Crown College

This program appears in our ranking of 50 Most Affordable Selective Colleges for Sports Management.

Crown College

Devoted to Ephesians 4:12, the Bachelor of Science in Sport Management builds atop the Biblical core for Crown College undergrads interested in directing athletic activities. Chaired by Dr. Jon Nykanen, the 125-credit program follows NASM guidelines to train ethical, Christ-centered practitioners for today’s $73.5 billion sports industry. Professors are active mentors thanks to the 18:1 student-faculty ratio. Expect four years of engaging, on-campus courses like Apologetics, Survey of Accounting, Sport Psychology, Principles of Economics, and Recreational Administration. Outstanding students with 3.5 GPAs or better can join the Honors Program for a senior symposium project. All majors must find one internship placement, such as the Minnesota Vikings, St. Paul Saints, Duluth FC, Breezy Point North Stars, Minnesota Twins, Mankato MoonDogs, and Bemidji Axemen.

On campus, Sport Management B.S. majors are actively involved at Crown’s state-of-the-art facilities, including the $2.4 million KleinBank Stadium, Wild Athletic Center, and Softball Field. Attending annual events like the Crash-N-Dash Mud Run, Golf Scramble, and Football Passing League is encouraged. Many belong to the 16 varsity teams competing in the NCAA Division III Upper Midwest Athletic Conference. In 2006, Crown College received its first conference championship title in men’s golf. The St. Bonifacius campus includes an 18-hole professional disc golf course. Sports enthusiasts pick from 25+ organizations, such as Ultimate Frisbee Club, High Altitude Ballooning Club, Outdoor Adventure Club, Mu Kappa, and the Athlete Advisory Committee. Other opportunities include taking Serve Trips to Japan, continuing for the Organizational Leadership M.A., minoring in Coaching, and visiting Elko Speedway.

About Crown College

Crown College was opened for Bible classes in 1916 by Christian and Missionary Alliance pastor Rev. JD Williams with an inaugural class of five paying $12. Initially founded in St. Paul, it relocated to Englewood Avenue in 1935 before reaching its current location in 1970. Passing its centennial year, Crown College now stands as a private, nonprofit Protestant CCCU member endowed for $7.5 million. Home to the 2010 Liberty Mutual Division III Coach of the Year, Crown has 81 faculty teaching 1,320 Storm “Called to Serve” in eight departments. On Lake Parley, Crown occupies an 87-hectare, oak-lined campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, football player Milt Bruhn’s hometown. Linked to 5,159 LinkedIn alumni, Crown College has trained Peggy Bennett, Phil Vischer, Joel Harmon, Ruth Claassen, and more.

The U.S. News & World Report ranked Crown College the 53rd best Midwest school with 68 percent retention. On Niche, Crown is America’s 37th most conservative college, 54th best religious institution, and 499th hardest university. College Factual named Crown the 323rd most diverse school with the 381st most focused business education. Money magazine chose Crown College 607th with an average salary of $39,000. In Washington Monthly,Crown has the country’s 100th most service participation and 261st highest graduation rate. College Choice placed Crown as Minnesota’s 10th best pick. WalletHub crowned Crown College the 176th best value.

Crown College Accreditation Details

In April 2016, Crown College underwent an assurance review to continue its Level V accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association (HLC-NCA) under president Dr. Joel Wiggins. This regional agency in Chicago is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education to check quality and Federal Title-IV eligibility for Crown’s six associate, 41 baccalaureate, and seven master’s majors in St. Bonifacius or online. Crown College is also a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

Crown College Application Requirements

Classified as “minimally difficult” by Peterson’s, Crown College had a Fall 2016 acceptance rate of 54 percent. First-year Storm seeking the Bachelor of Science in Sport Management must be at least 17 years old with a high school diploma or GED certificate. Only the Post Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO) is available to Minnesota high school seniors with minimum 3.25 GPAs. Freshmen must display quality Christian character and commitment to Jesus. Standard acceptance is granted for Crown undergrads with cumulative GPAs over 2.0, but the average is 3.22. Bachelor’s entrants should achieve an 18 ACT score, 940 SAT score, or 54 CLT score. Probationary status is possible if students attend weekly tutoring for a GPA above 1.65 though. Transfers are welcome with up to 80 credits graded “C” or better. Foreign students represent 20 nations with a minimum TOEFL score of 450 or equivalent.

Crown College has rolling admission year-round until the first day of class. However, the $20 application fee is waived if submitted by January 1st. PSEO students must be admitted by July 15th each year. International students also have deadlines of June 15th for Fall and November 15th for Spring semester starts. To enter the Sport Management B.S. major, either submit the Crown Application online or send the paper copy to 8700 College View Drive in St. Bonifacius, MN 55375. Any questions can be posed to (952) 446-4142 or Don’t fumble the opportunity by omitting the following:

  • High school/college transcripts
  • Official SAT, ACT, or CLT scores
  • Signed Community Covenant
  • Completed Spiritual Life Essay
  • I-20 certificate and TOEFL scores
  • Resume of activities and achievements

Crown College Tuition and Financial Aid

Full-time Sport Management B.S. majors currently pay $12,865 per semester or $25,730 annually at Crown College. Studying part-time equals $1,070 per credit. Budgets must include the $260 technology fee and $210 wellness fee each year. Online courses are discounted to $450 per credit with a $130 technology fee. Living at the St. Bonifacius campus dorms’ like Strohm or Miller Hall adds $4,430 for basic room and $4,230 for board yearly. Annual cost of bachelor’s attendance is roughly $39,726 for residents and $32,856 for commuters.

According to the NCES College Navigator, 79 percent of full-time Crown Storm share $8.98 million in financial aid offers worth $11,559 on average. Institutional awards include the Trustee’s Scholarship, Admissions Scholarship, Transfer Faculty Scholarship, JD Williams Scholarship, Founders Scholarship, Heritage Scholarship, Pastoral Leadership Scholarship, and International Student Scholarship. The Crown Ministerial Grant offers at least $1,000 for dependents of pastors. File the FAFSA application with code 002383 for Pell Grant and Federal SEOG Grant consideration. North Star State natives shine for Minnesota State Grant, Public Safety Officer’s Survivor Grant, and Indian Scholarship funds. Federal Work-Study jobs, including in the Athletics Department, pay at least $9.00/hour. Crown College graduates also incur median debt of $13,031 from Direct Subsidized, Unsubsidized, and PLUS loans.

Learn more about Crown College at the Business and Sport Management Department website.

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