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Summit University at a Glance

There is factual learning and then there is personal transformative learning. Summit University has been on the forefront of transformative learning since 1971. A truly unique experience, SU pairs academic studies and professional learning with mystical and metaphysical teachings.  Students are given the tools to see beyond the affairs of this world to the deeper meaning behind them.  They also receive key spiritual tools to transform themselves—underscoring SU’s belief that those who transform themselves transform the world.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to offer education that infuses every branch
of human learning with the divine.

A Modern-Day Mystery School

Summit University is a modern-day mystery school—a rare environment where science and religion meet. Our curriculum targets the science of religion and the true spiritual foundation of all science. To help students penetrate the mysteries of unified, holistic understanding, personal transformational learning is the standard in our coursework. Students not only immerse themselves in a range of subjects in the fields of religion, spirituality, culture and science, but also find ample opportunity for experiential work through introspective and interactive exercises, meditations and prayer work.

Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet

Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet

SU was founded in 1971 as a college of religion, culture and science, by Mark L. Prophet and Elizabeth Clare Prophet. It serves as the educational arm of The Summit Lighthouse, a spiritual organization based on the teachings of the ascended masters.  (Click here to see the history of Summit University.)

Ascended masters are the enlightened ones, the saints and adepts of East and West who have found liberation from the wheel of rebirth. For thousands of years, they have guarded and directed the human race. While still in embodiment they influenced politics, religion, culture, literature and science in order to provide an ever-expanding platform for human evolution. Included in their midst are the great spiritual lights that founded the major world religions, such as Gautama Buddha, Zarathustra and Jesus Christ as well as mystics like St. Francis in the West and Bodhidharma in the East. They are also found at the origins of esoteric movements like Theosophy, the Agni Yoga Society and Rosicrucianism.

A Unique Curriculum

Underlying the teachings of the ascended masters is a deep understanding of the unity and purpose of life. Students at SU learn to understand this purpose and penetrate the mysteries of existence in ways not found in many places on this planet. They learn to analyze current socio-political and economic events from a spiritual perspective and acquire a set of effective, time-proven techniques to bring about change and make a difference in this world.  Through true inner knowing they gain an in-depth understanding of the human psychology as well as the metaphysical, transcendent aspects of themselves and their own higher calling in life.

What makes Summit University unique is its ongoing sponsorship by the ascended masters.  This turns our school into a living, breathing mystery school where every experience becomes part of a path of spiritual learning and growing. For those who want to transcend the lower self, firmly connect to their higher self and learn how to give the best of themselves to the world, SU’s unparalleled spiritual learning environment is the place to be.

A Unique Spectrum of Options

Summit University offers a variety of avenues for spiritual learning. In addition to our online School of Theology and Spiritual Science, SU offers shorter extension courses on popular metaphysical topics. For the more interpersonal learner, we conduct a spectrum of spiritual retreats and seminars held at our campus in Gardiner, Montana, and at different locations around the world.


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