10 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the North 2017

10-best-christian-cu-in-the-northIn conjunction with our 2017 ranking of the top 50 ranking of Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S., Christian Universities Online is pleased to present our regional rankings – more than just s subset of the top 50, these schools are first separated geographically, and the ranking criteria applied anew.  We at CUO understand the significance of the decision students are faced with; sometimes geography can be a primary guide.  Like our other rankings, this ranking seeks to highlight intentionally Christian colleges and universities that excel in categories of personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.  Christian Universities Online (CUO) strives to be the go to and trusted resource for students and their parents in deciding which school to attend. At CUO we understand how important a decision this is and offer up this ranking as a tool to help guide your decision-making.

Our methodology for this regional ranking, begin by taking the schools that are members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) or able to be considered member eligible that fall within our North geographical region. We then took our overall best data used in our national ranking, which includes publicly available data in the categories of 1)Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate.  Lastly, the data sets were standardized, weights were assigned to each of these categories, and an overall score was calculated.

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York College

Located in York, Nebraska, York College is a small, private, Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Founded by the United Brethren Church in 1890, York College was established for the purpose of meeting the needs and desires of York citizens for a church-related educational institution. In 1946 the leadership and control of the College passed into the hands of the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church as the result of a merger between the United Brethren Church and the Evangelical Church. In 1956 the control of the school was again transferred, this time to members of the churches of Christ. Today, York College’s mission is to “transform lives through Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to God, family and society.” The College has a total enrollment figure of just over 400 students, nearly all of whom are undergraduates. The average student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1.

York College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. A number of degree programs – including undergraduate, pre-professional, graduate and online programs – are offered through the College’s several departments. These include the departments of Biblical Studies, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, Physical Education, and Psychology. A selective school, York College admits only 44% of all applicants. The College boasts a relatively high overall retention rate of 64% with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Financial aid is readily available to students with fully 100% of all beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 44%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 64%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 42%

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Eastern Nazarene College

Eastern Nazarene College is a private, coeducational, Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences located near Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts. Established in 1900, Eastern Nazarene College is an official college of the Church of the Nazarene, serving the Eastern educational region. The College’s mission statement declares its intent to “serve God, the Church, and the World by providing a quality liberal arts education for students of all ages.” Eastern Nazarene College’s statement continues, “Consistent with its Wesleyan heritage, ENC seeks to create and maintain an environment which awakens and fosters truth, righteousness, justice and holiness as made possible by God’s transforming grace through Jesus Christ.” Eastern Nazarene College is accredited by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1943. The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Eastern Nazarene College offers a range of undergraduate programs through its several departments which cover the subjects of Biology; Business; Chemistry; Education; Exercise and Sport Sciences; General Education; History; Language, Theatre, and Communication Arts; Mathematics; Music; Physics and Engineering; Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice; Religion and Philosophy; and Social Work. Several adult study programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level and include a Master of Education, Master of Science in Management, and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. A selective institution, Eastern Nazarene College admits only 61% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 64% with an overall graduation rate of 65%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 61%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 64%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 65%

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Waynesburg University

Located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA. Established in 1849, Waynesburg University was founded by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and named in honor of the Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Today, Waynesburg University’s mission is to help students “make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.” The University’s mission statement continues, “As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.” Waynesburg University is one of less than two dozen institutions in the nation which offer the Bonner Scholar Program which awards community service scholarships to deserving students each year. Waynesburg University holds its accreditation through the Middle States Commission on higher Education and has since 1950

Waynesburg University currently has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000 students, including nearly 1,500 undergraduates. The average student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1 and the student body male to female ratio is split nearly 50/50, with female students slightly outnumbering male. A range of programs are offered by Waynesburg University with more than 70 undergraduate academic concentrations, including top areas of study such as business, communication, criminal justice, education, forensic science and nursing. Waynesburg University also offers several graduate programs, including a Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Nursing, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Waynesburg University admits 86% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Approximately 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 86%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College was the first educational institution established by the Free Methodist denomination in North America. Originally, the College was known as Chili Seminary, and was founded by social activist, Benjamin Titus Roberts, who opposed slavery and the oppression of the poor and supported women’s rights. Roberts established the school with the intent of training young people to become servant leaders who would possess a strong moral character. Character development has continued to play a central role in the College’s vision and Roberts Wesleyan College’s mission statement declares its commitment to preparing “thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”  The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates.

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. More than 60 majors and programs for undergraduate students are offered on campus as well as eight online programs, more than a dozen graduate programs, and four degree completion programs. Undergraduate majors include the areas of art, business, biological and chemical sciences, communication, mathematics and computing, criminal justice, engineering and physics, history, interdisciplinary, language and literature, music and performing arts, nursing, psychology, religion and philosophy, social work, and teacher education. Student housing is offered in the form of several dormitories, apartments and townhouses on-campus. A selective institution, Roberts Wesleyan College admits only 66% of applicants and boasts a high overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 66%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 78%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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Gordon College

Located in Wenham, Massachusetts, Gordon College is a private, non-denominational Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences. Established in 1889 by Adoniram Judson Gordon, as the Boston Missionary Training Institute, the original purpose of the Institute was to offer training Christian missionaries who would work overseas, specifically in what was then known as the Belgian Congo. Gordon College was progressive from its beginning, freely admitted both male and female students regardless of their ethnic or cultural backgrounds. In 1916 the Institute was renamed Gordon Bible College after its founder. In 1921 the institution’s name was again changed, this time to Gordon College of Theology and Missions. Today the mission of Gordon College is to “graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.”

