Most Beautiful Christian Colleges & Universities – West 2017

Continuing in our presentation of “Most Beautiful Campuses,”initially presented in the 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017, Christian Universities Online (CUO) now turns attention to the West.  Many of the schools listed on the Top 50 are showcased here as well; some may say that the Western portion of the country has an unfair advantage due to climate, time to plan and space.  As stated previously, by bringing the scope down to a regional level, some additional treasures made their way onto the list.  As you should be aware from our prior rankings, campus appearance should not necessarily be a primary criteria for making a decision; however, a pleasant environment in which to study and learn is not unimportant!  CUO is pleased to present the best the West has to offer when it comes to overall campus beauty.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. FPU was established in 1994 with a mission to develop “students for leadership and service through excellence in Christian higher education” and a vision to become a “leading Christian university known for academic excellence, innovative programming and spiritual vitality.” The university’s main 50 acre campus is located in the southeast Fresno area and FPU also maintains four regional campuses located in Central California, including the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961.

The only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley, Fresno Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of these students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), FPU has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent. FPU provides a four-year graduation guarantee and boasts fairly high retention and graduation rates. FPU highly values the on-campus living experience and requires that students under 21 years of age live on campus. Housing is offered with four different style options: modules, suites, apartments, and houses. Each house style is unique and offers its own advantages. Surrounded primarily by residential areas, FPU’s moderately-sized campus features a good layout with plenty of green space (including Ecklund Park and Holman Park), paths and trees. Architectural styles of the University’s facilities are blended with the Marpeck Center serving as a focal point on the campus. Other notable structures include FPU’s Memorial Prayer Chapel, Alumni Hall, East Hall, Hiebert Library, and Seminary House.

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution located in Spokane, Washington. Established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, the school was originally located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, having been renamed in honor of its founder, and in 1899 relocated first to Tacoma and again to its current location of Spokane in 1914. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to call the college Whitworth University, officially adopting the name in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and college, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Continuing Studies. Set on a beautiful, park-like campus, Whitworth’s sprawling grounds are filled with tall pine trees, lovely grassy areas and contemporary, red-brick buildings. Situated in a peaceful, natural setting, Whitworth has poured over $100 million into renovations to the college and grounds, including a new science hall, recreational center, and an expansion to The Cowles Music center, which opened in fall of 2016.

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LeTourneau University

Le Tourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. Founded by Mr. R.G. LeTourneau (for whom the University is named), in February of 1946 the State of Texas chartered the school as LeTourneau Technical Institute. The original purpose of LETU to be a training institute for veterans who had returned from World War II; however, the institution’s vision and scope quickly expanded and has only continued to throughout the years. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its educational centers located in Dallas and Houston as well as online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Le Tourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. The University offers traditional undergraduate degree programs in the areas of technology, the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences as well as four-year ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs. In addition to these, the University also offers a number of master’s degree programs in the areas of business, education, engineering and psychology. The University’s main campus is located in the suburbs and boasts plenty of green space, walking paths and trees with a good campus layout. With facilities built in a mix of modern and contemporary architectural styles, LETU’s signature clock tower serves as a focal point. Having invested millions of dollars into its state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment, most notable among LETU’s centers is the 53,000 square-foot Glaske Center for Engineering, Science and Technology, which features an auditorium for special lectures and events, cutting-edge laboratories, over 40,000 square-feet of facilities dedicated solely to Engineering, and much more.

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Grand Canyon University

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University is a coeducational, research institution and the premier private Christian university within the state. Established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, the school was originally called Grand Canyon College. After experiencing severe financial difficulties during the first part of the twenty-first century, in 2004 Grand Canyon University opted to become the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. Since making this change, the University has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  Grand Canyon University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The University’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

The University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs and is comprised of multiple colleges, including the College of Doctoral Studies, the Colangelo College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the College of Theology. Grand Canyon University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Grand Canyon University’s curriculum instructs students from a biblical worldview perspective and great emphasis is placed on teaching students to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. Situated on a large urban campus in the heart of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University boasts beautiful facilities and a well-designed campus layout. With buildings featuring a modern architectural design, Grand Canyon University’s athletic facilities have been described as a “hidden gem”, offering first-class amenities to students and athletes alike.

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Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Eugene, Oregon. NCU was established in 1895 by Eugene Claremont Sanderson as the Eugene Divinity School. Historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ, the school underwent a series of name changes before adopting its current one in 2008. NCU describes its mission as being “to develop competent, ethical leaders for service in the workplace, community, Church and world,” aspiring to be “a University characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.” NCU has a total enrollment of more than 700, including over 500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to one.

