University of Mount Union

The University of Mount Union is a private university in Alliance, Ohio. Founded in 1846, the university was affiliated with the Methodist Church until the spring of 2019. Mount Union has an enrollment of 2,209 undergraduate students,[3] divided approximately equally between men and women.

University of Mount Union
Former names
Mount Union College
MottoSit Lux
TypePrivate liberal arts
Endowment$131 million
PresidentW. Richard Merriman, Jr.
Location, ,
United States

40°54′17″N 81°6′38″W
CampusSuburban, 115 acres (0.47 km2)
ColorsPurple and White[1]
AthleticsNCAA Division IIIOAC
NicknamePurple Raiders


Mount Union was founded in 1846 by Orville Nelson Hartshorn[4] as "a place where men and women could be educated with equal opportunity, science would parallel the humanities, and there would be no distinction due to race, color, or sex." In approximately 1911,[5] Scio College of Scio, Ohio merged with Mount Union, moving faculty to the Mount Union campus and abandoning the Scio campus.

Mount Union College was renamed the University of Mount Union effective August 1, 2010.[6]


Eighty-five percent of the faculty at Mount Union have earned a doctoral or terminal degree with graduate training at universities in the United States and Europe.

The university also offers Pre-Professional programs in Pre-Health professions (Pre-Medicine), Pre-Law, and Pre-Ministry as well as Army ROTC.

Undergraduate programs

Mount Union offers 60 majors and 53 minors of academic coursework in keeping with the liberal arts tradition. Students are encouraged to explore a variety of departments and majors to discover potential talents and interests. Through general education course requirements, students are able to familiarize themselves to a variety of majors and minors. Students are also encouraged to meet their academic departmental adviser, to find guidance in deciding what majors and minors are most advantageous.

Graduate programs

Mount Union offers a master of science in Physician Assistant studies, Doctor of Physical Therapy [7][8] and a Master of Arts in educational leadership.[9]


Mount Union school colors are purple and white and competes in the Ohio Athletic Conference and in NCAA Division III athletics. The teams are nicknamed Purple Raiders, and the school's mascot is MUcaw, a purple macaw.

Mount Union sponsors 12 men's varsity teams: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, track & field, soccer, swimming & diving, tennis, lacrosse, wrestling, and volleyball. The school also sponsors 10 women's varsity teams: basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, track & field, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball.

Club sports include bowling, and intramural Sports include flag football, dodgeball, innertube water polo, ultimate frisbee, sand volleyball, 2 person golf scramble, men's basketball, women's basketball, softball, indoor soccer, indoor volleyball, 2 on 2 basketball, badminton, and pickleball. Mount won the NCAA Men's Division III Cross Country Championship in 1974 under Coach Jim Wuske, the NCAA Men's Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2017, and in 2014 & 2018 Mount Union won the NCAA Men's Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships under Coach Kevin Lucas.


Mount Union's football is currently led by head coach Vince Kehres. Under Vince's father Larry Kehres, who retired after the 2012 season with the highest winning percentage in college football history, Mount Union has won a record 13 Division III national championships—all since 1993. Mount Union holds the all-division record for consecutive victories at 55 from 2000-2003, which ended with their loss to St. John's University (Collegeville, MN) in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl (Division III National Championship) on December 20, 2003.[10] Mount Union previously held the all divisions mark at 54 consecutive games until losing in the semifinals on December 12, 1999 to Rowan University (Glassboro, NJ).[10] During both the 55 and 54 game streaks Mount Union won 3 consecutive National Championships.[11] Since both streaks were connected—from 1997–2003 Mount Union won 109 of 110 games played.[10] The Purple Raiders won 110 consecutive regular-season games between 1994 and 2005 (which was ended by conference foe Ohio Northern University on Oct 22, 2005), posted 14 undefeated regular seasons, won 16 Ohio Athletic Conference Championships, and had the best overall record in the 1990s (120–7–1, an overall winning percentage of 0.941).

National Championships: 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2012, 2015, 2017 "Mount won the NCAA Men's Division III Cross Country Championship in 1974 under Coach Jim Wuske, and in 2014 Mount Union won the NCAA Men's Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships under Coach Kevin Lucas ."

Student life

Mount Union's radio station is 91.1 WRMU, and the campus paper is The Dynamo.

The university's music program offers participation in numerous bands and choirs, including Concert Choir, Mount Union Alliance Chorale, Opera Workshop, Alliance Symphony Orchestra, Repertory Strings, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and more.

The Theatre Department puts on two productions every fall, and varying productions in the spring. Every spring semester alternates between a musical and a straight play every year for the main stage show, and every spring there are also student-directed one-acts. Theatre productions are open to all students, regardless of major or class rank.


In the Spring of 2019, the University of Mount Union started its Esports program by fielding its first Overwatch roster under head coach & director Derek Spinell, and is offering scholarships starting fall of 2019.

Currently, the University of Mount Union supports Overwatch (video game), League of Legends, and Rocket League.[12]

Greek life

There are four major social fraternities and four major social sororities with chapters at the institution.


List of University of Mount Union people has many alumni living throughout the United States and has many alumni that still reside throughout Ohio.


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  5. "The Rural Seminary - Ohio History Central". Retrieved 25 December 2014.
  6. "Mount Union to adopt identification as university". The Repository. 2009-10-04. Retrieved 2009-10-05.
  7. "Physician Assistant Studies". University of Mount Union. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
  8. "Campus news". The Marietta Times. March 16, 2012. Retrieved 23 March 2012.
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