About Corban University

Corban University is an independent Christian university in Salem, Oregon, with more than 50 majors and programs of study including professional, liberal arts, and ministries. Along with traditional and adult degree completion programs at the undergraduate level, Corban offers graduate teacher licensure programs and graduate degrees in education, business, ministry and counseling.


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. More information on our accreditation.

Our distinction is relationship— faculty to student and student to student. The members of the Corban community are here to help students succeed. Our motto, Dedicating Heart and Mind to God, is a very real part of our process.


For the 14th year running, Corban University was ranked in the top 10 for Best Regional Colleges in the West by “U.S. News Best Colleges.”

For 2016, Corban ranks #5 in the West (including Oklahoma and Texas). Within that category, Corban ranks #3 for Best Value and #3 for Best for Veterans.

Other highlights:

  • Corban ranks #7 for highest financial resources (scholarships, etc.)
  • Corban ranks #6 for highest retention and graduation rates
  • Corban ranks #6 for most exclusive acceptance rate
  • Corban ranks #4 for highest alumni giving rate

“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.”

The “U.S. News Best Colleges” guide to best colleges is a tool often used by college seekers and parents when looking for academic quality and cost when choosing a school. The publication ranks colleges according to the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. Schools in the Best Regional College classification focuses on undergraduate education but grant fewer than half their degrees in liberal arts disciplines. 

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 our ability to reach out to all evangelical churches. The name, a biblical word meaning “a gift dedicated to God,” and motto, “Dedicating Heart and Mind to God,” reflect the mission of the university.

Student Services

Chapel Program; Associated Students of Corban University; Career Services; Community/Church Service; Counseling; Camp Teams; Leadership Development; Academic Services Center; Campus Dining; Core Groups; Fellowships; Intercollegiate Athletics; Intramural's; Health Services; Library; Campus Bookstore. 


In addition to having a combined 115,000 volumes and 600 current periodical subscriptions on its two locations (Salem and Tacoma) , 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 have a biblical worldview on all issues of life.

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) and the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Corban offers 13 intercollegiate sports – Baseball, Men’s and Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Cross Country, Men’s and Women’s Golf, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Men’s and Women’s Track & Field, Softball, and Women’s Volleyball – where athletes have captured 10 regular season conference titles, eight conference tournament crowns, and six NCCAA national championships. To learn more about the Warriors, visit corbanwarriors.com.