50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

50-most-beautiful-christian-colleges-and-universities-2017The decision where to pursue a degree includes the evaluation of many different criteria.  Reputation of programs, graduation rate, total cost are but a few items to consider.  An oft-overlooked element is the physical surroundings and components of the campus itself.  While not a primary criteria, campus beauty should not be ignored.  In light of this, Christian Universities Online is happy to present our offering of the 50 most beautiful Christian colleges and universities for 2017.

Our methodology began with focusing our attention on schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). The following four categories were evaluated for each school: 1) Continuity of campus, 2) Architectural style, 3) Signature building(s), and 4) Natural setting.  Finally, we assigned an equal weight to each category and computed the final scores.

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East Texas Baptist University

East Texas Baptist University (abbreviated ETBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian university located in the historic city of Marshall, Texas. ETBU was established in 1912 as the College of Marshall in affiliation with the Baptist General Convention. The University is “committed to Christian stewardship and to providing and maintaining an environment conducive to learning, leadership development, and academic excellence.” East Texas Baptist University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

East Texas Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. The University is comprised of several schools through which it offers its many undergraduate and master’s degree programs. These include the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, the School of Communication and Performing Arts, the School of Natural and Social Sciences, the School of Professional Studies and the School of Nursing. ETBU offers on-campus student housing through its several residence halls, housing complexes, apartments and campus houses. Situated on a large campus nestled in the scenic woods of East Texas, ETBU is located on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation in the highest altitude in Harrison County. The campus’ oldest building is Marshall Hall, which was completed in 1916 and originally designed to house the University’s gymnasium, library, chapel, theatre, administrative offices and classrooms. Since those early days, ETBU has added several buildings including the Ornelas Student Center, the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, and the Ornelas Gymnasium.

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Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University (abbreviated HSU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Abilene, Texas and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Founded in 1891 by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors as the Abilene Baptist College, just one year later the school was renamed Simmons College in honor of James B. Simmons, an early contributor. In 1925 the college adopted its current name, adding the name Hardin in honor of Mary and John G. Hardin, who were also major contributors to the school. HSU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. The University’s mission is “to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.” HSU provides an undergraduate education based in the liberal arts that is academically challenging and which advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree programs.

Hardin-Simmons University has a total enrollment figure of about 2,000, including more than 1,600 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. HSU offers a wide range of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools. These include the College of Fine Arts; Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts; Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics; Irvin School of Education; Kelley College of Business; Logsdon School of Theology; Logsdon Seminary; Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing; and HSU’s Graduate Studies. Situated on a beautifully landscaped campus of 220 acres andmore than 30 major facilities fill HSU’s grounds, including six residence halls and two apartment complexes. Featuring classic brick architecture the school’s gold, dome-topped, red brick clock tower serves as its signature building. Deciduous trees dot the campus and the University makes good use of its space with a well designed layout.

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College of the Ozarks

The College of the Ozarks (commonly referred to as C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located n Point Lookout, Missouri.  Since its founding in 1907, C of O has adopted and followed a highly unique practice of having students work to earn their keep rather than pay tuition. Through the combination of state grants, scholarships and the school’s on-campus work program students are charged a grand total of $0 in tuition costs; as a result C of O has earned the nicknamed “Hard Work U”. Placing a strong emphasis on “character” education, C of O is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, especially students found worthy, but lack the means to obtain such an education. The College openly discourages debt of any kind and does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs; the university further leads by example and has no institutional debt of any kind.

The College of the Ozarks offers a variety of academic programs with 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. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Situated on a rural 1,000 acre campus, C of O’s grounds overlook Lake Taneycomo is conveniently located near the greenway. Most notable among C of O’s buildings is the Williams Memorial Chapel, a stunningly beautiful example of neo-Gothic architecture. Built of a white stone, the Chapel features an impressive, castle-like steeple and gorgeous rounded windows.

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Faulkner University

Faulkner University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Montgomery, Alabama and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Established in 1942 as the Montgomery Bible School, iIn 1953 the school was renamed the Alabama Christian College. By the mid 1960s the College moved to its present-day location and in 1985 achieved university status, adopting its current name of Faulkner University in honor of longtime supporter and chairman of the board, Dr. James H. Faulkner, Sr. Today, the mission of Faulkner University is to “glorify God through education of the whole person, emphasizing integrity of character in a caring, Christian environment where every individual matters every day.” Faulkner University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1.

Faulkner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1971.Faulkner University offers more than 70 degree programs and is comprised of several colleges, centers and institutes. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Biblical Studies, the College of Education, the College of Business and Executive Education, the Faulkner Law, the Council of Scholars, the Christian Institute for the Study of Liberal Arts, the Institute for Faith and Academy, the Cloverdale Center for Family Strengths, and the Center for Dispute Resolution. Situated on an 84 acre campus, the layout and design of the University’s grounds are well planned and make good use of the space. Faulkner University’s architectural style is more contemporary with a classic feel, thanks to the use of traditional red brick and classic white pillars, and the grounds feature an abundance of trees and green life.

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Shorter University

Shorter University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rome, Georgia. Established in 1873 by Luther Rice Gwanltney, pastor of the Rome Baptist Church, Shorter University began as an all-women’s college called the Cherokee Baptist Female College. In 1877 the school was renamed Shorter Female College in honor of Alfred and Martha Shorter who made generous financial contributions to the college. Male students were not admitted into the school until the 1950’s when the school became coeducational. In 2010 the school changed its name to Shorter University to better reflect the school’s expansion and growth. Shorter University’s mission is to advance “God’s Kingdom through a commitment to academic excellence, spiritual growth, Christian leadership, and global service within the context of a biblical worldview.” Shorter University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Shorter University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1923. Shorter University offers several undergraduate and graduate programs as well as several online programs. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing, the College of Adult and Professional Programs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ledbetter College of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Situated on a beautiful campus in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Shorter University is located just 72 miles northwest of Atlanta in an area with a total population of approximately 36,000. The large suburban campus is well laid out and surrounded by forests next to the Coosa River. Featuring beautiful brick and white pillar buildings with generous windows, Shorter’s architectural style would be categorized as classic-revival – a lovely style, favored among southern universities, in particular.

