Online education has definitely moved into the mainstream of higher education and continues to experience enrollment growth that far exceeds overall higher education. Much of the stigma associated with online colleges has gone away as institutional leadership attests to the positive results of online learning when compared to face-to-face instruction. The convenience that online degree programs offer to students attracts a broad and diverse group. Whether you are already working, simply want to complete your degree on your own time, or have no interest in traditional campus life, an bachelor’s degree from an accredited online Christian college could reap great benefits for your future. Once you have decided that an online bachelor degree is the path you need to take, finding a concise summary of intentionally Christian institutions that offer this type of degree should be your next step. We have put this overview together in hopes of providing that information so you can quickly review schools and narrow down your list of options for further consideration.
Every school in this list offers at least one bachelor degree completely online, while some of the institutions in this ranking offer almost 30 different bachelor degrees! We have arranged the schools in this ranking purely based on tuition costs. If you are familiar with our ranking on best value, you will know we are not suggesting you make your choice simply based on tuition cost. Data presented in this ranking was procured through individual survey responses and publicly available resources. This ranking marks the first time we have included schools outside of the accrediting bodies Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) and Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). We are happy to announce that we are welcoming members of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
University of Fort Lauderdale
University of Fort Lauderdale (UFTL) is located in Lauderhill, Florida, and was founded as a non-denominational Christian Institute in 1995 by Drs. Henry and Carol Fernandez, senior pastors of The Faith Center. UFTL’s mission is to prepare and train students by “enhancing their inner ability to make them into great leaders for this century.” UFTL is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and School and currently offers one bachelor degree program in business administration.
Southern Wesleyan University
Southern Wesleyan University (SWU) was established in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute with a mission to “develop Christian character in its students while giving thorough intellectual training.” Though today, SWU is a private, four-year liberal arts university, their mission remains the same. SWU’s main campus is located in Central, South Carolina and the school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The student-faculty ratio is 14:1 with an average class size of 17 students; 73% of faculty have their doctorate or terminal degree. SWU currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Business Administration. Courses are designed to be both “engaging and challenging” and are designed for flexibility. Students have access to a variety of support services and learning resources from SWU and have the freedom to complete their online degree on their own schedule. Tuition data was not available for this degree program.
Southern Nazarene University
Southern Nazarene University (SNU), a private, Christian, liberal arts university, was founded in 1899. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, SNU’s mission is to “transform lives through higher education in a Christ-centered community.” Located in Bethany, Oklahoma, SNU currently offers four online bachelor degree programs including Business Administration; Network Management; and Nursing (RN-BSN). Online courses vary between 5 and 6-weeks and students typically spend 15 hours a week on each course. Classes are limited to 20 students to allow for quality student/professor interaction and courses are designed to allow students to log in at any time and work on their course at their own pace within the deadlines given for each assignment. Tuition data was unavailable for these degree programs.
Roberts Wesleyan College
Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC), located in Rochester, New York, was founded in 1866 by Rev. R. T. Roberts, the first bishop of the denomination the Free Methodist Church. Originally named Chili Seminary, the school’s purpose was to “prepare well-educated young people who could become the kind of servant-leaders of high character which [Rev. Roberts] believed were greatly needed in America.” Today, Roberts is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and offers three online bachelor degree programs in Organizational Management; Health Administration; and Nursing (RN-BSN). With a 12:1 student/faculty ratio, Robert’s online degree program combines asynchronous learning (students are not required to log in at specific times or days) with structured assignments and expectations requiring regular participation and response. Books and an iPad are included in the cost of tuition. Tuition data was unavailable for these degree programs.
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist University (DBU) was founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. DBU’s vision is to build “a great Christian university that is pleasing to God by producing Christ-centered servant leaders who are transforming the world.” Of DBU’s staff, 80% of the faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. Graduation rate at DBU is 55% and the retention rate is 71% with an average class size of 15. DBU offers an impressive sixteen online bachelor degrees including Biblical Studies; Business Administration; and Marketing. Tuition costs are in the upper range for degrees of this type. While all of DBU’s courses are asynchronous (meaning students are not required to log in at specific times) to provide more flexibility, DBU’s courses still allow online students to interact with their fellow students and instructor multiple times per week. Each course is developed by qualified faculty members and courses are taught by the same faculty who teach in DBU’s on-campus classrooms. 24/7 live tech support is available to students.
Boyce College (BC) was named after founder and first president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS), James P. Boyce. Opening its doors in 1974 as “Boyce Bible School”, the institution grew under the hand of SBTS President Albert Mohler to become Boyce College in 1998. With tuition costs in the upper range for degrees of this type, BC is a Private Not-for-Profit institution accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Boyce offers one online bachelor degree program in Biblical and Theological Studies that can be earned completely online. Their online course schedule follows a 16-week semester calendar. Students are able to interact with their professors and fellow students through email and discussion forums. On their website, Boyce offers a sample online course for prospective students to try out and explore the program before deciding to apply.
Paul Quinn College
Paul Quinn College (PQC), a private “faith-based, four year liberal arts-inspired college” was founded in 1872 by African Methodist Episcopal Church preachers. Located in Dallas, Texas, the institution’s original goal was to educate freed slaves and their children. Today, PQC “proudly [educates] students of all races and socio-economic classes under the banner of our institutional ethos: WE over Me.” PQC currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Business Administration. Online classes may be taken at a “pace and on a schedule that is most convenient for you. There are no classroom sessions to attend.” PQC is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and the has a 44% retention rate. Tuition costs are in the upper range for degrees of this type and the student-teacher ratio at PQC is 9:1.
Warner University, located in Polk County Florida, was founded in 1968 as Warner Southern College and in 2008 the school attained university status. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Warner has a 43% graduation rate and a 59% retention rate with a student/faculty ratio of 17:1. Warner currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Educational Studies and Transformational Christian Ministry. These online programs are designed for working adults who wish to earn/complete their degree. Tuition costs at Warner are in the upper range for degrees of this type.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) came to be as a result of a merging of three Bible schools in the 1940’s. Located in Waxahachie, Texas, SAGU is a “Bible-based institution for theological and professional studies…rooted in the great commission of Christ.” SAGU’s purpose is to “prepare undergraduate and graduate students spiritually, academically, professionally, and cross culturally.” SAGU currently offers 25 online degree programs including degrees in Biblical Studies; Business; Human Services; Psychology; Criminal Justice; and Marketing. Tuition costs run in the upper range for degrees of this type and class sizes average 11 students. Designed to accelerated learning and flexibility, SAGU uses Blackboard Technology and students may complete and upload assignments directly from their tablet of computer. Classes are taught by Christian professors who are experts in their field and interaction between professors and classmates is encouraged.
Regent University (RU), founded in 1978 by Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, seeks to put Christ first and serve “as a center for Christian thought and action” providing “excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” Located in Virginia Beach, VA, Regent has received national recognition as a “Top 25 Best University” by U.S. News & World Report for their online bachelor programs; ranked #8 in “Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans”; and has been listed among U.S. News & World Report’s “Best National University” 2015 and “Top 10 Faculty in the Nation” by The Princeton Review. Regent currently offers an impressive 16 online bachelor degree programs to choose from including Biblical & Theological Studies; Business; English; Communication; and Criminal Justice. Tuition costs are in the upper range and classes average 16 students with a maximum of 25 students per class (student/teacher ratio is 15:1). Instructors have received training for online teaching and online students are taught by “the same world-class professors who teach at [Regent’s] Virginia Beach campus.” Regent Online allows students to “earn a prestigious degree without the time and location constraints that come with traditional, on campus classes.” Students may interact with classmates via online chat and thread discussions. Though Regent Online has scheduled deadlines for assignments, students may decide “when and where throughout the week you’ll access materials and complete assignments.” Minimum internet speed requirement is 256k and 24/7 live tech support is available.
North Park University
Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church and located in Chicago’s north side, North Park University (NPU) describes itself as “distinctively Christian; intentionally urban; and purposefully multi-cultural.” Ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the nation’s best universities, North Park is not only committed to providing quality academic programs but more importantly “committed to relating faith in Jesus Christ to the aims of higher education.” NPU currently offers five online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Church & Ministry Management; Management Information Systems; Organizational Management & Leadership; Nonprofit Management. Each degree is fully accredited and courses are asynchronous, meaning students are not required to log in at any particular time. North Park’s online programs “combine the quality and personal engagement of a North Park education with convenient, 24/7 online delivery”. Students typically spend 11 to 13 hours each week per online course and are able to interact with their classmates via online discussion boards.
