The 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S.

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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%

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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%

Houghton IAB – The 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S.

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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%

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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%

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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%

 

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