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ELCA College Values

Our college values

All the ELCA colleges are centered on the same core values. These include:

  • A focus on undergraduate students.
  • The belief that small class sizes and student engagement are important.
  • A commitment to making the experience affordable, and to helping our students graduate in four years.
  • A strong belief that we should help students develop values that they will hold for the rest of their lives.

The best people to determine whether or not we are delivering on our promises are our alums. Here is what they, and alums of state universities, have to say about their college experiences.

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Small class sizes and personal attention

I had many classes with fewer than 20 students.

I had many classes with fewer than 20 students.

Faculty at my college were interested in students personally as well as academically.

Faculty at my college were interested in students personally as well as academically.

I had conversations with professors outside of the classroom.

I had conversations with professors outside of the classroom.

I found a mentor in college.

I found a mentor in college.

Personal and community development

There was a strong sense of community among students.

There was a strong sense of community among students.

My college had an emphasis on personal values and ethics.

My college had an emphasis on personal values and ethics.

Affordable and efficient

I received a grant or scholarship to help pay for college.

I received a grant or scholarship to help pay for college.

I graduated in four years or less.

I graduated in four years or less.

Focused on careers and life beyond campus

College was effective in helping me develop moral principles to guide my actions.

College was effective in helping me develop moral principles to guide my actions.

I participated in a college-sponsored internship.

I participated in a college-sponsored internship.

I have been involved with church or religious organizations in the last five years.

I have been involved with church or religious organizations in the last five years.

Learn more about the transformative experiences at our our colleges by requesting more information. Also, if you’re interested in viewing a comprehensive report of the research conducted, visit our partner site Lutherancolleges.org.