Geneva College (GC), comprehensive Christian college, is located northwest of Pittsburgh, PA. Originally founded in Northwood, Ohio, in 1848, under the sponsorship of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, the school was moved in 1880 to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania where it operates today. Named in honor of Geneva, Switzerland, which was central to the 16th century Protestant Reformation, Geneva College’s motto is Pro Christo et Patria (For Christ and Country). With a student/faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 17 students, the institution boasts a 79% retention rate with 76% of faculty members holding their doctorate. Named a “Christian College of Distinction” for the school’s “dedication to high quality academics founded on the inerrant truth of God’s word”, Geneva has also been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2015 Top 6 Best Value Schools out of all North Region colleges. Geneva offers two online bachelor degree programs in Organizational Leadership and Human Resources. Tuition costs are in the upper range and the accelerated online learning programs offer motivated adult students a convenient, quality option for obtaining their degree. Geneva’s application-oriented approach allows students to take what they have learned and immediately apply it to real-life job situations. Both online degrees are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Due to current state authorization regulations, Geneva does not currently admit online students from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
California Baptist University
California Baptist University (CBU), located in Riverside, CA is known as one of the “top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California”. Founded in 1950 by the California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU challenges its students and graduates to “become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.” CBU offers an impressive 21 online bachelor degree programs, a sample of which include: Business Administration; Christian Ministries; Political Science; Graphic Design and Digital Media; and Computer Information Technology. With a 75% retention rate and 15-student average class size (25 is the maximum class size), CBU boasts a 100% Christian faculty and staff with an 9:1 student/faculty ratio. Their online degree programs are accredited and in 2013 were ranked #10 in best online programs for veterans. Tailored to meet their online student’s needs and give them flexibility, CBU provides their online students with Individual Advisors and an interactive environment to help them grow, learn, and achieve their goals.
Judson College (JC), named after America’s first female missionary, Ann Hasseltine Judson, is a private Christian women’s college. One of the firsts of its kind, it was founded in 1839 and is located in Alabama. Judson College offers twelve online bachelor degrees in a variety of fields including Business Administration; Elementary Education; and Religious Studies. With tuition costs in the upper range for degrees of this type, Judson boasts a 9:1 student to faculty ratio and is “the most affordable women’s college in the nation.” Affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention, Judson College is devoted to its Christ-centered and student-centered approach to learning.
Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine (CUI), located in Irvine, California, opened in 1976 under The Lutheran Church. The mission of CUI is “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions” to “[empower] students through liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Applied Liberal Arts and Business Administration & Leadership. Each online degree may be earned fully online or in a blended delivery format. While providing a flexible option for earning a degree, CUI is dedicated to providing its students with an “engaging, interactive, and relational” learning experience. CUI’s online programs “ascribe to a… model in which ‘real time’, synchronous learning experience comprise a certain percentage of every course, bringing you face to face with our outstanding faculty and nationally recognized programs.” Each program has been designed by individuals who are experts in their fields and committed to student’s success. CUI offers a range of support services for their online students including Academic Advisors and Career Services. With a 63% graduation rate and 78% retention rate, CUI’s tuition costs fall in the mid to upper range for degrees of this type.
Missouri Baptist University
Missouri Baptist University (MBU), a private, liberal arts college established in 1957, is located in West County, St. Louis MO. With a student/faculty ratio of 20:1, tuition costs at MBU fall into the upper-range for degrees of this type. Their graduation rate is 44% with a retention rate of 60%. MBU currently offers one online bachelor degree programs in Sports Management, which is offered in an exclusively online format. In addition, MBU also offers the following degrees in an accelerated degree program that is both online and offline for a blended degree program option: Business Administration; Christian Ministry; Criminal Justice; and Ministry & Leadership. MBU’s degree programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Spring Arbor University
Spring Arbor University (SAU) was founded in 1873 and its main campus is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Committed to Christ, liberal arts education, and the “value and potential of every human being as created in God’s image”, SAU’s goal is to provide “educational excellence within a Christ-honoring and supportive community” through their online degree programs. Nationally recognized as one of the Best Regional Colleges by U.S. News & World Report and named one of the Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities by Christian Universities Online, SAU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association. SAU currently offers one online bachelor degree programs Organizational Management. Their tuition costs run mid-to-upper for degrees of this type and the school boasts a 57% graduation rate, a 78% retention rate and a 15:1 student/faculty ratio.
Named after first American missionary, Adoniram Judson, Judson University (JU) was founded in 1913 and located in Elgin, Illinois. JU offers eight online accredited bachelor degrees in a variety of fields including Applied Psychology; Business Administration; Management and Leadership. JU’s online program classes meet just one night a week and most students complete their major program in as little as 22 months, though graduating with a degree may take longer, depending on previous college experience. JU is committed to keeping class sizes small so that each student can have individual attention from their professors. The tuition cost is in the upper range for degrees of this type. JU has a 10:1 student/faculty ratio, a 50% graduation rate and 72% retention rate. 86% of JU’s full time faculty hold terminal degrees in their field. A conservative, evangelical Christian university with a global perspective, JU is committed to “equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God… within the community, the nation, and the world.”
Eastern University (EU), located just west of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian university. Founded in 1925 as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the collegiate division began in 1932 and the school was chartered as a four-year college in 1952. The school became Eastern University in 2001 and the Seminary was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary in 2005. Though affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, the institution has an interdenominational Christian student body, faculty and administration. With a 13:1 student/faculty ratio, Eastern has a 57% graduation rate; an 80% retention rate; and an average class size of eight. Eastern’s stated mission is “dedicated to the preparation of … students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith and service.” Eastern offers three online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Youth Ministry Leadership; and Organizational Leadership. Each online degree is accredited through Middle States Commission of Higher Education. Eastern’s courses are interactive and collaborative rather than correspondence based. They are held to the same quality standards and involve the same academic rigor as on-campus courses, including the same amount of reading, assignments and instructional hours as traditional on-campus classes. Though somewhat flexible, online courses are not self-paced as each class follows a syllabus with due dates for assignments. Students enrolled in a 3 credit 6-week course typically spend 7 hours a week on course content (lectures, discussions, etc) and generally spend an additional 12-15 hours on reading and assignments each week. A military-friendly school, Eastern was named one of the “50 Best Colleges for Older Students” by BestColleges.com and ranked in the Top Tier of North Regional Universities of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report magazine.
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University (FPU), located in Fresno, California, is the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university. FPU was founded in 1944 by the Pacific District Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches. More than 80% of FPU’s faculty holds the highest degree in their field; the school boasts a 78% retention rate and 54% graduation rate and was ranked in the top tier for their category by U.S. News & World Report. FPU currently offers one fully accredited online bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Development and is available in either a fully online or online/blended format. Tuition costs are in the mid-range for degrees of this type.
Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University (CSU), founded in 1964 and located near historic Charleston SC is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, CSU has been named among America’s 100 Best College Buys and rated among America’s Best Christian Colleges. U.S. News & World Report has also recognized CSU as offering one of the Best Online Bachelor Programs in 2014. CSU currently has three online bachelor degree programs available in Organizational Management; Technology in Computer Systems & Information Sciences; and Nursing (RN-BSN). Tuition cost is in the mid range for degrees of this type and 24/7 live tech support is available for online students. The student/faculty ratio is 16:1 and CSU’s graduation rate is 63% with a retention rate of 71%. Classes average ten students with a max class size of 25.
Houghton College (HC), located in Houghton, New York, was founded in 1883 and sponsored by The Wesleyan Church. With an impressive 74% graduation rate and 88% retention rate, HC boasts an 11:1 student/faculty ratio with 84% of full-time faculty holding terminal degrees. Named one of America’s Top Colleges in 2013 by Forbes; “Best College in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review; and ranked in the first tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report, HC has without a doubt received prestigious recognition. HC currently offers eight online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Management; and Leadership Development. HC’s online program is student-friendly, putting “students first” and offering credit for prior learning experience. The online degree programs provide “challenging yet manageable” course work that “helps prepare students for a career in the business world.” Dedicated to providing quality, affordable, and convenient learning programs, there are no required class or login times for online courses allowing for greater flexibility.
