50 Best Bible Colleges 2017

Christian Universities Online is pleased to present our 2017 list of the Best Bible Colleges. Each one of the 50 schools highlighted below stood out from rest in a number of areas, earning their place in this ranking. Several factors were considered, including accreditation, personal attention given to students, selectivity, readily available financial aid as well as overall student satisfaction. It is CUO’s goal to serve as a trusted and valuable resource and as the second in an annual series, this ranking is intended to assist prospective students in the decision making process.

Recommended Online Christian Colleges

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John Wesley University (formerly Laurel University)

John Wesley University (formerly Laurel University) is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Located in High Point, North Carolina on a rural campus about 15 miles south of Greensboro in the central Piedmont Triad area, the University was originally established as the Greensboro Bible and Training School. Founded in 1903 by Reverend Seth Rees and Reverend Charles Weigle, the school was chartered in 1932. Over the years the University’s name has been changed multiple times; in 2016 the Board of Trustees voted to change the name of the school from Laurel University to John Wesley University, a choice that was made deliberately in order to reclaim the “legacy and capture the momentum of the emerging institution.” In addition to its new name, the University also adopted a new logo and tagline, “Called. Ignited. Sent.” designed to communicate the mission of the University and its “intentional desire for each to be called by Christ, ignited by a community moved by the Holy Spirit, and sent to serve God in all that they do.” Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1982, John Wesley University’s vision is to provide an atmosphere that encourages intellectual development, spiritual maturation, and professional competency. The school enjoys a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1 with a student population of 150. Degrees are offered in the areas of Ministry, Management and Nursing, with specific programs including the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry, Bachelor of Arts in Management & Business Ethics, Bachelor of Science in Nursing Partnership, Master of Theological Studies, Master of Business Administration, and Doctor of Ministry in Christian Leadership. John Wesley University admits 77% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 54% with an overall graduation rate of 29%. Nearly all students receive financial aid, including 96% of beginning, full-time students.

  • Faculty to Student Ratio: 15:1
  • Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  • Admittance Rate: 77%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 54%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 29%

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Arizona Christian University

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Christian University (ACU) is a private, non-profit, Christian institution. Though formally established in 1960 as the Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College, ACU traces its roots back much further to Ida Clouse, a registered nurse and Christian missionary who relocated in 1917 to Arizona under the Homestead Act where she opened the Clouse Ranch, which became a popular Christian retreat center. Upon Ida Clouse’s death in 1959, 35 acres of the ranch were left to the Arizona Baptist Convention to be used in creating a Christian college. ACU’s name has been changed many times over its fifty-plus years of existence; previously known as the Southwestern College, the University’s current name was adopted in January of 2011 in recognition of its growth and overall achievements. Formerly affiliated with the Conservative Baptist Convention, in 2009 the decision was made to make the University a completely non-denominational Christian liberal arts university. Arizona Christian University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 800, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. ACU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and has been since 1992. The University’s mission is to provide “a biblically-integrated, liberal arts education” which equips “graduates to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in all aspects of life, as leaders of influence and excellence.” ACU offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programs and is comprised of several departments covering the areas of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Biblical Studies, Business, Communication and English, Education, Government, History and Philosophy, Music, and Science and Math. Several pre-professional and degree completion programs are also available. ACU boasts an overall retention rate of 55% with an overall graduation rate of 38%. Only 51% of applicants are admitted and 79% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 16:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 79%
  •         Admittance Rate: 51%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 55%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 38%

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Pillar College

Pillar College is a private four-year institution based out of Newark and Somerset, New Jersey. With roots reaching back to the organization of Pillar of Fire, International, an educational ministry, Pillar College began as the Zaraphath Bible Institute (ZBI). Founded in 1908, ZBI’s original mission was the training of missionaries, preachers and teachers. In March of 2001, ZBI became Somerset Christian College when the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education granted permission for the school to award the two-year Associate in Biblical Studies. Shortly after, in 2006, the college became approved to offer four-year Bachelor of Arts Degrees. In 2012, after relocating from its original campus to its new main site in Newark, the College adopted its current name. Today, Pillar College’s mission is to educate, inspire and equip students for excellence in scholarship, service, and leadership. The College’s mission statement continues, “Rooted in and committed to Christian faith and love, Pillar fosters intellectual, spiritual, and social development among its diverse student population at various instructional sites.” Pillar College is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education (since 2002) as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 2006). More than 400 students are enrolled, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Five undergraduate degree programs are offered, including the Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Management, the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Counseling, the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Communication, and the Associate of Arts in General Education. Pillar College admits 100% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 54% with an overall graduation rate of 25%. All of beginning, full-time undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 10:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 54%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 25%

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Kings University

Located in Southlake, Texas, The King’s University is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1997 by Dr. Jack Hayford, the school was originally located in Los Angeles, California. The young college experienced rapid growth and a little over a decade later, a branch campus was created in Southlake, Texas. Today, The King’s University has operations across multiple locations in the United States and around the world and is affiliated with Gateway Church, a “multi-campus, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered” church which operates under the leadership of Robert Morris, the church’s founding senior pastor. The King’s University’s campus is located in the city of Southlake in Tarrant County, a suburb of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metropolitan area. As a “Spirit-filled evangelical institution of higher education”, the King’s University remains dedicated to preparing men and women “for effective leadership and Christ-like servanthood in the global community.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 750 students, including more than 500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The King’s University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 2002) as well as the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (since 2000). A variety of programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, with undergraduate programs including Bachelor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Bachelor of Biblical Counseling, Bachelor of Christian Ministries, Bachelor of Cross-Cultural Ministry, and Bachelor of General Christian Studies. The King’s University admits 90% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 61% with an overall graduation rate of 40%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 90% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students do receive some type of aid, whether in the form of grants, scholarships or loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
  •         Admittance Rate: 90%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 61%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 40%

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Randall University

Randall University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Moore, Oklahoma. Formerly known as Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and Randall Graduate School, the name Randall University was adopted in July 2016 in honor of Benjamin Randall (February 7, 1749 – October 22, 1808), the founder of the Free Will Baptists in the northeastern United States during the American Revolution. One of several higher learning institutions affiliated with the Free Will Baptists, Randall University’s vision is to be “a learning community of faith serving Christ with integrity, showing respect without exception, and shouldering responsibility without excuse.” The school’s mission is to serve as a Christian institution of higher education that is “committed to the intellectual, spiritual, social, moral, and physical development of its students… [seeking] to prepare students to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, both in the church and society at large.” Randall University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1995. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 300 students, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Bachelor degree programs are offered in the areas of Business, Christian Ministry (with a number of specializations), Exercise Science, Intercultural Studies, Letters, Ministry and Business, Multidisciplinary Studies, Psychology, Teacher Education (also available with several specializations), and Worship and Music Studies. A number of minors and an Associate of Arts degree are available as well a Master of Arts in Ministry and a Master of Public Administration. Randall University has an overall retention rate of 30% with an overall graduation rate of 33%. The University admits just 51% of applicants and 91% of all beginning full-time undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
  •         Admittance Rate: 51%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 30%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 33%

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Life Pacific College

Life Pacific College is a private four-year college located in San Dimas, California.  Established in 1923 as Echo Park Evangelistic and Missionary Training Institute, the school was originally located in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California. In 1926 the school’s name was changed to LIFE Bible College, LIFE standing for “Lighthouse of International Foursquare Evangelism”. In 1990 the college relocated to San Dimas and 10 years later adopted its current name.  Life Pacific College (abbreviated LPC) is associated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and serves as the denomination’s primary center for the education of ministers, missionaries and teachers.  The Southern California environment provides a beautiful backdrop for the study in God’s Word.  LPC exists for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world. The College has a total enrolment figure of 600 students, including 550 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Life Pacific College has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1980 as well as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 2004. LPC offers several degree programs, including Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Transformational Ministry, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts Human Development & Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts & Media. At the graduate level, LPC offers a Masters in Strategic Leadership.  LPC’s stated values include Scripture as  authoritative guide for faith and practice; Grace-based community; Foursquare heritage and Global awareness.  LPC has an overall retention rate of 63% with an overall graduation rate of 35%. 64% of applicants are admitted and 88% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 16:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 88%
  •         Admittance Rate: 64%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 63%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 35%