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Bethel College--IN

Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1947, Bethel began as a vision held by Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel Brenneman who, in 1893, was the first to call for a training institute. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college; it was Huffman who suggested the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines 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 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. More than 50 areas of study are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Bethel College’s undergraduate academic departments include the areas of Art; Biology & Chemistry; Business; Communication & Media Arts; Education; History & Contemporary Society; Humanities; Kinesiology; Literature & Language; Math & Engineering Sciences; Music; Nursing; Psychology; Religion & Philosophy; Sign Language Interpreting; and Theatre Arts. Situated on a moderately sized campus in the South Bend Metropolitan area of Mishawaka, Bethel College’s grounds have a park-like feel to them with an abundance of trees and beautiful, natural landscaping. The architectural style of the College’s facilities is mainly contemporary, with light red-brown bricks, and the College features some beautiful, unique buildings – most of which are less than 15 years old.

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Southeastern University

Southeastern University is a private Christian liberal arts institution, located in Lakeland, Florida. Established in 1935 by the Assemblies of God, the school was originally located in New Brockton, Alabama. In 1940 the decision was made to merge with Beulah Heights Bible Institute in Atlanta, Georgia to form a new school known as the Beulah Heights-South-Eastern Bible Institute. In 1947, after the school’s board of directors voted to secure a more permanent location for the school, land was purchased in Lakeland, Florida, where the University is located today. In 1956 the school became known as the South-Eastern Bible College and the first four-year, bachelor’s degree programs were offered. It was not until 2005 that the first master’s degree programs were offered and the College officially adopted its current name.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, since 1986, Southeastern University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, including nearly 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1. More than 70 academic programs are offered at Southeastern University in a variety of field through the University’s several colleges. These include the College of Arts & Media, the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, the College of Christian Ministries & Religion, the College of Education, the College of Natural & Health Sciences, and the Jannetides College of Business & Entrepreneurial Leadership. Located just outside of outside of Tampa on a suburban campus of 88 acres, Southeastern University’s grounds overlook the beautiful Lake Holloway. The University’s campus features beautifully landscaped grounds that have the look and feel of a vacation resort. Trees dot the well designed campus layout and modern residence halls allow students to enjoy resort-style living while on campus.  

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. Established in 1976, CUI was founded in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in order to serve students in the Pacific Southwest. Originally known as Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine, making CUI the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the University’s mission 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. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors for traditional students, advanced graduate degrees, online Bachelor degree programs designed for working professionals and a number of nursing programs. Situated on a moderately sized, suburban, hilltop campus, CUI’s grounds are compact, and feature a modern architectural style. Bordered on two sides by Sand Canyon Wash and residential neighborhoods, CUI is a convenient, yet comfortable distance away from the San Diego Freeway. Included among CUI’s most notable facilities is the Good Shepherd Chapel, which offers a gorgeous lookout view of the entire Irvine Valley; the CU Center, a unique dome-shaped building where students and staff gather daily for chapel; and the Founder’s Hall.

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Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the hamlet of Houghton, New York. Established in 1883, Houghton College is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. Beginning as a high school known as Houghton Seminary, by the mid-1920s the school had evolved into a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter by the state of New York in 1927. 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. 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.

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. Situated New York’s beautiful Genesee Valley, the College’s campus is surrounded by dense woods, with plenty of green space and paths for walking and jogging. The architectural style of Houghton College’s facilities is blended with modern, traditional designs mixed with beautiful historic buildings. Included among Houghton College’s most notable facilities are Fancher Hall, one of the College’s landmarks, originally built in 1905; Luckey Memorial Building, located at the head of the campus quadrangle, facing the Genesee River; and the John and Charles Wesley Chapel, a 1,200-seat auditorium which serves as the public meeting place and worship center for the entire campus.

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Clinton, Mississippi. Established in 1826, Mississippi College is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country as well as the oldest college in the state of Mississippi. The College boasts a long and rich history which spans nearly two centuries, multiple wars and much growth and change. In 1831 Mississippi College became the first coeducational college in the United States to grant degrees to women. Today, the College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922.

Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its seven schools, including School of Business, School of Christian Studies & the Arts, School of Education, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Law, School of Nursing, and School of Science & Mathematics. Mississippi College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 5,00, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. On-campus housing is offered in the form of several residence halls which are split between men’s and women’s dormitories. Situated on a large suburban campus, Mississippi College is conveniently located right off of the main highway with grounds that are bordered by forests and residential communities. Many of the facilities are designed in classic-revival style architecture with their beautiful red brick buildings with white pillars and generous windows fill MC’s campus and deciduous trees dot the school’s well landscaped grounds.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Founded in 1887, the school was chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church, however, during the mid- 1950s management of the school was transferred to the Evangelical Baptists after the institution merged with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains its affiliation with the Baptist denomination and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which granted its initial accreditation in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission statement declares its desire 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 objective is 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. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered in addition to several graduate-level programs. Areas of study include 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; Social Work; and several other special programs such as EMT Training, Environmental Biology, and Honors programs. Several of Cedarville University’s programs are available in an online format. Situated on a large rural campus, Cedarville University’s facilities include a wonderful signature building, built in a modern architectural style. Cedar Lake serves as the focal point on campus, with several buildings centered on it.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a private Christian institution located in Riverside, California and is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. Established in 1950, CBU holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and strives to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 70 bachelor degree programs are offered with 150 major concentrations and nearly 50 minors. More than two dozen master degree programs with 45 concentrations are also offered as well as three doctoral programs. All Classes are taught by a 100% Christian faculty and staff.

