Best Christian Colleges and Universities – South 2017

25-Best-Christian-Colleges-and-Universities-In-The-South-2017Highlighting schools that are the best of the best when it comes to overall quality, affordability, and student satisfaction, we at Christian Universities Online (CUO) are pleased to present the 25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South for 2017. Choosing a Christian college or university to attend is a serious decision with many individual factors to consider. In compiling this list of the best Christian colleges and universities by region, we hope to offer both parents and students a valuable resource which will help them in determining the best school which will meet their individual needs and goals.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). We then collected publicly available data for these schools in the following categories: 1) Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate. Each category received equal weight in calculating the final ranking.

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Shorter University

Shorter University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rome, Georgia. Shorter University was established in 1873 by Luther Rice Gwanltney, pastor of the Rome Baptist Church, as an all-women’s college called the Cherokee Baptist Female College. In 1877 the school was renamed Shorter Female College in honor of Alfred and Martha Shorter who made generous financial contributions to the college. It was not until the 1950’s when the school became coeducational that male students were admitted. In 2010 the school changed its name to Shorter University to better reflect the school’s expansion and growth. Shorter University’s mission is to advance “God’s Kingdom through a commitment to academic excellence, spiritual growth, Christian leadership, and global service within the context of a biblical worldview.” Shorter University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1923. Shorter University offers several undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges and schools as well as several online programs.

Shorter University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500 – the majority of which are undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Shorter University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Shorter University offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls. The University has an admittance rate of 69% and boasts an overall retention rate of 61% with an overall graduation rate of 45%. 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 69%
Overall Retention Rate: 61%
Overall Graduation Rate: 45%

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Bryan College

Bryan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dayton, Tennessee. Bryan College was established in 1930 during the aftermath of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925 following William Jennings Bryan’s wish that an institution would be built in Dayton, “to teach truth from a Biblical perspective.” Originally named the William Jennings Bryan University, the school’s stated purpose was to provide “for the purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a university for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible.” The school was later designated the William Jennings Bryan College in 1958; the name was then shorted to its current form in 1993. Bryan College’s mission is to educate “students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Bryan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. Bryan College offers residential undergraduate degree programs as well as adult and graduate studies. Bryan College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500 – the majority of which are undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Bryan College campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Bryan College offers on-campus housing to students through its four residential halls and student townhouses. Bryan College has an admittance rate of 48% and boasts an overall retention rate of 59% with an overall graduation rate of 53%. 96% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 96%
Applicants Admitted: 48%
Overall Retention Rate: 59%
Overall Graduation Rate: 53%

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. King University was established in 1867 by the Holston Presbytery and named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of land for the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its first campus, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land on the east side of Bristol and the school moved to its current location. In 2013 the school, then King College, achieved university status and its name was changed to King University, reflecting the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that the institution had achieved. King University’s mission is to “build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.” King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. King University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of the Arts & Sciences; Business & Economics; Education; Nursing; Christian Mission; Behavioral Science; and Communication, Information, and Design.

King University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000– including more than 2,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. King University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. King University offers on-campus housing to students through its five residential halls. King University has an admittance rate of 57% and boasts an overall retention rate of 76% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. 88% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 88%
Applicants Admitted: 57%
Overall Retention Rate: 76%
Overall Graduation Rate: 54%

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Louisiana College

Louisiana College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Pineville, Louisiana. Affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention, Louisiana College was established on October 3, 1906 and held its first classes in tents with just four professors and nineteen students. Edwin O. Ware Sr., a Baptist clergyman and educator, is considered to be the school’s principal founder, serving as financial agent from 1906 to 1907 and then as the college’s first president from 1908 to 1909. Louisiana College mission is to “provide liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs characterized by devotion to the preeminence of the Lord Jesus, allegiance to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, dedication to academic excellence for the glory of God, and commitment to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Louisiana College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1923.

