Campus Stories

When You Don’t Get the Fraternity or Sorority You Want

Have you been thinking about what you want versus what you really want?

One Student’s Call to Go

As a student in South Asia, Ashish heard the message of Christ for the first time through the Knowing God Personally booklet. That day he began a relationship with Jesus.

Students in West Africa are Building a Movement on Every Campus

“The financial crisis in this country has caused universities there to be closed for months. In December, several universities began to reopen their doors.”

How Do I Know God's Will?

Author Shane Sebastian explains how he learned to discern God’s will.

The most important thing this Rwandan student can say this Christmas

Diane Uwacu, from Rwanda, explains how international students studying in the U.S. can help reach the world for Christ. And here’s how you can help reach them.

Two Ways a New Freshman Reconnected With Her Faith

“I’d pretty much compartmentalized my spiritual life as separate from school life.”

4 Things You Need to Know About Life After College

As you enter this new stage of life, remember that God has not left you to fend for yourself.

When The Student Body President Starts to Pray

Student government leaders are ambassadors for Christ and the whole campus.

One Family’s Response to a Woman Crying In Church

“You can’t know for sure it’s gonna work out well. I just knew there was a need there and I wanted to see if we could be a blessing.”

A Sports Analogy That Changes How You Can Share Your Faith

Talking about spiritual matters is no game, but using an analogy from football is encouraging students in Arkansas.

3 Ways to Shine a Light on Slavery

Human trafficking is a tragic reality, but there are three simple things each of us can do to help end it and support victims and survivors.

Abused and Arrested, An Inner City Teen Turns Trauma Into Hope

In Houston after a drive-by shooting, Tateanna only wanted to talk to one person—her mentor.

Why Naseef left his gang

A teacher’s words to a young teen changed his life, and now he can share that wisdom with others.

He wasn't ready for college – spiritually

Ryan knew college would be a challenging place for his faith, so he made an unusual decision before going.

Cru students get ABC News attention

This past June a group of students involved with Cru were in the news for volunteering at a family’s home in California.

When a stranger got my phone number

The person who inherited Keri’s phone number found themselves bombarded with calls and messages from total strangers.

See You At The Pole isn’t just for high school

3 reasons this traditionally high school event should get more attention on college campuses.

Can one week wreck your college experience?

What you need to know to start university the smart way.

Why you need to remember Hurricane Katrina

There’s been a lot of talk about the destruction of Hurricane Katrina 10 years later. But we should really be dwelling on the response.

Every freshman girl needs to read this

No pressure, but the choices you make here will determine the trajectory on which you’re headed.

When I couldn’t fix my family

Andrew Goldin went from being an angry young kid to starting a military ministry on his campus.

4 tips for Christians studying abroad

What if you looked at studying abroad as an opportunity to live on mission?

An open letter to deaf Christians

What the deaf taught me about God.

I’m the coolest Christian (and you can be, too)

Are you willing to risk a conversation if it means changing someone’s perspective?

Yale students believe “nonsense?”

Confused and intrigued, a skeptical computer science major found himself visiting Yale Cru.

Finding the Blueprint at Boston University

Something different is happening at Boston University. Students are working to make a difference in the lives of those around them, from athletes sharing their faith story to students mentoring incoming freshmen.

It’s time to go Greek

What makes Greeks possibly the most strategic students to minister to on the University campus?

Highlights from the last year on campus. #cruoncampus

God worked in a big way on campuses last year. What will He do this year?

200 Secrets and a step of faith

A confession outreach helped Will understand the gospel.

Pray: California school begins again after shooting

After the May shooting in Isla Vista, Cru reached out with needed comfort and God’s message of hope. This fall they will continue to show love to the community.

Would Jesus have joined a fraternity?

People called Jesus a drunkard and a glutton because he was spending all of His time with the lost at parties.

From suicide to a Savior

Jackie told Emma about her own attempted suicide, but also about the hope that changed her.

How do you help international students?

You can begin reaching international students today.

Back to School Tips

We all know going back to school can be a mix of nerves and excitement, so here are some tidbits of advice to help you stay on track as you prepare.

The night Zack stayed home from the boardwalk

Zack left his family for the summer to grow in faith. He never imagined God would use the summer to reach them, too.

A phone call couldn’t stop the gospel

Adam and Ashley decided to wait for a student to get off the phone before sharing the gospel.

Start a discussion about The Giver

Download a free discussion guide about The Giver to help spark spiritual conversation.