The King's College
The King’s College (TKC), a small liberal arts college, is located in New York City. Offering one online degree program in Business Administration, their program is especially suited to “busy small business owners, entrepreneurs, and those who have already launched their careers.” Tuition cost is in the middle range for degrees of this type. With a commitment to biblical worldview, “The King’s College educates students to understand the core principles of Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.”
Malone University (MU) was founded in 1892 as the Cleveland Bible College by Walter and Emma Malone in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1957 the college relocated to Canton, Ohio and was renamed Malone College after its founders. The school achieved university status in 2008 and is a fully accredited, Christian liberal arts college. Faculty members at Malone “recognize Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and are committed to the integration of a biblical worldview with an exceptional academic curriculum.” 79% of faculty have earned their doctorate/terminal degrees and Malone has a 57% graduation rate and 76% retention rate; average classes size is 16 students with a 25 student maximum. Malone’s tuition costs are in the mid-range and their online programs require a minimum 56k internet speed. Malone offers one online bachelor degree program in Business Management. Though online courses do require that projects are completed within a given deadline, Malone’s courses were developed for flexibility and do not require students to log on at any specific time and Malone offers 24/7 live tech support. Malone University has been recognized by the Templeton Foundation as a leader in character development and ranked among the top colleges and universities under the category of Regional Universities in U.S. News & World Report.
John Brown University
John Brown University (JBU), a private Christian University founded in 1919, is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Listed as one of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes, JBU offers two online bachelor degrees in Business and Liberal Arts. Committed to providing “quality academics, excellent faculty, [and] online flexibility”, students typically spend 10-15 hours per week on course work. With tuition costs in the middle range for degrees of this type, JBU has a low student-to-faculty ratio (about 4:1) and offers 24/7 live tech support. Graduation rates at JPU are 68% with an 82% retention rate and an average class size of 14 students. JBU’s mission is to provide a Christ-centered education with graduate programs “designed to educate the whole person – ‘head, heart, hand’”.
Mississippi College (MC), an accredited comprehensive university, began in 1826 and is located near Mount Salus, Mississippi. Affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, MC is the oldest institution of higher learning in the Magnolia State and in 1831 the school became the first college in the nation to grant a degree to a woman. Today, MC offers six online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Communication; Nursing; Paralegal Studies; Homeland Security; and Loss Prevention. MC’s adult degree programs offer courses in 8-week long sessions that meet two evenings each week. MC’s tuition costs fall in the middle range for degrees of this type. Their student/faculty ratio is 15:1, with a graduation rate of 84%.
Asbury University (AU) was founded in 1890 and located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Founded by Methodist evangelist, the Rev. John Wesley Hughes under the name Kentucky Holiness College, the school was renamed to Asbury College in honor of the founder of American Methodism, Bishop Francis Asbury. The institution attained university status in 2010. Asbury currently offers three online bachelor degree program in Elementary Education; Leadership in Ministry and Business. The online tuition cost is in the middle range for degrees of this type; access requires DSL or better speed. Asbury is committed to providing an engaging, interactive, convenient learning experience for its online students. Asbury University provides “undergraduate…educational programs guided by the classical tradition of orthodox Christian thought.”
Corban University (CU) began in 1935 in Phoenix, Arizona as the Phoenix Bible Institute before moving in 1946 to Oakland, CA as Western Baptist College, and finally to Salem, Oregon in 1969 where the school operates today. Renamed again in 2005 as Corban College after a Hebrew word meaning “a gift dedicated to God”, the school at last became Corban University in 2010. With the motto of “dedicating heart and mind to God”, Corban is a “gospel-driven community of scholars and leaders who seek to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice.” One of the first universities to make online learning available to its students, Corban has offered online classes for 15 years. There are currently three online bachelor degrees available to choose from: Healthcare Administration; Organizational Leadership; and Psychology. Each online program is fully accredited and uses the same curriculum as its on-campus programs. Corban has been rated as one of the Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, ranking fifth in the Best Colleges in the West category.
Nazarene Bible College
Nazarene Bible College (NBC), located in Colorado Springs, CO was founded in 1964 and opened its doors in 1967. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, the school’s stated purpose is to “glorify Jesus Christ as Lord by preparing adults to evangelize, disciple, and minister to the world.” NBC is fully accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. NBC has offered online education since 1998 and their online class completion rate averages 94%. NBC currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Ministry. Classes are asynchronous, meaning students may participate in classes during whatever time is convenient for them. With tuition costs in the mid-range for degrees of this type, NBC has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU), located in Mount Vernon, Ohio , was established in 1968 and is sponsored by the Church of the Nazarene. Ohio’s “premier Christian university”, MVNU “challenge students to achieve their highest potential, to become increasingly Christ-like, and to make a difference in the world through lifelong service.” With a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, MVNU’s mission is to offer “outstanding academic programs from a distinctly Christian perspective to prepare students for not only a career, but for meaningful service to God and humankind.” MVNU currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration and Early Childhood Education. Tuition costs fall in the mid range for degrees of this type and each of MVNU online faculty experts have received training for online learning. 24/7 live tech support is available for students.
Named for its founder, R.G. LeTourneau, LeTourneau University (LETU) is an “unapologetically Christian university”, welcoming students from all denominations who are driven by a love for and searching after God. Founded in 1946, LETU’s main campus is located in Longview, Texas. LETU offers thirteen online bachelor degree programs. Bachelor degrees include Aviation Studies; Biblical Studies and Ministry; Business Administration and Management; Healthcare Management; and Psychology. Of its faculty, 71% hold their doctorate or the highest degree in their field, with a 13:1 student/faculty ration. LETU’s strives not only to educate students who “demonstrate competency and ingenuity in their professional fields” but is committed to “[cultivating] Christian virtue”.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) was founded in 1968 and is located in West Palm Beach, Florida. A private, independent university “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles”, PBAU’s online bachelor degree programs placed #8 in the “Top Online Education Program” rankings by U.S. News & World Report. PBAU offers three online bachelor degree programs in Ministry; Organizational Management; and Psychology. Bachelor degrees are earned 100% online and coursework may be completed at the student’s convenience during each 8-week long term. Degrees may be earned in as little as 16 months or as long as 34 months. Tuition costs are in the mid-range and PBAU has a 31% graduation rate and 75% retention rate. Class sizes average 10 students with a max class size of 20. Student/faculty ratio is 13:1. PBAU offers 24/7 live tech support for its online students and the required internet speed is DSL.
San Diego Christian College
San Diego Christian College (SDC) is a non-denominational college affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Church and located in Southern California. The school was founded in 1970 as Christian Heritage College by Drs. Tim LaHaye, Art Peters, and Henry Morris who “desired to equip students with an education that trains mind and heart.” An accredited, nonprofit Christian liberal arts college, SDC has a 41% graduation rate, 67% retention rate and a 14:1 student/faculty ratio. SDC currently offers seven online bachelor degree programs in Aviation Management; Business Management; Christian Ministries; Communication; Human Development; General Education; and Psychology. The program is based on an accelerated 5-week course term model; courses may be completed 100% online and classes may be accessed at the student’s convenience.
Northwest University (NU), located in Kirkland, Washington is a “regionally accredited, Christian institution”. Founded in 1934 by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, the school was originally known as Northwest Bible Institute and attained university status in 2005. The school boasts a 43% graduation rate and 82% retention rate. Northwest currently offers three* online bachelor degree programs in Business Management; Criminal Justice; and Ministry Leadership. Northwest’s Criminal Justice degree program has been ranked #9 in the nation by Affordable Colleges Online. Northwest offers the highest accreditation possible and its tuition rates fall in the mid-rage. Their online programs have been developed with “the same care and consideration – and often by the very same experienced faculty members – as [their] traditional courses.” Northwest’s online programs offer quality, convenience, and flexibility with their “interactive online learning environment.”
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University (APU) is located in California in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa. Since their founding in 1899, APU’s motto has been “God First”; as an early publication states, this motto is “the foremost thought of our every activity, the principal lesson of every class and the utmost desire of every soul.” Today, one of the largest Christian universities in America, APU offers eight online bachelor degree programs including Applied Psychology; Health Sciences; Liberal Studies; Leadership; and Criminal Justice. With a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, tuition costs are mid-range for degrees of this type. With a strong commitment to excellence in higher learning, the U.S. News & World Report has annually recognized APU as one of America’s Best Colleges.
