Davis College: A Christian College in New York

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Davis College is an undergraduate Bible college located in along the Susquehanna River in the Greater Binghamton area.  Although the school’s campus is technically in Johnson City, Binghamton, NY is only a couple of minutes down the road.  The school has been preparing pastors and missionaries for over 100 years in this area.

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Davis College’s History

Davis College was founded in 1900 by Rev. John Adelbert Davis.  He modeled the school, which was originally named Practical Bible Training School, after Moody Bible Institute, where he had attended Bible college in Chicago, IL.  The school has at times been called the John A. Davis Memorial Bible School and Practical Bible College.  In 2004, it underwent its most recent change and became Davis College.

The campus of Davis College is a testimony to the community-changing power of the gospel.  During Davis’ College first decade, from 1900 to 1910, the area that is now its campus was the White City Amusement Park.  This was a section of Johnson City that was so full of carousing a jail was built in the middle of the mark.  In 1911, Davis College moved to this location, and today it is an area of peace and quiet.

Davis College’s Mission

Davis College is a biblically-based undergraduate college, which is “committed to making an impact upon the world for Jesus Christ by the fostering of Christian character and the equipping of students” (Davis College Mission Statement).  The faculty and staff here develop students for service in the Church and Christian organizations, as well as in other areas of society, by teaching them the knowledge and skills needed to be leaders.  Dr. Dino J. Pedrone has built this college into a school where students learn, but also where faculty members get to know students on a personal basis.

Davis College’s Denominational Affiliation

Davis College is not officially affiliated with any denomination.  However, most people involved with the college are Baptist.  Its history is found in the Baptist tradition, and most faculty members and students attend local Baptist churches.

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Davis College’s Degrees

Davis College has several different programs, which range from one-year long to a four-year bachelor’s program.  Since Davis College offers a variety of programs, most students can find one that meets their timeframe.  The programs include a one-year certificate, two-year associate degree, three-year diploma and four-year bachelor’s degree.  The school also has an agreement with Philadelphia Biblical University, which allows education majors to earn a master’s degree at PBU after completing four years at Davis.

Bachelor’s Degrees

As an accredited undergraduate college, Davis offers a growing number of bachelor’s degrees.  Students can focus on:

  • Christian Counseling
  • International Ministries
  • Christian Ministries
  • Pastoral Studies
  • Youth Ministries
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
  • Music/Worship
  • Organizational Leadership

The college also has an agreement with Philadelphia Biblical University (PBU), which trains students to be certified teachers.  After completing a four-year BRE program at Davis College, students enroll in a 1 1/2 year master’s-level program at PBU.

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Associate of Applied Science

Davis offers an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Bible and theology.  This degree can either act as a foundation for further study, or it can be used to train lay leaders in local churches.

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Certificate Programs

Davis College offers two certificate programs; each one lasts one year.

  • One Year Bible Certificate
    The One Year Bible Certificate includes a full academic year of training in the Bible, and is ideal for pastors, missionaries and anyone who wants to develop their knowledge of the Bible.
  • One Year TESL Certificate
    The One Year TESL Certificate comprises two semesters of training in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).  This program is perfect for people who have a degree, but are seeking additional training in TESL.

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Davis College has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.  They are also currently accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

 More Information About Davis College

For more information about Davis College, people can visit the school’s official website.


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