In conjunction with our 50 Most Beautiful Bible Colleges 2017, Christian Universities Online (CUO) is pleased to share what we consider to be the 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South 2017. You will see some familiar campuses, however by bringing the scope down to a regional level, some additional treasures have made their way into the ranking. While campus appearance should not be a primary criteria for determining where to attend, 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 South has to offer when it comes to campus beauty.
This ranking employs the same methodology found in our earlier ranking, 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S. 2016. In both of these rankings, we have attempted to consider a variety of categories and weighted them equally to provide as objective of a ranking as possible. The categories considered include 1) Continuity of campus, 2) Architectural style, 3) Signature building(s), and 4) Natural setting. The scores in each category were standardized and then combined to rank these top 25 schools. Lastly, each school considered in this ranking are either a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or considered member eligible.
If you have an Alma Mater or another institution in this region that you feel like we overlooked, don’t hesitate to contact us for we are actively seeking new schools to consider not in this ranking but in each of our rankings. We look forward to hearing from you!
Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution located in Central, South Carolina. In 1906 Southern Wesleyan University was established as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states. The school underwent several name changes throughout its first eighty-plus years, adopting its current name in 1994 when the school was granted university. Southern Wesleyan University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.” Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. Southern Wesleyan University offers a wide variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well graduate and adult learning programs offered in the evenings and online.
Southern Wesleyan University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including over 1,000 undergraduate students; the University’s average student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Southern Wesleyan University offers on-campus housing to students through its three residential halls and student apartments. While the University operates multiple campuses, Southern Wesleyan University’s main campus is located in Central, an area with a total population of about 5,000. The University’s main campus is located off of US Route 93 and is surrounded primarily by residential areas and large wooded areas. Trees fill the campus and the layout of the buildings appears to be well planned. The architectural style of the University’s buildings has a more modern/ contemporary feel to it. Notable facilities include the Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center which was completed in 2008 and has an auditorium seating capacity of 1000; Bryant Lodge, the University’s lob cabin retreat which is located in a scenic woodland park setting which overlooks and small pond; and the Newby Education Center.
Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Jerry Falwell, Sr., who served as Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, established the institution in 1971 by as Liberty Baptist College, originally. By 1976 the college had achieved university status and was renamed Liberty University. Today Liberty University is the largest Christian university in the world and the fifth largest university of any type in the United States. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” The University’s mission statement continues, stating that Liberty 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Liberty University offers an incredible number of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree programs.
Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000, including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students; the average student to faculty ratio at Liberty University is 18 to 1. On-campus housing is offered to students in the form of several traditional residence halls as well as The Annex, which is located a short distance away from campus. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Liberty University boasts a large and sprawling campus, conveniently located off of U.S. Route 460, with a densely wooded area bordering one side of the campus and a largely residential area on the other. Liberty University’s buildings showcase a Jeffersonian architectural style, which was a favorite of founder, Jerry Fallwell, Sr. In 2011 a plan for major renovation of the campus was put into action for the purpose of updating the campus in terms of both functionality and appearances.
Trevecca Nazarene University
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution. In 1901 Trevecca Nazarene University was established as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School by J. O. McClurkan , a Cumberland Presbyterian minister. Originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance, in 1911 the school’s name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers after the school began offering bachelor’s degrees. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and underwent several changes, earning its university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The school’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 2,000, including over 1,500 undergraduate students; the average student to faculty ratio is 18 to 1. Trevecca Nazarene University offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls and requires that all students under the age of 23 live on-campus, with certain exceptions. Located on an urban campus, Trevecca Nazarene University borders US Hwy 41 to one side and Browns Creek on another. The University’s campus grounds feature beautiful landscaping with fountains, green space, walkways, and an abundance of trees. Several of the University’s buildings have a historic feel to them and feature a warm, light brown stone exterior. One of Trevecca Nazarene University’s more memorable buildings is the Waggoner Library which features an impressive dome-like front, white columns and generous amount of windows.
North Greenville University
North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina. North Greenville University was originally founded in 1891 as the North Greenville High School – the first high school in the northern section of Greenville County. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, the school was renamed the North Greenville Baptist Academy in 1915. By 1934 the academy had expanded to include a junior college and the school was eventually awarded university status in 2006, at which time it adopted its current name. North Greenville University’s mission is to “prepare students to become better contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian worldview and lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service.” The University’s mission continues, “Christ is preeminent in all University curricular and co-curricular programs, teaching, research, and service activities.”
