FCC is a liberal arts institution where students of all backgrounds – men and women, Christian and Muslim – interact and learn together. Forman is successfully demonstrating a model of interfaith harmony to a nation and culture historically deeply divided along lines of religion, class and gender. Forman Christian College consists of two distinct schools: the college, or intermediate program, is equivalent to the last two years of high school in the United States. Punjab state law requires that intermediate schools be segregated by gender. Forman’s program is all male. The co-educational university is built around the U.S. four-year Liberal Arts model, and includes BA and BS, Master’s and PhD programs. All classes are taught in English.
Dr. Charles W. Forman, a Presbyterian missionary from the United States, founded Forman Christian College in 1864 in Lahore, Pakistan. Enrollment grew quickly from 18 students in 1886 to 600 by 1915. The institution became co-educational in 1902 and moved to the current 108-acre campus in 1940. In 1972, the Pakistani government seized control of all private educational institutions. They abandoned everything that had been Forman related, including curriculum, faculty, and administration. During the 30 years of government control, all campus maintenance was deferred. The college was returned to the Presbyterian Church (USA) in 2003, due in large part to the many prominent alumni of Forman who lobbied the government for return. Today, a Pakistani Christian Board of Directors manages the oversight of the college. In 2004, Forman was granted Chartered University status, meaning they can establish curriculum, give exams, and confer degrees. Enrollment as of Fall 2019 stands at 8,300+ students.