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Dallas Christian College

Dallas Christian College is a private, four-year undergraduate institution of biblical higher education, located in Dallas Texas and affiliated with the Christian Churches. Founded in 1950, Dallas Christian College’s purpose is to “meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body and to encourage leadership of churches and Christian organizations.” The school’s mission is to educate and mentor students to become “people of influence, under God’s influence, for a life of influence.” In order to fulfill this mission, Dallas Christian College offers a unique blend of academic programs designed to equip students in their chosen field of service, building on a strong biblical foundation, offering opportunities for supervised experiences, and fostering mentoring relationships between faculty and students. Dallas Christian College’s vision is to be transformed into “a city on a hill, a distinctive Christian university recruiting and equipping a generation of influencers around the world.” Dallas Christian College is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1978. The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 300 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science are offered with major programs of study including Business; Interdisciplinary Studies; Practical Ministries; Worship Arts; Humanities; Psychology; Teacher Education; and Biblical Ministry. All single freshmen, sophomore, and junior students under the age of 21 who do not live with their parents or guardians are required to live in one of Dallas Christian College’s residence halls. Dallas Christian College admits 51% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 34% with an overall graduation rate of 26%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of aid, whether in the form of grants, scholarships or loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 51%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 34%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 26%

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Ozark Christian College

Ozark Christian College, located in Joplin, Missouri, is a private, nonprofit, Christian school of higher education affiliated with the Restoration Movement of Christian churches and churches of Christ. Ozark Christian College was first located in Bentonville, Arkansas having been established in June of 1942. In 1944 the school moved to its current location of Joplin, MO – an area chosen for the fact that it was easily reached by car, bus, train or plane. In 1985 the school obtained accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Ozark Christian College’s ultimate goal is to “glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide”, with an immediate mission of training “men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.” Ozark Christian College emphasizes vocational preparation for preaching ministers, missionaries, worship, youth, and children’s ministers. In addition, the College provides both biblical and practical training for individuals who will serve in the church in non-vocational roles, such as deacons, Bible school teachers, and youth sponsors. Ozark Christian College has a total enrollment of nearly 700 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. At least half a dozen Bachelor’s degrees and three Associates degrees are offered, including the Bachelor of Theology; Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry; Bachelor of Arts in Music and Worship; Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Ministry; Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Intercultural Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Interdisciplinary Studies; Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry; Associate of Arts in Music and Worship; and Associate of Arts in Intercultural Studies. Many classes are also offered through Ozark Christian College’s distance learning program. Ozark Christian College boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 51%. 100% of applicants are admitted, and 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 18:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 51%

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Ohio Christian University

Located in Circleville, Ohio, Ohio Christian University is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Denominationally affiliated with the Churches of Christ in Christian Union, Ohio Christian University was previously known as the Mount of Praise Bible College. Established in 1948, the school’s primary purpose was the training of pastors who would minister in the Churches of Christ in Christian Union denominations. In 2006 the school achieved regional accreditation and adopted its current name. Ohio Christian University has experienced tremendous growth over the years, steadily increasing its enrollment. The current student population is more than 4,000, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Ohio Christian University’s mission is to prepare “students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically integrated education in the Wesleyan tradition.” Ohio Christian University has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1976 as well as by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, since 2005. A variety of residential undergraduate, adult, online, and graduate degrees are offered and the University is comprised of several schools and departments. These include the School of Business & Government, General Studies & Nursing department, Music & Worship Leadership department, Psychology & Counseling department, Religion & Ministry department, and Teacher Education department. The University’s graduate programs include a Master of Arts in Ministry (with two concentration options), a Master of Business Administration (with six concentrations), and a Master of Management. Ohio Christian University admits 100% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 67% with an overall graduation rate of 33%. Financial aid is readily available and 96% of beginning, full-time undergraduates do receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of institutional, federal, state/local government grants, scholarships, or loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 12:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 67%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 33%

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Trinity College of Florida

Trinity College is a private, interdenominational, evangelical institution of biblical higher education located in Trinity, Florida. Originally called the Florida Bible Institute and located in Temple Terrace, Trinity College was founded by Dr. William T. Watson, a fundamentalist tent preacher from North Carolina and pastor of the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in St. Petersburg. Today, Trinity College enjoys the reputation of one of the best in Christian higher education and has been listed as a Best Buy in private colleges and universities by the Consumers Digest Magazine. Trinity College is committed to impacting humanity and boasts alumni who serve all around the world in various areas of ministry, economic relief, business, education, government, human services, and communication. Trinity College’s training and preparation of students includes “state-of-the-art classroom training, career advancement, community service, internships, and personal support from fellow students, faculty, and staff.” Trinity College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1996. The College has a total student population of 200 students, all undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered, including Advanced Theological Studies; Bible and Theology; Business and Leadership (with a Management Concentration); Business and Leadership (with a Sports Management Concentration); Church Ministries (with specializations in Pastoral Care, Worship, and Youth); Counseling (with a Clinical Concentration and Family Systems Concentration); Elementary Education; General Studies; Intercultural Studies; and Psychology. Trinity College admits 74% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 39% with an overall graduation rate of 23%. Financial aid is available to the majority of students and 97% of beginning, full-time undergraduates do receive some type of aid, whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 8:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 97%
  •         Admittance Rate: 74%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 39%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 23%

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Luther Rice College and Seminary

Located in Lithonia, Georgia, Luther Rice College & Seminary is a private, non-profit, independent institution of higher education. Luther Rice College & Seminary was founded in 1962 under the leadership of Dr. Robert Gee Witty, Pastor of the Central Baptist Church. The institution’s first classes were held in the church’s facilities and were taught by Southern Baptist pastors who served as faculty members without pay. Originally located in Florida, in 1988 the seminary relocated to the Metro Atlanta area of Georgia. Today, Luther Rice College & Seminary’s mission is “to provide biblical education for Christian ministers and leaders around the world with an end to granting undergraduate and graduate degrees.” The College & Seminary boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students, including over 400 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1. Male students outnumber female students (72% male, 28% female) and the majority of students are Georgia residents, although students do come from at least 6 other states as well. Luther Rice College & Seminary is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (since 1988) as well as by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 2014). The College & Seminary offers undergraduate, graduate, and seminary degree programs with classes available in traditional on-campus formats, online, or in a mixed format combination (online and on-campus). Degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Master of Arts in Apologetics, Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling, Master of Arts in Christian Studies, Master of Arts in Leadership, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. Luther Rice College & Seminary admits 100% of applicants and boasts impressive overall retention and graduation rates of 100% each. Most students, including 67% of full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 23:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 67%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 100%

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Manhattan Christian College

Manhattan Christian College (MCC) is a private Christian institution of higher education located in Manhattan, Kansas. Established in 1927, MCC began as a four-year undergraduate school and was originally called the Kansas Bible College before being chartered by the State of Kansas as the Christian Workers University in 1929. Committed to the Christian mission of winning over the world for Christ, MCC seeks to develop in its students a world-wide vision of the church’s mission and to prepare students to become servant leaders who follow the example of Christ. MCC holds to several core institutional values, including the Lordship of Christ, Excellence, Applying God’s Word, Discipleship, Evangelism, Relationships, Stewardship, Heart for Learning, Integrity, and Prayer. MCC holds to the belief that all people are learners and offers a holistic educational approach. Students are taught through a combination of classroom settings and practical field experiences and several of MCC’s programs are available through distance learning platforms. Manhattan Christian College has a total enrollment figure of 300, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Accreditation is held through the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1948) as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 2000). Traditional programs include double majors in Bible & Leadership and Christian Ministry or Bible & Leadership and a Kansas State University major (available through MCC’s unique relationship with KSU). Each program leads to a bachelor’s degree and Christian Ministry majors have the option of choosing from a variety of emphasis and track options which can be tailored to meet their individual needs and goals. MCC also offers adult degree completion programs and online degree program options. MCC admits 82% of applicants and boasts overall retention and graduation rates of 62% and 45%, respectively. 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 17:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 82%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 62%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 45%

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Great Lakes Christian College

