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Crossroads College
Established 1913
Type independent, coed
Endowment $744,600 [1]
President Mike Kilgallin
Faculty 25[1]
Students 184 [2]
Location Rochester, Minnesota, United States
43°59′48″N 092°28′41″W / 43.99667°N 92.47806°W / 43.99667; -92.47806
Campus urban, 40 acres (160,000 m2)[1]
Mascot Knights

Crossroads College (formerly Minnesota Bible College) is a four year, coeducational Christian college in Rochester, Minnesota, which is nationally accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.[3] Crossroads is nondenominational and draws students from a variety of Christian denominations. Its strongest support comes from independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ.



Its roots are in the International Christian Bible College (1913) founded by David E. Olson in Minneapolis, which later was renamed Minneapolis Bible College (1924), then Minnesota Bible University (1932), and Minnesota Bible College (1942). In 1971 it moved to its current location in Rochester. In 2002 it was renamed Crossroads College.

Two of the distinctives of the college are its heavy emphasis on Bible-based upper-division courses, and, due to its affiliation with the Churches of Christ/Christian Churches, the theology of believer (i.e., adult) baptism by immersion. The college atmosphere is of a large group of friends, since the college is so small and because of the housing situation. Townhouses in a row comprise the housing, in which six or so students live together with their own kitchen and living room. They are furnished but you can bring in your own furniture, also. After classes are done and on the weekends and summers, students congregate ourside the townhouses and play sports, talk, listen to music, and generally have a fun time together in a Christian spirit. A small college such as Crossroads can be a wonderful place for a young person looking to fit in, make friends, and have a social life -- all three come with enrolling.

Crossroads' original building is still a landmark in Minneapolis, standing at the corner of University Avenue and 15th Street, across from the main gates of the University of Minnesota. Affectionately named, "The Dinky Dome" because of the proximity of the building to Dinkytown in SE Minneapolis, the dome was recently sold to developers who will remodel the original building and add an apartment and shopping complex to the north of the building. The site is distinctive by its large pillars that face University Avenue, but also the large dome that sits above the building's three stories - this dome has served as a landmark for the area since 1913.

Crossroads College's present campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is located in Southwest Rochester on 40 acres (160,000 m2) of wooded land. Accessed via Mayowood Road and 16th Street SW near Apache Mall, this campus offers one of the best vistas of Southwest Rochester. On campus is an academic building overlooking a small lake, library and student center, music studio, and multiple townhouses for students. Football is played informally on the top of the hill over the campus, and broomball is played in the winter on the pond below the campus. Rochester is one of the fastest-growing cities in the midwest, with many white collar medical and high-tech industries.


The Division of Arts & Sciences, the Division of Ministry & Professional Studies, and the Division of Biblical & Theological Studies. Courses from each division make up the degree requirements. The following majors and minors are offered for their Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science programs:[4]

Majors: Biblical Studies and Theology, Business Administration, Christian Education, Counseling Psychology, General Studies, General Ministry, Intercultural Studies, Music, Pastoral Leadership, Sport Management, Youth and Family Ministries, and Youth and Family Studies.

Minors: Biblical and Classical Languages, Christian Education, Counseling Psychology, Deaf Ministries, General Studies, Intercultural Studies, Music, Psychology, Sport Management, and Youth Studies.

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Crossroads also offers a two year Associates of Arts (A.A.) degree in Biblical and Theological Studies and an accelerated degree program for adults.

The Compass Adult Studies Programs for degree completion, continuing education, or personal enrichment are designed to meet the requirements of working adults who are looking to return to school to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and credentials for advancing their personal or professional ministries and career opportunities. The Compass program currently offers bachelor of science degrees in Counseling, Ministry, and Organizational Management, and certificates in Biblical Studies and Leadership. On-Campus and Online classes are offered as part of Compass Adult Studies, primarily in Bible/Theology and General Education. Crossroads' Compass program was certified in 2008 to offer exams-for-credit through the College Board CLEP and DSST/Dante programs, where candidates may test-out of areas of study for college credit.


Presidents of Crossroads College

  • David E. Olson, 1913-1924
  • Eugene C. Sanderson, 1924-1932
  • Floyd Jones, 1932-1936
  • Paul A. Millard, 1936-1944
  • Russell E. Boatman, 1945-1961
  • Lynn D. Dietz 1961-1962
  • Harry Poll, 1962-1964
  • Galen Skinner, 1965-1973
  • Bruce Miller, 1973-1985
  • Donald R. Lloyd, 1985-1995
  • Robert W. Cash, 1995-2003
  • Bill Luce, Jr., 2003-2006
  • Mike Benson, 2006-2008 (Interim)
  • Mike Kilgallin, 2008-present

Sports, clubs, and traditions

Crossroads College fields teams in men's and women's basketball, men's soccer and women's volleyball. The school belongs to both the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and the Association of Christian College Athletics.

Student groups include:

  • The Ambassadors, a mission group
  • Chorale
  • International Students Fellowship
  • Outreach Teams, including Adoration Vocal Ensemble, Staged Reactions drama troupe, and worship bands
  • Student Council

Noted alumni

David Rollen


  1. ^ a b c Crossroads College - College Overview. Petersons (2006-07-29). Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  2. ^ "Crossroads College". Retrieved 2007-10-01. 
  3. ^ "Accredited Institutions". The Association for Biblical Higher Education. 
  4. ^ "History, Mission and Philosophy". Crossroads College Catalog 2005-2007. Retrieved 2007-02-19. 

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