Louisiana College offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs through its divisions of Business, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Christian Studies, History & Political Science, Human Behavior, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts, Media and Communications, Nursing and Allied Health, and the Caskey School of Divinity. Louisiana College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 – the majority of which are undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Louisiana College’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Louisiana College offers on-campus housing to students through its three dormitories and three apartment complexes. Louisiana College has an admittance rate of 54% and boasts an overall retention rate of 54% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 54%
Overall Retention Rate: 54%
Overall Graduation Rate: 47%

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Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution located in Central, South Carolina. Southern Wesleyan University was established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states. The school experienced several name changes throughout its first eighty-plus years; it was not until 1994 that the school achieved university status and was given its current name. Southern Wesleyan University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.” Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. Southern Wesleyan University offers a wide variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well graduate and adult learning programs offered in the evenings and online.

Southern Wesleyan University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700 – including over 1,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Southern Wesleyan University campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Southern Wesleyan University offers on-campus housing to students through its three residential halls and student apartments. Southern Wesleyan University has an admittance rate of 63% and boasts an overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 49%. 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 63%
Overall Retention Rate: 73%
Overall Graduation Rate: 49%

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Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Trevecca Nazarene University was established in 1901 as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan. Originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance, the school’s name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers in 1911 after the school began offering bachelor’s degrees. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and experienced several changes, earning its university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The school’s purpose and intent is that its “graduates be socially-conscious, globally-aware, and actively-engaged individuals who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being.” Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969.

Trevecca Nazarene University offers variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult degree completion, and online programs. Trevecca Nazarene University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000– including over 1,500 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Trevecca Nazarene University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Trevecca Nazarene University offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls and requires that all students under the age of 23 live on-campus, with certain exceptions. Trevecca Nazarene University has an admittance rate of 73% and boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 51%. 98% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 98%
Applicants Admitted: 73%
Overall Retention Rate: 79%
Overall Graduation Rate: 51%

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Judson College

Judson College is a private, Christian institution located in Marion, Judson and the fifth oldest women’s college in the United States. Named in honor of the first American woman to serve as a foreign missionary, Ann Hasseltine Judson, Judson College was established in 1838 as one of the first of its kind in the United States. Originally named The Judson Female Institute, the school has been affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention from the beginning and was founded by businesswoman Julia Tarrant Barron and General Edwin Davis King along with the support of members of the Siloam Baptist Church. Judson College is “dedicated to maturing its students into well-adjusted and productive citizens through the transmission of knowledge, the refinement of intellect, the nurturing of faith, the promotion of service, and the development of character.” Judson College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925.

Judson College offers 20 academic majors, 22 minors, and 10 pre-professional programs. Judson College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 400 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Judson College campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Judson College offers on-campus housing to students through its three residence halls, the Ann Kirtley Hall, the Julia Barron Hall, and the WMU residence hall. Judson College has an admittance rate of 65% and boasts an overall retention rate of 56% with an overall graduation rate of 43%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 65%
Overall Retention Rate: 56%
Overall Graduation Rate: 43%

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Liberty University was established in 1971 by Jerry Falwell, Sr., who was the Senior Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, as Liberty Baptist College, originally. In 1976 the school achieved university status and was renamed Liberty University; today Liberty University is the fifth largest university in the United States as well as the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” The school’s mission statement continues, stating that the University’s goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.” Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Liberty University offers an incredible number of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree programs.

Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000 – including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Liberty University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Liberty University offers on-campus housing to students through its several traditional residence halls as well as The Annex, which is located a short distance away from campus. Liberty University has an admittance rate of 22% and boasts an overall retention rate of 69% with an overall graduation rate of 50%. 93% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 18:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 93%
Applicants Admitted: 22%
Overall Retention Rate: 69%
Overall Graduation Rate: 50%

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Anderson University

Anderson University is a private, selective, comprehensive Christian institution located in Anderson, South Carolina. Anderson University was established in 1911, though the school traces its roots all the way back to the initial founding of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. The seminary was forced to shut down following the untimely death of its founder, Rev. William Bullein Johnson, and due to the onset of the Civil War, but was later resurrected in the form of Anderson College (which was renamed Anderson University). Anderson University’s mission as an “academic community, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention” is to provide “a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement.” Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959.

