25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the West 2017

best-christian-colleges-and-universities-in-the-westAs the next chapter in a series, Christian Universities Online is happy to present the Top 25 Christian Colleges and Universities in the West for 2017.  Not merely a subset of the national top 50; this ranking only narrows the geographic criteria and starts from square one with the evaluation criteria.  CUO offers these rankings not because any one area is superior to another, but that while not necessarily a top consideration in the decision, geography can often play a part in school selection.  There are certainly some familiar names on this list; some new schools are showcased as well.  It is our hope that those who may need to limit their school selection based on geography will be well-served by this ranking.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools in our West 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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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, about 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City. Owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OBU’s roots reach back to 1910 when the University was initially founded. Since that time, OBU has experienced significant growth and has been named one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report consecutively for more than two decades. OBU has also been recognized as one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review among other national recognitions and accolades. Today, OBU describes its mission as being to transform lives “by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of a high calling of God in Christ.”

Oklahoma Baptist University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. OBU’s student body is filled with diversity, as students hail from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries.  Students under the age of 21 years are required to live on OBU’s campus and the University offers an array of housing options including traditional dormitories, suites and apartment complexes. A total of 10 bachelor’s degrees are available in more than 80 areas of study along with five master’s degrees, and several certificate programs. OBU holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A selective institution, OBU admits 61% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. Financial aid options are readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 61%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 52%

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Vanguard University of Southern California

Vanguard University is a private, comprehensive, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies, located in Costa Mesa, California and affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. Vanguard University’s began in 1920 when the school was opened with the intention of preparing Christian workers for the various ministries of the church. Originally named the Southern California Bible School, by 1939 the institution was chartered by the State of California and was made eligible to grant degrees, becoming the first four-year institution of the Assemblies of God. The school’s name was then changed to Southern California Bible College as the college continued to grow, receiving regional accreditation and eventually membership in the Western Association of Colleges and Schools. By 1999, the college was granted university status and its current name was adopted.

Vanguard University is comprised of multiple academic departments, including: the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; Department of Biology; Department of Business & Management; Department of Chemistry; Department of Communication; Department of English; Department of History and Political Science; Department of Kinesiology; Department of Liberal Studies; Department of Mathematics; Department of Music; Department of Psychology; Department of Religion;  and the Department of Theatre Arts. A four-year Bachelor of Arts or Science degree is available in 30 majors and concentrations in addition to a number of Adult Degree Completion programs and Graduate Study options. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at Vanguard, including over 1,800 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. A selective University, Vanguard admits 68% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 56%. Financial aid is readily available to students, and 98% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 98%
  • Admittance: 68%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 78%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 56%

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Named in honor of its founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, the University was established in 1965. ORU purpose is to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and promises students a thorough education that is taught in the context of a “vibrant Christ-centered community.” A charismatic university, ORU’s motto is, “Make no little plans here.” The University’s declared mission is to “build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing.” ORU is situated on a 263 acre campus located in south Tulsa, Oklahoma, the state’s second-largest city, which, as a thriving metropolis, offers a wide array of both internship and professional opportunities in addition to its cultural and recreational resources.

Oral Roberts University holds its accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Comprised of five colleges, these include the College of Arts and Cultural Studies; the College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Nursing; the College of Science and Engineering; and the College of Theology and Ministry. More than 65 undergraduate majors are offered as well as 14 graduate programs and two doctoral programs and a number of adult degree completion programs and online degrees. ORU’s five most popular majors include Nursing; Ministry & Leadership; Business Administration; Media; and Biology. ORU’s total enrollment exceeds 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. A selective school, ORU admits 64% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 58%. Financial aid is readily available and 96% full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  16-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 96%
  • Admittance: 64%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 58%

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Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Eugene, Oregon. NCU is historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. Established in 1895 by Eugene Claremont Sanderson, the school was originally known as the Eugene Divinity School (EDS). The school’s name was changed multiple times before its current one was adopted in 2008. The University’s mission statement declares its intention “to develop competent, ethical leaders for service in the workplace, community, Church and world,” and the school aspires to be “a University characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.” NCU’s core values include excellence in Christian higher education, faithful stewardship and Christ-centered community with the intention of developing purposeful graduates who will “apply skills and knowledge into practice as productive and contributing members” in society.”

