The first group of students to have Nauvoo University on their transcripts will attend the Illinois school this fall.

University officials expect about 50 students in the inaugural

class. Officials expect the school to eventually expand to include

four-year degrees.

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Nauvoo University is not owned or operated by The Church of Jesus

Christ of Latter-day Saints, but it does require students to maintain

high moral and ethical standards and have an ecclesiastical endorsement.

The univeristy will use exisiting facilities to house the students

and staff, and officials plan to start a building program as soon as

possible. A fundraising campaign has already started.

The University of the City of Nauvoo was founded in 1840 by Joseph Smith Jr. but was dormant by 1846.

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