Corban University is committed to preparing students to be Christian thought leaders in today’s culture, thriving as part of society in a wide variety of careers while living for Christ. Students are challenged to ask questions, search for answers, and build a biblically based worldview so that they can lead with conviction, integrity, and intelligence.
Academic excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels prepares students to make a difference as business leaders, educators, medical professionals, politicians, ministry leaders, and more. Expert faculty with professional career experience remain active in their fields while building mentoring relationships with students. Outside the classroom, a tight-knit student community and opportunities for local and global engagement provide for students’ growth through short-term mission trips, study abroad programs, and overseas teaching connections.
Get to know Corban University
- Campus Ministries
- Choral groups
- Concert band
- International Student Organization
- Jazz band
- Music ensembles
- Radio station
- Student government
- Student newspaper
- Student-run film society
- Symphony orchestra
- First-Year Seminars and Experiences
- Common Intellectual Experiences
- Writing-Intensive Courses
- Collaborative Assignments and Projects
- Undergraduate Research
- Diversity/Global Learning
- Service-Learning, Community-Based Learning
- Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience
All Corban students take core courses in communication, humanities, social science, math, and natural science that altogether set a foundation for success. Students are challenged to think critically about the development of their worldview and to appreciate the interconnectedness of the academic disciplines. Bible and theology classes are also built into every major, equipping students to live authentically and boldly for Christ.
A Corban education equips students to make a difference in the world. Classes incorporate projects that require collaboration, teamwork, time management, and presentation skills that students will need in their careers. The biblical worldview integrated into every class gives them the foundation to make wise and ethical decisions in life and emerge as leaders in their careers and communities.
Original student research is highly valued at Corban, even at the undergraduate level. By participating in relevant research, Corban undergraduates get to be part of breakthroughs in science and gain a significant advantage in preparing for medical school or grad school. Biomedical science majors might conduct live animal research in the mouse lab or natural product synthesis in the chemistry lab, while kinesiology students focus on fitness research. They work closely with expert faculty and present their findings at Corban’s Annual Science Symposium. Some students have even had their research published.
Corban students are encouraged to develop a global perspective. Each year, teams serve in medical missions in Haiti, sports outreach in Cuba, and church ministry in Cameroon, among other mission trips and service experiences. Faculty-led study tours let students explore Europe, Israel, and Southeast Asia. Study abroad options include Rwanda, Thailand, Spain, and any of CCCU’s BestSemester programs.
The number of sections of each class size.
2-9: 39 | 10-19: 85 | 20-29: 57
30-39: 35 | 40-49: 7 | 50-99: 2 | 100+: 0
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 4%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 2%
White, non-Hispanic: 76%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 1%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 6%
Corban’s intimate class sizes truly give students the freedom to engage in the learning process through class discussions and close relationships with faculty mentors who know each student by name. Expert faculty draw on their extensive real-world experience in their fields as well as their excellence as educators to provide relevant, practical training.
Corban faculty take an active role in each student’s college experience, serving as advisors to students from the moment they enroll at Corban. Through the Freshman Seminar program, all incoming freshmen are assigned to a small, faculty-led group of students who share their academic interests. Faculty begin connecting with their group over the summer before classes even start so that, by the time students arrive on campus, they have already built relationships with their advisor and other new students. During Warrior Welcome, as well as throughout the fall semester, students meet with their seminar group, getting to know one another, discussing strategies to transition successfully to college life, and developing a growing understanding of their chosen discipline.
Transfer students are also assigned an academic advisor who works with them one-on-one throughout their time at Corban. This close faculty involvement from day one helps keep students on track with their academic goals and ultimately graduate well prepared for their careers.
Through college writing classes, capstone projects, and upper-division courses, Corban students develop above-average writing skills and outperform national comparison groups in writing competency. Courses challenge students to research well, think critically, and articulate clearly their ideas through written communication. This gives them a significant advantage for success in any career field.
