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Clarks Summit University Students!

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Students admitted to CSU and in good academic standing are automatically accepted to Cairn.
Begin the transfer process by filling out this form.

Your Guide to Transferring to Cairn University

You had a vision for what your college experience would look like. But sometimes, there are circumstances outside of your control that force you to pivot. Clarks Summit was a great starting point, and Cairn University may be the perfect place to finish your degree.

We will work with you to transfer as many credits as possible to save you money and time. And coming to Cairn doesn’t mean you have to give up what you had at Clarks Summit. Cairn delivers the important parts of the college education, including:

  • A Biblical education
  • An authentic Christian community
  • A beautiful campus with local opportunities for fun and jobs

As you consider joining our Cairn family, we’re committed to supporting you and making you feel welcomed and cared for. Click on the video to hear a special message from our president, Dr. Todd J. Williams.

What Would You Like To Know?

Transferring Credits

Transferring Credits

There’s good news for you. Because Cairn and Clarks Summit share similar values, it means we share a similar curriculum. While the amount of credits that can transfer will depend on your program, we can guarantee Cairn will maximize all your transfer credit availability.
Spiritual Life

Spiritual Life

We believe that Christ and His Word should be at the center of all that we do. We also believe that you don’t have to sacrifice academic excellence in order to study somewhere that will strengthen your faith. The Bible is integrated into every academic program at Cairn. You’ll take courses in Bible and theology, and that theology will be applied in every other course you take—whether it be business, politics, or liberal arts. You will also grow outside of the classroom through weekly chapels, Bible studies, mission trips, service opportunities, and involvement in a local church.
Financial Aid

Financial Aid

There’s a lot of details that go into financial aid, but here’s the good news we can tell you for sure: As part of the teach-out program, your net cost will not increase when you transfer to Cairn. Actually, it might even be more affordable for you to study at Cairn University. Your out-of-pocket cost may decrease. To give you the best financial aid package possible, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as share with us your Offer of Aid from Clarks Summit for the next academic year.
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Where We're Located

Our Location

25 minutes from Philadelphia | 1.5 hours from NYC City | 3 hours from D.C. As a Cairn student, you have unlimited options for adventure. You’ll quickly find just how much there is to do from our suburban campus. In an hour's time, you could be in the city, at the beach, or in the mountains. Study in between classes at one of several local coffee roasters or by the lake at the park. When you want to take advantage of city life, you can walk .2 miles off campus to the train station that will take you into Center City or connect you to New York.

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Have Questions? Talk with Me!

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Deanna Thorpe

Admissions Counselor

Hi! I’m Deanna, and I will be your guide through all aspects of transferring to Cairn University. I am also a mom of four kids, two dogs, and a major sweet tooth. 

I’m not just your designated application-processor—I genuinely would love to get to know you and walk with you through the transfer process. Whether you want to know more information about transferring to Cairn or you just need someone to talk to about where you are in your college journey, I’d love to chat. Shoot me an email or call me anytime: 215-702-4244.

Frequently Asked Questions

Cairn will expedite your enrollment process to the University.

  • Complete the Direct Admissions Enrollment form.
  • Our Admissions staff will enroll you conditionally pending transcript evaluation.
  • You will receive a letter of admission followed by an email to activate your Cairn account and registration information.
  • Once your transcript has been processed, you will receive notification on the number of credits transferred.

No, Cairn will waive your application and deposit fees.

As the in-state teach out institution partnering with Clarks Summit University, we can guarantee Cairn will maximize all your transfer credit availability.  In order to make sure we provide you with the maximum number of credits, we will need to assess your transcripts and credits individually.  Therefore, we need a copy of those transcripts sent to your admissions counselor.

Please request your transcript from CSU through this link: https://www.parchment.com/u/registration/32152/institution

You may also use the Official Transcript Request Form from the Cairn Admissions Portal to request your transcript. 

If you are interested in participating in Cairn Athletics, we’d be happy to connect you with our coaches and Athletics Director.  Please reach out to your admissions counselor that you would like to talk to a coach!

Cairn is an accredited institution and you are eligible for federal and state financial aid.  There’s a lot of details that go into financial aid, but here’s the good news we can tell you for sure: As part of the teach-out program, your net cost will not increase when you transfer to Cairn. Actually, it might even be more affordable for you to study at Cairn University. Your out-of-pocket cost may decrease. To give you the best financial aid package possible, you will need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as well as share with us your Offer of Aid from Clarks Summit for the next academic year.  We therefore strongly encourage you to send us your FAFSA: https://studentaid.gov/help/how-add-college.

We want to support you in every way and make your transition as seamless as possible. You can visit us on Wednesday, July 17, 2024 for an open house Experience Cairn Day. Additional group and personal visit options including virtual information sessions are available from here.

Most Cairn Online courses are offered in 7-week terms. You can take only 2-3 courses at a time.

The online courses are designed and taught by Cairn faculty who are substantially engaged throughout the course delivery. For more information, please visit the FAQs on this page.

Our courses are designed with flexibility and convenience in mind. As long as you have a reliable Internet connection and decent computer, you should be able to complete the online course work from anywhere. To view the requirements for Cairn Online courses, please see this page.

Cairn University is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). The accreditation was reaffirmed in June 2024. Whether you study onsite or online, you’ll earn a valuable degree that will prepare you with the skills and credentials for your career. Additional disclosures and program accreditation information is available from here.

Cairn will expedite your enrollment based on your enrollment status at Clarks Summit University. If you were admitted, deposited or enrolled, your status will be posted on the Cairn Admissions Portal

If you were new to CSU, please complete the Cairn standard application and select “Clarks Summit University” under “How did you hear about us” question. 

We will work with you to transfer as many credits as possible to save you money and time.

Generally, a student’s ministry/service must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Serving in a church setting.
  • Serving in an organization that supports the church.
  • Serving in an organization that meets the needs of people in a local community (Ex. Habitat for Humanity, Choice One, nursing home).
  • Participating on a mission trip team (at least three days long).
  • Volunteering in a professional setting that utilizes and enhances what students are learning in their curricular program.
  • Participating in Cairn University organizations, activities, office settings, leadership capacities in which you serve the community at Cairn and/or potentially the community at large, by utilizing a combination of professional skills, spiritual gifts, and modeling the Christian faith.

 

Transfer and part-time students will have the number of required ministry/service credits reduced in coordination with course credits transferred into Cairn.

Credit hours Transferred into Cairn Student Ministry Credit Reduction:

12-18 credits: requirement reduced to 5

19-36 credits: requirement reduced to 4

37-52 credits: requirement reduced to 3

53+ credits = no requirement