Top 25 Online Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Distance Learning.  It is increasing in popularity each year.  The convenience of Online learning is very attractive to today’s students, as it allows flexibility, reduces peripheral costs and offers the same programs available on campus.  The benefits to both student and school are many:  wider reach, more opportunities for faculty and reduced overhead for the school; no travel, schedule convenience and the ability to access materials anywhere for the student.  Christian Universities Online (CUO) is pleased to offer the Top 25 Undergraduate Online Christian Colleges and Universities.  Each intentionally Christian school included here offers 100% online Degree programs.   CUO compiled this list of schools that excel in categories of selectivity, student interaction, available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.

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North Greenville University

North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina. Established in 1891 as the North Greenville High School, the institution was the first high school founded in the northern section of Greenville County. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1915 the school’s name was changed to the North Greenville Baptist Academy. By 1934 the academy had expanded to include a junior college eventually attained university status in 2006, at which time it adopted 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.”

North Greenville University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s colleges which include the College of Business & Sport Professions, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities, and the College of Science and Math.  Six online undergraduate programs are available, covering the areas of Business Administration, Christian Ministries, Criminal Justice, Elementary Educational Studies, General Studies, and Psychology. Offered in a convenient 100% online format, the programs are designed to offer flexibility for busy, working adults, primarily. Each course lasts only eight weeks and integrates practical application with biblical principles. Online students are guided by a dedicated advisor throughout the entire program and tuition rates are kept affordable with additional financial aid options available.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968, the University was charted as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly with the area of Mount Vernon chosen as the location of the school primarily due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, MVNU was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission).

More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, and MVNU offers four online undergraduate programs, namely the Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance, Human Resource Management, and in Marketing as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Designed primarily with working adults in mind, MVNU’s online students can be assured that they are receiving the same quality of education that traditional on-campus students receive and full-time online students often find that they can complete their degree in as little as 24 months. Taught from a biblical worldview, the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program is taught in an 11-course sequence which covers all functional areas of business and has courses which are designed to enhance personal development, develop proficient research skills, increase management and leadership abilities and more. MVNU’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree is also offered in an accelerated format and requires field and clinical experiences totaling 510 clock hours. One of the advantages of the ECE program is that tuition is “locked in” and will not change so long as students remain continuously enrolled in the program.

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The Master's University

The Master’s University (previously known as The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. Affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly, the University operates under the leadership of John F. MacArthur. Established in 1927, the University was originally named the Los Angeles Baptist College. Today, the mission of The Master’s University (TMU) is to “empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including more than 1,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. TMU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1975.

A comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, The Master’s University offers a wide range of programs with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. Four online bachelor’s degree programs are available, including Organizational Management, Christian Ministries, Biblical Studies, and Biblical Counseling.  TMU’s online courses last eight weeks and continue year-round. Each week students must complete assignments such as watching recorded lectures, reading books, participating in a discussion board online with classmates, and writing papers. Courses are asynchronous, so students are not required to log in at any specific time. TMU is committed to providing quality education that is taught from a Biblical worldview and is consistent with the University’s doctrinal position. An option geared especially towards motivated adults wishing to advance their education, online students may apply for a number of financial aid options including federal and state grants, making TMU’s online programs that much more affordable.

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Simpson University

Located in Redding, California, Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Situated on a suburban 92 acre campus, Simpson University is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Established as Simpson Bible Institute by W.W. Newberry in 1921, the school was named after of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Presbyterian minister, pioneer of the Bible institute movement and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.” The only Christian university located north of Sacramento, Simpson University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Simpson University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1969. A wide range of liberal arts and professional degree programs are offered through Simpson University’s School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing. In addition to these, Simpson offers several graduate-level programs, adult degree-completion programs, and non-degree certificates through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), the  School of Education, the School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Two of these degrees, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, are available entirely online. Benefits of Simpson University’s online programs include flexibility in both schedule and accessibility – students may log into their classes at any time from virtually anywhere in the world. Despite the lack of face-to-face interaction, students need not feel isolated in their coursework; Simpson University’s online environment allows for plenty of interaction between classmates and professors with online communications including online chats, emails and news group discussions.  

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in Central Valley, FPU’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area. The University also maintains four regional campuses in Central California: the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. Established in 1944, FPU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of FPU’s students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), FPU has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent. FPU promises students a four-year graduation guarantee and boasts fairly high retention and graduation rates.  

