|Type||Private liberal arts college|
|Affiliation||Christian and Missionary Alliance|
|Chairman||Scott G. Slocum|
|President||Michael G. Scales|
|Students||2714 (Fall 2015)|
|Undergraduates||1553 (Fall 2015)|
|Location||Nyack, New York, U.S.|
|Campus||New York City, Rockland, Online|
|Colors||Gray and Crimson|
|Athletics||NCAA Division II – CACC (North)|
Nyack College (i//) is a private, non-profit, Christian, academic community that is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and home to the Alliance Theological Seminary, the denomination's official seminary. Nyack has three campuses: New York City, NY; Rockland, NY; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Enrolling over 2,700 students, the campus is organized in three academic divisions, including the Alliance Theological Seminary, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Graduate and Professional Programs. Nyack offers both on campus and online courses as part of its undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs. Nyack’s Carnegie Classification is Master’s Level — Larger Programs.
- 1 History
- 2 Administration and organization
- 3 Academics
- 4 Library
- 5 Research and Publications
- 6 Reputation and rankings
- 7 Campuses
- 8 Student life
- 9 Athletics
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Nyack College, first known as the Missionary Training Institute, was founded in 1882 in New York City by Dr. A.B. Simpson, who resigned a prestigious New York City pastorate to develop an interdenominational fellowship devoted to serving unreached people. Simpson’s view was shared by many of his contemporaries, including mainline church leaders, laborers, and theological scholars.
The Missionary Training Institute was later granted a charter by the New York Board of Regents and the school's curriculum was registered by the State Education Department in 1944. In 1953, the school was authorized to confer the Bachelor of Science degree and, in 1961, the Bachelor of Arts degree. In 1960, the corporation was authorized to conduct a post-baccalaureate program as the forerunner of the Alliance Theological Seminary. Nyack first received school accreditation in 1962 from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1963, the school became a member of the American Council on Education.
Expansion and growth
After more than a decade of nomadic address changes for the Institute—including Eighth Avenue and 44th Street in Manhattan (now John’s Pizzeria) — 28 acres of land were purchased in Rockland County, New York. In 1897, the school relocated to the village of South Nyack and became widely known as a Bible college and institute for ministry preparation.
The end of World War II brought great change to the institution, as it was granted a charter by the Board of Regents of the State of New York in 1944. The school changed its name to Nyack Missionary College in 1956, achieved Middle States accreditation in 1962, and began offering a range of liberal arts programs in the 1960s.
In conjunction with these changes, the seminary was established in 1960 as the Jaffray School of Missions, a graduate program of the college. The Jaffray School of Missions emphasized the interdisciplinary encounter between theology and the social sciences. In 1974, the Jaffray program was redesigned to include the preparation of students for ministry in North America and abroad. The name of the seminary was subsequently changed to the Alliance School of Theology and Missions. In September 1979, the Alliance School of Theology and Missions became Alliance Theological Seminary, which is recognized by the Christian and Missionary Alliance as the denomination’s official seminary in the United States.
The school changed its name to Nyack College in 1972 and began offering professional degree programs like education and business in the early 1970s. By the late 1990s the majority of the undergraduate students were majoring in these professional and liberal arts programs, although approximately 10% were planning to go on to seminary training.
While the broadening of the college’s educational program following World War II was a significant change in the history of the institution, arguably the most far-reaching change was the school's return to a Manhattan location. In 1997, the college opened a branch campus in New York City.
Steady growth in enrollment at the 80,000 square feet of leased space in Lower Manhattan at 361 Broadway prompted a search in 2008 for a new permanent home for the New York City campus, an initiative that became known as "The Miracle in Manhattan." In 2012, Nyack College and Alliance Theological Seminary signed a 20-year lease with a two-year option to purchase the 166,385 square feet on eight floors of the modern 22-floor structure at 2 Washington Street in historic Battery Park. Classes began in the new facility in the fall of 2013.
Administration and organization
The college is led by an executive team with the top three officers — President, Provost, and Executive Vice President — who collectively have 84 years of service with the institution.
As of fall 2015, 284 faculty members teach in Nyack's schools and divisions, and they are supported by administrators and staff. At Nyack, 47% of the instructional faculty members are asian, black or hispanic; 54% are male; and 46% are female.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Nyack College a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years. The college has also received high marks in the areas of work/life balance, respect and appreciation, compensation and benefits, and diversity. In addition, U.S. News and World Report awarded the college with the distinction of "Best Ethnic Diversity for North Regional Universities."
Nyack offers undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs and is broken down into seven individual schools: The School of Business and Leadership; The School of Education; The School of Human Services; The School of Music; The College of Arts and Sciences; The College of Bible and Christian Ministry; and Alliance Theological Seminary. Undergraduate degrees in 41 majors include Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Sacred Music. Graduate degrees include Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Divinity, Master of Professional Studies, and Doctor of Ministry.
In spring 2013, Nyack College graduated its first baccalaureates awarded with a degree in nursing. Offered on the residential campus in Nyack, the nursing program includes traditional four-year coursework and prepares students to work in hospitals around the world.
