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WHO WE ARE Founded in 1937 as Atlanta Christian College, Point University originally devoted its attention to the education of ministers, missionaries and other church-related workers. In 1965, the college became an accredited member of the American Association of Bible Colleges (AABC). In 1990, in conjunction with a broadening of the curriculum, the college was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. The University’s graduate programs were accredited by SACSCOC in 2016. The University’s curriculum currently offers majors in areas of study ranging from biblical studies to biology. Degree programs are offered for traditional college students, working adults, and high-school students pursuing dual-credit enrollment. Point’s main campus is located in West Point, Georgia, with site locations in Georgia and Alabama.


When you look back at our rich history, it’s impossible to not feel a great deal of gratitude and awe at what God has done in and through Point University.

Since the University’s founding in 1937, we have made it our mission to equip the next generation of Christian leaders for Kingdom service. While we still train ministers like we did in the beginning, our vision and reach has expanded to include degree offerings and programs that educate a broader scope of students who are pursuing God’s call on their life, whether that be in the church, on the mission field, in the classroom, in business, or in some other industry. It has been a history-making time for Point in many ways this past year. As you’ll see in the pages to follow, history was made when we launched our first graduate programs with the master of business administration in business transformation and master of transformative ministry degrees in fall 2016. Nearly 2,000 students enrolled for this fall semester, the highest enrollment in the University’s history. The Skyhawks athletics program also made history, with several teams competing at the national level. And thanks to the generosity of friends like you, we’re on track to reach our fundraising goals for the Vision 2020 capital campaign. We are now able to bring even more deserving students to Point through scholarships, while also embarking on major building and other capital projects. As you read through this donor update, my hope is that you will feel as inspired and as hope-filled as I do about the bright future that lies ahead for Point University, as we work together to invest in the next generation of Kingdom leaders through Christian higher education. In Christ,

DEAN C. COLLINS ’79 PRESIDENT


WHERE WE’VE BEEN

1907

Georgia Christian Churches consider establishing a college in West Point, Georgia

1928

Atlanta Christian College is chartered

1937

ACC offers classes on a permanent basis

1944-1965 ACC grows with generous land donations and more than seven new buildings 1965 ACC earns accreditation by the American Association of Bible Colleges 1987 ACC celebrates its 50th anniversary and a $3 million capital campaign 1990

ACC earns accreditation from SACSCOC

2000 The men’s basketball team wins the school’s first national championship 2008

The Access program for adult learners is launched

2010 The dual credit enrollment program for high school students is expanded


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Our new name is announced: Point University

The Skyhawk becomes Point’s new mascot

The football team plays its first intercollegiate game

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Point moves its main campus to West Point, Georgia

The Scott Fine Arts Center and Dining Hall in West Point are completed 2 013 The Point Forward $20 million capital campaign goal is reached 2 014

The Skyhawks grow to include 19 athletic teams

The University’s online program is launched

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The Marching Skyhawks take the field

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SACSCOC reaffirms Point’s accreditation

Graduate programs in business and ministry are launched

Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled in more than 50 degree programs


ACADEMICS & ENROLLMENT • The College of Graduate and Professional Studies was approved to offer graduate programs and launched its master of business administration in business transformation and master of transformative ministry programs in fall 2016. • Point’s Department of Education was approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission to offer a secondary education degree. • The University enrolled nearly 2,000 students for the fall 2016 semester, the highest enrollment in the University’s history. Our Vision Enhancing scholarship funds allows Point to provide higher education opportunities to more underprivileged and marginalized students each year through merit-based scholarships and programs such as: • Ministry leaders: Continuing our tradition of preparing students called to the ministry • Women in business: Creating opportunities for female entrepreneurs and leaders • Pre-professional: Growing health-related fields’ success at Point • Education professionals: Equipping students to take Christ to the classroom

One third of students graduate with vocational ministry degrees

More than half of students plan to attend graduate school


CO M M U N I T Y I M PAC T • Each year, hundreds of Point students, faculty and staff participate in a community outreach project called Impact Day. Past projects have included cleaning up local parks and repairing community members’ houses. • During the summer, Point coaches and players from the Skyhawks’ baseball, softball, soccer and basketball teams trained local children in their favorite sports through sports camps, hosted by the City of West Point Parks and Recreation Department. Our Vision Point continues towards its vision of becoming the college of choice for students seeking a Christian learning community by creating new programs and expanding existing ones with the greatest potential for growth, such as: • Academic Success Program: Offering first-generation and minority students support and assistance to empower them be successful • Dual credit enrollment: Expanding our DCE program for high school students to prepare more students for college and reduce the cost of earning a degree • Church leadership program: Equipping church leaders for 21st-century ministry • Certificate programs: Offering academic certifications that provide professionals with advancement opportunities beyond traditional degrees

