The 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S.

by Michael Templeton on July 29, 2014

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This list attempts to present a ranking of Christian colleges and universities taking into consideration a variety of quantitative values. We first began with regionally accredited schools that were also either accredited by TRACS or a member/affiliate of CCCU. Focusing on these accredited schools, the ranking was compiled considering which offered the highest degree of personal attention (student-to-faculty ratio), selectivity (acceptance rate), financial assistance (% receiving financial aid), and student satisfaction (retention and graduation rates). These factors were all given equal weight.

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At the end of the day, we agree even using these quantitative and objective factors, there is always going to be a level of subjectivity when building a list entitled “the best.” We recognize there are many ways to rank schools, and this list represents only one way. With all of that disclaimer, we still believe this list serves as a good and useful starting point for students searching for a high quality Christian education.

50. Emmanuel College

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Founded in 1919, Emmanuel College (EC) is located in Franklin Springs, GA. This liberal arts school is affiliated with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church. The academic training at EC is built upon the foundation of a liberal arts core with over 30 areas of study for undergraduates to choose from. EC academic programs are particularly strong in Christian ministry, education and business majors, with the teacher education and professional development program bringing in 27% of enrolled undergraduate students. With the combination of an excellent financial aid program and very low student-to-faculty ratio, EC is an excellent choice for any student.

Additional school information
www.ec.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Applicants accepted: 48%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 67%
Graduating within six years: 46%

49. Eastern Nazarene College

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Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) was started in 1900 and is located in Quincy, MA. This institution is known for its strong religious and science education. ENC takes pride in its graduating student’s acceptance record for graduate, medical and law schools. Cooperative programs offered with Northeastern University and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences along with a high quality Christian liberal arts education in over 80 programs of study, give this institution a very strong academic position among the schools in our ranking. The founding fathers of the college saw no conflict between the pursuit of the highest in Christian faith and education and this is reflected in the rigor of the academic programs and expectations of the faculty at this institution.

Additional School Information
www1.enc.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 22:1
Applicants accepted: 56%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 75%
Graduating within six years: 50%

48. George Fox University

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George Fox University (GFU) was founded in 1885 as a school for Quakers. The school has since grown to over 3,500 students from its combined campuses in Newberg, Portland, Salem and Redmond, Oregon, making it the second largest private university in Oregon. GFU is affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. The undergraduate program offers more than 40 majors, 45 minors and six pre-professional programs. Graduate students have a choice of over 10 masters level programs and 3 doctoral degrees. Rarely do you find a school with this breadth of academic choices while still maintaining such a low student-to-faculty ratio. The religious roots in the Friends tradition fosters deep and meaningful relationships on campus and in the surrounding communities.

Additional School Information
www.georgefox.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 75%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 97%
Return after freshman year: 82%
Graduating within six years: 62%

47. Northwest Nazarene University

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Founded in 1913 as a combination grade school and Bible school, Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), continues to educate and train its student body with a rigorous Bible-based education. This liberal arts institution has 3 regional locations in addition to their main campus in Nampa, Idaho. Academic offerings are served up through 60 areas of study in five academic schools: School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Business, School of Education, Social Work and Counseling, School of Health and Science and the School of Theology and Christian Ministries. The combination of a strong academic program, abundant financial aid packages and a vibrant student life makes NNU an excellent choice.

Additional School Information
www.nnu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 62%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 80%
Graduating within six years: 49%

46. Oklahoma Wesleyan University

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Oklahoma Wesleyan College (OWC) is located in Bartlesville, OK and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. OWC offers over 35 majors through the following academic divisions: The Chesapeake Energy School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Religion and Philosophy, the School of Education and the School of Nursing. Online degree programs are offered in multiple undergraduate and graduate fields and enable just about any student’s demanding schedule the opportunity to pursue his or her education goals. This liberal arts community is built upon four foundational ideas: 1) The Primacy of Jesus Christ, 2)The Priority of Scripture, 3)The Pursuit of Truth and 4) The Pursuit of Wisdom.

Additional School Information
www.okwu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 49%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 59%
Graduating within six years: 57%

45. Roberts Wesleyan College

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Beginning as Chili Seminary in 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) is a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Free Methodist Church that is located in North Chili, NY. RWC offers over 50 majors and programs for undergraduate students, 13 graduate programs and 8 different online degree programs. Each program is undergirded by the commitment to educate the whole person so every graduate is prepared to play a part in societal transformation. Students at RWC also are able to enjoy a wide variety of on and off campus activities to balance out their academic responsibilities. Local and international opportunities also embody this holistic approach to not only shaping each student but also the communities they interact with.

