50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

50-Best-Christian-Colleges-and-Universities-2017Deciding on a college or university is a significant and important chapter in a student’s life.  With the abundance of options available, it is easy to get overwhelmed.  To assist the decision-makers in this process, we are excited to publish our <em>third annual</em> top 50 ranking of Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for the 2016-2017 academic year. 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 great starting point.

The beginning point in our methodology is to consider schools that are either members of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) or able to be considered member eligible.  We then collected publicly available data in the categories of 1)Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate.  The data sets were standardized, weights were assigned to each of these categories, and an overall score was calculated.

As always, if your Alma Mater is missing or you have a school that is not in this ranking that you think meets our criteria, don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are always looking to expand our pool of schools in an effort to better serve students considering a distinctly Christian education.

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Established in 1873, Spring Arbor University was founded by leaders of the Free Methodist Church 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, allowing the school leaders to focus all their attention on the institution’s collegiate programs. Accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was granted in 1960 at which time the name Spring Arbor College was also adopted. In 2001 university status was achieved and the school became known as Spring Arbor University. Today, Spring Arbor University’s mission is to be “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 4,000, including more than 2,500 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 on site and online, including master’s degrees in Communication, Counseling, Education, Spiritual Formation and Leadership, TESOL, Business Administration, Nursing, Social Work, and more. 69% of applicants are admitted into Spring Arbor University and the institution boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. Financial aid is available to students and 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • 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 college located in Palos Heights, Illinois. Established in 1959, Trinity Christian College was founded by a group of Chicago businessmen who were interested in creating a college that would provide students with a quality Christian higher education that was taught from Reformed perspective. Trinity Christian College is located on a suburban campus just 30 miles outside of Chicago; this strategic position 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 by U.S. News & World Report, Trinity Christian College is made up of a diverse student body of more than 1,400 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The College’s mission is clearly stated 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 offers more than 70 programs of study in a variety of fields and majors. A Trinity education offers this distinction – 100% of students participate in either field education or internships. This aspect of a Trinity education helps students to put what they have learned in the classroom into practice and causes students to be more thoroughly equipped and prepared for continued graduate study and the professional world. Trinity Christian College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. 88% of applicants are admitted and the College 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-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 98%
  • Admittance: 88%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 82%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of biblical higher education located in Greenville, South Carolina. Established in 1927, evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. founded the school for the purpose of creating a training center for Christians that would be “distinguished by its academic excellence, refined standards of behavior, and opportunities to appreciate the performing and visual arts” and in which “Christ would be the center of all thought and conduct.” During the early years, the college made a several moves before settling into its current location in Greenville. Today, Bob Jones University’s mission is, “within the cultural and academic soil of liberal arts higher education… to grow Christlike character that is scripturally discipline, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming and focused above.” Bob Jones University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including well over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bob Jones University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 2006. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges and schools which include the School of Religion; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; School of Fine Arts & Communication; and the Seminary & Graduate School of Religion. The university’s top ten academic programs include Accounting; Bible; Biblical Counseling; Biology; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Elementary Education; Engineering; Graphic Design; and Nursing. 82% of applicants are admitted into Bob Jones University and the school boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving 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: 99%
  • Admittance: 82%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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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. Established in 1950, OC was originally named Central Christian College. The University’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.” OC operates off of a 200-plus acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City, bordering the city of Edmond. This strategic location allows students to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, with the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966, OC has received national recognitions by names such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.

