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Cairn University Overview

Cairn University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Cairn is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

What Is Cairn University Known For?

163 Undergraduate Awards
$27,646 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the master's degree is the highest award a student can attain at Cairn.
  • In 2019-2020, 37% of the faculty were full-time.

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Cairn University Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Cairn.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#21 Most Popular Pastoral Specialized Ministries Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#64 Most Popular Theology & Religious Vocations Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Cairn has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#2 Best Value Colleges for Christian Studies College Factual

Where Is Cairn University?


Contact details for Cairn are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 200 Manor Ave, Langhorne, PA 19047-2990
Phone: 215-752-5800

How Do I Get Into Cairn?

You can apply to Cairn online at:

Admission Requirements for Cairn

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations considered but not required
SAT or ACT Scores recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Cairn?

81% Acceptance Rate
54% Of Accepted Are Women
With an acceptance rate of 81%, Cairn may not be as selective as some schools, but you should not take admittance for granted. Be sure to submit the best application you can.

Approximately 46% of accepted students are men and 54% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 82%, and the acceptance rate for women is 81%.

Can I Afford Cairn University?

$27,646 Net Price
59% Take Out Loans
6.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Cairn is $27,646. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Cairn, approximately 59% of students took out student loans averaging $7,591 a year. That adds up to $30,364 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Cairn is 6.5%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

Cairn University Undergraduate Student Diversity

854 Full-Time Undergraduates
54% Women
26% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 924 undergraduate students at Cairn, with 854 being full-time and 70 being part-time.


There are also 305 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 854 full-time undergraduates at Cairn, 46% are male and 54% are female.


Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Cairn University students is as follows.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 32
Black or African American 85
Hispanic or Latino 34
White 585
International Students 30
Other Races/Ethnicities 88

Geographic Diversity

Pennsylvania students aren't the only ones who study at Cairn University. At this time, 16 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 13 countries are represented at Cairn. The most popular countries sending students to the school are South Korea, Dominican Republic, and China.

Online Learning at Cairn University

193 Took All Classes Online
345 Took At Least One Class Online
17.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2019-2020, 345 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Cairn has changed over the last few years.


This school is the 29th most popular in Pennsylvania for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2019-2020.

Online Affordability Rankings of Cairn

During the most recent year for which we have data, the full-time undergraduate tuition at Cairn University was $29,853 for both in-state and out-of-state students. The following table shows how Cairn is ranked for affordability for both in-state and out-of-state students among colleges and universities that are not mostly online.

Major Tuition for In-State Students Tuition for Out-of-State Students
International Business #22 #22
Religious Studies #31 #31
Philosophy & Religious Studies #34 #34
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #62 #59
Health & Physical Education #62 #62
Theology & Religious Vocations #75 #75

Online Growth Rankings of Cairn

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Cairn University was 17.8%. This is the #1,124 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Cairn regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Cairn majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Accounting 50%
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 27%
Criminal Justice & Corrections 89%
Educational Administration 7%
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting 89%
Psychology 17%
Special Education 60%
Theology & Religious Vocations 34%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Cairn ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Cairn.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Religious Studies #46
Student Counseling #67
Theological & Ministerial Studies #76
Philosophy & Religious Studies #89
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology #108
Theology & Religious Vocations #119
Health & Physical Education #153
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, & Fitness Studies #162
Special Education #206
Educational Administration #268
Psychology #276
Teacher Education Grade Specific #320

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Cairn University Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s TOTAL
Business Administration & Management 24 0 19 43
Teacher Education Grade Specific 15 0 22 37
Biblical Studies 21 0 12 33
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 3 19 22
Social Work 16 0 0 16
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 11 0 5 16
Educational Administration 0 0 14 14
International Business 0 0 13 13
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 13 13
General Psychology 13 0 0 13
Music 10 0 0 10
Teacher Education Subject Specific 8 0 1 9
Criminal Justice & Corrections 9 0 0 9
Religious Studies 3 0 3 6
Special Education 0 0 5 5
Accounting 4 0 0 4
Computer Science 4 0 0 4
General English Literature 4 0 0 4
History 4 0 0 4
Theological & Ministerial Studies 2 0 2 4
Liberal Arts General Studies 3 0 0 3
Design & Applied Arts 3 0 0 3
Fine & Studio Arts 3 0 0 3
Marketing 2 0 0 2
Computer Information Systems 2 0 0 2
Health/Medical Prep Programs 1 0 0 1
Health & Physical Education 1 0 0 1
General Biology 0 0 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 0 0 0
Sacred Music 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 163 3 128 294


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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