Shelton College

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Shelton College
Former name
National Bible Institute
Active1907 (1907)–1991 (1991)
PrincipalJ. Oliver Buswell
United States

Shelton College was a private, Christian, liberal arts college that was located in Cape May, New Jersey. It was involved in a landmark case requiring religious schools to acquire a state license to grant academic degrees.

The college motto was "Training Christian Warriors."[1]


Shelton College was founded by Don Odell Shelton in 1907 as the National Bible Institute of New York City, and it was incorporated in 1908.[2][3] The Union Missionary Training Institute of Brooklyn, founded by Lucy D. Osborn in 1885, merged with the National Bible Institute in 1916.[3] From 1925-1952 the National Bible Institute's headquarters were located at 340 West 55th Street in New York City and was known as the National Bible Institute School and Dormitory.

Carl McIntire was instrumental in the leadership of the college from the early 1940s until it closed in 1991.

The National Bible Institute was renamed as Shelton College in 1950.[3][4] The college moved to a campus in Ringwood, New Jersey, in 1953,[4] then to Cape May, New Jersey in 1963.[5]

In 1971 the College moved to Cape Canaveral, Florida, and then back to Cape May in 1979.

In September 1973, McIntire became Chancellor.[6]

In New Jersey Board of Higher Education v. Shelton College, the Supreme Court of New Jersey forbade Shelton from granting degrees without a state license.[7][8][9][10] The school became a certificate granting institution until it closed in 1992.

In 2014, the roof collapsed and the building was demolished.[11]

Academic programs[edit]

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB)
  • Bachelor of Theology (BTh)
  • Bachelor of Divinity (BD)
  • Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE)
  • Master of Religious Education (MRE)

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


Shelton College publishes a theological journal, The Bible Today.




  1. ^ Rhoads, Gladys Titzck and Nancy Titzck Anderson (2012). McIntire: Defender of Faith and Freedom. Maitland, FL: Xulon Press. p. 101. ISBN 9781619962316.
  2. ^ "The Bible Today". PCA Historical Center: Periodical Holdings - The Bible Today (1941-1951). Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Harden, Margaret G. (1967). A Brief History of the Bible Presbyterian Church and Its Agencies. Bible Presbyterian Church. pp. 138–139. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Testimony to Christ and a Witness for Freedom: Who Is Carl McIntire?. 20th Century Reformation Hour. 1963. p. 12. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  5. ^ Laplaca, Bryan (18 February 1965). "Shelton College". Retrieved 18 September 2015 – via
  6. ^ "Rules Are Strict At Shelton". St. Petersburg Times. 26 December 1973.
  7. ^ Supreme Court of New Jersey (1982). "New Jersey Board of Higher Education v. Shelton College". Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  8. ^ See Russell Kirk, "Shelton College and State Licensing of Religious Schools: An Educator's View of the Interface Between the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses," Law & Contemporary Problems, 44:2 (Spring 1981), 169-184 [Kirk's article is excellent in what it asserts, but some historical details are in need of correction]. The Ringwood Campus, called "Skylands," became the New Jersey Botanical Gardens in 1984 New Jersey Botanical Gardens website
  9. ^ "What ever happened to Shelton College?". Cape May New Jersey. Archived from the original on September 28, 2008. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  10. ^ Kirk, Russell (1981). "Shelton College and State Licensing of Religious Schools: An Educator's View of the Interface Between the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses". Duke University.
  11. ^ "Former Shelton College building to be demolished after roof collapse". Shore News Today.