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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University of Northwestern - St. Paul

The University of Northwestern- St. Paul (commonly shortened to Northwestern) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution located in the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Established in 1902, the University began with just seven students as the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School. Presidents of the School have included founder William Bell Riley, a well-recognized pastor and evangelist, as well as evangelist the Reverend Billy Graham who served as the institution’s second president. Today, Northwestern’s written mission states its dedication to “provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community and world.” The University’s philosophy of education statement declares that “Northwestern endeavors to provide education that is grounded first and foremost in the truth of the Bible and in God as the Ultimate Reality of the Universe.” Since 1978, Northwestern has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Northwestern offers a wide range of academic programs, including undergraduate degrees in the areas of Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Nursing, Early Childhood Education, and Engineering. Graduate degrees include the areas of Education, Human Services, Theological Studies, the Master of Business Administration, Divinity, Organizational Leadership and more. Northwestern also offers a number of adult undergraduate degree programs (degree completion) and an Early College option for high school students which is offered on-site, on-campus, or online. A selective institution, Northwestern admits 87% of applicants. the University’s total enrollment figure reaches nearly 3,500, including more than 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Northwestern boasts a high overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 66%. Financial aid is readily available with 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 18-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 87%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 82%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 66%

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Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Originally established as a grammar school in the early 1900s by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association, in 1909 the school was chartered as a liberal arts college and named the Illinois Holiness College. Shortly after in 1912, the college was given to the Church of the Nazarene and by 1986, after experiencing several decades of growth and change, formally adopted the name Olivet Nazarene University. Today, Olivet Nazarene University’s mission “is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.” The University’s motto is, “Education with a Christian Purpose.” Olivet Nazarene University is located on a 275 acre park-like campus within the beautiful Kankakee River Valley.

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Life and Health Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Degrees awarded include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. A selective institution, Olivet Nazarene University admits 77% of applicants. The University’s total enrollment figure reaches nearly 5,000, including well over 3,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University’s overall retention rate is 77% with an overall graduation rate of 61%. Financial assistance is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of aid whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  •  Admittance: 77%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 77%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 61%

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University is a private, co-educational, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. One of eight United States liberal arts colleges which are affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Northwest Nazarene University was originally founded in 1913 by Eugene Emerson as an elementary school. The school gradually evolved into a high school, followed by a junior college, and finally a four-year college in 1937. Today, Northwest Nazarene University holds to the values of Transformation, Truth, Community, and Service and describes its mission as relating to “the transformation of the whole person.” The mission statement continues, “Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 700 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. Approximately 60 areas of study are offered across twenty academic departments. These include the Departments of Art; Biology; Business; Chemistry; Communication Studies; Education; Engineering & Physics; History & Political Science; Kinesiology; Language, Literature, & Cultural Studies; Mathematics & Computer Science; Military Science; Music; Nursing; Philosophy; Pre-health; Psychology & Criminal Justice; Religion; and Social Work. The University also offers a wide range of graduate level degree programs, several of which are made available in online formats. A selective institution, Northwest Nazarene University admits 56% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 77% with an overall graduation rate of 49%. 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15 to 1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 56%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 77%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 49%

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education which is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church and located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Spring Arbor University was founded in 1873 by leaders of the denomination as an academy for elementary and secondary grades. In 1923 a junior college was added to the academy and by 1930 all primary and intermediate classes were discontinued. Accreditation was soon granted by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and in 1960 and the name Spring Arbor College was adopted. In 2001 university status was achieved and the school became known as Spring Arbor University. Today, Spring Arbor University’s mission statement declares its dedication to being “a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as a perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.”

