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Washington Adventist University

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Columbia Union College is a Christian college accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges & Schools, as well as the Adventist Accrediting Association of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Columbia Union offers associate degrees in five areas. They currently award six baccalaureate degrees, including five concentrations in their Business Administration degree. In addition to these undergraduate programs, Columbia Union provides continuing education credits for Registered Nurses, as well as three master’s offerings. Columbia Union is well known for its strength in its music departments and its exceptionally high pass rate on its students nursing boards.

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Columbia Union College, or CUC, has moved its application process online. In addition to a standard college application and transcript, CUC asks for an additional character recommendation form. They ask that it comes from a pastor, employer or coach, in order to enable the admissions office to get a clearer picture of who you are outside of your academics. CUC also requires a separate application for nursing students who are transferring into the college.

Regular applications should be received by beginning of August. The college does not provide for any early decision or early action applicants. Make sure to have your accompanying SAT I & SAT II scores in by the second week in August to complete your application.

Financial Aid

Columbia Union College provides non need-based aid determined by: athletics, leadership, music/drama & academics. In addition, CUC provides state/district residency aid, determined by both need and merit. The financial aid office provides counseling and assistance in completion of FAFSA forms and applying for federal aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3164th for the average student loan amount.
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Geographically located a mile from Washington, D.C., all first-year students are guaranteed on-campus housing. About a third of the undergraduate population lives in college housing. In a trend that many colleges are moving away from, CUC freshman are allowed to have their own car on campus.

CUC also provides four individual housing options outside of standard dormitory living. These include men’s housing, women’s housing, apartments for married students and a wellness option, which maintains an alcohol- and smoke-free environment.

As the school is closely associated with Seventh-Day Adventists, the college emphasizes its spiritual environment and provides for separate housing dorms based upon gender. Halcyon Hall serves as the crux of female student life at CUC; Morrison Hall caters to the men of CUC’s community.

Columbia Union also affords its students many wonderful worship opportunities. At the center of campus worship is the Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church. The church serves as an important anchor in any CUC student’s life. Campus religious life is also fed by WGTS FM 91.9. As noted in its mission statement, WGTS FM 91.9 works to introduce CUC students into a relationship with Christian beliefs.

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Student Graduation Demographics


Columbia Union fields teams in several sports. The men compete under the title of the Pioneers, whereas the women’s teams take the field as the Lady Pioneers. In men’s and women’s sports, the Pioneers compete in the Division II Independents/USCAA conference. Men’s baseball won the USCAA National title in 2008. Additionally, the Pioneers are major contenders in men’s and women’s cross country and soccer. Outside of its intercollegiate sports teams, Columbia Union also proudly supports the Acro-Airs. Classified as a sports-acrobatics team, the Acro-Airs combine traditional gymnastics, cheerleading, & European-style acro-gymnastics. The team travels the nation to promote a drug-free lifestyle in accordance with the Seventh-Day Adventist belief system that founded Columbia Union College.

Information Summary

Ranks 31st in Maryland and 2027th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 10 0.67
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 2 0.13

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 26 0.15
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 3 0.02
Robbery 32 0.19
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 109 0.65
Larceny 317 1.88
Vehicle theft 77 0.46

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Takoma Park, MD 20912
Surrounding communityLarge suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population24,498 (24,498 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,513 (2.52 people per house)
Median Household Income$44,572
Families5,520 (3.21 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Baccalaureate Colleges — Diverse Fields
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduateSingle postbaccalaureate (business)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingVery small four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringMaster's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationSeventh Day Adventists
Congressional District2408

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1240th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $19,700 $19,700 $19,700
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,320 $1,320 $1,320
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $780 $780 $780
FT Graduate Tuition $21,240 $21,240 $21,240
FT Graduate Required Fees $275 $275 $275
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $590 $590 $590
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $31,220 $31,220 $31,220
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $25,857 $25,857 $25,857
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $23,320 $23,320 $23,320

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $20,180(N/C) $20,180(N/C) $20,180(N/C)
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,600(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses $1,100(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $2,226(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,411(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,100(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$25
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,455 (555 male / 900 female)
Admitted 476 (187 male / 289 female)
Admission rate 33%
First-time Enrollment 134 (58 male / 76 female)
FT Enrollment 134 (58 male / 76 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment1,185

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demo
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity400
Meals per Week19
Room Fee$4,000
Board Fee$3,900

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2242nd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $60,497 ($58,977 male / $46,533 female)
Number of FT Faculty 48 (26 male / 22 female)
Number of PT Faculty 148
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $2,089,286

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