Great Lakes Christian College, located in Lansing, Michigan, is a private, four year Christian college.  Founded in 1949, Great Lakes Christian College (GLCC) is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ and is a part of the Stone Campbell Restoration Movement. GLCC’s mission is “to create servant leaders in the church and the world”, following the pattern set forth in the ministry and life of Christ. The College’s suburban campus is located in a beautiful residential area, which surrounds the 47 acre campus. The campus’ location in the state capital of Lansing provides easy access into the city by way of Amtrak, the Capital Region International Airport, bus terminals, and interstate highways. GLCC’s campus is within walking distance of a variety of shopping areas which also provide opportunities for student employment. Great Lakes Christian College enjoys an extremely low student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1 and has a total enrollment figure of 158 students, all of whom are undergraduates. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 2003. GLCC views its task as being to “educate men and women for preaching and other ministry roles as well as careers related to the church of institutions in the public sector.” To this end, Great Lakes Christian College offers undergraduate majors in the areas of Advanced Biblical Studies; Bible Theology; Business; Business Management-Nonprofit; Christian Education; Christian Ministry; Cross-Cultural Ministry; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Family Life Education; History; Interpersonal and Organizational Communication; Music; Psychology / Counseling; and Youth Ministry. GLCC has an overall retention rate of 57% and an overall retention rate of 20%. The College’s admittance rate is 100% and all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 8:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 57%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 20%

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Gods Bible School and College

God’s Bible School and College (GBSC) is a private, interdenominational Christian Bible college, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Established in 1900 by Martin Wells Knapp, the school began as a diploma course which was devoted almost exclusively to Biblical studies and other practical subjects. Over time the school grew and in 1936 became authorized by the Ohio State Department of Education to confer baccalaureate degrees. Today, the mission of GBSC is to “glorify God and to serve his Church by providing higher education centered in Holy Scripture and shaped by Wesleyan conviction, thus preparing faithful servants to proclaim Jesus Christ and spread scriptural holiness throughout the world.”  The school’s vision statement goes on to declare its intent to “develop a spiritually vibrant institution that is academically excellent, growth oriented, student centered, and financially sound.” God’s Bible School and College is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1986) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 2008). GBSC is comprised of the departments of Education and Professional Studies, Intercultural Studies and World Missions, Ministerial, and Music. More than two dozen programs of study are offered at GBSC and the school awards both an Associate of Arts and of Applied Sciences as well as a Bachelor of Arts. All of GBSC’s programs include Bible/theology, general education, professional studies, Christian service, and character development. GBSC has a total enrollment figure of nearly 300 students, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The College follows the Honor System where a commitment to act honestly and with integrity is made and signed by every student and faculty member, creating a community of respect and trust. GBSC admits 100% of applicants and boasts overall retention and graduation rates of 67% and 46%, respectively. 89% of GBSC’s beginning full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 87%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 67%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 46%

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Southeastern Bible College

Southeastern Bible College is a private, four year, Christian institution of higher education. Located in Birmingham, Alabama, the College sits on a 22 acre campus located in the suburbs, south of Birmingham’s downtown area. A non-denominational institution, Southeastern Bible College welcomes and attracts students from a wide range of Christian walks and traditions, including Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Assemblies of God, Church of God, and other non-denominational churches. Students are required to agree to the core principles of the Christian faith, including that Jesus Christ is Savior and the belief that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Southeastern Bible College was established in 1935 as the Birmingham School of the Bible, at first offering classes only two nights per week. From this humble beginning, the institution steadily grew and expanded the scope of its ministry. Southeastern Bible College’s mission is to “produce graduates who are biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant,” with a vision of equipping “servant leaders for Christian living and service worldwide through being an institution of academic and spiritual excellence.” Southeastern Bible College has a total enrollment of 150 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1. The College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1962. More than a dozen degree programs are offered, with formats for both traditional students and adult evening students. Areas of study include Pre-Seminary/Pastoral Ministries; Intercultural Studies; Biblical Studies; Christian Ministries; Children’s Ministries; Youth Ministries; Counseling Ministries; Elementary Education; Educational Ministries; Worship Leadership; Christian Thought & History; and Business Administration. Southeastern Bible College admits 100% of applicants and has overall retention and graduation rates of 55% and 25%, respectively. 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial aid, including grants and scholarships.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 8:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 55%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 25%

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Bethesda University

Bethesda University, located in Anaheim, California, is a private Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1976 by Dr. David Yonggi Cho, the University’s original purpose was to “raise millennium leaders who have a firm Christian foundation and vision for world missions.” The University was founded on a Christian groundwork that was derived from Pentecostal Theology for the purpose of equipping future leaders with the necessary professional skills to become “leaders in world peace and world missions by building churches and Bible institutions around the world.” A Christ-centered community of higher education, Bethesda University is committed to preparing Korean/English speaking men and women with the “professional competence, academic excellence, and spiritual integrity to be servant leaders in the church, community, and global society.” Bethesda University has been accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools since 2003. Four undergraduate degree programs are offered, including a B.A. in Religion (Theology); B.A. in Music; B.A. in Business Administration; and a B.A. in Early Childhood Education. Five graduate degrees are also offered, namely a Master of Business Administration; M.A. in Music; M.A. in Biblical Studies; Master of Divinity; and a Doctor of Ministry. Several of Bethesda’s degree programs are also offered online and students may enroll both within the United States and overseas. Bethesda University has a total enrollment figure of more than 350 students, including more than 250 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. 100% of applicants are admitted and the University boasts an overall retention rate of 68% with an overall graduation rate of 77%. The majority (70%) of full-time, beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid, including institutional, federal, and state/local government grants or scholarships.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 10:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 70%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 68%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 77%

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Cincinnati Christian University

Cincinnati Christian University is a private institution of higher education located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Established in 1924, Cincinnati Christian University (abbreviated CCU) was formed by the merging of two institutions – McGarvey Bible College of Louisville, Kentucky, and the Cincinnati Bible Institute. Originally called the Cincinnati Bible Seminary (CBS), according to their founding charter, the purpose of Seminary was “to prepare men and women for Christian service.”  In 2004, the CCU’s current name was adopted.  The University is supported by the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ and is affiliated with the Restoration Movement. CCU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission.  Additionally, the school has specialized accreditation by Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation.  CCU’s commitment is to providing an excellent educational, spiritual, and social experience for each student. Graduates are trained to bring a Christ-like perspective to their home, workplace, and community. Cincinnati Christian University has an enrollment figure of nearly 900, including more than 650 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.  A wide variety of degree programs – ranging from Associates to Master’s – are offered, with undergraduate programs including Biblical/Cultural Studies, Deaf Studies, Business Management, Music & Worship, Psychology, Ministry, Education, and Arts & Sciences. Graduate studies at CCU are offered within the School of Education of Behavioral Sciences and include a Master of Arts in Counseling. Graduate programs in Bible, Theology, and Ministry are offered through the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. CCU admits 95% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 31%. Financial aid is readily available with 99% of beginning, undergraduate students receiving some type of aid, including grants, scholarships and loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  •         Admittance Rate: 95%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 75%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 31%

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American Baptist College

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the American Baptist College is a small, private, institution of Christian higher education. Established in 1924, the school’s original purpose was the training of Black Baptist ministers, led by National Baptist leaders and Dr. O.L. Hailey, one of the College’s founders. Initially called the American Baptist Theological Seminary, upon receiving full accreditation, the school dropped use of the term “Theological Seminary” and adopted its current name. The American Baptist College has educated Civil Rights champions, national leaders, and outstanding Christian ministers and in March of 2013, was given the honor of being named a Historically Black College and University (commonly referred to as an HBCU). The American Baptist College mission statement declares its commitment to educating students to “become leaders in whatever profession of their choosing, instilling in them a passion to advance God’s mission of justice, compassion, and reconciliation.” The American Baptist Bible College has a modest enrollment of approximately 150 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Accreditation is held through the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The College offers an Associate of Arts in General Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Theology; a Bachelor of Arts in Behavior Studies; and a Bachelor of Theology. Students are brought together each week for chapel events, the College’s weekly community worship and gathering time. On-campus housing is offered to students in a newly restructured housing environment with options of a studio dormitory, single bedroom, and two bedroom dormitories. The American Baptist College admits 100% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 67% with an overall graduation rate of 36%. Financial aid is readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates do receive some type of financial assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 67%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 36%

