Crossroads College

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Crossroads College
Type independent, coed
Established 1913
Endowment $744,600 [1]
President Mike Kilgallin
Academic staff
Students 184 [2]
Location Rochester, Minnesota, United States
43°59′48″N 092°28′41″W / 43.99667°N 92.47806°W / 43.99667; -92.47806
Campus urban, 40 acres (16 ha) [1]
Mascot Knights

Crossroads College (formerly Minnesota Bible College) is a four-year, coeducational Christian college in Rochester, Minnesota, which is currently a candidate for accreditation from the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.[3] In 2013, Crossroads College lost its accreditation with the Association for Biblical Higher Education.[4] Crossroads is nondenominational and draws students from a variety of Christian denominations. Its strongest support comes from Christian churches and churches of Christ.


Its roots are in the International Christian Bible College (1913) founded by David E. Olson in Minneapolis, which later was renamed Minneapolis Bible College (1924), then Minnesota Bible University (1932), and Minnesota Bible College (1942). In 1971 it moved to its current location in Rochester. In 2002 it was renamed Crossroads College.

Crossroads' original building is still a landmark in Minneapolis, standing at the corner of University Avenue and 15th Street, across from the main gates of the University of Minnesota. Affectionately named, "The Dinky Dome" because of the proximity of the building to Dinkytown in SE Minneapolis, the dome was recently sold to developers who will remodel the original building and add an apartment and shopping complex to the north of the building. The site is distinctive by its large pillars that face University Avenue, but also the large dome that sits above the building's three stories - this dome has served as a landmark for the area since 1913.

Crossroads College's present campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is located in Southwest Rochester on 40 acres (16 ha) of wooded land. Accessed via Mayowood Road and 16th Street SW near Apache Mall, this campus offers one of the best vistas of Southwest Rochester. On campus is an academic building overlooking a small lake, library and student center, music studio, and multiple townhouses for students. Football is played informally on the top of the hill over the campus, and broomball is played in the winter on the pond below the campus.

Organization and degree programs[edit]

The College is organized in three divisions: the Division of Arts & Sciences, the Division of Ministry & Professional Studies, and the Division of Biblical & Theological Studies. Courses from each division make up the degree requirements. The following majors and minors are offered for their Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs:[5]

Majors: Biblical Studies and Theology, Business Administration, Christian Education, Counseling Psychology, General Studies, General Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Music, Pastoral Leadership, Sport Management, Youth and Family Ministries, and Youth and Family Studies.

Minors: Biblical and Classical Languages, Christian Education, Counseling Psychology, Deaf Ministries, General Studies, Intercultural Studies, Music, Psychology, Sport Management, and Youth Studies.

Crossroads also offers a two-year Associates of Arts (A.A.) degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and an accelerated degree program for adults.

The Compass Adult Studies Programs for degree completion, continuing education, or personal enrichment are designed to meet the requirements of working adults who are looking to return to school to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and credentials for advancing their personal or professional ministries and career opportunities. The Compass program currently offers bachelor of science degrees in Counseling, Ministry, and Organizational Management, and certificates in Biblical Studies and Leadership. On-Campus and Online classes are offered as part of Compass Adult Studies, primarily in Bible/Theology and General Education. Crossroads' Compass program was certified in 2008 to offer exams-for-credit through the College Board CLEP and DSST/Dante programs, where candidates may test-out of areas of study for college credit.


  • David E. Olson, 1913-1924
  • Eugene C. Sanderson, 1924-1932
  • Floyd Jones, 1932-1936
  • Paul A. Millard, 1936-1944
  • Russell E. Boatman, 1945-1961
  • Lynn D. Dietz 1961-1962
  • Harry Poll, 1962-1964
  • Galen Skinner, 1965-1973
  • Bruce Miller, 1973-1985
  • Donald R. Lloyd, 1985-1995
  • Robert W. Cash, 1995-2003
  • Bill Luce, Jr., 2003-2006
  • Mike Benson, 2006-2008 (Interim)
  • Mike Kilgallin, 2008–present

Sports, clubs, and traditions[edit]

Crossroads College fields teams in men's and women's basketball. The school belongs to both the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) and the Association of Christian College Athletics(ACCA).

Student groups include:

  • The Ambassadors, a mission group
  • Chorale
  • International Students Fellowship
  • Outreach Teams, including Adoration Vocal Ensemble, Staged Reactions drama troupe, and worship bands
  • Student Council
  • Xiphos, the student-led newspaper

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Crossroads College - College Overview. Petersons (2006-07-29). Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  2. ^ "Crossroads College". Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Accreditation". Crossroads College. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Stolle, Matthew (April 19, 2013). "Crossroads College fails to regain accreditation". PostBulletin. Retrieved March 11, 2015. 
  5. ^ "History, Mission and Philosophy" (PDF). Crossroads College Catalog 2005-2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-12. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 

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