History, Affiliations and Rankings
North Park University's history and tradition can be traced back to 1891 in a Minneapolis church basement (Evangelical Covenant Church) when seminars in language and commerce provided Swedish immigrants with the tools they needed to succeed in America. With the help of a property offer in Chicago, the school relocated to the North Park area, which was then just outside the city boundaries. It became a university with a theological seminary, in 1997. At North Park, excellence implies not only a deep tradition in the liberal arts and Christian faith but a spirit of reaching out to serve and learn from the dynamic community around it. The University’s academic programs and learning environment are informed by three institutional values: Christian – Nurture faith, balancing commitment and freedom, City-centered – Engage Chicago as a dynamic place of learning and service, Intercultural – Embrace and value all people, celebrate the global cultural tapestry, and support the reconciling mandate of the Christian gospel. The university has been ranked between 401-500 by THE World University Rankings for the year 2022.
Campus, Courses and Infrastructure
North Park University's main campus is easily accessible by road, train, or bus, and is located in a residential area on Chicago's Northwest Side. The LEED-certified Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, the Helwig Recreation Center, the Holmgren Athletic Complex, and the Brandel Library are among the campus structures that have undergone substantial renovations. Courses at the School of Professional Studies are available at two convenient campus sites in Chicago and Grayslake. Furthermore, several courses, majors, and credential programmes can be completed fully online. Choose from face-to-face classes on one or both campuses, online classes, or a mix of all three.
The university is organized into the following academic units: College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, School of Education, School of Music, Art, and Theater, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Professional Studies and North Park Theological Seminary. The school offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and graduate courses in Business, Nonprofit Management, Nursing, Education, Music, and Theology.
Accomplishments and Alumni
Many student-led organisations on campus are sponsored by the North Park Student Government Association (SGA). SGA assists groups such as the weekly student publication, Vista Journal, the North Branch literary magazine, and Java Haus, among others. North Park Baseball has also had recent success, winning CCIW championships in 2011 and 2012. North Park has participated in the CCIW Tournament five times since 2010 (2010-2014, 2018), winning the conference's playoff tournament in 2012. Having said that, some of the popular alumni of the North Park University are Bill Anderson - American football player and coach, Mike Harper - basketball player, James R. Thompson - former governor of Illinois, Stephen T. Franklin - theologian, and Kathryn Edin - academic and author.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
The university enrols more than 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students. The mission of North Park University, as the University of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the Liberal Arts, Professional Studies, and Theology.