Northwest Christian University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and offers a wide range of undergraduate majors, adult degree programs, and graduate programs of study. Among the University’s most popular undergraduate majors are the subjects of Accounting, Business Administration, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Teacher Education (K-12). NCU places a strong value on the campus living experience, and requires that all students with less than 89 credits and who are under the age of 21 live on campus. A variety of different housing options are offered in order to better fit each student’s needs and each living area is equipped with both internet and security services. The campus itself is situated in a nice urban setting in the south end of the Willamette Valley, just off of the Franklin Blvd and a few blocks away from a large park and the Willamette River. NCU is located right in the heart of Eugene’s University district (and across from the University of Oregon), offering students easy access to such amenities as shopping, bookstores, eateries, coffee shops and more.

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Fullerton, California. Though a nondenominational institution, the University does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. HIU’s mission is “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” Established in 1928 as the Pacific Bible Seminary, by the 1960’s the school was granted accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. HIU’s main campus is strategically located in the city of Fullerton, in the heart of Orange County, California. HIU also operates the Anaheim Campus at Stadium Towers which serves as the main campus for the university’s online and graduate students, as well as an extension campus in Everett, Washington for working adults and graduate students.

Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, nearly 900 of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. HIU is offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of five Colleges, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business & Management, the College of Education, the Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies, and the College of Psychology & Counseling. HIU is situated on a sizable urban campus which has plenty of character, boasting many unique signature buildings built in the popular California-native Googie architectural style. A form of modern architecture in the 1930s through 1960s, Googie is known for its futuristic style, having received influence from the Space and Atomic Ages as well as from car culture. Boasting recently renovated state-of-the-art classrooms, student dining centers and lounges and much more, HIU is conveniently located just west of the 57 freeway.

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university. Founded in 1965 by the late evangelist Oral Roberts (for whom the University is named), ORU seeks to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and promises students a thorough education that is taught in the context of a “vibrant Christ-centered community.” A charismatic university, ORU’s motto is, “Make no little plans here,” and the University describes its mission as being to “build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing.” ORU holds accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Oral Roberts University is comprised of five colleges, namely the College of Arts and Cultural Studies, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Theology and Ministry. More than 65 undergraduate majors are available as well as more than a dozen graduate programs and two doctoral degrees, plus the University’s degree completion programs and online degrees. ORU has a total enrollment figure of more than3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. ORU is situated on a 263 acre campus located in south Tulsa, the second-largest city in the state, which, as a thriving metropolis, offers a wide array of both internship and professional opportunities in addition to its cultural and recreational resources.  ORU’s campus boasts plenty of green space and facilities designed in a modern architectural style. ORU boasts some incredible and unique structures, especially noteworthy is the 30 ton bronze statue, Praying Hands, located at the entrance of the campus. Created by sculptor Leonard McMurray, the statue is the world’s largest pair of praying hands.

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Vanguard University of Southern California

Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, located in Costa Mesa, California and affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. The University’s heritage reaches back to 1920 when a school was opened for the original purpose of preparing Christian workers for the various ministries of the church. Formerly called the Southern California Bible School, by 1939 the institution was chartered by the State of California to be eligible to grant degrees, making it the first four-year institution of the Assemblies of God. The school’s name was changed to Southern California Bible College at this time as the college continued to grow, receiving regional accreditation and membership in the Western Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1999, the college attained university status and adopted its current name.

Vanguard University is comprised of several academic departments, including: the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; Department of Biology; Department of Business & Management; Department of Chemistry; Department of Communication; Department of English; Department of History and Political Science; Department of Kinesiology; Department of Liberal Studies; Department of Mathematics; Department of Music; Department of Psychology; Department of Religion; and the Department of Theatre Arts. Bachelor of Arts or Science degrees in 30 majors and concentrations are available in addition to Adult Degree Completion programs and several Graduate Studies options. The University has an enrollment figure of over 2,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Vanguard University is situated on a busy, urban campus which is conveniently located off of the Costa Mesa Freeway. The University’s facilities feature a beautiful Spanish-style architecture, fitting for its location, with classic red roofs and white exterior.

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB) is a private, co-educational, Christian institution of higher learning located in Belton, Texas. The University was founded in 1845 by the Republic of Texas holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating college in the state, UMHB. Established as the Baylor Female College, in 1886 the school separated from Baylor, moving to Belton and underwent a series of name changes. By 1971, the-then oldest college for women west of the Mississippi formally decided to become co-educational and the first male students were admitted. The mission of UMHB is to prepare students “for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society.” Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the university is committed to “academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education”.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The University is comprised of seven colleges and schools, including the College of Christian Studies, College of Education, College of Humanities and Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Visual & Performing Arts, McLane College of Business, and UMHB’s Graduate School. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,800 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1. A large percentage of UMHB’s full-time freshmen live on campus and the school offers student housing in the form of apartments or in one of UMHB’s residential halls, which are separated into male and female dormitories. UMHB’s campus is dotted with trees, boasts a man-made pond, plenty of green space, and has a nice overall layout. The University’s facilities feature a more traditional design with classic red brick buildings, white accents, and plenty of generous windows to let in the sunlight.