North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. North Greenville University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students; the University’s average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. North Greenville University currently houses approximately 1,500 students on its campus in one of the university’s several residence halls, which are split between men’s and women’s halls. The University is located on a spacious campus which borders at least two main roads, allowing for easy access to and from the University. North Greenville University boasts rich green lawns and densely wooded areas. A fountain and a stone wall bearing the University’s emblem greet students and visitors as they step onto the campus.
Williams Baptist College
William Baptist College is a private, coeducational, four-year institution of higher education located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Established in 1941 as a two-year college, the school was originally named the Southern Baptist College. It was not until 1984 that the college began awarding baccalaureate degrees and in 1991 the college adopted its current name of William Baptist College in honor of founder and first president, Dr. H. E. Williams. William Baptist College is operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1963. The College’s mission is to “provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.” William Baptist College’s vision is to “produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.” More than 25 majors and pre-professional programs are offered by Williams Baptist College and the College has been ranked among the top tier of southern colleges and universities by US News & World Report.
Williams Baptist College has a total enrollment figure of just over 550 students, all of whom are undergraduates; the average student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Located in northeast Arkansas, the community of Walnut Ridge is a small city with a population of about 5,000. Williams Baptist College is a short drive from two larger cities, Jonesboro and Paragould, which offer students several options for entertainment, restaurants, and shopping. William Baptist College itself is located on a beautiful 200 acre campus and surrounded by green fields. The campus grounds are well laid out with trees dotting the area. Williams Baptist College’s campus features a number of notable buildings, particularly Manley Chapel which features a high, pointed roof supported by two large pillars and exposed wooden beams with a large window in the front of the structure.
Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Montreat, North Carolina. Montreat College is an interdenominational institution, established in 1897 by John C. Collins, a Congregationalist minister from New Haven, Connecticut as the Mountain Retreat Association. 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, evolve and grow, finally becoming a baccalaureate institution in 1986. Today, 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. Montreat College’s mission is to educate “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 700 undergraduate students; the average student to faculty ratio at the College is 12 to 1. Residential students are offered housing in one of Montreat College’s four residence halls; built between 1942 and 1968, each building has been renovated and though each hall is unique in its own way, all feature beautiful stone exteriors which show both warmth and character. Nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Montreat College Flat Creek runs along the campus grounds which are surrounded by an abundance of deciduous trees. Many of Montreat College’s facilities have a mountain-retreat look and feel to them, with stone exteriors and exposed wooden beams inside. In the autumn time students have faculty enjoy a truly spectacular view when the trees put on their vibrant display of color.
Anderson University - SC
Anderson University is a private, selective, comprehensive Christian institution located in Anderson, South Carolina. Though formally established in 1911, Anderson University traces its roots all the way back to the initial founding of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. While the seminary was forced to shut down due to both the untimely death of its founder, Rev. William Bullein Johnson, and the onset of the Civil War, the school was later resurrected in the form of Anderson College and eventually renamed Anderson University. Anderson University’s mission as an “academic community, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention” is to provide “a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement.” Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959.
Anderson University boasts a total enrollment figure of over 3,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students; the University’s average student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. Resident students are offered housing in one of Anderson University’s 21 different on-campus residence halls – including both traditional dormitories and apartment-style suites, – each of which is unique. Anderson, the city where the University is located, serves as the county seat for Anderson County and has a total population of approximately 27,000. Anderson University operates off of a 270 acre campus which is surrounded by a heavily wooded, residential area. The architectural style of Anderson University’s facilities is classical revival style, with its red brick and Grecian columns, which is common for southern collegiate institutions yet still impressive in its beauty. The campus itself is well laid out with beautifully landscaped grounds and plenty of deciduous trees.