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1961, Fresno Pacific University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools. These include the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; the School of Natural Sciences; and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Ranked in the top tier of their category by U.S. News & World Report, all of FPU’s programs emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development. FPU offers four degree completion online programs, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Business Management; the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development; the Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration; and the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Designed to offer convenience and flexibility to adult learners without sacrificing the quality of education, each of FPU’s online programs are available 100% online and are supported by dedicated faculty and staff who are trained to understand the unique needs of online teaching and learning.

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. Established in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in order to serve students in the Pacific Southwest, CUI came into existence in 1976. Originally called Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine, making the University the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the CUI’s mission is to be “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, [to empower] students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Concordia University Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. A wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree completion programs are offered through CUI. Online undergraduate degree programs include a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Leadership; the Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management; the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts; a Bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership; the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Psychology (which is the only program of its kind designed for working professionals in Southern California); and RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Each program is designed to equip students with the skills that will contribute to a “lifetime of learning and meaningful work”. Available in both 100% online and hybrid formats, all of CUI’s online courses are designed by faculty who are experts in their field and are committed to students’ success.

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Northwest University

Northwest University is a regionally accredited Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. Founded by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in 1934, the University began as the Northwest Bible Institute. The institution’s name was changed several times before its current title was adopted in 2005. Northwest University describes its mission as being to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” The University’s campus is just minutes away from the city of Seattle, providing students with access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. Northwest University is neighbors with some of the most successful companies and organizations of this century, including Google, Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, which provide fantastic opportunities for internship and careers.

Northwest University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduates, and boasts a low student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered in addition to Adult Evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. Online undergraduate degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Business Management; Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology; Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership; Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; and the Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration. A cost-effective alternative to a traditional, residential program, Northwest University’s online degree programs are made even more affordable through the many financial aid options available to online learners. Northwest University’s financial aid program is designed to “limit or even eliminate the high cost often associated with college tuition” and includes options such as grants, federal loans, scholarships and military benefits.

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern College was established as a small academy in 1882, eventually expanding to become a junior college in 1928 and finally a four-year institution by 1961. Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church of America and is located on a large rural campus in Sioux County. The College’s mission is to be a “Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.” Northwestern College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,200, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College offers a wide range of academic programs including a single online undergraduate degree program in RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Designed for RNs who have already earned either their associate degree or have completed hospital diploma nursing programs, Northwestern University’s program offers maximum flexibility for busy students. Classes are taught by expert nurse educators who are active in clinical practices and the program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and accredited by the CCNE. A distinctive faith-based program, Northwest University’s BSN courses focus on “training nurses to practice Christ’s healing ministry by promoting individual, family and community health, wholeness and peace – as well as advocating for social justice and healthy environments.” An affordable option, students may also apply for financial aid.

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. Established in 1867 by the Holston Presbytery, the University was 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 was renamed 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 boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Ranked as one of the best for its online program offerings, King University boasts several online undergraduate degree programs including Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Communication; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration; Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics; Bachelor of Science in History; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology; Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN); Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies; and Bachelor of Social Work. Committed to offering career-focused programs that keep the student in mind, King University bases its online undergraduate degrees in real-world fields in order to “provide the relevant, industry-specific skills [students] need for success.”

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Bethel College--IN

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution, located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Formally established in 1947, the school started out as nothing more than the vision of Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel Brenneman, as it was Brenneman who first called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college, suggesting the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. Four online bachelor’s degrees are available, including a Bachelor of Bible and Ministry, a Bachelor of Science in Business, a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Social Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. It is necessary that students be highly focused, possess strong time-management and have determination to complete their assignments in order to fully benefit from Bethel University’s online degree programs. Weekly sessions require about 15 hours per week and include discussion forums which provide important interaction between classmates and professors. Online course information is delivered through Bethel College’s website and may include interactive simulation, short video lectures, or assigned reading.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. Established as Marion College in 1920, the school was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Since those early beginnings, the institution has expanded and grown, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University’s mission as a “Christ-centered academic community” is to remain “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” IWU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, including more than 10,000 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. Several online bachelor degree programs are available, covering the subjects of Business, Communication, Computer Science, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work, and Theology and Ministry.  IWU caps its online class size at a certain number of students in order to cultivate an intimate learning environment and the curriculum for the University’s online courses is specifically designed to maximize the learning experience for adult students. IWU’s online degrees follow an accelerated format, allowing the motivated student to save both time and money; adult students may also apply for financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and veteran benefits, making this education option even more affordable.

