Travecca Nazarene University, a private Christian institution in Nashville, Tennessee, was founded as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School by members of the Presbyterian church. Student living has developed throughout the years, with the school awarding bachelor's degrees in 1910 and doctoral degrees a century later in 2011. Despite these changes, the school retains its early goal to provide academics "based on Christian values that promote scholarship, critical thinking and meaning worship," in a "Christian environment and from a Christian understanding." TNU is one eight liberal arts colleges in the U.S. affiliated with the Church of Nazarene. Today, the school enrolls about 1,300 undergraduates and more than 1,000 postgrads who reside in student housing on or near the Travecca Nazarene campus. The campus is located about 3 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. Eight dormitories are located on the campus, with university buildings, the Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, and Travecca Towers, a Christian retirement community. Off campus housing is also available.
The university offers 53 undergraduate majors, as well as associate, master's and doctoral programs in Philosophy and Education. These programs are offered through the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, Education and Religion. TNU also offers student living opportunities for working adults, with Management and Human Relations undergraduate degree programs specifically tailored for this demographic. The university's most popular majors are business, management, marketing, biological services, education, performing arts, philosophy and religious studies.
Students at Trevecca Nazarene University who elect to rent off campus housing benefit from the school's close proximity to the treasures of downtown Nashville. Within walking distance lies the Cumberland River to the North, and the Tennessee State Fairgrounds to the South. Downtown, with its variety of restaurants, music venues and museums, sits a short jaunt from most TNU university apartments.
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