About Corban University

Corban is a private university with an 80-year history of educating Christians to MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Situated on a beautiful forested hillside overlooking Oregon’s capital, Corban is only an hour from Portland, the Cascade Mountains, and the Oregon coast. Academic excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, as well as online, prepares students for careers as business leaders, educators, medical professionals, politicians, ministry leaders, and more. Expert faculty, a tight-knit community, and opportunities for local and global engagement provide for students’ growth both in and beyond the classroom.


Corban is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. As a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI), Corban's Education program is approved to culminate in an ACSI teaching certificate. It is also approved by the State of Oregon to prepare both elementary and secondary teachers for licensure. Corban's graduate counseling program is accredited by CACREP.


For 2016-2017, Corban was nationally recognized as a College of Distinction.

This honor is awarded to colleges that exemplify four characteristics: engaged students, great teaching, a vibrant community, and successful outcomes. In addition, a College of Distinction emphasizes the undergraduate experience as well as core competencies such as critical thinking, writing, research, and global perspectives.

In addition, Corban is ranked among the best universities in the West by U.S. News & World Report.

Lastly, Corban has garnered the Cascade Collegiate Conference Presidents' Cup Award for the past five years. This honor is awarded for outstanding academic performance among athletes.

“Our academic programs have earned a solid reputation for graduating qualified and capable individuals who are equipped to make a difference in the world,” said Corban Associate Provost Chris Vetter. “Combined with our rich campus experience, international opportunities, Christian community and dedicated professors, students truly value what Corban has to offer.” 

Our Mission

To educate Christians who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. Based on Matthew 28:19-20

  • To foster a transformative learning culture where a sustainable biblical worldview takes shape.
  • To build a Christian community that promotes worship, creative expression, and activities that reflect God’s character.
  • To cultivate a life of stewardship and service toward God, humanity, and creation.


Corban University has its roots in Phoenix, Arizona, where it began as a Bible institute in 1935. Relocating to California in 1946, the University changed its name to Western Baptist Bible College and operated there until moving to Oregon in 1969. 

In 1955, the University received degree-granting status from the State of California Department of Education. In 1959, it received national accreditation as a Bible college by the American Association of Bible Colleges. In 1968, it was regionally accredited and after moving to Oregon was accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Over the years, the University has gone from a Bible college to a university offering programs in biblical studies, the liberal arts, and professional studies.

In 2005 the name was changed to Corban in order to enhance the University's ability to reach out to all evangelical churches. "Corban," a biblical word meaning “a gift dedicated to God,” and motto, “Make a difference,” reflect the mission of the University.

Student Services

Chapel Program; Associated Student Body (ASB); Career Services; Reach; Counseling; Leadership Development; Student Support Center; Campus Dining; Freshman Seminar; Intercollegiate Athletics; Intramurals; Library; Campus Bookstore. 


In addition to having a combined 115,000 volumes and 600 current periodical subscriptions, Corban’s membership in the Oregon Private Academic Library Link (OPALL) provides direct patron access to an additional 400,000 titles and 650,000 volumes. The library and its users also have access to over 24,000 full-text journals in electronic format. The library houses the Prewitt/Allen Archaeological Museum, a collection of Middle East artifacts, unique on the West Coast.

Our Identity

Corban University is an academic community with a Baptist heritage that bases its existence on the concept of ministry through the application of the “Great Commission” as presented in Matthew 28: 19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…teaching them to observe all that I commanded you…” All our academic programs are Christ-centered, equipping students to approach all issues of life from a biblical worldview perspective.

Corban is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.


Corban is a member of the Cascade Collegiate Conference and is affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Corban offers 13 intercollegiate sports—men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, and track & field; baseball; and women's softball and volleyball—in which athletes have captured 17 regular-season championships and 14 tournament championships. To learn more about the Warriors, visit corbanwarriors.com.