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Houghton College

Located in the hamlet of Houghton, New York in the Genesee Valley, Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Houghton College was established in 1883 and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The College began as a high school known as Houghton Seminary; however, by the mid-1920s the school had grown to become a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter in 1927 by the state of New York. Soon after, in 1935, Houghton College achieved accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff live either on-campus in or close proximity to the College. The residential experience is highly valued by the College and on-campus housing is provided in the form of several residence halls and townhouses. Houghton College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Houghton College offers a wide variety of majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs which are available in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online courses. Bachelor’s degrees which may be completed 100% online include Human Resources Management, Integrated Marketing & Communication, Management, Leadership Development – all of which are available as either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Business Administration degree – and a Bachelor of Psychology. One of Houghton College’s goals is to prepare students “to become global contributors empowered by a challenging education taught in a vibrant online community and grounded in a relevant faith-based context.” Named a Best College for the Money and among the Top 2% in the nation and Top 3% in the state of New York, Houghton College offers new online classes every eight weeks.

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Greenville College

Greenville College, located in Greenville, Illinois, is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution. Established by the Free Methodist Church in 1892, the school’s original purpose was to provide a “distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women.” It was Wilson T. Hogue, the college’s first president, who coined the phrase “education for character”, which serves as Greenville College’s motto to this day. The College is situated on a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of Greenville, about 45 miles outside of St. Louis and is easily accessible from several main highways, including I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. With the vision to inspire students to embrace God’s calling on their lives, Greenville College’s mission is to empower “students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.”

Greenville College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 50 undergraduate majors are offered by Greenville College as well as several adult and graduate programs which are available either online or at partnership locations. Online bachelor degree programs include Business Administration, B.S.; Criminal Justice Administration, B.S.; Organizational Leadership, B.S.; and Health Psychology, B.S. Named one of the Best Online Colleges in Illinois for 2016 and 2016-2017, each of Greenville College’s online courses are taught by highly respected faculty members in a fully supported online learning environment. Pairing technology with a caring support system, Greenville College offers students a “collaborative learning experience” which allows students to interact with faculty members and classmates from anywhere in the world.

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Fullerton, California. Though nondenominational, HIU does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. HIU describes its mission as being “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” The University was established in 1928 as the Pacific Bible Seminary, originally. By the 1960’s the school was granted accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and adopted the new name of Pacific Christian College. In 1997, after achieving university status, the institution was renamed Hope International University. HIU’s main campus is strategically located in the city of Fullerton, in the heart of Orange County, California. The University also operates the Anaheim Campus at Stadium Towers which serves as the main campus for the university’s online and graduate students, as well as an extension campus in Everett, Washington for working adults and graduate students.

Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, nearly 900 of which are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Comprised of five Colleges, HIU offers a wide range of degrees and programs, including a number of online undergraduate degrees. These include the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Teacher Preparation and the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Business Administration, Christian Ministry, and Human Development. Each course is taught by qualified faculty members who offer their students the same one-on-one attention that traditional residential students receive. Online students also have the added benefit of 24/7 access to each online class – allowing them to access their courses at their convenience. Those interested in learning more about HIU’s online learning option are welcome to test drive one of the University’s online courses.

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Established in 1871 as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary by John Alexis Edgren, the seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled persecution in Europe to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) took on the support of the seminary and relocated the institution to its current campus in St. Paul. After World War II, the school became a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the name Bethel University was adopted. Bethel has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including nearly 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. A wide range of programs are available across the University’s four schools, which include the College of Adult & Professional Studies which offers seven fully online bachelor’s degrees. These online programs include Business Management (B.S.) with concentrations in either Global Business or Management; Christian Ministries (B.A.); Finance (B.S.); Human Services (B.A.); Management Information Systems (B.S.); Nursing (RN to B.S.); and Organizational Leadership with optional concentrations in either Christian Ministries or Human Services. Each of Bethel University’s online programs is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to advance their career and accomplish their goals. Programs are available in multiple formats including fully online, hybrid (a mix of on-campus and online), and fully online with a week or two worth of campus intensives each year.

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. Established as the Central College in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the school was later renamed Huntington College in 1917. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.” Hunting University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1961.

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees.  Several Adult Online Programs are available which allow motivated students to earn their bachelor’s degree entirely online. Areas of study include the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Not-for-Profit Leadership, and Psychology. Huntington University’s online courses are asynchronous, allowing for maximum flexibility as students may access their classes at any given time and there are no requirements for logging in at a specific time. Each class is offered in an accelerated five-week format, allowing dedicated students to graduate in less time than would normally take in a traditional, residential format. Huntington University also allows certain work experience to qualify for college credit, enabling adult students to complete their degree even sooner and at a lower cost.

