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Cairn University-Langhorne

"Located about 20 miles from Philadelphia in the town of Langhorne, the small Philadelphia College of Bible provides "knowledge of the Scriptures, the liberal arts, and professional theory." Most students are active in outreach programs, and students here enjoy campus events like late night skating."

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"Located about 20 miles from Philadelphia in the town of Langhorne, the small Philadelphia College of Bible provides "knowledge of the Scriptures, the liberal arts, and professional theory." Most students are active in outreach programs, and students here enjoy campus events like late night skating."

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The University enjoys a heritage that spans nearly one hundred years. Founded in 1913, it is the result of the merger of two separate institutions which formed Philadelphia Bible Institute in 1951, a school which offered only three-year diplomas and focused primarily on the training of lay people.

In 1958, PBI became Philadelphia College of Bible when the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania granted the institution approval to offer a four-year program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree. This established PCB as a school for training students for vocational ministry in the church and related organizations.

Strengthening its educational program by developing an academically rigorous core of biblical studies and liberal arts courses, PCB attained accreditation from the Middle States Association in 1967. In so doing, PCB became one of only a few Bible colleges in the nation to receive such regional accreditation. PCB then added the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees, which began the development of a series of programs in various professional fields. This further distinguished PCB from traditional Bible colleges in America as graduates were being prepared for careers in fields other than vocational ministry within the church.

In 1979, the College relocated from Center City Philadelphia to the Bucks County suburb of Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Bachelor degrees in Education and Business Administration were developed as well as graduate level programs in Biblical Studies, Counseling, Education, Educational Leadership and Administration, Organizational Leadership, and a Master of Divinity. In 2000, the Commonwealth granted approval for university status and the institution changed its name to become Philadelphia Biblical University.

Today, with over forty academic programs and specializations listed in the catalog and the approval of bodies such as the Council for Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Association of Christian Schools International, and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. PBU is one of the most thoroughly accredited schools of its type.

PBU undergraduate students earn a Bachelor of Science in Bible degree but also have the opportunity to earn degrees in business, social work, education, and music. Graduate students earn master's degrees that facilitate professional and intellectual development. Students also have the option of dual-level programs, earning a master's degree at the same time as a bachelor's degree. While its core commitments to preparing students for Christian service and teaching the Bible as a foundation for all of life and learning have remained central, PBU has emerged a private Christian university with a reputation for academic excellence and an ability to prepare students for professional service in the church and society.

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Student Body

Total Undergraduates 844
Gender 46% Male / 54% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 93% Full Time / 7% Part Time
Geography 55% In State / 45% Out of State / 1% International
Socio-Economic Diversity 43% of students received Pell Grants, which are provided by the U.S. government to students from middle and lower income families. It gives you an idea of a school’s socio-economic diversity.
Ethnic Diversity
Percentage
White 71%
International 1%
Hispanic/Latino 5%
Ethnicity Unknown 2%
Black or African American 16%
Asian 4%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%

Housing

Campus housing is available for undergraduates. Housing deposit : $250.00. Freshman allowed to have car. No pets.

55% of students live on-campus.

84% of freshman live on-campus.

  • Apartments for Married Students
  • Apartments for Single Students
  • Housing Offered
  • Men's Dorms
  • Special Housing for Disabled Students
  • Women's Dorms

Activities

Student Publications: Scroll

  • Government or Political Activity
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Musical Theater
  • Music Ensembles
  • Opera
  • Symphony Orchestra
  • Drama/Theater
  • Campus Ministries

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: learning center reduced course load remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center
  • Computer Services: libraries, student center, dorms dorms wired for access to campus-wide network dorms wired for high speed internet connections wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: alcohol/substance abuse counseling career counseling employment services for undergraduates financial aid counseling health services personal counseling placement services for graduates chaplain/spiritual director
  • Facilities
  • Special Needs Services: services and/or facilities for hearing impaired partial services for students with learning disabilities services and/or facilities for visually impaired wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): accelerated program double major honors program internships teacher certification
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Religion/Religious Studies (69%), Social Work (9%), Elementary Education and Teaching (6%), Business Administration and Management (6%), Music (2%), English/Language Arts Teacher Education (1%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that is a structured combination of the arts, biological and physical sciences, social sciences, and humanities, emphasizing breadth of study. Includes instruction in independently designed, individualized, or regular programs.

Job Opportunities:

Postsecondary Teachers, All Other
All postsecondary teachers not listed separately.

A general program that focuses on the introductory study and appreciation of music and the performing arts. Includes instruction in music, dance, and other performing arts media.

Job Opportunities:

Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.
Musicians and Singers
Play one or more musical instruments or sing. May perform on stage, for on-air broadcasting, or for sound or video recording.

A program that focuses on the nature of religious belief and specific religious and quasi-religious systems. Includes instruction in phenomenology; the sociology, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, literature and art of religion; mythology; scriptural and textual studies; religious history and politics; and specific studies of particular faith communities and their behavior.

