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Patrick Henry College

Patrick Henry College is a private, independent college with an Evangelical Christian basis that focuses on teaching classical liberal arts and government, located in Purcellville, Virginia, United States.

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Location

Address
10 Patrick Henry Cir
City
Purcellville
State
VA
Zip/Post Code
20132

Stats

Total Undergrad enrollment
333
In State Tuition Fees
26848
Out State Tuition Fees
26848
ACT Score
30
SAT Score
1944
Grade Point Average(GPA)
3.85
Male Female Ratio
51:49
Acceptance Rate
95%
Student Faculty Ratio
12:01

Additional Information

College Type
Private
Religious Affiliation
N/A
Campus Housing
Yes
Mascot
Sentinel
Colors
Blue Gold
Conference
Independent

College History

History

Patrick Henry College was incorporated in 1998 by Michael Farris, founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association, who in 1993, ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of Virginia. It officially opened September 20, 2000, with a class of 92 students. Since then the school has grown to approximately 350 students. The college eschews federal financial aid and is therefore relieved from Department of Education reporting requirements on demographic makeup of its student body and from other federal reporting requirements. The school does not ask for race on applications and the ethnic demographics are unknown. PHC receives all of its funding from tuition fees or donations. The college states that it does not accept any money from government, or any other source that includes terms which supersede the authority of its Board of Trustees or conflict with its foundational statements. PHC only adds new facilities and programs as funds are available. The Home School Legal Defense Association is one of the primary benefactors of the school, and all members of the association receive a thirteen hundred dollar grant if accepted as students. Media attention The school has attracted reports from every major network and cable news organization from its inception, and been the subject of articles in Time,The New Yorker, The Economist, the New York Times, and others. A television documentary about the college, God's Next Army, aired in the spring of 2006 on Britain's Channel 4 and on the Discovery Times Channel in the United States.Initial media interest stemmed from the fact that the college deliberately sought students with homeschooled backgrounds. It also attracted attention because a number of the school's students gained White House internships and opportunities within the Bush administration: in spring 2004, seven of the 100 student White House interns were from PHC, which had only 240 students at the time. This is the same number of interns Georgetown University had during the same period. Hanna Rosin, a writer who has covered religion and politics for several prominent journals, wrote a book entitled, God's Harvard: A Christian College on a Mission to Save America, published 2007. In September 2008, photographer Jona Frank released a second book about Patrick Henry entitled "Right: Portraits of the Evangelical Ivy League," which features photographic portraits of students and their families. Additionally, the college's moot court team was the subject of an independent film, Come What May, shot during summer 2007 by a startup Christian production company and marketed primarily to a homeschooling audience. Chancellor Michael Farris appeared on the Colbert Report on October 21, 2008. In February 2014, The New Republic published a report detailing a pattern of pervasive cover-ups of sexual assault at Patrick Henry College. The article alleges that dean Sandra Corbitt and other administrative staff worked to minimize or conceal sexual assault reports and shift blame to victims. The College denies these allegations. Because Patrick Henry College does not accept federal funds, it is not subject to the Clery Act or Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.

College Specialty

Specialty

The Mission of Patrick Henry College is to prepare Christian men and women who will lead our nation and shape our culture with timeless biblical values and fidelity to the spirit of the American founding. Educating students according to a classical liberal arts curriculum and training them with apprenticeship methodology, the College provides academically excellent baccalaureate level higher education with a biblical worldview.

Alumni

Alumni

Teresa Scanlan, (attended), Miss America 2011 and Model for Body by Vi Alex and Brett Harris, 2012, authors of Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations and founders of The Rebelution

Campus

Campus

Suburban 100+ acres (400,000 m�)

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