APCU Presbyterian Colleges

The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities (APCU) has over 50 member schools in the United States, as well as ones in South Korea and Puerto Rico. Five of the member schools in the United States will be explored.

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The Association of Presbyterian Colleges and Universities' (APCU's) mission is to educate students from a spiritual and social perspective. Students can learn how each school weaves ideals and values into the learning experience.

School Comparison

The five schools covered below are all members of the APCU. These universities are located throughout the United States.

School Name Institution Type Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Whitworth University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Spokane, WA $42,186
Trinity University 4-year, Private not-for-profit San Antonio,TX $41,344
Muskingum University 4-year, Private not-for-profit New Concord, OH $27,646
Belhaven University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Jackson, MS $24,250
Arcadia University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Glenside, PA $42,330

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Overview of APCU Presbyterian Schools

While all these schools belong to the APCU, each college provides unique ways for students to worship. Whitworth University offers a worship program within the dorms, while Muskingum University has student-led worship sessions.

Whitworth University

Whitworth University has bachelor's and master's degrees. The university offers more than 100 undergraduate programs and majors, including economics, visual communication, and biophysics. Master's degrees can be earned in fields like athletic training, theology, and administration and leadership. Whitworth provides a wealth of worship opportunities for students. Chapel services are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00, along with a Tuesday night Hosanna worship session. The university also has a Worship in the Halls program, which provides leaderships teams in dorms to coordinate small groups and prayer sessions. Whitworth's array of student organizations ranges from the Jubilation Dance Ministry to Pokemon Trainers, a group dedicated to the game of Pokemon.

Trinity University

Trinity University also has bachelor's and master's degrees. Students can choose from majors like applied chemistry, religion, and urban studies. The university is built on a foundation of faith, service, and learning, with core values like excellence and discovery. Trinity students can join interest groups like the chess club, faith groups like the Catholic Student Group, or a number of honor societies. Trinity's faith fellowship groups include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the United Methodist Student Movement.

Muskingum University

Muskingum University's aims to create successful students by encouraging ethical sensitivity, analytical thinking, and spiritual development. Students can attend worship services on Thursdays at 11:00, along with student-led worship sessions called Praise on Sunday and Monday nights. Muskingum offers Greek life organizations, honorary societies like the American Chemical Society, and interest clubs like a dance team. Majors at the university range from animal studies and athletic communication to healthcare management and history.

Belhaven University

Students can pursue certificates up through doctoral degrees at Belhaven University. The university boasts over 70 areas of study for undergraduate degrees, such as biological sciences, social work, and sports management. Graduate degrees are offered in the following fields: business, education, health and public administration, sports, and dance. All of Belhaven's curriculum is taught from a Christian worldview, with the intent of preparing students to serve Christ both personally and professionally. The university has several national honorary societies, as well as organizations like an accounting club and a campus recreation team. Belhaven offers two chapel services on Tuesdays.

Arcadia University

Arcadia University incorporates six core values into the learning environment, including diversity, integrity, and stewardship. Although Arcadia has traditionally been connected to the Presbyterian Church, the school is now independent and represents various religions. Student groups and community places of worship are available for many different faiths. The university awards bachelor's through doctoral degrees. Undergraduate degrees include accounting and graphic design, with graduate degrees available in fields like applied behavior analysis and counseling. Academic student groups include a biology club and the French Society. Other organizations range from the Model United Nations Association to a pep band, with faith-oriented groups like the Arcadia Christian Fellowship.

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