The 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S.

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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%

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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%

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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%

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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%

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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%

 

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