Additional School Information
www.roberts.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 73%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 80%
Graduate within six years: 61%

44. Bethel College

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Bethel College (BC) is a Christian liberal arts college that is affiliated with the Missionary Church that was founded in 1947. More than 50 areas of study are offered through Bethel’s five colleges. Students have a wide range of study topics that range from sign language interpretation to applied politics. BC has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report and the Templeton Honor Roll of Character Building Colleges. Study abroad programs, short-term mission trips and local community involvement rounds out the overall experience offered at this well respected institution.

Additional School Information
www.bethelcollege.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 72%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 75%
Graduate within six years: 65%

43. Master’s College & Seminary

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The Master’s College & Seminary (MCS) was originally formed in 1927 in downtown Los Angeles, CA. The college was handed over to John F. MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church, due to waning support from regular Baptist churches. MCS is currently affiliated with the non-denominational evangelical Christian church. The college continues to receive national recognition as one of the top comprehensive baccalaureate colleges in the Western U.S. Undergraduates undergo a rigorous liberal arts core and then have over 13 majors and 58 areas of study to choose from. Graduate programs are also offered in the fields of Biblical counseling, Biblical studies and obtaining teacher credentials. Whether you are seeking undergraduate, graduate or degree completion training, MCS continues to grow in its reputation as a national leader.

Additional School Information
www.masters.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
Applicants accepted: 61%
Receive scholarship or grant aid: 95%
Return after freshman year: 77%
Graduate within six years: 54%

42. William Jessup University

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William Jessup University (WJU) is a small liberal arts institution with two campuses, one in Rocklin, CA and the other campus in San Jose, CA. WJU’s academics offer a variety of traditional undergraduate programs along with accelerated adult programs, online programs and graduate programs. The liberal arts based undergraduate program offers a good mix of degree choices and a low student-to-faculty ratio. WJU focuses on the spiritual development of its full-time students by requiring regular chapel attendance which is facilitated by two chapel services every week. The combination of an excellent financial aid package and very high freshman retention rate make this an excellent choice for any incoming freshman.

Additional School Information
www.jessup.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 69%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 82%
Graduate within six years: 56%

41. Spring Arbor University

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Founded in 1873, Spring Arbor University (SAU) is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church and offers over 95 academic majors and programs to choose from in addition to their graduate and professional studies programs. SAU is the largest liberal arts, Evangelical, Christian University located in the state of Michigan and has been helping students bring faith and education together for over 140 years. Students can choose from 15 regional sites, with over a dozen learning sites in Michigan and others in Ohio. The first class academic training is coupled with a strong emphasis on developing strong Christian character and putting that into practice through on campus and local community involvement. SAU’s philosophy is summed up in the following quote, “No matter how good your grades are and no matter how intellectual you become, if your intellect and passions are not rooted in Christ, nothing you do will truly prosper.”

Additional School Information
www.arbor.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 65%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 78%
Graduate within six years: 57%

40. Hope International University

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Hope International University (HIU) is a private, non-denominational Christian institution with its main campus in Fullerton, CA and other education centers in Corona and Anaheim, CA and Everett, WA. HIU consists of five colleges offering both undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs. A commitment to the integration of faith, service and learning is reflected in every activity offered to students at HIU both on and off campus. Whether you are looking for student activities, campus ministries, study abroad programs or community projects, HIU has more than academics to keep you busy.

Additional School Information
www.hiu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 47%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 98%
Return after freshman year: 74%
Graduate within six years: 45%

39. Mount Vernon Nazarene University

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) believes that learning happens best in community and this institution puts a lot of energy and resources towards developing a strong and vibrant community with this goal in mind. Whether you are a undergraduate choosing from the 80 different areas of study or 50 student-led organizations there is something for just about every student in each of these categories. The strong emphasis upon MVNU as a community is reinforced through the lifestyle guidelines that each student is expected to support and uphold through a code of honesty while part of the school’s community. This sort of tight knit community is not for everyone, but for students that thrive in this setting, MVNU holds out a great opportunity.

Additional School Information
www.gotomvnu.com/
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 63%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 97%
Return after freshman year: 76%
Graduate within six years: 61%

38. Houghton College

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Founded in 1883, Houghton College (HC) is located in Houghton, NY. HC is a Christ-centered liberal arts private college that offers undergraduate degrees in 48 fields and has recently added its first graduate degree program in the field of music. U.S. News & World Report ranked HC as a Best National Liberal Arts College in their 2014 Best College Rankings. Many other national and regional recognitions have been earned by HC in recent years. Close proximity to both Buffalo and Rochester, NY give students a lot of choice for off campus involvement and enjoyment of these local communities. Lastly, whether you are looking for spiritual or professional growth, there is something for everyone when it comes to HC’s campus life.

