Benefits of Adventist Colleges and Universities

Students who choose an Adventist college or university see measurable benefits including spiritual experience, campus participation, lifelong connections and more. Explore more of the benefits available to you with a Seventh-day Adventist education:


Why choose an Adventist college or university?

We did our homework to find out by asking a lot of questions to a variety of graduates. Here’s what we learned: Adventist higher education offers measurable differences in spiritual experience, personal connections, campus participation and life preparation. In fact, 82 percent of graduates from Adventist colleges and universities told us the investment they made in their education was worth it.

The Association of Adventist Colleges and Universities (AACU) commissioned the CollegeImpact Study. Alumni from all AACU member schools participated in comparing experiences and outcomes of Adventist graduates from both Adventist and public institutions.

View the full research report here to see all 100+ reasons to choose an Adventist college or university.


Adventist Teaching and Philosophy

The mission of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system is to prepare young people for success in the 21st century and beyond. Adventists value every individual as a unique person created in the image of God with distinctive gifts, talents and abilities. With this in mind, our educational system is based on the development of the whole person.

Our schools seek to provide every opportunity for the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of every student. Our aim is to prepare students for life and a career. To inspire them to love learning, respect others and become contributing members of society. To develop a character in the likeness of our Creator.

At Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities, faith experiences are not just relegated to worship or chapel periods. Instead, professors infuse classes with a faith perspective. Each college or university campus is a learning community with Christian role models and mentors. These campuses integrate faith and excellence in learning. This aids students in building character and providing them with a worldview that can handle life’s questions and challenges.

The Adventist Church in North America maintains a Department of Education that supervises more than 1,000 K-12 schools and 13 colleges and universities with over 65,000 students. The Adventist Accrediting Association oversees the quality and integrity of education on campuses nationwide.

The 13 colleges located in North America host this web site and comprise the organization known as the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU). The Adventists operate one of the largest Protestant educational systems in the world, with 6,745 elementary schools and academies, as well as 101 colleges and universities.

This is a 40 minute presentation about why we have Adventist Education. Dr. Gordon Bietz explains why parents and our young people should make Adventist Education a priority in their family.