“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the expression goes and there is an element of truth in the statement. Bearing this in mind, we at Christian Universities Online (CUO) have attempted once again to highlight what we consider to be the 50 most beautiful Bible College campuses in the nation. Many students choose to attend Bible College in order to deepen their understanding of God, His truth, and His goodness; where better to pursue these subjects than in an atmosphere that which manifests beauty in both the manmade and natural environments?
The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members of The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), or accredited members of The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Theological affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) were also considered. Each of these schools were evaluated and scored in the following criteria: 1) Continuity of campus, 2) Architectural style, 3) Signature building(s), and 4) Natural setting. The total score from these criteria was then used to rank the schools.
Trinity Baptist College is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Jacksonville, Florida. Trinity Baptist College was established in 1974 by Trinity Baptist Church. Originally located on McDuff Avenue in Jacksonville, in the mid 1990’s after Dr. Charles Shoemaker was brought into leadership at the college, the campus was relocated to its current location on the west-side of Jacksonville which provided more room for the expanding school. Trinity Baptist College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 400 students, the vast majority of which are undergraduates. Trinity Baptist College offers more than 25 different undergraduate programs of study through the Division of Biblical Studies and Division of Education. Each program is offered in an engaging on-campus format and a few select degrees are also offered in an online format, which allows for greater flexibility and convenience for non-traditional students. Trinity Baptist College also offers two graduate programs, a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Bible, in a completely online format.
Trinity Baptist College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission and has been so since 1992. An Independent Baptist institution, Trinity Baptist College is dedicated to being a “close-knit, affordable, accredited Christian college with professors who care about [their students].” Trinity Baptist College sits on a beautiful campus which it shares with both Trinity Baptist Church and Trinity Christian Academy. Located across from a large residential area, the campus backs up to Victory Lake. A fountain and pond with a large white cross greet students as they first enter the campus grounds from the school’s North Entrance. The architectural style on Trinity Baptist College’s campus is more contemporary and the campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
Located in Dallas Texas, Dallas Christian College is a private, four-year undergraduate institution of biblical higher education. Established in 1950, the school is affiliated with the Christian Churches. Dallas Christian College’s mission is to educate and mentor students who will become “people of influence, under God’s influence, for a life of influence.” Dallas Christian College endeavors to “meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body and to encourage leadership of churches and Christian organizations.” In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, Dallas Christian College offers a unique blend of academic programs which are designed to equip students in their chosen field of service, building on a strong biblical foundation, offering opportunities for supervised experiences, and fostering mentoring relationships between faculty and students. Dallas Christian College’s vision is to be transformed into “a city on a hill, a distinctive Christian university recruiting and equipping a generation of influencers around the world.”
Dallas Christian College is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education and has a total enrollment figure of more than 300 students. Students may earn either their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and major programs of study at Dallas Christian College include Business; Interdisciplinary Studies; Practical Ministries; Worship Arts; Humanities; Psychology; Teacher Education; and Biblical Ministry. All single freshmen, sophomore, and junior students under the age of 21 who do not live with their parents or guardians are required to live in one of Dallas Christian College’s residence halls. Located in Dallas near a large residential community, Dallas Christian College’s suburban campus is just off of I-635 and I-35E. The campus features a well planned layout with buildings constructed in a more modern design. Large patches of green space surround the campus, with a sprinkling of deciduous trees lining the parameter.
Located in Florissant, Missouri, Saint Louis Christian College is a private, four year, undergraduate Bible college. Established in 1956, St. Louis Christian College’s purpose from the beginning has been to provide a Bible-centered higher education to men and women with the mission to equip them to serve as leaders who will impact the world for Christ. Saint Louis Christian College offers traditional degrees in a variety of areas, including several branches of Ministry, Missions, Worship & Music, and more. In addition, evening and online degrees are also available. St. Louis Christian College is committed to developing relational ministry skills in students and encourages academic excellence. The small size of the college’s classes allows students to get to know their professors and classmates on a deeper level and through the college’s Ministry Advancement Program (MAP), many opportunities are provided for students to work alongside of faculty and staff outside of the classroom.
Saint Louis Christian College has a total enrollment figure of 175 students – all of whom are undergraduates – with an extremely student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. The school’s stated mission is to pursue “excellence in the Word and develop servant leaders for urban, suburban, rural, and global ministry.” St. Louis Christian College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is theologically and ecclesiastically associated with the Restoration Movement of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Located on 11.5 acres in the beautiful Missouri suburbs, Saint Louis Christian College’s campus is surrounded by green space, wooded areas, and residential neighborhoods. The campus is well laid out and fits in well with its surroundings; deciduous trees dot the campus. Located just 20 minutes away from downtown St. Louis, Saint Louis Christian College’s location provides the safety of a suburban location, with the cultural and recreational opportunities a large city has to offer.
Cairn University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Cairn University was established in 1913 as the Bible Institute of Philadelphia, an extension of the National Bible Institute of New York. By October of 1921 the school became independent of the New York school and was renamed the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania. In 1951 the Institute merged with the Philadelphia School of the Bible, which had been founded in 1914 by C.I. Scofield and Williem Pettingill; as a result of the merger the school was given a new name, this time the Philadelphia Bible Institute. Over the years the school achieved accreditation, expanded its program offerings and experienced much change and growth. In 2012 the school announced another name change, this time to Cairn University, a name chosen for its reference to memorials and train markers which, “Bear witness [to God’s faithfulness] and pointing the way.”
Cairn University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students, including more than 800 undergraduates. The University is divided into several schools, including Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Divinity, Music, Education, and Social Work, and awards a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Cairn University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Cairn University’s mission is to “educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character.” Cairn University sits on a beautiful, suburban, 96 acre campus less than 25 miles outside of the historic city of Philadelphia. Surrounded by densely wooded areas, Cairn University’s campus features plenty of green space, and a large pond. Cairn University’s campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
Located in Dallas Texas, Paul Quinn College is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college. Established in 1872 by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church leaders from Austin, Texas, Paul Quinn College was founded with the purpose of educating freed slaves and their children. Originally called the Connectional High School and Institute, students were taught the marketable skills of blacksmithing, carpentry, tanning, and saddle work, which were common occupations of the time and area. Under the leadership of Bishop William Paul Quinn, the school experienced significant growth and expanded its curriculum to include classical subjects such as Latin, mathematics, theology, and English, as well as vocational skills. In May of 1881, the school was chartered by the State of Texas and adopted its current name to honor the contributions of Bishop Quinn. Today, Paul Quinn College’s mission is to “provide a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in their communities.”
Paul Quinn College has a total enrollment of nearly 300 students. Academic programs are offered in the following areas: Biology; Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Fundraising and Philanthropy, and Management); Computer Science; Health and Wellness; Legal Studies; Liberal Arts (with the option of a path to EC-6 Teacher Certification); and Religious Studies. Paul Quinn also offers a bachelor’s degree-completion program that is available online with foundational courses in a variety of business specializations and majors in two areas: entrepreneurship and management. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Surrounded primarily by residential