Additional School Information
www.houghton.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 91%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 88%
Graduate within six years: 74%

37. Oklahoma Baptist University

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Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top five baccalaureate colleges in the western region of the U.S., Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) stands tall among Oklahoma’s private and public universities. OBU has maintained the honors of being Oklahoma’s highest rated regional college in the U.S. News & World Report ranking for 18 consecutive years. Other top ranking honors have been bestowed upon OBU by Forbes and the Princeton Review. OBU offers 10 undergraduate degrees in 84 areas of study. OBU advertises itself as a community of faculty, staff and students “that works and plays very hard.” The well balanced combination of a very diverse academic program and active campus life, makes OBU a great choice for any student.

Additional School Information
www.okbu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 56%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 74%
Graduate within six years: 55%

36. Biola University

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Founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Biola University (BU) is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts university located in La Mirada, CA. BU has not strayed very far, if any, from its historically conservative evangelical doctrinal positions. The administration ensures faculty keep the school’s academic trajectory in this conservative direction by requiring every faculty member upon first hire and upon tenure application to submit their positions on key points to the Talbot School of Theology for evaluation. BU has a depth of academic offerings that is rivaled by few other institutions in this list. There are over 145 academic programs offered through 6 schools and degrees ranging from baccalaureate to doctoral.

Additional School Information
www.biola.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
Applicants accepted: 73%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 93%
Return after freshman year: 86%
Graduate within six years: 68%

35. Point Loma Nazarene University

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Located on the oceanfront in San Diego, CA, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) has one of the most beautiful university settings that a student could hope for. In addition to fabulous weather and beautiful beaches, PLNU has more than 60 undergraduate areas of study and 5 graduate programs. Campus programs such as the speech and debate team excel at the national level competing with schools like UC Berkeley and UCLA. PLNU strives to help students strike a balance between the books and a holistic development of the whole person by offering numerous professional and spiritual opportunities on and off campus. There is something for every student at PLNU.

Additional School Information
www.pointloma.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 67%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 86%
Return after freshman year: 83%
Graduate within six years: 72%

34. John Brown University

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Founded in 1919, John Brown University (JBU), still sits on its original 200 acre campus in Siloam Springs, AR. JBU offers 40 undergraduate majors, 47 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. Some of the most popular undergraduate programs are: engineering, graphic and web design, family and human services, early childhood education and business administration. The quality of the academic programs is supported by the low student-to-faculty ratio and the fact that 76% of the full-time faculty hold a doctoral or terminal degree. Administrators and faculty at JBU recognize that college is more than academics and the evidence is the value placed upon student involvement in student organizations, ministries and various local and international opportunities given to students. All of these highlights are topped off with an excellent freshman retention rate and very competitive financial aid offerings.

Additional School Information
www.jbu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 70%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 95%
Return after freshman year: 84%
Graduate within six years: 65%

33. Taylor University

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Taylor University (TU) carries the proud distinction as one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in America, having been founded in 1846. TU is not only recognized for its longevity but also as the top ranked Midwest Regional College for 6 years straight by U.S. News & World Report. Undergraduates have over 90 programs in 61 majors to choose from in addition to the abundant internship and international study programs TU offers each and every student. TU has two of its own international study programs, one in Ecuador and the other located in Ireland. Students are immersed in a “whole person, whole world” milieu in every aspect of their academic, professional and spiritual training.

Additional School Information
www.taylor.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Applicants accepted: 88%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 88%
Graduate within six years: 74%

32. North Park University

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North Park University (NPU) has a deep and aged tradition in the liberal arts and Christian faith. NPU was founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church. Geography gives this school and its students a competitive advantage when it comes to enjoying the academic and social benefits of being so close to a large urban center like Chicago. In addition to a vibrant student life, NPU offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and programs, a variety of graduate and seminary programs all combined with the flexibility of on campus and online course offerings. Lastly, for the student looking to enjoy a very high level of diversity, NPU is the choice that will not disappoint.

Additional School Information
www.northpark.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 52%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 98%
Return after freshman year: 72%
Graduate within six years: 56%

31. Eastern University

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Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, Eastern University (EU) was established in 1925 and serves up a comprehensive liberal arts education with both undergraduate and graduate programs. There are five schools that offer up 35 majors and 34 minors with additional pre-professional programs education certifications. Students also can select from a very flexible online and blended online degree program for either undergraduate or graduate degrees. Resident students are able to benefit from EU’s offerings of campus activities and student led organizations that give each student the opportunity to broaden their professional preparation.

