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Pillar College

Pillar College is Wesleyan college with 418 students located in Newark, NJ.

Open Admissions, Religiously affiliated, Seminary / Bible College

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Overview

Overview

Pillar College says

Welcome to Somerset Christian College where we are dedicated to helping you pursue God's purpose and your passions in higher education. SCC is an undergraduate institution of higher learning that is faithful to classical Christianity, grounded on the authority of God's Word, and committed to challenging Christians to serve Christ with passion and purpose. As He came into the world to serve God and humanity, you also are invited to learn how to invest your life to make an impact that will last. Somerset Christian College educates, inspires, and equips students for excellent scholarship, service, and leadership. Rooted in and committed to Christian faith and love, SCC fosters intellectual, spiritual, and social development among its diverse student population at various instructional sites. Somerset Chrisitan College is an educational ministry of the Pillar of Fire, International. The Pillar of Fire was organized in 1901. It is an evangelical organization with theological roots in the Methodist Episcopal Church and the nineteenth century American Holiness Movement.

Zarephath Bible Institute (ZBI) was founded in 1908 as a training school for missionaries, preachers, and teachers. Over the years, it has prepared many students to serve in various occupations in numerous Christian ministry organizations.

ZBI became Somerset Christian College on March 23, 2001 When the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education issued the license to grant the two-year Associate in Biblical Studies degree. In 2006 the college was approved to offer four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Student Life

Student Life

Student Body

Total Undergraduates 418
Gender 37% Male / 63% Female
Enrollment Breakdown 85% Full Time / 15% Part Time
Socio-Economic Diversity 65% 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 12%
Multi-racial 4%
Hispanic/Latino 31%
Black or African American 52%
Asian 1%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%

Activities

Student Publications: Chronicles of Fire

  • Government or Political Activity
  • Student Newspaper
  • Fraternities

Student Services

  • Academic Support Services: remedial instruction study skills assistance tutoring writing center learning center reduced course load
  • Computer Services: libraries, computer center wireless network available
  • Counseling Services: career counseling chaplain/spiritual director financial aid counseling
  • Facilities: instructional resource center, delaware-raritan canal nature trail
  • Special Needs Services: partial services for students with learning disabilities wheelchair accessibility
  • Specialty Programs (ROTC, Accelerated Programs, Professional Development, etc.): dual enrollment of high school students independent study internships
  • Transfer In Services
  • Transfer Out Services

Academics

Academics

Popular Majors

Business Administration and Management (39%), Clinical Pastoral Counseling/Patient Counseling (36%), Bible/Biblical Studies (15%), Bible/Biblical Studies (7%)

Majors Offered

Bachelor's

A program that focuses on the Christian and/or Jewish Bible and related literature, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the theological, doctrinal, and ethical messages contained therein. May include preparation for applying these studies in various religious vocations.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
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.

Associates

A program that focuses on the Christian and/or Jewish Bible and related literature, with an emphasis on understanding and interpreting the theological, doctrinal, and ethical messages contained therein. May include preparation for applying these studies in various religious vocations.

Job Opportunities:

Directors, Religious Activities and Education
Plan, direct, or coordinate programs designed to promote the religious education or activities of a denominational group. May provide counseling and guidance relative to marital, health, financial, and religious problems.
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, including but not limited to, ordained clergy and other counseling professionals to respond to the emotional and/or spiritual needs of patients and families in health care emergencies and other situations, and to consult with and counsel other health care professionals. Includes instruction in advanced interpersonal communication; individual and small group counseling; interdisciplinary teamwork; crisis management; extended care relationships; self-analysis; medical ethics; pastoral care art; spiritual dimensions of human growth and health; counseling psychology and therapy; and applications to grief, death, emotional collapse, injury, individual/family adjustment, and chronic illness situations.

Job Opportunities:

Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors
Counsel and advise individuals with alcohol, tobacco, drug, or other problems, such as gambling and eating disorders. May counsel individuals, families, or groups or engage in prevention programs.
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.
Mental Health Counselors
Counsel with emphasis on prevention. Work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental and emotional health. May help individuals deal with issues associated with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; stress management; self-esteem; and aging.
Counselors, All Other
All counselors not listed separately.
Clergy
Conduct religious worship and perform other spiritual functions associated with beliefs and practices of religious faith or denomination. Provide spiritual and moral guidance and assistance to members.

Administration & Faculty

President David E. Schroeder
Accredited by Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation
Accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Full-time Faculty 7
Student : Faculty Ratio 15 : 1
Faculty Gender (% Male : Female) 57 : 42
Percentage of Faculty Members
Tenured Faculty 28
Non-Tenure Track Faculty 71

Admissions

Admissions

Selectivity

Admission Considerations

Very Important: Character Personal Qualities, Application Essay, Religious Affiliation Commitment, Recommendations

Important: First Generation College Student, Level Of Applicants Interest, Academic GPA, Extracurricular Activities, Rigor Of Secondary School Record, Standardized Test Scores, Volunteer Work

Also Considered: Talent Ability, Racial Ethnic Status, Interview

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

Other Application Information: Single Highest Test Date SAT or ACT

Deadlines

August

30

Regular Decision

Finance

Finance

Average Net Tuition

The average student pays $15,094 for tuition, fees, and other expenses, after grants and scholarships.

Household Income Real Cost
$0-$30K $12,843
$30K-$48K $13,551
$48K-$75K $15,673

Sticker Price

Total stated tuition is $16,704, in-state and on-campus, before financial aid.

On-Campus Off-Campus
Stated Tuition $16,704 Same as On-Campus
Fees $500 Same as On-Campus
Housing N/A $10,000
Books $1,200 $1,200
Total (before financial aid) $18,404 $28,404

Students Receiving Aid

75% of students receive some form of financial aid.

Undergrads Receiving Aid Average Aid Amount
Federal Loans 42% $6,822
Federal Scholarships/Grants 65% $5,226
Institutional Grants 75% $1,484
Other Federal Grants 65% $105
Pell Grants 65% $5,122
State and Local Scholarships/Grants 65% $6,283
Student Loans 42% $6,822

Alumni and Outcomes

Alumni and Outcomes

Graduation Rates

33% of students graduated in six years.

62% of full time students continued studying at this school after freshman year.

Rankings

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