In 1900, the Russell Creek Baptist Association made the decision to establish the Russell Creek Academy in Campbellsville. Students first enrolled in 1907, and by 1924, academic growth launched the school’s official name change to Campbellsville College. As the college transitioned from a junior college to four-year program, Campbellsville celebrated accreditation and, once again, in 1996, changed its name to Campbellsville University.
Today, the private, four-year Christian institution has a main campus on 85 acres in Campbellsville, Kentucky, along with the 135-acre Clay Hill Memorial Forest, a research prodiverty located seven miles from the main campus. Approximately 3,200 students are enrolled and the student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1. As Campbellsville University moves forward, additional academic programs and facilities are continually improved, including added student residences, athletic facilities, a dining hall and student center, and the Ransdell Chapel. Campbellsville University awards Associate’s, Bachelor’s, and Master’s degrees, along with pre-professional, post-graduate, and certificate programs.
Campbellsville University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition, individual programs retain programmatic accreditation, including the music program by the National Association of Schools of Music, teacher education by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and the Bachelor’s degree in Social Work by the Council on Social Work Education. Furthermore, the Interstate Certification Project allows students completing the teacher education program and gaining certification through the state of Kentucky to also be awarded certification in other states.
Campbellsville University maintains eight schools:
- Carver School of Social Work & Counseling
- College of Arts & Sciences
- School of Business and Economics
- School of Education
- School of Music
- School of Nursing
- School of Theology
- School of Graduate and Professional Studies
At Campbellsville University, students can choose from more than 80 programs in a wide range of fields and degree options. The nine different Associate’s degrees include fields in Accounting, Computer Science, and Nursing. A large number of Bachelor’s degrees range from fields in Education and Christian Missions to Mass Communication and Music. Minor programs are also available, in topics such as Athletic Coaching, Homeland Security, and Photojournalism. Master’s degree programs offer a variety of programs, including degrees in Business Administration, Piano Pedagogy, Theology, Social Work, Education, and more. In addition, pre-professional programs allow students to explore Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Medicine, and more. Certificate programs include studies in Christian Ministry, Music, and Teaching English as a Second Language.
Non-traditional students can pursue various options at Campbellsville University. Distance education programs offer online, hybrid, and web-assisted coursework. Students complete asynchronous online coursework and many programs are offered in accelerated formats. Online programs include:
- Associate of Science degrees in Business Administration, Christian Studies, Criminal Justice, and General Studies - entirely online
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing - RN-BSN program
- Master of Theology - entirely online
- Master of Business Administration - classes on weekends and online
- Master of Arts in Special Education (LBD) P-12 - 12 online blended classes in 10-week sessions
- Master of Science in Counseling - hybrid program
- Master of Arts in Social Work - web-assisted program with one on-campus meeting per week
- Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - online
- Certificate in Christian Ministry - online
In addition to distance education, Campbellsville features an Accelerated College Choice for Evening Learners (ACCEL) that gives students the opportunity to complete Associate’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and General Studies, as well as Bachelor’s programs in Early Childhood Education, Organizational Management, and Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education.
Prospective undergraduate students will need to submit the application and fee, along with necessary criteria, including a high school diploma/GED, official high school and/or college transcripts, and ACT/SAT scores. International students may need to submit additional documentation, including English language proficiency scores. Graduate students will also need to submit the application and fee, along with official transcripts, letters of reference, GRE/GMAT scores (if applicable), and proof of English Language proficiency for international applicants. Furthermore, Campbellsville awards credit for Advanced Placement, CLEP, and eligible military training.
Tuition is degree-specific and varies by degree and program. Students may qualify for financial aid programs at Campbellsville University including federal, state, and institutional aid programs. Federal aid includes the Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Loan, PLUS Loan, and Work-Study. State of Kentucky programs include the Kentucky Tuition Grant, College Access Program, and the Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship. Campbellsville also awards multiple institutional scholarships and grants, based on merit, leadership, performance, need, and other criteria. As well, students may qualify for one of many endowed scholarships, each with specific designations. In addition, U.S. Armed Forces service members and veterans may be eligible for G.I. Bill benefits for select programs at Campbellsville University.
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:944
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