Taylor University

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For more than 170 years, Taylor University has stayed true to its heritage, challenging each generation of students to integrate faith with learning and follow Christ's calling. Though our University's history is not blemish-free, tough times have kept us anchored in faith and committed to our university's mission. Founded in 1846 as Fort Wayne Female College, Taylor University now stands as the oldest non-denominational school in Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).

Contact information

Mailing address:
Taylor University
236 W Reade Ave
Upland, IN 46989-1001

Website: taylor.edu

Phone: 800-882-3456

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 350868181

CEO/President: D. Michael Lindsay, Ph.D.

Chairman: Chris L Goeglein

Board size: 20


Ruling year: 1953

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 05/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


With more than 60 majors across the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences, and a Foundational Core curriculum that promotes a broad base of knowledge, Taylor encourages students to ask hard questions, apply themselves to the tasks at hand, and embrace their callings.

Mission statement

Taylor's mission is to develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ's redemptive love and truth to a world in need. We seek to accomplish this mission by striving to be:

Whole Person Focused: We involve students in learning experiences imbued with a vital Christian interpretation of truth and life which foster their intellectual, emotional, physical, vocational, social, and spiritual development.

Biblically Anchored and Liberal Arts Grounded: We offer a liberal arts, professional, and life-long education based upon the conviction all truth has its source in God and His Word.

Christ-Centered: Our Christian faith should permeate all learning-leading to a consistent life of worship, servant leadership, stewardship, and world outreach.

Faith and Learning Integrated: We strive to create specific experiences where the integrative focus of a Christian liberal arts education is clarified, personalized, and applied.

World Engaging: We contribute to the advancement of human knowledge and understanding and serve the evangelical Christian church and the larger, public community for the glory of God.

Servant Leader Motivated: We foster a biblical model of relationships acknowledging both unity and diversity of the followers of Christ within a covenant community, which can be evidenced in a continuing lifestyle of service to and concern for others.

Statement of faith

Taylor University is firmly committed to the lordship of Jesus Christ and evangelical Christianity. To assure the central place of Christian principles in the philosophy and life of the University, the trustees, administration, faculty, and staff believe that:

There is one God, eternally existent in three persons-Father, Son, and Holy Spirit-the only Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer of all things in heaven and on earth.

The Bible is the only inspired, authoritative written word of God, true and trustworthy in all it affirms.

Jesus Christ is the eternal, living Word of God. Through his incarnation he revealed God's plan of redemption by his virgin birth, sinless life, atoning death, bodily resurrection, and ascension. He will return in power and glory to judge the living and the dead.

The Holy Spirit is present in the life of every believer, testifying to the lordship of Christ, illuminating the Scriptures, and empowering believers for fruitful service and obedience to God's commands.

Humankind, though uniquely created in God's image, rebelled and stands in need of redemption. God, by his grace, extends salvation, reconciliation, and eternal life to anyone who comes to Christ by faith.

The Church is the global body of believers across time who affirm that Jesus Christ is Lord and demonstrate their faith and unity in Christ by loving and serving him and all people.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Colleges/Universities

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating732 of 1097111 of 130
Fund acquisition rating861 of 1099110 of 130
Resource allocation rating480 of 109962 of 130
Asset utilization rating634 of 109793 of 130

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$10,125,797$3,594,657$3,709,231$6,678,676$8,070,874
Short-term investments$138,933,977$145,608,366$124,425,614$118,489,125$120,077,418
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$157,047,358$160,268,987$136,197,145$131,320,828$131,029,770
Long-term investments$14,651,001$9,132,705$7,506,664$8,272,628$7,393,847
Fixed assets$99,665,830$100,286,874$102,571,269$104,871,784$107,528,604
Other long-term assets$25,875,930$10,627,844$10,482,325$10,684,601$10,648,324
Total long-term assets$140,192,761$120,047,423$120,560,258$123,829,013$125,570,775
Total assets$297,240,119$280,316,410$256,757,403$255,149,841$256,600,545
Payables and accrued expenses$5,835,441$5,554,744$4,049,482$4,869,156$4,301,578
Other current liabilities$640,081$561,136$1,888,716$626,100$691,668
Total current liabilities$6,475,522$6,115,880$5,938,198$5,495,256$4,993,246
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$6,424,615$6,960,690$14,400,110$11,498,900$10,358,068
Total long-term liabilities$37,894,810$26,416,299$35,571,202$34,956,103$35,307,058
Total liabilities$44,370,332$32,532,179$41,509,400$40,451,359$40,300,304
Net assets20222021202020192018
Without donor restrictions$110,815,125$115,429,682$106,308,732$107,372,333$111,188,013
With donor restrictions$142,054,662$132,354,549$108,939,271$107,326,149$105,112,228
Net assets$252,869,787$247,784,231$215,248,003$214,698,482$216,300,241
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$28,668,284$11,730,450$14,074,234$12,287,407$12,586,628
Program service revenue$82,959,452$84,087,053$81,234,996$83,561,679$78,775,898
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$10,477,285$8,229,079$3,787,421$3,815,009$7,503,927
Other revenue$146,588$0($2,700)($1,647)($2,752)
Total other revenue$93,583,325$92,316,132$85,019,717$87,375,041$86,277,073
Total revenue$122,251,609$104,046,582$99,093,951$99,662,448$98,863,701
Program services$86,134,989$82,046,527$86,044,256$86,555,191$83,085,023
Management and general$11,754,890$8,951,289$8,965,298$8,673,002$7,000,184
Total expenses$101,876,282$94,230,564$98,620,025$98,914,213$92,998,068
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Surplus (deficit)$20,375,327$9,816,018$473,926$748,235$5,865,633
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$20,375,327$9,816,018$473,926$748,235$5,865,633


Paige CunninghamInterim President until August 2021$232,316
Rex BennettVP of University Advancement$225,204
Dr D Michael LindsayPresident beginning August 2021$176,989
Stephen OlsonVP Business & Finance / CFO$170,958
Ron SutherlandSpecial Assistant to the President$166,203
Mark CosgroveFaculty Member$156,436
Vance MaloneyFaculty Member$155,598
Coein (Skip) TrudeauVP of Student Services$151,300
Thomas JonesFaculty Member$136,872

Compensation data as of: 5/31/2022

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For a timeline, visit: taylor.edu/about/heritage

Program accomplishments

Taylor ranks second among Indiana schools, including Notre Dame, Butler, and Purdue, and second nationally among CCCU schools, including Trinity, Westmont, and Calvin, for average incoming freshman SAT score.

Wide variety of study and service abroad opportunities, Taylor is ranked third nationally of baccalaureate schools for the number of students who experienced a short-term trip. 98% of graduates secure a full-time or part-time job, post-graduate internship, or graduate school placement within six months after graduation.