Olivet Nazarene University
Founded in 1907 by a group of families whose desire was to provide a distinctively Christian education for their children, Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) is an accredited, private, Christian, liberal arts university. Located in Bourbonnais, Illinois, Olivet is theologically grounded in the Wesleyan tradition and affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. The school currently offers three online bachelor degree programs in Management; Business Administration; and Nursing (RN-BSN). Olivet’s online courses offer the “same quality education as [their] on-ground programs, with the convenience and flexibility of online classes.” Courses follow the cohort model where students are grouped together in a “cohort” and continue through the program together. Olivet’s online degree programs are earned 100% online in an accelerated format and students typically graduate within two years or less. With tuition costs in the midrange, Olivet has a graduation rate of 57% and a 75% retention rate.
Greenville College (GC) was founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church for the purpose of “[educating] for character” by providing a “distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women.” Located in Greenville, Illinois 45 miles outside of St. Louis, the school has a 50% graduation rate and 73% retention rate. Student-to-faculty ratio is 18:1 and about 75% of Greenville’s faculty hold their doctorate or terminal degrees. Greenville currently offers two online bachelor degrees in Organizational Leadership and Health Psychology. Each online course is taught by respected members of the Greenville faculty. Greenville’s online learning environment is a supportive and collaborative, allowing students to interact with faculty and fellow classmates.
Lincoln Christian University
Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is a “Christian higher education community whose mission is to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world.” Founded in Lincoln, Illinois in 1944, the school is affiliated with independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. LCU has five online bachelor degrees programs available including degrees in Christian Ministry; Management; and Human Services. Average class size is ten students and tuition costs fall in the mid-range for degrees of similar type. LCU has a 47% graduation rate and 67% retention rate. LCU’s online courses are designed specifically for busy adults and are offered in an accelerated learning format. Students in an undergraduate program may take up to two classes during each 8-week session. Most students spend 125 hours per course (approx. 15 hours a week) and courses do not require students to log in at any given time to provide greater flexibility and create individualized schedules. Each of LCU’s online students begin with an introductory course to help familiarize them with the online learning expectations and provide them with the tools to necessary to succeed in the program.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU), located in Bartlesville, OK, currently offers four online bachelor degree programs in Criminal Justice; Nursing; Ministry & Leadership; and Organizational Management & Ethics. Originally founded for the purpose of providing a Christ-centered, higher education for Wesleyan youth, OKWU has since received national recognition from sources such as U.S. News & World Report, ranking #5 in Best College in the western region in 2014 and 2015 and Forbes, which named the school among America’s Top Colleges. OKWU’s online courses are asynchronous, allowing students greater flexibility as they are not required to be online at any particular time but can set their own schedule.
Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) was founded in 1858 in LaGrange, Missouri; the campus moved to Hannibal in 1928. An “unapologetically Christian” university, HLGU is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, HGLU’s student/faculty ratio is 14:1 with most classes under 20 students. The school currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Nursing (RN-BSN) and tuition costs are in the mid-range for degrees of similar type. HLGU Online seeks to “prepare students for personal and career effectiveness” and their programs are specifically designed for working adults.
Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster Bible College (LBC), located Lancaster, PA, offers a single online bachelor degree program in Bible. Founded in 1933, the Bible College remains committed to biblical education; institutional excellence; and developing students for ministry and service, “LBC exists to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in Church and society.” With an average 14:1 student/faculty ratio, tuition cost is in the middle range for degrees of this type.
Hope International University
Hope International University (HIU) is an accredited, private Christian university founded in 1928. Located in the heart of Orange County in Fullerton, California, the school’s mission is to “empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ.” Boasting a student/faculty ratio of 14:1, a 45% graduation rate and a 76% retention rate, the maximum class size at HIU is 22 students. HIU offers four online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Christian Ministry; Human Development; and Liberal Studies: Teacher Preparation. Some degree programs may be conducted 100% online while other courses take a blended approach with a combination of online and on-campus degree fulfillment. Academic Coaches are available to offer advice regarding HIU’s online Christian undergrad studies programs. With mid-range tuition costs, HIU offers 24/7 live tech support for their online students.
North Greenville University
North Greenville University (NGU), located in Tigerville, South Carolina, first opened in 1893 and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. A co-educational, liberal arts institution, NGU is “dedicated to offering premier academics with Christ-centered purpose” and operates under the firm belief that “Christ must be the center of the campus for the purpose of Christian education and Christian character-building.” U.S. News & World Report ranked NGU in Top 25 Best Colleges in the South and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1 with an average class size of 14 students. NGU currently offers five fully accredited online bachelor degree programs in Business; Christian Ministries; Criminal Justice & Legal Studies; Elementary Education; and Psychology. Course work may be completed at the student’s convenience.
Crown College (CC), located west of Minneapolis, Minnesota, was founded in 1916 as St. Paul Bible Institute; the school changed its name to Crown College in 1992. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, the school’s motto is “Called to serve, prepared to lead.” Crown’s online programs are ranked among nation’s “Top Online Programs” by the U.S. News & World Report and the school is listed as one of the “Top Ten Online Christian Colleges” by TheBestColleges.org. Recognized as a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs, Crown was also named in the “Best Midwest Regional Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and is one of the ten most affordable Christian colleges in the Midwest. Offering six online accredited bachelor degree programs, students have a variety of degree options available to them, including Business Administration; Christian Ministry; Criminal Justice; Disaster and Emergency Management; General/Liberal Studies; and Psychology/Counseling. Crown’s online education programs offer “academic excellence, professional relevance and ultimate flexibility” – allowing students to set their own schedules and attend classes anytime from anywhere. Crown provides a wide range of student services, including 24/7 free online tutoring; an online Chaplain; Crown College Library access and more.
Cedarville University (CU), an accredited, Christ-centered Baptist institution, was established in 1887 and is located in Cedarville, Ohio. Boasting an impressive 73% graduation rate and 85% retention rate, 77% of Cedarville’s faculty hold their doctorates. Cedarville currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Bible and Nursing (RN-BSN). Courses are taught fully online and run for 8-week long terms. The online courses and websites are “easy to navigate, connect students with classmates around the world, and engages in a highly interactive learning experience.” Tuition costs fall in the mid-range for degrees of this type.
Campbellsville University (CU), located in Campbellsville, Kentucky, is a Christian institution dedicated not only to academic excellence, but one which also seeks to “prepare students as Christian servant leaders for life-long learning, continued scholarship, and active participation in a diverse, global society.” Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, CU is proud to offer convenient and affordable degree online programs. CU has three online bachelor degree programs available to choose from in Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Nursing (RN to BSN). In 2013, CU’s online degree program ranked 70th in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report Best Online Graduate Education Programs. Listed in America’s Best Christian Colleges and rated as a Military Friendly School, CU was also rated 4th most affordable among top 50 Christian colleges in the U.S.
University of the Southwest
University of Southwest (USW) was founded in 1962 and is located in Hobbs, New Mexico. A non-denominational institution, USW “strives for excellence in academic curriculum” and “adheres to belief in God, in the Bible as the inspired Word of God, in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and in the separation of church and state.” Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, USW currently offers three online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Criminal Justice; and Psychology. Classes can be accessed by students anytime, anywhere and are delivered using Blackboard technology. 24/7 live tech support and online tutoring are available. USW has a 15:1 student/faculty ratio and tuition costs fall in the mid-range for degrees of this type.
University of Northwestern - St. Paul
University of Northwestern (UNW) was founded in 1902 as Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School by William Bell Riley, a well-known pastor and evangelist. Located in the heart of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, and named among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges, Northwestern “exists to provide Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community, and world.” Northwestern’s tuition costs fall in the mid range and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. Northwestern currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Biblical Studies. Their programs are designed for learners of all ages – high school, undergraduate and adult – and are available year-round. Northwestern’s online degree programs are offered in two formats: Independent Study or Online Learning Groups. The independent study option allows students to work at their own pace independent of others, due dates, and regular interaction with professors. Online learning groups “encourage student and professor interaction via an online discussion board and greater accountability as assignments have due dates which are to be followed throughout the semester.” All courses follow a semester calendar and must be completed in one semester.
Montreat College (MC) was founded in 1916 and its main campus is located in Montreat, North Carolina. MC is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools. MC currently offers three 100% online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Psychology & Human Services; and Bible & Religion. MC’s programs are Christ-centered and the school strives to not only focus on Christ but to provide “high-quality, relevant, and diverse” higher education. With tuition costs in the mid range for degrees of this type, MC offers 24/7 live tech support for its online students and instructors expected to respond within 24 hours. MC boasts a 42% graduation rate, a 51% retention rate, and a 70% job & grad school placement rate at time of graduation. Average class size is ten students with a max class size of 22. The student/faculty ratio is 13:1 and required internet speed for online programs is cable.
