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A Unique Guide to Adventist Colleges and Universities

I invite you to take a few moments and acquaint yourself with the Adventist colleges and universities within the North American Division. They are each unique and as varied as their locations. Yet they share a sense of mission: to serve the church and prepare young people to serve their communities.

Within these pages you will see some of the amazing and outstanding ways that Adventist higher education has fulfilled its aim to serve the world. Our colleges and universities provide a world-class education, while helping students to grow in Christ and assist them in finding authentic avenues to use their skills to serve humanity.

Our institutions provide opportunities for our graduates to develop leadership skills and share the everlasting gospel of Jesus’ love to the world. Mission trips, outreach groups from campuses, evangelism, and peer-led Bible studies are only a few ways in which our colleges and universities inculcate vibrant and relevant ministry within their student bodies.

Every Adventist college or university has programs of superior academic rigor and renown. From schools of business to paleontology, from television production to British literature, academics are high quality, engaging, and rewarding. Our graduates are sought after by some of the most renowned institutions and businesses in the world.

I invite you to research Adventist higher education and see what we can help you achieve. If you are not looking to attend a college or university, I invite you to support our institutions; to pray with and for them. Adventist higher education is the fertile ground from which will spring our church’s leaders.


Larry Blackmer, Ed.D., is vice president of education for the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.


  • Adventist University of Health Sciences

    Location: Orlando, Florida

    Web site: ADU.EDU

    President: David Greenlaw

    Perceived Strengths

    • Teaches health and healing in an environment of compassion
    • Its connection with Florida Hospital, one of the nation’s largest health-care providers 
    • A pioneer in online education

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Ecclesia: Friday evening service featuring music, art, prayer, and worship
    • Circle Up: Students, faculty, and staff meet for 15 minutes of prayer every school day
    • Spiritual Emphasis Day: Praise and worship once a month with free lunch

    What students Say

    Faith is everything to us . . . . Faith is everywhere at ADU in how our professors treat us, in our classwork, in the environment, and in the overall culture of the university.

    What Alumni Say

    The culture at ADU helped me grow in my leadership abilities by instilling core leadership traits—trust, teamwork, accountability, and compassion—while exemplifing the sharing of knowledge and information. —Shannon Stewartson

  • Andrews University

    Location: Berrien Springs, Michigan

    Web site: ANDREWS.EDU

    President: Niels-Erik Andreasen

    Perceived Strengths

    • God-centered development of mind, body, and spirit
    • Education and learning that go beyond classroom and lab assignments
    • International and cultural diversity

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • A variety of corporate worship activities that include traditional, contemporary, and gospel
    • Affirm Faith Teams: ministry to schools in the Lake Union Conference
    • Short- and long-term mission service

    What students Say

    Andrews is more than a community of students; it is a place where those who seek answers to life’s questions can converse and fellowship with one another. Andrews not only has a reputation as a world-renowned institution but also demonstrates that on a daily basis by producing many hardworking and successful graduates. —Haley Smoot, class of 2018

    What Alumni Say

    My Andrews experience helped me apply wellness in my life by teaching me the principles of choice, rest, environment, activity, trust, relationships, outlook, and nutrition. The opportunities to worship, deeply study Scripture, and fellowship in a Christian community gave me a positive perspective that I can now share with the world. —Jonathan Jacobs, 2014

  • Burman University

    Location: Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

    Web site: BurmanU.ca

    President: Mark Haynal

    Perceived Strengths

    • Canada’s only Adventist university
    • International and cultural diversity

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Native ministries
    • Prison ministries
    • Urban ministries

    What students Say

    Burman University’s diversity is such a wonderful thing. . . . It gives us opportunities to learn from one another and gives us a taste of the world around us and how people worship God in different ways. —Jennifer Laan, biology

    What Alumni Say

    I love our diversity! We have students from all over Canada and the world, which means we have many cultures. It allows us to be better equipped for the future. —Richard Gray, religious studies, 2014

  • Kettering College Of Medical Arts

    Location: KETTERING, OHIO

    Web site: KC.EDU

    President: Nate Brandstater

    Perceived Strengths

    • Innovation in health care
    • Faith-based passion for service and health
    • Job placement of nearly 100 percent

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • The Collection: dinner and worship once a week
    • Fresh Bread: Sabbath worship
    • Hot Spot: prayer and fellowship from 9:15 to 9:30 every weekday morning

    What students Say

    I have my advanced imaging bachelor’s degree from Kettering College to thank for my current imaging job with the Cincinnati Reds, as well as my advanced imaging position in the three-dimensional post processing lab at Kettering Hospital. —Ryan Hoehne