Spring Arbor University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is made up of four schools, namely the Gainey School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Human Services. Several graduate programs are also offered both onsite and online, including master’s degrees in Communication, Counseling, Education, Spiritual Formation and Leadership, TESOL, Business Administration, Nursing, Social Work, and more. A selective institution, Spring Arbor University admits 69% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. Financial aid is available with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of assistance including grant and scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 69%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 79%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 52%

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Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution located in Palos Heights, Illinois. The College was founded in 1959 by a group of Chicago businessmen with the intent of creating a college that would offer students a quality higher education taught from a Christian Reformed perspective. Trinity Christian College is strategically located on a suburban campus just 30 miles outside of Chicago; this location allows students to benefit from a variety of opportunities for internships, career advancement, service and cultural experiences. Consistently ranked within the top tier among Regional Colleges in the Midwest, Trinity Christian College consists of diverse student body with a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,400, including more than 1,200 undergraduate students, and an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The College’s mission is stated clearly and concisely and has not deviated from its founder’s wishes, which is to “provide Biblically informed liberal arts education in the Reformed tradition.”

Trinity Christian College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. More than 70 programs of study are offered in a variety of fields and majors. A Trinity education is unique in the fact 100% of students participate in either a field educational experience or in an internship. This aspect of a Trinity education allows students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom causes students to be more thoroughly equipped and prepared for their entrance into the workforce or for continued graduate study. Trinity Christian College admits 88% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 98% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11-to1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 98%
  • Admittance: 88%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 82%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1968, by the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was designated as the Zone A institution by the denomination’s General Assembly with the area of Mount Vernon chosen due to its proximity to a sizable portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges which are affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to its main campus, the University also owns a number of satellite locations in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark which serve non-traditional students who enroll in the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including well over 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 80 areas of study are offered through the University’s several schools. These include the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; The School of Theology and Philosophy; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Jetter School of Business. Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Honors Program is also offered for gifted students, providing them unique, challenging courses and special extracurricular opportunities within a supportive environment which is designed to help them to excel. A selective institution, Mount Vernon University admits 78% of applicants. The University boasts a high overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of assistance, including grants and scholarships.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13 to 1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 78%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 60%

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MidAmerica Nazarene University

Located in Olathe, Kansas, MidAmerica Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution which is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The University was first established in 1966 as the MidAmerica Nazarene College; the school eventually earned its accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In its mission statement, MidAmerica Nazarene University describes its commitment to being a “transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve.” The University further states its vision as being to “impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.” MidAmerica Nazarene University operates multiple campuses in addition to its main 100-plus acre campus in Olathe, including the Santa Fe Commons Sit (also in Olathe, KS) and the Liberty Site in Liberty, Missouri.

MidAmerica Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including more than 1,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1. The University offers more than 40 undergraduate degree programs in addition well over a dozen graduate and professional degree programs. The five most popular programs among first-time freshmen include majors in Nursing, Elementary Education, Business Administration, Sports Management, and Ministry. Graduate and professional studies programs are available in the areas of Counseling, Education, Business, and Nursing. MidAmerica Nazarene University also offers several pre-professional programs, study abroad opportunities, and an honors program. A selective institution, only 61% of applicants are admitted. The University boasts a high overall retention rate of 74% with an average graduation rate of 55%. Financial aid is readily available with 90% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of assistance whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 7-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 90%
  • Admittance: 61%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 55%

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Anderson University - IN

Located in Anderson, Indiana, Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts institution. Anderson University was established in 1917 by members of the Church of God movement and was originally called the Anderson Bible Training School. Anderson University was founded on the five core values, or “pillars”, of Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity. The University’s mission statement declares its commitment to educate students “for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” Both service and ministry are at the heart of Anderson’s people and students volunteer as many as 24,000 hours annually. Anderson University is situated on a 100-acre suburban campus and has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, nearly all of whom are undergraduate students. The average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.

