Cairn University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Cairn University
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Cairn University Admissions Overview:

Cairn has an acceptance rate of 98%, which means that almost everyone who applies is accepted. Students must submit scores from the SAT or ACT, and you can see below the 25th/75th percentile scores of those admitted. Students must also submit high school transcripts and an online application, which includes two short essay questions.

Admissions Data (2016):

Cairn University Description:

Cairn University is a private four-year university located in Langhorne Manor, Pennsylvania, a small town in Bucks County about 20 miles north of Philadelphia (see all Philadelphia area colleges). Known as Philadelphia Bible University until 2012, the university changed its name in an effort to better reflect the breadth of the school's academic offerings. The name is metaphorical, using the image of stone trail markers (cairns) to signify the university's efforts to direct students on the proper path. Cairn takes its Christian identity seriously (see the school's Statement of Faith), and faith and Biblical teachings are important components of a Cairn education regardless of major. Biblical Studies is by far the largest major at Cairn. At the undergraduate level, academics are supported by a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 18. Students come from 26 countries and 35 states. Campus life is active with a wide range of student groups including a poetry club, outdoor activities club, student newspaper, and many other options. On the athletic front, the Cairn University Highlanders compete in the NCAA Division III Colonial States Athletic Conference. The university fields six men's and six women's intercollegiate teams. Students can also participate in several intramural sports as well as one-day tournaments in activities such a ping pong, broom ball, and staff vs. students flag football.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 1,038 (740 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 45% Male / 55% Female
  • 94% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $25,246
  • Books: $1,088 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,583
  • Other Expenses: $1,948
  • Total Cost: $37,865

Cairn University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 100%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 100%
    • Loans: 92%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $16,324
    • Loans: $7,427

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Business Administration, Elementary Education, Religious Studies, Social Work, Music History, Youth Ministry, English Literature, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 74%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 17%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 59%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Soccer, Track and Field, Cross Country, Volleyball, Golf, Baseball, Basketball
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Tennis Softball, Volleyball, Cross Country, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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