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Christian Life Profile

We walk a different path. We are Cairn University. 

When we educate students at Cairn University, we are calling them to walk a different path, not just in their choice of university, but in their choices for life. Walk a Different Path is a statement of who we are. We are a university intentionally centered on Christ and His Word. We are a university committed to intellectual growth that imparts to our students a knowledge of God, themselves, and the world in which they live. We are a university committed to developing the character of our students according to the teaching and example of Christ. We are a university committed to preparing students to the highest degree of professional competency and instilling in them the mindset of an intentional and obedient service to Christ in all walks of life.

We walk a different path. We are Cairn University.  

Because an education should have value
Every college or university is centered on something: a philosophy, a world-view, a set of core beliefs. Choosing a school that has the right things at the center will make all the difference. At Cairn we keep Jesus Christ and the Word of God at the center of all we do. Whether in academics, student ministries, athletics, arts, or other campus activities, Christ and the Word hold us together. At Cairn biblical integration and the cultivation of wisdom are everywhere.

Because learning should inspire serving
Students shouldn’t have to wait until graduation to put their learning into practice. There are many opportunities for students to be involved in the University, the community, and one another’s lives. Student organizations, performing arts, athletics, mission trips, service projects, campus events, and conferences provide a dynamic campus life that enriches the total Cairn experience.

Because faith and truth do matter
We want our students to be inspired to live an intentional life of obedient service to Christ. We teach all subjects in view of Scripture. Professors care about and know their students. They are examples to them and invest in them and guide them. Students are led and inspired by professors who take biblical integration seriously.

Because community happens here
At Cairn community happens inside and outside the classroom as students are challenged through academics and cocurricular activities. Students can choose from over 60 programs and earn degrees in Bible, Business, Education, Music, Social Work, English, History, Liberal Arts, and Psychology. Students have the opportunity to participate in NCAA D-III athletics, the arts, music, service opportunities, and semesters of study abroad.

Because preparation should build character
Because of the way we challenge and prepare our students, they stand out and are sought out. Employers, graduate schools, and ministries seek Cairn graduates because they are living examples of our mission statement. Through a Cairn education, you will be made ready for your life and work in the church, society, and the world. You will be strengthened in your faith and encouraged to keep seeking truth and serving God.

Be a part of it!
Athletics: Our student-athletes compete on 12 different NCAA intercollegiate teams.
Men’s sports: Baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, volleyball
Women’s sports: Basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball

Student groups: Student groups promote leadership opportunities, spiritual maturity, and cultural awareness. Students walk alongside one another on the same path toward responsible decision making, spiritual growth, transformation, and character development.

Music and arts: The performing arts provide students with a unique opportunity to be a part of a larger production performed for faculty, staff, students, and the surrounding community.

Service: Through strategic relationships and the gathering of resources, our hope is to serve those in need, effecting change in the lives of the people living in our area. Students also have the opportunity to travel and serve across the country and overseas throughout the year on University-sponsored mission trips.



School size: 736 traditional undergraduate students

Average undergraduate class size: 18

Student-faculty ratio: 14:1

Undergraduate in-state and out-of-state tuition (academic year): $24,946

Average additional fees: $300

Average annual aid award: $15,560

Total states represented: 30

Total countries represented: 31

Students employed one year after graduation: 96%

Mission: The University exists to educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character.

Location: Situated in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the University provides students with a suburban residence and convenient access to Center City, Philadelphia.

Areas of Study
• Arts
• Bible & Theology
• Business & Accounting
• Christian Ministries
• Communications
• Computer Science
• Counseling
• Criminal Justice
• Education
• English & Literature
• History
• Liberal Arts
• Mathematics
• Music & Music Composition
• Philosophy
• Political Science
• Pre-law
• Psychology
• Recreation & Sports
• Science
• Social Work
• Youth & Family Minstry