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University of Valley Forge
Former names
Eastern Bible Institute (1939–1962)
Northeast Bible Institute (1962–1975)
Northeast Bible College (1975–1977)
Valley Forge Christian College (1977–2014)
TypePrivate university
Established1939; 85 years ago (1939)[1]
Religious affiliation
Assemblies of God USA
PresidentDavid J. Kim [2]
Students583
Location
Phoenixville postal address
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United States
CampusSuburban
Websitewww.valleyforge.edu

The University of Valley Forge (UVF) is a private university near Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, and 8.8 miles (14.2 km) from Valley Forge National Historical Park. It is affiliated with the Assemblies of God USA.[3]

The college, in Chester County, is partially in Charlestown Township,[4] while the other part is in Schuylkill Township.[5] It has a Phoenixville postal address.[6]

History

The University of Valley Forge began as a summer Bible School on the campgrounds of Maranatha Park in Green Lane, Pennsylvania, in 1932. It existed for the training of pastors, evangelists, missionaries, Christian education workers, and lay workers.[3] The summer Bible School grew into a permanent Bible School and, in 1939, was chartered as Eastern Bible Institute. Mergers with the Beulah Heights Bible Institute, Metropolitan Bible Institute, New England Bible Institute, and Pine Crest Bible School resulted in increased enrollment and a name change to Northeast Bible Institute in 1962. The school received its accreditation from the state in 1975 and subsequently became the Northeast Bible College.

The institute moved in 1976 to the campus of the former Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville. One year later, the school changed its name to reflect its new location, becoming the Valley Forge Christian College.[7]

In the summer of 2002, the college was granted accreditation with Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Valley Forge Christian College then officially changed its name to the University of Valley Forge on September 16, 2014.[8]

Today the school has an enrollment of 583 students (including 508 undergraduate students)[9] and offers 40+ undergraduate programs[10] and ten graduate programs.[11]

Academics

The University of Valley Forge is authorized by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to grant the degrees of Master of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Religious Education, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Social Work, Associate of Arts, and Associate of Science.

Athletics

UVF teams, known as the Patriots, compete at the Division III level of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The university joined the Colonial States Athletic Conference in the 2020-2021 academic year. UVF then became a member of the United East Conference after the pre-existing UEC and CSAC merged in 2023.[12] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, and volleyball; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, soccer, softball, and volleyball. Intramural golf and cross country are also offered as club sports.

References

  1. ^ "Assemblies of God (USA) Official Web Site - Higher Education". colleges.ag.org. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  2. ^ "UVF Office of the President".
  3. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-10.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Charlestown township, PA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 2 (PDF p. 3/4). Retrieved 2024-02-18. Valley Forge Christian Colg
  5. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Schuylkill township, PA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2024-02-18. Valley Forge Christian Colg
  6. ^ "Home". The University of Valley Forge. Retrieved 2024-02-18. 1401 Charlestown Road | Phoenixville, PA 19460
  7. ^ "HISTORY". valleyforge.edu. University of Valley Forge. Retrieved 12 December 2023.
  8. ^ "Valley Forge Christian College is Now the University of Valley Forge". www.valleyforge.edu. Retrieved 2 February 2018.
  9. ^ "College Navigator - University of Valley Forge". nces.ed.gov. Fall 2022. Retrieved 2023-08-02.
  10. ^ "Undergraduate Degrees - University of Valley Forge".
  11. ^ "Graduate Degrees - University of Valley Forge".
  12. ^ "University of Valley Forge to Join Colonial States Athletic Conference in 2020-2021". 5 June 2019.

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