Anderson University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. A wide range of undergraduate majors are available which culminate in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a Bachelor of Music degree. Anderson University also offers several graduate-level degrees and adult degree completion programs. Areas of study at Anderson University include subjects in Business, Education, Humanities & Behavioral Science, Music, Theatre & Dance, Nursing & Kinesiology, Science & Engineering, and Theology & Christian Ministry. Anderson University is a selective institution, admitting only 60% of applicants. The University boasts a higher overall retention rate 75% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Financial aid is readily available to students and 100% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 60%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 75%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 54%

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Huntington University

Located in Huntington, Indiana, Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution. The University was founded in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ as the Central College. In 1917 the school was renamed Huntington College and it was not until 2005 that the school achieved university status and adopted its current name of Huntington University. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”

Huntington University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1961. More than 1,200 students are enrolled, including nearly 1,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are available including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees.  The University is comprised of several departments which include the areas of Agricultural studies, Art, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Arts, Education, English, History and Political Science, Kinesiology and Sport Leadership, Language, Math, Ministry and Missions, Music, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Theatre, Worship Leadership, and the Institute for Leadership and Counseling. A selective institution, Huntington University admits 84% of applicants. The University boasts high overall retention and overall graduation rates of 79% and 66%, respectively. Financial aid is available and 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 84%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 79%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 66%

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Bethel University

Located in St. Paul, Minnesota, Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education. The institution was founded in 1871 by John Alexis Edgren as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary with the intention of serving as a pastoral training ground for Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled Europe to escape persecution. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary and relocated the school to its present-day setting. After the Second World War the school transitioned into a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 adopted the name of Bethel University. Today, Bethel  University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including nearly 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. A wide range of programs are offered through the University’s four schools, which include the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, the Graduate School, and Bethel Seminary. More than 100 degree options are currently available, including more than 80 undergraduate majors; nearly a dozen pre-professional programs in the areas of medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, pharmacy, and more; 10 master’s degrees and a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership. 95% of applicants are admitted to Bethel University; the school has a high overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 74%. Financial aid is readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students do receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  • 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: 74%

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North Park University

Located in Chicago, Illinois, North Park University is a private Christian institution affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church. North Park University shares its campus, which is located on Chicago’s north side, with the denomination’s North Park Theological Seminary. The University strives to intentionally work in engaging residents within its local neighborhood and city. Founded in 1891, the mission of North Park University is to “prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.” North Park University’s vision builds upon its core institutional identity – that is, “Christian, urban, intercultural” – as the University endeavors to be a place of “uncommon character and enduring excellence where faith, learning, and service meet.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

North Park University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and has been so since 1926. More than 40 undergraduate majors and programs are offered, including several pre-professional options such as law, medicine, and art therapy. Graduate programs are available in the areas of business and nonprofit management, counseling psychology, education, music, and nursing. North Park University also offers a variety of adult degree completion – many of which are available online – through the School of Professional Studies, the School of Business and Nonprofit management, and the North Park Theological Seminary. A selective institution, North Park University admits only 49% of applicants. The University boasts a high overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. Financial aid is readily available with 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 49&
  • Overall Retention Rate: 75%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 52%

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Bethel College - IN

Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1947, Bethel began as the vision of Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel Brenneman who first called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college; it was Huffman who suggested the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. More than 50 areas of study are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and Bethel College boasts an average medical school acceptance rate that is double the national average; a 100% job placement rate among nursing graduates; and a 99% job placement rate in music education. Bethel College’s undergraduate academic departments include the areas of Art; Biology & Chemistry; Business; Communication & Media Arts; Education; History & Contemporary Society; Humanities; Kinesiology; Literature & Language; Math & Engineering Sciences; Music; Nursing; Psychology; Religion & Philosophy; Sign Language Interpreting; and Theatre Arts. A selective institution, Bethel College admits 66% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate 64%. Financial aid is readily available with fully 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 66%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 78%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 64%

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Greenville College

Greenville College is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution located in Greenville, Illinois. The College was founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church with the original purpose of providing a “distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women.” Wilson T. Hogue served as the college’s first president and coined the phrase “education for character” which has served as Greenville College’s motto even up to this day. The College’s beautiful 50 acre campus is situated in the heart of Greenville, about 45 miles outside of St. Louis, and is easily accessible from several main highways, including I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. With the vision to inspire students to embrace God’s calling on their lives, Greenville College’s mission statement declares its desire to empower “students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.”

