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Christian Life Profile

Knowledge for Service

More than a motto
Knowledge for Service is more than our motto—it drives everything we do.

We believe in the importance of a well-rounded education, with training that equips you mentally, physically, spiritually, and socially. Knowledge is just half of the equation—service is what brings meaning and purpose to your life.

Finding purpose
The professors at Hannibal-LaGrange University know you want to have a sense of purpose in life. At HLGU we want to help you determine, develop, and live out your purpose. That’s why the personal attention our professors give you is so important. Along with that personal attention are opportunities for service that equip you to make a difference.

Our university
Founded in 1858, Hannibal-LaGrange is a four-year Christian university fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Currently we have students from 26 states and 27 countries. The campus of HLGU provides spacious facilities for its diverse student body, including a new, state-of-the-art science center dedicated in 2015.

Just the right size
The student-faculty ratio is 14:1.

Unapologetically Christian
HLGU is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention (Southern Baptist). While the majority of our students are Baptist, every major denomination is represented on campus. Students who choose Hannibal-LaGrange recognize the added value of a Christian university. They seek a sense of community among fellow students who share similar ideals.

Honors and awards
Hannibal-LaGrange University has been ranked as one of “America’s Best Christian Colleges” for 13 consecutive years. In addition, HLGU has been recognized as one of the “Top 50 Christian Colleges,” one of the “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities,” and a “Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities” institution and consistently receives the honor of being recognized as a “Champions of Character Five-Star Institution.”

An affordable investment
HLGU is one of the most reasonably priced private universities in the Midwest. In addition, 93% of our students receive financial aid in the form of scholarships, loans, grants, and work-study.

Central location
Hannibal-LaGrange is located in “America’s Hometown,” Hannibal, Missouri. The community combines the charm and security of a Midwest setting with international appeal, as people from all over the world visit Hannibal to relive Mark Twain’s childhood adventures. The University is located just minutes from downtown Hannibal and within walking distance to shopping, restaurants, and fast food establishments. HLGU’s historic campus is just 100 miles north of St. Louis and is situated on 110 acres of scenic hills and woods on the bluffs above the Mississippi River.

Honors program
For gifted and highly motivated students, HLGU offers an honors program that focuses on a rigorous course of study in literature, history, science, and Christianity. Honors classes encourage personal creativity and insight as students and professors interact in an atmosphere that promotes original thinking.

See for yourself
Tour the campus, meet the professors, and spend some time with HLGU students. Come get to know Hannibal-LaGrange—a university that equips students with Knowledge for Service.

Traveling Ensembles
• Praise Song

Voice and instrumental ensemble performing a mix of traditional hymns, praise songs, and contemporary Christian music
• Chamber Choir
A team of men and women who present sacred a cappella music and songs with acoustic instruments as a worship ministry

Theatre Troupe
• The New Edition
Traveling repertory theatre troupe specializing in Christian theatre
Volunteer Opportunities
• GateKeepers
Mentoring program for HLGU students who serve as positive role models for children in Hannibal and surrounding communities
• Local Service Projects
Volunteer projects performed by HLGU students for individuals and nonprofit agencies
• Mission Trips
State, regional, national, and international mission trips during fall, Christmas, spring, and summer breaks

NAIA Division I Athletic Programs
• Men’s
Baseball, basketball, clay shooting*, cross-country, golf, soccer, track & field, volleyball, and wrestling
• Women’s
Basketball, cheerleading, clay shooting*, cross-country, golf, soccer, softball, track & field, and volleyball

* New 2016–2017




Division of Business and Computer Information Systems
• Accounting
• Business Administration (emphases in General Business, Finance, Management, and Marketing)
• Computer Information Systems

Division of Christian Studies
• Bible
• Christian Education

Division of Education
• Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.E.)
- Early Childhood   Education
- Elementary Education
- Secondary Education (with certifications in Art, Biology, Business Education, English, Mathematics, Physical Education, Social Studies, Unified Science)

Division of Fine Arts
• Art
• Christian Theatre
• Music
• Theatre

Division of Humanities
• English
• History
• Media Communication (emphases in Broadcast Communication and Journalism)
• Public Relations

Division of Natural Science and Mathematics
• Biology (emphases in Pre-chiropractic Care, Pre-med, Pre-veterinary, Pre-pharmacy, and Pre-optometry)
• Mathematics

Division of Social Science
• Criminal Justice
• Exercise Science
• Social Work
• Psychology
• Recreation Management
• Sociology

Nursing and Allied Health
• A.S.N.
• R.N. to B.S.N. (online program)
• L.P.N. (certificate)

Graduate/Online Division
• Master of Arts in Leadership
- Christian Ministries
- Organizational Management
• Master of Science in Education (M.S.E.)
- Special Reading K-12
- Teaching and Learning
- Teaching and Learning with Initial Certification