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Ecclesia College

Ecclesia College, located in Springdale, Arkansas, is a private institution of higher education which offers “biblical faith and character-based education”. Established by Oren and Inez Paris in 1975, the name Ecclesia comes from a Greek word literally interpreted “called-out ones” and used to describe the ancient church. The College holds to the philosophy that “all truth is God’s truth” and embraces 7 Core Foundational Values, including: Bible-Based Education, Life-Long Learning, Comprehensive Learning, Inclusion of the Whole Body of Christ, Practical Norm for Life and Learning, Missions Priority, and Community and Personal Wellness. The College’s written mission is that, “As an institution of higher learning, Ecclesia College mentors effective leaders to strengthen the foundations of society through the life and values of Christ.” Students who attend the College are expected to sign and comply with the College’s official Honor Code which is based on “Excellence, Integrity & Order”. Ecclesia College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 300 students, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Accreditation of the College was granted in 2005 by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation. A single graduate degree, the Master of Christian Leadership is offered in an online format; several undergraduate degrees including both Associate’s and Bachelor’s are available both on-campus and online. Areas of undergraduate study include Communication, Leadership, Political Science, Biblical Studies, Christian Leadership, Music Ministries, Business Administration, Psychology and Counseling, and Sport Management. Ecclesia College has an admittance rate of 60% and boasts an overall retention rate of 57% with an overall graduation rate of 10%. Financial aid is readily available and 100% of beginning full-time students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 60%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 57%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 10%

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Baptist University of the Americas

Baptist Universities of the Américas (BUA), located in San Antonio, Texas, is a private Christian institution. BUA is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and was established in 1947 by missionary Paul Siebenmann. Originally called the Mexican Baptist Training School and later the Mexican Baptist Bible Institute, the University did not adopt its current name until 2003. BUA takes pride in its role of bridging cultures for the purpose of sharing the word of God. Three out of every four Hispanic Baptist pastors in Texas attend classes at BUA and the University currently operates extension centers in three countries with plans for further expansions. BUA’s mission and purpose, as an institution of higher education, “is the formation, from the Hispanic context, of cross-cultural leadership.” Baptist Universities of the Américas is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 2003. Several undergraduate degree programs are offered, including an Associate of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Music; Bachelor of Arts in Human Behavior; Bachelor of Arts in Business Leadership; Bachelor of Arts in Biblical/Theological Studies; and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language & Literature. In addition, BUA offers a variety of certificate and diploma programs through the Baptist Bible Institute and an ESL (English as a Second Language) program, which is intended to benefit international students. BUA has a total enrollment figure of nearly 200 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. BUA admits 100% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 53% with an overall graduation rate of 45%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of federal, state/government or institutional grants scholarships or loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 9:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 53%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 45%

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Boise Bible College

Located in Boise, Idaho, Boise Bible College is a private, coeducational Christian institution of higher education. A denominationally independent institution, Boise Bible College (abbreviated BBC) is associated with and supported by independent congregations, generally known as Christian Churches or Churches of Christ. Established in 1945, BBC began as a ministry of the First Church of Christ in Boise with the intention of training ministers to serve in the Pacific Northwest. Despite the passage of time and the growth BBC has experienced, this primary mission has remained the same: “to prepare Christians for a life of full-time ministry and leadership for the church in America and throughout the world.” The College’s formal mission statement, which was adopted by the Board of Directors in 2015, is that “Boise Bible College glorifies God by equipping servant leaders who build up the church to advance the gospel worldwide, under the lordship of Christ and the authority of Scripture.” Boise Bible College has a total enrollment figure of 150 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1988. BBC offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Associate of Science degrees, along with one-year Bible certificates. All of BBC’s four-year degree programs include a major in Bible and Bachelor of Arts degree majors are also required to take 14 hours of Greek. Additional major and minor programs include several Christian Ministry options, Christian Teaching, Christian Leadership, Intercultural Studies, Christian Education and more. BBC admits 98% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 55% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 98%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 55%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 54%

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Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

Clear Creek Baptist Bible College (CCBBC), located in Pineville, Kentucky, is a private, four-year institution of higher education which provides a biblically-based education focused on Christian service. CCBBC’s roots reach back to 1926 when it was established by Dr. Lloyd Caswell Kelly for the purpose of bringing Christian education to the mountains of Kentucky. As the school grew in size, its name was changed multiple times and it achieved accreditation, however its primary focus of educating men and women for the Christian ministry remained the same. Under the leadership of Dr. Bill D. Whittaker, the college became debt free and has continued to operate without any institutional debt. CCBBC stated mission is “to provide educational preparation for adults called of God into Christian service.” (CCBBC), located in Pineville, Kentucky, is a private, four-year institution of higher education which provides a biblically-based education focused on Christian service. CCBBC’s roots reach back to 1926 when it was established by Dr. Lloyd Caswell Kelly for the purpose of bringing Christian education to the mountains of Kentucky. As the school grew in size, its name was changed multiple times and it achieved accreditation, however its primary focus of educating men and women for the Christian ministry remained the same. Under the leadership of Dr. Bill D. Whittaker, the college became debt free and has continued to operate without any institutional debt. CCBBC stated mission is “to provide educational preparation for adults called of God into Christian service.” Clear Creek Baptist Bible College holds accreditation through the Association of Biblical Higher Education (since 1986) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1999). CCBBC offers three academic programs, an Associate of Arts in Ministry, a Certificate in Bible, and the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry, a 120 hour program that “prepares the graduate for the particular ministry to which God has called him or her.” Both the Certificate in Bible and CCBBC’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program are offered online as well as on campus. CCBBC has a total enrollment figure of 150, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Housing is provided for single students as well as families and it is CCBBC’s desire to make housing affordable for their students. To this end, CCBBC offers several two, three, and four bedroom homes as well as a men’s dormitory and women’s apartments. CCBBC admits 100% of applicants and boasts a high overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 46%. 90% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 12:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 46%

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World Mission University

World Mission University is a private institution of higher education located in Los Angeles, California. The University was began in 1989 after a special committee from the Oriental Mission Church gathered to pray about the need for a new seminary to train missionaries, pastors and lay leaders. The establishment of the World Mission Theological Seminary, a private 4-year university, was the direct result of that committee’s prayer.  In 1993, the name of the institution was changed from World Mission Theological Seminary to World Mission University in order to better reflect the school’s broader offering of programs.  In August 2003, the institution moved to a new location in Koreatown, a center of downtown Los Angeles.  World Mission University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation and the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (since 2006) and the Commission on Accrediting by the Association of Theological Schools (since 2011).  World Mission University is recognized by the World Evangelical Mission Alliance (WEMA) as a major source for training prospective missionaries, ministers, professionals, and church leaders. World Mission University has a total enrollment figure of more than 300, including nearly 150 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1.  The University offers Bachelor of Arts degrees in Biblical Studies, Christian Counseling and Music.  The Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling are also available online.  Several graduate programs are also available, including the Master of Arts in Theology, Christian Counseling and Music, a Doctor of Ministry and online Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theology programs.  100% of students are admitted and the University boasts an overall retention rate of 60% with an overall graduation rate of 80%. Financial aid is available with 71% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 7:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 71%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 60%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 80%

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Davis College

Davis College, located in Johnson City, New York, is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Formerly known as the Practical Bible College, the College began in the early 1900’s, growing out of a series of Bible classes conducted by John A Davis, a young evangelist from what is now known as the Moody Bible Institute. By 1906, the new institution, then known as the Practical Bible Training School, began its first two-year study program with resident teachers. Over time the school grew, changing its name multiple times. From the very beginning, Davis College has promoted the preaching of the Word, evangelism, and missions. The College’s mission statement declares its commitment to “making an impact upon the world for Jesus Christ by the fostering of Christian character and the equipping of students with the knowledge, competencies, and skills needed in an ever-changing world for service and leadership within the church, Christian organizations and society.” Davis College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 400 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. The College is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1985) as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 2005). A Bachelor of Religious Education (BRE) is offered, with areas of concentration including Christian Counseling; Christian Ministries; Intercultural Ministries; Music/Worship Leader; Organizational Leadership; Pastoral Studies; Teaching English as a Second Language; and Youth Ministries. A number of associate and certificate programs are also offered, as well as several online degree programs. Davis College admits 43% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 56% with an overall graduation rate of 33%. Financial aid is readily available in the form of grant, scholarships, and loans, and 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 16:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 43%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 56%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 33%

