Tabor College (Kansas)

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Tabor College
Lohrenz Building, 2010
Type Private
Established 1908
Affiliation Mennonite Brethren Church
Administrative staff
Students 766 (Fall 2014)
Undergraduates 735
Postgraduates 31
Location Hillsboro, Kansas, USA [1]
38°20′55″N 97°11′59″W / 38.348522°N 97.199768°W / 38.348522; -97.199768Coordinates: 38°20′55″N 97°11′59″W / 38.348522°N 97.199768°W / 38.348522; -97.199768
Campus Rural
Colors Blue & Gold
Sports football, men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's basketball, baseball, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, and men's and women's track and field.
Nickname Bluejays
Wohlgemuth Music Education Center, 2007
Natural Science Center, 2007

Tabor College is a four-year private Christian liberal arts college in Hillsboro, Kansas. Tabor is currently owned and operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church and follows the confession of faith of that church.[2]

There were 594 students enrolled at the Tabor College Hillsboro campus for the Fall 2014 semester. Total enrollment, including the Tabor College School of Adult and Graduate Studies in Wichita, Kansas, was 766.[3]


Established in 1908 by those of the Mennonite Brethren and Krimmer Mennonite Brethren faiths, Tabor’s doors were first opened with 39 students and three instructors. Before the end of that school year, enrollment skyrocketed to 104. A fire destroyed the building that housed the college for its first 10 years and supporters of the college quickly joined together and built two new buildings: a dormitory-dining hall and an administration-classroom building. These buildings – the Mary J. Regier Building and the H.W. Lohrenz Building – are still in use today.[4]

While Tabor has continued to be affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Church, changes have been made in the organizational structure from time to time. The Tabor College Corporation was owned and operated by the college until 1934 when ownership was transferred to the Board of Trustees of the Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Church of North America. The Board of Directors is responsible to the Mennonite Brethren churches of the Central, Southern, Latin America and North Carolina districts.[4]

Tabor College also formed an extension of the main institution when Tabor College in Wichita opened offices in 1993 and the first classes began the following year. Undergraduate and graduate degrees have been offered in Wichita and online.[4]

As a college that is owned and operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church, Tabor accepts and seeks to follow the Confession of Faith of the General Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, adopted in 1975 and subsequently revised. Mennonite Brethren doctrines are in agreement with those of most evangelical Christians.[4]


Tabor's main campus is situated in Hillsboro, Kansas, located approximately 50 miles north of Wichita, Kansas. Nearby cities include Newton and McPherson.

Organization and administration[edit]

Tabor is owned and operated by the Mennonite Brethren Church.

Academic profile[edit]

Over 140 students are enrolled in the School of Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) degree completion program, which offers three undergraduate programs: registered nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Christian ministry and business administration. Students can enroll in core curriculum courses through the college's STEPS (Studies That Enhance Program Success) program. AGS also offers an MBA with a concentration in accounting. In the fall of 2014, AGS launched a new Master of Arts degree in entrepreneurial ministry leadership. The average length of time for an AGS degree completion program is 18 to 29 months.[citation needed]

The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) is a cooperative organization of Christ-centered, four-year colleges and universities rooted in the liberal arts and offering professional programs. Through Tabor’s affiliation with the CCCU, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs.[citation needed]

Student life[edit]

Tabor students are provided with several service opportunities in keeping with the faith-based mission of the college. During new student orientation, students participate in a service day, working alongside others in Hillsboro and other sites in Newton and Wichita. Groups work with women's shelters, clothing banks, low-income housing projects and other organizations.[citation needed]


See also Tabor Bluejays

Tabor College teams are known as the Bluejays. The college participate in 17 sports: football, men's/women's soccer, women's volleyball, men's/women's cross country, men's/women's basketball, men's/women's swimming, baseball, softball, men's/women's tennis, men's/women's track and field and bowling.[citation needed] Tabor is a member of the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) which is part of the NAIA.

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