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Eastern University

Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located just west of Philadelphia in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania.  Established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school was founded for the initial purpose of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination. It was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school changed its name to Eastern College and in 2005 was granted university status. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, Eastern University’s mission is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1954. A wide range of academic programs are offered through its several colleges and the Palmer Theological Seminary. Four online bachelor’s degree programs are available with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership. Approaching education from a holistic perspective, cultivating a strong sense of community is important to the staff members of Eastern University and students have access to a dedicated faculty who desire to provide support through mentorship and guidance. Each online program is designed to offer both convenience and affordability, blending research with real-life application. Eastern University seeks to provide students with knowledge and refined skills that can be put into action immediately through meaningful collaborations and projects.

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Geneva College

Located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Geneva College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1848 infounded in Northwood, Ohio by John Black Johnston, a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, it was not until the later 1870s-early 1880s that the College relocated to its current location in Beaver Falls. Affiliated with Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva College’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. A founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Geneva College is one of only four western Pennsylvania schools within the council.

Geneva College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. A wide range of degree program are offered, including eight Online Adult Degree programs in the areas of Aging Services, Child and Family Services, Human Resources, Management, Organizational Leadership, Public Relations, Criminal Justice, and General Studies.  Each of Geneva College’s Adult Degree programs are offered fully online and most can be completed in as little as 16 months. Designed to provide convenience and flexibility to busy adults, Geneva College’s online degrees are offered in an accelerated format and, among other things, require students have access to a computer, internet connection, a webcam and microphone. Financial aid is available to online students and 90% of students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants, scholarships or loans.

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Oral Roberts University

Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university. Named after its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, the University was established in 1965 and is accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ORU seeks to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and promises students a thorough education that is taught in the context of a “vibrant Christ-centered community.” A charismatic university, ORU’s motto is, “Make no little plans here,” and the school’s mission is to “build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing.” ORU is situated on a 263 acre campus in the state’s second-largest city, which, as a thriving metropolis, offers a wide array of both internship and professional opportunities in addition to its cultural and recreational resources.

Oral Roberts has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. The University is comprised of five colleges, including the College of Arts and Cultural Studies; College of Business; College of Education; College of Nursing; College of Science and Engineering; and the College of Theology and Ministry. Thirteen online undergraduate programs are available, including the subjects of Biblical Literature (B.A.); Business Administration (B.S.); Communication (B.A.); Christian Caregiving and Counseling (B.S.); Church Ministries (B.S.); Government (B.A.); Information Technology (B.S.); Government (B.A.); Information Technology (B.S.); International Business and Ministry (B.S.); Leadership Studies (B.S.); Liberal Studies (B.S.); Management (B.S.); Psychology (B.S. or B.A.); and an RN to BSN. Each of ORU’s online programs offers convenience and flexibility and all courses are taught from a Christian worldview. Each of ORU’s online courses was developed in conjunction with the University’s on-campus faculty and many of the professors who teach on campus also teach the online courses.

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Regent University

Regent University, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a private, Christian research institution. Established in 1977 by CBN founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, the school was originally named the Christian Broadcasting Network University and was founded with the intent of “preparing leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” Today, Regent University defines its mission as being to serve “as a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” The University has received multiple national awards and recognitions, including being named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. Regent University has also been granted an “A” rating by ACTA and is one of only 24 universities in the nation to have received this honor.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1984, Regent University offers a wide range of academic programs, ranging from undergraduate majors to graduate-level programs. Nearly 30 online bachelor’s degrees are offered, with areas of study including Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Film & Animation, General Studies, Government, Healthcare, History, Information Systems Technology, International Studies, Law, Leadership, Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology & Counseling, Public Administration, Religion & Theology, and Science. Regent University has ranked in the Top 15 for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. Committed to teaching from a perspective that is grounded in the Christian faith, Regent University’s online programs have been nationally recognized as one of only 23 universities in the United States to receive an “A” rating by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The online format offers students plenty of flexibility and all classes are taught by faculty who are experts in their fields and are invested in mentoring their students, both spiritually and professionally.