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Cairn University

Cairn University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Established in 1913, Cairn University began as an extension of the National Bible Institute of New York and was originally called the Bible Institute of Philadelphia. In October of 1921 the school gained its independence from the New York school and was renamed the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania. In 1951 the Institute merged with the Philadelphia School of the Bible (est. 1914 by C.I. Scofield and Williem Pettingill); as a result of the merger the school was given a new name, this time the Philadelphia Bible Institute. Throughout the years the school achieved accreditation, expanded its program offerings and underwent much growth and change. In 2012 the school announced yet another name change, this time Cairn University, a name chosen for its reference to memorials and trail markers which, “Bear witness [to God’s faithfulness] and pointing the way.” Cairn University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students, including nearly 800 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The University awards a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate degrees and is comprised of several schools, including Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Divinity, Music, Education, and Social Work. Cairn University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University’s mission is to “educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character.” Cairn University boasts admits 99% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 69% with an overall graduation rate of 59%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students do receive some type of financial assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 99%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 69%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 59%

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Barclay College

Barclay College is a private, four year college located in Haviland, Kansas. Established in 1917 by Quaker settlers as the Kansas Central Bible Training School, in 1926 the name Friend’s Bible College was adopted until 1990 when the name was again changed to Barclay College. Today, Barclay College welcomes students from all evangelical faith traditions and the school’s mission is to “prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service, and leadership.” Barclay’s main 13-acre campus is located in south-central Kansas between Doge City and Pratt, an area that offers the advantage of a friendly and safe small-town environment with easy access to the opportunities a larger city has to offer. The school has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1975 and recently achieved accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in October of 2014. A variety of academic programs are available through Barclay College at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Barclay’s campus programs include a number of bible and ministry degree programs, including Bible/Theology; Bible as Second Degree; Business Administration; Elementary Education; Missions; Psychology and Family Studies; Sports and Recreation Ministry; Worship Arts; and Youth Ministry. The school’s Graduate programs include Family Ministries, Pastoral Ministries, Quaker Studies, Spiritual Formation, and Transformational Leadership with Online programs offered in the areas of Biblical Studies; Business Management; Christian Ministry Leadership; Elementary Education K-6; and Psychology. More than 250 students are enrolled, including over 200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Barclay College admits 75% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 54% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates do receive some type of financial assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 75%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 54%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 45%

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Grace Bible College

Grace Bible College is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in Wyoming, Michigan, just outside of the city of Grand Rapids. The College began in 1939 when it was founded by the pastor of the Fundamental Bible Church, Reverend Charles F. Baker. Originally named the Milwaukee Bible Institute, the new Institute served as a training center for both laymen and Sunday School teachers of Milwaukee. During the 1950s, the school’s curriculum broadened and the name Milwaukee Bible College was adopted. In 1961, the school relocated to suburban Grand Rapids and chose its current name. As a result, during the next several years the school continued to expand and grow, adding to its offerings a number of degree programs and achieving accreditation in 1964 from the Association of American Biblical Colleges – now known as the Association of Biblical Higher Education. Today, the Grace Bible College has a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Grace Bible College’s mission is straightforward: to graduate “godly individuals prepared to serve Christ in church and society.” The College adheres to several core values including being Biblically centered, having a grace theology, being ministry focused, and creating transformational relationships. Grace Bible College offers a variety of undergraduate programs, each consisting of three major components: general education courses, biblical and theological studies, and a vocational major. Several Adult and online educational options are also available and Grace Baptist College also offers a Master of Arts in Ministry program. Grace Bible College accepts 81% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 56% with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 81%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 56%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 60%

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Virginia University of Lynchburg

Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, the Virginia University of Lynchburg (abbreviated VUL) is a private, historically black, Christian institution of higher education. Lynchburg’s oldest institution of higher education, VUL was established in 1886, just a little over 20 years following the Emancipation Proclamation. Founded by the Virginia Baptist State Convention, the original purpose of the school was to provide the community with better-educated and trained ministers, missionaries, and public school teachers. Since its inception, the University has been coeducational and has remained committed to Biblical principles and the philosophy of self-help, believing that those who study in VUL’s classrooms today will be the world’s leaders of tomorrow. VUL’s mission is “to recognize the possibilities in every human being and maximize the gifts of the individual within the context of a thoroughly Christian and nurturing environment, which offers students opportunities to develop into able leaders and scholars.” While VUL embraces its African American heritage, the University seeks to foster an appreciation for other cultures and ethnic groups in the global community.

Virginia University of Lynchburg is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 2003. The University has a total enrollment figure of 400, including more than 350 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. VUL offers a number of programs and degrees both on-campus and online as well as at the University’s several teaching sites, including certificate programs, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. VUL is made up of three schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, and the School of Religion. VUL admits 100% of applicants and boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 100% with an overall graduation rate of 11%. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 10:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 11%

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Selma University

Selma University is a private, four-year Bible College, located in Selma, Alabama. A historically black college, Selma University is affiliated with the Alabama State Missionary Convention. Selma University was founded in 1878 by the Reverends W. H. McAlphine, James A. Foster and R. Murrell. The purpose of the institute was the preparation of individuals to serve as equipped and able leaders in the church and the schoolroom. Originally known as the Alabama Baptist Normal and Theological School of Selma, this name was officially changed to Selma University in 1908. In 1886 the Women’s Baptist Convention was organized and a women’s dormitory was added to the school in 1889. Since its establishment, Selma University’s mission has been straightforward: “to prepare men and women to be servant leaders throughout the world”, by stimulating students “spiritually, intellectually and socially and to produce graduates who lead in the profession for which they were trained.”

Selma University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The school awards Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts degrees. A wide range of undergraduate areas of study are offered include General Studies; Business Administration; Physical Education; Biology; and Bible, Theology and Christian Education. Master programs are offered in Bible and Pastoral Ministry; and Bible and Christian Education. Students are also given opportunity to study and learn in the areas of patient care, medical terminology, practice-based learning and performances, through the Selma University College of Allied Healthcare Program. A small school with an enrollment of just over 300, Selma University has a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and offers a unique experience with a strong family atmosphere that can be felt across the campus. Selma University admits 100% of applicants and boasts overall retention and graduation rates of 47% and 100%, respectively. 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 12:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 47%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 100%

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Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible Institute is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Chicago, Illinois. Established by and named after the well known evangelist, Dwight L. Moody, the Moody Bible Institute began in 1886 as the Chicago Evangelization Society. The Society’s original intent was the “education and training of Christian workers, including teachers, ministers, missionaries, and musicians who may completely and effectively proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Since its founding, the Moody Bible Institute has been dedicated to assisting men and women from all around the globe, from different cultures and generations to mature in their walk as a Christian.  Today, Moody Bible Institute has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The school offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs from the Institute’s main campus in Chicago as well as through its several regional campuses and online.

Moody Bible Institute is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1951) as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and schools (since 1989). Holding to the belief that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and that “everything at Moody falls under the authority of the Bible,” Moody’s vision is that “across the globe, cultures and generations, Moody will equip people with the truth of God’s Word using new technology in an agile and innovative community.” Moody Bible Institute main campus is located in the heart of Chicago near the North Side of the city. Undergraduate program offerings include the areas of Bible, Communications, Educational Ministries, Intercultural Studies, Music, Pastoral Studies, Sports Ministry and Lifetime Fitness, and Theology. The Institute admits 68% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 69%. 84% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 17:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 84%
  •         Admittance Rate: 68%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 86%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 69%

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Southern California Seminary

Located in El Cajon, California, Southern California Seminary is a private, Christian institution of higher biblical education. Southern California Seminary (abbreviated SCS) came into existence in 1997 when three institutions – the Linda Vista Baptist Bible College and Seminary (est. 1946), the Southern California Bible College (est. 1970), and the San Diego Bible College and Seminary (est. 1970) – came together to form a new institution. Today, SCS’s mission is “to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God.” The mission statement continues, “This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills”. SCS is under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah and is a ministry of the Shadow Mountain Community Church.

