Why I love Friends!

Below is a collection of student and alumni testimonials that showcase the difference a Friends University education can make!

Undergraduate | Adult Undergraduate | Graduate

AJ Cossell, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017

My primary major may determine what I do, but the CSF program will continue to develop how I do it and the kind of person I become.

AJ Cossell, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017

I think the positive Christian environment and role models at Friends University make for a great educational experience and exhibit a family and caring atmosphere that have helped me throughout my career.

Ardith Rooney Dunn, Health and Physical Education, Math Major

As an Eagle Scout, I learned to give back. So becoming a student at Friends became an opportunity for me to not only become better educated, but also to lead others in the community as I have been so blessed to receive.

Chris Tice, Psychology

Friends University is a place where a person can gain an understanding of people from different backgrounds, and I felt that was important for my studies and to help me grow as a person.

Cristina Segundo, Spanish Education Major
Daniel DeLonge, Computer Science and Information Systems

I am a big believer that we are our environment. Friends University provided a perfect environment with all of the necessities to promote growth and ensure success.

Daniel DeLonge, Computer Science and Information Systems

I teach kids important life and academic lessons, and I’m lucky that I’m able to do that through music.

Danny Darrington, Music Educator

I wanted to study under instructors who cared about my artistic and intellectual development, and I felt I had found that at Friends.

Dustin Parker, Graphic Designer

While at Friends University, I participated in a major research project, where I synthesized chloroquine, the drug most commonly used to treat malaria. I also have great memories of winning the homecoming float contest and performing with the drama club. I even met the woman I would marry and proposed to her on campus.

Eric Whetmore, Chemistry

I feel that my education from Friends meets or exceeds the standards set by bigger universities. The small class sizes enabled professors to move at a comfortable pace and allowed me to learn in an environment where I could ask questions. The mentorships that I have found in the professors at Friends are what made my education truly memorable. These mentors have spent countless hours outside the classroom giving career advice, sharing their own experiences and preparing me for the real world.

Heather Yates, Accounting Graduate, 2014, Koch Industries Employee

You have the opportunity to be so much more than a teacher. For instance, I’m often a stand-in mother, a nurse, a disciplinarian, a counselor, a clown, a librarian, a referee and a coach.

Jennifer Englemann, English Education, Kindergarten Teacher.
Josiah Brown, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017

I am thankful for the CSF program for giving me good and beautiful images of God, enabling me to live more fully into my vocation, providing opportunities to serve and ultimately teaching me how to love God and my neighbor with more of my heart, soul, mind and strength.

Josiah Brown, Christian Spiritual Formation Graduate, 2017

Faculty made it a point to provide numerous opportunities for students to be successful outside of the classroom – via internships, volunteer opportunities and job offerings.

Kevin Diemer, Business Administration Graduate, 2014

You learn to look beyond what you see in front of you. You learn to draw conclusions based on what you have and to continue to search for answers. While attending Friends University, I especially enjoyed the lab work, which was usually outdoors and off campus and allowed me to get my hands dirty.

Lindsay Bryant, Biology Student
Madeleine Roe, Ballet

The Friends Ballet program is fostering my growth as an artist while propelling me toward my dreams.

Madeleine Roe, Ballet

And, now that I have worked in higher education, I believe Friends University employs well-respected scholars and attracts some of the best students around.

Matt Skillen, English

It was amazing. I got to work with a number of zoos in South Africa. I had the privilege of learning how African zoos are operated. I got to learn from them as well as share my knowledge of zoos and animal husbandry that I learned from my experiences in U.S. zoos and at Friends University.

Michael Clifford, Zoo Science Graduate
Mitch McClay

My best college memories were the camaraderie of being a fellow science student and winning our first conference golf title.

Mitch McClay

From studying abroad to making tamales in community centers, the Spanish program at Friends University provided me with some wonderful opportunities that have broadened my perspective, nurtured my curiosity, and have given me a confidence to step into something that is bigger than myself.

Nathan Nonhof, Spanish

I have to thank the good finance program of Friends University in which I gained a lot of skills and knowledge causing the German Federal Bank to offer me an internship and an amazing full time job after my graduation!

Pascal Wawrzinek, International Business and Finance Graduate, 2016

You’ll have unparalleled access to professors and critical thinking that I don’t think is prevalent at a larger institution.

Rodney Pitts, Business Administration