Seventh-Day Adventist Colleges and Universities

Jan 25, 2019

Students wishing to attend a Seventh-Day Adventist institution have choices located across the United States. The degree programs and student experience at five schools will be provided in this overview.

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All of these schools are affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination. Prospective students can learn how each institution incorporates the faith into its environment.

School Comparison

With undergraduate tuition ranging from under $13,000 to over $30,000, students can select an institution that best fits their financial needs.

School Name Institution Type Location Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Washington Adventist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Takoma Park, MD $23,400
Southwestern Adventist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Keene, TX $20,732
Loma Linda University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Loma Linda, CA $33,932
Kettering College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Kettering, OH $12,408
Andrews University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Berrien Springs, MI $28,436

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Seventh-Day Adventist Schools

Prospective students can earn undergraduate degrees at each institution, with Washington Adventist University, Loma Linda University, and Andrews University offering graduate degrees. Each school has weekly worship services, along with faith-based opportunities like evening prayer and a student-led Christian comedy club.

Washington Adventist University

Washington Adventist University's mission is to provide students with an environment dedicated to the Seventh-Day Adventist principles of service and excellence. Students can attend weekly chapel services, an evening worship service the first Friday of each month, and a Saturday service called Ignite. Faith-based organizations include the Drama Team and Thursday Night Live, a Christian comedy group. Other student organizations range from a computer club to Amnesty International. Washington offers associate's degrees in fields like computer science and radiologic technology, along with bachelor's degrees in music and theology. Students can also earn master's degrees in areas such as counseling psychology and nursing science.

Southwestern Adventist University

Academic programs at Southwestern Adventist University include computer science, religion, and business administration. The university's values include promoting service as a ministry for Christ and personal responsibility. Students can choose from a variety of worship services, such as a Friday evening service or a monthly session called Knight's Worship. Campus clubs include the International Student Club and Enactus, a business-focused group.

Loma Linda University

The mission of Loma Linda University is to continue the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ, with the shared values of integrity, excellence, and compassion. The university holds a Wednesday morning worship service, as well as an evening worship group on Thursdays called Refresh. Student organizations include the Student National Medical Association and the Black Health Professional Student Association. Bachelor's degrees at Loma Linda include diagnostic medical sonography and nursing, and master's degrees are available in fields like communication sciences and disorders and pathologist assistant.

Kettering College

Students can complete degrees at Kettering College in disciplines like human biology, nursing, respiratory care, and occupational therapy. Service opportunities include the card ministry, where students write greeting cards for fellow students, staff, and residents, and the Vaughan-Beaven Service Learning Leadership Program. Students can attend one of two worship services on Saturdays. Other faith-based organizations include LIFE Study, a Saturday morning fellowship group and interactive worship session.

Andrews University

Andrews University's mission is to change students' lives by encouraging them to seek knowledge and affirm faith in order to make an impact in society. The university offers seminary worship sessions and evening prayer sessions. Undergraduate degrees at Andrews include health science, reading, and religion. Students can earn master's degrees in fields such as divinity and clinical mental health counseling, with doctoral degrees available in religion and higher education administration.

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