Located in Clinton, Mississippi, Mississippi College is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. Established in 1826, Mississippi College is the oldest college in the state of Mississippi as well as the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the nation. Mississippi College boasts a long and rich history which includes nearly two centuries, multiple wars and much change and growth. In 1831 Mississippi College became the first coeducational college in the United States to grant degrees to women. Mississippi 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 Business, Christian Studies & the Arts, Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, Nursing, and Science & Mathematics
Mississippi College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 5,000, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students; the College’s average student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1. On-campus housing is offered to students in the form of several residence halls which are split between men’s and women’s dormitories. The city of Clinton, where the College is located, is within the Jackson metropolitan area and is the tenth largest city in the state with a population of over 25,000. Mississippi College itself is situated on a 320-acre, suburban campus which is conveniently located right off of the main highway. Mississippi College’s grounds are bordered by forests and residential communities with plenty of deciduous trees dotting the campus’s well landscaped grounds. Mississippi College’s buildings are designed in classic-revival architectural style, featuring beautiful red brick, white pillars and generous windows which let in the sunshine.
Campbellsville University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the city of Campbellsville, Kentucky. Established in 1906, Campbellsville University began as the Russell Creek Academy, a boy’s school, founded by the Russell Creek Baptist Association. Over the years the Academy gradually evolved into a fully accredited college, adding to its offerings and creating a four-year curriculum. As the school continued to expand, several graduate programs were also eventually added and in 1996 the college achieved university status, adopting its current name. Today Campbellsville University offers a variety of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools including the Carver School of Social Work & Counseling; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business & Economics; School of Education; School of Music; School of Nursing; School of Theology; and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Several programs are offered in the form of both traditional on-campus classes as well as in an online format.
Campbellsville University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1963. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,400, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Located in Campbellsville, an area with a total population of about 10,000, Campbellsville University is situated on a spacious campus of 95 acres. Buck Horn Creek runs across the road from the campus and the University is conveniently located right off of the main road, allowing for easy access. Bordered by residential areas, the campus is well laid out in the center of town. Deciduous trees dot the campus landscape with scattered, grassy areas. Featuring traditional brick buildings, a large, modern-style clock tower serves as a campus landmark.
University of Mobile
The University of Mobile is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Prichard, Alabama. Established in 1961, the University of Mobile was originally founded as a junior college in affiliation with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Formerly known as Mobile College, the school adopted its current name when it achieved university status in the early 1990s. The University of Mobile is “intentionally dedicated to Biblically-based Christian culture in heritage, faith, and practice” and is committed to “providing educational programs of the highest quality to its students.” The University of Mobile is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1968. The University of Mobile is made up of multiple colleges and schools – namely the College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Christian Ministries; School of Education; and the School of Nursing – through which are offered number of both undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs.
The University of Mobile boasts a total enrollment figure of 1,600, including more than 1,400 undergraduate students. On-campus housing is available to students through the University of Mobile’s several residential halls which are offered with either suite style or private style rooms. Located just outside of Mobile Alabama, a city with a population of over 194,000, the University of Mobile is situated on a sprawling, suburban campus of 880 acres near Chickasaw Creek. Nestled in the middle of a forest with two small ponds near the edge of the campus, the University of Mobile’s grounds are well laid out and feature a natural looking landscaped. Many of the University’s buildings feature a beautiful classical-revival architectural style, with light brick, white pillars, and plenty of windows.
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 was originally founded as an all-women’s college called the Cherokee Baptist Female College. In 1877 the school was renamed Shorter Female College after Alfred and Martha Shorter who made generous financial contributions to the college. It was not until the 1950’s that male students were admitted and the school became officially coeducational. In 2010 the school adopted its current name of Shorter University in order 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers several undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges and schools as well as several online programs.
Shorter University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students. Shorter University offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls. Shorter University’s main campus is nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, in Rome, a city with a total population of nearly 36,000, just over 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. Set on a suburban campus of 155 acres, Shorter University’s grounds are surrounded by a densely wooded forest which borders the Coosa River. The University’s architectural style is classic collegiate with beautiful red brick and white pillar buildings which feature a generous amount of windows. The campus landscape is beautifully kept with garden areas, a small fountain, and plenty of green space.
Carson-Newman University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. A historically Baptist institution, Carson-Newman University was the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists, founded in 1851 as the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminar. Before long, the school’s name was changed to Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 the school was again renamed Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson who donated a portion of his estate to the college. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, and merged the two names together, creating Carson-Newman College. In 2012 the college achieved its university status. Carson-Newman University’s vision is to be “the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service” with a mission to help “students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.” Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927.