Northwest Christian University holds its accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors, adult degree programs, and graduate programs of study; NCU’s most popular areas of majors have proven to be in Accounting, Business Administration, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Teacher Education (K-12). NCU has a total enrollment of just over 700 students, with a female/male ratio of about 60/40. NCU’s student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1 with an average class size of 16. Thanks to this low ratio, faculty members are able to provide students with personal attention, helping to “guide and nurture [their] faith and education”.  A selective institution, NCU admits 68% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 69% with an overall retention rate of 53%. The university offers an excellent scholarship program and more than 97% of fulltime, beginning undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid, whether grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 68%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 69%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 53%

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. CUI was established in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in 1976 for the purpose of serving students in the Pacific Southwest. Originally named Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine, making CUI the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the University’s mission statement declares its commitment to being “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, [to empower] students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Concordia University Irvine holds its accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges which granted its initial accreditation in 1981. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree completion programs. Undergraduate majors include Actuarial Science, Art, Athletic Training, Behavioral Science, Biblical Languages, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Christian Education Leadership, Coaching, Communication Studies, Director of Christian Education, Director of Parish Music, Early Childhood, Economics, Education Specialist, Elementary Education, English, Exercise and Sport Science, Forensics, Global Cultural Studies, Graphic Design, Healthcare Management, History and Political Thought, Humanities and Fine Art, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Lutheran Teaching Ministry, Mathematics, Medical Science Professions, Music, Physics, Pre-Deaconess Studies, Pre-Law, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Seminary Studies, Psychology, Secondary Education, Theatre, Theology, Theological Studies, and Worship Arts Leadership. A selective institution, CUI has an acceptance rate of 59% and boasts an overall retention rate of 72% with an overall graduation rate of 61%. 97% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 97%
  • Admittance: 59%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 72%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 61%

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Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University (abbreviated HSU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Abilene, Texas. Established in 1891, HSU began as the Abilene Baptist College. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the school was founded by the Sweetwater Baptist Association along with a group of cattlemen and pastors. Renamed Simmons College in 1892 in honor of James B. Simmons, an early contributor, the school adopted its current name in 1925, adding the name Hardin in honor of Mary and John G. Hardin, who were also major contributors to the school. HSU’s mission statement declares its intention “to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.” The University strives to offer an undergraduate education based in the liberal arts that is both academically challenging and which advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree programs.

Hardin-Simmons University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. The University has a total enrollment figure of about 2,000, including more than 1,600 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. HSU is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Fine Arts; Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts; Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics; Irvin School of Education; Kelley College of Business; Logsdon School of Theology; Logsdon Seminary; Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing; and HSU’s Graduate Studies. A selective institution, HSU admits 60% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 68% with an overall graduation rate of 53%. A number of financial aid options are available to students, including grant or scholarship aid and approximately 97% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students at HSU do receive some type of aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 98%
  • Admittance: 60%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 68%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 53%

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William Jessup University

William Jessup University is a private, coeducational, nondenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rocklin, California. The University began in 1939 and was originally called the San Jose Bible College. The new school’s name was changed a number of time before its current name was selected in honor the University’s founder, William Jessup. Today, William Jessup University’s mission statement declares its intention to “educate transformational leaders for the glory of God”, with a vision that “graduates will be transformed and will help redeem world culture by providing notable servant leadership; by enriching family, church and community life; and by serving with distinction in their chosen career.” The University operates two campus locations; its main campus is located in Rocklin with a second in San Jose.

William Jessup University holds its accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. The 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 11 to 1. William Jessup University offers a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as an Adult Degree Completion program, graduate degrees, and online programs. The University’s undergraduate programs are founded in the integration of faith and academics while the University School of Professional Studies offers working adults the opportunity to earn their Bachelor of Science degree in as little as 19 months and graduate degree program offerings include the MA in Teaching, MA in Leadership and MBA. William Jessup University has an acceptance rate of 82% and boasts an overall retention rate of 87% with an overall graduation rate of 71%. Financial aid is available to students in a variety of forms including grants, scholarships, and student loans with 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 82%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 87%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 71%

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OC began as Central Christian College, established in 1950, and has expanded and grown ever since – both in numbers and in the range of programs offered. OC’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.” The University is situated on a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City, bordering the city of Edmond. This strategic location provides students with access to the many academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer along with the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere.