Greenville College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools which granted its initial accreditation in 1948. More than 50 undergraduate majors are offered by Greenville College as well as several adult and graduate programs which are available either online or at partnership locations. Majors include Nursing, Engineering, Education, Digital Media, Music, Art, Biology, Business Management, Music Business, and many more. Accelerated three-year degree options are also offered in several majors designed for the dedicated and focused student. A selective college, Greenville College only admits 56% of all applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Financial aid is readily available with 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 56%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 57%

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Dordt College

Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North American, Dordt College was founded in 1955 and derives its name from the historic Synod of Dordt (or Dordecht), an international Synod  which was held by the Dutch Reformed Church in the 17th century. Originally called the Midwest Christian Junior College, in April of 1956 the College adopted its current name for the purpose that “the name ‘Dordt’ will constantly remind us of the heritage in which we are rooted and the goals we should strive for… [giving] us a constant source of inspiration to continue in the faith of our fathers.” Today, Dordt College’s mission involves being a “Christian learning community”, a place of “developing history”, offering a “supportive constituency”, and keeping a “kingdom perspective”.

Dordt College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,450, including nearly 1,400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The College holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools which granted its initial accreditation in 1969. Dordt College’s curriculum was “designed to give each student a complete comprehensive education from a solid, Reformed, Christian perspective.” More than 30 majors and a dozen pre-professional programs of study are offered, including the four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees. A selective, residential college, approximately 85% of Dordt College students choose to live on campus and only 70% of applicants are admitted. The College boasts a high overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 69%. All full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 70%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 81%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 69%

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Northwestern College

Located in Orange City, Iowa, Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1882, Northwestern started out as a small academy before evolving into a junior college in 1928 and eventually a four-year institution by 1961. Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church of America and is situated on a large rural campus in Sioux County. The College’s mission statement declares its intention is to be a “Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.” Northwestern College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,200, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students. The average student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1. Northwestern College holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools which granted its initial accreditation in 1953.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College offers a wide range of academic programs in a variety of areas. Undergraduate departments include Art, Biology, Business/ Economics, Chemistry, Communications/ Public relations, Computer science, Education, English, History, Humanities, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Psychology, Religion, Social work, Sociology and Criminal justice, Spanish/ Foreign languages, and Theatre and Speech. Northwestern College offers several online degree programs including the areas of Genetics and Genomics, Coaching, the Master of Education, and an RN to BSN, which are available through the College’s Graduate School & Adult Learning. A selective institution, Northwestern College admits 72% of applicants. The College’s overall retention rate is high at 82% with an overall graduation rate of 67%. Financial aid is also readily available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates do 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: 100%
  • Admittance: 72%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 82%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 67%

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Cedarville University

Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Founded in 1887, the school was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church, however, during the mid- 1950s the school came under the management of Evangelical Baptists after merging with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains its affiliation with the Baptist denomination and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which granted its initial accreditation back in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission statement declares its commitment to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objective is to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.”

Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered in addition to several graduate-level programs. Areas of study include Art, Design, and Theatre; Biblical and Theological Studies; Business Administration; Communication; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; English, Literature, and Modern Languages; History and Government; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology and Allied Health; Music and Worship; Nursing; Pharmacy; Psychology; Science and Mathematics; Social Work; and several other special programs such as EMT Training, Environmental Biology, and Honors programs. Several of Cedarville University’s programs are available in an online format. A selective school, Cedarville University admits 74% of applicants. The University’s overall retention rate is relatively high at 86% with an overall graduation rate of 72%. Financial aid options are readily available to students with 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 74%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 86%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 72%

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Taylor University

Located in Upland, Indiana, on a 952 acre campus, Taylor University is a private, co-educational, non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1846, the University was named in honor of William Taylor, an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church who traveled the globe, evangelizing the nations. Taylor University’s mission statement declares its dedication to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” For nearly a decade, Taylor University has been ranked as the #1 Regional College- Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The University’s total enrollment includes nearly 2,000 students with representatives from nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign nations. Student satisfaction with Taylor University ranks high with approximately 90% of alumni indicating that they would attend Taylor again, according to a survey conducted in 2014.

