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Nazareth College to become Nazareth University 

Nazareth College to become Nazareth University 

As Nazareth prepares to celebrate its centennial, its board of trustees has voted to approve that the college become Nazareth University.

The matter is now before the New York State Board of Regents for approval. 

Once approved, the name Nazareth University will officially take effect on June 1. The Nazareth community will transition to university over the next seven months. 

Nazareth carefully considered the decision to become a university by looking at its mission and history and talking and surveying its community of current students, faculty, staff and the more than 30,000 alumni. 

“We thank the New York Board of Regents for changing the state’s definition of university, allowing Nazareth to finally fully become what we have been all along,” said Beth Paul, Nazareth president. “Nazareth is a thriving and diverse learning community that has offered significant undergraduate education since the 1920s and advanced graduate education since the mid-1950s.”  

New York State Board of Regents’ new definition of university requires institutions of higher education to offer registered undergraduate and graduate curricula in the liberal arts and sciences, including graduate programs registered in at least three of the following discipline areas: agriculture, biological sciences, business, education, engineering, fine arts, health professions, humanities, physical sciences and social sciences.

Nazareth has one doctoral program, a Doctor of Physical Therapy, along with more than 25 master’s level graduate programs in education, music and arts, health and human services, business and leadership and humanities and social sciences. 

Nazareth will celebrate its new name as Nazareth University in early June with an unveiling of its new identity and the official start of its centennial. 

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