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The 50 Best Christian Colleges in the U.S.


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.

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Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Applicants accepted: 55%
Receive scholarship/aid: 96%
Return after freshman year: 79%
Graduate within six years: 56%


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

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


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


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


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