NSA is a private, coeducational, classical Christian liberal arts college founded in 1994 which offers associate, bachelor’s and master’s level degrees. The main campus is downtown at the corner of Friendship Square and Main Street in the historic Skattaboe Block (1891) of Moscow, Idaho.
Students by the Numbers (Full Time Equivalents “FTEs” for AYE2021)
148 Undergraduates (12:1 Undergrad student/faculty ratio)
62 Graduate Students
Retention & Graduation Rates*
Freshman retention avg: 89%
Graduation rate avg: 66% by the end of the sixth year.
Job placement statistics are not available and may not be as useful as those from vocationally-focused institutions, since the ‘field of study’ is a liberal arts degree.
*These rates are calculated according to standard methodology, which uses results for first-time, matriculating, bachelor’s degree-seeking students. The last five years of available data were used.
Degrees and Certificates Offered
Undergraduate: Liberal Arts & Culture (BA, AA); Certificate of Music (in conjunction with BA only)
Graduate: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA), Master of Arts in Theology & Letters (MA),Master of Studies in Classical Christian Studies (MSt); Graduate Certificate in Classical Christian Studies
Tuition Cost and Cost of Attendance (Room and Board)
Undergraduate tuition for AYE2022 is $13,950, which is less than half the national average for a private college. Additionally, students have the opportunity to lock in their rate for four consecutive years. The AYE2022 Music Certification annual tuition of $4830 (added to undergraduate tuition for those students who pursue the Certificate) includes a year’s worth of music lessons for each of two different instruments . The graduate level programs are also competitively priced.
The college is a non-residential campus, meaning that there is no on-campus housing. The college expects its students to be mature enough to live independently, so students are responsible for their own housing arrangements. Most students board with local Christian families or share apartments with other NSA students. Costs of room and board will vary considerably, depending on the living and meal arrangements a student makes.
The college is blessed with a strong Christian faculty that includes some of the leaders of the classical Christian education revival such as Senior Fellows: Doug Wilson (author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, The Paideia of God, and The Case for Classical Christian Education); Dr. Mitch Stokes (author of A Shot of Faith to the Head); Dr. Christopher Schlect (contributor to Repairing the Ruins: The Classical and Christian Challenge to Modern Education); and Dr.Gordon Wilson (author of The Riot and The Dance, a biology textbook that has been made into two nationally distributed documentary films).
The college follows the Oxford convention of titling faculty as Instructors, Fellows, or Senior Fellows rather than as adjuncts, professors, etc. There are four Senior Fellows (three with a Ph.D.), and ten Fellows (seven with either PhDs or a terminal degree - i.e. the highest degree in their field). In total, the undergraduate faculty includes 18 full-time and part-time members, with 13 (72 percent) holding either a Ph.D. or a terminal degree (the highest degree in their field).
The graduate faculty includes eleven Senior Fellows or Fellows, nine of whom hold a terminal degree in their field.
The college stands in the Reformed and Presbyterian tradition and affirms the great creeds of the Christian church throughout the ages: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Definition of Chalcedon. The college board of trustees, administration, and faculty all affirm the college’s statement of faith, which offers a brief summary of the great reformational confessions of the 16th and 17th centuries, such as: the Westminster Confession of Faith of 1646, the Belgic Confession, the Canons of Dort, and the Heidelberg Catechism. The college believes that these historic confessions most fully and faithfully summarize the doctrine revealed in Scripture.
The college seeks undergraduate and graduate applicants who are serious Christian students eager to pursue their studies in the context of a vibrant Christian community, and are also committed to sound doctrine, personal holiness, cultural reformation, and academic integrity. Applicants are expected to be prepared for an academically rigorous classical curriculum, and that preparation will usually be reflected in their transcript(s), standardized test scores, and academic samples. However, the admissions committee will evaluate an applicant’s entire portfolio, looking for a balanced life; service to others, involvement in church and local communities, and an appreciation of humor and the arts as well as strong academics.
Students currently enrolled come from more than half the states in the US, and the college has also attracted international students from countries including Mexico, Canada, England, France, Ivory Coast, Rwanda, and Korea. Dozens of Reformed and evangelical denominations are represented in the student body, and there are also many students from non-denominational churches. NSA has a 500 student limit from the City of Moscow on its total enrollment, but at present the college admits only a limited number of qualified applicants each year.
Graduates from NSA have become filmmakers, editors, teachers, doctors, pastors, lawyers, homemakers, business professionals, entrepreneurs, bankers, computer programmers, and salesmen to name just a few of their career paths. The liberal arts prepare students broadly, which is why our alumni work in a broad range of fields.
Most importantly, NSA offers a degree not just from a Christian perspective, but on a Christian foundation. The college surveys its alumni annually, and the resulting statistics show that: the vast majority of our graduates are members in good standing at their churches, the divorce rate among our graduates is less than 2%, and virtually all graduates with children have chosen to give them a Christian education. While NSA alumni perform well in their fields, career success is not the entire story; as a whole, they live godly lives across the spectrum of career, family, and church.