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The Master's University

The Master’s University (previously known as The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. Founded in 1927, the University was originally called the Los Angeles Baptist College. John F. MacArthur serves as the University’s president and the University is affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly. The Master’s University’s mission is to “empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including more than 1,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The Master’s University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1975.

A comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, a wide range of programs are available through The Master’s with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. Undergraduate majors include the areas of Biblical Studies, Business, Communication, Computer & Information Science, English, Family & Consumer Sciences, History/Political Studies, Kinesiology/ Physical Education, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Sciences, and Teacher Education. Several graduate-level degrees are offered through the University’s Graduate Studies department well as through other departments with programs including the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Master of Business Administration, as well as a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy which are available through the Master’s Seminary. The University’s grounds feature beautiful contemporary architecture with facilities that suggest a mountain resort feel to them, with exposed beams and stone exteriors. The campus has a good layout and offers beautiful views of the mountains on the horizon.

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Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution, located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Southern Nazarene University grew out of several small colleges that were committed to the training of individuals for the service of God and their fellow man. Formally established in 1899, today the Southern Nazarene University’s mission is clear: “To make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ-centered community.” Southern Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including more than 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Southern Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A broad range of undergraduate academic majors and programs as well as graduate-level programs and degrees are available through the University’s several colleges. These include the College of Humanities, the College of Natural, Social & Health Sciences, the College of Professional & Graduate Studies, and the College of Teaching & Learning. Situated on a pretty, 40 acre campus off the Northwest 39th Expressway and on just west of Oklahoma City, Southern Nazarene University’s grounds feature beautiful walkways, fountains, and a good amount of green space and trees. The campus facilities favor a contemporary architectural design with a traditional feel, with red brick, white stone accents, and generous windows. The University boasts several beautiful residence buildings, including Asbury Apartments, Chapman Apartments, and Imel Townhouses. High value is placed on the campus living experience and all undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to live on-campus as part of Southern Nazarene University’s residential community.

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California. Biola University was founded in 1908, beginning as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, founded by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, as well as by Presbyterian minister and author, Thomas C. Horton, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian institution which strives to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” A leader in both academic quality and innovation, the University ranks among the nation’s foremost Christian universities and has been recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. Biola University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations are offered and all undergraduate students are required to take courses in General Education, Biblical Studies in addition to their Major Coursework. A variety of graduate programs are also available at Biola through the Talbot School of Theology, the Crowell School of Business, the Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Science, Technology and Health. Biola University is situated on a compact, urban campus and surrounded primarily by a large residential area. The University’s facilities are built in a contemporary style using traditional materials, resulting in a pleasing, and interesting style. The grounds offer plenty of green space, trees, and paths for walking and jogging.

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Corban University

Corban University is a private, coeducational, independent Christian institution located in Salem, Oregon. Self-described as a “gospel-driven community of scholars and leaders who seek to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice”, Corban University was originally established in 1935 as a bible institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The school moved a total of three times, once in 1946 to Oakland, California, then to El Cerrito, California in the mid-1950’s and finally to its current location in Salem, Oregon in 1969. The University’s name was also changed a number of times before university status was granted and its current name was chosen. Called after the ancient Hebrew word meaning, “a gift dedicated to God”, the University’s mission is to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as a gift dedicated to the service of Christ.

Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Offering a wide range of associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees, Corban University’s undergraduate programs include the subjects of Business, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Science, History and Government, Mathematics, Ministry, Music, and Psychology. One of the first universities to make online learning available to its students, Corban University has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the U.S. and in the west. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of over 1,200, including more than 1,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University’s campus is nestled against woods, surrounded by fields and boasts a beautiful mountain view. Corban University’s facilities are primarily built in a contemporary architectural style including a unique clock tower, many having a mountain resort feel to them.