California Baptist University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools including the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Health Science; College of Nursing; and the Schools of Behavioral Sciences; Business; Christian Ministries; Education; and Music. CBU has a total enrollment figure of more than 8,500, including nearly 7,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Located in the affluent Inland Empire metropolitan area of Riverside (a city with a population of over 316,000), CBU is situated on a large, scenic campus located in the heart of the historic Magnolia Avenue district. A short drive away from both beaches and mountain resorts, the campus itself stands out for its stunning, mission-style architecture. Designed to resemble a Spanish hacienda, CBU’s campus features more than 30 facilities, all with distinct red-tiled Spanish roofs, lush palm trees, and cobblestone-paved walkways. Among its more notable buildings are the Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, the Wallace Theatre, the Annie Gabriel Library, and the Joann Hawkins Music building.

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Toccoa, Georgia. The College was established in 1907 by founder R. A. Forrest as the Golden Valley Institute in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina, originally, before it was relocated to its current location in 1911. By 1937 the school’s four-year college program was chartered and the school was granted permission to award its first Bachelor of Arts degree. Toccoa Falls College’s mission is to “glorify God through seeking and developing Christian servant leaders who will impact the world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.” The school’s vision is for Toccoa Falls College to “be known as a premier Christian college that uniquely integrates biblical truth, academic excellence and intentional spiritual formation within a caring community.”

Toccoa Falls College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1983. A variety of undergraduate degree programs are offered through the College’s three schools. These include the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, and the School of Professional Studies. Toccoa Falls College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000 (all undergraduates) with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. On-campus housing is available to students through the College’s three residential halls, including two women’s halls and one men’s hall. Situated on a rural, 1,100 acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, students and visitors to the campus can enjoy the gorgeous views of the mountain scenery and color. Surrounded by dense woods, the campus itself is well laid out and features several facilities built in a modern architectural style, including the Grace Chapel and Performing Arts Center.

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Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational Christian, liberal arts institution located in Lakewood, Colorado. The University began in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute. In 1945, the school was granted a charter by the State of Colorado to become a four-year Bible college and subsequently, its name was changed to the Denver Bible College. Over the years the College continued to grow and expand and by 1981 was granted accreditation through The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Today CCU is known as a top-ranking Christian university and the premier interdenominational Christian institution in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region. CCU has a total enrollment figure of nearly more than 6,500, including over 6,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Colorado Christian University’s mission is to cultivate “knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement in the world.” CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies offers more than 50 majors and minors for traditional students at CCU’s residential Lakewood campus. In addition, CCU offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degree programs ( as well as certificate and educational licensure programs) through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies for adult students at either one of CCU’s several campus locations or online. Student housing is available in one of the University’s residential halls and apartments. Situated on a recently renovated suburban campus, the University’s grounds feature a large lake and are well laid out. The campus facilities feature a modern architectural style with the University’s Student Center serving as the campus focal point.

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a small, private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, about 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City. Owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OBU was established in 1910 and has received recognition as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report for two dozen consecutive years. OBU has also been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review among other national recognitions and accolades. OBU’s mission is to transform lives “by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of a high calling of God in Christ.” The University has a total enrollment figure of 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. OBU’s student body is filled with diversity, with representatives from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries.

Oklahoma Baptist University offers a number of bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 areas of study as well as several graduate-level programs and degrees. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Students under the age of 21 years are required to live on OBU’s campus. OBU offers students housing options ranging from traditional residence hall, apartment complexes, and suite complexes. The University’s campus is situated on a large, urban campus in the flatlands of Shawnee, a city with a total population of approximately 30,000. Bordering several residential areas, OBU is conveniently located right next to Shawnee Regional Airport. Featuring classic-revival style architecture with its beautiful red brick and white pillars, OBU’s campus is well laid out and dotted with deciduous trees and three small ponds.

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Milligan College

Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts located in Milligan College, Tennessee. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. The College began as a private secondary school known as the Buffalo Male and Female Institute. By the early 1880s the school began offering collegiate level programs, expanding under the leadership 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 University’s several schools. These include 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. Situated on a large, rural campus in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee, students and staff alike enjoy magnificent views of the natural surrounding beauty. The campus itself is well laid out and features a number of small creeks, green space, and plenty of trees. The architectural style of the College’s facilities is mixed, though there are a number of neoclassical-revival buildings, including the College’s beautiful chapel.

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Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1901 as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan, the school was originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance. In 1911 the school was renamed Trevecca College for Christian Workers after the school began offering its first bachelor’s degrees. The school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene In 1917 and went through several changes, eventually earning its university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The University’s purpose and intent is that its “graduates be socially-conscious, globally-aware, and actively-engaged individuals who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being.” Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969.

Trevecca Nazarene University offers variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult degree completion, and online programs. Trevecca Nazarene University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. All students under the age of 23 live on-campus (with certain exceptions) and on-campus housing is available in the form of several residence halls. Situated on a compact, urban campus, the grounds are well laid out and feature an abundance of trees, green space and paths for walking and jogging. Trevecca Nazarene University boasts several beautiful buildings with lovely stone exteriors, white pillars and steeples, and generous amounts of windows. Among the University’s most aesthetically pleasing facilities are the Adams Administration Building, the Greathouse Science Buildings, and the McClurkan Building.

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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 and is 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’s name was changed to Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) in honor of the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University’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 major are offered in addition to 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. Situated on a large urban campus, Hess Creek runs through the University’s grounds which border U.S. Route 99W. An abundance of trees fill the area, giving the campus a park-like feel. George Fox University boasts several modern facilities and a unique, centrally located clock tower.

