Dear Chap Nation:

Welcome to Lubbock Christian University! I am thrilled that you have chosen to make LCU your college home. I was once in your same position, preparing to begin college here. While much has changed at LCU since I was a student, the most important things have not changed. You will find in the faculty and staff a caring community fully committed to your growth and development in every part of your life, academically, spiritually, and socially.

LCU occupies distinctive space in the world of higher education. At the time of the founding of Harvard College in the 17th century, its student handbook provided that the main end of the student’s life and studies was to “to lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.” While Harvard no longer claims its Christian heritage, LCU is a "Christ centered academic community of learners." The Harvard statement is a wonderful expression of what we are trying to do here. Christ is our foundation.

Our mission has important implications for the moral and ethical expectations that we maintain for members of the LCU community. We set and seek to uphold high standards. I encourage you to read closely the Student Handbook, which you can also find on the LCU website. It outlines the specific values and expectations of members of the LCU community. We act with integrity, treat each person with dignity and respect, care for those in need, and seek excellence in all that we do. As the apostle Paul exhorts us: “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)

The road to your degree will not always be an easy one. You will be challenged to study diligently and think deeply. You may be stretched and pulled in ways that you may not have experienced before. Rest assured that the faculty and staff are here to help you. Their doors are open and they want to serve as resources and co-discoverers with you to ensure your success. I hope that you will take advantage of the resources that are available to you.

I’m delighted that you have chosen to join with us during this incredibly important time in your life. It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the LCU family and I very much look forward to getting to know each and every one of you.

Go Chaps!

L. Timothy Perrin