SPECIAL STUDY OPTIONS
Programs available at this institution.
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Liberal arts/career combination
Teacher certification program
In Corban’s close-knit Christian community, students build genuine friendships that last a lifetime. The vibrant student life also creates endless opportunities for adventure. Whether it’s sledding on blocks of ice on the first day of classes, relaxing in “Hammock City,” participating in the Lumberjack Games, or playing intramural flag football, there is always something for students to do.
The Barn offers a maker-space for students to create art, crafts, and woodworking projects. In Corban’s Community Garden, students cultivate fresh produce to donate to a local food bank. The Student Government Association (SGA) offers leadership opportunities and a voice in decisions about the Corban community. Student-led clubs cover a variety of interests, including music, improv, ministry, hiking, ultimate Frisbee, cinematography, science, poetry, and more.
Corban also empowers students to start their own initiatives and pursue projects and activities that God has laid on their hearts. This could be anything—a special interest club, a student-led mission trip, or outreach ministry.
Corban is a place of authentic Christianity. Students and faculty alike love Jesus, and it shows. Residence hall Bible studies and chapel, held three times a week, encourage students to grow in their faith. Regular guest speakers and events like the Christian Thought Leader Conference and Women of Grit challenge students to live authentically and wrestle intentionally with current cultural issues.
Corban’s campus is located on a forested hillside just south of Portland in Salem, Oregon. It’s the perfect setting to enjoy a wide variety of Pacific Northwest adventures both on and off campus. Hiking, snowboarding, the coast, kayaking, and camping are all within an hour’s drive. Corban students also enjoy checking out local restaurants, coffee shops, theaters, the Saturday Market, food trucks, parks, and more.
Warrior teams compete in the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) of the NAIA in 17 sports: men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, track and field, golf, lacrosse, and soccer, plus men’s baseball and wrestling, as well as women’s softball, volleyball, and beach volleyball.
Mascot: Cadmar the Warrior
School colors: Navy and gold
Percent of students living on campus.
First-time, first-year (freshman) students: 81%
Campus housing options.
Apartments for single students
Corban graduates are making a difference around the world as leaders in their careers, communities, and churches. They are in demand by employers who value not only their knowledge and career preparation, but also their integrity, creativity, and dedication. They are also well prepared to excel in graduate school. Corban’s biomedical science majors who apply to medical school are accepted at a 32% higher rate than the national average.
Internships, practicums, and capstone projects give students the opportunity to put their learning into practice even before they graduate. Education majors complete their observation and student teaching in at least three different types of schools so that they may be ready for any school setting. Business majors collaborate with area businesses to create and implement strategies for marketing, increasing revenue, or launching new products. Ministry majors actively serve in local churches. Media arts majors create videos for local nonprofits. Political science majors take advantage of Corban’s location in the state capital to serve as interns to state legislators.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Students who attend Corban have the opportunity to serve in the community with churches and non-profit organizations through Corban’s REACH program. This program emphasizes Corban’s mission “to educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ,” as students serve in organizations that focus on education and literacy, hunger and housing, dignity and justice, conservation, or mentoring and coaching.
Academic GPA | Recommendation(s) | Religious affiliation/commitment
Rigor of secondary school record | Standardized test scores
Interview | Extracurricular activities | First generation | Alumni/ae relation
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 568 | 75th Percentile: 620
25th Percentile: 500 | 75th Percentile: 580
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 26
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
25th Percentile: 18 | 75th Percentile: 25
Tuition & Cost
Room & Board: $10,316
Corban offers a wide variety of academic, athletic, and special-interest scholarships, including top scholarships for students interested in specific majors and programs.
- $17,000 Presidential Scholarship for high academic achievers
- up to $18,000 Dessieux Scholarship for health science majors
- up to $18,000 McLaran Scholarship for political science majors
- up to $18,000 Debate Scholarship for students who participate in Corban’s debate team
- Athletic Scholarships for athletes recruited by Corban coaches (amounts vary)
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