    What Alumni Say

    As a 2014 Bachelor of Science in nursing graduate, I spent two years at Kettering College. Most of all, I appreciated the strong Seventh-day Adventist foundation, which allowed me to practice my faith comfortably and develop spiritually. I always felt supported and comfortable when talking to the professors. There isn’t much I would change about my experience at Kettering College. —Mary Markley

  • La Sierra University

    Location: Riverside, California

    Web site: LASIERRA.EDU

    President: RANDAL WISBEY

    Perceived Strengths

    • Academic offerings: honors programs, divinity school, criminal justice, etc.
    • Diversity: listed as one of the top 10 most diverse campuses in the country
    • Award-winning service activities: integrates service into the curriculum

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • First Service: Friday evening services by students for students
    • Give a Day: Student-led service ministries to surrounding communities
    • Roots Ministry: Students visit area Adventist churches to share their ministry talents

    What students Say

    One of the most positive aspects of La Sierra University is the opportunities created for students to expand their learning through internships, student jobs, or on-campus clubs, such as Enactus. La Sierra cares not only about what happens to students while they’re at the university, but also about what happens to them when they graduate. —Serena Chapman, marketing/management double major

    What Alumni Say

    I am so grateful that I completed my premedicine requirements at La Sierra University. It not only taught me science and prepared me for continuing my professional career—it amplified my spiritual growth. —Ivan Rybkin, 2011

  • Loma Linda University

    Location: Loma Linda, California

    Web site: LLU.EDU

    President: Richard Hart

    Perceived Strengths

    • Integration of health, science, and faith
    • Mission-focused learning
    • Groundbreaking research

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Know, Grow, and Go: weekly services designed to know God, develop faith, and serve others
    • International Service: short- and long-term mission opportunities

    What students Say

    I feel fortunate and proud to study at a university that fosters personal and professional well-being, and encourages its students to serve others. . . . I am constantly reminded that there’s a greater purpose in my life. . . . I have also witnessed the encouragement of independent thought and have seen a great diversity of cultures and knowledge in my classes. —Aaron De Leon, School of Public Health

    What Alumni Say

    My program at LLU was not only thorough in teaching theory, information, and application; it also taught me to think critically and comprehensively. . . . When I work with patients, I don’t consider their symptoms in isolation. I think about their total existence and help them reach a fulfilling life in all its facets. —Amy Indermuehle, Psy.D

  • Oakwood University

    Location: Huntsville, Alabama

    Web site: OAKWOOD.EDU

    President: Leslie N. Pollard

    Perceived Strengths

    • Internships with religious and secular institutions and corporations
    • Gross anatomy labs with human cadavers
    • Radio and television broadcast experience

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Legacy 31: mentorship for women
    • Alpha Male: to be a man after God’s own heart
    • A&M/OU Connect: Friday evening worship with Christians on Alabama A&M University’s campus

    What students Say

    I like the spiritual atmosphere on campus, and the social life that provides each student with a plethora of amazing friends and acquaintances to choose from. —Jajuan Sanders, theology and psychology major

    What Alumni Say

    Amazing teachers at Oakwood developed my critical thinking and writing skills so that I could take on the challenge of a top-flight law school. The spiritual atmosphere of Oakwood grounded me in my faith so that I would not get lost in my own ambitions once I left the campus. —Charles Eaton, 2013

  • Pacific Union College

    Location: Angwin, California

    Web site: PUC.EDU

    President: Heather J. Knight

    Perceived Strengths

    • 30 miles of hiking and biking trails
    • Ranked “most beautiful college in the nation” by Newsweek (2012).
    • Napa Valley’s only four-year liberal arts college

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Connect Ministries: to schools and churches within the Pacific Union Conference
    • Ministry to those who are homeless (Berkeley/Clear Lake)
    • Service learning opportunities

    What students Say

    PUC’s community is preparing me to be the hands and feet of Jesus. . . . Many people think it is too far away from everything. . . . But there is a beauty about PUC that I have not been able to find elsewhere. We have waterfalls, hiking trails, and grass (real grass!), and are placed in what is, in my opinion, a perfect study environment. —Juan Hidalgo III, psychology, Spanish, nursing

    What Alumni Say

    My time as a student at Pacific Union College guides what’s important to me now: families and friends, service to others, and a sense of community. I value every day that I’m able to care for local children and their families as a pediatrician. —Sonia Lee Ha, M.D

  • Southern Adventist University

    Location: Collegedale, Tennessee

    Web site: Southern.edu

    President: Gordon Bietz

    Perceived Strengths

    • Christian Service Program
    • Independent undergraduate research
    • 1,300-acre campus near several metropolitan areas