Additional School Information
www.eastern.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
Applicants accepted: 64%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 80%
Graduate within six years: 55%

30. Crown College

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Crown College (CC) was founded in 1916 as St. Paul Bible Institute. CC is located about 30 minutes west of Minneapolis, MN. Undergraduates have more than 30 accredited majors to choose from at this Christian and Missionary Alliance affiliated institution. In addition to the these academic offerings, students can enjoy the beautiful 215 acre campus that is located in one of the most attractive, lake dotted portions of Minnesota. The sprawling campus has its own 18 hole disc golf course and miles of trails to help students train not only their minds but also their bodies. The very high ranking affordability of CC only adds to all of this to make this an excellent choice for any student.

Additional School Information
www.crown.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Applicants accepted: 55%
Receive scholarship/aid: 96%
Return after freshman year: 79%
Graduate within six years: 56%

29. Bluffton University

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Founded in 1899 as Central Mennonite College, Bluffton University (BU) is a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA. Students at BU are held to a honor system that pervades every aspect of their training while attending this institution. Honesty and integrity are put to the test as students sit for exams without a proctor and are asked to write and sign the honor pledge on each and every exam. BU’s academic offerings are comprised of 85 majors, minors and interdisciplinary programs and graduate programs.

Additional School Information
www.bluffton.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Applicants accepted: 53%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 68%
Graduate within six years: 60%

28. Hardin-Simmons University

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For over 100 years, Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) has been nurturing and developing the minds and hearts of its students in Abilene, TX. HSU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and originally stated its purpose as “to lead students to Christ, teach them of Christ and train them for Christ.” Seven undergraduate degrees, 8 Masters level degrees and 3 doctoral degrees are offered through HSU’s 7 academic divisions. The low student-to-faculty ratio alongside the fact that over 90% of the faculty hold terminal degrees in their field help ensure the academic training at HSU fulfills its mission to provide an excellent education that will help each graduate stand tall in the marketplace.

Additional School Information
www.hsutx.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 38%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 97%
Return after freshman year: 66%
Graduate within six years: 51%

27. University of Northwestern – St. Paul

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Originally established in 1902 as a Bible and missionary training school, the University of Northwestern – St. Paul (UNSP) is the only non-denominational Christian private college in Minnesota. One of the school’s claim to fame is that Billy Graham served as the school’s president from 1948-1952. The school’s location in the heart of the twin cities, St. Paul and Minneapolis, offers abundant opportunities for students to receive hands on training in their fields and also to put their faith into practice through a variety of ministry and professional development opportunities. UNSP offers undergraduates over 70 areas of study to choose from and graduates have 6 different programs of study.

Additional School Information
www.unwsp.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
Applicants accepted: 69%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 80%
Graduate within six years: 68%

26. Seattle Pacific University

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Affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, Seattle Pacific University (SPU) was founded in 1891 originally as Seattle Seminary. SPU’s main campus is located on a 43 acre plot in a residential neighborhood just 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle. The school also has a wilderness field station on Blakely Island that specializes in biology and a retreat center in a old military fort. As with most universities in close proximity to major urban centers, SPU’s location gives its students an amazing hands on classroom to link the classroom to their professional development through internships, research and ministry opportunities. In addition to this urban classroom, SPU’s location offers unparalleled recreational opportunities so students can unwind after a long day of study. The academic programs are equally enticing. Undergraduates can choose from 62 majors, 55 minors and 40 areas of concentration. Graduates have their choice of 20 degree programs, 39 concentrations, 5 doctoral programs and 14 graduate certificates. When you step back and consider the opportunities SPU brings to the table for a wide diversity of students, it should be no surprise that you find this institution near the half-way mark in our ranking.

Additional School Information
www.spu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Applicants accepted: 72%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 97%
Return after freshman year: 84%
Graduate within six years: 69%

25. Dallas Baptist University

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An institution’s end goal says a lot about what a student can expect and the end goal of Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is to produce Christ-centered servant leaders. With this goal in mind, DBU has labored for over 100 years first in Decatur and more recently in Dallas, TX. They have experienced fantastic growth, considering that in 1965 DBU welcomed its first class of over 500 students and today boasts of figures over 5,000 enrolled students. Degree options abound at DBU and cover the gamut from Associate degree programs to Doctoral programs and just about everything in between. Each degree level has numerous options for majors and minors and each offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to day, night or online course completion. To round things out, student activities abound, whether you are thinking of spiritual, physical or social development.

Additional School Information
www.dbu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Applicants accepted: 42%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 94%
Return after freshman year: 71%
Graduate within six years: 55%

24. Geneva College

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The Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America’s single undergraduate institution is Geneva College (GC), located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. GC was founded in 1848 and has a liberal arts academic program that awards associate and undergraduate degrees in 36 major areas of study. There are also 7 graduate study programs and multiple locations for adult degree completion programs, with two of those being fully online. Academic training is carried out from a distinctly Reformed Christian worldview and presupposes that God is the source of all truth. Campus life at GC offers opportunities in radio, sports, theater, concert choir and a host of ministry opportunities.