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in 1860, Wheaton College was established in the evangelical Protestant tradition and is well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results. The 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. Wheaton College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including approximately 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Among Wheaton’s students, 7% 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. Comprised of multiple departments, 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. A number of graduate-level programs are also available in a wide range of disciplines. Located in the affluent suburban city of Wheaton, Illinois, an area with an estimated population of over 53,000, Wheaton’s campus is set on a moderately sized campus which boasts a beautiful and well designed layout. Lovely buildings designed in a Classical, Romanesque architectural style fill the campus, featuring beautiful red brick and lovely white pillars. Just 25 miles west outside of Chicago, the campus is surrounded by trees and shrubs of all varieties, giving the area a beautiful, natural element.

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Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private Christian institution located in Houston, Texas. Established in 1960, HBU was founded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas with the intention of providing “a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’” HBU offers an intimate college environment with an enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,000 undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. HBU’s boasts a diverse student body, with students hailing from all ethnic backgrounds and even several walks of faith. As a Christian institution, HBU requires that all undergraduate students complete 80 Community Life and Worship (CLW) credits – of which, a minimum of 50 CLW credits must be earned through attendance at Convocation.

Houston Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is comprised of multiple colleges and schools. These include the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, the College of Education & Behavior Sciences, the College of Science & Mathematics, the School of Christian Thought, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Humanities, the School of Nursing & Allied Health, and the HBU’s Honors College. HBU is committed to providing its students with a place to live that is both safe and affordable. HBU offers a variety of housing options, ranging from residence colleges to student apartments to living-learning communities, in an effort to meet all types of individualized needs. Situated on an urban campus of 100 acres, HBU is located minutes away from Houston’s thriving downtown district. The University’s facilities favor a modern, yet traditional architectural design; included among the school’s more notable buildings are the Hinton Center, HBU’s campus landmark, the Cullen Science Center, and the Eula Mae Baugh Center.

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University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Prichard, Alabama. Established in 1961 in affiliation with the Alabama Baptist Convention as a junior college, the school was originally known as Mobile College. It was not until early 1990’s that university status was achieved and its name was changed to the one it currently holds. The University of Mobile mission is to be an “intentionally dedicated to Biblically based Christian culture in heritage, faith, and practice” and the University is committed to “providing educational programs of the highest quality to its students.” The University of Mobile boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including more than 1,400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The University of Mobile is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1968. A wide variety of undergraduate majors and graduate-level degrees are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Christian Ministries, the School of Education and the School of Nursing. On-campus housing is offered to students in the University’s several residential halls which are available with either suite style or private style rooms. The University of Mobile is situated on a large and sprawling suburban campus near Chickasaw Creek. Many of the University’s buildings are built in a beautiful classical-revival architectural style. Nestled in the middle of a forest with two small ponds near the edge of the campus, UM’s grounds feature a well designed layout with a wonderfully natural setting.

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (abbreviated NNU) is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. NNU was established in 1913 and is one of eight United States liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Founded by Eugene Emerson, NNU started as an elementary school and gradually evolved into a high school, then a junior college, and finally a four-year college in 1937. NNU’s mission is “the transformation of the whole person.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” NNU holds to the values of Transformation; Truth; Community; and Service. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including approximately 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Approximately 45% of all students come from Nazarene church backgrounds while the other 55% are members of a variety of different denominations.

Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. NNU offers more than 60 areas of study with undergraduate majors offered in more than twenty subjects, master’s degree programs in nearly a dozen disciplines, accelerated degree programs and more. Situated on a 90-acre campus, NNU’s grounds have a park-like feel to them with more than 34 buildings including the University’s residence halls, a soccer field, baseball field, softball field, tennis courts plus an Olympic-sized track. NNU is home to several beautiful facilities, most of which favor a contemporary traditional look. These include the Leah Peterson Learning Commons & Riley Library which is a favorite spot on campus with its signature clock tower and arches and generous windows which allow an abundance of natural light to stream in to the building.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was chartered as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly with the area of Mount Vernon selected as a location primarily due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. Mount Vernon Nazarene University is one of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. 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.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers more than 80 areas of academic study through its several schools. These include 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. Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers students on-campus housing in one of the University’s four Residence Halls or in its 100-plus Townhouse style apartments. Situated on a large rural campus, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s grounds border farmland and residential areas and overlook the Kokosing River. The campus is well laid out with park-like landscaping and beautiful, classic brick buildings.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Established in 1971 by Jerry Falwell, Sr., who was the Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, the University was known as Liberty Baptist College, originally. Since its early days, the school has achieved university status and has grown to be the fifth largest university in the United States and the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” The school’s mission statement continues, declaring that the University’s 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. Divided into more than a dozen colleges and schools, Liberty University offers more than 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across a broad range of fields. Liberty University is also well known for its extensive online catalog of degree programs which are accessed by students all around the globe. On-campus housing is available for students through the University’s several traditional residence halls as well as The Annex, which is located a short distance away from campus. Situated on a large, sprawling campus, students and staff at Liberty University enjoy the spectacular view that the Blue Ridge Mountains offer every day. Featuring facilities built in Jeffersonian-style architecture, the University’s grounds back up to at least two main highways, allowing for easy access to and from the campus, and the Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. The University was established in 1867 by the Holston Presbytery and named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of land which served as the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its original facilities, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land to the school on the east side of Bristol. In 2013 the school, by then known as King College, achieved university status and adopted its current name in reflection of the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that the institution had achieved. King University’s mission is to “build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.” King 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 16 to 1.

King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. King University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of the Arts & Sciences; Business & Economics; Education; Nursing; Christian Mission; Behavioral Science; and Communication, Information, and Design. King University offers a variety of on-campus housing arrangements to students through its five residential halls. Located on a suburban campus, students enjoy beautiful views of the nearby mountains and rolling hills. Several paths offer opportunities for walking or jogging and facilities are well laid out with a traditional brick look. An abundance of trees, a pond and small creek which runs through the grounds provide a lovely natural beauty.