Southern California Seminary has a total enrollment figure of more than 235 students, including 60 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Holding itself to the “highest standards of biblical study and truths”, SCS offers an Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry (AACM), a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS), and an AA/AS to BABS Transfer Program (designed for students who have already earned their Associate or Arts or Science from an accredited institution) through The College at SCS. Several graduate degree programs are also available including Master’s degrees in Christian Ministry, Biblical Studies, Science & Religion, Christian Counseling, Philosophy & Apologetics, Divinity, Theology, Counseling Psychology, and Marriage and Family Therapy. Two doctorates, a Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Psychology, are also offered as well as a graduate program in Korean language Behavioral Science. SCS admits 100% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 50% with an overall graduation rate of 86%. Financial aid is readily available and 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 9:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 50%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 86%

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Johnson University

Johnson University is a private, co-educational, Christian college located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Established in 1893, Johnson University teaches students from a Christian worldview which permeates each program and activity in the system. The University’s vision is to “bring glory to God and hope to the world by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry through an affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered education.” Johnson University follows a three-fold educational approach which blends Arts & Science and Bible & Theology with Professional Study areas for the purpose of preparing students to make a meaningful impact on the world in the name of Christ. The University enjoys a positive reputation in the higher education community as a leader among Christian universities. In addition to Johnson University’s main 175 acre campus the University also operates an additional campus in Kissimmee, Florida. Online studies and programs extend Johnson University’s reach even further and the school has attracts and involves students from nearly every continent.

Johnson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1979. Johnson University offers a wide range of bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., associate’s and certificate programs across its three campuses (Tennessee, Florida, and Online). At its main campus, more than 70 areas of study are offered and each undergraduate bachelor’s degree programs includes a Bible & Theology Major, a professional major or minor and an Arts & Sciences Core. Johnson University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including nearly 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.  58% of students are admitted and the University boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 91% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 14:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
  •         Admittance Rate: 58%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 57%

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Welch College

Welch College is a private 4-year college located in the Richland section of Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1942 as the Free Will Baptist Bible College, the school originally offered two-year programs; it was not until 1951 that four-year Bachelor’s Degrees became available.  Affiliated with the Free Will Baptist denomination, in 2012, at the National Association of Free Will Baptist in Memphis, the denomination voted to give Welch College its present name. Today, while students of all Christian faiths are welcome, Welch College “exists primarily to meet the educational needs of the Free Will Baptist churches.” The College’s mission is “to educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church and His world through biblical thought and life.” Welch College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 350, all of whom are undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 8 to 1.

Welch College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation (since 1958) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (since 1996). Welch College is comprised of four Academic Divisions, including the School of Theology, the Department of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Music and the Department of Teacher Education.  More than 40 majors offered, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Music Education degree. Adult degrees are also available as well as a number of online programs. Welch College admits 100% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 43%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 96% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 8:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 86%
  • ·         Overall Graduation Rate: 43%

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Kuyper College

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kuyper College is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Kuyper College sits on a beautiful campus located eight miles away from the downtown area of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a city that has been named one of the top 50 places to live and play, according to the National Geographic Magazine. Founded as the Reformed Bible Institute in 1939, a three-year curriculum was originally offered with tracks in foreign and domestic missions. In the 1970s, a five-year redesign of both curriculum and programs was put into place and the school earned the right to confer four-year Bachelor degrees from the Michigan Department of Education. Shortly after, in order to better reflect its growing academic programs, the new name of Reformed Bible College was adopted. In April of 2006 the school again changed its name, this time to its current one of Kuyper College. The College’s mission is to “equip students with a biblical, Reformed worldview to serve effectively Christ’s church and His world.”

Kuyper College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Education (since 1964) as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (since 1995). A variety of majors and programs are offered, each of which are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in Bible and Theology in order to equip students in their professional and personal lives, regardless of their chosen program of study. Kuyper College has a total enrollment figure of more than 250 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. 71% of applicants are admitted and the College has an overall retention rate of 62% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 12:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 71%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 62%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 63%

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Central Christian College of the Bible

Central Christian College of the Bible is a private, four-year college, located in Moberly, Missouri and affiliated with the Christian Churches and churches of Christ. The College began in 1957 with the intention of recruiting and training individuals for leadership in the church according to the teaching of the New Testament. Today, Central remains committed to pursuing this purpose and builds upon a foundation of core values which include: “Authority – Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the written Word of God; Heritage – Continuing the legacy of the Restoration Movement and CCCB; and Affordability – Making the cost of the college education inexpensive for qualified students.” Students are held to a high standard for the purpose of guarding the school’s Christian witness and reputation. All students are required to sign a pledge, promising to “abstain from all alcohol, drugs, R-rated movies, M-rated video games, and to hold themselves to a high standard of modesty and conduct.”

Central Christian College of the Bible is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1982. Majors are offered in the areas of Youth & Family, Christian Education, Preaching, Christian Counseling, Cross-Cultural, and Christian Ministries. Ministry minors include the areas of Biblical Research, Christian Education, Cross-Cultural Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, Preaching Ministry, Worship Arts, and Youth & Family. Many of the College’s programs are also available in an online format. Central has a total enrollment figure of more than 250 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The College admits 35% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 65% with an overall graduation rate of 36%. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 14:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 35%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 65%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 36%

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Hiwassee College

Hiwassee College is a private four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and applied science located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Founded in 1849, Hiwassee College is affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Committed to upholding its historic values of Excellence, Faith, Tradition, and Community, the College seeks to instill “confidence and academic strength in its students in the liberal arts tradition.” Hiwassee College sits on a beautiful 60 acre campus that is located within a 400-acre area owned by the college. The College campus is ideally located between Knoxville and Chattanooga and is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This location in the community allows students to have the opportunity to serve and participate in experiential learning through course activities and internships in which students may apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations.

Accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Hiwassee College offers baccalaureate programs in Equine Science, Equine Management and Training, Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts, and Pastoral Studies, Christian Leadership, and Dental Hygiene. Hiwassee College places strong emphasis on student success, specifically seeking to assist students in “learning how to learn, to think analytically, and to structure learning in a way that enables students to apply it in everyday life”. The College has an enrollment figure of 280, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. This low ratio gives students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and have more opportunities for one-on-one interaction with professors and academic advisors. Hiwassee College boasts an overall retention rate of 89% with an average graduation rate of 19%. 59% of applicants are admitted and 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grant or scholarships.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 12:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 59%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 89%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 19%

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Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln Christian University (formerly known as the Lincoln Christian College and Seminary) is a private institution of biblical higher education, located in Lincoln, Illinois. Founded in 1944, the University began as the Lincoln Bible Institute, a four-year Bible college associated with the Restoration Movement. In 1951 the School’s seminary was opened and in September of 2009 the School adopted its current name. Today, Lincoln Christian University’s mission is to be a “higher education community whose mission is to “nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world.” The University’s mission statement continues, “The principal means…[used] to accomplish this mission are teaching, learning, leading, and serving through undergraduate and graduate programs.”

Lincoln Christian University holds accreditation through two governing bodies, the Association for Biblical Higher Education, which granted its initial accreditation in 1954 and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (granted in 1991). The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students, including over 500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Lincoln Christian University offers a variety of undergraduate majors which culminate in the Bachelor of Arts degree. Areas of study include Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Children’s Ministry, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, Intercultural Studies, Philosophy, Preaching Ministry, Psychology, Spiritual Formation & Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Youth & Family Ministry. In addition, the university offers several Master’s degrees, including Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies, Church History / Historical Theology, Philosophy & Apologetics, Theology, Bible and Theology, Counseling, Intercultural Studies, Marriage & Family Therapy, Ministry, Organizational Leadership, and Spiritual Formation; a Master of Divinity; and Master of Religious Education. Lincoln Christian University boasts overall retention and graduation rates of 67% and 61%, respectively, and admits 60% of applicants. 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  •         Admittance Rate: 60%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 67%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 61%

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Multnomah University

Located in Portland, Oregon, Multnomah University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1936, the University began as the Multnomah School of the Bible and was founded, primarily by Rev. John G. Mitchell who desired to create an institution which would “faithfully instruct men and women in the truths of God’s Word.” In 1993, in order to better reflect its growing wealth of educational programs, the School was renamed Multnomah Bible College and Seminary. 2005 marked the College’s accreditation through Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and in 2008 the name of Multnomah University was adopted. Today, Multnomah University’s mission is “to equip Christian students through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in the church, community, and world.” The University’s vision is “to become a globally influential biblical university that dynamically shapes Christian students into ambassadors of Jesus Christ, saturated in Scripture and ready to serve.”

