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Accepted Students

Congratulations on your acceptance to the Kanakuk Institute!

Before enrolling, we would like you to explore the entirety of the page below to make sure you have complete understanding of everything you are signing up for and agreeing to. We have navigated this process with thousands and have anticipated the questions you are likely asking!

Student Handbook

All the information you need regarding the Institute is included in the Student Handbook.

Disclaimer: this is the current class handbook. Your handbook upon arriving at KI may have slight changes.


The Kanakuk Institute is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains in Branson, Missouri.  While Branson is well-known for live music and family vacations, it’s also home to and near magnificent hiking trails and lakes.  

Our beautiful campus is located on the shores of historic Lake Taneycomo. It includes fully furnished cottages, two fishing docks, 18 boat slips, boat ramp, two lounges for gatherings. Convenient to all of Branson’s family friendly entertainment, Silver Dollar City, shopping and attractions yet nestled quietly in a secluded family friendly property.

We have married, engaged, and single students who all share a desire to be equipped with biblical skills for a lifetime of ministry. All students live on campus. 

I am forever changed because of the foundation KI helped me develop.

2018 Graduate


Once you complete your student enrollment, we encourage you to begin planning and saving for your tuition at the Institute.

We strongly encourage you to invite others to partner with you in your ministry.  Many students each year build incredible relationships with donors and see the Lord provide in unexpected ways.  The simple fact is that most people that have an interest in your life are very willing to give, but they need to be asked.  Click below to our Fundraising Support page to find resources and examples to help you with this important step. 


Kanakuk Institute students will have the opportunity to serve in the community by completing an internship or practicum for five hours a week, a total of 120 hours for the year.  Students pursue, explore and advance their vocational pursuits while practicing the many Biblical discipleship skills they are learning at the Institute.

The Institute staff works with students to choose a practicum that will best fit their goals. Most internships are determined once you arrive in September.

There are opportunities for specialized internships that will require communication prior to September. See the below document for more details. Contact Julie Brinkman at to discuss specifics

Bible Reading Plan

 To prepare you for your time at the Kanakuk Institute, we have created a simple Bible Reading Plan for you to build consistency and learn more about the Inductive Bible Study Method. Sign up to receive weekly emails and read through the book of Luke with us!

Enrollment Forms

You may enroll anytime by clicking the link below.

We ask you to read the Student Handbook before making your commitment to KI.

There are five steps to the enrollment paperwork:

  • Commitment to Excellence
  • Health Information & Authorization (including driver’s license and health insurance information)
  • Student Agreement
  • Tuition Agreement
  • $250 Deposit 

Key Dates

Class of 2023 Graduation
June 1
Class of 23-24 Move In Day
Sept 15
Parents Weekend
Nov 18- 26
Christmas Break
Jan 7
2nd Half of Tuition Due
Class of 2024 Graduation
June 1
Class of 24-25 Move In Day
Apr 14
2024-2025 Applications Open
Sept 2
First Half of Tuition Due
Oct 13-15
Thanksgiving Break
Dec 16-Jan 6
Welcome Back
Jan 16
Spring Break
Feb 24 - Mar 10
Apr 19
2025-2026 Applications Open
August 31

Sample Weekly Schedule

The schedule below is an example of a typical week at the Institute. Each student will participate in the activities below, but times may vary.


8:00 – 9:30
Inductive Bible Study
9:45 – 12:00
Lifeline or Belief Statement Teaching and Discussion Groups
12:30 – 2:00
Dining Hall Duty and Lunch
2:00 – 4:00
Campus Service
7:00 – 9:00


8:00 – 12:00
12:30 – 2:00
Link Year Discipleship and Lunch
2:00 – 4:00
Student Speeches
Host Family Dinner
7:30 – 9:30
Intramural Sports (Football, Basketball, Soccer)


8:00 – 12:00
12:30 – 1:30
2:00 – 7:00
7:00 – 9:00


8:00 – 12:00
12:30 – 2:00
2:00 – 4:00
4:00 – 6:00
Community Service at Elevate Branson


8:00 – 12:00
12:30 – 1:30
2:00 – 3:00
3:00 – 5:00
8:00 – 10:00
Occasional Student Life Event

On the weekends, students are free to use the time however they choose.  Most students do part-time jobs, homework, go on hikes, and enjoy the rich community.

Lunch is provided each weekday. All Cottages have kitchens with all necessary cookware, dishes, and appliances. 

Masters Credit

By participating in the Kanakuk Institute, you will graduate with free transferable credit at the Southern Baptist University, Dallas Theological Seminary, Southeastern Theological Seminary, and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.