Oklahoma Christian University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study are offered by OC and the University consists of five academic divisions, including the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Graduate degrees offered by OC include 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 only 59% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 49%. Financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that nearly all (99%) full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • 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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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. Founded in 1976, CUI was established in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in order to serve students in the Pacific Southwest. Originally called Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine; it was at this time that CUI became the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the University’s mission is to be “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 is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. A wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree completion programs are offered through CUI. Undergraduate programs 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. CUI admits only 59% of applicants 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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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Established in 1965, the university is named after its founder, evangelist Oral Roberts. ORU endeavors to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and promises students a thorough education that is taught within the context of a “vibrant Christ-centered community.” A charismatic university, ORU’s motto is, “Make no little plans here.” The University’s 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, OK, the state’s second-largest city, which offers a wide array of both internship and professional opportunities in addition to its cultural and recreational resources. ORU’s total enrollment reaches nearly 3,500, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Oral Roberts University is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University consists of five colleges, including the College of Arts and Cultural Studies; College of Business; College of Education; College of Nursing; College of Science and Engineering; and the College of Theology and Ministry. More than 65 undergraduate majors are offered along with 14 graduate programs and two doctoral programs, as well as ORU’s degree completion programs and online degrees. ORU’s five most popular majors include Nursing; Ministry & Leadership; Business Administration; Media; and Biology. 64% of applicants to ORU are admitted and the University boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 58%. Financial aid is readily available with nearly all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  • 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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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Founded in 1968, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was charted as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly; the location of Mount Vernon was selected primarily due to its proximity to a significant portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight colleges in the United States 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 (The Higher Learning Commission). In addition to its main campus, the University also operates several satellite locations in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark; these locations serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional Students.

More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, including 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. The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,800, including more than 2,200 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. 78% of applicants are admitted into Mount Vernon Nazarene University and the school boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Financial aid is offered to students and 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: 78%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 60%

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John Brown University

John Brown University is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Established in 1919, evangelist John E. Brown founded the school with the intention of providing an interdenominational, Christian education that would benefit needy students whose financial situations would normally hinder them from obtaining such an education. During the early years of the institution, tuition was paid for through student’s labor in jobs such as carpentry as they helped to construct the buildings on the school’s campus. In 1934 the school outgrew its original purpose and became four-year University; however the John Brown’s original mottos remain the same: “Christ over all, and Head, Heart and Hand.” John Brown University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

John Brown University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1962. Forty undergraduate majors, with even more minors, and ten graduate degree programs are offered. Undergraduate majors include Accounting, Art & Illustration, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child & Family Studies, Construction Management, Digital Cinema, Education, Engineering, English, Family & Human Services, Graphic Design, History, Intercultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, Journalism & Civic Engagement, Kinesiology, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Communication, Median Production, Music, Nursing, Outdoor leadership Ministries, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Studies Education, Spanish, Worship Arts, Youth & Worship Ministries, and Youth Ministry.  74% of applicants are admitted into John Brown University and the school has an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available, with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving financial assistance in some form.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 74%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 81%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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LeTourneau University

Le Tourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. Named in honor of its founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, the State of Texas chartered the school, then known as LeTourneau Technical Institute, in February of 1946. LETU was originally established as a training institute for veterans who had returned home after World War II, however, the institution’s scope soon expanded and has only continued to grow over the years. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its educational centers located in 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. The University offers four-year ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs as well as traditional undergraduate degree programs in the areas of technology, the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences. In addition, LETU also offers a number of master’s degree programs in the areas of business, education, engineering and psychology. A selective institution, LETU only admits 45% of applicants; the University’s 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, whether through grant or scholarship aid.

  • 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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MidAmerica Nazarene University

MidAmerica Nazarene University (abbreviated MNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Olathe, Kansas. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, MNU was established in 1966 as the MidAmerica Nazarene College. MNU’s vision is to “impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.”  The University’s mission is to be a “transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve.” Nearly 2,000 students are currently enrolled, including over 1,300 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1. MNU operates multiple academic sites including its main campus in Olathe, as well as the Santa Fe Commons Site, also in Olathe, and the Liberty Site in Liberty, Missouri. MNU’s main campus is located just 19 miles southwest of Downtown Kansas City and features more than 100 acres with over 1,000 trees and 6,000 flower bulbs which are planted annually.

MidAmerica Nazarene University offers over 40 undergraduate academic programs as well as more than a dozen graduate and professional degree programs. The top five major-picks of first-time freshmen include Nursing, Elementary Education, Business Administration, Sports Management, and Ministry. Graduate-level and professional studies programs are available in the areas of Counseling, Education, Business, and Nursing. MNU also offers several pre-professional programs, study abroad opportunities, and an honors program. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Higher Learning Commission). A selective institution, MNU admits 61% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 55%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 90% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarship aid.