Anderson University (AU)
Anderson University (AU), located in Indiana, was founded in 1917 by the Church of God. A private Christian college, their mission is to educate for a life of “faith and service in the church and society”. AU has a 41% graduation rate and a 73% retention rate. AU offers nine online bachelor programs including degrees in Business Administration; Social Services; Christian Studies; Human Services; and Criminal Justice. Each accelerated online learning program degree may be earned completely online and includes a minimum 12 credit hour concentration. AU continues to be recognized as one of America’s top colleges by the Princeton Review; US News & World Report; and Forbes Magazine.
University of Valley Forge
University of Valley Forge (UVF), a private, Christian university, located in Chester County, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1939 and is part of an “international network of Assemblies of God colleges and universities” UVF’s mission “is to prepare individuals for a life of service and leadership in the church and in the world.” UVF currently offers three online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration, Christian Ministries and Psychology. Tuition costs at UVF fall into the mid-range for degrees of this type. The school boasts a 42% graduation rate and a 70% retention rate and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. 67% of UVF’s faculty have earned their doctoral degrees.
Southeastern University (SEU) is a “Christ-centered institution of higher learning… committed to equipping the next generation of leaders so that they can go into the world as influential servants in their careers and their communities.” Located in Lakeland, Florida and originally founded in 1935, SEU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. SEU currently offers seven online bachelor degree programs including Business & Professional Leadership; Human Services; and Criminal Justice. Tuition costs are in the lower-range for degrees of this type and SEU has a 26.5% graduation rate with class sizes averaging 13 students (max class size is 25). Required internet speed for the online degree programs is DSL.
William Jessup University
William Jessup University (WJU) was founded during the Great Depression era in the 1930’s and its main campus is located in Rocklin, California. The mission of WJU is to “in partnership with the Church…prepare Christians for leadership and service in church and society, through Christian higher education, spiritual formation, and directed experiences.” Accredited by WASC and ABHE, WJU has a 56% graduation rate and an 82% retention rate with tuition costs falling in the mid range for degrees of this type. WJU currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Modern Middle East Studies.
Cornerstone University (CU), an accredited, independent, evangelical Christian institution, began as an evening Bible Institute in 1941. The institution went through much growth over the years before attaining university status in 1999. Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the online bachelor degree programs boast a 60% graduation rate and a 73% retention rate with a 11:1 student/faculty ratio. CU was named one of the “50 Most Affordable Colleges in the U.S.” by Christian Universities Online and this year was listed in the “Top 100 Online Business Bachelor Programs” by U.S. News & World Report. CU is “committed to delivering high-quality online education programs” and offers free 24/7 tutoring to its students. CU offers online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Management; Psychology; and Ministry Leadership. CU’s online academic programs are “delivered in an accelerated model that allows students to complete their academic goals in as little as 18 months by taking one class at a time in either a face-to-face or fully online context.” The online programs require DSL internet speed and the school does offer 24/7 live tech support for its students.
Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University (TNU) is an accredited, private, comprehensive university. Founded in 1901 by J. O. McClurkan, the school exists for the purpose of meeting the higher learning needs of the Church of the Nazarene; the school’s mission is to be “a Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” TNU currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Christian Ministry and Management and Human Relations. Online degrees may be earned entirely online. Tuition costs fall in the mid range and TNU’s student/faculty ratio is 18:1. 82% of TNU faculty hold their doctorate.
Huntington University (HU), located in Huntington, Indiana, was originally chartered as Central College by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ in 1897. In 1917 the school was renamed Huntington College and achieved university status in 2005. Huntington currently offers six online bachelor degree programs including Business Administration; Marketing; and Psychology. Tuition costs fall in the lower-range for degrees of this type. Student-to-faculty ratio is 13:1 and more than 80% of faculty hold their Ph.D. or terminal degree. Named one of the best colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Huntington University is also a military-friendly school. Online classes are offered in an accelerated five-week format with no requirements of being online at specific times allowing for maximum student flexibility.
Grace College and Seminary
Grace College and Seminary (GCS), affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, is located in Winona Lake, Indiana. The Theological Seminary was founded first in 1937 and the college was established eleven years later in 1948. Grace is a fully accredited institution with an impressive 90% graduation rate and 95% retention rate. Average class size is 7 students with a max class size of 25. Grace currently offers six online bachelor degree programs including Business Administration; Ministry Leadership; and Management. Grace offers a variety of student support services including 24/7 live tech support, retention coaching, and access to library. 80% of faculty hold their doctorate or terminal degree and the school has a 24:1 student/faculty ratio. Grace College and Seminary has received national recognition having been ranked among the 2014 Best Midwestern Colleges by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report’s “2014 Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest”.
Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) was founded in 1920 in affiliation with The Wesleyan Church. Accredited since 1966 by Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the school is located in Marion, Indiana and was formerly called Marion College until its name was changed in 1988. An evangelical Christian comprehensive university, IWU has been Indiana’s fastest growing university for the past two years. IWU has an impressive thirteen online bachelor degree programs available to choose from including Business Administration; Computer I.T.; Biblical Studies; Marketing; and Human Services. Committed to providing students with “accessible and affordable online education programs”, IWU’s tuition costs are in the lower-range for degrees of this type. Each online course at IWU is specifically created to “maximize the learning experience for adults.” IWU assigns students a personal Academic Advisor who will “provide information, help find solutions, and give advice on how you can best achieve your education goals.”
Carson-Newman University (CN) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Founded in 1851, the school’s mission is “to help our students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant leaders by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.” Reported to be one of the “Best in the Southeast” according to The Princeton Review, CN also received ratings from U.S. News Best Colleges Rankings 2013 as #1 Best Undergraduate Teaching; #12 Regional Colleges (South); #10 Best Value Schools; #3 Up-and-Coming Schools. CN’s four year graduation rate is approximately 36% with a freshman to sophomore retention rate of 60%. CN currently offers three online bachelor degree programs in Organizational Leadership; Business Administration; and Nursing (RN to BSN). CN’s online classes “offer the same personal and quality accredited education as the students who take their courses on-campus.” With ample communication between instructors and students via email, online chats, and etc, CN’s online learning programs offer flexibility and affordability to its distance students who are dedicated to advancing their degree and career goals.
Campbell University (CU), founded in 1887 by James Archibald Campbell, a Baptist minister, began as a small academy and evolved to become a university in 1979. Their main campus is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina. A private, co-educational university, the school’s mission is “to graduate students with exemplary academic and professional skills who are prepared for purposeful lives and meaningful service.” CU has a 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio and 92% of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their field. CU offers six accredited, online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Religion; Psychology; I.T. Management; and I.T. Security. A military-friendly institution, each online course is asynchronous, allowing students to participate in the class according to the schedules they set for themselves. With tuition costs in the lower-range, CU offers a variety of student support services including online tutoring services.
Bethel College (BC), located in Mishawaka, Indiana was started by Mennonite Brethren in Christ founder, Daniel Brenneman, as a training institute in 1893. The school transitioned into a Christian liberal arts college, opening its doors as Bethel College in 1947. BC Online was designed to give its students a flexible, convenient, and quality distance learning program. At this time, Bethel offers one online bachelor degree in Business/Commerce. Internet speed requirements are low (256k) and professors are expected to respond to students within 48 hours. Approximately 15 hours per week are necessary for completing assignments and participating in discussions. Mean class size is 16 students with a 30 student class max. Student-to-faculty ratio is about 4:1. Bethel has been ranked in the top 16% of all baccalaureate colleges nationally by the U.S. News & World Report. With its lower-range tuition costs, BC has also been recognized by Money Magazine as one of the “Best Colleges for Your Money” and Christian Universities Online, ranked BC as 3rd best in the Midwest as one of the “50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges in the U.S.