Additional School Information
www.geneva.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 68%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 79%
Graduate within six years: 67%

23. Samford University

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Founded as Howard College, Samford University (SU) is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention and is located in Homewood, AL, a suburb of Birmingham, AL. SU has achieved a no.3 ranking among Southern Regional Universities in the U.S. News & World Report. The university is divided into 8 different schools with each school having its own dean. The schools are: 1) Howard College of Arts and Science, 2) Brock School of Business, 3) Beeson Divinity School, 4) Beeson School of Education & Professional Studies, 5) Cumberland School of Law, 6) Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, 7) School of Arts, 8) McWhorter School of Pharmacy. More than 90% of faculty have earned the highest degree in their field of study. SU not only excels in the academic realm but also gives its students a first class campus and community life that strives to nurture and develop each student’s intellect, creativity, faith and personhood.

Additional School Information
www.samford.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Applicants accepted: 77%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 98%
Return after freshman year: 87%
Graduate within six years: 69%

22. Anderson University – Indiana

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Established in 1917, Anderson University (AU) offers an experience to students that is built upon the following core values; integrity, excellence, servant leadership, responsibility and generosity. Every undertaking, whether academic, campus activity or ministry, is supported by these core values. AU offers 7 undergraduate degrees in over 60 different majors and 11 graduate degrees. The leadership at AU takes pride in being comfortable with discomfort, that is discomfort produced by paradoxes that arise when one’s Christian faith and practice intersect challenges either in theory or in hands on training locally or internationally. In addition to a vibrant campus life, AU’s proximity to the major urban center of Indianapolis gives students plenty to keep busy with when they don’t have their heads buried in the books.

Additional School Information
www.anderson.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Applicants accepted: 55%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 75%
Graduate within six years: 57%

21. Cedarville University

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Originally affiliated with the conservative General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, Cedarville University (CU) is today an independent Baptist school. CU offers academic programs for undergraduate, graduate and online degree programs in over 100 areas of study. The Christian faith is integrated into every aspect of life at CU, exhibited by a commitment to the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, creationist approach to scientific research and study, required Bible minor and required chapel services to name only a few. The academic programs are equally rigorous and have earned CU a variety of national recognitions. An intentional design of curriculum, student life and ministry helps CU produce graduates that are highly sought after for their professional expertise and strong character.

Additional School Information
www.cedarville.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 74%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 95%
Return after freshman year: 85%
Graduate within six years: 73%

20. Asbury University

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Asbury University (AU) is a Christian, liberal arts university in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition but is a non-denominational school. Degree programs are offered in more than 50 majors and 38 minors. Undergraduate majors are divided into three distinct schools, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication and the School of Education. AU boasts an extremely high freshman retention rate and attracts many of the top percentile of each graduating class from all over the nation. Being primarily a resident student body, with more than 80% of the student population choosing to live on campus, students can experience a vibrant campus life located only 20 minutes southwest of Lexington.

Additional School Information
www.asbury.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 66%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 97%
Return after freshman year: 84%
Graduate within six years: 64%

19. Eastern Mennonite University

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Eastern Mennonite University was established in in 1917 and is located in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. EMU serves up an academic program that is heavily weighted towards the service-oriented professions such as healthcare, education, social work and ministry. The undergraduate, graduate and seminary programs are taught from a distinct Mennonite Anabaptist perspective with a strong emphasis on cross-cultural awareness, care for creation and service to others. These academic programs can be accessed at the main campus, a satellite campus in Lancaster, PA, online or through EMU’s well known cross-cultural program. It’s no surprise that nearly 90% of EMU graduates find work in their field of study within 1 year of graduation.

Additional School Information
www.emu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 66%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 97%
Return after freshman year: 84%
Graduate within six years: 64%

18. Union University

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Founded in 1823, Union University (UU) is the oldest institution affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination. The university has developed a strong reputation for excellence evidenced in numerous national awards and is considered as one of top tier institutions in the Southern Region. UU is built upon four core values: 1) Excellence-drive, 2) Christ-centered, 3) People-focused and 4) Future-directed. These core values are fleshed-out in part through the academic program which is administered through 8 different schools of study that all serve up a multitude of choices for degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Union’s campus life gives students the opportunity to round out their university experience by participation in Greek life, student-led organizations and ministry that all reach well beyond the campus boundaries.

Additional School Information
www.uu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Applicants accepted: 74%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 92%
Graduate within six years: 64%

17. Oral Roberts University

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Oral Roberts University (ORU) is an interdenominational Christian institution located in Tulsa, OK. The whole person is central to everything that happens at ORU. The ORU experience touches the mind, body and spirit through rigorous academics, vibrant student life and a strong emphasis upon international outreach. This international emphasis can be experienced to some degree with the large number of international students on ORU’s campus representing over 65 different countries. Students graduating from ORU’s pre-professional programs enjoy very high acceptance rates into medical schools all across the country. Undergraduates can choose from 18 degree programs and graduate programs are offered in business and education.