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

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The Master's College & Seminary

The Master’s University (previously known as The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. Affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly, John F. MacArthur serves as the University’s president. Established in 1927, the University was originally called the Los Angeles Baptist College. Today, the mission of The Master’s University is 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 a wide range of programs with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. Undergraduate programs include the areas of 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 Masters 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 hosted by the Master’s Seminary. 92% of applicants to the University are admitted and the institution has an overall retention rate of 85% with an overall graduation rate of 69%. 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. Established in 1934 by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, the University began as the Northwest Bible Institute. The institution experienced several name changes before finally adopting its current title in 2005. Northwest University’s mission is to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” The University’s campus includes 56 semi-wooded acres which overlook beautiful Lake Washington. Just minutes away from the city of Seattle, students at Northwest University have access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the 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 low student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered in addition to Adult Evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. Undergraduate majors include 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. A selective institution, Northwest University admits 64% of all applicants and has a rather high overall retention rate of 83% 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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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU was established in 1994. The university’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east 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. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. 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.

Fresno Pacific University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools, 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. Ranked in the top tier of their category by U.S. News & World Report, all of FPU’s programs emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development. FPU guarantees that students will graduate within four years and as a result, boasts a fairly high overall retention of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Students under the age 21 years of age are required live on campus in one of FPU’s housing arrangements. On-campus accommodation options include modules, suites, apartments, and houses. A selective University, FPU admits 63% of applicants. Financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that nearly all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarship.

  • 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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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California, Established in 1908, Biola began as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, founded 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. Today, Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian institution which strives 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 leader in both academic quality and innovation, Biola has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. Biola 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. More than 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations are offered and all undergraduate students are required to take courses in General Education, Biblical Studies, and Major Coursework. A variety of graduate programs are also available at Biola 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 admits 70% of applicants and has 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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Anderson University - IN

Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Anderson, Indiana. Anderson University was established in 1917 as the Anderson Bible Training School, founded by members of the Church of God movement. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1946, Anderson has received top recognitions from names such as The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes. The University is founded five core values, or “pillars”, including Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity. The University’s mission is to “educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” Service and ministry are close to the heart of Anderson’s people and students volunteer as many as 24,000 hours annually. Located on a 100-acre suburban campus, Anderson University and has a total enrollment of over 2,000, nearly all of whom are undergraduates. The average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.

More than 60 undergraduate majors are offered by Anderson University culminating in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or a Bachelor of Music degree. In addition, Anderson University offers several graduate-level degrees and adult degree completion programs. Academic programs at Anderson University include the areas of Business, Education, Humanities & Behavioral Science, Music, Theatre & Dance, Nursing & Kinesiology, Science & Engineering, and Theology & Christian Ministry. A selective institution, Anderson University admits 60% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 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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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Established in 1971 as Liberty Baptist College, the institution achieved university status just five years after its founding in 1976. Today Liberty University is a high ranking institution, the fifth largest university in the United States and the largest Christian university in the world. The University’s 7,000 acre campus sits nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.”

Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000 – including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. An impressive 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by the University in both traditional classroom settings as well as in an online format. Liberty University is divided into more than a dozen colleges and schools which encompass the subjects of Aeronautics, Applied Studies & Academic Success, Arts & Sciences, Behavioral Sciences, Business, Communication & Creative Arts, Divinity, Education, Engineering & Computational Sciences, Health Sciences, General Studies, Government, Law, Music, Nursing, and Osteopathic Medicine. A selective institution, Liberty admits only 22% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Financial aid is readily available and 97% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 97%
  • Admittance: 22%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 75%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 47%