The Giver (2014)

Download a free discussion guide about The Giver to help spark spiritual conversation.

How to Choose a College

Deciding where to go to college can be a stressful choice. Here are some guidelines to help you think through if you should attend a Christian or secular school and then how to thrive once you arrive there.

Surfing the internet changed my life

A video testimony from a student in Hungary who learned about Christ through a website.

By telling his story, Martin realized he hadn’t committed to Christ

Sarah helped Martin understand his journey with Christ and make a firm commitment.

A Meal With a Coworker Changes Theresa's Life

For 3 years, Janette prayed with perseverance that the Lord would work in her friend, Theresa’s, life.

Christmas/Winter Conferences

College students make the most of their winter break by participating in regional conferences that challenge and grow their faith.

The 9 to 5

Scott Marshall, a financial planner from Mississippi, has a passion for living out his Christian faith in his everyday job.

Summer Projects

This summer, over 3,400 participants are attending Summer Projects, short-term mission trips with Cru to over 50 countries.

Overcoming Obstacles

How 4 students overcame indifference, anger, noise and darkness to tell others about Jesus' love and forgiveness.

Destino at Texas A&M

Students challenge their peers to be bold with their faith.

Campus Ministry at University of Florida Kicks Off School Year With 94 Salvations 

In the first UF Cru meeting of the school year last week, 94 people made decisions to follow Christ

Innovation on Campus

Campus staff take their meetings online to reach more students.

Reaching The Nations In My Backyard

Cru interns join in with Orlando theme-park ministry to build meaningful relationships.

My Story: Dalton Hook

Fraternity Brother Dalton Hook entered university thinking he it was about partying and studying. He never expected to find God there, and pray and receive Christ in May of 2011 at Greek Summit, a summer trip for Greek Students involved with Cru.

C'est la Vie

In France, staff member Melissa Dorsch learns to take life as it comes.

Campus Ministry Creative Evangelism Ideas

Students give advice to other students about ways to reach their campus.

Sharing Your Faith Story on Facebook

Scott Santee has put together 6 steps for how to use Timeline as a way to tell your story of faith.

A Changed Life: Dennis Campos

A young man finds to trust in Christ not in people. How Destino ministers on college campuses.

My Story: Samantha

University of North Carolina Greensborough student Samantha Springs tells her testimony of how God helped free her from sin.

A Changed Life: Richelle

Cross-country runner, Richelle Gray used to run for performance but now runs for God

¿Habla Español?

Gavin, a student from UW-Madison, uses his plane ride as an opportunity to share his faith.

Cru Before and After at University of Illinois

An outreach with 2 words on T-shirts, and a marketing and social media campaign creates a buzz on a campus of 40,000 students.

It Isn't "Location, Location, Location.

Regardless of whether or not they are full-time missionaries, these people engage in missions work, in their personal lives and occasionally using Cru materials

Helping the Deaf Community hear the gospel.

Deaf student helps reach the Deaf Community with the message of God’s love and forgiveness. Auzy joined the Cru summer mission project 2 years ago. His example has helped other deaf students step out in faith.

The Ecstasy of Christ

When Sam Burtt attended his first week of college, he was not looking for a Christian group, in fact it was not on his radar at all.

Cru on Campus - Week 1 Tweets

Student and staff Tweets about kickoff week for Cru on Campus

Engineering a Future Ministry

One student learns how to pair work and worship while on a summer project in Denver.

Reunion at Lake Tahoe

Kelsey-Jo and Tess met two years ago when they had a significant spiritual conversation. They had no idea they were at the same summer project in Lake Tahoe until the move-in day when they realized they were roommates.

A Muffin for Your Opinion

A Cru staff member gives an update about a new semester on a campus in Berlin, Germany.

Summer Spiritual Lessons

One student learns that she must be faithful to bring up the gospel and God will take it from there.

Comic Book Evangelism Tools

Cru develops a manga comic book to start conversations about depression and suicide.

Washed Clean

A campus intern teaches an international student about Jesus.

Open Door to Hockey Teams

A women’s hockey player learns about Christ.

Getting Comfortable With the Gospel

A step of faith from one student changes the life of another.

The Vision of Harvard

An Ivy League graduate sees God at work.

WATCH: Facebook and the Jesus Belt Buckle

Students in the Netherlands reach out to Belgium.

Digital Faithwave

A Cru conference teaches students how to take their faith online.

