President's Welcome

As the Interim President of Friends University, I want to extend a warm welcome from our entire Friends University family.

You will discover this is a university that truly believes in creating a life-changing experience for every student.

What Friends University does best is to combine the values of a liberal arts education with professional and pre-professional studies. Our students are invited to embrace an education that goes way beyond simply reading textbooks.

Whether you are entering college for the first time, returning to college as an adult, or pursuing a graduate level degree, Friends University offers amazing choices for your education.

This is a university that challenges you to think on your feet, to work hard with your hands, heart, and mind, to step up into leadership positions in fields like medicine, counseling, education, ministry, fine arts, business, and not-for-profit or government organizations. We encourage you to use your time at Friends University to prepare for the next five, fifteen, or fifty years of your life. 

At Friends University, the classroom is only the beginning. You will learn in ways that are both “civil and useful” and grounded in the belief that men and women are most successful when they can integrate their intellectual lives with their social and spiritual lives. We want you to grow in ways that will help you improve the world, adapt to change and make a difference. 

Please plan a visit to our campus soon. I promise that you will feel “The Friends Difference” as you get acquainted with our faculty, staff and students. 


Dr. Darcy A. Zabel
Interim President