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. Established in 1889 as the Central College by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the school was later renamed in 1917 to Huntington College and in 1961 the College received its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school’s present name of Huntington University was adopted. 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 has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including more than 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees.  Departments at Huntington University include 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. Huntington University admits 84% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 66%. Financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 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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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college located in Rochester, New York. Established in 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College was the first educational institution to be founded by the Free Methodist denomination in North America. The College began as Chili Seminary, which was started by one Benjamin Titus Roberts, a social activist who opposed slavery, the oppression of the poor, and supported women’s rights. Roberts created the school in an effort to train young people who would become servant leaders and would possess a strong moral character. Character development continues to be central to the vision of Robert Wesleyan College; the institution’s mission statement declares its commitment to preparing “thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”  Roberts Wesleyan currently has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. More than 60 majors and undergraduate programs are offered including the areas of Art, Business, Biological and Chemical Sciences, Communication, Criminal Justice & Homeland Security, Engineering and Physics, History, Interdisciplinary, Language and Literature, Mathematics and Computing, Music and Performing Arts, Nursing, Pre-Health, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, Social Work, and Teacher Education. In addition to these, the College offers eight online programs, more than a dozen graduate programs, and four degree completion programs. Roberts Wesleyan College is a selective institution and admits only 66% of all applicants. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that nearly all full-time, beginning undergraduates (99%) receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

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

 

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Gordon College

Gordon College is a private, non-denominational Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences located in Wenham, Massachusetts. Established in 1889, Gordon College was founded by Adoniram Judson Gordon as the Boston Missionary Training Institute for the purpose of training Christian missionaries for work overseas, specifically in what was then known as the Belgian Congo. From its beginning, Gordon College has been progressive – the school freely admitted both male and female students regardless of their ethnic or cultural backgrounds. In 1916 the school renamed Gordon Bible College in honor of its founder. In 1921 the institution’s name was again changed, this time to Gordon College of Theology and Missions. The name was altered in 1962 to Gordon College and Divinity School; in 1970 the Divinity School separated from the rest of the College, merging with the Cornwall School of Theology to form the Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Today Gordon College’s mission is to “graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service and prepared for leadership worldwide.”

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

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

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Simpson University

Located in Redding, California, Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Situated on a suburban 92 acre campus, Simpson University is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Established in 1921 as Simpson Bible Institute by W.W. Newberry, the school was named after of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Presbyterian minister, pioneer of the Bible institute movement and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Simpson University’s mission is 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.” The only Christian university located north of Sacramento, Simpson University 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. A wide range of liberal arts and professional degree programs are offered through Simpson University’s School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing. In addition to these, Simpson offers several 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 admits 52% of applicants 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: 9-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 93%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 49%

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Located in Dallas, Texas, DBU sits on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas, overlooking the Mountain Creek Lake. DBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and was originally founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, the first two-year institution of higher education in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College before achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s mission is to “provide 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 comprised of the following academic divisions: 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 offered in addition to nearly 30 master’s programs, more than 55 duel master’s degree programs, and two doctoral programs. A selective institution, DBU admits only 42% of applicants. The University 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-to1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 96%
  • Admittance: 42%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 72%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 58%

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Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the hamlet of Houghton, New York in the Genesee Valley. Houghton College was established in 1883 and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. Beginning as a high school known as Houghton Seminary, by the mid-1920s the school had grown into a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter in 1927 by the state of New York. In 1935 Houghton College achieved accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Houghton College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff live either on-campus in or close proximity to the College. The residential experience is highly valued by the College and on-campus housing is provided in the form of several residence halls and townhouses.

Houghton College offers a wide variety of majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs which are offered in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online courses. Departments include Art; Communication; English and Writing; Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy; Intercultural Studies; World Languages and Literatures; Education; Physical and Health Education; Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Physics, Computer Science and Engineering; Business and Economics; History and Political Science; Sport, Recreation and Wellness; and Psychology and Sociology. Several music majors and courses are also offered through the University’s Greatbatch School of Music. Houghton College admits 95% of applicants and boasts a high overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 73%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving 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: 73%

 

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethel University was established in 1871 by John Alexis Edgren as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary. The seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled Europe to escape persecution to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) took on the support of the seminary and moved the institution to its current location. Following the Second World War the school became a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the name Bethel University was adopted. Bethel 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. The University offers a broad scope of programs across its 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 offered, including nearly 90 undergraduate majors; 11 pre-professional programs in medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, pharmacy, and more; 10 master’s degrees and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership with licensure options. Bethel University admits 95% of applicants and boasts high overall retention and graduation rates at 84% and 74%, respectively. 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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Geneva College

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

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

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

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North Park University

North Park University is a private Christian institution located in Chicago, Illinois. Affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University shares its campus with the denomination’s North Park Theological Seminary. The North Park campus is located on Chicago’s north side and the University intentionally works to engage residents within its local neighborhood and city. Established 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.” North Park University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and has been so since 1926.

