San Diego Christian College is a private, four-year Christian institution of higher education located in the city of El Cajon, California.
The college was founded in 1970 as Christian Heritage College. The school’s founders wished to create a curriculum that focused on the creationist teachings on the West Coast. In its early years, the Christian Heritage College was affiliated with the Creation-Science Research Center, which eventually became the Institute for Creation Research. However, in 1981, the college separated from the institute and became its own entity. In 2005, the school adopted its current name of San Diego Christian College. San Diego Christian College is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The mission of San Diego Christian College is “...to engage Christians in an academic community that offers a liberal arts education, promotes an environment of scholarship, and fosters the examination of truth, preparing them to influence the world through Godly character within a framework of the authority and inerrancy of Scripture.
San Diego Christian College is small institution with around 600 undergraduate students. About 65 percent of first year students return for their second year to SDCC and about 30 percent graduate within six years. The average age of the student population at SDCC is 20 years old. While around half of the students at SDCC are Caucasian, the remaining 50 is comprised of minorities including Hispanics, Asians and African Americans. The gender ratio is fairly even; however, there is a slightly greater proportion of female to male students. While much of the student body is full time, a little more than ten percent of students qualify as part time. A significant majority of students are from California with just 15 percent of students living outside the state.
San Diego Christian College offers bachelor’s degrees in several different areas including communication, biblical studies, aviation, biology, psychology and several others. Bachelor’s degrees require students to complete a minimum of 126 credit hours to complete the program. Bachelor’s degree programs typically take about four years to complete as a full time student.
DISTANCE AND ONLINE EDUCATION
In order to meet the needs of nontraditional and adult students, San Diego Christian College offers online educational programs in business management, human development, and Christian ministries. These programs are asynchronous for added facility. Typically, an online program at San Diego Christian College involves participating in discussion forums, online lectures, required reading from textbooks, and quizzes and exams that are taken in a completely online format.
COSTS AND FINANCIAL AID
San Diego Christian College, as a private institution, requires the same tuition from all students regardless of state residency status. Tuition and fees for a full time student is around $25,200. Part-time students determine his or her cost of tuition based on how many credit hours he or she is taking. Part-time students cost per credit hour is around $950. When students are faced with the high costs of tuition, it is essential to be aware of all financial aid opportunities. More than 95 percent of students were judged to have financial aid need and over 95 percent of students were offered financial aid. A little less than five percent of students had their full need met. SDCC students receive an average first year financial aid package of around $15,000. More than 50 of SDCC students’ financial aid needs were met. SDCC students’ average indebtedness at graduation is around $27,000.
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Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Postbaccalaureate certficate
Adult Age Enrollments:112
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