Kentucky Christian University (KCU) is a private Christian university located in Grayson, Kentucky. It was founded in December 1, 1919 by J. W. Lusby and J. O. Snodgrass as the Christian Normal Institute and its curriculum emphasized training for public school teachers as well as high school and junior college. It shifted its emphasis to Christian ministry during the early 1920s. It is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ.
The primary mission of KCU at present is the education of students for Christian leadership and service in the church. The university abides by its belief that the Bible is the revealed word of God and that it is the final authority in matters pertaining to life and faith. It equates true education with the capacity to make responsible moral decisions with the commitment to serve the needs of others. It hopes to develop in students the moral and spiritual principles based on the Bible.
Kentucky Christian University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Areas of study include Advanced Biblical Studies; Bible and Ministry with a choice of Emphasis on Camp Management, Christian Leadership, Missions, Preaching Ministry, Small Group Ministry, and Youth and Family; Biology (Pre-Professional); Business Administration with a choice of Emphasis on Accounting, Management, and Sports Management; Counseling Psychology; History/Pre-Law; Humanities; Music Business; Music Performance; Nursing; Social Work; Teacher Education with a choice of Emphasis in Primary (Pre-School-Grade 5), Middle School (Grade 5-9), Secondary English (Grade 8-12), Secondary Social Studies (Grade 8-12), and Secondary Mathematics (Grade 8-12); University Studies; and Worship. Graduate degrees offered consist of Master of Arts in Biblical Studies with Concentrations in New Testament or Biblical Backgrounds, and the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership with Emphasis in Theological Studies, Christian Ministry, Pastoral Care, Leadership, or Preaching. Additional accreditation is provided by the Council on Social Work Education for social work programs, by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education for nursing programs, and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board for education programs.
Tuition is $468.00 per credit for undergraduate programs. Cost of attendance is significantly reduced by financial aid offered to qualified students. Tuition cost for graduate programs is $258.33 per credit hour or $775.00 per module. Other expenses include books, supplies, room, board, and travel. Financial aid is provided through assistantships; institutional scholarships; church- sponsored scholarships, veteran benefits; tuition discounts for alumni, ministers, organization or schools with at least three employees or students registering for the same module, second full-time student in a family, and spouses who register for the same graduate module.
Kentucky Christian University fields its athletic teams known as the Knights in various sport events including basketball, football, soccer, and cross-country. It is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). It joins in the Mid-South Conference. Total student population is estimated at 662 of which 629 are undergraduate students. Student/faculty ratio is 15:1.
KCU is especially known for its athletic and music programs. Aside from producing highly competitive student athletes, it has also produced the university concert choir who has been credited with several national and international performances. Other notable accomplishments in the music department include the establishment of the chorale, the Ars Nova (acapella madrigal and vocal jazz music) and the concert band.