North Park University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and programs including several pre-professional options such as law, medicine, and art therapy. Graduate programs are offered in the areas of business and nonprofit management, counseling psychology, education, music, and nursing and several adult degree completion and online programs are also offered through the School of Professional Studies, the School of Business and Nonprofit management, and the North Park Theological Seminary. North Park University’s total enrollment figure reaches over 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Approximately 70% of first-year students and over 47% of total undergraduates live on-campus in University-owned housing. A selective institution, North Park University admits 49% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. Financial aid is readily available with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 49%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 75%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 52%

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (commonly abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Firmly established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, APU 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. Founded in 1899 by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, APU was California’s first Bible college and was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today all ties to the Society of Friends have been severed as APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. These 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 (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). APU admits 81% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 88% with an overall graduation rate of 68%. Financial aid is readily available to students and 97% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • 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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Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Lipscomb University was established in 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding as a Christian liberal arts education. Originally the school was called the Nashville Bible School, but this name was later changed in order to honor benefactor David Lipscomb who donated his estate to serve as the school’s campus. Lipscomb University is the alma mater of several prominent ministers in the Church of Christ movement and to this day the university remains thoroughly affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Lipscomb University’s “primary mission is to integrate Christian Faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and larger community.”

Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954. Lipscomb University offers more than 140 fields of undergraduate study as well as several pre-professional programs, adult degree programs, and more than two dozen master’s and doctoral degrees. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 students, including nearly 3,000 undergraduates. More than 30 religious preferences are represented in Lipscomb University’s student body, as are nearly all 50 states and 45 foreign nations. Lipscomb University’s is staffed by more than 300 faculty members with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. As a residential college, Lipscomb University offers several on-campus housing options including six residence halls and apartment-style buildings known as The Village. A selective institution, Lipscomb University has an admittance rate of 61% and boasts a high overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 55%. Financial aid is available and 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 61%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 84%
  • Overall Graduation Rate:55%

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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. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was established in 1885 by a group of Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school was renamed 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’s 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 is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959. More than 40 undergraduate majors, culminating in a Bachelors degree, are available as well as 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. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report. George Fox has an admittance rate of 77% 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: 100%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 81%
  • Overall Graduation Rate:70%

 

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Seattle Pacific University

Located in Seattle, Washington, Seattle Pacific University is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1891 in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church, the school was originally called the Seattle Seminary. In 1913 the school became known as the Seattle Seminary and College and in 1915 adopted the name of Seattle Pacific College. Today, Seattle Pacific University’s mission is 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, approximately four miles north of downtown Seattle. Seattle Pacific 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 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 is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate-levels and is made up 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. 82% of applicants are admitted by Seattle Pacific University which 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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Bethel College-IN

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Though it was not until 1947 that Bethel College was formally established, the school had long been in the heart of Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel Brenneman who first called for a training institute in 1893. Brenneman’s vision was eventually carried by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college and it was Huffman himself who suggested the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church finally gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. Today, Bethel remains affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC) and define 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 18,000 and is situated on an urban campus that is close to a wide range of recreational opportunities.

