Heidelberg is a place of great tradition. Since our founding in 1850, we have remained committed to providing a quality education in the liberal arts tradition. We weave that educational philosophy through all of our pre-professional programs as well. Academic excellence and the total student experience are at our core. These remain our top priorities for all of our students. They also drive the largest fundraising effort in Heidelberg’s history – the $75 million transformational Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence. Heidelberg’s faculty has great passion and distinction. Our faculty members excel in the classroom, but they serve as more than teachers. They are researchers, often collaborating with students. They are mentors, often serving as advisors to student groups and individuals. They build strong personal relationships with students because they care for them. Simply, they go above and beyond on a daily basis. is filled with distinctive learning opportunities. From music and business education that began here in the 1880s, through international learning opportunities in Germany and over the last 50 years, to special programs in our own Cadaver Lab and the Life of the Mind Honors Program, we offer a lot of very distinctive learning opportunities to students. Our campus landscape continues to improve. Since 2010, the university has built or renovated nine facilities. Each of these projects speaks to an enhanced experience for our students as they prepare for a good life and good work. This school is a great place to work. Everyone matters, everything makes a difference, everybody cares about our students, everywhere on campus things are transforming and improving. We are becoming a better, bigger, stronger and smarter institution. We like working here. If you are a prospective student for undergraduate or graduate studies, I hope that you will explore our website for resources about our excellent academic offerings as well as the many co-curricular opportunities that will lead you to a life of purpose with distinction. For our thousands of alumni, we encourage you to use the website to stay informed, involved and connected to Heidelberg. You are our lifeblood, and we value your loyalty and support.
Heidelberg’s missions are to promote and nurture intellectual, personal and professional development, leading to a life of purpose with distinction. By maintaining and enhancing academic quality, building programs, perspectives, and reputation in global education and Heidelberg serves as a model for other small, liberal arts colleges.
Heidelberg will be a welcoming, student-centered university where in-class and out-of-class learning is seamless and continuous. Both the undergraduate and graduate curriculums will effectively integrate liberal arts and professional preparation across disciplines to prepare our students to be global citizens who communicate effectively, think critically and serve thoughtfully.
Statement of Educational Philosophy and Values
Heidelberg University, in the Liberal Arts tradition, educates persons who can act effectively and with integrity in a world of change. It cherishes academic excellence, honors knowledge, encourages original research, and promotes a lifelong commitment to free inquiry. Heidelberg is dedicated to being a diverse community that challenges students to understand their cultural heritage and the contemporary world, to explore frontiers of knowledge, and to develop powers of mind and spirit. In keeping with its historic affiliation with the United Church of Christ, students, faculty, and staff and the Board of Trustees work together to understand and respect diverse cultures, religions, and lifestyles. Heidelberg University develops individuals with high moral and ethical standards who are productive in their life's work, engaged in their communities and responsible citizens of the world.
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