Multnomah University has a total enrollment figure of more than 700 students, including over 400 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. A wide range of academic programs are available including more than 15 undergraduate majors, half-a-dozen pre-professional programs, degree completion programs, several seminary degrees, graduate programs, and a special Doctor of Chiropractic program. In addition to its traditional on-campus degree programs, many of Multnomah University’s undergraduate, graduate, and seminary degrees are available in online formats. Multnomah University accepts 59% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 70% with an overall graduation rate of 55%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students do receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 59%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 70%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 55%

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Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The College was established in 1933 as the Lancaster School of the Bible by Henry J. Heydt.  The school relocated to its present campus in Manheim Township in Lancaster County, PA in the mid-1950s. In 1973 the school adopted its current name and by the early 1980’s was granted approval to offer the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree. As the college has continued to grow, multiple satellite and extension campuses have opened up, including a campus in Philadelphia which was launched in 2012 through a partnership with the Center for Urban Theological Studies as well as extensions in Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, and Tennessee. A non-denominational institution, Lancaster Bible College’s mission is to “educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ my serving Him in the Church and society.”

Lancaster Bible College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, including 1,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation (since 1964) as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 1982), the College offers a range of undergraduate degrees, accelerated undergraduate programs, and seminary and graduate degrees through the Capital Seminary and Graduate School. The College boasts a high overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 73%. The College’s admittance rate is 79%. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 91% of beginning, undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 14:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 91%
  •         Admittance Rate: 68%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 79%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 73%

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Trinity Bible College

Trinity Bible College is a private, Christian institution of biblical higher education located on the east side of Ellendale, North Dakota on a beautiful 28 acre campus. The College was founded in 1948 by the Reverend L.E. Englar, a North Dakota pastor, along with the support of the Reverend G.L. Riffe and Reverend W.H. Kesler. Trinity Baptist College held its first classes at Devils Lake, North Dakota with an original enrollment of just 18 students. Overtime, the school expanded, outgrowing its facilities in 1960. At that time the Assemblies of God church in Aberdeen, South Dakota offered the school the use of their newly constructed building, prompting the school to move and change its original name to the Hub City Bible Institute. By 1967 the school had experienced enough growth that the need for an even larger facility caused the Bible Institute to move and again change names, this time becoming known as the Trinity Bible Institute. In 1972 the school relocated for the last time and adopted its current name.

Trinity Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has a total enrollment of more than 200, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Trinity Bible College’s mission is to be “committed to training and educating people with theological reflection and missional passion, in order that people and communities everywhere will hear the good news of Jesus and see His love demonstrated.” A Bachelor of Arts degree in the areas of ministry and education are offered, as well as a Master of Arts in Missional Leadership. Trinity boasts an overall retention rate of 68% with an overall graduation rate of 46%. 42% of applicants are admitted and 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 13:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  •         Admittance Rate: 42%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 68%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 46%

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Apex School of Theology

Located in Durham, North Carolina, Apex School of Theology (ASOT) is a private Christian institution of higher education with an African-American culture. Originally called the Apex Academy School of Religion, the School was established in 1995. Founded by the Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Perkins, pastor of the historic, Apex First Baptist Church in Apex, NC, the School’s mission has always been to reach and serve local clergy who desire formal theological training but lack the funds to afford tuition at most other seminaries. In order to effectively reach and serve these students, the faculty and staff of ASOT serve at a minimal stipend as a way of giving back to the faith community. ASOT’s motto has always been, “Training Christian Leaders for the 21st Century,” and the school strives to be faithful to its original mission of preparing “clergy and laity for service in churches, Christian ministries and the community.”

Apex School of Theology has held accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools since 2000. At the undergraduate level, an Associates of Christian Education is available as well as a Bachelor of Theology. Graduate degree program offerings include a Master of Christian Education, M.A. in Christian Counseling, M.A. in Biblical Counseling, Master of Divinity, and a Doctor of Ministry. Many of ASOT’s courses are offered online and offer students the opportunity to acquire an education of equal quality to the school’s on-campus programs. ASOT has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 970 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The School has an admittance rate of 100% and boasts extremely high overall retention and graduation rates of 97% and 95%, respectively. 94% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 17:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 94%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 97%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 95%

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Columbia International University

Columbia International University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Columbia, South Carolina. Established in 1923, the University began as Columbia Bible School and had the original purpose of providing a two year course in biblical studies for local mill workers. Just four years later, in 1927, the decision was made to convert the Bible School into a college with the intent of offering bachelor’s degrees in Bible. By 1960, the school outgrew its original facilities and relocated to its current location on Monticello Road in Columbia, South Carolina. Today, Columbia International University boasts a total student population of 1,000, including more than 500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. As a multidenominational institution, Columbia International University welcomes students from all Christian walks. The University’s purpose is to “educate from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.”

Columbia International University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1948. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs, online studies, and graduate and seminary programs are available. All undergraduate students are required to major in Bible in addition to their chosen area of study. Additional bachelor degree programs include the areas of Bible Teaching, Business & Organizational Leadership, Church Ministry, Communication, Digital Media & Cinema, English, General Studies, Humanities, Intercultural Studies, International Community Development, Media Arts, Middle Eastern Studies, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Sport Management, Teacher Education, Youth Ministry, Family & Culture, and Advanced Biblical & Theological Studies (a 5-year dual B.A./M.Div. program). Columbia International University admits 34% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. 86% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 14:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 86%
  •         Admittance Rate: 34%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 73%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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Nazarene Bible College

Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nazarene Bible College is a private, four year, co-educational, Christian institution of biblical higher education. Though one of ten Nazarene institutions of higher education in the United States, Nazarene Bible College is one of only two institutions in the nation that have been charged by the denomination with the relatively exclusive task of preparing ministers and is the only U.S. institution of the Church of the Nazarene to have been given the responsibility and funding to provide a multicultural contextual education. Nazarene Bible College’s mission is to “glorify Jesus Christ as Lord by preparing adults to evangelize, disciple and minister to the world.” The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 800, all of whom are undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Nazarene Bible College holds accreditation through two governing bodies, the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1976) and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which granted its accreditation in 2006.

Nazarene Bible College offers a number of certificate programs, an Associate of Arts in Ministry degree, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree with majors in Bible and Theology; Christian Counseling; Christian Educational Ministries; Christian School Education; Counseling for Christian Ministries; Hispanic Pastoral Ministries; Leadership and Ethics; Pastoral Leadership; and Pastoral Ministries. Those who graduate from Nazarene Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree and a major in Pastoral ministries meet the Church of the Nazarene’s requirements for ordination. Nazarene Bible College admits 100% of applicants and boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 100% with an overall graduation rate of 40%. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 9:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 100%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 40%

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Faith Theological Seminary

Faith Theological Seminary is a private, conservative evangelical Christian institution located in Baltimore, Maryland. Formally established in 1937, Faith Theological Seminary traces its roots back to the Princeton Theological Seminary, specifically to the time when the Modernist-Fundamentalist controversy arose in the institution. This conflict caused a split among the faculty, causing many of them to leave Princeton. Many of these men went on to create a new institution, Faith Theological Seminary, as a result of this split. Originally located in Wilmington, Delaware, the school outgrew its facilities and moved multiple times, first to Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, then to 70th Avenue in Philadelphia, and finally to Baltimore, Maryland in 2004 where the Seminary continues to operate today. Faith Theological Seminary’s mission is “to prepare men and women for the dissemination of the Gospel of Jesus Christ locally and globally.” This mission is accomplished “by teaching the inspired, inerrant, infallible Word of God efficiently and training in practical ministry.” Faith Theological Seminary endeavors to “produce graduates, who do the work of missionaries, pastors, and theological teachers through preaching, teaching, and applying the Word of God by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Faith Theological Seminary obtained accreditation through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools in 2010. Four degree programs and a single certificate program including a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, a Master of Divinity, a Doctor of Ministry, and a Doctor of Theology. Classes are taught by experienced faculty members nearly all of whom hold doctorate or terminal degrees. The Seminary has a total enrollment figure of 150 students, including 70 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Faith Theological Seminary boasts high overall retention and graduation rates of 89% and 92%, respectively and admits 64% of applicants.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 64%
  •         Admittance Rate: 64%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 89%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 92%

