Nyack College

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Nyack College
This is the Nyack College seal
Established 1882
Type Private liberal arts college
Affiliation Christian and Missionary Alliance
Endowment $11.9 million[1]
Chairman Scott G. Slocum
President Michael G. Scales
Provost David Turk
Students 2938 (Fall 2014)[2]
Undergraduates 1711 (Fall 2014)
Location Nyack, NY, USA
Campus Suburban
Colors Grey and Crimson
Athletics NCAA Division IICACC (North)
Mascot Warriors
Affiliations CCCU
Website www.nyack.edu

Nyack College (Listeni/ˈn.æk/) is a private, non-profit, church-related institution sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and home to the Alliance Theological Seminary,[3][4] the denomination's official seminary. Nyack has three campuses: Nyack, NY; New York City, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Enrolling over 2,900 students,[2] 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.[5] Nyack’s Carnegie Classification is Master’s Level—Larger Programs.


 The founder of Nyack College and the Christian and Missionary Alliance.
AB Simpson, founder of Nyack College and the Christian and Missionary Alliance

Nyack College, first known as the Missionary Training Institute,[6] 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.[7]

The Missionary Training Institute was later granted a charter by the New York Board of Regents[8] 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 Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1963, the school became a member of the American Council on Education.[8]

Expansion and growth[edit]

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.[9] 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.

 students of the former Missionary Training Institute
The students of 1894-95 when Nyack College was called the Missionary Training Institute

Recent history[edit]

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 return to Manhattan. In 1997, the college opened a branch campus in New York City.

 A residential hall, Simpson Hall is located on the Rockland campus in Nyack, NY.
Simpson Hall in Nyack, NY before renovations

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." [10] In 2012, Nyack College/Alliance Theological Seminary signed a 20-year lease[11] with a two-year option to purchase the 166,385 square feet on eight floors of the 22-floor modern structure at 2 Washington Street in historic Battery Park.[12] Classes began in the new facility in the fall of 2013.

Administration and Organization[edit]

Dr. Michael Scales, President of Nyack College (2015)

The college is led by the Executive Team with the top three officers – President, Provost, and Executive Vice President –collectively having 84 years of service with the institution.[13]

As of fall 2014, 107 full-time faculty members teach in these schools and divisions and are supported by 161 full-time administrators and staff. Forty-three percent of the instructional faculty members are Asian, Black or Hispanic. Sixty-three percent are male and 37% are female.[5]

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Nyack College a “Great College to Work For” for five consecutive years.[14] The college has received high marks in the areas of work/life balance, respect and appreciation, compensation and benefits, and diversity. U.S. News and World Report awarded the college with Best Ethnic Diversity for North Regional Universities.[15]


Nyack offers undergraduate and graduate degree 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 the Alliance Theological Seminary. Undergraduate degrees in 46 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.[16]

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.[17]

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.[18]


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 accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.[19]

Nyack College 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)[20] and has nationally recognized programs in Childhood Education 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),[20] English Education by the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE), and by the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) organization, 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 and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)[21] for teacher certification. Nyack College Rockland campus is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.[22] Nyack College’s Nursing program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)[17] 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).[23]

Alliance Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada[24] and, as a division of Nyack College, by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[4] 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.), the Master of Professional Studies (M.P.S.), and the Master of Arts (M.A.) degrees.[5]

Membership in the American Theological Library Association (ATLA),[25] the New York Area Theological Library Association (NYATLA), and Westchester Academic Library Directors Organization (WALDO)[26] provides cooperative access to interlibrary services and resources.


Graduate programs[edit]

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.[27]

Alliance Theological Seminary offers a Doctor of Ministry degree[28] in Christian Leadership in the Global Context. This program has grown quickly and offers a rich and diverse context to study Christian leadership.

The Alliance Graduate School of Counseling offers a Master of Arts degree in either Marriage and Family Therapy or in Mental Health Counseling.[29]

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.[30]

The School of Business and Leadership offers the Master of Science in Organizational Leadership as well as the Master of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting, Entrepreneurial Management, Marketing, and Finance.[31]

The College of Bible and Christian Ministry offers the Master of Arts in Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins.[32]

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.[33]

Undergraduate programs[edit]

Nyack College Biology students in lab on the Rockland Campus.