Anderson University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges and schools, including the South Carolina School of the Arts; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business; College of Christian Studies; School of Criminal Justice; College of Education; School of Interior Design; and School of Nursing. Anderson University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 – including over 2,500 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 14:1. Anderson University campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Anderson University has an admittance rate of 72% and boasts an overall retention rate of 77% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. 95% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 95%
Applicants Admitted: 72%
Overall Retention Rate: 77%
Overall Graduation Rate: 52%

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Belhaven University was established in 1883 by Lewis Fitzhugh as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, originally, and was later donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States. In 1954 Belhaven University became a fully coeducational institution after the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students. Belhaven University’s mission is to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” Belhaven University’s mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be serve.”

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. Belhaven University offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 – including more than 2,500 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Belhaven University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Belhaven University requires that all full-time freshman and sophomore students under the age of 21 live on-campus, with certain exceptions. On-campus housing is available in one of the University’s several residence halls. Belhaven University has an admittance rate of 72% and boasts an overall retention rate of 66% with an overall graduation rate of 50%. 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 72%
Overall Retention Rate: 66%
Overall Graduation Rate: 50%

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Erskine College

Erskine College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Due West, South Carolina. Erskine College was established in 1839 originally as an academy for men by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South and named in honor of Ebenezer Erskine, a pastor and one of the founders of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. By 1894 the college began admitting women and in 1899 Erskine College officially became coeducational. Erskine College’s mission is to “glorify God as a Christian academic community where students are equipped to flourish as whole persons for lives of service through the pursuit of undergraduate liberal arts and graduate theological education”. Erskine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925. Erskine College offers 18 undergraduate majors in addition to its graduate programs.

Erskine College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 700 – including approximately 600 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Erskine College’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Erskine College is a residential college and all students are expected to reside in one of the college’s Residence Halls and eat in the dining hall during their normal academic term for the purpose of experiencing and gaining the most from the opportunities that Erskine College has to offer. Erskine College has an admittance rate of 61% and boasts an overall retention rate of 60% with an overall graduation rate of 48%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 61%
Overall Retention Rate: 60%
Overall Graduation Rate: 48%

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. Harding University was established in 1924 as the result of the merging of two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College. The new school was named Harding College (and renamed Harding University in 1979 when the school achieved university status) in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education.” Harding University is “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and serves a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. Harding University’s main mission is to “provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.” Harding University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.

Harding University offers more than 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, as well as 14 professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees through its colleges of Allied Health, Arts & Humanities, Bible & Ministry, Business Administration, Education, Honors, Nursing, Pharmacy & Sciences. Harding University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000 – including over 4,400 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Harding University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Harding University offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls (which are divided by gender) and student apartments. Harding University has an admittance rate of 99% and boasts an overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. 97% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 16:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 97%
Applicants Admitted: 99%
Overall Retention Rate: 82%
Overall Graduation Rate: 63%

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Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, comprehensive, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. Palm Beach Atlantic University was established in 1968 by founder Jess C. Moody, pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. An interdenominational school, Palm Beach Atlantic University boasts more than 25 denominations represented within its student body. Palm Beach Atlantic University is “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles” and the school’s mission is to “prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and selected professions.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate-level programs through its several colleges and schools, which cover the areas of Business; Arts & Sciences; Communication & Media; Education & Behavioral Studies; Leadership; Ministry; Music & Fine Arts; Nursing; and Pharmacy.

Palm Beach Atlantic University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000 – including just over 3,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Palm Beach Atlantic University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers on-campus housing to students through its residence halls and student apartment complexes, each of which have its own distinct personality and culture. Palm Beach Atlantic University has a high admittance rate of 95% and boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 55%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 13:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 95%
Overall Retention Rate: 74%
Overall Graduation Rate: 55%

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University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Prichard, Alabama. The University of Mobile was established in 1961 in affiliation with the Alabama Baptist Convention as a junior college, originally. Formerly known as Mobile College, the school achieved university status in the early 1990’s and its name was changed to the one it currently holds. The University of Mobile is “intentionally dedicated to Biblically based Christian culture in heritage, faith, and practice” and is committed to “providing educational programs of the highest quality to its students.” The University of Mobile is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1968. The University of Mobile is made up of multiple colleges and schools – namely, the College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Christian Ministries; School of Education; and the School of Nursing – and offers number of both undergraduate and graduate level degree programs.