Brave Students Put Their Stories on Facebook

College students use social media to talk about Jesus.

Find Where God is Moving

Clemson students join together to bring a renowned speaker to their campus.

More Than a Purple Mohawk

An outreach in Portland changes lives.

A Movement Begins

Daniel helps launch an Epic student ministry at the Univeristy of Arizona.

Atheists and the Inbox

“I don’t have enough faith to be an atheist.”

A Summer in Slovenia

The comment shook Andrew to his core.

2-minute Inspiration

Could this be your story?

What Was I Still Searching For?

Tara didn't think she needed God.

What Really Saves Us?

Laurie Mitchell and her sister began a relationship with God through the Cru ministry at Transylvania University in Kentucky.

Packed House in Alabama

God’s vision for Mary Katherine was for every fraternity and sorority at the University of Alabama to hear the Gospel and be given a chance to respond: Alpha Omega.

Starting in Belgium

How a student in Belgium starts a new student ministry.

What You Missed on New Year’s Eve

Christmas Conferences around the nation changed many lives over the holidays.

God Uses an Athletic Trainer

Jenade lives out her faith at her job.

What can happen during a study break?

3 freshmen take a life-changing study break.

Partnering to Reach College Students

Cru wants to equip churches and Christians to reach young people. Interested? Start here!

Discovery changes volunteer’s ministry

A volunteer shares how God broke him and then used him to launch ministries on four campuses.

Modern day abolitionist in Austin

John has taken what he learned in Cru and applied it to partnerships to help end modern day slavery.

Why students lose their faith in college

A growing trend reveals that college freshmen aren’t just preparing a goodbye speech to their families, but to their faith as well.

Summer Mission Projects

Let God use your summer to change the world, either stateside or abroad.

Andrew's Apologia

An Ivy League student creates a journal to promote discussion of Christianity.

Bold at Big Break 2009

Big Break is a college spring break opportunity from students across the nation to explain their faith to people at Panama City Beach, FL. In 2009, Chris was one of the many who decided to help change lives for eternity.

An Insider's Look at Big Break

Campus Ministry's emcee, Shelby Abbott, shows us the view from the stage

Duke Freshman Overcomes Insecurities to Boldly Tell About Jesus

Freshman girl boldly shares the good news of Jesus at school.

Two Days in the Life of a Campus Missionary

Follow a Francis Floth around for two days as he reaches Oregon State University students for Christ.

Burden for Others Prompts Texas Student to Talk About Gospel

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Accidental Discovery No Mistake for California College Student

College student’s journal entries from summer mission trip reveal deeper meaning of what she found with a “wrong” click of her mouse.

Summer Project Participant Finds Greater Freedom

Past struggles with an eating disorder resurface for one Wisconsin college student.

Freshman Survival Kits Hit College Campuses

How a laundry bag, Bible, and other freebees might pave the way for a first-year student to consider Christ.

70 College Freshmen Help Make Connections with God

More than 40 people indicate decisions for Christ after 70 college freshmen step out of their comfort zones.

The Spirit of Ohana

Amanda was part of a group called Epic, a branch of Cru that specifically reaches out to Asian American students.

Pageant Winner Trades Crown for Campus Ministry

Cru staff member gives up pageant crown to continue ministry to college students.

Artistic Abilities Lend Hand to Big Apple Evangelism

Special summer project for the arts allows students and staff members to use their creative gifts for more than a hobby.

Shooting at Northern Illinois University

No student actively involved with Cru was in the Cole Hall classroom at Northern Illinois University when a lone gunman fired 60 shots ending six lives including his own.

Want to Eavesdrop on a Spiritual Conversation?

Jesus becomes the topic of conversation in a Washington State University dorm room.

Replacing Cyanide with Jesus After the Tsunami

After the tsunami in December 2004, Cru staff members and students join with others to aid those in despair.

Students Take Faith to Next Level on Summer Projects

A summer project with Cru provides college students with a wide variety of experiences, opportunities for spiritual growth and solid training in locations around the world.

Think Summer and Go

This summer, 3,500 students and staff members will go on over 150 summer mission trips around the world for an incredible, life-changing experience that will shape your character and focus your life's mission.

Arkansas Philosophy Student Travels to Thailand for Christ

Spending a summer in Thailand, an Arkansas college student grows in his faith and finds common ground.