Point awards $1 million in university scholarships ($4 million in total aid) to local students

$1 MILLION UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIPS

Around 25% of traditional students are local to the West Point area


S KY H AW K S U C C E S S • In March, the women’s basketball team went to the National Christian College Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) Division I South Region Championship. • In April, the Point University Marching Skyhawks’ Winds Theater competed in the Winter Guard International World Championships, taking second place in the Winds Independent A classification. • In June, the Skyhawk baseball team competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) World Series in Lewiston, Idaho. Our Vision Point Athletics supports the University’s mission by offering opportunities for students to participate in intercollegiate sports, enabling them to grow physically, spiritually and socially. Our focus places the utmost importance on developing godly character, both on and off the field, through: • Student-athlete academic development: Increasing the success of our athletes in the classroom • Athletic success: Providing student-athletes with quality coaching, equipment and opportunities to enhance physical fitness, self-confidence, leadership and teamwork

Women’s basketball won the 2016 NCCAA Region Championship

The Skyhawks have grown to include 19 athletic teams and more than 450 athletes

19 TEAMS 450 STUDENT

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U N I V E R S I T Y U P DAT E Enrollment Trends 2,500 2,000 1,500 1,000 500 0

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

Enrollment at Point has steadily grown since 2013. Enrollment growth during this period can be attributed to an increase in dual credit enrollment students, added degree programs and sports teams on the traditional campus.

Freshman retention rates Freshman retention rates at Point have risen dramatically over the past few years, up 16% from 2014. Enhancements to our programs and facilities have contributed to this increase.

Vision 2020 During the 2015-16 fiscal year, more than $5 million was raised for scholarships, buildings and other capital projects through the Vision 2020 capital campaign. SCHOLARSHIPS $3 MILLION

POINT 2020 $3 MILLION

CHAPEL $2.5 MILLION

FINE ARTS ANNEX $1.5 MILLION


T H E N E X T G E N E R AT I O N OF CHRISTIAN LEADERS When I initially toured Point’s two-year-old West Point campus, I had already been in contact with my potential roommates at Georgia Southern University, where I was sure I would attend. But upon leaving Point’s campus that day, I felt differently. I felt a tug at my heart, a peace and an eagerness about this new, growing community and the opportunities that were veiled behind the next four years of my life there. Your giving has supported me in my education specifically here at Point University, an institution where I have not only been uniquely and sufficiently equipped academically, but where I have been encouraged by, challenged with and discipled through the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“You are alongside me in my endeavor to find a career in healthcare that has a place in God’s story of redemption for the world.”

By giving, you have linked arms with me in my pursuit of vocation and in my pursuit of Christ. So because of your investment in Point University and in my education both financially and spiritually, it is with excitement and gratitude that I share with you that after I graduate in May, I will move on to attend a graduate program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, in the doctorate of physical therapy program in their School of Health Professions. You are alongside me in my endeavor to find a career in healthcare that has a place in God’s story of redemption for the world. MOLLIE BURT ’17 EXERCISE SCIENCE MAJOR


When I was a senior in high school and struggling over the college decision, I was drawn to Point for three reasons. First, I wanted to keep playing football, and Point gave me the opportunity to do that on the first non-club football team in school history. Second, I knew several people who had graduated from Point and gone on to have successful ministries, so I knew that the school would prepare me for a life in ministry. Lastly, the school was moving to my hometown. It seemed clear to me that God’s hand was in the situation, and here I am today. Point has taught me how to think biblically, communicate effectively and minister practically. But most importantly, Point has strengthened my own walk with the Lord and encouraged me to serve the Kingdom of God from the moment I stepped onto campus, not just once I graduate. Upon graduation, I plan to spend the spring semester continuing to work at First Baptist Church of Lanett, where I have served as Director of Student Ministries for the last four years. Then in the summer, I will either be applying for seminary or looking for a full-time ministry job. My Point story was made possible because of you and many other generous people like you, and I cannot thank you enough for allowing yourselves to be used by God to be a blessing to me and students just like me. TREVOR MCCULLOUGH ’16 BIBLICAL STUDIES & PREACHING MAJOR

“My Point story was made possible because of you and many other generous people like you.”


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THANK YOU Record numbers of future leaders are being trained at Point to take the cross to more job sites, offices, churches, occupations and nations than ever before in the University’s history. Your giving is an investment into the lives of countless generations. Thank you for choosing to support Point University.


Donor Update Winter 2016