Asbury University is a liberal arts school located in Wilmore, Kentucky. While Asbury is a non-denominational school, its foundation stems from a Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Originally the institution was called Kentucky Holiness College. It was renamed Asbury College, and eventually Asbury University, in honor of the founder of American Methodism, Bishop Francis Asbury. Asbury began in 1890 under the promise to “While we give prominence to the religious, we give equal prominence to thorough mental training; thus giving liberal culture of mind and soul.”
Asbury University demographics are as follows:
•Nearly 1,780 students enrolled (about 1,545 undergraduate students and 235 graduate students).
•More than 200 adult students are enrolled in a professional study program.
•Around 87 percent of students are Caucasian.
•International students represent 15 countries.
•Freshman retention rate of 84 percent
•Freshman 6-year graduation rate is nearly 76 percent.
Degrees offered at Asbury University include: Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, and Master of Social Work. Students can enroll in more than 50 majors in 14 academic departments. Adult Professional Studies programs are offered to community members in an accelerated format so that students can complete a college degree faster. These courses are available in the areas of business, criminal justice, education or ministry. Students enrolled in a course using an accelerated format generally will complete entire programs online or take classes in the evenings. These courses integrate faith and learning in a media-rich and interactive manner. Students enrolled in online courses will use Discovery to find courses, grades, syllabi, activities, and instructions from the teacher. Minimum technology requirements are as follows:
•Computer with high speed internet access
•Speakers, headphones and a microphone
Student involvement on campus includes: exchange programs, community service, mission service opportunities, on-and off-campus internships, and intercollegiate sports. Asbury University is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and offers the following sports: men and women’s soccer, men and women’s basketball, men and women’s tennis, men and women’s cross-country, men and women’s golf, men and women’s swimming and diving, women’s volleyball, men’s baseball, and women’s softball. Students express their spirituality on campus through The Cornerstone Project, daily devotionals, and visiting chapel at least three times per week.
Tuition and fees for students enrolled full time are estimated at about $25,311 per academic year and room and board costs $5,792. Total costs for the typical on campus Asbury student will cost a total of $34,503 per year.
Each year, applicants from more than forty states apply for admission to Asbury University. The top states of residency include: Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, and Pennsylvania. Admissions requirements vary depending on the degree a student is seeking. Around 63 percent of prospective students are admitted into Asbury and of that number, around 40 percent actually enrolled.
Asbury University offers institutional and federal financial aid to eligible full-time students who are pursuing a degree. Part-time federal aid may also be extended to eligible students taking less than eleven credit hours per semester. To apply for financial aid, students must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) using the school code 001952. Types of aid available to Asbury University students includes Asbury University Scholarships and Grants, federal and state grants, loans, outside scholarships, and work study or campus employment. The Church Match Program allows students to receive aid from a church, mission agency, or Christian service organization and Asbury University will match the organization up to $1,000 per academic year.
Asbury University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as by the National Association of Schools of Music, The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Kentucky Department of Education, and the Council on Social Work Education.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:1,045
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