The University of Mobile boasts a total enrollment figure of 1,600 – including more than 1,400 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. The University of Mobile’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. The University of Mobile offers on-campus housing to students through its several residential halls which are offered with either suite style or private style rooms. The University of Mobile has an admittance rate of 58% and boasts an overall retention rate of 77% with an overall graduation rate of 41%. 97% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 97%
Applicants Admitted: 58%
Overall Retention Rate: 77%
Overall Graduation Rate: 41%

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Warner University

Warner University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lake Wales, Florida in the geographic center of the state between Tampa and Orlando, on a 360 acre campus. Warner University was established in 1968 by pastors and laity within the Church of God denomination as Warner Southern College, originally, before changing to the school’s current name in 2008. Warner University’s mission is to “graduate individuals who exemplify academic excellence and Christian character, who are prepared to lead and committed to serve.” Warner University’s vision states that its goal is for students to possess “a biblical view of Christ as creator and sustainer of the universe, and be persuaded in their understanding of Him to enjoy His presence, to seek His mind and to fulfill His purpose with passion and authenticity.” Warner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977.

Warner University is made up of three schools – School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and the School of Education – and offers more than 25 liberal arts and professional undergraduate majors as well as three graduate level programs. Warner University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 – the majority of which are undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Warner University’s campus is home to wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Warner University offers on-campus housing to students through its four residence halls. Warner University has an acceptance rate of 26% and boasts an overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 38%. 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 17:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 26%
Overall Retention Rate: 73%
Overall Graduation Rate: 38%

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Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Emmanuel College was established in 1919 as the Franklin Springs Institute, originally, teaching high school courses and three college level courses during its early years. The school was forced to close in 1931 due to the Great Depression, but upon its reopening two years later, new priorities were focused on and the school began its real shift from being a high school to a college. The College’s current name was adopted in 1939 and by 1991 the school had achieved four-year accreditation. Emmanuel College mission is to be a “Christ-centered liberal arts institution that strives to prepare students to become Christlike disciples who integrate faith, learning and living for effective careers, scholarship and service.” Emmanuel College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1967. Emmanuel College offers both bachelors and associate degree programs in a wide variety of majors through its four schools.

Emmanuel College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Emmanuel College’s campus is home to variety student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Emmanuel College requires all full-time students to live on-campus in one of the college-owned residence halls unless certain criteria are met. Emmanuel College has an acceptance rate of 49% and boasts an overall retention rate of 62% with an overall graduation rate of 45%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 49%
Overall Retention Rate: 62%
Overall Graduation Rate: 45%

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Clinton, Mississippi. Mississippi College was established in 1826 and is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country as well as the oldest college in the state of Mississippi. Mississippi College’s long and rich history spans nearly two centuries, surviving through multiple wars and much growth and change. In 1831 Mississippi College became the first coeducational college in the United States to grant degrees to women. Mississippi College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922. Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its seven schools, including Business, Christian Studies & the Arts, Education, Humanities & Social Sciences, Law, Nursing, and Science & Mathematics

Mississippi College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 5,000– including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Mississippi College’s campus is home to wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Mississippi College offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls which are split between men’s and women’s dormitories. Mississippi College has an admittance rate of 63% and boasts an overall retention rate of 72% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Approximately 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 63%
Overall Retention Rate: 72%
Overall Graduation Rate: 54%

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Covenant College

Covenant College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Covenant College was originally established in 1955 as an agency of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California. The school moved its campus the following year to St. Louis Missouri and became affiliated with the Bible Presbyterian Church-Columbus Synod (now known as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church) the following year. In 1964 the school again moved to its current location in Georgia and is today an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. Covenant College’s mission is to ”explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things” and to “educate Christians to engage culture and cultures, to examine and unfold creation, and to pursue biblical justice and mercy in community”. Covenant College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. Covenant College offers a number of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of areas.

