Facts and Recognition

  • Founded 1924
  • Co-educational, religiously independent
  • On 150 scenic acres near Rochester, N.Y.
  • Strong commitment to experience-based learning and community engagement
  • Academics: 60+ undergraduate majors, 70 minors, 25+ graduate programs


undergrad students


graduate students


Academic structure
Accreditation and memberships
Community service
Degree programs
Enrollment (fall 2022)
Faculty (fall 2022)
Global focus
Financial aid
Tuition and expenses
Colleges of Distinction badge

Nazareth is among a select group of top colleges and universities across the country hand-picked to earn a College of Distinction designation for its commitment to engaged, experiential education.


Among the country's best institutions for undergraduate education — Princeton Review's Best 389 Colleges, 2024 Edition

best value college in America. — Money Magazine 2023, based on graduation rates, cost of attendance, alumni salaries, and more.

Top 15 nationally for excellence in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice, and for strong strategic planning. — Great Value Colleges

Ranked nationally on the Higher Education College Ranking 2022, plus high marks for community engagement. — Wall Street Journal/Times

A Best Value School, among the Best Regional Universities (North), and among the highest ranked for undergraduate teaching and for veterans U.S. News & World Report 2024 Best Colleges 

Best Master's Universities, based on contributions to social mobility, research, and public service, and Best Bang for the Buck — Northeast for helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. — Washington Monthly 2022 

What students say

In its profile of Nazareth in The Best 386 Colleges (2021 edition), The Princeton Review praises the school for the "strength of the faculty" and quotes Nazareth students:

"Anyone who has been at Naz can attest to the caring and personable faculty and staff," says one student. These "interesting, insightful, and approachable" professors "want to see every student succeed" and "make time to see students outside of the classroom if they need extra help," fostering "a positive self-image to learn and achieve in all of their students." Nazareth encourages interdisciplinary exploration and tries to structure courses that connect "different fields of study to benefit the students' interests and allow them to pursue fields which would typically not accept differing opinions."