Bethel College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. A wide range of both undergraduate major programs offered, culminating in an Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, or Bachelor of Science degree, at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level, Bethel College offers a Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Ministry, Master of Education, Master of Science, and a Master of Arts in Teaching. 66% of all applicants are admitted into Bethel College and the institution’s overall retention rate reaches 78% with an overall graduation rate of 64%. 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial 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, located in Greenville, Illinois, is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church, the original purpose of the school was to provide 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 serves as Greenville College’s motto to this day. Greenville College is situated on a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of Greenville, about 45 miles outside of St. Louis; Greenville College’s campus 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 is 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 is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 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 for the dedicated and focused student. A selective college, Greenville admits only 56% of all applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Financial aid is readily available and 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 56%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 82%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 57%

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Hope International University

Located in Fullerton, California, Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Though the University is officially nondenominational, HIU does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. Established in 1928, HIU was originally known as the Pacific Bible Seminary. By the 1960’s the school had achieved accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and changed its name to Pacific Christian College. After gaining university status in 1997, the institution adopted its current name of Hope International University. Today, HIU’s mission is “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” The University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, nearly 900 of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Hope International University 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. The University’s main campus is strategically located in the city of Fullerton, in the heart of Orange County, California. In addition to its main campus, HIU also operates the Anaheim Campus at Stadium Towers which serves as the main base for HIU’s online and graduate studies, as well as an extension campus in Everett, Washington for working adults and graduate students. A selective institution, HIU admits only 34% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 91% with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Financial aid is readily available and 96% of HIU’s beginning full-time undergraduates receive some type of 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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Dordt College

Dordt College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Sioux Center, Iowa. Established in 1955, Dordt College is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North American and derives its name from the historic Synod of Dordt (or Dordecht), an international Synod held by the Dutch Reformed Church in the 17th century. Originally founded as the Midwest Christian Junior College, in April of 1956 the College was given its current name in order 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 boasts 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.

Dordt College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. Dordt’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 residential college, approximately 85% of Dordt College students choose to live on campus in the College’s residence halls or on-campus apartments. A selective college, Dordt admits only 70% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an admissions rate of 69%. Financial aid is readily available to students with all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving 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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Westmont College

Westmont College is a private, coeducational, residential, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Barbara, California. An interdenominational college, Westmont was established in 1937 as the Bible Missionary Institute. Two years later the school was renamed the Western Bible College. Today, Westmont College is situated on a beautiful 111 acre campus which features nearly 30 major buildings; the College’s library holds more than 150,000 titles including books, scores, and media as well as approximately 30,000 print and full-text online journals. Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1957, Westmont College’s mission is 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.

Westmont College offers several undergraduate majors which culminate in either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Westmont’s majors include 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 offered as well as several 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 admits only 81% of applicants and boasts a high overall retention rate of 83% with an overall graduation rate of 77%. Financial aid is readily available to students and 98% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • 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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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. Established in 1882, Northwestern began as a small academy, eventually expanding to become a junior college in 1928 and finally 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 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. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College offers a wide range of academic programs. 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. Online programs in the areas of Genetics and Genomics, Master of Education, RN to BSN, and Coaching are also available through Northwestern College’s Graduate School & Adult Learning. Northwestern College is a selective school, admitting 72% of applicants. The College boasts a high overall retention rate of 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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Milligan College

Located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN, Milligan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, minister to the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. Originally founded as a private secondary school known as the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 the school began offering collegiate level programs following the arrival of Disciples of Christ minister and educator, Dr. Josephus Hopwood. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.”

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. More than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations are offered in a variety of areas through the School of Arts & Humanities; the School of Bible & Ministry; the William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology; the School of Sciences & Allied Health; and the School of Social Sciences & Education. A number of graduate degrees and adult degree completion programs are also offered through Milligan College’s Graduate & Professional Studies department. Milligan has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including nearly 900 undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. 65% of applicants are admitted to Milligan College and the school boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. Financial aid is readily available with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 65%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 78%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 63%

 

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Eastern University

Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located just west of Philadelphia in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania.  Eastern University was established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Founded for the purpose of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination, it was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school became known as Eastern College and in 2005 achieved university status. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, the mission of Eastern University is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

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

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

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Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University (abbreviated PLNU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in San Diego, California. Established in the early 1900s, PLNU came to be through the prayers of six women who called themselves the Bible College Prayer Circle and the work of Dr. Phineas F. Bresee who responded to the need of establishing a Christian college in the Los Angeles area. Beginning as Pacific Bible College in 1902, PLNU underwent several name changes, including Pasadena College, before settling on its current title. Today, the University 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. More than 60 undergraduate areas of study are offered in addition to several graduate programs which are available through 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. 71% of applicants are admitted to PLNU and the University boasts a high 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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Corban University

Corban University is a private, coeducational, independent Christian institution located in Salem, Oregon. 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 originally established in 1935 as a bible institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Since its founding, the school has 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 experienced multiple name changes before receiving its university status and adopting the name it holds today. Called after the ancient Hebrew word interpreted, “a gift dedicated to God”, the name Corban is what the University seeks to be and to do through its students – to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as gifts dedicated to the service of Christ.

