Department of Admissions
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Pillar College operates on a rolling admissions policy. The school invites applicants who have exhibited academic achievement and who are likely to benefit from and succeed in the programs of study offered. To ensure appropriate time for admission consideration, prospective students should have their admissions packet completely submitted 15 days prior to the beginning of the term.
A student is considered for admission after all parts of the application packet are submitted and evaluated:
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*If you already have a college degree or at least 15 college credits, proof of high school graduation is not necessary. Please send official college transcript(s) for a review of credits.
If you wish to audit a class, then please send us the following items:
- Completed Application
- $35 Non-refundable Application Fee (Please make check or money order out to Pillar College)
Application for admission should be made as early as possible. We accept applications up until one week prior to each semester. Pillar College subscribes to an admissions policy that strives to notify the applicant of the Admissions Committee's decision within three weeks after a complete application is received.
Equal Opportunity College
Pillar College admits students of any race, color, or national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, or handicap in administration of its educational policies and admissions policies. The College reserves its right to operate as a church-related institution and to develop policies consistent with the religious tenets of its sponsoring organization, Pillar of Fire, International.
- Where is Pillar College?
Pillar is located in Central New Jersey. Pillar can be easily accessed from I-287, the Garden State Parkway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
- Who goes to Pillar?
Our student body is made up of various theological traditions and ethnic, national and racial heritages. This provides an opportunity for enhanced learning because of the richness of diversity. We have students coming directly from high school and from the work place - some with college credits and degrees. Our students typically manage family, work and church/ministry responsibilities. They have full plates! You won't find busy work at Pillar – we get right to the point and provide a relevant education you can put into practice right away.
- Is Pillar accredited and licensed?
Pillar College is accredited with the Middle States Commission on Higher Education as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education (based in Orlando, Florida) and is licensed by the State of New Jersey's Commission on Higher Education.
- Are you affiliated with a denomination?
Pillar is affiliated with the Pillar of Fire International, a Wesleyan based denomination. Pillar affirms theological distinctives and values the contributions and perspective of other traditions and cultures within the worldwide Christian community. Pillar is an evangelical, Christ-centered college.
- What can I do with the Associate or Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies degree?
Our Biblical Studies major is designed to strengthen and energize your walk with God, increase your impact on society, equip you for ministry, such as missions, youth ministries, seminary, para-church organizations, and leadership roles within the church.
- When are classes offered and how long do they last?
Students enjoy the flexibility of classes meeting at convenient times during the day and evenings. All courses meet once a week. Those students enrolled in the Traditional Track meet for 2½ hours per session for 15 weeks. Fast Track semesters meet 3½ hours per session for 11 weeks and are typically offered during the summer months.
- I already have an undergraduate / graduate degree; can I still take courses at Pillar?
Yes. Students attend Pillar for a variety of reasons. The Biblical Studies Certificate Program is ideal for those desiring to enhance their understanding of the Bible, but already hold an undergraduate degree. Auditing is an option if you would like to forgo syllabus requirements (still costs the same as taking for credit!).
- Will my credits transfer to other institutions?
Many students who have applied to other undergraduate schools have had their Pillar credits accepted for transfer. For example, the following colleges have accepted credits from Pillar College: Rutgers University, Princeton Seminary, Houghton College, Eastern, PBU, Asbury College, and Nyack College. Colleges accredited by AABC will accept Pillar credits for transfer dependent upon program compatibility. Contact the Registrar's Office for more details.
- What is the admissions process?
A student is considered for admission after the applicant portfolio is complete, including the signed, completed application form, a general recommendation form, high school and/or college transcript(s), and official statement of test scores, SAT or ACT (if applicable), and the nonrefundable application fee.
- How much is tuition?
Tuition information can be found on the Tuition and Fees page.
- Do you offer financial aid?
Financial aid for Pillar College students is available through federal and state grants, loans and private Pillar funding. TAG, PELL Grants, Guaranteed Student Loans and GI Benefits are available to qualified students. Some of these programs are based on "Need." Need is determined by completing a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can apply on the Web at www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- How do I pay for my tuition?
All semester expenses must be paid in US currency. Students are billed for semester charges based upon their registration schedule. Students must pay their bill in full with cash, check, or credit card (MasterCard of Visa) or enroll in the installment plan by the first day of class. Students who wish to pay all or any portion of their tuition fees on an installment basis may take advantage of a plan made available through Tuition Management Systems, Inc. Under this interest free plan, tuition fees are paid in monthly installments. There is a $35.00 fee for each enrollment period. A plan brochure, which includes an application form, may be obtained from the Business Office.
- Where do I buy textbooks?
Pillar will have the required course textbooks available for purchase through the College's online bookstore.
- Is there on-campus housing?
Presently we are a commuter college with no residential students. However, as of Fall 2007 the Ramada Inn Somerset has began to offer Pillar students a Discounted Housing option.
- What is the parking situation?
Parking your car is not a problem! Parking lots are located close to the buildings with plenty of space for students.
- When can I visit the campus?
The Office of Admissions is open Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. , Friday 9 a.m-5 p.m. and by appointment after hours and Saturdays. Please call to set up an appointment. We look forward to meeting you! At least two open houses per semester are offered for the prospective student.
- Are online course available?
Pillar offers select courses in an online format to assist students in their pursuit of an education. Find out more about current online course.