Valley Forge Christian College, a private, four year residential college operated by the Assemblies of God denomination is located on a suburban campus in Phoenixville, PA. Phoenixville is located approximated nine miles from Valley Forge National Historical Park.
Valley Forge Christian College originally began in 1932 as a summer bible school on the Marantha Park campgrounds in Green Lane, PA and trained evangelists, pastors, Christian education workers, lay workers and missionaries. The summer bile school became a full time Bible school known as Marantha Bible School in 1939. Mergers with additional Bile institutes over time resulted in an increase in enrollment, and eventual name changes including Eastern Bible Institute and Northeast Bible Institute. In 1976, Valley Forge Christian College moved its location to the former Valley Forge Army Hospital campus in Phoenixville, PA. VFCC is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and is affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
Valley Forge Christian College has a mission of preparing its students for lives of leadership and service in both the church as well as in the world. The Christian college of arts, sciences and professions has an enrollment of more than 1200 students and offers 23 undergraduate and graduate majors. Valley Forge Christian College offers life enrichment courses, formerly known as the adult learning program. The courses are designed for non-traditional students wishing to take college courses. Students taking life enrichment courses can enroll for credit in degree program courses and requirements for enrollment are that students must have a high school diploma or GED, need to be at least 25 years old and cannot be a student at VFCC or in any other degree program. Life enrichment courses are $60 per credit hour, and one course each semester can be free to students who are 60 years or older, pastors, receiving a pastors endorsement, and those that are taking their first life enrichment course.
Students studying at VFDD receive a well-rounded liberal arts education. VFCC’s liberal arts programs teach students to think logically, clearly critically and in a creative manner, about current issues, and to realize how environmental, spiritual and psychological issues affect character development, behavior and personality. Students learn to understand the place of Christian leading and serving in the church and in the world. VFCC students learn scientific, mathematical, historical, cultural and historical facts and apply these facts to their everyday lives.
VFCC is devoted to providing its students with real world opportunities through which the can apply the knowledge that they acquired in the classroom. A career services department is available to assist students with gaining employment/ministry while studying at VFCC and after, and also hosts career & job fairs, and assistance with interviewing and resume writing. Completing an internship prior to graduation is a requirement of each VFCC student. Through participation in internships, students receive practical experience in their field of study. One quarter of classes at VFCC involve an out of class service assignment to provide additional understanding of the class while gaining an enhanced sense of civic responsibility.
In addition to offering on campus educational opportunities, VFCC also offers one semester and yearlong study abroad opportunities at colleges and seminaries in Europe which include, The School of Missions and Theology in Kolin, Czech Republic, Continental Theological Seminary, located in Brussels, Belgium, and the Iso Kirja College, which is in Keuruu, Finland. Additional one semester study programs include the China Studies Program (Xiamen University), Contemporary Music Center (Martha’s Vineyard), American Studies Program (Washington, D.C.), Latin American Studies Program (San Jose, Costa Rica), Russian Studies Program (Moscow and St. Petersburg) and Middle East Studies Program (Cairo, Egypt).
Over 90% of student’s live in VFCC’s on campus residential facilities. Spiritual life is an important part of on campus life at VFCC. Students have the opportunity to attend daily chapel services, and to participate in fellowship with fellow students and faculty members. VFCC’s Small Groups, which are student-led ministries enhance spiritual growth and promote fellowship through the use of outreach, Bible study and prayer. The Mason Chapel, VFCC’s prayer chapel was originally Valley Forge General Hospital’s memorial chapel, and in addition to serving as the college’s prayer chapel, is also a student preaching chapel, and a classroom. Bulletin boards, located on Mason Chapel’s entryway walls, serve as the location for prayer cards to be placed to express concerns and needs of the VFCC community, as well as missionary issues.
Student clubs, organizations and ministry teams are available for students who are interested in participating in activities outside of the classroom. Students have the opportunity to participate in intramural sports at VFCC, and VFCC has athletic facilities that offer wellness activities. For students seeking cultural opportunities, VFCC’s campus is forty five minutes from Philadelphia, and three hours from Baltimore, New York City and Washington, DC.
The cost of attending VFCC is $26,303 per year, excluding supplies, books, transportation, special fees and personal expenses. Financial aid options including grants, loans and scholarships are available.
Sector Of Institution:Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
Highest Level Of Offering:Master's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:N/A
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