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The University was established in 1950 as Central Christian College, originally. OC’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.” Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966, OC has received national recognitions by names such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, nearly 2,000 of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Oklahoma Christian University offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study and is comprised of five different academic divisions. These include the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Graduate degrees offered by OC include the Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity, and the Master of Theological Studies. More than 80% of students live on campus in one of OC’s twelve residence halls and nine apartment complexes. Operating off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and bordering the city of Edmond, this strategic location allows students to enjoy all the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, while living within the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere.  OC’s campus features a well-planned layout and boasts several unique facilities built in a modern architectural style. The campus grounds include a large pond and a fair amount of green space and trees.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (commonly abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, firmly established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, APU was established in 1899 by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier. The first Bible college to be founded in the state of California, the school was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination have been severed as APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

1Azusa Pacific University boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. The University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs and is comprised of several colleges and schools. These include the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). The University’s sprawling campus is set in the middle of town and offers a fair amount of green space and trees with facilities designed in a modern architectural style. Views of the surrounding mountains can be seen from the campus, though the grounds themselves offer a more urban feel to them.

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East Texas Baptist University

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

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

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Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University (abbreviated HSU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Abilene, Texas. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, HSU was established in 1891 as the Abilene Baptist College by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors. One year after its founding, the school was renamed Simmons College in honor of James B. Simmons, an early contributor to the school. In 1925 the college adopted its current name, adding the name Hardin in honor of Mary and John G. Hardin, who were also major contributors to the school. Today, HSU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. The University’s mission is “to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.” HSU has a total enrollment figure of about 2,000, including more than 1,600 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Hardin-Simmons University offers an undergraduate education based in the liberal arts that is academically challenging and which advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree programs. A wide range of programs and degrees are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Fine Arts; Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts; Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics; Irvin School of Education; Kelley College of Business; Logsdon School of Theology; Logsdon Seminary; Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing; and HSU’s Graduate Studies. Located on a beautifully landscaped campus of 220 acres, HSU boasts more than 30 major facilities, including six residence halls and two apartment complexes. Featuring classic brick architecture the school’s gold, dome-topped, red brick clock tower serves as its signature building. Deciduous trees dot the campus and the University makes good use of its space with a well designed layout.

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Located in Irvine, California, CUI was founded in 1976 in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. Created for the original purpose of serving students in the Pacific Southwest, CUI was first known as Christ College Irvine; in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine, making CUI the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the University declares that its mission is to be “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, [to empower] students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Concordia University Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. A wide range of traditional undergraduate majors are available as well as advanced graduate degrees, online Bachelor degree programs designed for working professionals and a number of nursing programs. Located on a moderately sized, suburban, hilltop campus, CUI’s grounds are compact, and feature a modern architectural style. Bordered on two sides by Sand Canyon Wash and residential neighborhoods, the University is a convenient, yet comfortable distance away from the San Diego Freeway. Noteworthy among the University’s facilities is the Good Shepherd Chapel, which offers a gorgeous lookout view of the entire Irvine Valley; the CU Center, a unique dome-shaped building where students and staff gather daily for chapel; and the Founder’s Hall.

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California Baptist University

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

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

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Colorado Christian University

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

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

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Oklahoma Baptist University

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

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

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George Fox University

George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was established in 1885 by a group of Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school was renamed Pacific College and in 1949 had its name changed again, this time to George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) after the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University declares that its mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959. More than 40 undergraduate majors are available as well as several adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree programs offered in the areas of business, counseling, education, physical therapy, and psychology. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report. The University sits on a large urban campus and Hess Creek runs through its grounds which border U.S. Route 99W. An abundance of trees fill the area, giving the campus a delightful park-like feel. George Fox University boasts several modern facilities and a unique, centrally located clock tower.

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Houston Baptist University

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

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

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university. Located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, OKWU was established by the Wesleyan Church for the purpose of providing a higher education within a Christian environment to Wesleyan youth. Over the years the scope and reaching of the school has increased, due largely in part to a series of mergers between several different schools, including the Colorado Bible College, the Pilgrim Bible College, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute. In 1972, the new school merged yet again, this time with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college. OKWU’s mission is to be a place of “serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of the Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.” The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 1,500, including nearly 1,300 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University offers a variety of academic programs through its several schools which include the Chesapeake Energy School of Business; the School of Arts & Sciences; the School of Ministry & Christian Thought; the School of Education; the School of Nursing; and OKWU’s Adult and Graduate department. The University holds its accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Situated on a beautiful and well-planned campus, OKWU’s grounds include a large pond with a fountain and plenty of green space and walking paths. Several eye-catching buildings fill the campus, built in a modern Spanish-inspired style with its classic red roofing and white stone exterior. Set against a residential area, a variety of trees dot the campus and surround it in the nearby neighborhoods.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. DBU was founded in 1898 as the first two-year institution of higher education in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school, originally known as Decatur Baptist College, relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College (university status was not achieved until 1985). Today, DBU describes its mission as being to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” DBU has a total enrollment figure of more than 5,000, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

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