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Warner University

Warner University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lake Wales, Florida. Established in 1968 by pastors and laity within the Church of God denomination, the University was originally known as Warner Southern College before its current name was adopted in 2008. Warner University’s mission is to “graduate individuals who exemplify academic excellence and Christian character, who are prepared to lead and committed to serve.” Warner University’s vision states that its goal is for students to possess “a biblical view of Christ as creator and sustainer of the universe, and be persuaded in their understanding of Him to enjoy His presence, to seek His mind and to fulfill His purpose with passion and authenticity.” Warner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977.

Warner University is comprised of three schools, namely the School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences, the  School of Business and the School of Education. More than 25 liberal arts and professional undergraduate majors are offered as well as three graduate level programs. Warner University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. On-campus housing is available to students through the University’s four residence halls. Located in the geographic center of the state between Tampa and Orlando, Warner University sits on a 360 acre campus near Crooked Lake. A few small ponds dot the campus landscape and a small forest outlines a portion of the grounds. Nicely laid out, Warner University’s campus features an abundance of plant life, including deciduous trees, palm trees, and bushes. Facilities have a traditional, yet contemporary look to them with generous amounts of windows.

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America. Established in 1876, Calvin College was named in honor 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.” 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. A wide range of academic programs are offered through the College’s several departments which include an abundance of areas including Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Classics, Communication Arts & Sciences, Computer Science, Congregational & Ministry Studies, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies and Global Studies. Graduate and pre-professional studies are also offered in a number of fields. Located on a large, suburban campus, Calvin College’s grounds and facilities are well designed with a modern architectural feel. An abundance of trees fill the grounds and multiple ponds dot the landscape. The school offers a variety of on-campus housing options and multiple dining halls and is conveniently located a comfortable distance away from the interstate.

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Taylor University

Taylor University is a private, co-educational, non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution located in Upland, Indiana. 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. Taylor University’s mission is to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” The University’s has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates students, with representatives from nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign nations. The average student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1.

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. Situated on a large 952 acre campus, the University is located just five miles east of I-69, 50 miles south of Fort Wayne, IN, and 70 miles north of Indianapolis. With a fair amount of trees and plenty of green space, students enjoy walking or jogging along the University’s several paths. Notable among Taylor University’s buildings are the memorial Prayer Chapel, a domed shaped building with a high steeple; Samuel Morris Hall; and the Euler Science Complex.

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Lee University

Lee University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution of higher education located in Cleveland, Tennessee and is historically affiliated with the Church of God. Lee University was established in 1918 as a small Bible institute; the school experienced its strongest growth in the 1980s when enrollment began to increase dramatically and full university status was attained. Today, Lee University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 5,000, including more than 4,500 undergraduate students. In 1960 Lee University was granted accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Lee University is committed to providing an “education that integrates biblical truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures with truth discovered through the study of arts and sciences and in the practice of various professions.” The University’s mission statement continues, “The foundational purpose of all educational programs at Lee is to develop within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability, and skills which will prepare them for responsible Christian living in a complex world.”

Lee University is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences, the Helen Devos College of Education, the School of Music, the School of Nursing, and the School of Religion. More than 50 undergraduate majors are offered as well as several graduate programs in the areas of Business (MBA), Counseling, Education, Music, and Religion. Lee University also has a Division of Adult Learning Graduate Studies and offers study abroad programs for undergraduate students. Located on a small urban campus, Lee University’s grounds include a fair amount of trees, a fountain, and several beautiful buildings. Lee University’s Chapel is one of the most stunning and memorable facilities on campus, with high gothic steeple and stone exterior. Built in 2011, the Chapel is used regularly for Liturgical Chapel services and other campus programs; the building has a seating capacity of 300.

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, Spring Arbor University was established by leaders of the denomination in 1873 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. In 1960 and the name Spring Arbor College was adopted and by 2001 university status was achieved. 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.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including nearly 2,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Spring Arbor University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is comprised 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 onsite and online. The University is situated on a large and well planned campus with plenty of trees, green space, paths for walking or jogging and a centrally located clock tower. Since July 2000 Spring Arbor University has worked to renovate and expand the campus, adding several new buildings including village housing units and residence halls, the Hugh A and Edna C. White Library, McKenna Carillon Tower and surrounding University Plaza and more. The architectural style of Spring Arbor University’s buildings is more contemporary, favoring red brick, clean lines, and generous amounts of windows.

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Judson College--AL

Judson College is a private, Christian institution and the fifth oldest women’s college in the United States located in Marion, Alabama Judson. Named in honor of Ann Hasseltine Judson, the first American woman to serve as a foreign missionary, Judson College was established in 1838 as one of the first of its kind in the United States. Originally called The Judson Female Institute, the school has been affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention from the beginning and was founded by businesswoman Julia Tarrant Barron and General Edwin Davis King along with the support of members of the Siloam Baptist Church. Judson College mission is to be “dedicated to maturing its students into well-adjusted and productive citizens through the transmission of knowledge, the refinement of intellect, the nurturing of faith, the promotion of service, and the development of character.” Judson College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925.

Judson College offers 20 academic majors, 22 minors, and 10 pre-professional programs. Judson College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 400, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Students are encouraged to live on campus in one of the College’s three residence halls, the Ann Kirtley Hall, the Julia Barron Hall, and the WMU residence hall. Set on a rural campus filled with plenty of green space, deciduous trees and walking paths, Judson College features several beautiful building built in an antebellum style. One of the oldest buildings on the campus is Jewett Hall, a four-story Greek revival building and Judson College’s principal building. Originally built in 1840, it was later rebuilt in 1888 after a fire destroyed it earlier that same year. Other noteworthy buildings include the A. Howard Bean Hall, the Alumnae Auditorium, and the Women’s Missionary Union Residence Hall.

