Pastors and Churches

Pastors, youth workers, and church families can be an important influence and support system for college students. North Park University was founded by members of the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC) in 1891, and the faith journey of our students, faculty, and staff continues to be an important topic and discussion across campus. While we maintain our Christian heritage and worldview, we also welcome students of all faiths and backgrounds to our student community, valuing the perspectives and deep discussions all individuals help to bring to classrooms and community life.

Students from all across the country—from urban, rural, and suburban backgrounds—find a unique and rewarding college experience at North Park. We invite you to use the resources we’ve highlighted below—along with the rest of the website—to assist students in your congregations as they are looking for college options and considering our university.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if we can provide you with more details or help arrange a campus visit for you or your students.

Go Deeper

Urban Discipleship Learning Community

At North Park University, we’re dedicated to preparing students for lives of significance and service. Through our new Urban Discipleship Learning Community (UDLC), first-year students will have the opportunity to go deeper in their development as Christian leaders during their college experience. Learn more.

Pastors and Churches

The College Seminar

Choosing a college can be a daunting task, and North Park is here to help. The Office of Church Relations offers a special seminar resource for churches and youth groups—the College Seminar—aiding high schoolers and their parents in their college search (no matter what school the student wishes to attend). Find out how to bring a College Seminar to your faith community.



VIVE is a dynamic program of events for underrepresented (and typically urban) students in grades 7 through 12, designed to help them envision college as an option for their futures. VIVE’s mission and success depends on vibrant partnerships between North Park and local congregations. Learn more about the program and how your congregation can get involved.

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Early Planning

We’ve put together a few resources and tips to help you think about college choices and plans with your young high school student. Learn more about important academic, extracurricular, and financial topics to consider well before the application process begins.

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Supporting Covenant Students and Clergy Families

As part of North Park's commitment to affordability, we are proud to provide special tuition grants to undergraduate students who are either active participants in a congregation of the Evangelical Covenant Church or legal dependents of Covenant clergy. We also offer a matching grant program for churches that desire to financially support their students in college. Learn more.

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Recommend a Student

If you know a student who might be a good fit for North Park, please tell us more about them through our online referral form so we can begin sending information about our programs, visit opportunities, and special events.