Carson-Newman University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs along with several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs that may be earned either on-campus or online. Carson-Newman University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 1,700 undergraduate students. All full-time students are required to live on campus with a few exceptions; Carson-Newman University offers on-campus housing to students through its several dormitories and apartments which are split between men’s and women’s residencies. Situated on a rural, 90 acre campus, the University’s grounds are well laid out and feature beautiful landscaping with several varieties of deciduous trees filling the campus. Surrounded by residential neighborhoods, Carson-Newman University is conveniently located a comfortable distance away from the main highway, providing easy access to and from the campus.
Emmanuel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Emmanuel College was established in 1919 originally as the Franklin Springs Institute which, in its early years offered high school courses in addition to three college level courses. In 1931 the school was forced to shut its doors due to the Great Depression. Two years later, however, the Institute reopened and a new focus was placed on transforming the high school into a four-year college. In 1939 the Institute adopted its current name of Emmanuel College and by 1991 the school achieved its four-year accreditation. Emmanuel College’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered liberal arts institution that strives to prepare students to become Christ-like disciples who integrate faith, learning and living for effective careers, scholarship and service.” Emmanuel College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1967. Emmanuel College offers both bachelors and associate degree programs in a wide variety of majors through its four schools.
Emmanuel College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. All full-time students are required to live on Emmanuel College’s campus in one of the college-owned residence halls unless certain criteria are met. Located in the small town of Franklin Springs, an area with a population of about 1,000, Emmanuel College sits nestled in the foothills of the scenic Appalachian Mountains. The College’s cozy, rural, 80 acre campus is surrounded by a densely wooded area and Emmanuel College’s grounds feature beautiful, natural landscaping. Classic, red brick buildings dot Emmanuel College’s campus and the College is close to a number of local attractions including Lake Hartwell and the Victoria Bryant State Park.
Union University is a private, coeducational, four-year, liberal arts university located in Jackson, Tennessee. In addition to its main campus in Jackson, Union University also operates two extension campuses in Germantown and Henderson, Tennessee. Union University’s mission is to provide a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.” Union University has received a number of major recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and has been ranked in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, among others. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and established in 1823, Union University holds the distinction of being the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated institution. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs in the areas of Arts & Sciences, Business Administration, Education & Human Studies, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Theology & Missions.
Union University’s total enrollment figure reaches approximately 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign nations represented in the student body. Many of Union University’s students choose to live on campus and freshman housing is offered in the school’s Heritage Residence Complex while apartments in The Quads are reserved for upperclass students. Union University is situated on a gorgeous 290 acre campus which is conveniently located right off of the main highway and is close by to local eating and shopping areas. The campus layout is centered around the school’s Clock Tower which serves as Union University’s signature building. Built in a traditional classic-revival architectural style, with its red brick and white pillars, Union University’s facilities are beautiful and the campus boasts more than one notable building, particularly the Union University Library which features a stunning dome roof with a small steeple and cross and a generous amount of windows.
Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Originally founded in 1883 by Lewis Fitzhugh as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, the college was later donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States. In 1954 Belhaven University became a fully coeducational institution when the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students. Belhaven University’s mission is to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” Belhaven University’s 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 offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, since 1946.
Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students. Belhaven University requires that all full-time freshman and sophomore students under the age of 21 live on-campus, unless certain exceptions are met. On-campus housing is available in one of the University’s several residence halls. Situated on an urban, 42 acre campus, Belhaven University’s grounds are surrounded by a large residential area. The campus features a large pond and plenty of green space which is beautifully landscaped with its lush lawns and deciduous trees. Belhaven University’s beautiful buildings feature a blend of both classical-revival and contemporary styles. Most notable among its structures is Belhaven’s 40,000 square foot Student Center- an impressive building with green, conical roofing, and large, stunning windows which opened in January of 2002.
Southeastern University is a private Christian liberal arts institution, located just outside of Tampa in Lakeland, Florida, a city with a population of over 100,000. 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 and from 1940 through 1942 the new school was 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 became Southeastern University.
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). More than 70 academic programs are offered at Southeastern University in a variety of field through the University’s several colleges, including 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 on a suburban campus of 88 acres, Southeastern University’s grounds overlook Lake Holloway. Southeastern University feature beautifully landscaped grounds that have the look and feel of a vacation spot. Trees dot the well designed campus layout and modern residence halls allow students to enjoy resort-style living while on campus.
Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent University is a private, Christian research institution. Established in 1977, the University was originally called the Christian Broadcasting Network University by CBN founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson. The original purpose of the University was to prepare “leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges was granted in 1984 and in 1990, the University adopted its current name. Regent University’s mission is 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 has received multiple national awards and recognitions, including being named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in 2015.
Regent University offers a wide range of academic programs, ranging from undergraduate majors to graduate-level programs. More than 95 different and fully accredited areas of study are offered by Regent University both on-campus and online through the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and seven graduate schools. Regent University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 6,000 students, including more than 2,000 undergraduates; the University’s average student to faculty ratio is 32 to 1. Situated on a 70-acre suburban campus, Regent University features gorgeous buildings which are designed in classic Georgian-style architecture. A pond is located just behind the University’s main entrance and the campus features a well designed layout. Outside of Regent’s campus attractions, the University is conveniently located a mere 16 miles away from the Atlantic Ocean and is just an hour’s drive away from the beautiful, historic town of Colonial Williamsburg.
Located in Lake Wales, Florida, Warner University is a private coeducational Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1968 by pastors and laity within the Church of God denomination, the school was originally called Warner Southern College. Renamed Warner University in 2008, the 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. Made up of three schools – School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and the School of Education – Warner University offers more than 25 liberal arts and professional undergraduate majors as well as three graduate level programs.
Warner University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 – the majority of which are undergraduate students. On-campus housing is offered to students in the form of traditional residence halls. Warner University’s sprawling 360 acre campus is located in the geographic center of the state of Florida, in between Tampa and Orlando. Lake Wales, where the University is located, is a city in Polk County with a total population of just over 15,000. Warner’s campus is well landscaped and surrounded by a large, wooded area. The architectural style of Warner University’s facilities is contemporary with beautiful, clean lines and plenty of windows. Palm trees dot the campus and the layout of the campus is well designed.
Bryan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dayton, Tennessee. Founded in 1930 during the aftermath of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, Bryan College represents the fulfillment William Jennings Bryan’s desire that an institution would be built in Dayton, “to teach truth from a Biblical perspective.” Originally named the William Jennings Bryan University, the school was founded “for the purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a university for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible.” Designated as the William Jennings Bryan College in 1958, the school’s name eventually shorted to its current form in 1993. Bryan College’s mission is to educate “students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”
Bryan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. A variety of residential undergraduate degree programs are offered as well as several adult and graduate studies. Bryan College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, the majority of which are undergraduate students. On-campus housing is offered to students through the College’s four residential halls and student townhouses. Bryan College is situated on a beautiful, rural 125 acre campus which is nestled in the beautiful mountains of Tennessee. Bryan College’s architectural style is more contemporary, favoring clean lines; the College’s signature chapel building (featured in the logo) features three large arches with tall glass windows. Bryan College’s campus is well planned, lush green lawns and an abundance of deciduous trees. Located next to Chickamauga Lake, Bryan College also borders the Dayton Municipal Park and the campus fits in well with its natural surroundings.
Asbury University is a private, four-year, Christian institution of higher education located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Established in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes, the University was first called the Kentucky Holiness College before changing its name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who became known the “Father of American Methodism”. Though it was originally founded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, Asbury University is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all denominations. Asbury boasts more than 22,000 living alumni who are located all over the world, serving and leading in every state in the Union and at least 80 foreign nations. Asbury University offers a number of programs through its five colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences; the Howard Dayton School of Business; the School of Communication Arts; the School of Education; and the School of Graduate & Professional Studies.
A total of nearly 2,000 students are enrolled, including more than 1,500 undergraduates. Living on campus is an experience that is highly valued by Asbury University and the majority of undergraduate students choose to reside on campus in one of the University’s several residence halls. The area of Wilmore, where Asbury is located, offers a delightful small-town feel with a population of just over 3,600. Located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington, Kentucky, the school is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres. Asbury University’s layout is well designed and features stunningly beautiful buildings, built in a classic revival architectural style with generous amounts of windows which allow light to stream in throughout the day. The red brick and white pillars create a remarkable contrast against the University’s green lawns. Deciduous trees line the walkways on the campus, giving the area a park-like feel and adding vibrant color to the campus during the autumn months.
