About Nazareth

Facts and Recognition

The College

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 accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 267-284-5000. 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. The following list shows Nazareth program accreditations and the accrediting body:

  • Nursing: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Education: Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC), which is transitioning to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)
  • Occupational therapy: Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE).
  • Physical therapy: Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • School of Management: International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE)
  • Speech-language pathology: Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • Social work: Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Music education and music therapy: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

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, as detailed on each program's academic page and in the catalog under School of Education.

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.


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Ranked among the country's most prestigious colleges and universities for its number of Fulbright scholars. In the past five years, 20 Fulbrights have been awarded to Nazareth students. The Chronicle of Higher Education placed Nazareth in the #1 spot (in the Master's Institutions category) for Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students, 2012-13. 

One of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review. Nazareth is featured in The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition. That guide also highlights Nazareth for having one of the best college theaters. The Princeton Review notes that Nazareth offers a range of professional undergraduate majors not usually available at liberal arts schools. The music education and health sciences majors receive particularly high praise, and students also called out art, history, and psychology.

Ranked #16 on the Top 100 Master's Universities list compiled by the 2014 Washington Monthly College Rankings. Nazareth also made its "Best Bang for the Buck" list and ranked #2 in service staff, courses, financial aid support, community service participation, and hours served.

U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges (2015 edition) guide ranks Nazareth in the top tier of colleges and universities in the category of Best Regional Universities — North. 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 one of just five Presidential Awardees in the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll and was a finalist for the 2014 award. The distinction is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement. Community service and service learning opportunities are a daily focus through our Center for Civic Engagement.

Finance magazine Kiplinger rated Nazareth 89th in its 2013 Top 100 Best Value Colleges list.

G.I. Jobs Magazine ranks Nazareth in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students. U.S. News & World Report named Nazareth #10 among the best colleges for veterans in the Northeast for 2015. Nazareth College is recognized as a Top School in the Military Advanced Education (MAE) 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities.