About Us

Cairn University invites students to walk a different path. A path that will challenge them, inspire them, and prepare them for life and work. One that is centered on Jesus Christ and the Word of God, one that will give them a broad perspective on the world that is engaging and purposeful, one that will change their life and take them in a direction that will make a difference in this world and the lives of those around them. We know these are important days. The need for men and women of character, who are biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent is great. We believe that a Cairn education prepares graduates to meet that need. We believe this is a way worth traveling.

Cairns are piles of stones used as a memorial or a trailmarker; they bear witness and point the way. This is who we are. This is what we do.

THE MISSION AND VISION

Cairn University exists 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. 
  • Students receive an education centered on Christ and His Word that is also broad and engaging.
    Students receive an education centered on Christ and His Word that is also broad and engaging.
  • Students are challenged intellectually and spiritually in and out of the classroom.
    Students are challenged intellectually and spiritually in and out of the classroom.
  • Students are prepared professionally for success in their life now and in the future.
    Students are prepared professionally for success in their life now and in the future.
  • Students are inspired by faculty and staff who care for them, invest in their lives, and serve as examples.
    Students are inspired by faculty and staff who care for them, invest in their lives, and serve as examples.
  • Students learn by being involved in a dynamic campus life and in regional and international communities and organizations.
    Students learn by being involved in a dynamic campus life and in regional and international communities and organizations.
Institutional Objectives

  1. As an academic institution committed to intellectual development, the idea that all truth is God’s truth, and the biblical truth that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of all wisdom, the University purposes to impart to its students a knowledge of God, themselves, and the world in which they live.
  2. As an academic institution committed to spiritual maturation, the University purposes to develop the character of its students according to the teaching and example of the Lord Jesus Christ, as set forth in Holy Scripture.
  3. As an academic institution committed to Christian ministry, the University purposes to prepare students to the highest degree of professional competency and to instill in them a commitment to an intentional and obedient life of service to Christ in the church, society, and the world.

Cairn at a glance

Enrollment

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total students
  • Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment: 854
  • Degree Completion Program Enrollment: 105
  • Graduate Enrollment: 257

Instructors

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total faculty
  • Percentage full-time faculty
    with terminal degrees: 67%
  • Average class size:
    18 (Undergrad) / 10 (Grad)
  • Student/Faculty Ratio:
    15:1 (Undergrad) / 9:1 (Grad)

Applicants

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avg. h.s. freshman SAT score
  • Average high school GPA: 3.21
  • Average ACT score: 22.2

Diversity

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countries represented
  • States represented: 35
  • Ethnic minority and
    international students:
    24%
    (Undergrad) / 50% (Grad)
  • Male/Female Ratio:
    47 male : 53 female (Undergrad)
    43 male : 57 female (Grad)

(Information current as of Spring ’13)

Fast Facts

  • Established: 1913
  • President: Todd J. Williams, Ph.D.
  • Provost: Brian G. Toews, Ph.D.
  • Color: Crimson
  • Athletics:
    • NCAA III
    • NCCAA II
    • Colonial States Athletics Conf.
    • Continental Volleyball Conf.
    • 12 Teams
  • Mascot: Highlander
  • School song: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
  • School verse: Lamentations 3:23
  • Location: Bucks County, PA