Nyack College, through a partnership with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, provides a bachelor of science degree in organizational management to incarcerated individuals at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York.
Nyack College is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. Its curricula are registered with the New York State Education Department and approved for the training of veterans under Public Laws 550 and 894. Nyack College is also accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.
Nyack College's teacher education programs are registered and approved by New York State. Nyack College is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and has programs in Childhood Education recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), Childhood Special Education by the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Early Childhood Education by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), English Education by the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) organization, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and Math Education by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Nyack College is a member of and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) for teacher certification. Nyack College's Rockland campus is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Nyack College’s nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and by the NYS Board of Regents which is recognized nationally by the US Department of Education. Nyack College’s social work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Alliance Theological Seminary (ATS) is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and, as a division of Nyack College, by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. ATS operates as a graduate school of Nyack College under the charter of Nyack College granted by the Board of Regents of the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York. The Board of Regents for the State of New York empowers Nyack College to grant the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), and Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees.
The Alliance Graduate School of Counseling is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).
Membership in the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), the New York Area Theological Library Association (NYATLA), and Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO) provides cooperative access to interlibrary services and resources to Nyack's academic community.
Alliance Theological Seminary offers several degrees to prepare Christian leaders and scholars, including the Master of Divinity and the Master of Professional Studies in Christian Ministry and Urban Ministry. Students can take courses to prepare for ministry in Korean or Chinese church contexts as well. In addition, Alliance Theological Seminary offers Master of Arts degrees in Biblical Literature (with an Old Testament or New Testament emphasis), Biblical Studies (online), and Intercultural Studies.
Alliance Theological Seminary offers a Doctor of Ministry degree in Christian Leadership in the Global Context. This program has grown quickly and offers a rich and diverse context to the study of Christian leadership.
The Alliance Graduate School of Counseling offers a Master of Arts degree in either Marriage and Family Therapy or Mental Health Counseling.
The School of Education offers Master of Science degrees in Childhood Education, Childhood Special Education, and Inclusive Education. An MAT/MS is also offered in TESOL.
The School of Business and Leadership offers a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership as well as a Master of Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Entrepreneurial Management, Marketing, and Finance).
The College of Bible and Christian Ministry offers a Master of Arts in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins.
Most recently, the School of Social Work launched a Master of Social Work in Clinical Social Work Practice as well as in Leadership in Organizations and Communities.
The following undergraduate degrees are offered:
The College of Bible and Christian Ministry offers bachelor's degrees in Biblical and Theological Studies, Pastoral Ministry, Youth and Family Studies, and Intercultural Studies. An Interdisciplinary degree is also offered through this college, affording students the opportunity to combine two different areas of study. Associate degrees are offered in Biblical Studies and Intercultural Studies.
The School of Education offers degrees in Adolescence Education, Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, and a combination of Early Childhood and Childhood Education. Students may also choose to enroll in a 5-year BS/MS degree in Childhood Special Education.
The School of Business and Leadership offers bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Accounting, as well as an associate degree in Business Administration.
The School of Music offers a bachelor's and an associate degree in Music as well as bachelor's degrees in Music Education, Composition, and Performance (Instrumental, Piano, and Voice). A bachelor's in Music in Worship is also offered.
The College of Arts and Sciences offers the following degrees: Biology, Communications, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology, Philosophy and Religious Studies, and Sociology. An associate degree in Arts and Sciences is also offered.
The School of Social Work offers a BS in Social Work. Students who complete this degree may be given advanced standing toward the Master of Social Work and can complete the master’s in one year.
The Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and supports the RN to BSN degree.
The School of Adult and Distance Education offers a BS and a BPS degree in Organizational Management, as well as a BS in Church Management, a BS in Healthcare Management, and the RN to BSN degree.
New York State Correctional Service College Program
In partnership with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, Nyack College offers college degree completion programs to prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. In 2015, the school graduated 24 inmates. To date, the program has a recidivism rate of less than 2% (as compared to the national average of 43%).
The Alliance Theological Seminary Library and Bailey Library (in Nyack, NY) and the Robert Eastman Library (in Manhattan) support the academic research needs of Nyack's undergraduate, graduate, and seminary students and faculty.
History of Bailey Library
Nyack College’s library has been located in three separate buildings on campus during the history of the college: Simpson Hall, Shuman Hall, and (since 1994) its present location.
Research and Publications
Led by Dr. Jacqueline Washington and Dr. Peter Park, biology majors and non-major students have participated in phage research in partnership with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Each year, Nyack students participate in authentic research and present their findings at the annual Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEAPHAGES) symposium.
Reputation and rankings
Christian Universities Online has named Nyack College one of the 50 most affordable Christian colleges and universities.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Nyack College as one of the 10 most diverse college in the northern region of the United States. The report focuses on total student body from the 2015–2016 school year and excludes international students.
On BestColleges.com's list ranking the 100 most diverse schools in America, Nyack College comes in 13th.
Great place to work
The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Nyack College a "Great College to Work For" for the fifth consecutive year as of 2015. The college received high marks in the areas of work/life balance, respect and appreciation, compensation and benefits, and diversity.
