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Greensboro Bible and Training School started in Greensboro, NC, in the fall of 1903, as a result of an area revival held by Rev. Seth Rees and Rev. Charles Weigle. The school closed abruptly after spring semester in 1931 due to insurmountable financial difficulties. Some board members and supporters, however, still believed in the need for Bible-based education in the area and pursued reopening the school. They met several times with Jim Green, a well-known evangelist. Following an all-night prayer service, the group decided to reopen the school on January 15, 1932, in the same facilities with many of the same teachers and students. This time, it was called People’s Bible School. Even though Laurel University’s charter reads “1932,” its beginnings stretch back to the turn of the century with a Board of Trustees always committed to an independent, evangelical, interdenominational school where God’s Word was preeminent. Growth and change always accompanied this constant commitment to Christian education. The school grew by building a campus in the Grove Park area of Greensboro. In 1980, the campus moved to to its current location in High Point, thanks to property donated by local businessman Edwin H. Shufelt.

Formerly John Wesley College - Now Laurel UniversityThe school changed its name in 1949 to People’s Bible College, then later to John Wesley College and finally, to Laurel University in 2011. From its inception, Laurel University was exempted from state licensure due to its major focus on religious training. Recently, the state reexamined this exemption when the school added two management programs.  In 2010, Laurel University became the first Bible College in the state of North Carolina to have some of its programs achieve state licensure. Laurel University received initial accreditation in 1982 from the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) and presently maintains this accreditation. In 1994, it received an award from Christianity Today magazine for the largest enrollment growth within ABHE. In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Laurel University won the Evangelical Training Association (ETA) Jonathan N. Thigpen Enrollment Growth Award. Now, over a century after starting practical Bible education and more than seventy five years after its new charter, Laurel University continues with a vibrant student body, a dedicated Christian staff, and a modern campus.

You fit at Laurel U! We educate lifelong learners to serve wherever they are called. If you want an atmosphere that encourages more than your intellectual development, come to Laurel U!

What is Laurel University?
Laurel University is a comprehensive Biblical University rooted in traditional Christian values and committed to educate lifelong learners for ministry in the marketplace, society and world.
We seek to provide an atmosphere that encourages
  • Intellectual development,
  • Spiritual maturation, and
  • Professional competency

Founded in 1903, Laurel University is a private, non-profit, co-educational university with local (High Point, NC) as well as international reach. Read more about Laurel University’s history.

FLEXIBLE:  You can study on our intimate and naturally beautiful campus, take courses online, or do both.
ACCESSIBLE: Our low student-faculty ratio (10:1) means you enjoy a personal education experience.
ACCREDITED: You qualify for federal financial aid.
AFFORDABLE: We keep our tuition rates as low as possible, to help you graduate with as little debt as possible – yet provide excellence in education.
Laurel University is an interdenominational Christian University, which teaches the fundamental doctrines of evangelical Christianity. Laurel University operates in accordance with the following beliefs:

  1. We believe that there is one living and true God, an eternally existent spiritual Being of absolute knowledge, power and goodness; Creator and Preserver of all things visible and invisible; that in the unity of this Godhead there are three persons of one substance, power, and eternity, who are Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe that Jesus Christ is the second person of the triune Godhead; that He is eternally of one substance with the Father; that He became incarnated by the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, thus uniting in one perfect nature Godhood and manhood, very God and very man—the God-man, Jesus Christ.
  3. We believe in the personality and deity of the Holy Spirit; that He did proceed from the Father and the Son, and is the third person of the triune Godhead, of one substance, power, and eternity with them; that He is present with and active in the Church, convicting the whole world of sin and righteousness and judgment.
  4. We believe that the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testament, which the Church has universally accepted as the Holy Scriptures, were given by divine inspiration and constitute the revealed and infallible Word of God as the only supreme, sufficient, and authoritative rule of faith and practice. We believe that the Holy Spirit who motivated men of God to speak through the written word has providentially guarded the integrity of the message and continues to illumine the hearts of those who read, that they may understand God’s redemptive plan.
  5. We believe that man was a special creation by God but that he forfeited his first estate and is very far fallen from original righteousness; and because of the corruption of his nature as received from Adam and he is continually inclined to evil.
  6. We believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins. By the shedding of His blood, He made atonement for the sins of all mankind; this atonement is the only ground of salvation. We believe in Christ’s bodily resurrection from the dead; He ascended into Heaven, to the right hand of the Father and is there engaged in intercession for us.
  7. We believe that penitent sinners are justified before God only by faith in Jesus Christ; at the same time, they are regenerated and adopted into the household of faith, the Holy Spirit bearing witness with their spirit to this gracious work. This is sometimes called implicit or initial sanctification.
  8. We believe that entire sanctification is that act of God by which believers are made free from original sin and brought into a state of complete devotion to God. We further believe that this work is accomplished by baptism with the Holy Spirit, Who bears witness. We also believe that while the approach to this state may be more or less gradual, the actual experience of entire sanctification is consummated in an instant and the life that follows should experience the fullness of the Holy Spirit and a continual maturing of the Christian graces.
  9. We believe that Christians are called to be holy in all manner of living so that any conduct contrary to this rule of Scripture is not only repugnant but is also inconsistent with a true Christian profession.
  10. We believe in the holy universal Church; that it is composed of all true believers in Jesus Christ, regardless of race, creed, sex, or national origin; that it is for the maintenance of worship, the edification of believers, and the proclamation of the Gospel to the whole world.
  11. We believe in the imminent, personal return of Jesus Christ to this world to establish His kingdom, to rule in righteousness, and to judge all people.
  12. We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead; that the bodies of the just and unjust shall be reunited with their spirits; that everlasting life is assured to all who believe in and follow Jesus Christ, and the finally impenitent shall go away into everlasting punishment in hell.