Job Opportunities:

Philosophy and Religion Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in philosophy, religion, and theology. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that generally prepares individuals to plan, organize, direct, and control the functions and processes of a firm or organization. Includes instruction in management theory, human resources management and behavior, accounting and other quantitative methods, purchasing and logistics, organization and production, marketing, and business decision-making.

Job Opportunities:

Chief Executives
Determine and formulate policies and provide overall direction of companies or private and public sector organizations within guidelines set up by a board of directors or similar governing body. Plan, direct, or coordinate operational activities at the highest level of management with the help of subordinate executives and staff managers.
General and Operations Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the operations of public or private sector organizations. Duties and responsibilities include formulating policies, managing daily operations, and planning the use of materials and human resources, but are too diverse and general in nature to be classified in any one functional area of management or administration, such as personnel, purchasing, or administrative services.
Sales Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the actual distribution or movement of a product or service to the customer. Coordinate sales distribution by establishing sales territories, quotas, and goals and establish training programs for sales representatives. Analyze sales statistics gathered by staff to determine sales potential and inventory requirements and monitor the preferences of customers.
Administrative Services Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate one or more administrative services of an organization, such as records and information management, mail distribution, facilities planning and maintenance, custodial operations, and other office support services.
Industrial Production Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the work activities and resources necessary for manufacturing products in accordance with cost, quality, and quantity specifications.
Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate transportation, storage, or distribution activities in accordance with organizational policies and applicable government laws or regulations. Includes logistics managers.
Construction Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate, usually through subordinate supervisory personnel, activities concerned with the construction and maintenance of structures, facilities, and systems. Participate in the conceptual development of a construction project and oversee its organization, scheduling, budgeting, and implementation. Includes managers in specialized construction fields, such as carpentry or plumbing.
Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Managers, All Other
All managers not listed separately.
Cost Estimators
Prepare cost estimates for product manufacturing, construction projects, or services to aid management in bidding on or determining price of product or service. May specialize according to particular service performed or type of product manufactured.
Management Analysts
Conduct organizational studies and evaluations, design systems and procedures, conduct work simplification and measurement studies, and prepare operations and procedures manuals to assist management in operating more efficiently and effectively. Includes program analysts and management consultants.
Business Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in business administration and management, such as accounting, finance, human resources, labor and industrial relations, marketing, and operations research. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals to teach students in the elementary grades, which may include kindergarten through grade eight, depending on the school system or state regulations. Includes preparation to teach all elementary education subject matter.

Job Opportunities:

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education
Teach students basic academic, social, and other formative skills in public or private schools at the elementary level.

A program that prepares individuals to teach English grammar, composition and literature programs at various educational levels.

Job Opportunities:

Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to teach mathematics programs at various educational levels.

Job Opportunities:

Mathematical Science Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to mathematical concepts, statistics, and actuarial science and to the application of original and standardized mathematical techniques in solving specific problems and situations. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

A program that prepares individuals to teach general social studies programs at various educational levels.

Job Opportunities:

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to the culture and development of an area, an ethnic group, or any other group, such as Latin American studies, women's studies, or urban affairs. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Education Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses pertaining to education, such as counseling, curriculum, guidance, instruction, teacher education, and teaching English as a second language. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects in public or private schools at the middle, intermediate, or junior high level, which falls between elementary and senior high school as defined by applicable laws and regulations.
Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education
Teach students in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies at the secondary level in public or private schools. May be designated according to subject matter specialty.

Any instructional program in teacher education, specific academic and vocational programs not listed above.

Bachelor's

A program that prepares individuals for the professional practice of social welfare administration and counseling, and that focus on the study of organized means of providing basic support services for vulnerable individuals and groups. Includes instruction in social welfare policy; case work planning; social counseling and intervention strategies; administrative procedures and regulations; and specific applications in areas such as child welfare and family services, probation, employment services, and disability counseling.

Job Opportunities:

Social and Community Service Managers
Plan, direct, or coordinate the activities of a social service program or community outreach organization. Oversee the program or organization's budget and policies regarding participant involvement, program requirements, and benefits. Work may involve directing social workers, counselors, or probation officers.
Marriage and Family Therapists
Diagnose and treat mental and emotional disorders, whether cognitive, affective, or behavioral, within the context of marriage and family systems. Apply psychotherapeutic and family systems theories and techniques in the delivery of services to individuals, couples, and families for the purpose of treating such diagnosed nervous and mental disorders.
Counselors, All Other
All counselors not listed separately.
Child, Family, and School Social Workers
Provide social services and assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of children and their families and to maximize the family well-being and the academic functioning of children. May assist parents, arrange adoptions, and find foster homes for abandoned or abused children. In schools, they address such problems as teenage pregnancy, misbehavior, and truancy. May also advise teachers.
Healthcare Social Workers
Provide individuals, families, and groups with the psychosocial support needed to cope with chronic, acute, or terminal illnesses. Services include advising family care givers, providing patient education and counseling, and making referrals for other services. May also provide care and case management or interventions designed to promote health, prevent disease, and address barriers to access to healthcare.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers
Assess and treat individuals with mental, emotional, or substance abuse problems, including abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs. Activities may include individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, case management, client advocacy, prevention, and education.
Social Workers, All Other
All social workers not listed separately.
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.
Social Work Teachers, Postsecondary
Teach courses in social work. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Administration & Faculty

