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Criswell College - TX

Institution Name
Criswell College - TX

4010 Gaston Avenue
Dallas, TX 75246

Liaison Officer
Martha Batts

School URL

In addition to freshmen, will make award offers to transfers and/or to students currently enrolled but not on TE (sophomores, juniors and seniors) for 2023-2024
Tuition amount: Full Tuition
Program: Undergraduate
Initial offers will be announced by April 15, 2023.

Deadline for the receipt of initial TE certification/applications:
In May 2023 or no deadline

The percentage of the new admitted TE candidates offered a TE scholarship for the current academic year:

Additional Information
On October 5, 1969, his twenty-fifth anniversary as the pastor of First Baptist Dallas, Dr. W. A. Criswell presented to the church his vision for an institute that would provide biblical teaching for lay people that would be both intellectually and spiritually sound. The church enthusiastically approved the recommendation on October 7, 1970, and began developing the curriculum that would reflect the nature of the lifelong ministry of W. A. Criswell: teaching centered on the Bible, with an evangelical theology and evangelistic passion.

Classes began on January 12, 1971 with two certificate programs consisting of twelve semester hours of study in theology and the Old and New Testaments. On the first night, 329 students enrolled. For the next two years the institute operated as a night school, providing working lay people with an education previously unavailable to them at a convenient time.

By 1973 a three-year diploma program had been established, and by 1977 both a bachelor?s and master?s program were instituted. The American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC) accredited the undergraduate programs in 1979, and in 1985 the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) accredited all programs of study. At that time the name of the institute changed to Criswell College. Since its founding the institute had been housed in the facilities of First Baptist Church, but in 1989 prayers for a dedicated campus were answered and the Gaston Avenue property was acquired. The property was remodeled and in January 1991, the college moved onto its own campus just minutes from Downtown Dallas.

Since that time the college has created and maintained a governing board independent from First Baptist Church Dallas, and developed other undergraduate and graduate programs, diversifying its curriculum to include various majors in addition to the biblical studies major. The college has also established several online graduate degree programs.

Although the organization has developed from an institute for lay people to an accredited college, its distinctives have not changed: an uncompromising commitment to the inerrancy of Scripture, expository preaching, the study of biblical languages, personal evangelism, international missions, and hands-on practical ministry training. Each student who graduates from Criswell has some training in all of these areas, equipping them to influence the culture for Christ in whichever field they pursue.

No matter what you’re interested in studying, there’s a school on the list for you.
– Bill Brown, Syracuse University
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