Prospective Students

Application Instructions and Requirements

Now accepting Admission Applications for Fall 2018. Apply by August 31st, 2018. Class size is limited.

The Cleveland Life Institute is a one-year leadership training institute that incorporates both an educational classroom environment with experiential learning. We are an educational ministry of the First Baptist Church of Greater Cleveland (established 1834).With a long history of community involvement and social activism, we are part of the ecclesiastical union with the American Baptist Churches of the United States of America (ABCUSA), the Cleveland Baptist Association (CBA), the Greater Congregations of Cleveland (GCC), and ties with the United Pastors in Mission.

Application for Admission

Applicants to the Cleveland Life Institute are evaluated on the basis of academic ability and potential; leadership qualities; spiritual maturity; emotional stability; interpersonal communication skills; the seriousness of purpose; personal initiative; and creativity.

All applicants must supply the following in order to complete the file that is submitted to the Admissions Committee:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Application Fee must be submitted by August 29th, 2018.

The Cleveland Life Institute is a Non-Discriminatory Institution.

The Cleveland Life Institute not discriminate in its educational programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability or handicap, sex or gender (including pregnancy, sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct including acts of sexual violence such as rape, sexual assault, sexual exploitation and coercion), gender identity and/or expression (including a transgender identity), sexual orientation, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law. Retaliation is also prohibited.The Cleveland Life Institute will comply with state and federal laws such as M.G.L. c. 151B, Title IX, Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment and Rights Act, Executive Order 11246 and other similar laws that prohibit discrimination, all as amended.

Tuition and Financial Aid

The Cleveland Life Institute is committed to enrolling the best possible candidates for admission, based on academic ability and potential; leadership qualities; spiritual maturity; emotional stability; interpersonal communication skills; the seriousness of purpose; personal initiative; and creativity.

We currently do not take Federal Student Aid, but we have some scholarships available for those with financial needs.Those who are interested in those should contact the office 216-932-8551.

Tuition and Fees

Early Registration Discount: Before December 15th the cost is just $800 per semester or $200 per credit hour.

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Tuition:Cost per semester:$ 995

Cost per year(Fall and spring): $ 1990

Graduation Fee: $ 75
(cap, gown, frameable certificate)

Estimated Fees for Books ($150)


Faith Based Training

Our Commitment as a Faith Base Institution

The Cleveland Life Institute is a Christian faith-based, values-centered private non-profit, institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition of inquiry, discovery, and study. We serve our students, our founding church, and our communities.

The Cleveland Life Institute exemplifies lifelong learning and engaged participation among our students, faculty, staff, and constituents. To serve our students, our founding church, and the communities in which we are located, we will:

  • hand holding the sunProvide our students – regardless of age, location, or learning style – a high-quality education rooted in the liberal arts and strengthened by Christian values.
  • Enrich and support the ministries of our founding church.
  • Customize innovative and beneficial services to each community in which we are located. The following core values are fundamental to our commitment to faith:
  • Honesty and Trustworthiness
  • Justice and Courage
  • Responsibility and Gratitude
  • Caring and Respect

The Cleveland Life Institute strives for higher learning, higher standards and higher values for its board of directors, administration, faculty, staff, and students through its commitment to integrating a chosen set of virtues. These virtues illustrate what the Institute considers appropriate and necessary for fostering the development of a healthy, safe, and caring university community.

The high calling for each person in this community to demonstrate the virtues modeled by Jesus Christ who taught that the demands of the gospel could be summarized in one word: love…love the Lord thy God with all thy heart…soul…mind and…strength love thy neighbor as thyself. There is no other commandment greater than these (Mark 12:30-31). The New Testament word for love is agape which has been defined as sacrificial love and the desire for the highest well being of other persons. This kind of love provides the conceptual framework for the discussion of the virtues that persons in this community are called to manifest.

The virtues are described below:

  1. Honesty & Trustworthiness: People who are honest tell the whole truth to people who have the right to know the truth, which includes telling the truth about issues that people may be unaware exist but which directly affect them. They do not shade the truth, withhold parts of the truth, or remain silent when others are misrepresenting the truth. People who are trustworthy keep promises, commitments, and confidences, and are steadfast in their honesty, support and loyalty.
  2. Justice & Courage: People who are just are fair in their interaction with others, treating them in ways that they themselves expect to be treated and are advocates for those who are not being treated justly. They do not place others at a disadvantage by harassing, intimidating, cheating, stealing, damaging their reputations or property, or in any other way deprive others of their rights to free speech, privacy, equal opportunity, and due process. Courageous people have a moral compass which they carry with them in all situations and follow it even when it costs them dearly. They do not rationalize their lack of courage by assuring themselves they can not correct the situation or it is not their responsibility to do so.
  3. Responsibility & Gratitude: People who are responsible accept full accountability for all of their behavior, including mistakes and wrongdoing, and do all in their power to undo any harm their behaviors have caused. They do not shirk opportunities to admit their mistakes by making excuses, blaming others, or diminishing the gravity of their mistakes. People who have gratitude acknowledge the help and support they receive from others and demonstrate their thankfulness in clear and meaningful ways. They do not ignore the help they receive from others, forget to acknowledge it or feel that they somehow deserve the help, and hence experience no need to express gratitude.
  4. Caring & Respect: Caring people are sensitive to the material, psychological, and spiritual needs of others, and are willing to make sacrifices to help others meet those needs, whether these individuals are friends or disenfranchised people. They do not assume a self-centered or permissive attitude, which frees them to concentrate on their own welfare and ignore that of everyone else. People who are respectful behave in a way that is appropriate for their environment including physical location, people, and situation, and they are good stewards of our community. Respectable behavior mandates decent etiquette and quality of character.

In summary, we recognize the importance of Christian values and high standards of education. While people come to this university from many backgrounds, each person who chooses to be a part of this community is expected to strive for these high standards.

The Cleveland Life Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or handicap in the administration of its personnel and educational policies. It admits all qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students.