Nazareth College becomes Nazareth University

Nazareth is the latest in a string of former colleges in New York to transition to university status since the state Board of Regents changed its definition of the types of higher education institutions that can claim the designation.

Last year, the board relaxed its standards of the definition, which had required that institutions offer undergraduate and graduate degrees and “doctoral programs in at least three academic fields.”

Universities in New York are now institutions that “offer graduate programs in at least three of the following discipline areas: agriculture, biological sciences, business, education, engineering, fine arts, health professions, humanities, physical sciences and social sciences.”

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