The following undergraduate degrees are offered according to School/Division:[16]

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. The 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.[16]

The School of Education offers degrees in Adolescence Education, Childhood Education, Early Childhood Education, and a combination of Early Childhood/Childhood Education. Students may also choose to enroll in a 5-year BS/MS degree in Childhood Special Education.[16]

The School of Business and Leadership offers bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Accounting, as well as an associate degree in Business Administration.[16]

The School of Music offers a BA in Music, a bachelor's degree in Music Education, Composition, Orchestral Instruments, Keyboard Instruments, and Voice. A BS is also offered in Music in Worship. An associate degree in Music is also offered.[16]

The College of Arts and Sciences also 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.[16]

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.[16]

The Cheryl Phenicie School of Nursing offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and supports the RN to BSN degree.[16]

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 or Healthcare Management and the RN to BSN degree.[16]

New York State Correctional Service College Program[edit]

In partnership with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison,[34] Nyack College offers college degree completion programs for prisoners at Sing Sing Correctional Facility. In 2014, the school graduated 24 inmates. To date, the program has a 2% recidivism compared to the national average of 43%.[35]


The Alliance Theological Seminary Library and Bailey Library in Nyack, NY, and Robert Eastman Library[36] in Manhattan, support the academic research needs of seminary and Nyack students and faculty.

History of Bailey Library[edit]

Nyack College’s library in Nyack, NY, has been located in three separate buildings on campus during the history of the college: Simpson Hall, Shuman Hall, and since 1994, at its present location.

Research and publications[edit]

Seaphages program requires students to perform authentic lab work as undergraduates at Nyack College
Each year students from Nyack College are invited to represent the school and discuss their phage discoveries from the year.


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. Nyack students participate each year in authentic research and present their findings at the annual Science Education Alliance Phage Hunters Advancing Genomics and Evolutionary Science (SEAPHAGES) symposium.[37]

Reputation and rankings[edit]

Best College Diversity Northern[edit]

U.S. News & World Report [38] ranked Nyack College as the third most diverse college in the Northern region of the United States. The report focuses on total student body from the 2014-2015 school year and excludes international students.

Great Place to Work[edit]

The Chronicle of Higher Education has named Nyack College a "Great College to Work For"[39] 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.

Most Beautiful Christian College[edit]

Nyack has been voted as a school with one of the most beautiful campuses among Christian colleges.[40][41] On the Rockland County campus, the property overlooks the Hudson River and the artisan village of Nyack. In Manhattan, the campus has views of historic Battery Park.


Nyack College has two campuses.

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. Classrooms were new renovated with state of the art facilities available to commuter students.

The residential campus in Nyack, New York is a 102 acres (0.41 km2) plot of land in Rockland County, New York. The northern part of the campus, and the public school behind it, are all 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. There is also a gym on campus, where the sports department holds its basketball and volleyball games.

Student life[edit]

Student body: Nyack's student body consists of 1711 undergraduates and 1227 graduate and professional students (as of fall 2014).[2]

For the 2014-15 school year, US News and World Report analyzed the racial and ethnic diversity universities across the country on a scale of 0-1 with zero being the least diverse, and 1 being the most diverse. Nyack rated .73, making it one of the most diverse regional schools in the north.[38]

Manhattan Campus[edit]

Student Organizations[edit]

Nyack College has 2 campuses in New York. This is the site of the Manhattan Campus located at Battery Park

Student Development serves students “by offering opportunities for growth through extra-curricular activities, worship experiences, missional projects, athletics, and the arts.” [42] 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.[43]

Student Government Association[edit]

The Student Government Association (SGA) is an elected organization to serving the needs of the student body by offering events and forums. SGA acts on behalf of the student body to liaise between students, administration and staff. Officials are required to maintain office hours and are readily available to meet with students in the Student Lounge.[44]

Student Clubs[edit]

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[45] 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.[46]

Rockland Campus[edit]

Residence halls[edit]

 Moseley Field on the Rockland Campus overlooks the Hudson River
The view of the Rockland Campus which overlooks the Hudson River in New York

All first year students on the Rockland campus are required to live in one of three residence halls: Moseley Hall, Simpson Hall, or 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.[47]

Activities and clubs[edit]

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 Rockland and Battery Park campuses. Currently, workshops are only available on the Rockland campus.[48]
Adventure Club
The Adventure Club is based in Rockland County and focuses on outdoor activities such as hiking, paddling, cycling, and fishing.[49]


Official athletics logo.

The school calls its sports teams the Warriors (formerly the Purple Pride; before that, the Fighting Parsons). The Warriors participate in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference of the NCAA's Division II. The school is also a member of The National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). In 2011, the men's soccer team earned their first bid to the Division 2 NCAA tournament.

List of sports[edit]

 Nyack College Mens Basketball playing in Bowman Gym
Nyack Men's Basketball squaring off against Bloomfield in Bowman Gym

Nyack College has several athletic teams competing through the academic year.[50]


  1. Women’s Volleyball
  2. Women’s Cross Country
  3. Women’s Soccer
  4. Men’s Soccer
  5. Men’s Cross Country


  1. Women’s Basketball
  2. Men’s Basketball


  1. Women’s Softball
  2. Women’s Lacrosse
  3. Women’s Track
  4. Men’s Baseball
  5. Men’s Golf
  6. Men’s Track

Conference Affiliations[edit]

  • Member, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)[51]
  • Member, Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)[52]

Legacy in Canada[edit]

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[53] 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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