Our Mission

Mission Statement
We are informed by the Quaker heritage of Friends University. We also are rooted both in the liberal arts tradition and in the Christian intellectual tradition. Because of these roots, we insist that our students learn, inside and outside the classroom, to integrate their intellectual lives with their social and spiritual lives in ways that will improve the world. In doing our work authentically, we prepare our students to adapt to change and to make a difference.

Values

  • We believe that the underlying mission of all higher education is the search for truth. Grounded in the Christian intellectual tradition and our Quaker heritage, we affirm that truth is of and from God, and that our search is lifelong.
  • We insist that the search for truth be characterized by excellence and informed by integrity. Excellence demands that our best is always becoming better, and integrity means that we are honest with ourselves and with others. In our practice of excellence and integrity, we each take responsibility for what we do and say.
  • As searchers and learners, we support curiosity and research, and assign great value to diversity of experience. As people who value such diversity and openness, we approach new situations and people with good will and humility. We believe in equity and in the dignity of all people.
  • As a community, we accept and cherish our responsibility to care for one another in our learning and working relationships. We understand that a part of that care must be to become better stewards of what we have been given. We take care of the future as if we already are there.
Vision
Friends University will become a regional university with national programs and an international presence.

Purpose Statements
Friends University believes that it can fulfill its mission by adhering to the following purposes:
  • To provide the opportunity for high-quality learning experiences
  • To encourage exploration of values – personal, ethical, religious and professional – as enriched by the Christian faith
  • To provide a liberal arts foundation that will prepare students for life in a diverse and changing world
  • To provide liberal arts and professional offerings to a diverse population of students in delivery modes that are appropriate and varied
  • To provide a learning environment that encourages open communication, collaboration, ethical standards and lifelong learning

University Outcomes
Graduates of Friends University will demonstrate:

  • The ability to read, write and speak appropriately and effectively
  • The ability to use mathematical concepts to solve problems
  • The ability to explain at least part of the natural world through the scientific process
  • The ability to use computers and understand developing technology in a contemporary society
  • An understanding of the arts and humanities as fields of study that contribute to our growth both individually and corporately
  • An understanding of Christian faith in the context of contemporary existence
  • An understanding of the geography, politics, beliefs and customs of the United States and at least one culture outside the United States
  • An understanding of the major concepts of the behavioral and social sciences
  • Competency in basic research-related skills
  • The ability to respectfully engage people whose culture, ideas and beliefs differ from their own in recognition of our human diversity
  • Mastery of the level of knowledge appropriate to the degree attained

Nondiscriminatory/Equal Opportunity Policy 
Friends University does not discriminate against academically qualified students on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding this policy: EEOC/Title IX Coordinator, Friends University, 2100 W. University Ave., Wichita, KS 67213, (316) 295-5000.