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. The University began as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, having been established in 1883 by Lewis Fitzhugh. The College was later donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States. In 1954 Belhaven University became fully coeducational after the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students. Belhaven University’s mission statement declares its intention to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” The mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be served.” Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. A variety of traditional undergraduate majors are offered in addition to online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Belhaven University requires that all full-time freshman and sophomore students under the age of 21 live on-campus, with certain exceptions. On-campus housing is available in one of the University’s several residence halls. Situated on a moderately sized suburban campus, a large pond sits on the edge of the grounds, which are beautifully landscaped with lush lawns and deciduous trees. Belhaven University features some wonderful buildings of both classical-revival and contemporary styles. Most notable among its structures is Belhaven’s 40,000 sq. ft. Student Center, which opened in January of 2002. An impressive building, the Center features green, conical roofing, and large, stunning windows.

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Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution located in Palos Heights, Illinois. The College was founded by a group of Chicago businessmen in 1959 who were interested in creating a college that would provide students with a quality Christian higher education taught from Reformed perspective. 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 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduate 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. Situated on a suburban campus just 30 miles outside of Chicago, this strategic location allows students to benefit from a variety of opportunities for internships, career advancement, service and cultural experiences. The College’s campus itself is surrounded primarily by residential areas and boasts well laid out grounds with plenty of green space and an abundance of trees. The architectural style of Trinity Christian College’s buildings is more contemporary with traditional red brick, and generous windows.

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Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Charleston, South Carolina. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Charleston Southern University was originally established in 1964. Starting with an initial student body of less than 600, Charleston Southern University has since grown into vibrant institution of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students and boasts an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Charleston Southern University’s vision is to be a “Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving” and the College’s mission to promote “academic excellence in a Christian environment.” Among other notable recognitions and accolades, Charleston Southern University has been recognized as a Military Friendly School, named a College of Distinction, and was included in the list of America’s Best Christian Colleges.

Charleston Southern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1970. The University offers nearly 50 undergraduate degree programs and nine graduate degree programs through its several colleges and schools, including the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Christian Studies, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Adult and Professional Studies. Charleston Southern University sits on a beautiful, 300 acre, suburban campus in the charming and historic town of Charleston. The campus is well laid out boasting an abundance of greenery which results in a park-like atmosphere. The University’s buildings feature a contemporary, yet classic look and are centered on a lovely, clear, blue pond. Among Charleston Southern University’s most notable buildings is the Lightsey Chapel which features a grand steeple. At night when the chapel and surrounding buildings are lit a beautiful glow can be seen reflecting from the nearby pond.

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern was established in 1882, beginning as a small academy and eventually expanding into a junior college in 1928 and finally a four-year institution by 1961. Northwestern College is formally affiliated with the Reformed Church of America and is committed to being 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, 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 1953.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College offers a wide range of academic programs. Comprised of multiple academic departments, these include the areas of 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. Situated on a situated on a large rural campus in Sioux County, the College is primarily surrounded by residential communities and is close to a local park and dining areas. Boasting beautiful grounds with plenty of trees and paths for walking or jogging, several impressive buildings dot the campus, including Zwemer Hall, Northwestern’s signature building and landmark. Built in 1894, the Hall was restored in 1997 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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Evangel University

Evangel University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution located in Springfield, Missouri. Established in 1955, Evangel was the first Pentecostal liberal arts college ever chartered in the United States. Founded by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, Evangel University has kept this affiliation with the denomination throughout the years. Evangel University’s mission is to educate and equip students “to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.” In order to meet this goal, the University “seeks to provide a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person.” Approximately 2,000 students are currently enrolled, including more than 1,700 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Evangel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1965. A wide range of programs are offered by the University, including more than 100 undergraduate majors, nearly twenty master’s and doctoral programs and several Adult Studies programs. Located on an 80 acre campus, Evangel University offers housing to all students – married and single, – has two academic buildings, a fine arts center, dining commons, student union, athletics center, library and more. Among Evangel’s most notable structures is the University’s Chapel building which features high, sloping brick walls and an impressive stained glass window above the main entrance; the chapel was completed in 1981 and seats over 2,000 people. Evangel’s campus is well laid out, centered around its signature clock tower, with plenty of green space and paths for walking; the campus is primarily surrounded by residential areas and is an easy distance from local dining, shopping, and other attractions.

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Montreat College

Montreat College is a private, interdenominational Christian liberal arts institution located in Montreat, North Carolina. Established in 1897, Montreat College was founded as the as the Mountain Retreat Association by John C. Collins, a Congregationalist minister from New Haven, Connecticut. By 1916 the school grew into a four-year preparatory and two-year college combination, known as the Montreat Normal School. Over the years, the institution continued to expand, eventually finally becoming a baccalaureate institution in 1986. Today, the College strives to be a “leader in Christ-centered higher education regionally, nationally, and globally” and the College’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered, liberal arts institution that educates students through intellectual inquiry, spiritual formation, and preparation for calling and career, all to impact the world for Jesus Christ.”  Montreat College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000, including more than 800 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio at the College is 18 to 1.

Montreat College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs in a number of areas including: Bible & Religion; Business Administration; Psychology & Human Services; Education; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Management and Leadership; and many more. Several adult undergraduate programs and online degree programs are also offered. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Montreat College’s campus grounds are surrounded by an abundance of deciduous trees with Flat Creek and its branches running through the campus. Most of Montreat College’s facilities have a mountain-retreat look and feel to them, with stone exteriors and exposed wooden beams. In the autumn time students have faculty enjoy a truly spectacular view when the trees put on their vibrant display of color.

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Geneva College

Geneva College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania and is affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. Established by John Black Johnston in 1848, Geneva College was originally located in Northwood, Ohio. It was not until the later 1870s-early 1880s that the College relocated to its present day campus in Beaver Falls. Geneva College is committed to being 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. 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 . A number of graduate-level degrees including the Master of Business Administration, M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Higher Education, and an M.S. in Leadership Studies are also available. Located about an hour outside of Pittsburg, Geneva College is situated amid the forest landscape of western Pennsylvania near Beaver River. Geneva College’s campus is known for its beautiful and impressive Ivy League-style architecture and boasts buildings which contain over 100 years of history hidden in its walls.

