Multnomah University is a Christian educational institution in Portland, Oregon, United States. Specializing in Biblical studies and theology, Multnomah University consists of an undergraduate liberal arts program at Multnomah Bible College, as well as a masters level and doctoral programs at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. All students in the undergraduate program receive a bachelor's degree in Biblical studies/theology, and may also complete a second major or minor in ministerial or liberal arts. Students at Multnomah Biblical seminary can pursue a graduate certificate, or various master's degrees.
The college classes started in 1897 at Fourth and Yamhill in Downtown Portland when the YMCA, then led by Harry William Stone, started offering night classes. At that time it was known as the Department of Education of the Portland Y. M. C. A. In 1909, the YMCA moved to Sixth and Yamhill, as the school needed more space after starting to offer day-time classes as well. The school added electrician classes in 1912, followed by accounting and auto repair before opening an engineering department in 1919. In 1920, the school became an institution with degree granting authority, and then changed its name to the Oregon Institute of Technology. The school then started a junior college in 1931 before becoming Multnomah College in 1937 for the college portion of the school. All other portions of the school were then merged into Multnomah College in 1945, and the school became a non-profit with its own board of regents in 1946. In 1969, the school decided to merge into the University of Portland, the state's only Catholic university. Prior to the merger into UP, it had an enrollment of 750 full-time students, including 140 from countries outside the United States, taught by a faculty of 50, as of April 1969. At that time the school's campus occupied five buildings, including the modern-day Multnomah Building. The college was noted for its engineering program, prompting the university to rename its own the "Multnomah School of Engineering" as part of plan, which UP president Paul E. Waldschmidt described as a merger of "boards and resources, not of faculty and students. Multnomah's president, John S. Griffith, became a University of Portland senior vice president under that plan. He remarked to the press that college's mission had been fulfilled "by the development of the community college system throughout the state.
Multnomah Universityï¿½s mission is to equip Christian students through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in the church, community, and world.