Beautiful Christian college campus
Christian Universities Online has ranked Nyack as having one of the top 25 most beautiful campuses among Christian colleges. On the Rockland County campus, the property overlooks the Hudson River and the village of Nyack. In Manhattan, the campus has views of historic Battery Park.
Great campus environment
The inaugural Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Nyack College among the top 20 schools in the nation assessed for campus environment. According to the October 28, 2016, article, the campus environment category evaluates “the racial and ethnic diversity of students and faculty, the number of international students enrolled and the inclusion of students from lower-income and first-generation college families.” In addition, Nyack was recognized for being among "the top multicultural schools in the Northeast" region of the United States.
Top-ranking tobacco-free policies
A Journal News letter to the editor from Linda B. Whitehead, president of the American Cancer Society Board of Advisors for Westchester and Rockland Counties, cites Nyack College as one of the top-ranking institutions among 201 New York state colleges and universities surveyed on policies to protect students and employees from the dangers of tobacco.
New York City
Opened in August 2013, the New York City campus is located in historic Battery Park, close to the Trinity Chapel, Fraunces Tavern, and the Freedom Tower. This campus is for commuter students and includes an extensive library, state-of-the-art classrooms and science laboratories, a music composition lab, a rehearsal studio, a writing lab, and a group counseling observation space.
The residential campus in Rockland County, New York, is a 102 acres (0.41 km2) plot of land that boasts beautiful views of the Hudson Valley. The northern part of the campus, and the public school behind it, were formerly part of the old Clarkstown Country Club. There are multiple choices for housing on campus, with Moseley Hall, the Jaffray House, and the Dunbar Apartments for male students, and Christie Hall, Simpson Hall, and the Bethany and Harmony Houses for female students. Nyack’s Rockland campus also offers our students access to our our NCAA Division II athletics program.
Seminario Teológico de Puerto Rico is the Alliance Theological Seminary extension in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This interdenominational seminary offers undergraduate and graduate level programs. Classes are taught in Spanish and are primarily scheduled for evenings and weekends to accommodate our students’ schedules.
Nyack's student body consists of 1,553 undergraduates and 1,161 graduate and professional students (as of fall 2015).
For the 2015–2016 school year, US News and World Report analyzed the racial and ethnic diversity of universities across the country and rated them on a scale of 0–1, with zero being the least diverse, and 1 being the most diverse. Nyack was rated at 0.72, making it one of the most diverse regional schools in the north.
Student Development serves students by offering opportunities for growth through extra-curricular activities, worship experiences, missional projects, athletics, and the arts. The Office of Student Development hosts activities and events throughout the school year to enhance the college experience. Field trips, luncheons, and games are regularly planned. Chapel services are also held once a week to offer spiritual guidance.
Student Government Association
The Student Government Association (SGA) is an organization of elected members, and it works to serve the needs of the student body by offering events and forums. SGA acts on behalf of the student body to liaise between Nyack's students, administration, and staff. Officials are required to maintain office hours and are readily available to meet with students in the Student Lounge.
Two active clubs on campus include Acts Prayer Ministry and Students Against Hunger. Students Against Hunger was featured on Trinity Broadcasting Network in July 2015 in a segment on homelessness and hunger in New York City. Other clubs include the Business Club, the Men of Letters, and the Social Work Organization.
All first-year students on the Rockland campus are required to live in one of three residence halls: Moseley Hall, Simpson Hall, and Christie Hall. Each residence hall is staffed by a full-time professional resident director, 1–2 graduate professional area coordinators, and 10–14 resident assistants.
Activities and clubs
- Nyack College Fishing Club
- The Nyack College Fishing Club is based on the Rockland campus and open to all Nyack College students. Club-organized fishing excursions take place around both the Rockland and Battery Park campuses. However, workshops are currently only available on the Rockland campus.
- Adventure Club
- The Adventure Club is based in Rockland County and focuses on outdoor activities such as hiking, paddling, cycling, and fishing.
Formerly the Purple Pride, and before that, the Fighting Parsons, Nyack's athletes are now known as Warriors. The Warriors participate in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference of the NCAA's Division II. In 2011, the men's soccer team earned their first bid to the Division II NCAA tournament.
List of sports
Nyack College has several athletic teams competing through the academic year.
- Women’s Volleyball
- Women’s Cross Country
- Women’s Soccer
- Men’s Soccer
- Men’s Cross Country
- Women’s Basketball
- Men’s Basketball
- Women’s Softball
- Women’s Lacrosse
- Women’s Track & Field
- Men’s Baseball
- Men’s Golf
- Men’s Track & Field
- Member, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
- Member, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)
Legacy in Canada
Through the influence of W.C. Stevens, one of Nyack's early leaders, other schools were spawned by his protégé, L.E. Maxwell, who in turn was instrumental in the creation of Prairie Christian Academy, Prairie Bible College, Prairie School of Mission Aviation, and Prairie College of Applied Arts and Technology in Three Hills, Alberta and the Peace River Bible Institute of Sexsmith, Alberta. As many as 900 students are enrolled at these western Canadian schools each academic year.
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