Quick Facts
Quick Facts

Operation of Nauvoo University has been discontinued as of September 1, 2010


Nauvoo University is an independent, privately-funded university following in the rich educational tradition of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Brigham Young University, but not owned, operated, or supported by either of those institutions.


Nauvoo, Illinois, is a small rural town with a population of 1,100.  It is located on the bend in the Mississippi River in the tri-state area of Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.  The five surrounding counties have a population of 153,300 and include the cities Nauvoo, Carthage, Hamilton, Quincy, Keokuk and Fort Madison.


We are using a phased approach in curriculum development:.

Nauvoo Study Program: In this first phase we will offer basic classes but no degrees.  The classes will be traditional, online and hybrid.  By careful selection the student will be able to take online and hybrid classes that transfer to other institutions inf they so desire.  Classes offered are general educations classes and classes that fit well into the Nauvoo environment.

Nauvoo College: Our hope is that we can advance by 2012 from a Study Program to a two-year college.  Our initial associate degrees will probably be in General Education, History, and English.

Nauvoo University: We hope eventually to develop a four-year curriculum and expand into a small four-year college.


The University of Nauvoo was chartered in 1840 by the Illinois State Legislature and operated until 1846.  We hope to establish an institution with the same name and purpose.  The first step, the Nauvoo Study Program, began operation in the fall of 2009.


Although existing commercial facilities (the Nauvoo Family Inn and Suites) will be used initially, an extensive campus is in the planning stages.


Receiving accreditation for Nauvoo University is one of our primary goals, since this is not only a measure of the quality of an institution, but it allows our students to transfer classes and to qualify for federal financial aid. Even though it takes several years for a new institution to receive accreditation, we have taken a number of steps that will allow Nauvoo University students to transfer even first-semester classes to other institutions.  This includes co-registration with other colleges, online classes,  and the use of national tests. The stature of our faculty and offering classes specified in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum should also help in expediting the accreditation process.




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