Fast Facts

Founded in 1955, Covenant College is an academically rigorous liberal arts institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA).


At Covenant, we take our motto, “In all things Christ preeminent,” very seriously. We strive to ground everything we say and do in Christ and his teachings. So if you’re looking to wrestle with important and difficult questions in an encouraging and challenging community, you’ve come to the right place.



Since 1955, Covenant College has provided a first-rate, life-changing college education. From humble beginnings in Pasadena, California, Covenant is now blessed with hundreds of acres atop beautiful Lookout Mountain, Georgia, an excellent faculty, and students eager to prepare for extraordinary callings in ordinary places. Take a look back at the growth of the College through the decades, and join us in giving thanks to the Lord for his gracious provision and preeminence in all things.


President: Dr. J. Derek Halvorson
Vice President for Academic Affairs: Dr. Jeff Hall
Vice President for Operations & Finance: Mr. Fred Verwoerd
Interim Vice President for Development: Mr. Marc M. Erickson
Vice President for Student Development: Dr. Brad Voyles

Student Body
Full-Time Undergraduate Students: 973 (Fall 2016)
Part-Time Undergraduate Students: 32 (Fall 2016)
Total Undergraduate Students: 1,005 (Fall 2016)
Male: 46%
Female: 54%
Freshman Retention Rate: 86%
College-wide Retention Rate: 90%
Percent of Students Who Live on Campus: 84%
Number of States Represented by
Undergraduate Students:
Number of Countries Represented by
Undergraduate Students:
Percent of Undergraduates from Out of State: 73%
Percent of Undergraduates Who Were Home Schooled: 25%

Admissions (Entering Freshmen Fall 2016)
Male: 51%
Female: 49%
High School Unweighted GPA
25th and 75th Percentile:
3.44 - 3.89
SAT (math + evidence-based reading & writing)
25th and 75th Percentile:
1130 - 1350
ACT Composite for
25th and 75th Percentile:
24 - 30
CLT Composite: 76 - 94

Top Six Majors (2017 graduates)
Interdisciplinary Studies


Covenant College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Covenant College.

Full-Time Teaching Faculty:
Percent With Doctorate or Terminal Degree:
Student-Teaching Faculty Ratio:
13 to 1

Residence Halls:
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Financial Data  
Undergraduate Tuition (2017-18):
Room and Board
(Average for 2017-18):
Estimated Cost of Attendance
(Varies between students):
Covenant College's Endowment:
$39.3 million
Percent of Students Who Receive
Some Form of Financial Aid:

Intercollegiate Athletics
Member of NCAA Division III Intercollegiate Athletics
Intercollegiate Sports Available:
Men's Baseball
  Varsity and JV Men's and Women's Basketball
  Men's and Women's Cross Country
  Men's Golf
  Varsity and JV Men's and Varsity and JV Women's Soccer
  Women's Softball
  Men's and Women's Tennis
  Men's and Women's Track & Field
  Varsity and JV Women's Volleyball


Notice: The above information is updated annually.

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Matthew Bazzel '14 explains how an education at Covenant College transforms minds and enables students to think for themselves.
Ever wonder what it's like to study on top of a mountain? Wonder no more!

100% of students participate in service learning

Visit the new distinctives site to explore a set of fast facts that help define the unique experience and value that a Covenant College education provides.

Lydia Holt '19

“As a liberal arts institution, Covenant is instructing every part of my mind. There are quite a few core courses that are required, and balancing those courses with a major and two minors can be challenging. But all those requirements are preparing me to be an educated, thoughtful member of society who is knowledgeable on matters of faith and culture. I’m learning what it means to truly love others and give every area of my life completely to my King.”
  - Lydia Holt '19