Covenant College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 – the majority of which are undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Covenant College’s campus is home to a wide variety student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Covenant College offers on-campus housing to students through its residence halls and student apartments. Covenant College has a high acceptance rate of 94% and boasts an overall retention rate of 85% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 94%
Overall Retention Rate: 85%
Overall Graduation Rate: 57%

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University is a private, historically Baptist, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Carson-Newman University was established in 1851 as the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary, originally, the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists. Before long, the school’s name was changed to Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 was again renamed Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson who donated a portion of his estate to the school. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, merging the two names together as Carson-Newman College until 2012 when the school achieved university status. Carson-Newman University’s vision is to be “the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service” with a mission to help “students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.” Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927.

Carson-Newman University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs along with several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs that may be earned either on-campus or online. Carson-Newman University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000 – including over 1,700 undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Carson-Newman University’s campus is home to a variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. All full-time students are required to live on campus with a few exceptions; Carson-Newman University offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls and apartments which are split between men’s and women’s residencies. Carson-Newman University has an acceptance rate of 62% and boasts an overall retention rate of 71% with an overall graduation rate of 48%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 11:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 62%
Overall Retention Rate: 71%
Overall Graduation Rate: 48%

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Toccoa, Georgia on a beautiful 1,100 acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Toccoa Falls College was established in 1907 by founder R. A. Forrest as the Golden Valley Institute in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina, originally, before relocating the school to its current location in 1911. By 1937 the school’s four-year college program was chartered and the school was permitted to grant its first Bachelor of Arts degree. Toccoa Falls College’s mission is to “glorify God through seeking and developing Christian servant leaders who will impact the world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.” The school’s vision is for Toccoa Falls College to “be known as a premier Christian college that uniquely integrates biblical truth, academic excellence and intentional spiritual formation within a caring community.”

Toccoa Falls College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1983. Toccoa Falls College offers nine undergraduate degree programs through its three schools – the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, and the School of Professional Studies. Toccoa Falls College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000 with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Toccoa Falls College’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. Toccoa Falls College offers on-campus housing to students through its three residential halls, including two women’s halls and one men’s hall. Toccoa Falls College has an acceptance rate of 37% and boasts an overall retention rate of 71% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. 98% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 98%
Applicants Admitted: 37%
Overall Retention Rate: 71%
Overall Graduation Rate: 52%

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North Greenville University

North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina. North Greenville University was originally established in 1891 as the North Greenville High School and was the first high school in the northern section of Greenville County. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1915 the school was renamed the North Greenville Baptist Academy. By 1934 the academy had expanded to include a junior college and the school eventually achieved university status in 2006, at which time it took on its current name. North Greenville University’s mission is to “prepare students to become better contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian worldview and lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service.” The University’s mission continues, “Christ is preeminent in all University curricular and co-curricular programs, teaching, research, and service activities.”

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. North Greenville University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its seven colleges. North Greenville University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500 – the majority of which are undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. North Greenville University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and there are a number of ways for students to become involved and connected with fellow students outside of the classroom. North Greenville University currently houses approximately 1,500 students on its campus in one of the university’s several residence halls, which are split between men’s and women’s halls. North Greenville University has an acceptance rate of 59% and boasts an overall retention rate of 77% with an overall graduation rate of 50%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 14:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 59%
Overall Retention Rate: 77%
Overall Graduation Rate: 50%

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John Brown University

John Brown University is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. John Brown University was established in 1919, founded by evangelist John E. Brown for the purpose of providing an interdenominational, Christian education that would benefit needy students who might not otherwise be able to receive such an education. During the early years of the institution, tuition was paid for through student’s labor in jobs such as carpentry as they helped to construct the buildings on the school’s campus. By 1934 the school changed and became a four-year university, though the school’s original mottos remained the same: “Christ over all, and Head, Heart and Hand.” Today, John Brown University’s vision is to be a “Christ-centered, interdenominational university that leads the nation in integrating faith and learning, fostering holistic spiritual formation, promoting pragmatic liberal arts education, and preparing people to follow Christ’s call to serve others in all areas of life.”.

