In our continued narrowing of the scope of beautiful campuses, first presented in the “50 Most Beautiful Bible Colleges 2017,” Christian Universities Online (CUO) is pleased to share what we believe to be the 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the Midwest 2017. There are some familiar campuses and fresh faces as well – by bringing the scope down to a regional level, some additional treasures made their way onto the list. As we have stated before, campus appearance should not necessarily be a primary criteria for making a decision, a pleasant environment in which to study and learn is not unimportant! Considering both natural and man-made elements of each campus, CUO desires to present the best the Midwest has to offer when it comes to overall campus beauty.
University of Sioux Falls
The University of Sioux Falls is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. An independent, not-for-profit institution, the University of Sioux Falls (abbreviated USF) was established in 1872 by pastors and delegates from several Baptist churches within the Dakota Territory. Originally named the Dakota Collegiate Institute, the school’s first secondary and collegiate programs were offered in 1883 with students meeting in the basement of First Baptist Church. By the mid-1880s the school’s name was changed to Sioux Falls University. Today, the mission of the USF is to educate “students in the humanities, sciences and professions” in the “liberal arts tradition.” Operating under the motto of “Culture for Service” USF strives to “foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world.”
The University of Sioux Falls has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, including more than 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. USF is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1958. More than 80 undergraduate academic programs are offered, including all majors, pre-professional degree programs, minors and specializations. Several adult and graduate-level programs are also available in areas such as business, education and nursing. USF’s main campus in the heart of Sioux Falls is conveniently located off of Interstates 90 and 29 and is within a day’s drive of several major Midwestern cities, including Minneapolis/Saint Paul, Chicago, Kansas City and more. USF’s main campus is well planned and features beautiful green spaces, combined with noteworthy historic halls and several contemporary facilities.
MidAmerica Nazarene University
MidAmerica Nazarene University (MNU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and located in Olathe, Kansas. MNU was established in 1966 as the MidAmerica Nazarene College and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Higher Learning Commission). MNU’s mission is to be a “transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve.” The University’s vision is to “impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.” MNU operates multiple campuses including its main campus in Olathe, as well as the Santa Fe Commons Site, also in Olathe, KS, and the Liberty Site in Liberty, Missouri. MNU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including over 1,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1.
Over 40 undergraduate academic programs are offered by the MidAmerica Nazarene University in addition to more than dozen graduate and professional degree programs. The top five major-picks of first-time freshmen include Nursing, Elementary Education, Business Administration, Sports Management, and Ministry. MNU’s graduate and professional studies programs are available in the areas of Counseling, Education, Business, and Nursing. MNU also offers several pre-professional programs, study abroad, and an honors program. MNU’s main campus is located just 19 miles southwest of Downtown Kansas City and features more than 100 acres with over 1,000 trees and 6,000 flower bulbs which are planted annually. Students under the age of 22 years, unless married or living at home with their parents/legal guardians, are required to live on-campus in one of the University-owned residencies.
Bluffton University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bluffton, Ohio on a 65 acre campus and is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA. Originally called the Central Mennonite College, Bluffton University was established at the end of the 19th century. In 1913 the institution adopted the name of Bluffton College and it was not until 2004 that the college gained university status and formally adopted its current title. Built upon the four values of discovery, community, respect and service, Bluffton University strives to offer a “character-building education” which enables students to achieve their “personal and professional goals for use in a global market”. The University’s statement continues, “Grounded in the Mennonite values of peacemaking and service, Bluffton’s faith tradition serves as a useful framework for your personal exploration and faith development.” Bluffton University has 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 12 to 1.
Bluffton University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953. The University offers more than 85 majors, minors and interdisciplinary programs across a wide range of areas. A variety of continuing and professional education opportunities are also offered and have earned the University national recognition for excellence. In addition to these, Bluffton University also offers graduate degree programs including the Master of Arts in Organizational Management, the Master of Business Administration with several concentration options, and the Master of Arts in Education, as well as a post-graduate program in Education. Situated on a rural campus, Little Riley Creek runs across the grounds. The architectural style of the school is modern-traditional and the campus features plenty of green space, an abundance of trees, and paths for walking and jogging.
Judson University is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Elgin, Illinois. The University’s heritage dates back to the founding of the Northern Theological Seminary which was established in order to offer “both graduate and undergraduate education to men and women training for the ministry.” In the 1960s, after the seminary portion of the school was relocated from Chicago to Lombard, the decision was made to make the college an independent institution. This new college was named for Adoniram Judson, the first American missionary to serve on foreign soil. Today, Judson University describes its mission to be an evangelical Christian institution which will represent “the Church at work in higher education, equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God by the quality of their personal relationships, their work, and their citizenship within the community, the nation and the world.”