New Saint Andrews College is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a self-sustaining, thirteen-member Board of Trustees.
Moscow is a town of approximately 20,000 nestled among the rolling hills of the Palouse, a picturesque region of Idaho’s northern panhandle. It is located 300 miles east of Seattle, and 80 miles south of Spokane, Washington, and Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; the state capital, Boise, lies about 300 miles further south. In addition to NSA, Moscow is home to Logos School, several Communion of Reformed Evangelical churches, Canon Press, and the University of Idaho. Washington State University is eight miles west in Pullman, Washington. For more information about the region, contact the Moscow Chamber of Commerce.
New Saint Andrews College is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS); a second 10-year Reaffirmation of Accreditation was awarded during May 2020, and will remain effective until 2030. TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). The college’s authorization to issue degrees is also recognized by the Idaho State Board of Education.
New Saint Andrews College was originally established by Christ Church, Moscow, which is a member of the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC). Twelve of the college’s thirteen trustees are members of CREC churches. The college is a charter member of the Association of Classical & Christian Schools (ACCS) and a member of the International Alliance for Christian Education (IACE). The college is also part of the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges (ABACC).
Frequently Asked Questions
How does New Saint Andrews’s tuition compare to that of other private colleges?
The college’s tuition rate is among the lowest of any private college in the country, and with our optional tuition lock deposit, that rate can remain fixed for five consecutive years from the date of first enrollment. In a day when private-college tuition averages over $35K (even most government-subsidized public universities charge over $10K), NSA charges less than 40% of the private college average. We keep it that low without compromising our Christian mission and vision by avoiding dependence on government support; we refuse, on principle, to accept any government funding or “aid.”
Why should I attend a Christian college like New Saint Andrews if I’ve already had a good Christian high school education?
Education at any age is never religiously neutral; Christian primary and secondary education provides a good foundation, but college is where students either build on that foundation or begin to neglect it. College sharpens—for good or ill—personal values and perspectives on the world, and NSA helps students take delight in their development of a deep, biblically grounded worldview.
So many historically Christian colleges have been apostate longer than they were faithful, and more are faltering. How will New Saint Andrews maintain its faithfulness?
The college purposely accepts no state or federal funds because we refuse to compromise our Christian testimony or biblical principles; all state or federal government funding comes with secular strings attached. Also, the college’s trustees, administrators, faculty, and staff have an unwavering commitment—pledged in writing annually—to the historic Reformed faith and biblical worldview.
Why does New Saint Andrews keep such a small student body size and low student/faculty ratio?
The college is designed for students to enjoy close personal attention from the senior scholars of our faculty and experience Christian community in tangible ways. NSA’s academics are modeled after Oxford and 17th century Harvard, with small weekly break-out sections for recitations led by the faculty member who delivered the weekly lecture, not just a Teaching Assistant. Our students don’t just hear lectures, they interact personally with the material as they discuss and debate it; great weight is placed on faculty/student interaction in these recitation sections.
Does New Saint Andrews offer a distance education program?
Our robust undergraduate liberal arts education in the classical, Christian tradition can only be delivered within a face-to-face Christian community. Only our 16-credit Graduate Certificate degree in the Classical Christian Studies program is available exclusively online, but the graduate level CCS program’s M.St. degree is a low-residency distance education program which requires only two weeklong summer courses in residency at NSA.
How many undergraduate majors does New Saint Andrews College offer?
Actually, none. New Saint Andrews follows the classical, Christian tradition which offers undergraduates a single, time-honored, integrated liberal arts degree with four-year (BA) and two-year (AA) options. These two degrees emphasize the languages, literature, philosophy, history, and culture of Western civilization from a reformational Christian worldview.
If New Saint Andrews was established in 1994, how can its curriculum be “time-honored?”
The great Christian universities of Europe and the United States (such as Harvard and Princeton) were established with classical curricula designed to enrich the spirit through the pursuit of biblical truth, beauty, and goodness. The first “major” was not offered in the United States until 1878, and only after the turn of the 20th century did undergraduate specialization begin to displace the classical liberal arts education that had been synonymous with higher education.
Wouldn’t I have more career options at a college with more specialized programs and majors? (In other words, how will I get a job with a liberal arts degree?)
No undergraduate degree comes with a “union card” guarantee of a job. Even if it did, there is no guarantee that job will still be there in two to five years. Only those who are broadly and deeply educated will be able to adapt well to changing circumstances and job markets. In fact, many employers have come to recognize that narrowly-trained specialists are less adaptable to change and less likely to advance into positions of leadership and management.
The best place to specialize is at the advanced or graduate level, not the undergraduate level. Getting a classical, Christian education at the undergraduate level is one of the best ways to prepare intellectually and spiritually for advanced studies and specialized training in particular fields or careers.