Oklahoma Christian University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. OC has a total enrollment figure of just over 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. OC offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study and is comprised of five academic divisions, namely the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. OC also offers a number of graduate degrees including the Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity, and the Master of Theological Studies. A selective institution, OC admits 59% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 49%. Students have access to a number of financial aid options and approximately 99% of full-time beginning students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 59%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 79%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 49%

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Warner Pacific College

Warner Pacific College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Portland, Oregon. The College’s roots date back to 1937 when the Pacific Bible College was established in Spokane, Washington; the first graduating class consisted of two women who earned their Christian Education certificate. In 1940, the school relocated to Portland and by 1959, the school’s name was changed to Warner Pacific College in order to better reflect the school’s growing emphasis on the liberal arts. Warner Pacific College is the only Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) institution of higher learning located in the western part of the United States. The College is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been received a number of notable recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report and was included as 37th in the nation on the Washington Monthly’s 2015 Baccalaureate Colleges list.

Warner Pacific College is a small institution, with a total enrollment figure of just over 500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. More than two dozen major programs and nearly 30 minors are offered as well as 7 pre-professional programs and four graduate programs. The College is divided into several departments, covering the subjects of Business, Education, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences & Health, Religion & Christian Ministries, and Social Science. Students have the option of earning an associate, baccalaureate (Bachelor of Arts or Science) or master’s degree in addition to post-baccalaureate certifications. A selective institution, Warner Pacific College admits 51% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 62% with an overall graduation rate of 55%. Financial aid is readily available in a variety of forms, including grant and scholarship aid, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 51%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 62%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 55%

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in California’s Central Valley, FPU was founded in 1994. The University’s main 50 acre campus is located in the southeast Fresno area and FPU also maintains four regional campuses located in Central California, including the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,600 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of these students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), FPU has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent. A residential University, FPU requires students under 21 years of age to live on campus and offers a number of on-campus living options including modules, suites, apartments and houses.

Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. The University offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of five growing schools, including the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences, the School of Natural Sciences and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. FPU has been ranked in the top tier of their category and all of the University’s programs emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development. A selective institution, FPU admits 63% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Financial aid is readily available in a variety of forms, including grant and scholarship aid, as evidenced by the fact that 99% of beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 63%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 54%

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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1891 in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church, the school was originally named the Seattle Seminary. In 1913 the school was renamed the Seattle Seminary and College and in 1915 settled on the name of Seattle Pacific College. Today, Seattle Pacific University’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.” The University’s main campus is situated on 43 acres in the northern end of Queen Ann Hill, just a few miles north of downtown Seattle. The University also owns and operates two satellite campuses, including a wilderness field station on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands which specializes in biology.

Seattle Pacific University is holds its accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities which granted its initial accreditation back in 1933. The University offers a wide range of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate-levels and is comprised of the College of Arts & Sciences and several schools including the School of Health Sciences; the School of Business, Government, & Economics; the School of Psychology, Family, & Community; the School of Education; and the School of Theology. Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,200 students, including more than 3,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.  The University admits 82% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 87% with an overall graduation rate of 71%. Financial aid is readily available with 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 82%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 87%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 71%

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George Fox University

George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon. George Fox began in 1885 and was founded by a group of Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school’s name was changed to Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) in honor of the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University continues its historic affiliation with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends and holds the mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

George Fox University holds its accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities which was initially granted back in 1959. The University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors which culminate in a Bachelor’s degree. Several adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree programs in the areas of business, counseling, education, physical therapy, and psychology are also offered. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox University ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report. A selective institution, George Fox University admits 77% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 70%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial aid, including grants and scholarships.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 14-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 77%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 81%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 70%

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Abilene, Texas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, ACU grew out of an idea held by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson and backed by the Churches of Christ in Abilene. Established in 1906 as a small learning institution in West Texas, ACU has since become known as a leader in Christian higher-education and has received a multiple honors and recognitions from a number of sources including Apple, which named ACU a distinguished school for its innovation, leadership and educational excellence. ACU’s mission is clearly stated as having the goal of educating students for “Christian service and leadership throughout the world.” ACU requires daily chapel services and mandatory Bible courses and the majority of students spend time volunteering for community service.