Anderson University (SC)
Anderson University (AU), originally founded in 1848 as the Johnson Female Seminary, was one of the first of its kind in providing higher education for women in the United States. Located in Anderson, South Carolina, the college was forced to close during the Civil War and was not reestablished as an institution until 1912. In 1930 the school became coeducational. Today, AU is a “Christ-centered community”, associated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. They offer nine online bachelor degree programs including Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Emergency Management Services; Human Services; and Organizational Leadership. Anderson has received high ratings and praise as an institution. Named one of the 139 best Southeastern colleges by the Princeton Review; the Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc. has also reported Anderson to be one of the most affordable top-ranked universities in the United States; and U.S. News & World Report ranked Anderson as one of the Best Regional Colleges in the South (#21) and #1 Up-and-Coming regional college in the South with the Best Undergraduate Teaching.
Belhaven University (BU) is a Christian liberal arts university “dedicated to excellence in Christian higher education.” Formerly Belhaven College, the institution was founded in 1883. Nationally recognized for its academic programs, Belhaven was ranked 32nd for its bachelor degree programs in the Best Online Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report. Belhaven offers nine online, fully accredited bachelor degree programs including Business Administration; Biblical Studies; Accounting; Nursing; and Applied Psychology. 256k internet speed is required for their online programs and instructors are expected to respond within 48 hours. Belhaven’s student-to-faculty ratio is 10-to-1 and 37% of their faculty hold terminal degrees in their respective fields. With a 33% graduation rate, and 81.33% retention rate, the university is committed to keeping costs low for its students. Belhaven’s tuition costs have also received national recognition, having been named in America’s 100 Best College Buys for eleven consecutive years.
Founded in 1971 by Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr., Liberty University (LU) is a “religiously-oriented, private, co-educational, comprehensive institution”. Under the motto of “Knowledge Aflame”, Liberty’s mission to “develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.” Located in Lynchburg, Virginia, over 90,000 of Liberty’s student are enrolled in Liberty’s Online Learning programs. With an online student/professor ratio at 17:1, 70% of the full-time faculty hold terminal degrees. LU offers an impressive 20 online bachelor degree programs including Business Administrations; Religion; Psychology; Christian Leadership and Management; and Paralegal Studies. Online instructors have received training for online teaching and are expected to respond to their students within 48 hours. Internet speed requirements for the online degree programs are 56k or better. Tuition costs at Liberty fall in the lower-range for degrees of this type. Fully accredited bachelor degrees from Liberty may be completed 100% online in less time than it would take to graduate with a traditional degree. Specific time requirements for completing each degree vary according to the program chosen.
Lee University (LU), located in Cleveland, TN, is one of the largest Christ-centered private institutions in Tennessee. Founded in 1918 originally as the Bible Training School by the Church of God, its name was changed in 1947 and by 1997, the school attained university status. Lee offers five online degrees including Liberal Studies; Bible and Theology; Christian Studies; and Ministry Leadership. The tuition costs are in the lower range for degrees of this type and the institution has an 18:1 student to faculty ratio. Lee University has been ranked by Princeton Review’s “Best Colleges” as well as ranked in the “Top Tier” in the South by U.S. News & World Report.
Ohio Christian University
Ohio Christian University (OCU,) located in Circleville, Ohio, was founded in 1948 originally under the name of Circleville Bible. OCU is a regionally accredited (the highest accreditation level a university can attain) institution and has a student/faculty ratio of 15:1. Graduation rate at OCU is 31%, with a 53% retention rate. OCU currently offers seven online bachelor degree programs including Business; Leadership and Ministry; and Criminal Justice. Before beginning your course, OCU delivers books and course materials to your home. Online courses are asynchronous, meaning students are never required to be online at specific times, providing for greater student flexibility. Students interact with each other and their professors via discussion forums, collaborative software, and email. Each online class contains 15-18 students and online students do have access to the university’s online and on-campus library. Though time commitments vary from person to person, students average 12 to 15 hours per week on coursework.
Williams Baptist College
Williams Baptist College (WBC) is a four year, Christian liberal arts college located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, WBC was founded in 1941 by Dr. H.E. Williams and it is WBC’s mission “is to provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.” WBC is known for its “academic excellence and personal attention” and with its 13:1 student/teacher ratio students are able to receive individual attention from their professors. WBC currently offers three online bachelor degree programs in Business Management; Psychology; and Pastoral Studies. The school’s tuition costs fall in the mid range for degrees of this type and the WBC has a 40% graduation rate and 59% retention rate.
Taylor University (TU), the school which the famous young Liberian Christian, Samuel ‘Kaboo’ Morris attended before his untimely death, was founded in 1846 originally as Fort Wayne Female College. Committed to “developing servants who lead, not leaders who serve,” Taylor is now a co-educational, Christian liberal arts college, located in Upland, Indiana. Named #1 Regional College in the Midwest seven years in a row by U.S. News & World Report, Taylor currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Business Administration. Taylor’s online degree program “utilizes a mix of independent study and collaborative courses” giving students the freedom to set their own schedule as well as an opportunity to interact with classmates in the learning process. Student/faculty ratio at Taylor 13:1 and 98% of faculty have earned their doctorate or terminal degree.
Oral Roberts University
Oral Roberts University (ORU), located in Tulsa Oklahoma, was founded in 1963 for the purpose of educating “the whole person – mind, body and spirit”. A comprehensive Christian university, ORU promises “a thorough education in the context of a vibrant Christ-centered community.” ORU currently offers nine online bachelor degree programs including Business Administration; Church Ministries; Liberal Studies; Leadership Studies; and Communication. 50% of ORU’s professors hold terminal degrees in their field and tuition costs are in the lower range for degrees of this type. The student-teacher ratio is 16:1 and each degree program may be completed 100% online. ORU’s online degree programs are “highly interactive with peer students and faculty” and follow a cohort model, allowing students to build relationships and giving them a solid support network. ORU has designed their online programs to take advantage of the summer months, making them count as a full semester, to allowing for faster completion.
Bluefield College (BC), founded in 1919 in association with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, is located in the Appalachian Mountains in Bluefield, VA. Best known for its “service-minded students… [and] challenging academic experience”, BC boasts an 11:1 student/faculty ratio with a 25 max class size (most classes average 15 students). 61% of its faculty holds their doctorate degrees. BC’s online accelerated degree programs began in 2011 and today they enroll over 300 working adults who have chosen to finish their degrees. BC’s online degree program is affordable and military friendly and promises students personal attention from their professors. With six online bachelor degree programs available, BC’s online degrees are “affordable, convenient, accredited, and veteran-friendly.” Of BC’s bachelor programs, students may choose from Criminal Justice; E-Business & Entrepreneurship; Early Childhood Education; Human Services; Management & Leadership; Education; and RN-BSN Nursing.
Vanguard University of Southern California
Vanguard University of Southern California (VUSC), founded in 1920 and located in Costa Mesa, California, is a private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Named a 2014 “Best in the West” College by The Princeton Review and ranked one of the top 10 colleges in the west by U.S. News & World Report, VUSC has also made Forbes’ list of best universities and was named a 2012-13 Christian Colleges of Distinction. VUSC is accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges and currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Early Childhood Education. Courses vary between 5 and 8 weeks in length. Tuition costs fall in the mid range for degrees of this type and the school has a 52% graduation rate and a 76% retention rate.
University of Sioux Falls
University of Sioux Falls (USF), a Christian, Liberal Arts University affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, was founded in 1883 and is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. USF has a 14:1 student/faculty ratio and a 47% graduation rate and a 65% retention rate. USF is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Nursing (RN to BSN). Courses are offered completely online and USF’s accelerated courses range in length from 5 to 12 weeks depending on the degree program and available credits. Classes are instructor-led with scheduled readings, assignments, discussions, and exams. Students are expected to meet coursework deadlines and participate in discussions and activities as necessary. Online classroom size ranges from 10 to 20 students and tuition costs at USF fall into the mid-range for degrees of this type.
Shorter University (SU), located in Rome, Georgia, was founded in 1873 originally as a women’s college; the school became co-educational in the 1950’s. Today, SU’s vision is to transform lives through Christ. A Christian university “committed to excellence in education,” SU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. SU currently offers four online bachelor degree programs Business; Criminal Justice; Human Services; and Sports Management. Tuition costs are in the lower range for degrees of this type, and SU is a military-friendly school. Degrees may be earned 100% online.
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Virginia University of Lynchburg (VUL) is a private, coeducational university, located in Lynchburg, VA. The school was organized in May 1886 during the 19th annual session of the Virginia Baptist State Convention. VUL is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and their tuition costs fall into the lower-range for degrees of this type. VUL currently has three online bachelor degree programs available in Religious Studies; Business Administration; and Organizational Management.