Judson University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. More than 65 majors, minors and concentrations are offered with traditional undergraduate programs available through the Departments of Architecture, Art & Design, Biblical & Theological Studies, Business, Christian Ministries, Education, English, Exercise & Sports Sciences, History, Music, Psychology & Sociology, Science & Mathematics, Speech Communication & Performing Arts, and Worship Arts. A number of adult degree completion programs are also offered in addition a variety of graduate degrees, including the Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Doctor of Education in Literacy, and several others. Situated on a large suburban campus set against the Fox River, Judson University’s grounds feature a unique and modern architectural style. The campus is well designed and is conveniently located off a main road and set between a large wooded area and residential neighborhoods.
Cornerstone University is a private, non-denominational Christian institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Created in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute, by 1972 the school was granted its initial accreditation as a degree-granting institution and adopted the new name of Grand Rapids Baptist College. In 1993 the College merged with the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music and in 1999 was granted approval from the State of to become known as Cornerstone University. Today, Cornerstone University’s vision is to “create a thriving community of fully devoted followers of Jesus in a spiritually contagious, academically excellent, richly resourced, and culturally diverse learning environment that attracts outstanding students, faculty, and staff who influence our world for Christ, His church, and His kingdom.” The University’s mission is to “empower men and women to excel as influencers in our world for Christ by offering a student-focused learning community where Jesus Christ is central.”
Cornerstone University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. More than 100 undergraduate, graduate, seminary, online and adult learning degrees and programs are offered and each class is taught by professors who are passionate and care about their students. Cornerstone University’s undergraduate programs are divided into several divisions including, Bible, Religion & Ministry; Business; Communication & Media; Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology, Science & Mathematics; Music; Social Science; and Teacher Education. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1. The University’s campus is located nearby the Frederik Meijer Gardens and features a large pond near the center of the campus. The architectural style of the facilities is contemporary and the grounds provide plenty of green space and a good amount of trees.
Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Established in 1871 by John Alexis Edgren as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary, the original purpose of the seminary was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled Europe to escape persecution to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now known as Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary and moved the institution to its current location. Following the Second World War the school became a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since that time, the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 achieved university status and adopted its current name. Bethel has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.
Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. The University offers a wide range of programs and is comprised of four schools, which include the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, the Graduate School, and Bethel Seminary. More than 100 degree options are available, including nearly 90 undergraduate majors, nearly a dozen pre-professional programs in medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, pharmacy, and more, and a number of graduate-level degrees. Situated on a large campus in the metropolis of St. Paul, Bethel University overlooks Valentine Lake. Surrounded by densely wooded areas, Bethel University’s campus features a well designed layout with beautiful natural landscaping. The University boasts some delightfully unique buildings that have a classic look with their red brick, generous windows, and tall, pointed roofs.
Sterling College is a private, Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kansas. Established in 1887 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America’s Synod of Kansas, the College was originally named the Cooper Memorial College. A distinctly Christian institution since its inception, Sterling College places strong emphasis on the mandate from its original charter to be “thoroughly Christian, but not in any sense sectarian.” The College’s mission is “to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith” with a vision to “serve God’s world through training servant leaders and the development of future leaders through strategic partnerships.” A small institution, Sterling College has a total enrollment figure of just over 700 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.
Sterling College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). More than 90 programs of study across a broad range of fields are offered. Holding to the belief that both learning and Christian commitment are vital to developing a well-rounded individual, Sterling College encourages students to grow a Biblical worldview and offers a curriculum which will provide students with “a broad educational experience that is also deep enough to prepare students to contribute in a rapidly changing world.” Set on a beautiful campus off of North Broadway Avenue, Sterling College’s campus boasts several beautiful buildings. Blending contemporary with classic architectural styles, worth particular mention is Cooper Hall with its hauntingly lovely, white limestone castle structure featuring a wealth of large, rounded windows. Surrounded primarily by fields and a small residential and local shopping area, Sterling College’s campus itself is also well planned.
Trinity International University
Trinity International University is a private evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Deerfield, Illinois. The University’s roots date back to the late nineteenth century and early twentieth with the establishment of both the Bible Institute of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of America and the Norwegian-Danish Bible Institute and Academy. Between 1946 and 1949 the two schools merged, forming Trinity Seminary and Bible College, which was, at the time, located in Chicago. It was not until the 1960s that the seminary (eventually called the Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and the college (renamed Trinity College) relocated to their current location in Deerfield. Today, Trinity International University describes its mission as lying in its commitment to its four core values of “Christ Centeredness, Community Focus, Church Connectedness, and Cultural Engagement.” The University’s mission statement goes on to declare that “Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. We believe that God calls his people into many kinds of service; Trinity’s calling is to prepare them to serve for his glory.”
