50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Christian Universities Online (CUO) has published the “Most Affordable” Christian Colleges and Universities taking the ‘Net Price’ into primary consideration.  This ranking takes additional criteria into account to compile the Best Value – think “return on investment” – among Christian Colleges and Universities.  The cost of a degree is steadily (or dramatically) increasing, and while overall “net price” is not insignificant, a better tool would be overall net value when considering higher education on a budget.  It is with this in mind that CUO provides the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017.

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rochester, New York. Roberts Wesleyan College was established in 1866 and was the first educational institution founded by the Free Methodist denomination in North America. Originally known as Chili Seminary, the school was founded by Benjamin Titus Roberts, a social activist who opposed slavery and the oppression of the poor and supported women’s rights. Roberts’ mission was create a school which would train young people to become servant leaders who would possess a strong moral character. Character development has continued to play a central role in the College’s vision and Roberts Wesleyan College’s mission statement declares its commitment to preparing “thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”  The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, 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 undergraduate majors and programs offered on campus as well as eight online programs, more than a dozen graduate programs, and four degree completion programs. Undergraduate majors include the areas of art, business, biological and chemical sciences, communication, mathematics and computing, criminal justice, engineering and physics, history, interdisciplinary, language and literature, music and performing arts, nursing, psychology, religion and philosophy, social work, and teacher education. A selective institution, Roberts Wesleyan College boasts a high overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarship aid. Net cost of tuition is $22,276.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $22,276

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Williams Baptist College

William Baptist College is a private, coeducational, four-year institution of higher education located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Established in 1941, the College began as a two-year institution and was originally known as the Southern Baptist College. It was not until 1984 that the College began awarding baccalaureate degrees and in 1991 adopted its current name of William Baptist College in honor of the school’s founder and first president, Dr. H. E. Williams. William Baptist College operates under the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1963. The College’s mission is to “provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.” William Baptist College’s vision is to “produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.”

More than 25 majors and pre-professional programs are offered by Williams Baptist College in the areas of Art, Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Arts, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural Science and Psychology. The College has been ranked among the top tier of southern colleges and universities by US News & World Report and has a total enrollment figure of more than 500 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 59% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Net tuition cost at Williams Baptist College is $14,955 and financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid, whether in the form of scholarships or grants.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 59%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $14,955

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Grace College and Seminary

Grace College and Theological Seminary is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, Indiana on a 180 acre campus, the College is affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Grace Theological Seminary was established in 1937 while the College portion of the school was added eleven years later in 1948. Founded in the Brethren tradition, Grace College & Theological Seminary seeks to apply ”biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service.” The school’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “learning community dedicated to teaching, training and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry.”  More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled, including nearly 2,000 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1. Approximately 400 freshmen are welcomed onto Grace’s main campus each year and 99% of students receive financial aid including grants, scholarships and loans.

Grace College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. Over 68 majors are available with options to earn an accelerated 3-year bachelor’s degree or a four-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree. Comprised of six schools, these include the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Behavioral Sciences, the School of Business, School of Education, School of Ministry Studies, and the School of Professional and Online Education. Grace College’s curriculum is based upon a biblical worldview and students are taught to “own their faith and to recognize Scripture as the inerrant and inspired Word of God.” Grace boasts an overall retention rate of 80% among full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Net cost of tuition is $18,108 and 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,108

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Historically Baptist, Carson-Newman University was founded in 1851 as the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary – the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists. Shortly after its establishment, the school was renamed Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 was again changed to Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson, who donated a portion of his estate to the school. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, and merged the two names together to form Carson-Newman College until 2012 when the school achieved university status. Today, Carson-Newman University’s vision is to be “the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service” with a mission to help “students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.” Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927.

Carson-Newman University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs along with several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs that may be earned either on-campus or online. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 1,700 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Carson-Newman University boasts an overall retention rate of 65% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 46%. Net cost tuition is $16,662 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,662

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College was established in 1876 and named in honor of the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. Calvin College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Today, the College’s mission 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.  The 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. A wide range of academic programs are offered through the College’s several departments which include the areas of Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communication Arts & Sciences, Computer Science, Congregational & Ministry Studies, Dutch, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, French, Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies, German, Global Studies, Graduate Studies in Education, History, International Development Studies, Japanese, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Pre-Professional Health, Psychology, Religion, Science Education Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Teacher Education. Calvin College 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. Net cost of tuition is $26,012.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $26,012

 

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