North Park University

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NPU is located in Chicago's Albany Park and North Park neighborhoods, drawing upon the extraordinary educational assets of a world-class city. As a student at NPU, you can choose from 120+ programs housed in seven colleges and schools, and benefit from a core curriculum designed to forge new and meaningful connections across the sciences, humanities, business, and the arts.

Contact information

Mailing address:
North Park University
3225 West Foster Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625-4895


Phone: 773-244-6200

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 361557840

CEO/President: Mary K. Surridge

Chairman: David Otfinoski

Board size: 30

Founder: Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC)

Ruling year: 1942

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Building on our core institutional identity-Christian, city-centered, intercultural-our vision is to create a university of uncommon character and enduring excellence, where faith, learning, and service meet.


North Park University will be distinguished as the nation's leading city-centered Christian university during the coming decade and beyond.

The University's learning community is differentiated by adopting the city as both subject and place of learning as a foundation for academic excellence. Within this framework, the University educates students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and prior academic experiences, practicing Christian hospitality with students of all faith traditions while centering in the Affirmations of the Evangelical Covenant Church.

The University will be known through its graduates who are equipped in their respective careers to advance the vitality of the world's people and their cities, prepared to cross cultures, and formed in Christian community for leadership and service in the church and the world.

Mission statement

The mission of North Park University, as the university of the Evangelical Covenant Church, is to prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.

Statement of faith

North Park University was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), a rapidly growing, multi-ethnic denomination with over 800 congregations in the United States and Canada and ministries on five continents.

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Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating322 of 107735 of 130
Fund acquisition rating251 of 107827 of 130
Resource allocation rating316 of 107832 of 130
Asset utilization rating700 of 107790 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,048,039$8,749,782$9,417,163$11,620,156$11,304,173
Short-term investments$131,715,986$134,844,412$123,806,067$120,544,293$112,479,408
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$156,823,540$157,987,212$153,062,637$145,939,349$137,603,134
Long-term investments$30,131,840$30,982,844$30,904,165$37,321,747$34,577,540
Fixed assets$118,890,598$122,151,497$122,173,399$118,557,045$118,509,618
Other long-term assets$1,554,969$1,533,702$1,368,026$1,287,195$1,243,746
Total long-term assets$150,577,407$154,668,043$154,445,590$157,165,987$154,330,904
Total assets$307,400,947$312,655,255$307,508,227$303,105,336$291,934,038
Payables and accrued expenses$6,047,940$5,944,225$5,891,070$7,323,177$6,394,409
Other current liabilities$1,272,731$1,488,245$1,487,369$1,444,154$1,619,287
Total current liabilities$7,320,671$7,432,470$7,378,439$8,767,331$8,013,696
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$4,375,270$3,963,254$3,942,154$9,900,873$10,053,910
Total long-term liabilities$86,558,562$86,684,516$87,201,386$93,698,076$94,495,462
Total liabilities$93,879,233$94,116,986$94,579,825$102,465,407$102,509,158
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$141,133,054$144,394,388$139,106,392$129,357,473$120,153,591
With donor restrictions$72,388,660$74,143,881$73,822,010$71,282,456$69,271,289
Net assets$213,521,714$218,538,269$212,928,402$200,639,929$189,424,880
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$16,648,452$14,968,758$15,730,557$14,573,642$14,780,118
Program service revenue$73,011,062$71,606,384$70,041,206$70,158,374$69,650,845
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$2,692,098$4,808,586$8,627,970$6,630,897$326,592
Other revenue$182,737$281,322$43,172$71,009$97,117
Total other revenue$75,885,897$76,696,292$78,712,348$76,860,280$70,074,554
Total revenue$92,534,349$91,665,050$94,442,905$91,433,922$84,854,672
Program services$85,237,410$86,692,146$82,639,826$79,149,058$77,708,715
Management and general$11,393,547$7,317,106$1,492,886$8,326,209$8,923,284
Total expenses$97,612,488$95,408,365$85,997,823$89,198,792$88,303,827
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)($5,078,139)($3,743,315)$8,445,082$2,235,130($3,449,155)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets($5,078,139)($3,743,315)$8,445,082$2,235,130($3,449,155)


Mary SurridgeNPU President, Ex-Officio$338,049
Anthony ScolaVP Enrollment Mgmt./Marketing$333,193
David KerstenDean of Seminary$314,263
Craig JohnsonProvost$231,458
John WenrichECC President, Ex-Officio$223,379
Scott StenmarkExec. VP and CFO$219,829
Ann HicksDean SBNM / Prof. Accounting$150,055
John BornAVP Athletics & Sport Mgmt.$133,698
Anne McCullahDirector of Finance$90,849

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

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North Park University's history and heritage reach back to a Minneapolis church basement in 1891, where classes in language and business gave Swedish immigrants the skills needed to prosper in America. With an offer of land in Chicago, the school moved to the North Park neighborhood which was then just beyond the city limits. Old Main, the first building on campus, was completed in 1894. Its cupola became a landmark for pilots to locate Orchard Field (now O'Hare International Airport). The cupola was the tallest point on the city's north side. At various points in its history, North Park was an academy, a junior college, and a four-year liberal arts college. We became a university, with a theological seminary, in 1997.

Now, North Park is Chicago's city-centered Christian University. It serves nearly 3,200 undergraduate and graduate students from around the country and the world. Within a diverse, close-knit community, it offers a values-based education to students through more than 40 undergraduate majors, as well as graduate and continuing education in business, nonprofit management, nursing, education, music, and theology. Campus facilities have been extensively renovated, including the LEED-certified Johnson Center for Science and Community Life, the Helwig Recreation Center, the Holmgren Athletic Complex, and the Brandel Library.

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