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City Vision University

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City Vision University
File:City Vision University seal.png
Seal of City Vision University
Religious affiliation
Inter-denominational Christianity
PresidentAndrew Sears
United States
CampusDistance Education
AffiliationsDistance Education Accrediting Commission

City Vision University is a private online Christian university headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.


The original curriculum for the college was developed in 1990 as a joint Urban Ministry degree program offered by Grace University in Omaha, NE and the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM). The AGRM, founded in 1913, is an association based in Colorado Springs, CO of over 300 ministries. In 1998, the AGRM established its own distance learning program using these courses and called it Rescue College.[1] The curriculum was later expanded to include the degree completion program: a Bachelor of Arts in Missions with an urban ministry emphasis.

The college was accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission in 2005. In January 2008, AGRM transferred ownership of the college to TechMission, and its name was changed to City Vision College.[2]

In October 2008, City Vision College launched an Addiction Studies program, using material developed by the NET Institute, which can be taken in either a degree completion format to earn a Bachelor of Science or as a certificate program.

In June 2009, TechMission began an internship/scholarship program by partnering with North American urban ministries.[3] The tuition-paid program frequently includes housing provided by the hosting organization for the intern's year of service on-site.

A BS in Nonprofit Management became available in January 2010. In 2014, the college launched a Master's program in Technology & Ministry. In 2015, changed its name to City Vision University and added an Associate's and Bachelor's in Business Administration.


In 2014, City Vision University had 129 enrolled students.[citation needed] The student population has as 3-2 female-to-male ratio. The mean student age is 40 years. Seventy-nine percent of students who apply for financial aid receive Pell grants.[4]

The university is an open admissions school accepting any student with a high school diploma, GED or equivalent. Students may enroll year round in the college's individual courses, certificates or degree programs. Degrees offered include the Associate of Science, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Science.[5]

City Vision University reports that 91% of graduates are either placed in a job or continued their education (with 74.6% working in a training-related field and 12.7% have pursued further education). Graduates typically want to work in the nonprofit sector, counseling, government or ministry.[4][not in citation given]

Accreditation and affiliations[edit]

City Vision University is accredited by the Distance Education Accreditation Commission.[6] It is also an affiliate member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education.[7] For its Addiction Studies Program, City Vision University is an Approved Education Provider for NAADAC, the professional association for drug and alcohol counselors.[8] Graduates who complete the Nonprofit Management track in the Missions program are granted 20 points toward the 100 points required for the Certified Stewardship Professional certification offered by the Christian Leadership Alliance.[9][better source needed]

Tuition and financial aid[edit]

Undergraduate tuition is $233.33 per credit hour ($266.67 grad) or $7,000 per year for 10 courses.[10][11] Qualifying students can get their tuition fully covered by Pell grants or GI Bill benefits. City Vision University provides a 25% discount to military/veterans and staff at Rescue Missions/Salvation Army sites and a 40% discount to ministry interns. City Vision University has the 74th lowest tuition among all private non-profit four-year institutions, according to the Department of Education.[12]


City Vision Internships intends to be a Christian counterpart to AmeriCorps, providing free tuition to Christian students interning 29 hours/week in one of over 50 ministry sites.[13] The goal is to replicate campus-based work-study programs to help students pay for school, but having students serve in the community rather than on campus.[5]


  1. "City Vision University Catalog" (PDF). Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  2. Sieloff, Susan (2010). "TechMIission: Jesus, Justice, and Technology". Case Research Journal. 30, Issue 2: 25–43.
  3. O'Gorman, Eileen (May 7, 2013). "The Tech Poverty Fighter". Christianity Today.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Facts about City Vision University: Diversity, Affordability & Job Placement".
  5. 5.0 5.1 https://web.dhe.mo.gov/dhe/collegedegreesearch/collegesearch.faces
  6. https://www.deac.org/UploadedDocuments/Public-Notices/Accreditation-Actions/072715_AC_meeting_report.pdf
  7. "City Vision University". Association for Biblical Higher Education. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  8. "NAADAC Approved Educational Providers Directory".
  9. https://www.cityvision.edu/accreditation
  10. "College Navigator - City Vision University". nces.ed.gov. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  11. "City Vision University Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid".
  12. "College Affordability and Transparency Center". Retrieved June 8, 2019.
  13. "City Vision Internships". Retrieved June 8, 2019.

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