Cairn University

200 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047-2990

School Details

Cairn University was founded in 1913 as the result of the merger of two other institutions and was originally named Philadelphia Bible Institute. In 1958, Philadelphia Bible Institute was renamed Philadelphia College of Bible as a result of being approved to offer a four-year, Bachelor of Science in Bible degree. In 1967 it became one of only a few Bible colleges in the nation to receive regional accreditation when it earned accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Accreditation has also been granted from the Association for Biblical Higher Education, and specialized accreditation has been granted for the Music program. Through these accreditations, Bachelor’s Degrees, Masters Degrees and select certificates are offered.

Recently, in 2012, in an effort to overcome the perception that the University’s educational offerings were limited and had a narrow vocational focus, the University’s Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the institution to Cairn University.

The university's purpose is 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. Cairn University is a private, Christian, four year, not-for-profit institution and is located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.

When applying to Cairn University, students are required to submit a $25, nonrefundable application fee along with their official GPA, school transcript, recommendations and SAT or ACT scores. Cairn University has an acceptance rate of 74 percent, and 39 percent of students who are accepted decide to enroll.

Students who decided to attend Cairn University return for a following year of classes at a rate 78 percent for students who were previously enrolled full-time, and 100 percent for students who were previously enrolled part-time. Students at Cairn University graduate within the four years it is expected to earn a bachelor’s degree at a rate of 20 percent, and within six years at a rate of 63 percent.

There are 1,179 students currently enrolled at Cairn University. Of these students, 436 are adult learners over the age of 24. Most students study at the undergraduate level. There are 914 undergraduate students and 265 graduate students. Undergraduate students at Cairn University are mostly full-time enrollments, with 92 percent of students taking at least 12 credits per semester. Unlike undergraduate students, graduate students are mostly enrolled on a part-time basis with only 14 percent full-time enrollments.

The gender ratio of the student body is 53 percent female students and 47 percent male students. There is some racial diversity with the most represented race being white students who make up 71 percent of the student population. The other racial groups, African American, Hispanic, American Indian and Asian, make up 14 percent, five percent, one percent and one percent of the student body, respectively and two percent of students represent two or more races. Most students come from within the state of Pennsylvania, with 56 percent in-state students, 42 percent out-of-state students and two percent international students.

There are seven undergraduate divisions and four graduate level divisions. Within these divisions there are a combined 47 areas of study leading to a bachelor's degree or master's degree. The undergraduate divisions at Cairn University include:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Ministry
  • Music
  • Social Work
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Christian Counseling

The graduate divisions at Cairn University include:

  • Business
  • Ministry
  • Education
  • Christian Counseling

Students also have the option of dual-level programs, earning a master’s degree at the same time as a bachelor’s degree.

In addition to degree programs, students can also earn certificates. The available certificates include:

  • Degree Completion
  • Bible and Israel
  • Wisconsin Wilderness Campus

There are a total of 112 faculty members, all of who are part of the instructional faculty. These faculty members typically hold their highest degree in their specific field and place a heavy importance on student interaction and personalized attention. The faculty is able to provide specialized attention to students through interaction in small class sizes due to a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

Cairn University sees value in classroom learning, in addition to extracurricular activities. There are 15 organizations that are available to students. The student organizations are structured to offer opportunities for academic, social and spiritual growth, and include:

  • Alpha Chi Epsilon Teacher Education Club
  • Chi Beta Sigma Social Work Club
  • Music Education Association
  • Health and Physical Education Club
  • Enactus
  • Beauty in Black and White poetry club
  • Class Councils
  • Commuter President
  • Culture & Arts Association
  • Mu Kappa
  • Resident Life
  • Student Missionary Fellowship
  • Student Senate
  • Student Theological Society

Athletic programs are also offered to students. Cairn University is part of the Colonial States Athletic Conference and the National Christian College Athletic Association. There are 11 sponsored sports teams that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Available sports include:

  • Women and Men's Cross Country
  • Women and Men’s Soccer
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Women and Men’s Basketball
  • Men's Golf
  • Men's Baseball
  • Women's Softball
  • Women’s Tennis

The yearly tuition and fees for enrollment at Cairn University comes to $22,455 for both in- and out-of-state students. Cairn University offers a tuition payment plan, and the financial aid office can help students find and apply for grants, scholarships and loans. Currently, 90 percent of the student population accepts some form of grant or scholarship aid. The average grant or scholarship package is $10,190 per student per year. Students can also take on loans for extra assistance; 78 percent of students have student loans and the average loan amount is $7,076.




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  • Sector Of Institution:
    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Master's degree
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