Additional School Information
www.oru.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Applicants accepted: 44%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 96%
Return after freshman year: 80%
Graduate within six years: 53%

16. Bryan College

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Born out of desire to educate from a Biblical perspective in the midst of the Scopes Trial in 1925, Bryan College (BC) is a liberal arts college that has stayed true to that founding desire. BC is located at the foothills of the Smoky Mountains just 35 minutes north of Chattanooga. Undergraduate degrees are offered in more than 20 majors with over 60 distinct options within those majors. Additionally, the school offers online adult programs for both undergraduate and graduate degree levels. The college’s motto “Christ Above All” permeates the faculty, staff and students attending this institution.

Additional School Information
www.bryan.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
Applicants accepted: 38%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 88%
Return after freshman year: 75%
Graduate within six years: 62%

15. Covenant College

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Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America, Covenant College (CC) was established in 1955 and is located in Lookout Mountain, GA. Offering a liberal arts education from a Reformed perspective, CC strives to demonstrate the preeminence of Christ through every aspect of its academic programs and campus activities. The covenant community of faculty and students strives to help students mature primarily in three areas: 1) Identity in Christ, 2) Biblical frame of reference, and 3) Service that is Christ-like. The academic philosophy of CC aims to prepare students to be faithful stewards of the academic gifts God has given them. There are over 20 undergraduate degree programs and 2 graduate degree programs offered at CC.

Additional School Information
www.covenant.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 57%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 98%
Return after freshman year: 87%
Graduate within six years: 58%

14. Wheaton College

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Located in Wheaton, IL, Wheaton College (WC) sits 25 miles West of Chicago, IL. WC is ranked 20th among all national liberal arts colleges when it comes to the number of graduates that earn their PhDs. This excellence in academics has earned the college national recognition among liberal arts colleges and attracts students from all over the U.S. and the world. The academics at Wheaton are known and respected for their rigor and offer undergraduates 40 degree options and graduates have 14. The faculty of WC are the backbone of the college’s academic excellence and over 96% of full-time faculty hold earned doctorates or other terminal degrees. A strong emphasis is not only placed on academics but also on the residency of students, with approximately 88% of students living on campus.

Additional School Information
www.wheaton.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Applicants accepted: 69%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 73%
Return after freshman year: 95%
Graduate within six years: 87%

13. Lipscomb University

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Founded in 1891 and affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb University (LU) is a liberal arts university location Nashville, TN. Students at LU have a lot of choices when its comes to degree program whether they are a full time undergraduate or graduate, a part-time student looking for an adult degree completion program, online degree programs or something in between. Undergraduates have 8 degree programs in 78 majors or 145 areas of study. Graduates can choose from 25 different master’s degrees, 4 education specialist degrees and 3 doctoral degrees in 58 areas of study. The five pillars that support these academic programs and all campus activities are: 1) Faith, 2) Community, 3) Knowledge, 4) Innovation, and 5) Service. Like so many institutions in this list, LU strives to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence. This integration happens not only in LU’s classrooms but in local churches and communities near and far.

Additional School Information
www.lipscomb.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Applicants accepted: 53%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 76%
Graduate within six years: 54%

12. LeTourneau University

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Founded in 1946 as school to serve GIs returning from war, LeTourneau University (LU) carries on to educate, train and produce community members in the likes of its founder R.G. LeTourneau. The original mission of serving GIs put LU on a trajectory to provide some of the nation’s best professional and technical training with lots of hands-on learning opportunities. The engineering and aeronautical science degree programs are nationally recognized as being some of the best in the nation. There are more than 90 graduate and undergraduate academic programs offered at LU. Campus life offers over 50 student organizations, Greek life and a host of sports to help students round out their preparation at LU.

Additional School Information
www.letu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Applicants accepted: 41%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 78%
Graduate within six years: 53%

11. Calvin College

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Calvin College (CC) is affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America and is located on a 400 acre campus in Grand Rapids, MI. Majors or minors are offered in over 115 areas of study or pre-professional fields. The top areas of study at CC are education, business, engineering, biology, speech pathology, nursing, psychology, kinesiology, Spanish, social work and biochemistry. The reformed theological position provides a foundation for students that are trained and encouraged to play a significant role in culture and in forming it. This reformation perspective and approach can be felt in every aspect of a student’s day-to-day life while attending CC. Chapel services are rich and alive, ministry opportunities are abundant and engaging and the classroom provides the fuel for the fire that makes CC graduates some of the best equipped graduates in the nation.