Northwest Nazarene University
Northwest Nazarene University (NNU) is a nonprofit Christian university located in Nampa, Idaho. The school was founded 1913 and is affiliated with The Church of the Nazarene. Featured in the Princeton Review’s “Best Western Colleges”, NNU tuition costs are in the lower-range and the school boasts a 13:1 student/faculty ratio and a 25 student max class size. 75% of the faculty hold terminal degrees. In fall of 2014 NNU launched their first fully online bachelor degree program for traditional students. NNU currently offers four online bachelor degree programs in Liberal Studies; Christian Ministry; Nursing (RN-BS); and Business Administration. NNU online programs provide “closer personal attention and community feel for an online program.” Among NNU’s support services, online students have access to advising services; library resources; tutoring; orientation; writing assistance; academic counseling.
Warner Pacific College
Warner Pacific College (WPC) is a Christ-centered liberal arts university located in Portland, Oregon. Founded in 1937 as Pacific Bible College, WP is affiliated with the Church of God denomination. Named one of the “Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, WPC also ranked 48th in the nation on the Washington Monthly’s 2014 Baccalaureate Colleges list. WPC’s student-to-faculty ratio is 11:1 and average class size is 14 students, allowing students to receive individual attention and not merely be a number. WPC currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration and Health Care Administration. Their online programs are designed to offer a flexible option for higher education to adults with unpredictable schedules or who are busy working a job and raising a family.
Baptist Bible College and Seminary
The Baptist Bible College & Seminary (BBC&S) was founded in Johnson City, NY in 1932. Associated with the Independent Baptist denomination, their mission is to provide “excellence in biblical higher education for effectiveness in global Christian leadership”. BBC&S offers three online bachelor degree programs: Integrated Studies; Christian Ministries; and Counseling. Each online degree is fully accredited by The Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, The Association for Biblical Higher Education, and The Pennsylvania Department of Education. Tuition costs are in the lower range for degrees of this type and the school boasts an 83% retention rate and 50% graduation rate. Most classes run as an eight-week long session and BBC&S’s classes begin five times each year – August, October, January, March, and May. Students may begin at any term. With an average time commitment of 18 hours per week for a three-credit-hour class, each online class is fully interactive providing students with the opportunity to communicate with their professor and participate in class discussions and projects.
Located in Bristol, Tennessee, King University (KU) was founded in 1867 as a Presbyterian University and offers thirteen online bachelor degrees. Their broad range of online bachelor programs include (but are not limited to) Business Administration; Healthcare Administration; Religious Studies; Psychology; and Criminal Justice. With fully accredited, achievable, and affordable online degree programs, King offers 24/7 live tech support. Ranked as a “Best Value” in regional liberal arts colleges of the South, U.S. News & World Report has reported King University as one of the best colleges in the nation for the past 22 consecutive years.
Shasta Bible College and Graduate School
Shasta Bible and Graduate School, located in Redding, California was founded in the 1970’s with the mission to equip “committed, qualified Christian leaders of Christ’s service in the 21st century.” Accredited by the Accreditation Commission of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Shasta currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Christian Professional Studies, that may be earned entirely online. Shasta has a 31% graduation rate and tuition rates are in the lower range for degrees of this type. Prospective students should note that due to recent state and federal guidelines, Shasta’s distance education program is not available in all 50 states. Prospective students are advised to contact Shasta for more information or to check with their state department of education.
Point University was founded in 1937 and their main campus is located in West Point, Georgia. Point’s mission is to “educate students for Christ-centered service and leadership throughout the world.” Tuition costs fall in the mid range for degrees of this type and the school has a 48% graduation rate and a 52% retention rate. The school currently offers four accredited online bachelor degree programs in Christian Ministries; Criminal Justice; Human Relations; and Organizational Leadership. Point’s online students have the flexibility to set their own schedules and learn at their own pace. One of Point’s unique feathers is that their program seeks to integrate faith into their online classrooms. “Point University professors and course curricula challenge students to blur the lines between who they are and what they do, and to see life and mission as one and the same.” Out of State students should note that “Point University’s online program complies with applicable state and federal regulations. Point University may not be able to offer these programs in your state, as enrollment in online programs depend on the state laws where the student resides.”
Moody Bible Institute
Moody Bible Institute (MBI), of Chicago, Illinois, was founded in 1886 by the well-known American evangelist, D.L. Moody. From the school’s website: “D.L. Moody’s passion for honoring God’s call on his life and his heart for serving others is the foundation of Moody education, and the organization as a whole.” Moody’s mission is to “equip people with the truth of God’s Word to be maturing followers of Christ who are making disciples around the world.” Currently offering two online bachelor degree programs in Biblical Studies and Ministry Leadership, Moody’s online courses come in two format options: an Eight-Week Course and Self-Paced. Eight-week courses run 8-weeks long and each course has a “week-by-week schedule consisting of reading assignments, projects and discussion board posts.” Students interact with professors and fellow classmates through the discussion board. The Self-Paced programs run on a 16-week long schedule and are designed to “achieve the same, or equivalent, learning outcomes as [Moody’s] current courses using the same textbooks and materials” but with more flexibility for busy students. Offering low-range tuition costs, Moody boasts an impressive 84% graduation rate and 78% retention rate with an average class size of 12 students and max class size of 20. Internet speed of 56k is the minimum requirement for the online courses and Moody’s instructors are expected to respond to students within 48 hours.
Simpson University was founded in 1921 as Simpson Bible Institute by W. W. Newberry. The school was named in honor of Albert Benjamin Simpson, “a Presbyterian minister who pioneered the Bible institute movement during the late nineteenth century and founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance.” Located in Redding, California, Simpson U. is California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento. Simpson is 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 school currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Psychology and Organizational Leadership. Online courses run on 5-week long terms and students have access to the school’s library; career service counselors; tutoring services, and more. Tuition costs are in the lower-range for degrees of this type and the school has a 47% graduation rate, a 74% retention rate, and a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1.
Toccoa Falls College
Toccoa Falls College (TFC) was founded in 1907 and is located in Toccoa Falls, Georgia. A Christ-centered co-educational university, TFC’s mission is to “glorify God through seeking and developing Christian servant leaders who will impact their world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.” TFC has five online bachelor degree programs available in Biblical Studies; Ministry Leadership; Nonprofit Business Administration; Organizational Leadership; and Youth Ministries. The school’s tuition costs fall into the lower-range for degrees of this type and the school has a 47% graduation rate and a 68% retention rate. Class sizes average fifteen students with a max class size of twenty. TFC’s online instructors have received training for online teaching.
Piedmont International University
Piedmont International University (PIU), established in 1945 and located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina is accredited through TRACS. Offering classes at a low tuition rate, the student/faculty ratio of 9:1 with 47% of faculty holding terminal degrees. Piedmont currently offers three online bachelor degree programs in Bible; Christian Ministry; and Bible for College Graduates. Piedmont’s online programs take advantage of cutting-edge technology and provide “a flexible system of study [to enable] anyone seeking a theological education to experience several of the same rigorous, integrated degree programs available on campus.” Online class sizes are limited to 15 students to allow professors to provide quality feedback on coursework and encourage “friendships through assignments that my require collaboration among students.” Classes run on 7-week long terms and students are able to communicate with their professors and classmates via online chats and discussion boards.
Barclay College (BC), founded by Quaker settlers in 1917 in Haviland, Kansas, was formerly known as Friend’s Bible College until 1990. Today, Barclay offers five online bachelor degree programs, including Biblical Studies; Business Management; Christian Ministry Leadership; and Psychology. Tuition costs are some of the lowest available for degrees of this type. The mission for Barclay College Online is the same as for their on-campus students – “to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service, and leadership.” Barclay’s open enrollment allows online students to begin at any time and classes are available all year long to provide better flexibility for each student’s academic goals. Each class lasts six-weeks and Barclay offers a free two-week orientation to help provide new students with the support, knowledge, and resources needed to succeed in their online programs with Barclay.
Evangel University (EU), the first Pentecostal liberal arts college chartered in U.S., was founded in 1955 and is located in Springfield, Missouri. Affiliated with Assemblies of God denomination, EU is a comprehensive Christian university “committed to excellence in educating and equipping students to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.” Online classes average 25 students with a student-to-teacher ratio of 15:1 and a 53% graduation rate. EU currently offers two online bachelor degrees programs in Management and Church Ministries. Both online degree programs are an accelerated program designed specifically for motivated adult learners who require flexibility. Students typically spend 15 hours a week reading, studying, researching, and writing.
