York University (Nebraska)

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York University is a private college affiliated with the Churches of Christ and located in York, Nebraska. It was founded in 1890.

York University
Former names
York College (1890–2022)
Religious affiliation
Churches of Christ
PresidentSamuel Smith
Students711 (Fall 2023)
Location, ,
CampusUrban, 50 acres (20 ha)
ColorsBlue and white
Sporting affiliations



York University was founded in 1890 by the United Brethren Church as York College. In 1946, the merger of the United Brethren Church and the Evangelical Church (see Evangelical Association) transferred control of the school to the Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1956 the church transferred control to members of the Churches of Christ. The university has more than 7,500 alumni. Average enrollment is around 650 students.[1][2]

In 2021, it was announced that York College would become York University. On July 1, 2022, York College officially became York University.[3][4]



The university's campus is situated on fifty acres of land and includes seventeen major buildings.



The university provides both residential, traditional undergraduate education and online, non-traditional programs. Baccalaureate degrees offered include the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science.[5] York University also offers the Master of Arts through York University Online.[6]

York University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The institution's teacher education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).[7]

Students and faculty


York's student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. On-campus student enrollment is typically around 450 in the fall semester with a typical class size of 22. About 200 students are enrolled in the university's online program. The on-campus student population includes students from 30 states and 10 countries.



The York athletic teams are called the Panthers. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference since the 2016–17 academic year.[8] They were also a member of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA), primarily competing as an independent in the Central Region of the Division I level. The Eagles previously competed in the defunct Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) from 1994–95 to 2014–15 (when the conference dissolved);[8] as well as an NAIA Independent within the Association of Independent Institutions (AII) during the 2015–16 school year.

York competes in 20 intercollegiate varsity sports: Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, track & field (indoor and outdoor) and wrestling; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field (indoor and outdoor), volleyball and wrestling; and co-ed sports include cheerleading, dance and eSports.[8][9]


  1. ^ "History of York College". York.edu. Retrieved September 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "York College Sets Enrollment Record". York.edu. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Melanie (2022-07-01). "The first day of York University". York News-Times. Retrieved 2022-07-01.
  4. ^ "York College will soon become York University". York News-Times. Retrieved September 27, 2021.
  5. ^ "On Campus Degrees". York.edu. September 14, 2020.
  6. ^ "York College Online". York.edu. September 14, 2020.
  7. ^ "Accreditation". York.edu. February 2014. Retrieved September 14, 2020.
  8. ^ a b c "KCAC Announces the Addition of York College". kcacsports.com. Retrieved June 26, 2015.
  9. ^ "Panther Athletics". York.edu. Retrieved September 14, 2020.

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