Additional School Information
www.calvin.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Applicants accepted: 70%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 86%
Graduate within six years: 73%

10. Abilene Christian University

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Founded in 1906 and affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Abilene Christian University (ACU) has carried on its mission of “educating students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world” for over 100 years. ACU has historically held the distinction of being the largest U.S. organization that still requires daily chapel attendance and also has required Bible courses each student must take. The school advertises itself as “selective”, which is reflected in the 49% acceptance rate but also prides itself in one of the highest retention and graduation rates of any school in our list. Undergraduates at ACU may choose from 71 majors that include more than 125 areas of study. Graduate students have more 25 degree program to choose and one doctoral program. ACU’s pre-professional program success is reflected in the fact that pre-med students are accepted at a rate more than twice the national average and law students enjoy an acceptance rate of over 90%. Student life at ACU is equally engaging and diverse with just about every state in the U.S. and over 43 nations being represented. ACU continues to grow in its student population and national recognition as one of the top universities with the U.S. News & World Report ranking it as the top “Up and Coming” university in the West Region.

Additional School Information
www.acu.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
Applicants accepted: 49%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 70%
Return after freshman year: 90%
Graduate within six years: 80%

9. Corban University

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A gift dedicated to God is the meaning of corban and serves as the foundation of all that happens at this private, liberal arts university located in Salem, Oregon. Corban University (CU) was first established in 1935 in Phoenix, AZ but now has its main campus on a 142 acre wooded hillside on the outskirts of Salem, OR. CU’s faculty and administration strive to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice. CU offers undergraduate degrees in over 10 majors and numerous areas of study. The CU graduate programs are administered through three schools: 1) Hoff School of Business, 2) School of Education and Counseling and 3) School of Ministry. Exciting partnerships with Mars Hill Church and the Universitas Pelita Harapan (Indonesian University) give students two exciting options for expanding their worldview and vision of the role they will play in the world as a graduate of Corban. CU’s approach to campus life is summed up in the word adventure. The adventures offered to CU students range from international mission trips, beach parties, athletics to name only a few.

Additional School Information
www.corban.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 32%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 68%
Graduate within six years: 55%

8. Whitworth University

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Whitworth University (WU) is a private liberal arts university located in Spokane, WA that has educated the minds and hearts of its students since 1890. The university is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. National recognition for WU’s work abounds and has earned it a respected position as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West. WU offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These academic programs are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the education offered at WU. Opportunities abound for students to participate in research, internships, practicums and study abroad programs. Undergraduates choosing WU can take heart in the track record that 85% of its graduates finish in four years. WU prides itself not only in high retention and graduation percentages but also in the depth of experience and training that graduates benefit from. The “other side” of WU educational program is its student life. Answers to some of life’s most important questions are answered not in the classroom at WU but in the mentoring relationships and student activities.

Additional School Information
www.whitworth.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Applicants accepted: 65%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 97%
Return after freshman year: 85%
Graduate within six years: 74%

7. Westmont College

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Westmont College (WC) is a private, liberal arts, interdenominational college located in Santa Barbara, CA. WC receives lots of national recognition for its excellence, but one noteworthy recognition came in 2013 when the U.S. News & World Report ranked it 90th in its national list of liberal arts colleges. The academic programs, low student-to-faculty ratio and excellent faculty at WC are the foundation of this national recognition. Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are offered in 26 majors, 11 pre-professional programs and an elementary and secondary credentials program. Students are encouraged to make the most of the abundant offerings WC presents when it comes to balancing the book work with student activities. International and domestic exchanges, multiple internships opportunities and numerous student led organizations keep WC students busy with more than just books.

Additional School Information
www.westmont.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Applicants accepted: 70%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 88%
Graduate within six years: 76%

6. Messiah College

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Rooted in the Anabaptist, Pietist and Wesleyan traditions, Messiah College (MC) is a liberal arts college located in Grantham, PA that was founded in 1909. MC was founded by Brethren in Christ Church but is currently nondenominational. The college continues to emphasize an education that highlights service and leadership for its students. The academic program is anchored by MC’s four schools: 1) School of the Arts, 2) School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, 3) School of Science, 4) School of Engineering and Health, and 5) School of the Humanities. All undergraduates complete the general education curriculum and then have more than 80 majors and pre-professional programs to choose from. MC offers graduate students very flexible options with traditional, purely online and other flexible hybrid structures in order to facilitate degree completion by many non-traditional students. Messiah’s academic programs and well rounded campus life have earned it the U.S. News & World Report’s 4th ranked position in the North region. Additionally, MC’s study abroad programs has earned it top spots among all undergraduate institutions in the country.