ABHE Accreditation

Laurel University is accredited with the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (formerly the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the U.S. Department of Education. ABHE may be contacted at: Association for Biblical Higher Education 5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130 Orlando, FL 32822 Voice: 407-207-0808 Fax: 407-207-0840

ACSI Accreditation

Graduates of Laurel University’s program in Christian Elementary Education are eligible for certification with the Association of Christian Schools International. ACSI may be contacted at: Association of Christian Schools International P.O. Box 35097 Colorado Springs, CO 80935 Voice: 719-528-6906

UNC Licensure

In accordance with North Carolina General Statute 116-15 (d), the AA degree and the BA degree offered by the School of Ministry of Laurel University is exempt from the requirement of licensure by the University Of North Carolina Office Of General Administration with respect to the religious nature of the University’s programs. This exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under the established licensure standards. The two degrees offered by the Laurel University School of Management, the Bachelor of Arts in Management & Business Ethics and the Master of Business Administration, are licensed by the University Of North Carolina Office Of General Administration. UNC may be contacted at: University of North Carolina General Administration P.O. Box 2688 Chapel Hill, NC 27515-2688

From the President

Welcome to Laurel University! Steven Condon, President, Laurel UniversityToday is a great time to be a part of this growing and exciting institution. Here at Laurel, there is such a wonderful and positive spirit!  We believe that God’s hand is upon us, and we work hard each day to earn the trust of our expanding presence. One of the reasons for our high expectations at Laurel is the quality of our product: classroom instruction from our faculty. Those of us blessed to serve on Laurel’s team are energized and stimulated by the challenges that face each student entering our world at this time.  We get excited by the new faculty and staff as they arrive with new vision and talent and the passion to lift our work.

We are constantly reviewing and improving our curriculum and renewing our teaching. Fact is, Laurel offers a faculty gifted in the delivery of excellent instruction with the sensitivity and perspective of seasoned Christian disciples. These great men and women form the critical core of our education here at Laurel, but students remain the heart and soul of this institution.  You are our ministry. With students entering at multiple levels, multiple ages, multiple career stages, and from multiple backgrounds, Laurel is a diverse, thriving community.

There is a place for you at Laurel, and we will do everything in our power to help you find it.  If it’s not in this catalog just call or email us. If there might be anything we can do to make your college decision and transition easier and more enjoyable or informative, please just let us know. As we have served students successfully for 110 years, so shall we serve you.

Cordially,

Steve Condon, PhD President

Come enjoy the beauty of our 25-acre, serene campus – a world apart from the hustle and bustle of daily life!  With much of the campus still naturally forested, relax with the beauty of tall pines and dogwoods, as well as a lake and lighted fountain. In the center of the campus is the Norman Carter Administration Building, which overlooks a lake and beautifully landscaped grounds Our students find Laurel U’s park-like atmosphere the perfect place for study and quiet reflection. Fear not! You are near area restaurants, churches, a mall and several shopping centers. Piedmont Triad International Airport is less than 15 minutes away.

If you want to visit the campus at Laurel University, please visit the Campus Visit page to complete the form there. Take advantage of our Hotel listing as well as Directions & Parking information as you plan your trip.

Enjoy the vistas below. Find out if you fit at Laurel U!

Institutional Research and Effectiveness is Laurel University’s official source for institutional research and information.  Our primary mission to collect data, analyze data and conduct research in order to provide information that will support policy formulation, institutional planning, decision making and institutional effectiveness. To achieve our mission, the University will:

  • Compile and evaluate various data, such as student enrollment, graduation and retention rates and degrees awarded
  • Assist with effectiveness and accreditation programs
  • Conduct studies designed to support planning and effectiveness
  • Assist with development of effectiveness measurements
  • Provide access to institutional research to the University’s constituents, state and federal agencies

Get a copy of the 2008-2014 Laurel University Factbook.

