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About Us

We invite you to walk a different path…

A path that will challenge you, inspire you, and prepare you for life and work. One that is centered on Jesus Christ and the Word of God, one that will give you a broad perspective on the world that is engaging and purposeful, one that will change your life and point you in a direction that will make a difference in this world and the lives of those around you. 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.

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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.

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


Student/Faculty Ratio


Total Students


of students receive financial aid

Our History

Cairn University enjoys a heritage that spans over one hundred years.
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Our Beliefs

Read our Statement of Faith and Community Life Covenant.
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Our President

Prior to his appointment as President of Cairn University in 2008, Dr. Todd J. Williams served as Senior Vice President and Provost for the University.
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What is a cairn?

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.

News and Media

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Offices & Resources

Directory of Cairn University departments and resources.
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Events Calendar

See our full calendar of concerts, conferences, student life activities, and other events.
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Schedule a Visit

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Employment at Cairn

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By the Numbers


  • Total Students: 1,677
    Includes on-campus, online, domestic and international partnerships, and dual-enrollment students
  • Traditional Undergraduate Enrollment: 728
  • Online Undergraduate Enrollment: 52
  • Degree Completion Program Enrollment: 10
  • Total Undergraduate Enrollment: 1485
  • Graduate Enrollment: 192


  • Countries represented: 40
  • States represented: 47
  • Ethnic minority and
    international students:
     (Undergrad) / 40% (Grad)
  • Male/Female Ratio:
    49%male : 51% female (Undergrad)
    45% male : 55% female (Grad)


  • Total Full Time Faculty: 46
  • Percentage full-time faculty with terminal degrees: 60%
  • Average class size:
    15 (Freshmen) / 14 (Undergrad) / 7 (Grad)
  • Student/Faculty Ratio:
    11:1 (Undergrad) / 7:1 (Grad)

First-Time Full-Time Freshmen*

  • Average high school GPA: 3.5
  • Average ACT score: 25
  • Average SAT score: 1115 (Combined; Evidence-Based Reading and Writing Section, Math Section)
    • Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 590
    • Math: 567
  • (test optional as of March 20, 2020)

New Students*

  • 35% Public High School
  • 38% Christian High School
  • 15% Homeschool
  • 12% Other

Fast Facts

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

*Spring 2024 Enrollment