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Taylor University

Upland, Indiana

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.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
2,126 undergraduate students
87% of undergrad students are full time
44% male — 56% female
59% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
129 full-time faculty
84 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Fall 2015
97% of first year students live on campus
88% of all students live on campus

School Location

Upland, Indiana—1 hour north of Indianapolis and 45 minutes south of Ft. Wayne.

High-Impact Practices

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First-Year Seminars and Experiences X
Common Intellectual Experiences X
Learning Communities  
Writing-Intensive Courses X
Collaborative Assignments and Projects X
Undergraduate Research  
Diversity/Global Learning X
Service Learning, Community-Based Learning X
Internships/Coops/Practicums X
Capstone Courses and Projects/Senior Experience X

Retention Fall 2015

87% of students began in Fall 2014 and returned in Fall 2015 (full-time, first-time freshmen)

6-Year Graduation Rate 2015

77% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 5%
Hispanic/Latino 3%
Black or African American 3%
White 84%
American Indian or Alaska Native 1%
Asian 3%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 0%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 0%


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.

Other Information

Taylor University is a four-year, private, coeducational, interdenominational Christian university and was founded in 1846.

Academic Programs

Accounting, Art, Art Education, Biblical Literature, Biology, BioChemistry, Biology/Pre-Med, Biology Science Education, Business Information Systems, Chemistry, Chemistry- Environmental Science, Chemistry Science Education, Christian Educational Ministries, Communication Arts, Communication Studies, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Science/Graphics, Computer Science/Intelligent Systems, Computer Science- New Media, Computer Science/Scientific Computing, Computer Science/Software Studio, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Education, Engineering Physics, English, English Education, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, Finance, French, French Education, Geography, Health and Physical Education, History, Interdisciplinary Mathematics, International Business, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Mathematic, Mathematics Education, Mathematics- Environmental Science, Media Communication, Music, Music Education, Natural Science, Philosophy, Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), Physical Science Education, Physics, Physics Science Education, Physics/ Mathematics Education, Political Science, Pre-Major, Pre-Medicine, Professional Writing, Psychology, Public Health, Social Studies Education, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Spanish Education, Sport Management, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Theatre Arts, Visual Arts- New Media

More Distinctions

  • For the fifth year in a row, Taylor is ranked the #1 Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report with additional rankings for:

    • Best UndergraduateTeaching: #1 in the Midwest
    • Best Value School
    • Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (where doctorate is not offered)
  • Selected for Barron’s Best Buys in College Education for:

    • Faculty performance
    • Depth of curricula
    • Preparation of Students
    • Prices charged for services
  • Number four Baccalaureate College in the U.S. according to the college ranking guide published by Washington Monthly magazine, a survey which rates schools in the categories of social mobility, research, and service.

  • Taylor is listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes.

  • Taylor is named a Best Midwestern College in The Princeton Review’s annual collegiate survey 2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.

  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has added Taylor University to its 2010 Community Engagement Classification – a nationwide honor roll that recognizes commitment to community service.

  • For the seventh year in a row, Taylor is ranked the #1 Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

  • A NanoSatellite, designed and built by Taylor Engineering students, has been selected by NASA for launch as part of their Education Launch of Satellite Program (ELaNa).

  • Taylor’s Ethics Team took second place at the 2013 National Ethics Bowl Competition.

  • Along with nearly 150 outside awards, students in Taylor’s Film program recently were awarded a student regional Emmy award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

  • Twenty Taylor student-athletes earned prestigious Capital One Academic All-America awards giving the Trojans more Academic All-Americans than any school in the country at any level.

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.

highly esteemed

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)

study abroad

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.

satisfied students

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.

activities offered

Campus Ministries  
Choral groups X
Concert band X
Drama/theater X
International Student Organization X
Jazz band X
Literary magazine X
Marching band  
Model UN  
Music ensembles X
Musical theater X
Opera X
Pep band X
Radio station X
Student government X
Student newspaper X
Student-run film society X
Symphony orchestra X
Television station  
Yearbook X

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.

active faith

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.

common core

Arts/fine arts x
Computer literacy x
English (including composition) x
Foreign languages  
History x
Humanities x
Mathematics x
Sciences (biological or physical) x
Social science x


Other: Biblical Studies/Christian Belief, Physical Fitness, Communication and Cross-Cultural

class size breakdown

Size 2-9 10-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-99 100+ Total
Number of Classes 130 158 124 33 20 21 5 491

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.

student activities

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.


Coed dorms X
Men’s dorms X
Women’s dorms X
Apartments for married students X
Apartments for single students X
Special housing for disabled students  
Special housing for international students  
Fraternity/sorority housing  
Cooperative housing  
Theme housing  
Wellness housing X
Other housing options  

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.

student success

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.


Admissions Fall 2015

1,716 Total Applicants 
1,460 Total Admissions 
521 Total Freshman Enrollment

85.08% of applicants admitted

Admissions Deadlines for 2016-17 Admission

Rolling Admission? Yes

Admissions Factors

Very Important
Rigor of secondary school record
Academic GPA
Standardized test scores
Application Essay
Character/personal qualities
Religious affiliation/commitment

Class rank
Extracurricular activities
Volunteer work

First generation
Alumni/ae relation
Geographical residence
State residency
Racial/ethnic status
Work experience

Freshman Profile Fall 2015

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 490 640
SAT Math 490 640
SAT Writing 490 600
ACT Composite 24 30
ACT Math 23 29
ACT English 24 32
ACT Writing 8 9


Net Price Calculator



Tuition $30,030
Fees $240
Total $30,270
Room and Board (on campus) $8,497
Room Only $4,462
Board Only $4,035
Estimated Total On Campus $38,767


Average Financial Aid Packages 2015-16 estimated

$21,566 First year students
$20,783 All undergrads

Financial Aid Breakdown 2015-16 estimated

74.28% on average, the percentage of need that was met
25% of financial need students that had need fully met

$16,517 Average need-based scholarship or grant award
$4,840 Average need-based loan


Transfer Academic Scholarship
All transfer students who have taken at least one year of college credit and have a GPA of at least 3.25 will receive this scholarship in lieu of academic scholarships.
*Amount: $5,000

National Merit Finalists
Awarded to ALL National Merit Finalists. This award is in place of the President’s Scholarship or Dean’s Scholarship and is renewable with a 3.2 cumulative Taylor GPA..
* Amount: $10,000

Art Scholarships

*amount determined by department

Athletic and Music Scholarships

*amount determined by department

Community Life Scholarship
Students are nominated by their Admissions counselor to apply for this scholarship. This scholarship is renewable with a 2.6 cumulative Taylor GPA and participation in campus leadership activities.
* Amount: $3,000

Cultural Diversity Scholarships
The contributions from an individual’s cultural background or ethnic origin are important to the larger Taylor community.
* Amount: up to $3,000

International Student Scholarship
Applicants for this award must be non-U.S. citizens. We believe these students will make distinct contributions and provide cultural enrichment as members and graduates of the Taylor community.
*Amount: up to $7,000 

MK Scholarships
Several scholarships designated specifically for Missionary Kids are available to Taylor University juniors and seniors. The qualifications and amounts vary, based upon need, merit, missionary field or organization and various other criteria.