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Asbury University

Asbury University, located in Wilmore, Kentucky, is a private, four-year, Christian institution. Foundd in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes as the Kentucky Holiness College, it wasn’t long before the school changed its name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who is known the “Father of American Methodism”. Though established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, today the university is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. Asbury is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres and is located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students, including over 1,500 undergraduates, are enrolled and represent over forty states and more than two dozen foreign countries. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the College of Arts & Sciences, the Howard Dayton School of Business, the School of Communication Arts, the School of Education and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. It is through this latter School that Asbury University offers its five online bachelor degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Instructional Design; B.S. in Elementary Education; B.S. in Leadership and Ministry; B.S. in Organizational Management; and a Hybrid B.S. in Ministry Management. Like its on-campus programs, Asbury University’s online programs are designed to be rigorous and high-quality, to integrate faith and learning, and have a strong commitment to community, relationships and the whole person. Advantages of Asbury’s online learning option also include the convenience of being geographically independent – students are not required to relocate to complete their degrees – and asynchronous, media-rich and interactive teaching and learning activities.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a top private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. Affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU was established in 1950. CBU holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and strives to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” CBU sits on a scenic 160 acre main campus located in the heart of the historic Magnolia Avenue district of Riverside and is just a short drive away from both beaches and mountain resorts. The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961.

California Baptist University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools and is staffed by Christian faculty who are dedicated to teaching from a biblical perspective. A wide range of online bachelor’s degree programs are offered by CBU, including majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Christian Ministries, Communication Studies, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Studies, English, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Marketing, Nursing Degree Program (RN-BSN), Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Relations, Sociology, and Sport, Recreation and Fitness Management. Most of CBU’s online students find that they are able to complete their bachelor’s degree in half the time it normally would normally take to earn the same degree in a traditional, residential format. Ranked among the top 40 in the nation for best online bachelor’s degree by US News and World Report for five consecutive years, CBU’s online programs have been proven to save students not only time but also money since earning a degree in less time equals less spent in tuition costs.  

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Dallas Baptist University

Located in Dallas, Texas, Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. DBU is situated on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas, overlooking the Mountain Creek Lake and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Originally founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, the new school was the first two-year institution of higher education to be established in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College, achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s mission is to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” The university has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with a student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is comprised of several colleges, schools, and academic divisions. DBU offers an impressive array of online degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies; the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with majors in Christian Ministries, Communication, Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology and Sociology; the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Management Information Systems and in Marketing; and the Bachelor of Business Studies with majors in Business Administration, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems and Marketing. DBU’s online campus features web technologies such as support for mobile platforms, media on demand, and web conferencing. Designed to offer convenience, DBU’s online courses are student-centered, taught by faculty members who are dedicated to creating a rich online learning environment.

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Grand Canyon University

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a coeducational, research institution and the premier private Christian university in its state. The University was founded in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church as Grand Canyon College. In 2004, after experiencing severe financial difficulties during the early part of the twenty-first century, GCU became the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. Since that time, GCU has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  The University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. GCU’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

Grand Canyon University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University’s curriculum is presented from a biblical worldview and students are taught to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. Comprised of multiple colleges and schools, GCU offers an impressive array of programs and degrees, including more than 35 online bachelor’s degree programs. Areas of online study include Business & Management; Criminal, Political & Social Sciences; Engineering & Technology; Language & Communications; Medical Studies & Athletic Sciences; Nursing & Health Care; Performing Arts & Creative Design; Psychology & Counseling; Teaching & School Administration; and Theology & Ministry. With tens of thousands of online students accessing GCU’s online classes from around the world, the University is constantly working to refine its digital platforms in order to provide an outstanding, virtual campus experience to all of its students.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Established in 1971 as Liberty Baptist College, the institution achieved university status just five years after its founding in 1976. Today Liberty University is a high ranking institution and is the largest private, nonprofit institution, the largest university in the state of Virginia and the largest Christian university in the world. Situated on a 7,000 acre campus that is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the University’s motto is “Knowledge Aflame”. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its 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.”

According to their website, Liberty University boasts an online enrollment figure of over 94,000. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Comprised of more than a dozen colleges and schools, Liberty University offers an impressive array of degrees and programs, including several online bachelor’s degree programs which may be earned entirely online. Time requirements for each degree are specific to the program, however, with the proper motivation, many students find that they can complete their education in less time than it normally takes to complete a traditional degree in an on-campus program. Liberty University regularly updates its online programs in order to remain current with the latest practices and industry information. Online bachelor degrees are available in the areas of Aeronautics, Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, General Studies, Government, Healthcare, History, Information Systems, Information Technology, Nursing, Paralegal, Psychology, Social Work and Religion.

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