As implied by its motto, "To make man whole," the University affirms these tenets as central to its view of education:
God is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe;
Mankind's fullest development entails a growing understanding of the individual in relation to both God and society;
The quest for truth and professional expertise, in an environment permeated by religious values, benefits the individual and society, and advances the ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
"Wholeness means the lifelong, harmonious development of the physical, intellectual, emotional, relational, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of a person's life, unified through a loving relationship with God and expressed in generous service to others."
Quoted from "The Grace of Wholeness" by Gerald R. Winslow, Ph.D., SCOPE, Spring 1999. Also quoted as the adopted definition of wholeness in the Loma Linda University Wholeness Inventory.