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Earn college credit. Easily transition from homeschool to college. Gain a biblical foundation for life.

A Biblical Foundation For Life

For years, you’ve instilled biblical values and guided your children through life. Now, as they prepare to leave your home, you can trust us to do the same.

The Word of Life Bible Institute is an accredited, collegiate-level program where students spend one to two years studying the Bible and living in a safe, godly community where the biblical foundation you laid is strengthened for life.

Plus, with college credits that transfer to dozens of top Christian universities, the Bible Institute is the perfect way to get a head start on whatever their future holds. In fact, almost 40% of our students were homeschooled!


  • Transition from home to school by studying the Bible and living in Christian community
  • Earn college credits at a fully accredited institution
  • Half the cost of the average Christian college
  • Chances to save money on future education
  • Easy transition to classroom life
  • Homeschool-friendly admission process
  • Discover God’s vision for your future
  • Instill a biblical foundation for life

Let us build on what you’ve started and give your student the best year of their life!

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Learn How To Live

We believe that a true education must be holistic. That’s why we tailor our programs to emphasize personal spiritual growth, discipleship, and local and international ministry as much as we emphasize traditional Bible and theology classes. Our program is an immersive experience where students study the Bible, live in Christian community, and serve in ministry, preparing them for a life of service to God.


At the Word of Bible Institute, we spend a whole year diving deep into God’s Word, with experts from all over the world taking students book-by-book and verse-by-verse to help students know the Bible like never before.


The Word of Life Bible Institute is designed to foster authentic friendships and intentional relationships as students live, learn, and serve inside of a strong Christian community.


The Word of Life Bible Institute is designed to foster authentic friendships and intentional relationships as students live, learn, and serve inside of a strong Christian community.

Many students go to college to learn how to make a living. Here at Word of Life Bible Institute, we teach them how to live.






Helpful Resources

At Word of Life, we understand (and love!) our homeschool students. We are here to help ease the transition between home and college and support you throughout this journey. Check out some of the resources we’ve created to answer your questions about applying to college, financial aid, life at Word of Life Bible Institute, and more.







Download our free admissions guide to get a step-by-step path for college admissions, including timelines and tips especially for homeschoolers.


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Going to the Word of Life Bible Institute was a tremendous step for me due to the fact that I had been homeschooled all my life. Previously, I was used to a small classroom – my siblings and I, and one teacher – my sweet mom. This meant that I had only one teaching style to get used to, I did not have to wait in line for lunch or write out an email to my teacher when I had a question. My mom was always present and constantly available.

As a homeschooled student, I always heard about the stereotypes that public schooled people labeled us with – either we were incredibly smart or mind-blowingly ignorant.

While I did not pay any attention to what others said, I did know one thing:

Transitioning from a homeschooled life to a college would in fact be just that – a transition.

I debated between Word of Life and another small college in Connecticut for quite some time before committing to Word of Life.

Yet the unexpected happened: the transition was pretty much seamless.

Yes, there was the expected homesickness, tears and painful goodbyes. But my admissions counselor took time to ensure that I knew my way around campus, the student life staff warmly greeted me, and even the chefs in the kitchen opened their doors to me in such a home-like and welcoming way that I immediately felt comfortable.

Another thing I was not expecting is that the professors and staff ate lunch – and sometimes dinner – with us students every weekday. They were open, honest and carried on perfectly normal conversations. They had lives outside of teaching and families they absolutely adored. They had fascinating hobbies and unusual dislikes. Most of all, they took the time to extend the circle of their family in order to include you. Plus, if I ever had some theological or biblical question, tracking down that specific professor in the lunchroom was fairly simple.

An added blessing is that all of the freshman and sophomore students walk to the same classroom together and stay in that same classroom all day. This greatly eased my fear about having to quickly move between classrooms or getting lost in a system I was not used to.

While I did have to stand in line for lunch and while there were multiple different styles of teachings adjust to, the joy of being in God’s word was so inexpressible those factors did not end up amounting to much.