Trinity International University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including nearly 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and schools and has been so since 1996. A wide range of undergraduate majors are offered across the University’s several locations, including its main campus in Deerfield, at its South Chicago location, its Florida campus, and online. Graduate-level degrees are offered through Trinity’s Divinity, Graduate, and Law Schools. Located off of the Tri-State Tollway, Trinity International University’s grounds are surrounded in part by a dense forest. The layout and design of the campus appears well planned with buildings that feature a modern architectural style
Olivet Nazarene University
Olivet Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Originally established by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association as a grammar school in the early 1900s, in 1909 the school was chartered as a liberal arts college and became the Illinois Holiness College. Shortly after this, in 1912, the college was given to the Church of the Nazarene and by 1986 formally adopted its current name of Olivet Nazarene University. Today, Olivet Nazarene University’s mission “is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.” The University’s motto is, “Education with a Christian Purpose.” Olivet Nazarene University’s total enrollment figure nearly reaches 5,000, including just under 3,500 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.
Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered and the University is comprised of several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Life and Health Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Degrees awarded include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. Situated on a 275 acre park-like campus within the beautiful Kankakee River Valley, the University’s grounds are well laid out and are surrounded primarily by residential neighborhoods. Centennial Chapel is one of the University’s most striking structures. Featuring a unique, contemporary design, its cross stands 100 feet in the air, a highly visible symbol that can be seen from almost every point on campus.
Huntington University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. Established as the Central College in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the school was later renamed in 1917 to Huntington College. In 1961 the College received its initial accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school adopted its current name of Huntington University. Today, the University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”
Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including nearly 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Over 70 different programs are available including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees. Huntington University is comprised of several departments, including Agricultural studies, Art, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Arts, Education, English, History and Political Science, Kinesiology and Sport Leadership, Language, Math, Ministry and Missions, Music, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Theatre, Worship Leadership, and the Institute for Leadership and Counseling. Located off of the Hoosier Heartland Highway, Huntington University’s large campus grounds feature Lake Sno-Tip and boast plenty of green space, trees and paths for walking and jogging.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. Established in 1920 by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, the school was originally called Marion College. Since that time, the institution has expanded and grown and now boasts a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree program offerings. Indiana Wesleyan University’s mission as a “Christ-centered academic community” is to remain “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, including more than 10,000 undergraduate programs, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.
Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. Situated on a sprawling campus, the University’s grounds feature several facilities built in a contemporary architectural style with clean lines, red brick and plenty of windows to let in the light. Among the University’s more notable features are its Chapel Auditorium, a 3,600-seat venue and the newest venue on campus, the Phillippe Auditorium, and the Baker Recital Hall.
College of the Ozarks
The College of the Ozarks (referred to as C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Point Lookout, Missouri. Since its founding in 1907, C of O has followed the highly unique practice of having students pay for tuition through a College work program. 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 cost and; as a result C of O has earned the unofficial nicknamed of “Hard Work U”. C of O places a strong emphasis on “character” education and is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, especially those students who are found worthy, but lack the means to obtain such an education. Dept of any kind is openly discourages by the administrators of the school and the College leads by example in that it 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 the subjects of 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. C of O’s rural 1,000 acres overlook Lake Taneycomo and the campus 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.
Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Established in 1947, the College began as a mere a vision held by the founder of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC). 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.” The College has a total enrollment of more than 1,700 students including nearly 1,500 undergraduates 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. Both undergraduate and graduate programs are available in more than 50 areas of study. 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 primarily contemporary – most of which are less than 15 years old – with light red-brown bricks and the College features some beautiful, unique buildings.
Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church in 1887, 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 this affiliation with the Baptist denomination and holds its accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 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 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 70 undergraduate majors are available 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. Situated on a large rural campus, most notable among Cedarville University’s facilities is its wonderful signature building, built in a modern architectural style. Cedar Lake serves as the main focal point on campus, with several buildings centered on it.
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 alma mater of notable Christian figures such as missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper, Wheaton College currently has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including approximately 2,500 undergraduates. The University’s 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. The 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. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s several departments which include the Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. Several 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 is set on a moderately sized campus which features a beautiful and well designed layout. Wheaton’s buildings are designed in a Classical, Romanesque architectural style with beautiful red brick and lovely white pillars. Just 25 miles west of Chicago, the campus is surrounded by trees and shrubs of all varieties, giving the area a beautiful, natural element.
Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University (abbreviated NNU) is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. Founded by Eugene Emerson, NNU was established in 1913 and is one of eight United States liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The University began as an elementary school and gradually evolved into a high school, followed by a junior college, and eventually 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 core 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. More than 60 areas of study are available with undergraduate majors offered in more than twenty subjects, as well as more than a dozen master’s degree programs, several accelerated degree programs and more. Situated on a 90-acre campus, NNU’s grounds have a park-like feel to them. The University’s facilities include more than 30 buildings along with residence halls, a soccer field, baseball field, softball field, tennis courts plus an Olympic-sized track. Most of NNU’s facilities favor a contemporary traditional look, including 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 into the building.