Corban University holds its accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The University awards a variety of associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees and offers undergraduate majors in the areas of Business, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Science, History and Government, Mathematics, Ministry, Music, and Psychology. Corban also holds the distinction of being one of the first universities to make online learning available to its students and the school has been ranked multiple times as one of the best colleges in the U.S. and in the west. Corban University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,200, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. A selective institution, Corban University admits only 31% of applicants and boasts overall retention and graduation rates of 80% and 59%, respectively. Approximately 96% of all 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: 96%
  • Admittance: 31%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 59%

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Abilene, Texas and affiliated with the Churches of Christ. ACU was originally established in 1906 as a small learning institution in West Texas, having grown out of a vision presented by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson and backed by the Churches of Christ in Abilene. ACU is known as a leader in Christian higher-education and has received a number of honors and recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, and Apple, which named ACU a distinguished school for its innovation, leadership and educational excellence. The mission of ACU is to educate 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 is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees and is made up of 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. Approximately 4,600 students are currently enrolled at ACU, including over 3,600 undergraduates, hailing from nearly every state in the Union and more than 40 foreign nations. The average student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1.  Housing is offered for resident students in either residential halls or apartments which are reserved for upperclass students. A selective school, ACU admits 50% of applicants and boasts a relatively high overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 61%. Financial aid is freely available to students with 100% of all 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: 100%
  • Admittance: 50%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 79%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 61%

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Asbury University

Asbury University is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Established in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes, Asbury University was originally known as the Kentucky Holiness College before changing its name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who is known the “Father of American Methodism”. Though founded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, today the university is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. Asbury is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres and is located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled and represent over forty states and more than two dozen foreign countries. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Asbury boasts more than 22,000 living alumni who are located all over the world, serving and leading in every state in the Union and at least 80 foreign nations.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. A variety of academic programs are offered by the University through its several colleges and schools which include the College of Arts and Sciences whose departments span the humanities, business, sciences, history, literature, language, and arts; The Howard Dayton School of Business, which offers majors and minors in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and sport management; the School of Communication Arts with programs in communication, journalism, media communication, worship arts, and theatre and cinema performance; the School of Education; and the School of Graduate and Professional studies. A selective school, Asbury University admits 57% of its applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. Financial aid is highly accessible to undergraduate students with 99% of all full-time beginning students receiving some type of aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio:  11-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 99%
  • Admittance: 57%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 81%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 63%

 

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Cedarville University

Located in Cedarville, Ohio, Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church, Cedarville University began in 1887. In the 1950s Cedarville University came under the management of the Evangelical Baptists following a merger with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains its affiliation with the Baptist denomination. Cedarville University’s mission is 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 objectives are 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.

Cedarville University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1975. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered at Cedarville University as well as several graduate-level programs. The University is divided into several academic departments, including 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; and Social Work. Cedarville University is a selective school and admits 74% of its applicants. The University boasts a high overall retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 72%. Financial aid is available to all undergraduate students and 99% of all full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • 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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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Union University was established in 1823 as the Jackson Male Academy shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement; in 1925 the school, by then having adopted its current name, became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. The mission of Union University is to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” The University has received a number of major recognitions, including being named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Value College 2015 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. Union University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 100 programs of study are offered at for both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The University is divided into several colleges and schools including the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Studies, the McAfee School of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Theology and Missions. A selective school, Union University admits 69% of its applicants. The University boasts a high overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 64%. Financial aid is available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio:  10-to-1
  • Percent of Full-time, Beginning Undergraduates Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance: 69%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 84%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 64%

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Taylor University

Taylor University is a private, co-educational, non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution located in Upland, Indiana. The University operates off of a large 952 acre campus and is located just five miles east of I-69, 50 miles south of Fort Wayne, IN, and 70 miles north of Indianapolis. Established in 1846, the University was named after William Taylor, an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church who traveled all over the world to evangelize. The mission of Taylor University is to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” For the past nine years, 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 20014 survey.

