Nazareth was founded in 1924 by the Sisters of St. Joseph. The first class, comprising 25 young women, began their studies in a large mansion on Lake Avenue in Rochester, New York. At that time, the college offered Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, each with a liberal arts core. In 1928, in response to increasing enrollment, the college moved to a larger facility, located at 402 Augustine Street. In January 1942, the college moved to its present-day campus on East Avenue in Pittsford. In the 1950s, graduate programs were added. These were suspended in the 1960s, only to be reinstituted in the 1970s, with a focus on teacher education. The 1970s brought much change to the college. On a fundamental level, the college become co-educational and independent of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Many members of the Order would continue to work at the college, but there was no official affiliation between the College and the Order. Study abroad programs were also added in the 1970s. In addition, intercollegiate sports teams debuted in 1974. In the 1980s, the School of Human Services was expanded, and a five-year degree program in Health Sciences/Physical Therapy was added. In 1994, a Master of Science degree program was added to the graduate curriculum. In the early 2000s, the college purchased adjacent land from the Sisters of St. Joseph, including the former motherhouse. This acquisition doubled the campus size. The College also underwent a reorganization of its academic departments. In 2003, Nazareth College was removed from The Official Catholic Directory, having been declared to no longer be a Catholic institution by Rochestor Bishop Matthew H. Clark. It was the second time since Pope John Paul II issued Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution on Catholic universities in 1990, that a bishop declared a historically Catholic college or university to be not Catholic. Nazareth is organized into the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Services and the School of Management. Nazareth offers more than 40 four-year undergraduate programs, and more than 20 master’s degree programs and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy. This program combines Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Physical Therapy into a six-year program.
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Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazarethâ€™s strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.
Nazareth is a coeducational, independent college on a suburban campus just outside Rochester, N.Y. The College challenges students to rise to their potential with a liberal arts and sciences foundation, professional programs, experiential learning, and an innovative curriculum that addresses the current and emerging needs of the world â€” ranging from economics to physical therapy to environmental science. With more than 40 undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs, a vibrant arts center and a variety of athletics, clubs and organizations, Nazareth prepares students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens.
When you leave here, donâ€™t forget why you came. -Adlai Stevenson