50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

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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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