Southern California Seminary
Southern California Seminary (SCS) is a private institution of higher education “dedicated to teaching from the inerrant Word of God.” Located 15 minutes east of San Diego in El Cajon, CA, SCS is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. SCS currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Biblical Studies. Tuition costs are in the lower-range for degrees of this type. Courses are scheduled for 7-week long terms and students may take up to 12 courses per year. “SCS Online students participate in a highly interactive community of learners from all over the world, offering a truly global perspective.”
Bethesda University (BU), an accredited private Christian university, was founded in 1976 by Dr. David Yonggi Cho for the purpose of raising up “millennium leaders who have a firm Christian foundation and vision for world missions.” Located in Anaheim, California, BU’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered community of higher education preparing Korean/English speaking men and women with professional competence, academic excellence, and spiritual integrity to be servant leaders in the Church, community, and global society.” Boasting low-range tuition costs, BU’s online bachelor degree program is only available for Bachelor of Arts in Religion (Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministry, and Christian Education).
Bryan College (BC), located in Dayton, Tennessee, was founded in response to the 1925 Scopes Trial to establish an institution that would teach higher education from a Christian worldview. Named after William Jennings Bryan, who during the famous ‘Monkey Trial’, communicated the wish that a school that would “teach truth from a Biblical perspective might be established on one of Dayton’s scenic hills.” Founded by individuals from a variety of denominations, BC is not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination. Their motto, emblazoned on the college logo, is “Christ Above All” and today BC has the goal of “educating students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.” Bryan offers two online bachelor degree programs in Business Administration and Psychology. Their Business Administration program was ranked #17 in the nation by BestColleges.com. Their tuition costs are in the lower-range for degrees this type and the school boasts a 64% graduation rate and 83% retention rate with an average class size of 12. They do offer 24/7 live tech support and have a variety of support services in place to help their online students achieve their goals. These services include, but are not limited to, tutoring; academic advising; library services; and computer support. 65% of Bryan’s faculty hold their doctorate or the highest degree available in their respective fields.
Johnson University (JU) has a lengthy history of long-distance learning. Though its residential academic institution was founded in 1893, its founder, Ashley S. Johnson, began by training men in preaching through a correspondence program in 1886. This heritage of innovative educational methods continue today as JU offers three online bachelor degrees in Ministry Leadership; Intercultural Studies; and Lay Counseling. Committed to keeping tuition costs affordable for those who desire to spread the gospel of Christ, JU has the vision of “to bring glory to God… by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry through affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered worship”. In the words of founder Ashley Johnson, “Open day and night to the poor young man who desires above every other desire, to preach the Gospel of Christ.”
Tennessee Temple University
Tennessee Temple University (TTU), located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, was founded in 1946 and is affiliated with the Baptist denomination. The mission at TTU is to “provide Christ-centered higher education that transforms lives academically and spiritually for the glory of God.” The school currently offers nine online bachelor degree programs including English; Business Administration; Bible; History; Psychology; Interdisciplinary studies; and Sign Language Interpreting. TTU is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and their online program is ranked in the top 15% of all national colleges for military friendliness. Students spend an average of seven to ten hours on each lesson and coursework may be done at the student’s convenience within the deadlines given, providing for greater flexibility and freedom for online students. Tuition costs at TTU are in the low-range for degrees of this type and the student/faculty ratio 15:1.
Messenger College (MC), the national collegiate institution of the Pentecostal Church of God in the United States, was founded in 1987 and is located in Euless, Texas. With two online bachelor degree programs available in Business Administration and Christian Ministry, MC is committed to offering a “low tuition, high quality, Bible saturated curriculum [that] is perfectly organized to meet your schedule needs.” Program benefits include one class night each week; no memory exams; the ability to earn 3-credits each 5-week session; and a “life application curriculum” that allows students to immediately apply what they learn in their real-life work situations. A private Christian college, MC is accredited through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools.
Southern Evangelical Seminary
Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES) was founded in 1992 by Ross Rhoads, former evangelist and Pastor of Calvary Church in Charlotte, NC, and Norman Geisler, Seminary professor and apologist, with the vision to “evangelize the world and defend the historic Christian Faith.” Located in Charlotte, North Carolina, SES “emphasizes a core curriculum in classical apologetics, theology, philosophy, and evangelism” and students are “trained to think clearly, critically, and rationally while engaging people in meaningful dialogue.” SES currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Religious Studies and classes run for a 15-week period. The school specializes in Apologetics and Philosophy and is “committed to having a biblically based, accredited online program that is characterized by Quality, Flexibility, and Affordability.”
Luther Rice University
Luther Rice University (LRU), located in Georgia, was chartered in 1962. For the last ten years, LRU has offered online degrees that are fully accredited and may be earned completely through the internet. LRU currently offers one online bachelor degree program in Religion. With a 50% graduation rate and 55% retention rate, 80% of LRU’s faculty hold terminal degrees in their fields. Tuition costs at LRU are ranked in the lowest 10% of all private, nonprofit four-year schools. LRU’s online classes are completely flexible allowing coursework to fit into an individualized schedule and the school’s online course content is “always fresh, new, cutting-edge, and specifically designed for the online learning environment.” Students have unlimited access to LRU’s extensive library of 130,000 downloadable eBooks and academic credit hours students already possess may be transferred from approved institutions.
World Mission University
World Mission University (WMU) began in March of 1989 under the direction of the Oriental Mission Church. Located in Koreatown, a center of downtown Los Angeles, WMU is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education, the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and the Association of Theological Schools. WMU currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Biblical Studies and Christian Counseling. One of WMU’s main objectives for their distance education program is to expand the scope of WMU’s “educational leadership by extending its unique educational resources to Koreans in different parts of the U.S. and of the world.” Tuition costs fall into the low-range for degrees of this type and the school boasts a 100% graduation rate and 100% retention rate.
Apex School of Theology
Apex School of Theology (ASOT) was established in 1995 and is located in Durham, NC. ASOT is an institution with an “African-American culture” and was founded with a focus on providing formal theological training to area clergy and lay leaders who could not afford the tuition cost of other seminaries in the area. The faculty and staff of ASOT give back to the faith community by serving at a minimal stipend and thus enable this institution to keep its tuition cost at a bare minimum. The distance education program (ApexDE) offers a single online bachelor degree, the Bachelor of Theology.
Virginia Baptist College
Virginia Baptist College (VBC) is located in Fredericksburg, VA and exists for the purpose of equipping “men and women for dynamic Christian services and leadership”. VBC is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and offers one of the lowest tuition costs available for degrees of this type. VBC offers two online bachelor degree programs in Ministry and Christian Education. Courses are asynchronous (meaning students are not required to log in at a specific time or day) with in-class sessions recorded and posted online for students to access throughout the week.
Prairie Bible Institute
Prairie Bible Institute is a leading, Canadian, Christian institution, located in Three Hills, Alberta, Canada. Since its beginning in 1922, Prairie’s motto has been “To Know Christ and Make Him Known”. Prairie’s mission is to serve “the Church by Training and mentoring Christians through biblically integrated post-secondary education.” Prairie Bible Institution is made up of three separate colleges: Prairie Bible College; Prairie College of Applied Arts and Technology; and Prairie School of Mission Aviation. Prairie Bible College’s main focus is to prepare students for the ministry, offering four-year Bachelor of Art degrees in a variety of fields. The college is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Educational Accreditation. Prairie eLearning currently offers two online bachelor degree programs in Intercultural Studies and Ministries. Prairie’s online programs provide flexible learning option and students may interact with their instructors and classmates online, “complete the course readings, submit assignments, and write exams at your own pace within a six-month period.”
Faith Evangelical College and Seminary
Faith Evangelical College and Seminary (FECS) is located in Tacoma, WA and was founded in 1969. The Lutherans Alert-National (LAN), an organization committed to biblical inerrancy, founded FECS to establish a seminary committed to the inerrant Word of God. The educational philosophy of this institution is based upon this biblical foundation and all faculty must be committed to this focus on Scriptural authority. FECS makes its debut with us by offering the cheapest online undergraduate degrees of any school in our guide. There are three complete four-year Bachelor of Arts degrees to choose from, the Bachelor of Arts in Religion, Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, and the Bachelor of Arts in Education. All full-time faculty at FECS hold a doctorate or a terminal degree in their field.