John Brown University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1962. John Brown University offers forty undergraduate majors, with even more minors, and ten graduate degree programs. John Brown University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Students at John Brown University enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities; a wide range of student-led clubs and organizations exist, catering to a variety of interests, as well as intramural sports. On-campus housing is offered to students in one of John Brown University’s several residence halls, townhouses, or apartment housing. John Brown University has an acceptance rate of 70% and boasts an overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 61%. 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 15:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 99%
Applicants Admitted: 70%
Overall Retention Rate: 84%
Overall Graduation Rate: 61%

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Asbury University

Asbury University (formerly known as Asbury College) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts university located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Asbury University was established in 1890 and is firmly founded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Founded by John Wesley Hughes, the school was originally named the Kentucky Holiness College before being renamed in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who is known as the “Father of American Methodism”. Asbury University’s mission “is to equip men and women, through a commitment to academic excellence and spiritual vitality, for a lifetime of learning, leadership and service to the professions, society, the family and the Church, thereby preparing them to engage their cultures and advance the cause of Christ around the world.” Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. Asbury University offers more than 52 undergraduate majors through more than a dozen academic departments as well as a degree completion program and a number of master’s degrees.

Asbury University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including more than 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Asbury University’s campus is always buzzing with activity and students can choose any number of ways to become involved whether through Asbury University’s intercultural programs, campus ministries, intramural sports, or in one of the several student-led clubs and organizations. Living on campus is an experience that is highly valued by Asbury University and the majority of undergraduate students live on campus in one of Asbury University’s several residence halls. Asbury University has an acceptance rate of 69% and boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 68%. Approximately 96% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 96%
Applicants Admitted: 69%
Overall Retention Rate: 81%
Overall Graduation Rate: 68%

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Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Lipscomb University was established in 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding as a Christian liberal arts education. Originally the school was called the Nashville Bible School, but later changed its name to honor David Lipscomb who donated his estate to serve as the school’s campus. Lipscomb University is the alma mater of several prominent ministers in the Church of Christ movement and to this day the university remains thoroughly affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Lipscomb University’s “primary mission is to integrate Christian Faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and larger community.” Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.

Lipscomb University offers more than 140 fields of undergraduate study as well as several pre-professional programs, adult degree programs, and more than two dozen master’s and doctoral degrees. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 students, including nearly 3,000 undergraduates. More than 30 religious preferences are represented in Lipscomb University’s student body, as are nearly all 50 states and 45 foreign nations. Lipscomb University’s is staffed by more than 300 faculty members with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. As a residential college, Lipscomb University offers several on-campus housing options including six residence halls and apartment-style buildings known as The Village. Lipscomb University has an acceptance rate of 56% and boasts a high overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Fully 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 12:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 56%
Overall Retention Rate: 80%
Overall Graduation Rate: 62%

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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Union University was established in 1823 as the Jackson Male Academy shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement; in 1925 the school, by then having switched to its current name, became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Union University’s mission is, clearly stated, to provide “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. Union University offers more than 100 programs of study for both undergraduate and graduate students and has received a number of major recognitions, including being named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Value College 2015 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Union University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Many of Union University’s students choose to live on campus and freshman housing is offered in the school’s Heritage Residence Complex while apartments in The Quads are reserved for upperclass students. More than 60 student organizations are active on campus, catering to a wide range of interests, in addition to Union University’s vibrant intramural program which offers open participation. Greek life is also present on the university’s campus with three national fraternities and three national sororities hosted on campus. Union University has an acceptance rate of 69% and boasts an impressively high overall retention rate of 88% with an overall graduation rate of 66%. Fully 100% of students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

Student-to-faculty ratio: 10:1
Full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid: 100%
Applicants Admitted: 69%
Overall Retention Rate: 88%
Overall Graduation Rate: 66%