Point University, previously known as Atlanta Christian University, is a private Christian university located in West Point, Georgia. It was founded by Judge Thomas Olin Hathcock as the Atlanta Christian College in 1937 at East Point, Georgia. It was established primarily to educate ministers, missionaries, and other workers with church related duties. On February 2011, it announced two important changes that affected the university. Administrators announced the change of name to Point University effective July 1, 2011 and the transfer of the main campus to West Point, Georgia. The East Point location is now being used for adult learning programs and dual-credit enrollment programs for high school students. It remains affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. It has a satellite location in Peachtree City, Georgia and is expected to open another in Savannah, Georgia.
The primary mission of Point University is to educate students for Christ-centered service and leadership throughout the world. Its core values are Christ-centered; Kingdom-focused and emphasize personal responsibility and growth, community transformation, integrity in stewardship of resources, global vision for ministry, and service to community. The curriculum has been designed to encourage student growth in the spiritual, intellectual, physical and professional aspects.
The degree programs offered by Point University are offered into four (4) main types – Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Theology. These degree plans are provided in the Access and traditional option. Degree options in the Access Program include Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministries, Bachelor of Science in Human Relations, and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership. Access Programs are for non-traditional adult students.
Traditional program degree options include BA, BS, B.Th. in Biblical Studies or Biblical Studies and Preaching Ministry; B.A. in English, B.S. in Biology; B.A. in History; A.A., B.A., or B.S. in Business Administration; B.A. in Humanities; B.S. in Child and Youth Development; B.A. in Middle Grades Education; B.A. or B.S. in Counseling and Human Services; B.A. or B.S. in Music; B.S. in Criminal Justice; B.A. or B.S. in Psychology; B.A. or B.S. in Early Childhood Education; and B.S. in Sociology with Social Work Specialization.
Full-time students pay $7,738.00 for tuition, $1,445.00 for standard room, and $1,545.00 for board, per semester. Credits beyond 18 hours cost $430.00 per credit hour. Part-time students pay $175.00 per credit hour for 1 to 5 hours or $620.00 per credit for 6 to 11 hours. Tuition cost for Access Programs is $325.00 per credit for 100 and 200-level courses or $405.00 per credit for 300 to 400-level courses.
Financial aid is provided through state and federal funds, loans, and work study programs. Tuition payment plans are also made available to allow students to make installment payments throughout the semester. Some form of financial aid is availed of by 95% of the student body including those that are need-based or awarded for specific qualifications or accomplishments.
Athletic teams of Point University are known as the Skyhawks. Being a member of NAIA, it joins the Appalachian Athletic Conference to compete in baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, soccer, softball, and volleyball. The university was a member of NCCAA Division II when it was still known as Atlanta Christian University. Its teams were known then as the Chargers.
Total enrollment of Point University is estimated at more than 1200.