Nyack College is a private, evangelical, liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and home to the Alliance Theological Seminary, one of the denomination's seminaries. The main campus is located in Nyack, New York, United States. Branch campuses exist in Manhattan and Albany, as well as Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C.
The college was founded as the Missionary Training Institute in New York City in 1882 by Albert B. Simpson, a 19th-century Christian evangelist and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Simpson and his wife were buried on campus. The Missionary Training Institute was later granted a charter by the New York Board of Regents 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.
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, and Master of Professional Studies.
Nyack College, through a partnership with Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison, provides a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership to incarcerated individuals (prison education) at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, New York. Since federal funding for prison education programs was eliminated in 1994, the Nyack College/Hudson Link partnership is one of only a small number of programs in the country of its kind.
Nyack College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools while Alliance Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Additional accreditations include: National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1962; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); member and accredited by the Association of Christian Schools International (ASCI) for teacher certification; Childhood Education programs are nationally recognized by the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and Math Education by the National Council for the Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); Adolescent English program is nationally recognized by the National Council for Teachers of English (NCTE) and TESOL program by Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL); Social Work program has been approved for accreditation with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Nyack's campus 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. Adjacent to the gym is the Indoor Sports Center, referred to affectionately as "The Bubble" by the Nyack Family.
Nyack features a broad array of extracurricular involvement for students, including the radio station, student newspaper, ministry teams and mission trips, theatre, chorale, wind ensemble, handbell choir, and student leadership.
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.
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 and the Peace River Bible Institute of Sexsmith, Alberta. As many as 900 students are enrolled at these western Canadian schools each academic year.