Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What's the difference between a college and a university?
There is no official criteria that differentiates the two.

2. Why did we changing from a college to a university?
We are a university in mission, outreach and global connections. We currently have four academic delivery sites (Wilmore, Nicholasville, Orlando and online) with multi-level academic programs (Academy for high school seniors; associate degrees; traditional undergraduate degrees; an adult undergraduate degree completion program; graduate degrees; and graduate + 30 hours for a rank 1 education degree is in the development stage). This year, our academic programs were restructured into four schools: College of Arts and Sciences (Dr. Jon Kulaga, Interim Dean); School of Education (Dr. Verna Lowe, Dean); School of Communication Arts (Dr. Jim Owens, Dean) and School of Graduate and Professional Studies (Dr. Bonnie Banker, Dean).

Higher education institutions that offer master’s level programs are often structured with separate schools, colleges and deans. Asbury University has offered master's level programs since the creation of the graduate level education programs in 2000 and with the introduction of the Master of Social Work program in 2007. Also, as an institution we are seeking to increase our influence geographically and have already done so with programs in Orlando and online. Internationally, "college" is often used to describe high school or technical school. As we seek to expand and grow to international markets and with the continued growth of our master’s level programs, "university" better describes Asbury today.

3. Is our mission changing?
No, spiritual vitality will always be integrated into the educational and social experience of our students. As an institution, we have instated the Cornerstones of Spiritual Vitality. The four Cornerstones of Scripture, Holiness, Stewardship and Mission will serve a guide to not only maintain, but to enrich the spirituality of our university.

Our commitment to academic excellence will also remain. In fact, students will continue to see an increase in degree programs offered, more challenging classes, and Asbury University’s reputation will grow as an international leader in higher education. As a university, Asbury has more opportunities for research and special programs for students through grant funding and international exposure. Even in our growth, our liberal arts core has and will continue to remain intact. We continue to acknowledge that a strong foundation in the liberal arts is the best way to equip our graduates for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service to the professions, society, the family and the Church. This is our mission and it will not change.

4. When did the name change become official?
March 5, 2010

5. Will this change affect the size of Asbury University? What will we do if we outgrow Hughes?
Dr. Sandra Gray, president, has plans to grow Asbury University's enrollment to 2,000 by 2015. Of that, 1,500 will be traditional undergraduates with 250 ACHIEVE degree completion students and 250 graduate students. At this time, the enrollment plans for traditional undergraduates remain within the seating capacity of Hughes Auditorium.

6. Now that we are a "university" are we now be a public institution?
Asbury University will remain a private, independent, Christian, liberal arts institution, providing academic excellence in a context of spiritual vitality.

7. Will tuition and fees increase as a result of Asbury becoming a university?
No. The name change does not impact how tuition rates and fees are determined for each academic year.

8. When can I purchase a new Asbury University t-shirt?
The bookstore has ordered Asbury University merchandise and opened on March 5 with all new AU items. You will also be able to order Asbury University apparel online.

9. What athletic conference does Asbury University belong to?
Asbury University will continue membership in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA).

10. What happened to the Asbury College signage?
Key signage, including the brick sign at the entrance to campus, is scheduled to be replaced by March 5. The University will phase out and replace old signage, based on a list of priorities and a master campus signage plan, as deemed appropriate by the leadership team.

11. How do I order Asbury University letterhead, envelopes, business cards, etc.?
The Office of Marketing & Communications is working with a print vendor to order all stationery items online. The online ordering site is available. Contact your superviser to order items.

12. Do alumni say they graduated from "Asbury University" rather than "Asbury College?"
Yes, diplomas will read "Asbury University," beginning with May 2010 graduates. Alumni may begin listing Asbury University as their alma mater on resumes, etc. For a fee, graduates prior to 2010 will also be able to order Asbury University diplomas by contacting the Registrar’s Office.

13. Are Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary joining into one institution?
No, Asbury University and Asbury Theological Seminary will remain two separate independent institutions. We do plan to work with ATS on collaborative projects such as events, courses and degree programs.

14. Will Asbury still sell "College" memorabilia to alumni and friends?
Asbury College items will be available through the College bookstore as long as supplies last. All new items will be Asbury University.