Virginia Tech: One Year Later

Sara Klingensmith's first day back at Virginia Tech was refreshingly ordinary.

Virginia Tech: Crucial Time, 6 Months Later

World-renowned author and speaker, Ravi Zacharias, spoke on campus about the search for answers 6 months after the Virginia Tech tragedy.

Not Just Outdoor Guides

Growing up in Massachusetts, Nick Kovacs learned to appreciate the grandeur of nature. "It's so peaceful," he says. "It gives people a place to stop and think."

When College Students Die

Virginia Tech alumnus returns and tells his story of life change in the midst of tragedy, 38 years ago.

Why College Students Are Strategic

Photographic essay, featuring quotes from Ken Cochrum, explores why college students are strategic in helping to fulfill the Great Commission.

Outreach Spurs Oklahoma Student's Spiritual Growth

College freshman experiences first outreach with help of an older student from her campus.

Memoirs of a Recent American College Grad: Starting a New Campus Ministry in Russia

Jessica Cline remembers how God moved when she spent a year in Krasnodar, Russia, with eight other Americans to launch a new campus ministry.

Peter Tebow Helps Leads the Charge on Campus

Cru intern Peter Tebow helps set the pace and mood for ministry on the University of Florida with his passion, friendliness and faith.

Contact Here's Life Inner City

How to contact the US Campus Ministry including their mailing address, phone number, and hyperlinks for short-term mission and career opportunities

Cross 09 -- Crossing Cultures at Home

During Cross 09, American Staff members and students spend three days crossing cultural borders to bring the message of Christ to ethnic students on American campuses.

Get Ready for Back to School

Locate Cru on more than 1,000 campuses in the United States just in time for a record-setting 18 million college students to enroll at America's colleges and universities in 2008.

Summer Project: A Life-Changing Summer

Summer project gives college students opportunities all over the world to grow in their faith, and tell others about the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Native American Student Stands Between 2 Worlds

Nick Ross-Dick, a student at Montana State University, helps reach out to other Native American students on campus.

Keeping Campus Ministry Relevant

Staff member Keith Davy helps the Campus Ministry stay relevant.

Music Draws Japanese Student to Church and Jesus

Music drew Seiji to church, now going back to Japan a believer.

More Students Go On Mission Trips Than Ever Before

This summer, over 3,000 students will travel to more than 200 different locations on 6 different continents as part of Cru’s summer mission trips.

Summer Project Alumni Tell Their Stories

3 women talk about how their summer mission trip 30 years ago was a turning point.

Ask Mom: A Creative Campus Outreach

Moms visit University of Central Florida each week to offer cookies and advice to interested students.

Trick or Treat With a Twist

West Virginia students surprise classmates by offering them candy and prayer.

Changing the Odds at the University of Maryland

One campus ministry's growth from 3 to 170.

Comedy on Campus

A Man, A Plan, A Guitar: Shelby Abbott motivates students to be bold and reach out.

Spring Break Outreach

A college student finds a new way to define achievement at the beach.

Second Time Around

Alexandra Aron's second time attending Florida State University's "Girls Night Out" was much different than her first experience.

About Nations®

We long to see Native Christ-centered leadership exercising ministries of Restoration, Nurture and Service on their campuses and in their communities.


Cru has been on campuses for over 60 years, helping students come to know Jesus, grow in their faith and then go to their families, their communities and all over the world to tell others about God’s love.

After Graduation

Where does God want you after you graduate? Go for the next year or go as a career.

Big Break

Make your spring break count! Practice sharing your faith at Panama City Beach or in Los Angeles.

High School & Junior High

Find a conference or mission opportunity designed for teens. We have Summer Getaways and Winter (Fast) Break.


Got a year to give? Join a team and see what happens as you serve, learn and lead together.

Global Missions

Take the gospel to the world for a summer or a year as you live, learn and lead overseas.


Spice up your break by coming to a Cru winter conference. Find the conference for you by region or interest.

Life On Mission (100% Sent)

Where does God want you after you graduate? Go for the next year or go as a career.

Creatives On Mission

Taking the Gospel to the world through performing artists, innovative tools & resources, and communication training opportunities.


Cru-involved seniors across the country continue to request practical, tangible steps to aid in their launch to life beyond college. Some of Cru’s best “sending” and preparation tools from the field have been curated into the categorized lists below.

