When deciding on an Apostolic college, it might help to know what the Apostolic Church is. The Apostolic Church is often considered a Pentecostal Church, and many can trace their roots back to the Assemblies of God Church. So, when considering Apostolic colleges, we looked at Assemblies of God- and Pentecostal-affiliated colleges.
Below, we look at colleges from the two main denominations related to the Apostolic faith. The following table breaks down which denomination each school is a part of and how much it cost to attend during the 2017-2018 school year.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Vanguard University of Southern California||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Costa Mesa, CA||$32,430|
|Emmanuel College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Pentecostal Holiness Church||Franklin Springs, GA||$19,710|
|North Central University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Minneapolis, MN||$23,480|
|Southwestern Christian University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Pentecostal Holiness Church||Bethany, OK||$13,880|
|University of Valley Forge||4-year, private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Phoenixville, PA||$21,370|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Apostolic Colleges
The following colleges incorporate Apostolic beliefs and strong Christian values into the education and campus life of its students. Some of the colleges have a minimum chapel requirement, and others offer service opportunities.
Vanguard University of Southern California
Vanguard University of Southern California attempts to keep class sizes small, with the average student-to-teacher ratio being 15:1. Vanguard is home to 14 academic departments, and there are 25 areas of study to select from, including religion, nursing, and accounting. There are also 16 clubs you can get involved with, including the Vanguard House of Prayer, the VU Chanters, and the Surf Club. Every year, an all school party is thrown to welcome back students to campus. Along with faith-based clubs, chapel services are held multiple times a week to get students involved spiritually.
In the 2016-2017 school year, 96% of first-year undergraduates at Emmanuel College received financial aid, according to the NCES. There are many organizations and clubs you can get involved with at this school, including those geared toward certain majors, such as the PSYC club, and seven Greek fraternities, sororities and honor societies. Throughout the school year, several activities are held to get students involved and active. Convocation is held each Tuesday, and chapel is held every Wednesday. Students residing on campus are required to attend both. Students who commute to campus are strongly encouraged to attend. There are four schools that make up this college: the School of Business, the School of Christian Ministries, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Education.
North Central University
At North Central University, all students are required to complete certain theology and Biblical studies courses throughout their program. All students then graduate with a minor in Christian studies. The school also offers many service opportunities in Minneapolis, and mandatory chapel services are held daily. Along with faith-based programs, you'll find over 60 majors and minors to get involved in. Some of those programs include:
- Criminal Justice
- Cinema screenwriting
- Polysomnographic technology
- Sports management
Southwestern Christian University
U.S. News & World Report ranked Southwestern Christian University as the 21st best regional college in the West for 2018. At Southwestern, you'll join the Koinonia program, where you'll be required to complete 28 Spiritual Life Credits each semester. These can be filled by attending any of the 96 faith-based activities, worship services, chapel services, and prayer groups held each semester. The academic side of the college offers a diverse selection of programs in such areas as kinesiology, Christian leadership, elementary education, and business administration. The university even offers some programs online, such as the professional leadership bachelor's degree program.
University of Valley Forge
The University of Valley Forge offers both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. You can seek out a bachelor's degree in the arts & sciences, behavioral sciences, business administration, music, education, ministry leadership, theology, intercultural studies, or digital media communications. Overall, there are over 40 majors to select from and six graduate programs. Though chapel isn't a requirement, there are many times throughout the week to take part in a chapel service. If you want to get involved more, there are clubs across campus and ten athletic teams, five for men and five for women.