President Dr. Todd J. Williams
Accredited by Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 50
Student : Faculty Ratio 13 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 72 : 28
Percentage of Faculty Members
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 100

AP Test Credit Information

Test Name Minimum Score Equivalent Course (s) Credits
AP Art History 3.0 Humanities Elective 3.0
AP Biology 3.0 SCI 341 3.0
AP Calculus AB 3.0 MAT 101 or MAT 241 3.0
AP Calculus BC 3.0 MAT 101 or MAT 241 and MAT 342 3.0
AP Chemistry 3.0 SCI 337 3.0
AP Chinese Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Comparative Government and Politics 3.0 Social Science Elective 3.0
AP Computer Science A 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP English Language and Composition 3.0 ENG 101 3.0
AP English Literature and Composition 3.0 ENG 101 or Humanities Elective 3.0
AP Environmental Science 3.0 SCI 335 3.0
AP European History 3.0 HIS 212 3.0
AP French Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP German Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Human Geography 3.0 Social Science Elective 3.0
AP Italian Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Latin 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP Macroeconomics 3.0 SOC 332 3.0
AP Microeconomics 3.0 Business Elective 3.0
AP Music Theory 3.0 MUS 111 3.0
AP Physics B 3.0 Natural Science Elective 3.0
AP Psychology 3.0 PSY 101 3.0
AP Spanish Language and Culture 3.0 N/A 3.0
AP United States Government and Politics 3.0 SOC 333 3.0
AP United States History 3.0 US History Elective 3.0
AP World History 3.0 HIS 211 3.0

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Selectivity Score: 44/100
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Acceptance Rate: 51.3% accepted of 610 applications

40% of students graduated in the top half of their class.
18% of students graduated in the top quarter of their class.
12% of students graduated in the top tenth of their class.

25th - 75th Percentile
ACTComposite18 - 26
English15 - 25
Math16 - 24
 
SATMath430 - 550
Reading443 - 588

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Academic GPA, Character Personal Qualities, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Level Of Applicants Interest, Interview, Standardized Test Scores

Important: Application Essay, Rigor Of Secondary School Record

Also Considered: Class Rank, Recommendations, First Generation College Student, Extracurricular Activities

High School Curriculum (years of study):
Required Recommended
English 0 4
Math 0 1
Science 0 2
Social Studies 0 3
Foreign Language 0 2

Other Application Information: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates SAT or ACT

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Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $18,158 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $17,070
$30K-$48K $13,408
$48K-$75K $16,322
$75K-$110K $21,893
$110K+ $22,345

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $22,250, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $22,250 Same as On-Campus
Fees $205 Same as On-Campus
Housing $8,800 $10,000
Books $1,000 $1,000
Total (before financial aid) $32,255 $33,455

Students Receiving Aid

100% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 95% $6,124
Federal Scholarships/Grants 43% $4,663
Institutional Grants 100% $11,091
Other Federal Grants 21% $484
Other Loans 18% $9,897
Pell Grants 43% $4,432
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 31% $3,389
Student Loans 95% $7,993

Financial Aid Websites

Learn more about financial aid at http://www.cairn.edu/financialaid/.

Estimate the net price for you at http://www.cairn.edu/financialaid/calculator.cfm.

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

21% of students graduated on time.

69% of students graduated in six years.

75% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Athletics

Athletics

Cairn University-Langhorne participates in the NCAA Division III for college athletics.

Sport Contact
Baseball Jan Hass (Get recruited )
Soccer Luke Gibson (Get recruited )
Basketball Jason Penley (Get recruited )
Golf Dave Hill (Get recruited )
Volleyball Ben Fuller (Get recruited )
Tennis Ken Wilson (Get recruited )
Sport Coach
Basketball Ed Howell (Get recruited )
Softball Jason Miller (Get recruited )
Soccer Laura Behnke (Get recruited )
Tennis Ken Wilson (Get recruited )
Volleyball Ben Fuller (Get recruited )

Rankings

U.S. News & World Report

#111 Regional Universities North Rankings

Washington Monthly

#121 Best Bang for Buck Colleges - Overall Rank
#154 Master's Universities - Bachelor's to PhD Rank
#178 Master's Universities - Peace Corps Rank
#292 Master's Universities - Graduation Rate Rank
#310 Master's Universities - Service Staff, Courses, and Financial Aid Rank
#312 Master's Universities - Community Service Participation Rank
#317 Master's Universities - Overall Rank
#346 Master's Universities - Research Expenditures Rank
#375 Master's Universities - ROTC Rank
#489 Master's Universities - Federal Work-Study Funds Spent on Service Rank
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