Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Nashville, in the U.S. state of Tennessee.
TNU was founded in 1901 by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan as the "Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School". Part of the Pentecostal Alliance, it started offering bachelor's degrees in 1910, and the school's name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers in 1911, after the Coleg Trefeca. The school was located in downtown Nashville until 1914, when it was moved to East Nashville on Gallatin Road. In 1917, the campus suffered a disastrous fire, and its students and faculty temporarily transferred to Ruskin Cave College. That same year, the school begrudgingly became an official college of the Church of the Nazarene, in order to save itself financially. Shortly after it had become a Nazarene institution, it absorbed the Southeastern Nazarene College of Georgia, but still found itself in bankruptcy and forced to sell its campus by 1932.
After occupying a temporary space on the former campus of the defunct Walden University on White's Creek, it was unable to buy the property and relocated to the Nashville First Church of the Nazarene, taking on the name Trevecca Nazarene College (TNC) in 1934. In 1935, the college moved back to its present location on Murfreesboro Road in southeast Nashville, where it once again leased and then took over the 7-acre campus of Walden University in 1937. President A. B. Mackey bought an adjoining 40-acre (160,000 m2) plot for himself and later transferred it to the college. It was first accredited in 1969 and began offering master's degrees in 1984. In 1995, the school's name was changed from Trevecca Nazarene College to Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU). In 1999, Trevecca offered its first doctoral degree (an EdD), and in 2011, added its first PhD degree (in clinical counseling).
TNU is one of eight U.S. liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. TNU is the college for the "Southeast Region" of the United States, comprising the Kentucky, Tennessee, East Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama North, Alabama South, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, North Florida, Central Florida, and Southern Florida districts, which include Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and part of Kentucky. Each college receives financial backing from the Nazarene churches on its region; part of each church budget is paid into a fund for its regional school. Each college or university is also bound by a gentlemen's agreement not to actively recruit outside its respective "educational region." TNU has been accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969.
Trevecca has a 65 acre campus in an urban neighborhood environment, located about 3 miles from downtown Nashville. The campus of Trevecca includes not only the Nazarene University, but also Trevecca Community Church of the Nazarene, pastored by Dr. Dwight Gunter, II, and Trevecca Towers, a Christian retirement community.
TNU is organized into four schools: Arts and Sciences, Business and Management, Education, and Religion. Each of these schools is separated into divisions or departments. Most of the degrees offered by TNU are traditional bachelor's degrees in 53 different majors. The management and human relations degree is a non-traditional undergraduate degree geared toward working adults. The associate's degree, the master's degree, a doctor of philosophy degree, and a doctor of education degree are also available.
The 2009 acceptance rate for students who applied to the college was 69.3 percent. The most popular degrees at Trevecca are business, management, marketing, and related support services; biological and biomedical services; education; visual and performing arts; and philosophy and religious studies. The freshman retention rate (freshman who continue their education at Trevecca after the first year) was 70.5% as of 2010. Over 72% of classes at Trevecca have fewer than 20 students.
There were 2,345 students at the college in Fall 2010, 975 of whom were traditional undergraduates. Of the entire student body, 44% were male, and 56% were female (as of 2010). The majority of undergraduate students live on campus in residence halls or apartment-style housing and dine on campus in the Hub (fast-food service), the Cube (a sandwich shop), or, most of the time, in the Apple Dining Hall, which was remodeled before the 2010-11 school year. Students participate in spiritual life activities throughout the school year and summers, including chapels three times a week (a number of which each semester are required for all undergraduates), local community service projects, mission trips both in the US and around the world, MERGE small groups (each designed for specific types of spiritual growth and learning), and other spiritually formational activities.
Trevecca has 8 residence halls on campus for its single students. Half are suite style residence halls and the other half are apartment style residence halls. 
Georgia Hall, Tennessee Hall and Johnson Hall are the 3 female dormitories that each house approximately 95-110 female residents. Benson Hall is the only male dormitory; it houses approximately 250 male students.
All of the dormitory style residence halls have a laundry room, prayer room, and a PC computer lab. In the lobby of each of these halls there is a TV and also vending machines. The female dormitories also have study rooms available for residents.
Redford Apartments and Bush Apartments house the female Juniors and Seniors who are eligible to live in the apartments. Redford has room for approximately 80 female students and Bush can house up to 35 female students.
Shingler Apartments and Wise Apartments house the male Juniors and Seniors who are eligible to live in the apartments. Shingler houses approximately 60 male residents and Wise houses up to 24 male students.
A laundry room is provided in the Redford and Wise apartments for both male and female residents.
Trevecca has organizations such as the Student Government Association that are in charge of planning and hosting many social life events. Events that have gained the most popularity among the student body would be Friday Night Live (a rendition of the popular skit show Saturday Night Live), Trojan Idol, and the Songwriter's Challenge. Since many of these events cost money to produce, there is a need for an admission fee. Student Life Activities Pass (SLAP) cards are sold by the Student Government Association at the beginning of every school year for discounts at on-campus events and around the Nashville area to offset this cost.
In addition to SGA, TNU has a large number of student organizations and groups, including ministry-related clubs, service organizations, political and social interest clubs, and clubs or ensembles for many individual majors.
Trevecca has cooperative agreements with other local universities for programs not available directly through Trevecca, including the Army ROTC at Vanderbilt University, which offers a commission in the Army as well as a degree from Trevecca once the bachelor's program at TNU and the ROTC program at Vanderbilt are both successfully completed. Trevecca and Vanderbilt also have a joint program allowing students interested in marching band to participate in the Vandy band during Vanderbilt's football season.
TNU is a member of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II and competes in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, softball, cross country, and volleyball. In July 2011, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced that Trevecca had been approved for the Division-II membership process. TNU discontinued competing in the NAIA and TSAC conferences following the 2011-12 school year. Beginning the a 3-year transition. In addition to intercollegiate sports, TNU also has a cheerleading team and holds competitions in a variety of intramural sports, including flag football, softball, and beach volleyball.
The new conference that Trevecca is competing in as of the 2012-2013 season is the Great Midwest Athletic Conference. The G-MAC is homes to Cedarville University, Central State University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, Urbana University, and Ursuline College. Trevecca currently competes in the National Christian College Athletics Association in the Mid-East Region.
As of fall 2011, Trevecca employed 100 full-time faculty members, bringing the student to faculty ratio to 15:1.