North Central University located in downtown Minneapolis


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North Central University is a Christian university with a Bible-based and Pentecostal foundation and a commitment to academic excellence. North Central prepares students to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world.

As it says in Ephesians 4:11-12, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up,” we work hard to equip our students for service and leadership locally and globally.

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Sobre North Central University

At North Central, we are:

  • Christ-followers guided and empowered by the Holy Spirit and God’s Word
  • Lifelong learners in the highest tradition of Christian scholarship
  • Leaders serving and empowering others in the church and throughout the world
  • Ministers communicating Christ’s love and the Holy Spirit’s power through word and action

Learn more about our mission and vision.

Our history

North Central was founded in 1930 as North Central Bible Institute, and in the following years experienced growing enrollment, expanded programs, and the change to North Central University in 1998.

Located in the heart of Minneapolis, we’re a comprehensive, primarily residential university owned and operated by 11 Assemblies of God districts of the upper Midwest.

Learn more about our history.

Our Spirit-empowered community

At North Central, we’re passionate about our faith. Christ is at the center of our experience, and we encounter God every day, together. From daily chapel to service opportunities to living in community, we strive to create a higher education learning environment where your knowledge of Scripture will grow and you’ll experience the power of the Holy Spirit in your life.

A quality university in Minneapolis

Located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, our urban setting makes us one of the most uniquely located Christian colleges in Minnesota. You will have opportunities for ministry and career right at your doorstep.

Many of our students are active in local neighborhoods sharing the Gospel and the love of Christ with those who are desperately in need. Not waiting for graduation to serve those around them, North Central students are making a difference in the world right now. Students experience this and other opportunities unique to a Christian university in the Twin Cities.

Being located in a thriving city gives the North Central community opportunities for hands-on learning experiences and real-world career preparation.

Our commitment to students

The most important part of college is preparing for the rest of your life. Our highest priority is making sure you have everything you need to reach your personal and professional goals and getting you ready to be a leader and a servant in the world.

We offer a wide variety of co-curricular activities to our students—sports, music, theatre, student newspaper, ministry teams, student government, and many others—all of them giving you opportunities to make new friends, develop leadership skills, and be a part of something you enjoy. We emphasize leadership development, which is why North Central has more than 160 leadership positions occupied by students.