 81 full-time faculty members and many adjunct professors.



  • Member of NAIA Division I Athletics and Heart of America Athletic Conference
  • Six men’s sports teams, six women’s sports teams and one co-ed team
  • Intramural athletics
  • 2007 NAIA Men's Basketball national champions
  • 2016 NAIA Women's Basketball national champions


Campus Life

  • Theatre
  • Athletics/Intramurals
  • Choir
  • Improv
  • Student Government
  • Join a Chapel worship team, ministry team or traveling music ensemble


Global Impact

MNU alumni work and serve all over the world. We commit to being the hands and feet of Jesus through passionate service.

Contact MNU
Main Campus
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Santa Fe Commons Site
13563 South Mur-len Rd.
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
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Office Hours
Most University offices are open from 8:00AM—5:00PM, Mon.-Fri.