Gordon College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 2,000 students are enrolled, including nearly 1,700 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by the College; major program offerings include accounting, Accounting, Art, Biblical Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Combined Languages, Communication Arts, Computer Science, Economics, Education, English Language and Literature, Finance, French, History, International Affairs, Kinesiology, Linguistics, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Sport and Wellness, Sociology, Social Work, Spanish, and Theatre Arts . Gordon College admits a high percentage of its applicants (93%) and boasts an overall retention rate of 85% with an overall graduation rate of 69%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receiving aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 93%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 85%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 69%

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Houghton College

Located in the hamlet of Houghton, New York in the scenic Genesee Valley, Houghton College is a private, coeducational Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1883, the College is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church.  Houghton College had its beginning as a high school called Houghton Seminary; by the mid-1920s the school had evolved into a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter in 1927 by the state of New York. In 1935 Houghton College was granted its accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Today, Houghton College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff either live on-campus in or nearby to the College. Houghton College places a high value on the residential experience and provides on-campus housing in the form of several residence halls and townhouses.

A range of academic majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs are offered by Houghton College in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online coursework. The College’s Departments cover the subjects of Art; Communication; English and Writing; Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy; Intercultural Studies; World Languages and Literatures; Education; Physical and Health Education; Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Physics, Computer Science and Engineering; Business and Economics; History and Political Science; Sport, Recreation and Wellness; and Psychology and Sociology. Several music majors and courses are also offered through the College’s Greatbatch School of Music. Houghton College has a high admittance rate of 95% and boasts an overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 73%. Financial aid is readily available and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 95%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 84%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 73%

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Geneva College

Located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Geneva College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Founded in 1848 by John Black Johnston, the school was originally located in Northwood, Ohio. It was not until the later 1870s-early 1880s that the College moved to its current location in Beaver Falls. The mission of Geneva College is to serve as a “Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Geneva College’s scenic 55 acre campus is located approximately 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. A founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Geneva College is one of only four western Pennsylvania schools within the council.

Geneva College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. A variety of undergraduate academic programs are offered including Aviation Dual Degrees (Business/ Aviation and Missions/ Aviation) as well as in areas such as Biblical Studies, Ministries & Philosophy; Biology; Business, Accounting & Management; Chemistry, Math & Physics; Communication; Education; Engineering & Computer Science; English; History, Political Science & Sociology; Languages & Cultures; Music; Physical Education; Psychology & Social Services; and several Independent majors. Geneva College also offers several graduate programs, including a Master of Business Administration, M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Higher Education, and an M.S. in Leadership Studies. The College’s admittance rate is 73%. Geneva College boasts a higher overall retention rate of 83% with an overall graduation rate of 64%. Financial aid is available to students with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 73%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 83%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 64%

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Eastern University

Located just west of Philadelphia in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania, Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education.  Established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Eastern University was originally founded with the intent of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination. It was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and was eventually chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the institution had became known as Eastern College and in 2005 university status was achieved. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, Eastern University’s mission is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1954. A wide range of academic programs are offered through the University’s several colleges which include the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Leadership, The College of Education, The College of Health and Social Sciences, The College of Theology and Ministry, and The Templeton Honors College. Besides these, the University also encompasses the Palmer Theological Seminary and Esperanza College, a junior college which operates in partnership with Nueve Esperanza, Inc. for the purpose of reaching the Latino community of Philadelphia. Eastern University admits 52% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 61%. Financial aid is available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 52%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 61%

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Grove City College

Located in the scenic town of Grove City, Pennsylvania, Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. The College began the Pine Grove Normal Academy, having received its original charter in 1876, and was founded by Isaac C. Ketler. In 1884 the new name of Grove City College was adopted by the trustees of the institution. Through the years, Grove City College has continued to remain faithful to the vision of its founders’ whose mission was to foster “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom.” Grove City College’s mission statement declares, “The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ’s moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”

Grove City College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. The College’s total reaches nearly 2,500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Grove City College offers a variety of academic options with more than 50 programs of study and a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. The College is divided into several academic departments, including the Departments of Physics, Biblical and Religious Studies, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Mathematics, and Economics. A selective school, Grove City College admits 81% of its applicants. Grove City College’s an overall retention and graduation rates are impressively high at 89% and 85%, respectively. Financial aid is available to students; 72% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 72%
  • Admittance Rate: 81%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 89%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 85%

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Messiah College

Located about just outside of Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah College is a private, coeducational Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences. Messiah College was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church, the college was originally called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. In 1921 Messiah evolved into a junior college and by 1951 had developed an initial four-year college program and was renamed Messiah College. Though the College has remained influenced by its historic connection with the Brethren in Christ Church, today Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. Messiah College’s mission statement declares its goal as being to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” Messiah College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, including over 2,500 undergraduate, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. The College offers more than 80 majors as well as a variety of pre-professional programs and nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. Messiah College is composed of four schools, each of which houses multiple departments, including the School of Arts, the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, the School of Humanities, the School of Science, Engineering and Health, plus Interdisciplinary Areas of Study. A selective institution, Messiah College admits 79% of applicants. The College boasts a high overall retention rate of 88% with an overall graduation rate of 77%. Financial aid is available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of aid, whether in the form of scholarships or grants.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance Rate: 79%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 88%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 77%

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