Abilene Christian University holds its accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The University comprised is of multiple colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Education & Human Services, Graduate School, Graduate School of Theology, and ACU’s Honors College. A wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available. ACU has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, including nearly 4,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Students come from nearly every state in the Union and more than 40 foreign nations and many choose to reside in University owned residence halls or apartments. A selective institution, ACU admits 50% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 61%. Financial aid is available to students including ACU-specific scholarships, outside scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs; 100% of full-time beginning students do receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 50%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 79%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 61%

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California. Biola University began as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, founded in 1908 by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, as well as by Presbyterian minister and author, Thomas C. Horton, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. Since that time, Biola University has become a nationally ranked Christian institution which endeavors to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” A proven leader in both academic quality and innovation, Biola University ranks among the nation’s foremost Christian universities. Biola University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. All undergraduate students are required to take courses in General Education, Biblical Studies, in addition to their major coursework. Students have the option of over 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations from which to choose and Biola University also offers a variety of graduate programs through the Talbot School of Theology, the Crowell School of Business, the Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Science, Technology and Health. Biola University has an acceptance rate of 70% and boasts an overall retention rate of 85% with an overall graduation rate of 70%. Financial aid is readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that nearly all full-time, beginning undergraduate students (95%) receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 95%
  • Admittance: 70%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 85%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 70%

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LeTourneau University

Le Tourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. Named in honor of founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, the school was chartered by the State of Texas chartered as LeTourneau Technical Institute in February of 1946. LeTourneau’s original purpose in establishing the Institute was to offer training to returning World War II veterans. Since those early days, the University’s scope has greatly expanded as LETU has only continued to grow over the years. LETU operates off of a main 160-plus acre campus in Longview and also offers undergraduate and graduate programs through its educational centers which are located in both Dallas and Houston as well as online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and over 45 different denominational groups represented in the student body. A significant percentage of LETU’s residential students are homeschooled students with a 46%/54% male/female ratio within the university’s global and residential student population.

Le Tourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. Four-year ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs are offered as well as a number of traditional undergraduate degree programs in the areas of technology, the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences. LETU also offers a variety of master’s degree programs in business, education, engineering and psychology. A selective institution, LETU has an acceptance rate of 45% and boasts an overall retention rate is 69% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Financial aid is readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that nearly all (97%) full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 97%
  • Admittance: 45%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 69%
  •  Overall Graduation Rate: 57%

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Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University (abbreviated PLNU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in San Diego, California. PLNU was first established in the early 1900s and traces its history back to the faithful prayers of six women, known as the Bible College Prayer Circle. University founder Dr. Phineas F. Bresee was the answer to these women’s prayers, responding to the Los Angeles area’s need for a Christian college. PLNU officially began as the Pacific Bible College in 1902; the school underwent several name changes, including Pasadena College, before settling on Point Loma Nazarene University. Today, PLNU serves as the official university of the Southwest Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene and operates with the mission to “provide higher education in a vital Christian community where minds are engaged and challenged, character is modeled and formed, and service is an expression of faith.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where grace is foundational, truth is pursued, and holiness is a way of life.”

Point Loma Nazarene University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1949. A wide range of degrees and programs are offered, including over 60 majors a number of graduate programs which are offered through PLNU’s regional centers located across Southern California. PLNU has a total enrollment figure of over 3,600, including more than 2,700 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. PLNU admits 71% of applicants and the University boasts a higher overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 75%. Financial aid is available to students and 90% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of aid, whether in the form of scholarships or grants.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 90%
  • Admittance: 71%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 84%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 75%

