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Adventist Teaching and Philosophy

A Faith and Learning Environment

Preparing young people for success in the 21st century and beyond is the mission of the Seventh-day Adventist educational system.

Adventists value every individual as a unique person created in the image of God with distinctive gifts, talents and abilities. With this in mind, our educational system is based on the development of the whole person.

Our schools seek to provide every opportunity for the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical growth of every student. Our aim is to prepare students for life and a career; to inspire them to love learning, respect others and become contributing members of society; to develop a character in the likeness of our Creator.

At Seventh-day Adventist colleges, faith experiences are not just relegated to worship or chapel periods. Instead, professors infuse classes with a faith perspective. Each college or university campus is a learning community with Christian role models and mentors. These campuses integrate faith and excellence in learning, aiding students in building character and providing them with a worldview that can handle life's questions and challenges.

The Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America maintains a Department of Education that supervises more than 1,000 K-12 schools and 13 colleges and universities with over 65,000 students. The Adventist Accrediting Association oversees the quality and integrity of education on campuses nationwide. The 13 colleges located in North America host this web site and comprise the organization known as the Adventist Association of Colleges and Universities.

The Adventists operate one of the largest Protestant educational systems in the world, with 6,745 elementary schools and academies, as well as 101 colleges and universities.