Transfer of Credit Policy

Laurel University accepts transfer credits only from educational institutions within the United States accredited by accrediting organizations recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and foreign institutions chartered and authorized to grant degrees by their national governments. Credits from accredited institutions are accepted for meeting core requirements at Laurel University provided course descriptions satisfactorily parallel courses offered at Laurel U. Only course work with a grade of “C” or better is accepted toward undergraduate degree requirements and “B” or better toward graduate degree requirements at Laurel University. Only academic work completed at Laurel University will be computed into the student’s final cumulative grade point average (GPA). Partial credit may be granted for credits earned with a grade of “C” or better from unaccredited institutions upon petition by the student to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.. Laurel University grants earned degrees to students completing a minimum of ¼ of their entire program at this institution (If your total program is 120 hours then you must complete 30 hours of it at Laurel University). Additional credit may be earned through the following programs: 1. The College Board testing programs, administered through the Educational Testing Service CLEP in New York, New York, or DANTES in Pensacola, Florida; 2. Military experience, determined by the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Forces (American Council on Education); and 3. Credit by Demonstrated Competency, including seminars, workshops, on-the-job training, licenses, and demonstrated knowledge through Life Learning Papers.

Credit Hour

As found in the catalog, the standard academic year at Laurel University consists of two semesters (fall/spring) followed by a summer session. For Financial Aid purposes, we consider the summer session to be a “trailer” to the standard academic year. The Carnegie model specifies one hour of instruction per week (plus two hours of out-of-class study time) for 15 weeks to equal one hour of credit. The 50-minute instruction period equates to 12.5 “clock” hours per credit hour over the semester (37.5 for a 3-hour course). When one factors into this the administrative duties of attendance, etc., the usable amount of time over the semester is just over thirty-three (33) hours. At Laurel University, each semester is seventeen (17) weeks long, 16 of which involve class and test time. Teachers have the option of scheduling an exam during the last class period, planning for a special time slot beyond the last class period or having a practical final project/assignment that is to be completed as some specified time at the end of the semester. Keeping in mind the 33 hour minimum, and in order to meet changing student needs, within this 17-week semester Laurel University offers a variety of schedules. These are as follows:

  1. Language courses meet twice a week for a minimum of 1.5 hrs per day for the entire semester. This gives them approximately 45 “clock” hours with the instructor per semester. (over the minimum)
  2. Standard courses meet once a week for a minimum of 160 minutes per day for the entire semester. This gives them approximately 40 “clock” hours with the instructor per semester. (over the minimum)
  3. 8-week format courses meet once a week for a minimum of 245 minutes per day for the 8 weeks of class. This gives a total of 33 instruction hours per course. (right at the minimum)
  4. Degree Completion accelerated format – These courses are designed for working adults who are working in fields related to the area of study. These courses are very programed where the student spends a minimum of 7-weeks involved in the course, 5 of which are directly with an instructor. In addition to the face to face “instruction time” which is about 21 hours the students are involved in out-of class small group, focus groups, online chat rooms, or forums (whatever is appropriate for the course). This instruction time usually involves 3 or more hours per week which makes the total instruction time between 36 and 40 hours per course.

In all of the programs, out-of-classroom study time is expected and required of all. The Freshman courses (the full-semester courses) tend to average between 6 and 7 hours per week. The more advanced courses (which tend to be offered in the 8-week format) will average between 13 and 15 hours per week. The degree completion format courses (depending on the student) will take anywhere from 15 to 20 hours per week of outside study time.

Academic Freedom

Laurel University is committed to excellence in higher education. Academic freedom is essential to the achievement of this goal. The University supports and encourages freedom of thought and inquiry through teaching, research, discussion, and publication.

Faculty members may exercise freedom within the limits prescribed by the standards set by the Board of Trustees including the general standards and doctrinal statement. If, through the exercise of his/her academic freedom, a faculty member can no longer subscribe to the general standards and doctrinal statements of the University, s/he should seek employment elsewhere. Faculty members who choose not to resign when their views are in conflict with the University’s general standards and doctrinal statements will be terminated. In such cases, the procedures of Due Process will be followed as set forth in Part Three, Article IV, Section4 of the Faculty Bylaws.

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LAUREL UNIVERSITY
1215 Eastchester Drive
High Point, NC 27265

Phone: 336-887-3000
Fax: 336-889-2261
Toll Free: 855-LAURELU (855-528-7358)