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Regent University

Regent University is a private, Christian research institution, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Established as the Christian Broadcasting Network University by CBN founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, in 1977, the University’s original mission was to prepare “leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” In 1984 accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges was granted and in 1990, the University adopted its current name. Today, Regent University defines its purpose as being to serve “as a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” Regent University been received national awards and recognitions, including being named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in 2015; receiving an “A” rating by ACTA (one of only 24 universities in the nation to have received this honor); and being named one of the 2015 Military-Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs.

Regent University is comprised of multiple schools and the College of Arts and Science through which all undergraduate programs are offered. Graduate schools include the School of Business & Leadership, the School of Communication & the Arts, the School of Divinity, the School of Education, the Robertson School of Government, the School of Law, and the School of Psychology & Counseling. Regent University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 7,000 students, including approximately 3,000 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 28 to 1. Regent University’s campus is well laid out on 70 acres of ground and is a short drive away from the shoreline of Virginia Beach. Classic collegiate architecture fills the campus, with its red brick, generous windows, and impressive pillars.

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Dordt College

Dordt College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Sioux Center, Iowa and is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North American. Established in 1955, the College was named after 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 adopted 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 1,400, including over 1,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Dordt College has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 1969. 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. The College’s curriculum is “designed to give each student a complete comprehensive education from a solid, Reformed, Christian perspective.” A residential college, approximately 85% of Dordt College students choose to live on campus in the College’s residence halls or on-campus apartments. Situated on a large, rural campus of more than 100 acres, Dordt College borders Sioux Center’s Open Space Park and is primarily surrounded by residential areas. Built in a contemporary, traditional architectural style, the College’s impressive clock tower serves as its main landmark. The campus is well laid out and offers large, open, grassy areas for students to relax and enjoy.

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Grove City College

Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Grove City College was chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy in 1876, founded by Isaac C. Ketler. In 1884 the school’s name was changed to Grove City College by the trustees of the school. Today, the College endeavors to remains faithful to its founder’s 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 boasts 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 has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1922. A wide range of academic options are offered including over 50 programs of study taught from a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. Grove City College is comprised of several academic departments which cover the subjects of Physics, Biblical and Religious Studies, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Mathematics, and Economics. Situated on 180 acres, Grove City College’s campus has a charming, park-like feel and features several beautiful buildings which showcase a collegiate gothic architectural style. Wolf Creek runs through a portion of the College campus and students enjoy plenty of walkways, green space and an abundance of deciduous trees.

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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. Founded by Adoniram Judson Gordon in 1889 the school was originally called as the Boston Missionary Training Institute. Established for the purpose of training Christian men and women for work overseas, the Institute was specifically interested in preparing missionaries who would serve in what was then known as the Belgian Congo. In 1916 the Institute was renamed Gordon Bible College in honor of its founder; in 1921 this name was changed to Gordon College of Theology and Missions. In 1962 the name was again altered to Gordon College and Divinity School and in 1970 the Gordon Divinity School separated from 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. Undergraduate majors are offered in nearly 40 areas along with over 40 concentrations and a number of graduate-level degrees are offered in the areas of education, music education, and leadership. 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 places high value on the residential college experience and encourages students to take advantage of its on-campus living arrangements. Gordon College is situated on a rural campus in Wenham, a town in Essex County, Massachusetts which has a population of approximately 5,000. Located next to Coy Pond, Gordon College is surrounded on nearly all sides by densely wooded areas. The architectural style of the College’s main buildings ranges from historic to modern.

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University of Northwestern - St. Paul

The University of Northwestern- St. Paul (commonly shorted Northwestern) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution located in the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul. The University began in 1902 with just seven students and was originally called the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School. Founded by William Bell Riley, a well-recognized pastor and evangelist, Northwestern’s written mission states its commitment to “provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community and world.” The University’s philosophy of education statement declares that “Northwestern endeavors to provide education that is grounded first and foremost in the truth of the Bible and in God as the Ultimate Reality of the Universe.” Northwestern is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Northwestern offers a wide range of academic programs, including undergraduate degrees in the areas of Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Nursing, Early Childhood Education, and Engineering. Graduate degrees include the areas of Education, Human Services, Theological Studies, Master of Business Administration, Divinity, Organizational Leadership and more. Northwestern also offers a number of adult undergraduate degree programs (degree completion) and an Early College option for high school students which is offered on-site, on-campus, or online. Located next to Little Lake Johanna on a large suburban campus of more than 100 acres, the University’s grounds feature beautiful landscaping and classic architecture. Northwestern’s dining hall offers lovely views and features an impressive open-beam ceiling. Another of the University’s more notable structures is the Billy Graham Community Life Commons, which was named for the evangelist who served as the school’s second president. The building features gorgeous high windows, a tile roof, and lovely brick archways.

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Bluefield College

Bluefield College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bluefield, Virginia and is affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV). Bluefield College was founded in 1922 as a two-year junior college by the BGAV on land donated by local residents; by 1975 Bluefield had reinvented itself as a four-year institution and was fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. Today, Bluefield’s mission is to serve as the premier Christ-centered Liberal Arts college in Virginia and to prepare “innovated learners and transformational leaders to impact a changing world.” The College’s vision statement declares its goal to “graduate servant leaders who understand their life calling and transform the world.” Known for having “service-minded students” and a compassionate campus community, Bluefield has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Bluefield College offers a wide range of programs through its several colleges and schools, which culminate in the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degrees. Bluefield’s colleges and schools include the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Sciences, the College of Professional Programs, the School of Nursing, and the School of Education. The College’s main campus is located in the town of Bluefield, Virginia, an area of about 5,500 citizens. Nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Bluefield’s grounds include more than 80 acres. Set against Lotito City Park and Beaverpond Creek, Bluefield College is surrounded by incredible natural beauty. Resident students enjoy a variety of opportunities for outdoor activities including canoeing, hiking, skiing, rock-climbing, spelunking, and white-water rafting.  Featuring stunning, classically designed red brick and white pillar buildings typical of many of the South’s most beautiful institutions, Bluefield’s campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.

