Nazareth College, founded in 1924, is a co-educational, independent college located on 150 scenic acres near Rochester, N.Y., offering undergraduate and graduate studies. Nazareth has a strong commitment to experience-based learning and civic engagement.
Nazareth College is incorporated under the authority of the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York and is an accredited member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Documentation regarding this incorporation and accreditation may be seen during regular business hours in the Office of the President.
The College holds membership in the American Council on Education, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. It is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The programs in education are registered for approval with the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC). The physical therapy program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE). The programs in social work are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. The programs in music are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The College is approved by the New York State Education Department for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.
Nazareth College awards the undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Music. Initial New York State teacher certification may be earned with many of these degrees. See the catalog section of the School of Education for further information.
In programs for the Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Music degrees, the major field is typically chosen in the freshman year. In programs for the Bachelor of Arts degree, the major is selected by the end of the sophomore year.
Developing an understanding of the vibrant and diverse cultures that drive today's global market is key to a Nazareth experience. That's why we offer overseas programs in 30 countries, on six different continents, with more than 80 institutions.
Ranked among the country's most prestigious colleges and universities for its number of Fulbright scholars. In 2012, Nazareth students received six Fulbright awards—a record number in one year for the College. As a result, the Chronicle of Higher Education placed Nazareth in the number one spot (in the Master's Institutions category) of its Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, 2012-13 list.
One of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Nazareth is featured in The Best 378 Colleges: 2014 Edition. Nazareth students said, "Nazareth is a close community of students and faculty working together to pursue positive educational experiences," and "Class sizes are small, which helps students to get the attention [they] need." In addition, Nazareth is "a place that inspires students to reflect on the role of independence and interdependence.”
Ranked 27 on the Top 100 Master's Universities list compiled by the 2013 Washington Monthly College Rankings. In addition, the College ranked first place in service staff, courses, and financial aid support, and second under community service participation and hours served.
U.S. News & World Report ranks Nazareth in the top tier of colleges and universities in the category of Best Regional Universities — North in its 2013 Best Colleges guide. Nazareth College also made the guide’s list for A+ Schools for B Students, where top quality institutions look for more than just grades on applications.
Nazareth College was named a Presidential Awardee in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The distinction is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.
Finance magazine Kiplinger rated Nazareth 89th in its 2012 Top 100 Best Value Colleges list.