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Appalachian Bible College

Appalachian Bible College (abbreviated ABC) is a private, non-profit, Christian college of biblical higher education located in Mount Hope, West Virginia, north of Beckley. While not formally affiliated with any particular denomination, ABC generally serves independent churches within the fundamental Bible and Baptist associations. Established in 1950, the College’s mission is to equip “servants through a biblical curriculum of quality academics and guided Christian Service that nurtures Christ-like character leading to effectiveness in passionately serving the fundamental church community.” ABC’s core values include the 5 P’s: Primacy of the Bible; Passion for Servanthood; Priority of the Church; Pursuit of a Biblical Worldview; and Practice of Integrity. ABC has a total enrollment of nearly 300, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Appalachian Bible College has been accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education since 1967 and in 2000 was granted additional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The school offers a number of undergraduate majors which include, Bible & Theology; Camping; Elementary Education (WV State Certified); Interdisciplinary Ministry; Missions Ministry (Language, Internship, Nursing, & TESOL); Music Ministry (Choral, Piano, & Voice); Pastoral Ministry (English Bible, Greek N.T.); and Youth and Family Ministry (Biblical Counseling). ABC awards Associate of Arts degrees, Bachelor of Arts degrees, a Master of Arts in Ministry, and also offers Online Learning via ABC Connect. ABC offers a several ministries in which students may participate, including Bible Camps, Retreats, Outdoor Education, and more. The College boasts a high overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 53%. ABC admits just 48% of applicants and 100% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 15:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 48%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 78%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 53%

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Clarks Summit University (formerly Summit University)

Clarks Summit University (previously known as Summit University) is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1932, Clarks Summit University was originally established as the Baptist Bible Seminary in Johnson City, New York. In the 1960’s the school relocated to its current campus after outgrowing its original location. Today, Clarks Summit University has a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students, including approximately 550 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University boasts a beautiful, suburban, 141 acre campus just outside of Scranton in South Abington Township. Affiliated with Independent Baptist denomination, Clarks Summit University’s mission is to offer students a biblical higher education and seeks to strengthen the church of God and influence society “by cultivating an environment that promotes academic excellence and Christlikeness.”

Clarks Summit University is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1968) as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 1984). A variety of traditional and online undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered through the University’s three schools which include the School of Theology, School of Arts & Sciences, and School of Education. Several graduate programs are also available through the University’s Graduate Academic department; the Baptist Bible Seminary portion of Clarks Summit University also offers a number of ministry-related master’s and doctoral degrees. Clarks Summit University boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 59%; the University admits 61% of applicants. Financial aid is readily available as 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or student loans.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 61%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 74%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 59%

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Grace University

Currently located in Omaha, Nebraska, Grace University is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Founded in 1943, Grace University’s mission is to “develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world through excellence in biblically-integrated education and through life change in a personal, discipling environment, all for the glory of God.”Committed to a Christian philosophy of education, Grace University has designed every facet of its programs to be “conditioned and directed by a Christ-centered, biblical perspective.” Grace University’s current campus is located a short walk from the historic downtown business district of Omaha, however it was recently announced that the University would be moving to the former Dana College campus in Blair, NE in May of 2018. This new location is about 25 miles northwest of Omaha and features a large 100-plus acre campus, overlooking a portion of the Missouri River Valley.

Grace University has long been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1948) and was also granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1994. The University offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and an adult degree completion program. Undergraduate majors are offered in the areas of Business & Technology, Christian Ministries, Communication Studies, English, Intercultural Studies, Music, Nursing, Psychology, and Teacher Education. The university also offers a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Education, Master of Arts in School Counseling, a Graduate ELL Endorsement, and graduate-level Counseling programs. Grace University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 500 students, with approximately 400 undergraduate students and a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. 59% of applicants are admitted and the University boasts an overall retention rate of 93% with an overall graduation rate of 46%. All beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 12:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 59%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 93%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 46%

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Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Located in Ankeny, Iowa, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is a private undergraduate and graduate institution of Christian higher education. Established by William H. Jordan, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary came into existence in 1921. After hearing famous evangelist, Dwight L. Moody speak at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago about the importance of training workers for the Christian ministry, William H. Jordan felt burdened to see the establishment of schools that would carry out this mission. Thus prompted, Jordan originally established the school in Omaha, Nebraska; in 1967 the school relocated to Ankeny, having outgrown its former facilities. In the 1980’s the school – at that time just the college portion – merged with the Denver Baptist Bible College and added the seminary portion of the institution. Today, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary has a total enrollment of 270 students, including 230 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1969, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary also holds accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (granted in 1996). Faith Baptist Bible College offers undergraduate programs in the areas of Assistant Pastor; Biblical Studies; Elementary Education; Local Church Ministries; Missions; Music Education; Office Administration; Pastoral Training; Sacred Music; and Secondary English Education along with a number of minor program offerings. The Theological Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Religion; Master of Arts in Biblical Studies; Master of Arts in Practical Theology; Master of Arts in Theological Studies; and a Master of Divinity. The institution boasts high overall retention and graduation rates of 80% and 66%, respectively, and admits 64% of applicants. 100% of all beginning, full-time students do receive some type of financial aid assistance, whether in the form of scholarships or grants.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 11:1
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 64%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 80%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 66%

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Saint Louis Christian College

St. Louis Christian College is a private, four year, undergraduate Bible college. Located in the city of Florissant, Missouri, about 20 minutes away from downtown St. Louis, the Christian College’s 35-acre campus offers a comfortable suburban setting. Featuring both men’s and women’s residence halls and campus apartments on-campus, several of the College’s classrooms are equipped with “smart” technology. Founded in 1956, since its inception the College has endeavored to provide a Biblically-centered higher education in order to equip men and women to serve as leaders who will impact the world for Christ. Beginning with just eleven faculty members and less than two dozen students, St. Louis Christian College’s enrollment figure has grown to approximately 175 undergraduate students with a student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1. Today, the College’s mission statement declares its purpose to pursue excellence in the Word and develop servant leaders for urban, suburban, rural and global ministry.

St. Louis Christian College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1977. Nearly a dozen undergraduate degree programs are offered as well as three certificate programs. Traditional degree programs include several areas of ministry, such as Children’s, Christian, Preaching, Student, and Behavioral Ministry; Worship and Music; Intercultural & Urban Missions; and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). The College’s Christian Ministry degree is also available as an online or evening program. St. Louis Christian College is committed to developing both relational ministry skills as well as academic excellence in students and keeps class sizes small in order that professors have time and opportunity to engage with each of their students on a personal level. By the numbers, St. Louis Christian College ranks rather well with an overall retention rate of 82%, an overall graduation rate of 38%. 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial aid and the College has an admittance rate of 36%.

  •         Faculty to Student Ratio: 7
  •         Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  •         Admittance Rate: 36%
  •         Overall Retention Rate: 82%
  •         Overall Graduation Rate: 38%

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Emmaus Bible College

Emmaus Bible College is a private, four-year Christian institution. Located in the west side of Dubuque, Iowa on a twenty-four acre campus, the city of Dubuque is home to approximately 60,000 residents and serves as the metropolitan center of at least 250,000 people within the Iowa/Wisconsin/Illinois tri-state area. Established in 1941, Emmaus Bible School was founded by R.E. Harlow, John Smart, and C. Ernest Tatham. Only a few years before creating the school, Harlow, who at the time was serving as a missionary in the Belgian Congo, had felt burdened to create a school in North America where students could engage in intense study of the bible where “the principles of the New Testament could be taught without compromise.” Named for the events which happened in the ancient village of Emmaus as recorded in Luke 24:13, Emmaus Bible College describes its mission as being to glorify God by equipping learners to impact the world for Christ through faithful and effective service in their ministries, professions, and communities. Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1986 as well as by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (granted in 2006), Emmaus Bible College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 250 undergraduate students with a student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. A range of academic programs are available through the College’s several departments, covering the areas of Applied Mathematics, Bible & Theology, Business Administration, Computer Studies, Counseling Psychology, Educational Ministries, General Education, Health Sciences, Intercultural Studies, Music, and Teacher Education. Emmaus Bible College holds daily chapel services for students, staff, and faculty and all full-time students are required to attend. All certificate and degree graduates are also required to read through the entire Bible during a single academic year. Emmaus boasts high overall retention and graduation rates of 83% and 75%, respectively, and has an admittance rate of 35%.

  • Faculty to Student Ratio: 9:1
  • Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Admittance Rate: 35%
  • Overall Retention Rate: 83%
  • Overall Graduation Rate: 75%

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