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Erskine College

Erskine College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Due West, South Carolina. The oldest church-related liberal arts college in the South, Erskine was originally established as an academy for men by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South in 1839. The school was named in honor of Ebenezer Erskine, a pastor and one of the founders of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. In 1894 the college admitted its first female student and in 1899 Erskine College became officially coeducational. Today, Erskine describes its mission as being to “glorify God as a Christian academic community where students are equipped to flourish as whole persons for lives of service through the pursuit of undergraduate liberal arts and graduate theological education”. Erskine College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 700, including approximately 600 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Erskine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925. Erskine College offers a variety of undergraduate majors as well as several graduate degree programs. Erskine is noted for having one of the highest graduate school completion rates in the country and offers customizable programs in order to better meet individual student’s needs and goals.  A residential college, all students are expected to live in one of the Erskine College’s Residence Halls and eat in the dining hall during their normal academic term for the purpose of experiencing and gaining the most from the opportunities that Erskine College has to offer. Situated on a moderately sized rural campus Erskine’s grounds feature lovely, natural landscaping with an abundance of trees and plenty of green space. Classic red brick and white pillar buildings designed in a traditional architectural style dot the campus in a layout that is well planned.  

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Covenant College

Covenant College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Founded as an agency of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California, Covenant College came into existence in 1955. The College moved its campus the following year to St. Louis Missouri and became affiliated with the Bible Presbyterian Church-Columbus Synod (now known as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church) the following year. In 1964 the College moved yet again, this time to its current location in Georgia and is today affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. The College’s mission statement declares its intention to ”explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things” and to “educate Christians to engage culture and cultures, to examine and unfold creation, and to pursue biblical justice and mercy in community”.

Covenant College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. Covenant College offers a variety of degree programs at both undergraduate and graduate-levels. All programs are designed with the vision of preparing “students to be faithful stewards of their academic gifts.” Among its goals, Covenant College seeks to “prepare students whose abilities to integrate learning allow them to appreciate the value of all kinds of work, and imaginatively envision new ways to work for the kingdom of Christ.” The 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 13 to 1. Situated on a gorgeous mountaintop site along the aptly named Scenic Highway, Covenant College’s expansive campus features magnificent views and picturesque grounds. The architectural style of the campus is a blend of modern and historic buildings, all of which designed to take full advantage of the splendid view with generous windows which allow the sunshine to stream in all throughout the day.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Established by the Wesleyan Church with the intention of providing Wesleyan youth a higher education within a Christian environment, the University in its present form came to be as a result of a series of mergers between several different schools, including the Colorado Bible College, the Pilgrim Bible College, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute. In 1972, the new school merged yet again, this time with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college. Today, OKWU offers a variety of academic programs through its several schools, including the Chesapeake Energy School of Business; the School of Arts & Sciences; the School of Ministry & Christian Thought; the School of Education; the School of Nursing; and OKWU’s Adult and Graduate department. The University holds its accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Oklahoma Wesleyan University’s mission is to be a place of “serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of the Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.” The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 1,500, including nearly 1,300 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Boasting a beautiful and well-planned campus, OKWU’s grounds feature a large pond with a fountain, green space and walking paths. Several eye-catching buildings fill the campus, built in a modern Spanish-inspired style with the classic red roofing and white stone exterior. Set against a largely residential area, a variety of trees dot the campus and surround it in the nearby neighborhoods.

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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Founded shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement in 1823 as the Jackson Male Academy, in 1925 Union University (having, by that time, adopted its current name) became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Union has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The 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 both the undergraduate and graduate levels and the University is comprised of 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.

Union University’s mission statement declares its intention to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.”  Situated on a large 300-plus acre campus, Union is conveniently located off of the main highway and is nearby to both local dining and shopping areas. The layout of the campus is well planned and is centered around the University’s clock tower with a beautiful fountain located near the entrance of the University’s signature building. Most of the buildings feature a beautiful classic-revival architectural style with its red brick and white pillars. In 2008 a tornado ripped through Union University’s campus, destroying much of the original buildings and landscaping. Since that time, Union has either rebuilt or renovated much of the campus, resulting in a beautiful and fresh design.

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Bryan College

Bryan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dayton, Tennessee. Established in 1930 as the fulfillment of the desire of William Jennings Bryan who, following the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, declared that he wished an institution would be built in Dayton which would “to teach truth from a Biblical perspective.” Called the William Jennings Bryan University at first, the College’s original intent was to exist “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.” The school was later designated the William Jennings Bryan College in 1958 and later shorted to its current form in 1993. Today Bryan College’s declares its mission 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 range of undergraduate majors as well as several adult and graduate degree programs. The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, including nearly 1,400 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Set on a large rural campus, Bryan College is nestled in the beautiful Tennessee mountains and features a contemporary architectural style that favors clean lines. Rudd Auditorium serves as the College’s signature building; a unique and beautiful structure, the three arches directly in front of the building can be seen in the College’s logo. Located next to Chickamauga Lake, Bryan College borders the Dayton Municipal Park and the campus flows well with its natural surroundings with an abundance of green lawns and deciduous trees.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, DBU came into existence in 1898 and was the first two-year institution of higher education established in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school, originally known as Decatur Baptist College, relocated to Dallas and changed its name to Dallas Baptist College (university status was not achieved until 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.” DBU has a total enrollment figure of more than 5,000, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry.  DBU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors as well as an abundance of graduate-level degree. Situated on a beautiful and sprawling campus on the hills of Southwest Dallas, DBU’s campus overlooks the Mountain Creek Lake.  The campus is well laid out as is features plenty of green space, deciduous trees, and is set against a large wooded area. The University’s main buildings showcase a beautiful, classic revival architectural style, including the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel which features in impressively beautiful, high church steeple.