Additional School Information
www.messiah.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 66%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 86%
Graduate within six years: 76%

5. Baylor University

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One of the first educational institutions west of the Mississippi River and the oldest continuously operating university in Texas, Baylor University (BU) has a tremendous history and reputation in academics, campus life and athletics. As rich and treasured as their history is, BU does not rely upon the past to earn it the no.5 position in our ranking. BU was ranked 75th out of 262 national universities in the 2014 “Best Colleges” ranking of the U.S. News & World Report. Whether you are considering value, academic excellence or campus life, BU maintains top rankings on the national scale each and every year. The academic programs offered at Baylor open up just about any career path that a student could think of and all of these paths come with room to explore. BU offers 150 undergraduate programs, 76 master’s and 22 doctoral programs. You will be hard pressed to find a more full and robust campus life at any private Christian institution. BU offers a very rich and rewarding student life that will equip every graduate to excel no matter what path they choose for their career.

Additional School Information
www.baylor.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Applicants accepted: 57%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 95%
Return after freshman year: 87%
Graduate within six years: 75%

4. Pepperdine University

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Located on a 830 acre campus overlooking the Pacific Ocean, Pepperdine University is situated on one of the most beautiful campuses in our list but has a lot more than beauty to offer to its students. Pepperdine was founded in 1937 and is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Pepperdine’s academic programs are administered through five schools headquartered at the Malibu campus and courses are taught at four graduate campuses in Southern California. Pepperdine also operates permanent program facilities in Washington, D.C., Germany, England, Italy, Switzerland, Argentina and China. Each of these schools and locations are knitted together with the common institutional idea that all would be done to the glory of God. The founder, Mr. Pepperdine, saw no contradiction between a goal of excellence in learning and profession and the goal of doing that to God’s glory. Pepperdine’s academics and student life continue to this day to keep God’s glory at the center of all that they do.

Additional School Information
www.pepperdine.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Applicants accepted: 37%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 68%
Return after freshman year: 91%
Graduate within six years: 80%

3. Goshen College

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Goshen College (GC) is a nationally ranked liberal arts college located in Goshen, IN and was established in 1894. GC has a strong thread of peace and productivity running through just about everything the college does. Having faith and an open mind is the starting point for to work towards a peaceful response to whatever challenges the world throws at them. What they call the “Goshen Core” aims to prepare every graduate to investigate complex problems with a multi-disciplinarian approach. Undergraduates have 37 majors to choose from in addition to a host of minors and concentrations that can be combined to suit each student’s desire based upon their chosen career path. GC currently offers four graduate degrees and a good variety of adult degree completion programs. In addition to these degree program, GC is known for its Study-Service Term (SST) in which students work and study in another country for three months. This program has students learning the host country’s language, history and culture while participating in service work in a very wide range of occupations. This experience combined with the top tier academic program and exciting campus life make GC one of our top choices.

Additional School Information
www.goshen.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
Applicants accepted: 55%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 85%
Graduate within six years: 70%

2. Gordon College

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Founded in 1889, Gordon College (GC) is a liberal arts college located in Wenham, MA just north of Boston. GC faculty and administration approach education as transformation and seek to create a context in which each student’s vocation is refined and opportunities to apply what they are learning abound. GC strives to keep the torch, that many of its neighboring institutions once carried, burning which works to integrate faith and learning and to train students to think holistically about the problems they will face in their professions. There are five components that provide the framework for this approach to education: 1) academic community, 2) mentors, 3) moral development, 4) professional development, and 5) developing the “tools of learning.” GC offers 38 majors and 41 concentrations from which students can chart their training and preparation as well as graduate degrees in education and music. In addition to these campus based options, student at GC have numerous global opportunities to broaden their view of the world and deepen their understanding of the problems they will have to be prepared to address upon graduation.

Additional School Information
www.gordon.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 41%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 99%
Return after freshman year: 80%
Graduate within six years: 71%

1. College of the Ozarks

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Charging no tuition, that’s right, ZERO, will catch just about any shopping student or parent’s attention. College of the Ozarks (CO) is able to offer this unique opportunity because of its student work program and generous donations. CO is not called “Hard Work U” for nothing! The student work program requires full-time students to work 15 hours at their assigned campus work station. This work experience not only results in the #2 ranking of affordability but it also gives students a great advantage upon graduation when entering the workforce. Students have over 40 majors to choose from and an almost equal number of minors along with 10 pre-professional programs. This combination of top rate academic training combined with a no-nonsense approach to hands on training and good dose of real world responsibility earns this institution the top spot in this list.

Additional School Information
www.cofo.edu
Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Applicants accepted: 13%
Receive scholarship/grant aid: 100%
Return after freshman year: 88%
Graduate within six years: 65%

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