Bluefield College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bluefield, Virginia. Affiliated with the Baptist General Association of Virginia (BGAV), Bluefield College was established in 1922 as a two-year junior college by the BGAV on land donated by local residents. By 1975 Bluefield College had reinvented itself as a four-year institution. Today, Bluefield College is dedicated to serving as the premier Christ-centered Liberal Arts college in Virginia and to “preparing innovated learners and transformational leaders to impact a changing world.” The College’s vision is to “graduate servant leaders who understand their life calling and transform the world.” Bluefield College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges, and has been so since 1949. Known for having “service-minded students” and a compassionate campus community, Bluefield College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students.
Bluefield College provides nearly 40 academic offerings and awards the Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degrees through its several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Letters, the College of Sciences, the College of Professional Programs, the School of Nursing, and the School of Education. Bluefield College’s main campus is located in the town of Bluefield, Virginia, a area of about 5,500 citizens. Nestled in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains, Bluefield College’s campus encompasses 82 acres which is surrounded by incredible natural beauty and opportunity for plenty of outdoor adventures including canoeing, hiking, skiing, rock-climbing, spelunking, and white-water rafting. Featuring stunning, classically designed red brick and white pillar buildings that are typical of many of the most beautiful southern colleges and universities, Bluefield College’s campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston Southern University was originally established in 1964 and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Beginning with an initial student body of just under 600, Charleston Southern University has grown into an institution of more than 3,500 (including just over 3,000 undergraduate students) with a 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” with a 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’s beautiful, 300 acre, suburban campus is situated in the historic town of Charleston, an area with a population of over 127,000. Surrounded by trees and shrubbery, Charleston Southern University’s buildings are centered on a lovely, clear, blue pond. One of the 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.
Faulkner University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Montgomery, Alabama. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Faulkner University was established in 1942 as the Montgomery Bible School. In 1953 the school was renamed the Alabama Christian College and in 1965 the College moved to its present-day location. In 1985 the school achieved university status and adopted 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 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 through its several colleges, centers and institutes, including 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. Faulkner University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students; the University’s average student to faculty ratio is 15 to 1. Faulkner University’s main 84 acre campus is located in Alabama’s state capitol, a city with a population of over 200,000. The school’s campus layout and design is well planned and makes 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.
Located in Due West, South Carolina, Erskine College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Originally established in 1839 as an academy for men by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South, the College was named after Ebenezer Erskine, one of the founders of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Though women were admitted into classes as early as 1894 it was not until 1899 that Erskine College became officially coeducational. The mission of Erskine College is 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925. Erskine College offers 18 undergraduate majors in addition to its graduate programs.
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 a residential institution and all students are expected to reside in one of the college’s Residence Halls and eat in the dining hall during their normal academic term for the purpose of experiencing and benefiting the most from the opportunities that Erskine College has to offer. Due West, where Erskine College is located, offers students a small-town feel, with a population of less than 2,000. A rural college, Erskine College boasts a lovely 90 acre campus which features beautiful, natural landscaping. Trees fill the campus, giving Erskine a lovely view particularly during the autumn months when the foliage is arrayed in brilliant color. Beautiful, classic, collegiate red brick and white pillar structures dot the campus in a layout that is carefully planned and well executed.
Covenant College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Established in 1955 as an agency of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California, the following year the college moved to St. Louis Missouri and became affiliated with the Bible Presbyterian Church-Columbus Synod (now known as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church). In 1964 the College moved once again to its present location in Georgia and is now an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. Covenant College’s mission is 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 both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of areas.
Covenant College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 – the majority of which are undergraduate students. Covenant College offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls and student apartments. Covenant College’s 400 acre campus is situated on a picturesque mountaintop site in the scenic town of Lookout Mountain. Surrounded by a heavily wooded area, each Fall students enjoy a glorious display of autumn color. The John Smartt Trail and the Jackson Gap Trail run directly behind the campus, providing students with opportunity to enjoy the wonder of the outdoors. The College’s architectural style is both beautiful and consistent; many of the buildings feature a generous amount of windows which show off the areas with magnificent views and allow students and faculty to see and enjoy the natural beauty surrounding them and feel the warm sunshine which streams all throughout the day.