Taylor University was founded as Fort Wayne Female College in Fort Wayne, IN in 1846 and is one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in the country. This private, 4-year school went co-ed in 1850 and became Fort Wayne College. In 1890 it was renamed Taylor University, named for Methodist Bishop William Taylor. In 1893, the campus was moved to Upland, IN – a small “college town” located 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis. The sprawling 950 campus offers a large arboretum and much in the way of ‘green space.’ Between the library and the music center stands Rice Bell Tower, a unique feature standing over 70 feet tall, chimes hourly during the day, plays seasonal music three times a day (weekdays) and the school song after football games. Notable alumni include singer Geoff Moore.
Taylor University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission and offers Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degrees in over 60 majors. Of those, a Bachelor of Business Administration is available online and the school has 2 overseas campuses in Ecuador and Ireland. The university is comprised of 7 Centers of study: the Bedi Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Spencer Center for Global Engagement, Center for Scripture Engagement, Center for Missions Computing, Center for Ethics, Center for Faith, Film and Media and the Center for the Study of CS Lewis and Friends. The school is noted for English Language, Music and Teacher Education programs; the largest programs on campus are in Business and Education. The mission of Taylor University is “to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” To this end, Taylor is committed to the following: Whole Person Focus; Biblical Anchor and Liberal Arts Grounding; Christ Centeredness; Faith and Learning Integration; World Engagement; Servant Leader Motivation.
There are over 2000 undergraduate students enrolled at Taylor University, most all live on campus in one of the eight residence halls and apartments. There are many clubs and student organizations available including club sports and intramurals. For the varsity athlete, the purple and gold Trojans field teams in 9 sports and participate in NAIA competition. One tradition is the “Silent Night” basketball game where students dress in pajamas or crazy costumes and remain silent until 10th point is scored. As a Christian university, Taylor students sign the Life Together Covenant which “identifies the expectations for living in community as we seek to fulfill our mission. It is impossible to create a community with expectations totally acceptable to every member. Nevertheless, certain responsibilities and expectations must be specified to assure orderly community life. When individuals join the Taylor community, they freely and willingly choose to take upon themselves the responsibilities and expectations outlined in this covenant. The University Expectations are not intended to measure spirituality or to promote legalism. Nevertheless, Galatians 5:13-14 reminds us while we were called to be free, our freedom is best used when we serve one another in love (Romans 14:1-23; 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, 10:23-33).”