50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

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Greenville College

Greenville College is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution located in Greenville, Illinois. Established in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church, the original mission 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 continues to serve 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, and is easily accessible from several main highways, including I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. With the vision to inspire students to embrace God’s calling on their lives, Greenville College’s mission 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 in addition to several adult and graduate programs which are available either online or at partnership locations. Major undergraduate programs 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 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. Net cost of attendance is $19,788.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,788

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North Park University

North Park University is a private Christian institution affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. The University shares its campus with the denomination’s North Park Theological Seminary and is located on Chicago’s north side.  North Park University’s vision builds upon its core institutional identity – that is, “Christian, urban, intercultural” and the University intentionally works to engage those in its 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 further strives 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 has a total enrollment figure of over 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. North Park University’s tuition rates fall into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $19,158 and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, or loans, as do nearly 90% of all enrolled undergraduate students.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 75%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,158

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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 by the evangelist John E. Brown, Brown’s mission in founding the school was to offer an interdenominational, Christian education that would benefit financially poor, yet deserving students. During the early years of the institution, students paid for their tuition by working 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 full-fledged four-year University. However, John Brown’s original mottos remain the same: “Christ over all; and Head, Heart and Hand.” Today, 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. John Brown University boasts 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. Net cost of attending John Brown University is $19,943.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,943

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Bryan College

Bryan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dayton, Tennessee. Bryan College was established in 1930 in response to the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925. Named for William Jennings Bryan, it was Bryan who stated the desire that an institution would be built in Dayton which would “teach truth from a Biblical perspective.”Built with this vision, the College’s original desire was to provide “for the purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a university for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible.” Designated the William Jennings Bryan College in 1958; the name was then shorted to its current form in 1993. Bryan College’s mission is to educate “students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Bryan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. Bryan College offers a variety of adult and graduate studies as well an abundance of undergraduate majors in areas such as Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, the Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Education, Criminal Justice, Pre-Professional Programs and much more. Bryan College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Bryan College boasts an overall retention rate of 65% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Net cost of attendance is $16,153 and 90% 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: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,153

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Milligan College

Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. Starting off as a private secondary school called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 under the leadership of Disciples of Christ minister and educator, Dr. Josephus Hopwood, the school began offering collegiate level programs. 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 boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

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 College’s 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. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. Milligan College’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,460 and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,460

 

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