25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the Midwest 2017

25-best-midwest-colleges-and-universities-2017In 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 a 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.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools in our Midwest region that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). We then collected publicly available data for these schools in the following categories: 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. Each category received equal weight in calculating the final ranking.

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North Central University

North Central University is a private, coeducational, Christian college located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. In 1930 the University was established as the North Central Bible Institute, originally, and by 1998, after several years of growth, expanded curriculum, and change, the school was granted university status and the name North Central University was adopted. Today, the University’s campus is located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis in a unique urban environment which provides students with plenty of opportunities for recreation, academic and career advancement, and ministry. As a bible-based, Christ-centered, Pentecostal institution, North Central Association’s mission is to prepare students “to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world.” The University’s vision is to “be recognized as a globally influential university that prepares exemplary Pentecostal leaders and ministers.”  North Central University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1986.

North Central University offers more than 60 majors and through its several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts & Sciences; the College of Fine Arts, which encompasses the School of Music and Theatre and the School of Worship Arts; and the College of Church Leadership. A Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership is also available at the graduate level. North Central University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. A selective institution, only 54% of applicants are admitted and the university boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 44%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive 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: 54%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 44%

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Judson University

Judson University is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Elgin, Illinois. The University’s roots reach back to the founding of the Northern Theological Seminary which was established for the purpose of offering “both graduate and undergraduate education to men and women training for the ministry.” In the 1960s, after the seminary portion of the school was relocated from Chicago to Lombard, the decision was made to make the college an independent institution. The new college was named in honor of Adoniram Judson, the first American foreign missionary who served in the country of Burma (now Myanmar). Today, Judson University’s mission as an evangelical Christian institution is to represent “the Church at work in higher education, equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God by the quality of their personal relationships, their work, and their citizenship within the community, the nation and the world.”

Judson University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. More than 65 majors, minors and concentrations are available with traditional undergraduate programs offered through the Departments of Architecture, Art & Design, Biblical & Theological Studies, Business, Christian Ministries, Education, English, Exercise & Sports Sciences, History, Music, Psychology & Sociology, Science & Mathematics, Speech Communication & Performing Arts, and Worship Arts. Several adult degree completion programs are offered as well as a variety of graduate degrees, including the Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Doctor of Education in Literacy, and several others. Judson University admits 71% of applicants and has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 10 to 1. Judson University boasts a high overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 52%; 87% of full-time, beginning students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 87%
  •  Admittance: 71%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 73%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 52%

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Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a private, independent, non-denominational Christian institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cornerstone University began as the Baptist Bible Institute, founded in 1941. By the early 1970s the school was granted initial accreditation as a degree-granting institution and was renamed Grand Rapids Baptist College. In 1993 the College merged with the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music and in 1999 approval was granted by the State of Michigan for the College to become known as Cornerstone University. Today, the vision of Cornerstone University is to “create a thriving community of fully devoted followers of Jesus in a spiritually contagious, academically excellent, richly resourced, and culturally diverse learning environment that attracts outstanding students, faculty, and staff who influence our world for Christ, His church, and His kingdom.” The University’s mission statement declares its commitment is to “empower men and women to excel as influencers in our world for Christ by offering a student-focused learning community where Jesus Christ is central.”

Cornerstone University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. More than 100 undergraduate, graduate, seminary, online and adult learning degrees and programs are available. Each of Cornerstone University’s classes are taught by professors who are passionate about the subjects they teach and who care about their students. The University’s undergraduate programs are sorted into several divisions, covering the areas of Bible, Religion & Ministry; Business; Communication & Media; Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology, Science & Mathematics; Music; Social Science; and Teacher Education. A selective institution, Cornerstone University admits 73% of applicants and has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1. The University’s overall retention and overall graduation rates are 79% and 60%, respectively and 100% of full-time beginning students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 20-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 73%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 79%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 60%

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Evangel University

Located in Springfield, Missouri, Evangel University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution. The University was founded in 1955 and was the first Pentecostal liberal arts college to be chartered in the United States. Established by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, Evangel University has maintained its affiliation with the denomination throughout the years. Evangel University’s mission statement declares its commitment to educate and equip students “to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.” In order to meet this goal, the University “seeks to provide a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person.” Approximately 2,000 students are currently enrolled, including more than 1,700, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Located on an 80 acre campus, Evangel University offers housing to all students – married and single, – has two academic buildings, a fine arts center, dining commons, student union, athletics center, library and more.

Evangel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1965. Evangel University offers more than 100 undergraduate academic programs including the areas of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Education; Music; Theology, Church Ministries, and Missions; Business; Humanities; Natural and Applied Sciences; Communications; Kinesiology and several pre-professional programs. Graduate degree programs are also available in the areas of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Theology, Business, Kinesiology, and Education. A selective institution, Evangel University admits 61% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 71% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive 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: 71%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 54%

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Bluffton University

Bluffton University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bluffton, Ohio on a 65 acre campus and is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA. Established at the end of the 19th century, the University was originally called the Central Mennonite College before becoming Bluffton College in 1913; it was not until 2004 that the college gained university status and formally adopted the name of Bluffton University. Built upon the four values of discovery, community, respect and service, Bluffton University strives to offer a “character-building education” which enables students to achieve their “personal and professional goals for use in a global market”. The University’s statement continues, “Grounded in the Mennonite values of peacemaking and service, Bluffton’s faith tradition serves as a useful framework for your personal exploration and faith development.” Bluffton University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953.

Bluffton University offers more than 85 majors, minors and interdisciplinary programs in a wide range of areas. A variety of continuing and professional education opportunities are also available and have earned the University national recognition for excellence. Bluffton University also offers graduate degree programs including the Master of Arts in Organizational Management, the Master of Business Administration with several concentration options, and the Master of Arts in Education, as well as a post-graduate program in Education. A selective institution, Bluffton University only admits 54% of applicants. The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 1,000, including more than 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Bluffton University boasts an overall retention rate of 72% with an overall graduation rate of 46%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 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: 54%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 46%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 46%

 

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