About Forman Christian College

The Unique Character of Forman Christian College

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.


Liberal Arts Education

Forman Christian College, a member of the Global Liberal Arts Alliance, was the first University in Pakistan to offer a liberal arts baccalaureate education, providing a balance of depth and breadth of learning.

All Baccalaureate students take a required number of courses in humanities, physical and natural sciences, mathematics and information technology, and social sciences in addition to their major courses. 

Depth of learning gives students the opportunity for career preparation, teaching them to think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems and become lifelong learners. Breadth of learning provides the basis for students to understand modern issues as they develop, to live a life of quality, to have a healthy curiosity about the world and above all, to be good citizens of their countries and the world.   

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Quality Faculty

With over 340+ faculty members between the college and the university, many holding degrees from some of the best universities in the world, our faculty brings an international perspective to the classroom. About a third of the faculty holds terminal degrees for their field. They encourage dialogue and questions in the classroom while adding their unique career experiences and innovative techniques to their teaching.    
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An Inviting Environment

Our 108-acre campus is lined with trees and rich with gardens, providing a green oasis in the middle of Lahore, a bustling city of more than ten million people.  A growing student enrollment means improvements to facilities are an ongoing process; renovations and expansions are taking place in administrative and academic buildings, dormitories, and staff housing. A new water and sewer system is nearing completion. New buildings added on campus since denationalization include the Armacost Science Building, Hope Tower, Mercy Health Care and the Light of Hope Elementary School. FCC supports its on-campus community by providing the best in both physical plant and green space that budget allows. 

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Social Life

With more than thirty student-run societies (clubs) to choose from, students can pursue a specific academic interest outside of class or indulge their taste for music, drama or art. These societies are very active, with more than 350 activities and events scheduled each academic year. Participation provides another opportunity for students of different backgrounds to find common ground and learn more about one another.

For more information on the student societies at Forman Christian College, click here.


Sports Programs

FCC has regular intramural clubs in Badminton, Basketball, Bodybuilding, Boxing, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, Table Tennis, Weightlifting and Wrestling. Both women and men participate in sports on campus; there is a male-only gym, and in the not-too-distant future, plans call for renovation of a building on campus that will include a female-only gym. Even in sports it is important to be mindful of cultural norms!

For more information on sports and other student-related topics at Forman Christian College, click here.



For the 2019-2020 academic year, the average cost for a BA/BS degree is $2,500. This is inclusive of a 15% administrative overhead fee withheld by Friends of Forman to fund the mission in the U.S. Some areas of concentration are more costly than others. Double occupancy room & board is an additional $980/year.


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Project Updates

Mercy Health Care Addition
Light of Hope School Report
Multi-Year Hostel Renovations
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