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About CSU

Clarks Summit University has prepared Christ-centered, career-ready graduates for more than 80 years. Founded in 1932, this private, Christian college embraces its Baptist convictions and propels graduates into careers and service opportunities around the globe.

Our Mission

CSU exists to prepare Christ-centered, career-ready graduates.

Read CSU's full Mission Statement

Founded in 1932 in Johnson City, New York, Clarks Summit University is an educational institution that embraces its Baptist heritage. With a commitment to biblical authority, Clarks Summit University serves undergraduate, graduate and seminary students by preparing them for lives of significant service for the cause of Jesus Christ in a variety of ministries and careers.

As a learning community dedicated to biblical higher education, Clarks Summit University strengthens the church of God and influences society by cultivating an environment that promotes academic excellence and Christlikeness. Students are challenged to pursue biblical truth and wisdom, to embrace a Christian worldview and to develop professional competence and relational skills.

Clarks Summit University aspires to be a community of individuals who love and serve God with all their heart, soul and mind, and who love their neighbor as themselves. We launch our graduates into the world as servants of God and as lifelong learners.


As an accredited Bible college, the Word of God is the foundation of our academic programs and welcoming student community. All undergraduate students earn a double major in Biblical Studies and the major of their choice. Chapel is an integral part of on-campus student life, where CSU faculty and nationally recognized speakers encourage students to live out their faith.


From academics and experiential learning experiences to on-campus employment and co-curricular activities, CSU students benefit from a career focus. Grounded in the belief that all aspects of college life are training grounds for future careers, CSU emphasizes training in both practical academics and the soft skills employers seek in their new hires.

Our Vision

Clark Summit University’s Christ-centered, career-ready graduates will strengthen the church and influence society around the world.

Our Core Values

Biblical Truth

We value the Scriptures as truth, the highest authority for faith and practice, the center of true learning and the basis of our worldview.

Transformational Learning

We value the development of biblically based critical thinking, building wisdom that transforms worldview, character, behavior, relationships and ministry in conformity to Christ.

Spiritual Integration

We value the development of the whole person: the integration of faith and practice, mind and heart and learning and service.

Global Orientation

We value obedience to the Great Commission; therefore, we seek to serve Christ in a myriad of ways and locations.

Cultural Relevance

We value living wisely within the culture that surrounds us, establishing a redemptive presence and speaking the truth in love wherever God sends us.

Christian Leadership

We value the development of leadership skills as the natural outcome of transformational learning, so we may assist others in achieving their God-given potential.

Baptist Heritage

We value the local church, the pillar and foundation of truth, along with the rich spiritual legacy of our Baptist distinctives and history.

Pursuit of Excellence

We value continuous assessment that leads to God-honoring improvement, innovation and creative development.

Responsible Stewardship

We value the wise investment and management of the resources that God has entrusted to us, maximizing the benefit to those we serve.

Areas of Study

Undergraduate Majors

More than 40 undergraduate academic programs include majors in business and communications, health and sports sciences, human services, Christian ministries and education.

Online students can earn an associate or bachelor’s degree in multiple different study areas.

An online Degree Completion track is ideal for adult transfer students ready to finish earning the degree they previously started.

High School Dual Enrollment gets high school juniors and seniors on the fast track to collegiate success as they meet their high school requirements while earning college credits.

Graduate Programs

Our graduate programs offer a deeper academic experience in Bible, education, counseling, literature and organizational leadership from a thoroughly biblical perspective.

Graduate students earn a master’s degree completely online (limited on-campus modules are required for the Master of Science in Counseling).

Baptist Bible Seminary Degrees

Baptist Bible Seminary equips people with a strong biblical theology in highly flexible and immediately applicable master’s and doctoral degrees, from church-planting concentrations in the accessible two-year Master of Arts program to a biblical Doctor of Philosophy.

Online Programs

Convenient online Bible college programs are available at all academic levels, from our unique High School Dual Enrollment program through associate, bachelors, master’s and doctoral degrees.

Where We Are

The Christian university is located in the foothills of the Endless Mountains of Pennsylvania, with outdoor recreation, quaint small towns and vibrant city life nearby.

On-campus students are treated to a tight-knit community, outstanding architecture and beautiful scenery from our nationally ranked mountaintop campus.

Students in our thriving online programs enjoy learning from dedicated CSU professors as they study worldwide.

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