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, DBU established as Decatur Baptist College, the first two-year institution of higher education in the state of Texas, in 1898. By 1965 the school had moved to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College before achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s mission statement declares its intention of providing a “Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” The university has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1 and an average class size of 13 students.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is made up of several colleges and schools, including the College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry. More than 70 undergraduate majors are available along with nearly 30 master’s programs, over 55 duel master’s degree programs, and two doctoral programs. A selective institution, DBU has an admittance rate of 42% and boasts an overall retention rate of 72% with an overall graduation rate of 58%. Financial aid is available to students and 96% of all beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 96%
  •  Admittance: 42%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 72%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 58%

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The Master’s University

The Master’s University (formerly called The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. Established in 1927, the University was originally called the Los Angeles Baptist College. The Master’s University is affiliated with Grace Community Church and John F. MacArthur serves as the University’s president. The Master’s University’s mission statement declares its intention to “empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including more than 1,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The Master’s University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1975.

A comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, The Master’s University offers students a variety of programs with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. Areas of study include Biblical Studies, Business, Communication, Computer & Information Science, English, Family & Consumer Sciences, History/Political Studies, Kinesiology/ Physical Education, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Sciences, and Teacher Education. The University’s Graduate Studies department offers two Master’s Degrees, the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling and the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Graduate programs offered through other departments include the 5th Year Undergraduate Teaching Credential and Master of Business Administration, as well as a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy which are offered through the Master’s Seminary. The University admits 95% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 85% with an overall graduation rate of 69%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 92% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 92%
  •  Admittance: 95%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 85%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 69%

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Northwest University

Northwest University is a regionally accredited Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. Founded by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in 1934, the school was originally named the Northwest Bible Institute. The new institution’s name was changed multiple times before its current one was finally adopted in 2005 after achieving university status. Today, Northwest University’s mission statement declares its commitment to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” Northwest University’s campus is situated on 56 semi-wooded acres overlooking beautiful Lake Washington. Located just outside of Seattle, students at Northwest University have access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the thriving area has to offer. Northwest University is neighbors with some of the most successful companies and organizations of this century, including Google, Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, which provide fantastic opportunities for internship and careers.

Northwest University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, including 1,500 undergraduates, and boasts a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A wide range of traditional undergraduate majors and programs are offered including the subjects of Accounting, Biblical Literature, Biology, Business Administration, Children and Family Ministries, Communication, Teacher Education, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, History, Intercultural Studies, International Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Pastoral Ministries, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, and Youth and Family Ministries. In addition to these, Northwest University also offers adult evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. A selective institution, Northwest University admits 64% of all applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 51%. Financial aid is available to students with approximately 96% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 10-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 96%
  • Admittance: 64%
  • Overall Retention Rate:82%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 51%

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Corban University

Corban University is a private, coeducational, independent Christian institution. Self-described as a “gospel-driven community of scholars and leaders who seek to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice”, Corban University is currently located in Salem, Oregon. Originally established in Phoenix, Arizona as a bible institute in 1935, the school moved three times – once in 1946 to Oakland, California, then to El Cerrito, California in the mid-1950’s and finally to its current location in Salem, Oregon in 1969 – and changed its name several times before obtaining university status and adopting the name it holds today. Called after the ancient Hebrew word meaning, “a gift dedicated to God”, the University’s mission is to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as a gift dedicated to the service of Christ.

Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. A number of associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees are available with undergraduate majors offered in Business, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Science, History and Government, Mathematics, Ministry, Music, and Psychology. Corban University was one of the first universities to make online learning available to its students and has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the U.S. and in the west. With a total enrollment of more than 1,200 and a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Corban University is a selective institution and admits only 31% of applicants. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 59%.  Financial aid is available to students in a variety of forms, including grants, scholarships, and student loan aid. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 96%
  • Admittance: 31%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 59%

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Simpson University

Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college located in Redding, California on a 92 acre suburban campus. Simpson University is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and was founded in 1921 by W.W. Newberry. Originally called the Simpson Bible Institute, the school was named in honor of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Presbyterian minister, pioneer of the Bible institute movement and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Today, Simpson University’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.” Simpson University is the only Christian university located north of Sacramento and boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,300, including more than 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Simpson University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1969. The University offers a wide range of liberal arts and professional degree programs through the School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies as well as the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing. In addition to these, Simpson offers a number of graduate-level programs, adult degree-completion programs, and non-degree certificates through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), the  School of Education, the School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. A selective institution, Simpson University has an acceptance rate of 52% and boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 49%. Financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 52%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 49%

