Kuyper College

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Kuyper College
Kuyper College seal.svg
Motto Ora et labora (Latin)
Motto in English Pray and work
Established 1939 as Reformed Bible Institute
Type Private
President Dr. Nicholas V. Kroeze
Location Grand Rapids, MI, US
43°01′20″N 85°35′34″W / 43.02214°N 85.59264°W / 43.02214; -85.59264Coordinates: 43°01′20″N 85°35′34″W / 43.02214°N 85.59264°W / 43.02214; -85.59264
Colors Purple and Gold
Mascot Cougar
Website www.kuyper.edu
Kuyper College

Kuyper College is a ministry-focused Christian leadership college located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, that educates and trains Christian leaders for ministry and service. Through the integration of a high-quality academic curriculum and a Reformed worldview, they provide students who desire a well-rounded biblical and academic college experience with the opportunity to see, understand, and live all of life through the filter of Scripture. Dr. Nicholas V. Kroeze is president of the college.

Location[edit]

Kuyper is located a few miles from downtown Grand Rapids, at 3333 East Beltline.

History[edit]

Kuyper College was founded in 1939 as Reformed Bible Institute. RBI had a three year curriculum that offered an expedient track into foreign and domestic missions. In 1970, after a five year redesign of the curriculum and programs, the Michigan Department of Education gave the school the right to confer a four-year Bachelor degree. As a result, RBI changed its name to Reformed Bible College. On April 21, 2006, RBC once again changed its name, this time to Kuyper College after Abraham Kuyper (1837 - 1920). Kuyper was Prime Minister of The Netherlands from 1901 - 1905, and a theologian, considered the father of the Biblical Reformed Worldview. He also played an important role in founding de Vrije Universiteit. Today Kuyper College continues to build on this tradition. Pre-seminary, youth ministry, and cross-cultural missions programs are part of the Bible curriculum. However, so are social work, education, computer sciences, accounting, communication, business and other majors. Because of this emphasis, at Kuyper all students graduate with both a Bible major and a professional area major.

Academics[edit]

Kuyper is focused on Christian service regardless of vocation, so it not only offers ministry programs, but a range of professional degree programs in business, communication, information technology, education, nursing and many others all within a Reformed perspective. The student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1, with a tradition of hands-on learning and field and internship education.

Accreditation[edit]

Kuyper is approved and regulated by the Board of Education of the State of Michigan. It is also accredited by two accrediting agencies: The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). In addition, the college’s Social Work program is accredited with the Council on Social Work Education. (CSWE).

The College is a member of the National Association of Christian College Admissions Personnel (NACCAP), and has endorsed that body's “Principles of Good Practice.” Kuyper also holds affiliate membership within the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.

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