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      Nikaó (nik-ah-o)

      to conquer or be victorious

      Leadership marked by excellence is world-changing. The Nikaó Leadership Institute is designed to prepare you for leadership with the knowledge skills necessary to impact the world for eternity as godly leaders of tomorrow. 

      The Nikaó Leadership Institute admits a small number of applicants each year, based on demonstrated spiritual maturity, leadership ability and commitment, academic achievement, community engagement, reputation, and communication skills. 

      Leadership skills are developed over time and through experience. The Nikaó Leadership Institute gives you opportunities to practice leadership skills in a hands-on setting.

        In the Nikaó Leadership Institute you will be…


          through peer-to-peer and advisor-to-peer relationships, evaluation and assessment, and personal coaching. 


            through class content, leadership summits, professional opportunities, and meaningful community service initiatives and activities.


              through a greatly discounted tuition rate.

              How has the Nikaó Leadership Institute impacted others?

              “The leadership skills I have been learning have equipped me to serve so much more effectively, in all areas of my life. I have been able to apply what I learn each week even beyond my track. I have developed closer relationships with students and faculty and grown in my walk with the Lord.”

              - Abigail

              “Nikao has challenged me to speak up and voice my opinions, and through this I have gained confidence and the ability to communicate more effectively.”

              - Braydon

              “It is a joy to GO and serve others outside of Calvary! It is refreshing to interact with people of different ages and cultures. Although I will eventually leave Calvary University, the opportunity to serve those who do not know Jesus will always exist. What a privilege to start now!”

              - Josiah

              “Nikaó has put me in a unique position to assist students and make a difference in their academics. I have the privilege of seeing students getting the help they need firsthand. It always makes me happy to relieve some stress attached to an assignment or ease concerns through the Academic Center.”

              - Amanda

              What will your time in the Nikaó Leadership Institute look like?

              Calvary University has been committed to the biblical foundation and excellence in education for more than eighty-five years. The Nikaó Leadership Institute is part of that commitment, preparing leaders to live and serve in the church and in the world according to a biblical worldview. By being a part of the Nikaó Leadership Institute you will learn to lead through communication, relationships, and your interactions with people.

              Leadership Summit

              The Nikaó Leadership Summit is a one-week conference in August filled with practical, hands-on workshops designed to catapult you into a year of learning leadership principles.


                You will be assigned a mentor who will oversee and walk through the semesters with you. Mentors will work with the NLI staff to ensure the students understand and are growing in leadership abilities.

                  Nikaó Points

                  You will choose a leadership track and  accumulate Nikaó points through practical leadership and service opportunities. 

                    Breakout Sessions

                    During the semester you will participate in weekly breakout sessions that will provide opportunities for critical thinking, self-reflection, and evaluation of each student’s contributions to the campus community and beyond.

                      Leadership Portfolio

                      You will complete and submit an annual leadership portfolio which documents your experiences and growth.

                        BECOME A LEADER

                          By the time you graduate from Calvary University, you will have become an individual who is ready to lead others through your communication, your relationships, and your day-to-day interactions with people. You will have developed the confidence in your ability to motivate and influence those people around you in order to establish trust and credibility that creates a positive environment. Come join a group of leaders that stand ready to impact this world with the gospel.

                            • To be considered, applicants must be completing or have completed high school successfully with a minimum unweighted GPA of 3.4, and achieve a minimum score of 23 on the ACT, or a minimum score of 1140 on the SAT, or demonstrate exceptional leadership experience.
                            • Applicants must be accepted for enrollment as a degree-seeking student at Calvary University.
                            • Applicants must complete and submit a NLI application by March 1 before beginning Fall term.
                            • Applicants must complete an essay on “Making a Difference,” and be available for an interview either in person or online.
                            • Accepted candidates must be on-campus students living in the dorms and enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester. 

                              Only a limited number of incoming freshmen each year will have the opportunity to enter the Nikaó Leadership Institute, so make the most of your opportunity. Do you have what it takes to grow in Christlike leadership?