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Fullerton, California. Though a nondenominational institution, HIU does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The university’s mission is “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” HIU was established in 1928 as the Pacific Bible Seminary. By the 1960’s the school was granted accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and adopted the new name of Pacific Christian College. In 1997, after achieving university status, the institution was renamed Hope International University. HIU’s main campus is strategically located in the city of Fullerton, in the heart of Orange County, California. HIU also operates the Anaheim Campus at Stadium Towers which serves as the main campus for the university’s online and graduate students, as well as an extension campus in Everett, Washington for working adults and graduate students.

Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, nearly 900 of which are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. HIU is offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of five Colleges, including the College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business & Management; College of Education; Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies; and the College of Psychology & Counseling. A selective institution, HIU admits only 34% of applicants and boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 91% with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Financial aid is readily available to students in a variety of forms including grants and scholarships, as evidenced by the fact that 96% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio:  14-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 96%
  • Admittance: 34%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 91%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 42%

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Westmont College

Westmont College is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Barbara, California. Westmont College had its beginning as the Bible Missionary Institute which was founded in 1937. Shortly after its establishment, the school was renamed the Western Bible College and eventually the name was shortened to Westmont College. A residential institution, Westmont College sits on a beautiful 111 acre campus which features nearly 30 major buildings; the College’s library offers students access to more than 150,000 titles including books, scores, and media as well as approximately 30,000 print and full-text online journals. Westmont College describes its mission as being to serve “God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.” Westmont College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1957, Westmont College offers a range of undergraduate programs which culminate in either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. Major options include the subjects of Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics & Business, Engineering Physics, English, European Studies, History, Interdisciplinary, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre Arts. Programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education are also available in addition to pre-professional programs in the areas of Business Administration, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Ministry/ Missions, Nursing, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine. Westmont College has an acceptance rate of 81% of applicants and boasts a high overall retention rate of 83% with an overall graduation rate of 77%. Financial aid is available with 98% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of aid.

· Student-to-faculty ratio: 12-to-1
· Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 98%
· Admittance: 81%
· Overall Retention Rate: 83%
· Overall Graduation Rate: 77%

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution located in Azusa, California. The University was originally founded by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, California in 1899. The first Bible college ever established in the state, the University was first called the Training School for Christian Workers. Eventually, APU discontinued its association with the Quaker denomination, adopting a more evangelistic theology; today APU is nondenominational and welcomes students and staff members from a variety of Christian backgrounds, traditions and denomination. During the earlier part of its history, APU merged with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, and moved to its current location in 1949. Today APU is firmly rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. APU is comprised of a number of colleges and schools through which are offered a wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs. The University’s colleges and schools include the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College. APU has an admittance rate of 81% and boasts an overall retention rate of 88% with an overall graduation rate of 68%. Financial aid is readily available with 97% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of aid.

· Student-to-faculty ratio: 11-to-1
· Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 97%
· Admittance: 81%
· Overall Retention Rate: 88%
· Overall Graduation Rate: 68%

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution located in Spokane, Washington. In 1883, George F. Whitworth established Sumner Academy (the forerunner of Whitworth University) in the small town of Sumner in what was then known as the Washington Territory. Affiliation with the Presbyterian Church since the very beginning, in 1890 the Academy became incorporated as Whitworth College, taking on this new name in honor of its founder. Following this expansion and growth, the College was moved Tacoma, Washington and in 1914 was again relocated, this time to its current campus in Spokane. It was not until 2006 that the College’s board of trustees voted to change the institution’s name once more, this time to Whitworth University in reflection of the institution’s expanded academic offerings. Today, Whitworth University’s mission statement declares its intention to provide students with an “education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”

Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University holds its accreditation through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, which was first granted in 1933. Whitworth University has become characterized not only for its academic excellence but also for the way in which faith and learning are purposefully integrated. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and colleges, which include the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Continuing Studies. A selective school, Whitworth University admits 62% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 95% with an overall graduation rate of 75%. Financial aid is available and approximately 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive aid.

  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 11-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 62%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 95%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 75%