Staff Members Survive Tornado in Alabama

ustin and Alana Karl survived the tornado that swept through Alabama in April. While most of their worldly possessions are gone, and they are incredibly thankful for God’s provision, and currently rebuilding their life with the help of friends and family.

Summer Connect

Summer Connect offers you a chance to connect with others and grow spiritually wherever you are this summer.

The Giver (2014)

Invite a Friend, Get 1 free* movie certificate valid for 2 admissions to see The Giver**

My Favorite Thing...

Your best tweets from 2012 Winter Conferences.

Big Break 2014: Your Tweets

Your tweets from Cru's 2014 Big Break conference.

Winter Conference

Held around the U.S. in late December, Cru Winter Conferences seek to connect college students to Jesus.

College Bound

Discover Cru at college. Learn how to prepare for the transition from high school. Connect with Christian community; grow your faith. Find a local Cru community today!

How Can You Change The World With Your Semester Abroad?

You could have an experience like Natalie in Ireland by teaming up with Cru when you study abroad.

Dear Pastor: Why College Students Need You (And How To Connect With Them)

Two local pastors partner with Cru to build relationships with students.

What Can One Mom Do? Help Reach A High School for Christ

After hearing about a high school outreach at her church, Wendy spearheaded a similar outreach in her local high school, partnering with two Christian groups and two churches.

When Artists Fight For Justice

Transforming a community through creativity, connectedness and collaboration.

How Can You Change The World With Your Semester Abroad?

You could have an experience like Natalie in Ireland by teaming up with Cru when you study abroad.

On Campus, Is It Magic or Is It Real?

Jim Munroe’s fast-paced performances of magic tricks helps college students around the country encounter the reality of Christ behind the illusion of daily life.

Top Tools for Transferable Training

Ministry becomes effective when we accurately apply specific tools, using Biblical strategies, under the power of the Holy Spirit. To get the job done, here are some of the tools to consider adding to the top drawers of your tool chest.

High School

We're a community of grad students deeply connecting with one another, our calling, God, & the mission of helping others do similar.

Grad Students

We are a community of graduate students connecting deeply with God, one another, our calling, and the mission of helping others do the same.


We dream of the day when movements of Christian faculty willingly wrestle with the ever-challenging question: “As Christ-followers, what should we do in the academy?” We’d like to help.


You care about your high school, undergrad, or grad student. So do we.

How to Not Waste Your Winter Break

Have you ever reached the end of Christmas break and wondered where it went? Christmas is over, and you’re exhausted and still not ready to go back to class? Try these simple tricks to get the most out of your winter break this year.

Volunteer Opportunities with Cru

Is God leading you to tell others about Him? What if you could make a difference on your campus and create a community where students can know Jesus and grow in their relationships with Him? We can help!

Connect With Cru at My School

How can Cru help you? Cru offers a lot of great resources and opportunities for people in all life stages. Sign up to learn more.

Ministry Leaders

Partner with Cru to help you reach your vision for your ministry. Whether you are a church, campus ministry, or an individual with a heart to reach the lost, we can help you achieve your goals!

Music Makes Difference in Life of Singaporean Singer

2-week commitment turns into full year for pop group member.

Keynote's Blue Sky Nine Comes to Iowa

The band, blue sky nine, travels on a 4-day, 2-city tour in Iowa to tell others the message of God's love and forgiveness.

Family Band Takes Positive Message to Lebanon

Parents and kids give 20 concerts for schools overseas.

Band Uses Music and Authenticity on Tour

Rock band relates to students with music and tells them about Jesus.

Contact Keynote

Contact info for Keynote, including mailing address, phone number, e-mail address and a hyperlink for internship opportunities

The Gospel for Dummies

While most boys his age were racing Matchbox cars or playing with little green Army men, a young redhead from Urbana, Ohio, stood in front of his parents' dresser mirror -- talking to himself.

Hands and Feet of Jesus

Music ministry and partner organization help kids of prisoners.

Country Music Grows on Unsuspecting Musician

College graduate joins country band during summer mission project.

More than Music

How music and relationship influenced Roy’s life in a major way.


Keynote’s summer project students create, film and produce a short film that is used to engage an audience in spiritual conversation.

Singer, Songwriter From "Piper Down" Makes Lyrics Into Ministry

Singer/guitarist uses own struggles to connect with others through music.

X-Nelo" Plays in France and Western Europe

American rock band proclaims message to students from around the world.

Young Isaac's Message

After hearing a Keynote band, a high school student begins introducing friends to Jesus.

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