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • uQuest: students organize their own mission trips
    • LifeGroups: weekly student-led Bible study groups
    • 30 Adventist churches within a 30-minute radius

    What students Say

    I’ve visited many campuses and lived in a number of states, but Southern is the only place I’ve ever really felt at home. The students here share my faith and interests, and the professors go out of their way to show us the same love and concern they would for their own children. —Myron Madden, senior

    What Alumni Say

    Through the archaeology program I was able to gain professional work experience during Southern’s excavations in Israel. This helped me get accepted into one of the world’s leading graduate schools for conservation. —Leif Fredheim, 2011

  • Southwestern Adventist University

    Location: Keene, Texas

    Web site: SWAU.EDU

    President: Ken Shaw

    Perceived Strengths

    • Dinosaur Research Project: annual paleontology digs in Wyoming
    • Applied science degree in fire science
    • Friendly, diverse, spiritual atmosphere

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Options newsletter: with ministry options at local churches
    • Daily or weekly community service activities
    • Student-led small-group Bible studies

    What students Say

    I was the first in my family to graduate from high school, and I am the first in my family to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. I have already accepted a job as a high school teacher at North Dallas Adventist Academy, and I cannot wait to be the mentor to my students that my educators have been to me throughout the years. —Laura Groessel

    What Alumni Say

    I wasn’t a believer before I attended Southwestern. I studied and was baptized while there. . . . Southwestern is where I found my passion, where I learned to think and to work like a professional, to make lifelong connections, and to balance all the important matters of life. —Ngoc-Tam Nguyen, 2012, master’s 2013

  • Union College

    Location: Lincoln, Nebraska

    Web site: UCOLLEGE.EDU

    President: Vinita Sauder

    Perceived Strengths

    • Seven-day Spirituality
    • Quality education at an affordable price
    • Leadership opportunities

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Project Impact: One day at the beginning of the year when students connect with local volunteer organizations
    • HeartScan: Mentors work with students to create a customized spiritual development plan
    • Student-led worship/study opportunities

    What students Say

    In the health-care management world there are days that displaying a positive attitude is more difficult than others, or when the balance of life at home and work become a challenge. But as I look back on the positive impact of my mentors at Union, I am challenged to bring that to the workplace today. —Brian Adams, 2002

    What Alumni Say

    Union stands out by preparing me spiritually to take on any task with God at my side; socially by allowing me to be a part of so many events; and as a future leader by offering so many leadership positions on campus. —Ricky Amimo, health science

  • Walla Walla University

    Location: College Place, Washington

    Web site: WALLAWALLA.EDU

    President: John McVay

    Perceived Strengths

    • Committed to “excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression, and faith in God.”
    • Undergraduate degrees in 42 areas of study
    • Graduate programs in biology, education, psychology, and social work

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • First Serve: contemporary worship experience
    • Berean Fellowship
    • Hispanic ministries

    What students Say

    I came to WWU knowing that this was a friendly campus. What I didn’t realize was that the friendliness people experience here comes from WWU’s deep commitment to Christlike love and service. Being part of this campus has strengthened my relationship with Christ and empowered me to serve those around me.—Brooklynn Larson, class of 2016

    What Alumni Say

    When I came to Walla Walla as a student, I had no idea how much higher education would mold and shape my life. The liberal arts pricked academic curiosity and appreciation for literature and the fine arts, prompted cultural awareness, and, with a year of study in France, led to a fulfilling career in helping professions, and promises of enjoyable senior years to come. —Darold Bigger, 1966

  • Washington Adventist University

    Location: Takoma Park, Maryland

    Web site: wau.EDU

    President: Weymouth Spence

    Perceived Strengths

    • Proximity to Washington, D.C.
    • Proximity to General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists
    • Gateway to Service philosophy

    Unique Spiritual Activities

    • Ministry to Washington, D.C.’s homeless community
    • Yearlong spiritual emphasis, i.e., “Champions”
    • Student-led worships and small-group Bible studies

    What students Say

    Providing numerous opportunities for me to serve in the community, WAU has nurtured me not only to be a successful student, but also a disciple for Christ. This is my Gateway to Service. This is Washington Adventist University. —Jeffrey Wilson, Biology class of 2017

    What Alumni Say

    I believe in the Gateway to Service. It’s a powerful part of the WAU experience. It exists to teach why we serve. You can learn to serve in the Peace Corps or working for the Red Cross, but if you don’t know why you serve. . . . A school like Washington Adventist University teaches why you serve: it’s Jesus. —Rik Swartzwelder

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