Currently, I am pursuing my undergraduate degree in biology at another university, and I can honestly say that I feel more comfortable here because of Word of Life. My time there provided a structure that I was able to carry into the college I am currently at. It taught me lessons that were not just applicable for my time there but were applicable for life in general. On the other hand, there were concepts that were instilled in me that may have not made sense to me at the moment, but I know that they were just the foundation for something down the road that God is going to teach me.


The Word of Life Bible Institute offers one-year, two-year, and four-year programs.

Our flagship program is our one-year program, which is perfect for any student, whether they want to get a degree from a four-year college in the future or go into ministry. It is designed to help students get a biblical foundation for life, discover God’s vision for their lives, and learn how to make a difference in the world no matter what career they choose in the future.

Our two-year program takes a deeper dive into the foundation laid during year one. Students who stay for four years will receive a Bachelor of Religious Education through our partner school, Davis College.

You can decide how long you want to stay as you go – so go ahead and apply for year one, then see where the journey takes you!

At the Bible Institute, we focus on building character as well as instilling knowledge. Our graduates go on to make a difference for Christ as thriving members of their communities. Each student earns college credits that transfer to dozens of top Christian universities. Word of Life Bible Institute is the perfect place for students to get a head start on their college journey.

Our desire is to make the transition from home to higher education as smooth as possible. Our smaller student body and caring staff help to streamline that transition and create a true sense of community on our campuses. At Word of Life Bible Institute, our curriculum and program will build upon the foundation of faith created through your education at home, and you’ll also enjoy a family-like atmosphere.

No, we have the same acceptance process for homeschooled students as we do for traditional students, and we are here to walk alongside you each step of the way. Our admissions team works with a lot of homeschooled students, and we are equipped to help guide you through the requirements. All you need to do to apply for Word of Life Bible Institute is to fill out the online application and complete your checklist items:

  1. Online Application – apply.wol.org
  2. Fulfill checklist items:
    • Agree with Statement of Faith and Standard of Conduct
    • Two references
    • Two references
    • Current transcripts
    • Homeschool Verification form

On-campus classes can be a bit overwhelming for students who are used to having the accountability that comes with learning at home. At WOLBI, students are personally responsible for their schoolwork, but the campus format is more structured, helping create a blend between accountability and independence. Everyone is in the same classes and has the same assignments, and days follow a clear routine and schedule, helping equip students to succeed in a large classroom setting.

Our main campus is located in upstate New York, in the heart of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. We also have teaching sites outside of Tampa, Florida and around the world!

In New York, we have between 400-500 students in our first year and second year programs. Smaller class sizes allow for one-on-one support from professors and tight-knit friendships in an environment where everyone shares your values and is committed to encouraging each other in faith.

Yes, we are an accredited college-level program where students will earn college credit as they study the Bible. Up to 40 hours of credit will transfer, and we are in partnership with many four-year colleges that accept graduates of Word of Life Bible Institute and even offer tuition discounts to Word of Life alumni.

The base cost for a year at Word of Life Bible Institute is $19,404. This includes tuition and fees, room and board, and all meals. With our fees being half of those of the average private Christian college, we estimate that a student will save almost $20,000 over the course of his or her college career – just by spending one life at Word of Life Bible Institute. We never want finances to be the reason why a student is unable to attend the Bible Institute. That’s why over 95% of our students receive financial help! This aid comes in the form of local and Bible Institute scholarships, loans, and grants.

We consider every student a gift from God to us. We recognize that as a parent, you have spent many years investing into the life of your child, and we exist to build on that foundation. Word of Life has a safety and security team that is highly trained and effective in keeping your child safe. In addition to ensuring the physical security of our campus, Word of Life is also an encouraging, positive environment where spiritual growth and biblical values are emphasized. You can feel at peace knowing your child will be loved and the values you taught him or her at home will continue to be cultivated at school.

Yes, we have a ratio of one staff member for every five students. Each student is known by name and has the opportunity to have a personal mentoring relationship with faculty and staff.

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