About Us

Cairn 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.

Our Mission

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.

At a Glance


Student/Faculty Ratio


Total Students


of students who apply for financial aid receive funds

By the Numbers


  • Total Students: 1,558
    Includes on-campus, online, domestic and international partnerships, and dual-enrollment students
  • Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment: 707
  • Degree Completion Program Enrollment: 39
  • Graduate Enrollment: 351


  • Countries represented: 37
  • States represented: 44
  • Ethnic minority and
    international students:
    (Undergrad) / 35% (Grad)
  • Male/Female Ratio:
    43 male : 57 female (Undergrad)
    42 male : 58 female (Grad)


*Spring 2019 Enrollment
**(Information current as of Fall’ 18)


  • Total Faculty: 139
  • Percentage full-time faculty
    with terminal degrees: 69%
  • Average class size:
    16 (Freshmen) / 18 (Undergrad) / 12 (Grad)
  • Student/Faculty Ratio:
    11:1 (Undergrad) / 8:1 (Grad)


  • Average high school GPA: 3.43
  • Average ACT score: 22
  • Average SAT score: 1110 (Combined; Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section, Math Section)
    • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 574
    • Math: 544

(2018 Average National SAT Score is 1068 (536 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (EBRW), 531 Math)


  • High School
    • 47% Public High School
    • 35% Christian High School
    • 15% Homeschool
    • 3% Other (online)


  • Established: 1913
  • President: Todd J. Williams, Ph.D.
  • Color: Crimson
  • Athletics:
    • NCAA III
    • Colonial States Athletics Conf.
    • 14 Teams
  • Mascot: Highlander
  • School song: “Great is Thy Faithfulness”
  • School verse: Lamentations 3:23
  • Location: Bucks County, PA

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