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 designated as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly and the area of Mount Vernon selected as its location for the primarily reason that it was within close 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 sites 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 is comprised of several schools and offers more than 80 areas of academic study. The University’s schools 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 also offers an Honors Program for gifted students which provides them with unique, challenging courses and special extracurricular opportunities within a supportive environment, all designed to help them to excel. Mount Vernon Nazarene University is situated on a large rural campus, bordering farmland and residential areas. The campus overlooks the Kokosing River and is well laid out with park-like landscaping and beautiful, classic brick buildings. On-campus housing is availale through one of the University’s four Residence Halls or in its 100-plus Townhouse style apartments.
Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College was established in 1876 and named in honor the Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, who served as prominent 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 describes its mission as being to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” 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 number of academic programs are offered through the College’s several departments which include a wide range 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 have a modern architectural look. Multiple ponds dot the landscape and an abundance of trees fill the grounds. Calvin College also offers a variety of on-campus housing options and multiple dining halls and is conveniently located a comfortable distance away from the interstate.
Taylor University is a private, co-educational, non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution located in Upland, Indiana. Called after William Taylor, an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church who traveled all over the world to evangelize, Taylor University was established in 1846. The mission of the University is to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” Nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign countries are represented in the University’s student body, with a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates students.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 available at the undergraduate level, including more than Bachelor of Arts 40 majors; over 60 Bachelor of Science majors; two Bachelor of Music majors; and an online Bachelor of Business. Taylor University also 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. Set 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 many paths. Noteworthy among Taylor University’s buildings are the memorial Prayer Chapel, a domed shaped building with a high steeple; Euler Science Complex; and the Samuel Morris Hall.
Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education affiliated with the Free Methodist Church and located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. The University was established by leaders of the denomination in 1873 and began 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 declares its mission 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. Comprised of four schools, the Gainey School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Human Services, more than 100 major undergraduate programs are offered. Several graduate programs are also available both onsite and online. The University is situated on a large and well laid out campus which boasts 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 the Hugh A and Edna C. White Library, McKenna Carillon Tower and surrounding University Plaza,village housing units and residence halls, and more.
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 with the intention of forming a college that would provide students with a quality Christian higher education taught from Reformed perspective. Trinity Christian College has ranked consistently within the top tier among Regional Colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The College boasts a diverse student body with more than enrolled students 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduates, 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. One of the key distinction of a Trinity education is that 100% of students participate in either field education or internships. This difference allows 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. Set on a suburban campus approximately 30 miles outside of Chicago, Trinity Christian College’s strategic location allows students to benefit from a variety of opportunities for internships, career advancement, service and cultural experiences. The campus itself is surrounded primarily by residential areas and boasts grounds with plenty of green space and an abundance of trees. The campus is well laid out and the architectural style of Trinity Christian College’s buildings is more contemporary with traditional red brick, and generous windows.
Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. The College was founded in 1882 and began as a small academy before 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 dedicated 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 boasts 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 and is 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. Set on a large rural campus in Sioux County, the College is surrounded primarily by residential communities and is near to a local park and dining areas. With beautiful grounds which boast plenty of trees and paths for walking or jogging, several impressive buildings dot the campus, including Zwemer Hall, Northwestern’s feature building and landmark. Built in 1894, the Hall was restored in 1997 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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.
Dordt College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America and located in Sioux Center, Iowa. Founded 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 established as the Midwest Christian Junior College, in April of 1956 the College was renamed Dordt College for the purpose 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. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools 1969. More than 30 majors and a dozen pre-professional programs of study are available, including the four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees. Dordt College’s curriculum is “designed to give each student a complete comprehensive education from a solid, Reformed, Christian perspective.” A residential college, the vast majority of students choose to live on campus in the College’s residence halls or in on-campus apartments. Set 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. Featuring facilities 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.
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
The University of Northwestern- St. Paul (often shorted to simply, Northwestern) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution located in the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Established in 1902, the new school began with just seven students and was originally named the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School, founded by pastor and evangelist, William Bell Riley. Northwestern’s mission statement declares 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.”
The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools offers a wide range of academic programs, including undergraduate degree programs in 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. Several adult undergraduate degree programs (degree completion) are also offered in addition to an Early College option for high school students which is available on-site, on-campus, or online. Northwestern is located next to Little Lake Johanna on a large suburban campus of more than 100 acres. The University’s campus grounds feature beautiful landscaping and facilities built in a classic architectural style. Northwestern’s dining hall boasts lovely views and features an impressive open-beam ceiling. Among the University’s more notable structures is the Billy Graham Community Life Commons, which was named in honor of the famous evangelist who served as the school’s second president. The building features gorgeous high windows, a tile roof, and lovely brick archways.