Taylor University holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was originally granted in 1947. Taylor University offers more than 100 undergraduate degree programs are including more than 40 majors leading to a Bachelor of Arts; over 60 majors leading to a Bachelor of Science; two Bachelor of Music majors; and an online Bachelor of Business. In addition to these, Taylor University offers graduate degrees including the Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development as well as the Masters of Business Administration. Taylor University is deeply committed to the values of global engagement and service with approximately 80% of students participating in some type of study abroad program. Taylor University has an 85% admittance rate with overall retention and graduation rates of 87% and 77%, respectively. 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 85%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 87%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 77%

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America and located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Established in 1876, the College named in honor of the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. Calvin College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Today, the College’s mission statement declares its commitment to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” A top-ranking institution, Calvin College offers students the opportunity to learn in an intentionally Christian community through rigorous academic study. The College holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was originally granted in 1930.

Calvin College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. A wide range of academic programs are offered through the College’s several departments which include the areas of Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communication Arts & Sciences, Computer Science, Congregational & Ministry Studies, Dutch, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, French, Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies, German, Global Studies, Graduate Studies in Education, History, International Development Studies, Japanese, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Pre-Professional Health, Psychology, Religion, Science Education Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Teacher Education. A selective institution, Calvin College admits 74% of applicants and boasts high overall retention and graduation rates of 86% and 74%, respectively. Financial aid is readily available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 74%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 86%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 74%

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Wheaton College

Located in Wheaton, Illinois Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution which was established in the evangelical Protestant tradition. Founded in 1860, Wheaton College is well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results. The alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries, evangelists and pastors, nearly 10% of all students enrolled at Wheaton College come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”

Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the 1916. The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including just under 2,500 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. A variety of programs are offered through Wheaton College’s Graduate School, including areas of study such Biblical Archaeology; Biblical Exegesis; Biblical Studies; Christian Formation and Ministry; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Evangelism and Leadership; History of Christianity; Intercultural Studies; Marriage and Family Therapy; Missional Church Movements; TESOL and Intercultural Studies; and Theology. A selective institution, Wheaton College admits 71% of applicants. The College boasts high overall retention and graduation rates of 95% and 89%, respectively. Financial aid options are available exist and 85% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  11-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 85%
  • Admittance: 71%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 95%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 89%

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College of the Ozarks

Located in Point Lookout, Missouri on a 1,000 acre campus, is the College of the Ozarks. A private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college, the College of the Ozarks (often abbreviated C of O) is unique among institutions of higher education in that students are charged zero tuition costs. Since its establishment in 1907, C of O has adopted and followed the practice of allowing students to participate in a college work program in order to earn their education rather than paying tuition. Nicknamed “Hard Work U”, C of O combines state grants and scholarships with the college’s work program so that at the end of the day, students are left with $0 tuition costs, allowing them to graduate debt free. C of O places strong emphasis on “character” education and is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, particularly individuals who are found worthy but lack the means to obtain such an education. C of O openly discourages debt and does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs; the university further leads by example and has no institutional debt of any kind.

The College of the Ozarks is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. A selective institution, only 12% of applicants are admitted. C of O boasts a total student population of nearly 1,500 with a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The College has high overall retention and graduation rates of 74% and 73%, respectively and 100% of students receive some type of financial aid. More than 25 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs are offered. Areas of study include agriculture; biblical & theological studies; biology; business; communication arts; computer sciences; criminal justice; education; engineering; family studies and social services; hotel and restaurant management; military science; nursing; psychology; and theatre.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 12%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 73%