Taylor University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. More than 100 degree programs are offered by Taylor University at the undergraduate level, including more than 40 majors in the Bachelor of Arts; over 60 majors in the Bachelor of Science; two Bachelor of Music majors; and an online Bachelor of Business. In addition to these, Taylor University offers both a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development as well as a Masters of Business Administration. Global engagement and service are core values of Taylor University and approximately 80% of students participate 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

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1876, Calvin College is named for the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, who was 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 is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA) as well as the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Dr. Michael K. Le Roy serves as the College’s president.  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.

Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. The College offers a wide range of academic programs through its 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. 74% of applicants are admitted into Calvin College and the school boasts a high retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 74%. Financial aid is 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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Grove City College

Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Established in 1876, Grove City College was chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy, founded by Isaac C. Ketler. In 1884 the school was renamed Grove City College by the trustees of the school. Today, Grove City College remains faithful to its founders’ vision with a mission to foster “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom.” The College’s mission statement continues, “The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ’s moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”

Grove City College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. Grove City College offers a range of academic options with over 50 programs of study and a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. Divided into several academic departments, these include Physics, Biblical and Religious Studies, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Mathematics, and Economics. A selective school, Grove City College admits 81% of its applicants. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 89% with an overall graduation rate of 85%. Financial aid is also available to most students – 72% 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: 72%
  • Admittance Rate: 81%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 89%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 85%

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Messiah College

Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located about eight miles outside of Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Established by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909, the school was originally known as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. In 1921 the school evolved into a junior college and by 1951 was rename Messiah College, having developed its initial four-year college program. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation with the Brethren in Christ Church, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. Messiah College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” Today, the College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, including over 2,500 undergraduates. Messiah College’s student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1.

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

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

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Whitworth University

Located in Spokane, Washington, Whitworth University is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution.  Whitworth University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory in affiliation with the Presbyterian Church. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, having been renamed in honor of its founder. In 1899 the college relocated to Tacoma and again in 1914 moved again, this time to its current location in Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University and the name was officially adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body 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.

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and college, including 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% and an overall graduation rate of 75%. Financial aid is available and approximately 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

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

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was established in 1860. Well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results, Wheaton College is the alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper. Out of Wheaton College’s total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 (including nearly 2,500 undergraduates), fully 7% of students 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 mid 19-teens. 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. Programs offered through Wheaton College’s Graduate School include Master of Arts degrees in 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. Two doctoral programs are also offered, including a Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. 71% of applicants are admitted into Wheaton College and the school boasts a rather high overall retention rate of 95% with an overall graduation rate of 89%. Financial aid options do 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 on a 1,000 acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri, College of the Ozarks (commonly abbreviated C of O) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts school.  Since its founding in the early 1900s, C of O has followed a highly unique practice of having students work to earn their keep rather than pay tuition costs. By combining state grants and scholarships with the College’s on-campus work program, students end up being charged a grand total of $0 in tuition costs. As a result, C of O has earned the nicknamed of “Hard Work U”. Strong emphasis is placed on “character education” – C of O is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, especially those students who may the means to obtain such an education. Debt of any kind is openly discouraged by C of O’s leadership and the College does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs. C of O further leads in this example of debt-free living by having no institutional debt of any kind.

College of the Ozarks is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1961. In addition to the real-world work experience the College’s tuition-work program provides, the C of O also offers a variety of academic programs including more than 25 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. Academic programs include agriculture; biblical & theological studies; biology; business; communication arts; computer sciences; criminal justice; educating; engineering; family studies and social services; hotel and restaurant management; military science; nursing; psychology; and theatre. C of O has a total enrollment figure of just under 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The College admits just 12% of applicants and boasts overall retention and graduation rates of 74% and 73%, respectively.

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