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Student Life

Community happens here.

As a part of the University, each student becomes part of the Cairn family. Often, students and professors study, share meals and fellowship, and become part of one another’s lives during their time together. The campus is large enough to offer a broad cultural experience yet small enough to provide you with a supportive, community atmosphere.

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There are tons of ways to get involved...

Student groups promote leadership opportunities, spiritual maturity, and cultural awareness. Students walk alongside one another, on the same path toward responsible decision-making, spiritual growth, and character development.

Our student-athletes compete on 14 different NCAA Division III intercollegiate teams, including basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball, and more. Students, faculty, and staff can also participate in intramural sports for fun competition and fellowship.

Cairn offers many different ensembles, performing arts, and musical groups that students and members of the community are welcome to participate in. The Cairn Opera Theatre provides students the opportunity to be a part of stage plays and larger musical productions performed for surrounding community. Recent productions include Guys and DollsThe Music Man, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream

The University Ministry Center and Urban Ministry Program have created partnerships with several local ministries in the Philadelphia area.  Through strategic relationships and the gathering of resources, our hope is to serve those in need, effecting change in the lives of the people living in our area. Students are encouraged to reach out to the surrounding community in response to a growing need for tangible resources and aid.

Students also have the opportunity to travel and serve across the country and overseas throughout the year on University-sponsored mission trips.

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Living on Campus

Resident Life is a part of the unique university experience at Cairn. You will develop lifelong friendships, learn in a social context, and most importantly, be a part of a dynamic university community. Undergraduate students can choose from two university housing locations: Manor Residence Halls and Heritage Hall.

Spiritual Life

From the classroom to the dorm, a student’s spiritual life and growth is woven throughout the whole university experience. In addition to the biblical integration in their academic work and the fellowship of a Christian campus community, students also regularly attend chapel services, participate in local ministries, and get involved with area churches.


Student Services

Students have access to resources that are designed to assist with the transition to university life, to make sure they can enjoy a safe and healthy campus experience, and to prepare them for the professional world after they graduate. Learn more about available student services.