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Christian Life Profile

Academic Excellence & Spiritual Vitality

Already named one of the most affordable Christian colleges in the nation—with more than 98% of its students receiving financial aid and the average student paying less than half the original tuition charge—it’s no surprise Asbury University was set apart again in 2015–2016 with its fifth-straight top-five position in U.S. News & World Report’s regional college rankings.

Value is, of course, a wonderful trait, but Asbury is a top-ranked institution for so many other reasons:
• Amazing 13:1 student-faculty ratio, with more than 80% of AU faculty holding terminal degrees
• 100% graduate school acceptance rate for Math (for more than a decade)
• 100% participation rate in cross-cultural/mission trip program (plus multiple study abroad options)
• 90th+ percentile in national Psychology and English program testing
• Only school in the nation with Police Horse Mount and Equine Management majors
• Only school in the world with Communication students working as paid broadcasters at 13-straight Olympic Games
• More than 50 majors, 17 intercollegiate sports, a dozen music ensembles, 150 student clubs/organizations, etc., etc., etc.

As impressive as the academic excellence is, just as important is Asbury’s spiritual vitality. At AU you develop lifelong friendships through a safe, residential, Christian environment that prepares you to engage culture and advance the Gospel through your calling. You build a résumé while strengthening your relationship with God.

Celebrating 125 years of academic excellence and spiritual vitality, Asbury alumni have been Nobel Prize finalists, writers for nationally released films and television shows, highest ranking officers in the Salvation Army, and life-changing doctors, scientists, lawyers, CEOs, teachers, and missionaries.

Asbury offers 17 intercollegiate teams—including the addition of men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2015—and cheerleading. The athletic mission at Asbury is to provide student-athletes with the opportunity to be a witness of faith through intercollegiate competition. The athletes make a difference in their own lives and serve as representatives of the ideas and spirit of Asbury University. In addition to the cross-country course and Luce Center—an on-campus facility that hosts basketball, volleyball, and swimming competitions—the tennis, soccer, lacrosse, softball, and baseball complexes are all on the Asbury campus. We also have scholarships available for our Tumbling Team, a unique team that utilizes tumbling as a tool of ministry.

Are you ready to start the journey God has crafted for you? Are you ready to make an impact through your calling? If so…Start Here. Impact the World.



Type of School: Private, liberal arts

Location: The Asbury University campus—a 65-acre main campus and over-300-acre Equine Center—is located just 10 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky, in the beautiful Bluegrass Region along the stunning Kentucky River Palisades. Asbury is just minutes outside Kentucky’s second-largest city and is also a little more than an hour from metro Louisville and Cincinnati.

Size of Campus: 65-acre walking campus

Number of Students: Undergraduate— 1,350; graduate—250; degree completion— 250

Number of Faculty: 91 full time, 103 part time (includes all programs)

Colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Howard Dayton School of Business, School of Communication Arts, School of Education, School of Graduate and Professional Studies

Programs: Undergraduate—more than 50 majors; graduate—MSW (Social Work), MA in Communication: Digital Storytelling, MAE (Education); degree completion—Elementary Education, Leadership and Ministry, MBA (Business)

Degrees: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, specialist, and master’s

Geographic Diversity: 44 states represented; 17 countries represented; 52% in state, 48% out of state  

Financial Aid: More than 98% of incoming students receiving financial aid

Tuition and Fees: Approximately $26,500 prior to financial aid; room—approximately $3,500; board—approximately $3,000; total typical costs—approximately $18,500 (after financial aid)

Test Score Requirements: ACT minimum—22; SAT minimum—1020

Application Deadlines and Fees: Free and rolling application