Faith, intellect, and community
The intellect and the spirit coexist harmoniously at Taylor University. Here, students find a high-quality learning experience based on Christian ideals of truth and life. Students have the chance to take advantage of a unique leadership development initiative, a nationally recognized study abroad program, and cutting-edge scientific research opportunities, all while concurrently advancing their spiritual development in a caring Christian community.
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Taylor students are passionate about serving God and others by actively seeking ways to deepen their faith through their studies, co-curricular involvement, and interpersonal relationships.
INTELLECTUAL ENRICHMENT IN THE CLASSROOM
Taylor students enjoy the university’s many strong points, such as its nationally recognized study abroad program and its cutting-edge scientific research opportunities. Students may choose from more than one hundred undergraduate majors, the most popular of which include education, media communication, biblical studies, biology/pre-med, and psychology. Taylor offers graduate-level programs including a Master of Environmental Science, a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Arts in Higher Education, and a Master of Arts in World Religions.
For the fifth consecutive year, Taylor University has received high national rankings in Open Doors, which is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in association with the U.S. Department of State. In the 2010 edition, Taylor University is named in three national categories:
- Institutions by Total Number of Study Abroad: Top 40 Baccalaureate Institutions (6th)
- Leading Institutions by Short-Term Duration of Study Abroad and Institutional Type (3rd)
- Institutions by Undergraduate Participation in Study Abroad: Top 40 Baccalaureate Institutions (3rd)
Taylor currently has an average of 475 students who travel abroad each year in approximately 24 countries that include Australia, China, the Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ireland, and Israel. Taylor supports its own Irish studies program, which offers a program for freshman to spend their first semester of college in Ireland. Students can also travel through Taylor World Outreach on week-long or month-long mission trips.
LEADERS FOR TOMORROW
Real-world experience is required of all graduates. Taylor students have the opportunity to develop their leadership abilities through the Leadership Initiative of Taylor. The four-year program combines seminars, community service, and hands-on leadership experience.
Taylor’s liberal arts curriculum builds on the foundational belief that all truth has its source in God. The academic program includes a core set of general education requirements, and seniors must complete an integrative, interdisciplinary, general education seminar. According to The National Survey of Student Engagement, students rated their Taylor experience significantly higher than their peers at other institutions in overall satisfaction with their entire educational experience, the quality of their relationships with other student and faculty members, and enriching educational experiences. The survey also asked students to what extent their experience at Taylor contributed to their knowledge, skills, and personal development in specific areas. Taylor students rated their experience significantly higher than their peers at other institutions in acquiring a broad general education, writing clearly and effectively, understanding of self, and developing a personal code of values and ethics. Taylor’s faculty members are highly accessible to students, with about 80 percent living in the greater Upland region.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Nonresident aliens: 6%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 3%
White, non-Hispanic: 82%
American Indian or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 1%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
The mind and the spirit develop harmoniously as students make their way through Taylor’s faith-focused academic program. Students are challenged to confront a broad range of ideas, perspectives, and experiences through the lens of a Christian worldview.
LEARNING THAT STARTS WITH FAITH
Students are admitted to Taylor based on their potential to contribute to and learn from their academic experience. Faculty and students work collaboratively, both in class and out, to achieve learning outcomes appropriate to each student’s vocational calling.
Members of the Taylor faculty are noted for their ability to reconcile intellectual pursuits and faith. Taylor’s Honors Guild emphasizes the integration of faith and learning, ideas and values, and discussion and student initiative. Each January, freshmen in the Honors Guild are part of a unique overseas learning experience in which their faith and intellect meet real world experiences. Past trips have included Jordan, Northern Ireland and South Africa.
A HEAD START TO SUCCESS
In addition to its impressive programs of study, Taylor offers many programs throughout the year that are designed to challenge students in all disciplines, challenging them to be good stewards and citizens. Taylor offers a summer honors program called CRAM, during which high school students participate in coursework that requires deep thinking of the culture at large. CRAM participants also experience a taste of college life while receiving college credit.
At Taylor, people take their faiths seriously. The same can’t necessarily apply to themselves. Bible studies, accountability groups, and ministry outreach combine effortlessly with pick-a-dates, coffeehouses, and intramurals.
FELLOWSHIP, FRIENDSHIP, AND FAITH
Student life at Taylor provides the chance to learn outside the classroom. The biblical concept of the Body of Christ is evident as students live, serve, and learn together. Whether competing with their residence floor in the intramural flag football championship, working with Project Mercy alongside a team of fellow students in Ethiopia, or creating an award-winning film for the Heartland Film Festival, Taylor students are engaged in a variety of events that contribute to their growth and to the campus community. Chapel services, during which the entire student body gathers in worship, are held three times a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Attendance is not taken at chapel, yet students nevertheless consistently fill the pews.
Taylor’s student activities council sponsors more than fifty-five events per year, with a total attendance of eighteen thousand. Taylor students annually volunteer over 50,000 hours in community service and ministry. Over 1,100 students are involved in voluntary discipleship groups, while 90 percent play intramural sports. Taylor also hosts club lacrosse and equestrian teams. Nearly three hundred Taylor students are involved in the university’s fifteen intercollegiate sports. Other activities include a variety of clubs and organizations, including twelve music ensembles and an award-winning student media community. A variety of activities take place in Taylor’s residence halls in which personnel assistants help coordinate a wide variety of activities ranging from hog roasts to group date nights.
LIFE TOGETHER COVENANT
A foundational document for the Taylor community is the Life Together Covenant. All community members sign this document to affirm that they will live under the basic assumption that joining this intentional community is a privilege, and that they have responsibilities that help shape, not control, their lives.
Upland, Indiana—1 hour north of Indianapolis and 45 minutes south of Ft. Wayne.
NAIA Division II, Mid-Central Conference, Mid-States Football. 15 varsity sports (8 men’s: baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, soccer, tennis, track; 7 women’s: basketball, cross-country, soccer, softball, tennis, track, volleyball), 4 intercollegiate club programs, and an active intramural program with over 90% student participation.
Taylor graduates almost universally report their overall satisfaction with their undergraduate experiences. Within months of graduation, most are on their way to advanced degrees or rewarding careers.
LEAD A LIFE OF MEANING AND PURPOSE
Taylor’s commitment to service and faith leaves a lasting impression on its graduates. Of Taylor alumni, 68 percent report that they are still living out the Taylor mission statement within their communities. Over half of alumni report that they are involved in charity, social welfare, relief agencies, and school or youth organizations.
Taylor’s alumni giving rate of 46 percent is ranked as the second highest among midwestern comprehensive colleges, according to U.S. News & World Report. More than 90 percent of Taylor grads are either working in a field related to their major or attending graduate school within ten months of graduation, while 90 percent report being satisfied or extremely satisfied with their undergraduate experience.
Some of Taylor’s well known alumni include:
- Dan Gordon, president of the Gordon Food Service
- Tom Halleen, vice president of the AMC movie network
- Stephen L. Johnson, former administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Dan Wolgemuth, president of Youth for Christ.
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