Valley Forge Christian College

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University of Valley Forge
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Established 1939[1]
Type Private
President Don Meyer, Ph.D.[2]
Students 1,130 [3]
Location Phoenixville, PA, USA
Campus Suburban
Affiliations Assemblies of God USA
Website www.valleyforge.edu

The University of Valley Forge (UVF) formerly Valley Forge Christian College (VFCC) is an American four-year, residential university in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, 8.8 miles from Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is operated by the Assemblies of God denomination. The college offers several Master of Arts and Master programs.[4]

Mission[edit]

To prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.

History[edit]

The University of Valley Forge began as a summer Bible School on the campgrounds of Maranatha Park, Green Lane, PA, in 1932. It existed for the training of pastors, evangelists, missionaries, Christian education workers and lay workers.[5] The summer Bible School grew into a permanent Bible School and, in 1939, was chartered as Maranatha Bible School. Mergers with Beulah Heights Bible Institute, Metropolitan Bible Institute, New England Bible Institute and Pine Crest Bible School resulted in increased enrollment and a name change to Eastern Bible Institute and later, Northeast Bible Institute. The university moved in 1976 to the campus of the former Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville, PA.

Today the school has an enrollment of over 1130 students, offers 67 undergraduate programs and seven graduate programs. In the summer of 2002 the college was granted accreditation with Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Significant changes have also taken place on the college campus with major renovations and new construction. The newest building, Cardone Hall, was completed in the fall of 2007.

Valley Forge Christian College officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge on September 16, 2014.[6]

Accreditation[edit]

The University of Valley Forge is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the United States Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation. The college holds affiliate membership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, an international higher education association of Christian colleges and universities.

Academics[edit]

The University of Valley Forge is approved by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant the degrees of Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Religious Education, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science.

Master Degrees[edit]

  • Christian Leadership (MA)
  • Deaf Christian Leadership (MA)
  • Digital Media (MA)
  • Music Technology (MM)
  • Organizational Leadership (MA)
  • Theology (MA)
  • Worship Studies (MA)

Bachelor Degrees[edit]

ARTS AND SCIENCES

  • English Language and Literature

BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES

  • Criminal Justice
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Psychology - Counseling
  • Psychology - Equine Therapy
  • Psychology - Industrial/Organizational
  • Social Work

BUSINESS

  • Business Administration - Accounting
  • Business Administration - General Business
  • Global Business
  • Human Resources
  • Management
  • Entrepreneurial Studies - Photography
  • Entrepreneurial Studies - Recording Arts
  • Entrepreneurial Studies - Digital Media
  • Entrepreneurial Studies - Video Production
  • Entrepreneurial Studies - Senior Adult Industry
  • Entrepreneurial Studies - Early Childhood Industry
  • Sports Management

CHURCH MINISTRIES

  • Biblical Studies
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Christian Education
  • Christian Ministries
  • Christian Ministries Online - Field Track
  • Christian Ministries Online
  • Family Studies
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Pastoral Ministry - Church Planting
  • Pastoral Ministry - Preaching
  • Senior Adult Ministry
  • Theological Studies - Biblical Languages
  • Theological Studies - Biblical Studies
  • Theological Studies - Philosophy and Religion
  • Youth Ministry

DEAF MINISTRIES

  • Deaf Ministries
  • Deaf Culture

DIGITAL MEDIA COMMUNICATIONS

  • Digital Media Studies
  • Digital Media - Graphic Design
  • Digital Media - Photography
  • Digital Media - Recording Arts
  • Digital Media - Video Production
  • Digital Media - Web Design
  • Social Media Management

EDUCATION

  • Early Childhood (Pre-K - 4) - Public Certification
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K - 4) - Private Certification
  • Early Childhood (Pre-K - 4) - Non-Certification
  • Middle Level (4 - 8) Reading/English Language Arts - Public Certification
  • Middle Level (4 - 8) Reading/English Language Arts - Private Certification
  • Middle Level (4 - 8) Reading/English Language Arts - Non-certification
  • Secondary English Education (7 - 12) - Public Certification
  • Secondary English Education (7 - 12) - Private Certification

INTERCULTURAL STUDIES

  • Intercultural Communications
  • Intercultural Studies - Global Service
  • Intercultural Studies - Islamic Studies
  • Intercultural Studies - Humanitarian
  • Urban Studies

MUSIC

  • Church Music
  • Music Education - Instrumental - Public Certification
  • Music Education - Instrumental - Private Certification
  • Music Education - Choral - Public Certification
  • Music Education - Choral - Private Certification
  • Music Performance - Classical
  • Music Performance - Contemporary
  • Music Production
  • Worship Leading

ACADEMIC MINORS

  • Biblical Languages
  • Business
  • Children’s Ministry
  • Church Music
  • Digital Media
  • Early Childhood Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • History
  • Intercultural Studies
  • Music Performance
  • Music Technology
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Preaching
  • Secondary Education
  • Senior Adult Ministry
  • Social Work
  • Theology
  • Urban Studies
  • Youth Ministry

Woodbridge Campus[edit]

The College operates a fully accredited satellite campus at Christ Chapel in Woodbridge, Virginia.[7] Students attending at this campus can earn degrees in the same courses of study as those at the Valley Forge Christian College main campus.

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Coordinates: 40°07′07″N 75°32′54″W / 40.1186°N 75.5484°W / 40.1186; -75.5484