Defined by Christian values and devoted to preparing students for meaningful lives of impact and service
Embracing its multicultural and urban environment, Eastern Nazarene College prepares students to lead and serve in a diverse world by integrating the best in education and the best in Christian faith.
Who We Are
Eastern Nazarene College is a fully accredited Christian liberal arts college and member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) with approximately 1,000 students distributed across residential undergraduate, graduate, and adult studies programs. Nestled in a residential neighborhood minutes from downtown Boston, the college’s picturesque New England campus is a window into the world. While our faculty are leaders in their fields, actively involved in publishing and research, they are devoted to teaching and mentoring students in a nurturing, spiritually informed, and academically supportive environment. Students are encouraged to travel, engage in service projects, and participate in internship experiences as a part of their education. Through their classes, work experiences in Boston, and mission trips around the world, students are challenged to open their minds and hearts, preparing them for a lifetime of meaningful work and service to our nation and the world.
A Foundation of Faith
The history of Eastern Nazarene College began when several ministers and lay persons decided to establish a Christian collegiate institute in the city of Saratoga Springs, New York. The founders had a remarkably ambitious vision: in an age when most Christian educational institutions began as Bible colleges and missionary training schools, their goal was to establish an integrated preparatory academy, liberal arts college, and theological seminary. With a sound academic foundation, the school opened its doors as a fully accredited institution on September 25, 1900. Not long after, the Institute was relocated to the small village of North Scituate, Rhode Island and became one of the first three schools to be officially supported by the Church of the Nazarene. On June 14, 1918, Eastern Nazarene College was chartered as a liberal arts college with degree-granting authority in the state of Rhode Island. It had been resolved that the college curriculum be reinvigorated and the name of the Institute changed to reflect both its evolving religious identity and its goal of providing a liberal arts education. Nazarene College of the Northeast, Nazarene College, and Bresee Theological Institute (named for Phineas Bresee) were just a few of the names considered. Ultimately, Eastern Nazarene College was selected.
Under the Eaves of Harvard
The founders decided to relocate the college to Massachusetts because the educational standards and requirements were the most rigorous in the nation. In 1919, Eastern Nazarene College purchased the old summer home of Boston mayor Josiah Quincy, Jr. and moved to Wollaston Park, approximately a quarter-mile from Quincy Bay and Wollaston Beach. Bertha Munro, the first Dean of the College, was thrilled at the prospect of establishing a Christian college “under the eaves of Harvard” and immediately began drafting a new college curriculum. By 1920, the school established a solid reputation as a Christian liberal arts college in New England. Its status as an institution of higher learning became increasingly enviable over the next several decades, as the College instituted its first graduate degree program, gained accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, and joined the Association of American Colleges. In 1955, a new era began when the College decided to commit itself entirely to higher education. Over the next several decades, it expanded its bachelor’s degree programs, introduced graduate programs, and offered accelerated degrees at satellite campuses to accommodate the needs of working adults.
Eastern Nazarene College Today
Eastern Nazarene College thrives as a Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences in a beautiful and historic seaside city, under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Jack Connell, the 14th President of the college. It remains dedicated to offering students the best in education and the Christian faith in one of the great hubs of educational, cultural, and scientific endeavor in the world. It is one of nine liberal arts colleges supported by the International Church of the Nazarene in the United States and Canada and part of an educational network of sites supported by the church around the world. Eastern Nazarene College is coeducational and offers resources and opportunities for participation, advancement, and service to all students regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. Considered one of the most diverse Christian colleges in the nation, Eastern Nazarene College has over 30 denominations, 14 foreign nations, 36 U.S. states, and 46% students of color represented on its campus.
Students are highly engaged, participating in research at Harvard, study at Oxford, mission trips to Uganda, outreach to the homeless of Boston, and ecological conservation on the South Shore. They discover their life’s purpose at Eastern Nazarene College and enjoy extraordinary success in fields as diverse as astrophysics and urban ministry. They use their academic and spiritual preparation in service to God and their communities, helping to create a more just world.
At Eastern Nazarene College, social justice is a driving ethos. Justice, from a Biblical perspective, is a right relationship with God that results in a way of living and being in which we conduct all of our relationships with hospitality, equity, and mercy. In this way, justice is deeply social. Our understanding of social justice is specifically rooted in Christian faith; it begins by actively displaying value and respect for all people and creatures – our neighbors. This goes beyond just treating our neighbors respectfully upon encountering them; it involves responding to the very real needs and injustices in the world as Christ calls us to do. Social justice requires that we identify and address inequalities and discrimination, seek out and listen to the voices of the marginalized, and behave in and respond to culture and the environment in ways that invite our neighbors into relationship with Christ while creating more just systems in which we can all thrive. We understand that the work of social justice is difficult but it absolutely essential in order for us to live into Kingdom of God.
Eastern Nazarene College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.
Inquiries regarding the accreditation status by the New England Association should be directed to the administrative staff of the institution. Individuals may also contact:
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. 3 Burlington Woods Drive, Suite 100, Burlington, MA 01803-4514. Email: email@example.com
In addition, Eastern Nazarene College has gained professional and program accreditation from the following agencies:
Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Interstate Certification Compact for all teacher education programs
Council on Social Work Education
Massachusetts Board of Higher Education
Eastern Nazarene College is also a member of the following organizations:
American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
American Association of Higher Education
American Chemical Society
Association for Christian Adult Higher Education
Association for Christians in Student Development (ACSD)
Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM)
Christian Higher Education Commission of the National Association of Evangelicals
The College Board
Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU)
Council of Independent Colleges (CIC)
Massachusetts Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women
Massachusetts Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
National Association of Advisers for the Health Professions
National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
National Collegiate Athletic Association (Division III)
Nazarene Student Leadership Association (NSLA)
New England Resource Center for Higher Education
Phi Alpha Theta, National History Honors Society