When it comes to quality, I am a firm believer in the idea that you get what you pay for. However, when it comes to the schools in our 2nd annual ranking of the 50 Best Value Schools, many of our featured colleges and universities are able to deliver to their students much more than they pay for. The schools in our list excel at combining a high quality education experience while keeping the net price of their tuition very reasonable. At Christian Universities Online (CUO) we know parents and students want to make the best use of their often limited financial resources. We hope this ranking will be a useful tool in making the best decision when it comes to which school to attend while making every dollar count!
The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that have been accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), or the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), or a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). The next step in our methodology was to take the earned score in our 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities. We then took this weighted number and combined it with the school’s weighted score from our 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities. The sum of these weighted data points were combined and used to produce this featured ranking.
Williams Baptist College (WBC) is located in Walnut Ridge, Lawrence County, Arkansas. Owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, WBC was established in 1941 by founder Dr. H.E. Williams and has been accredited since 1963 through the Higher Learning Commission of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A four-year, Christian, liberal arts college, WBC is known for its academic excellence and the personal attention its faculty gives to students. With a 13:1 student/faculty ratio, WBC offers a warm, Christ-centered environment where students can learn and grow. WBC has a total enrollment of about 600; most students choose to live on the 200-acre campus. WBC offers over 25 majors and pre-professional programs in the areas of Art; Business; Christian Ministries; Education; English; History; Music; Natural Science; and Psychology. Ranked in the top tier of southern colleges and universities by U.S. News & World Report, WBC’s mission is to “provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.”
Louisiana College (LC) is a private, coeducational institution of liberal arts and sciences. Affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention and built on principles of character and learning, LC is the only Baptist, four-year institution in Louisiana. The school was established in 1906 and is located in Pineville, Louisiana on an 81-acre campus with twenty-five academic and residential buildings. Over 1,000 students are currently enrolled, and LC runs on a semester-calendar with two summer terms. Over 80 programs of study are offered through LC’s four schools of Nursing & Allied Health; Education; Fine Arts & Media; and the Caskey School of Divinity as well as the college’s six academic divisions of Natural Sciences & Mathematics; Humanities; Human Behavior; Christian Studies; History & Political Science; and Business. Noted for personal attention LC’s faculty gives to individual students, an emphasis is placed on classroom teaching and classes are taught by professional teachers, not graduate assistants. The student/faculty ratio is 13:1 and LC has been listed as #37 on the list of “Best Baccalaureate Colleges” in the South in 2008 by U.S. News & World Report.
Central Christian College of Kansas is located in the town of McPherson, Kansas. A small, private, evangelical Christian college, Central is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. Over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and the student/faculty ratio is 14:1. 96% of first-time, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid and the school boasts a high retention rate of 63%. Over 40 areas of study are offered, including studies in Business; Education; Psychology; Music; and Liberal Studies. Classes are made available both on-campus and online. Committed to the education of the “whole person – heart, mind, body, and soul”, Central has been providing students with Christ-centered higher education since its establishment in 1884.
Moody Bible Institute (MBI), of Chicago, Illinois, was established in 1886 and has a rich heritage, being closely associated with evangelist and founder, D.L. Moody, for whom the institute is named. Committed to the value of the authority of Scripture, MBI’s mission is to “equip people with the truth of God’s Word using new technology in an agile and innovative community.” Undergraduate degrees are offered at both MBI’s Chicago and Spokane campuses with graduate degrees offered in Chicago and the school’s Michigan campus. Distance learning programs are also available to undergraduate and graduate students as well as those seeking to continue their education. Bachelor degrees are offered in eight areas, including Bible; Intercultural Studies; Pastoral Studies; and Educational Ministries. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, over 2,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled.
Established 1939 during the Great Depression era by Dr. Eugene Sanderson and William Jessup, William Jessup University (WJU) is a nondenominational, Christian liberal arts intuition. WJU’s main vision and purpose is to “educate transformational leaders for the glory of God.” Committed to the teachings and practices of scripture, a strong emphasis is placed on building upon a biblical foundation. Enrollment at WJU is over 1,000 and nearly 20 areas of study are offered for undergraduate students as well as two graduate-level programs: Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Leadership. WJU’s main campus is located in Rocklin, California with a second location in San Jose, CA.
Cedarville University (CU) is located in Cedarville, Ohio. Founded in 1887, CU was originally affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church but changed denominations to become an independent Baptist school. Over 100 areas of study are offered at CU and the school’s enrollment figure is more than 3,000 undergraduate, graduate, and online students. CU boasts both a high retention and graduation rate and offers mission and study abroad opportunities to their students. Classes are rigorous and a minor in Biblical studies is required for all of CU’s academic programs. CU maintains a strong commitment to biblical Christian values, including the inerrancy and authority of scripture and holds to a creationist approach to scientific research and study. CU’s commitment to academic excellence and a solid Christian foundation is emphasized through their motto: “For the Crown and Covenant of Christ”.
Founded in 1927 by Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., Bob Jones University (BJU) is a well known name when it comes to conservative values and Christian position. Notable alumni include famous evangelist, Billy Graham and Pastor John MacArthur. The school is located in Greenville, South Carolina on a 200-acre suburban campus. BJU’s student body includes representatives from 48 states, 42 countries and the enrollment figure of the school has reached nearly 3,000 students. An emphasis is placed on “intentional heart-focused discipleship” and the student/faculty ratio at BJU is 16:1. Nationally accredited through TRACS, BJU offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs through its 4 schools, college and seminary.
Messiah College (MC) is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with a second campus located in Harrisburg. A private Christian liberal arts college, MC was established in 1909. The school’s motto, “Christ Preeminent”, points to the school’s firmly held understanding that Christ and faith in Him is “relevant to every dimension of life.” Though historically founded by and affiliated with the Brethren in Christ Church, today, MC is non-denominational and welcomes students from a variety of Christian denominations and traditions, celebrating the diversity found within the body of Christ. On-campus resident-students are encouraged to serve in various areas of community-engagement and over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled, representing 38 states and 23 nations. Over 80 undergraduate majors and 19 graduate-level degree and certificate programs are offered at MC, along with study abroad options in 40+ locations. Named a “Best Regional College” by The Princeton Review and #5 Best Regional College- Northeast by U.S. News & World Report.
Eastern University is a co-educational, comprehensive Christian institution. The school’s main campus is located just west of Philadelphia in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. Established 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 institution became Eastern University in 2001 and the Seminary was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary in 2005. Formally affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, the institution is made up of an interdenominational Christian student body, faculty and administration. Enrollment reaches nearly 4,000 students and the school offers 35 undergraduate majors and 33 minors, along with 20 graduate-level degree programs. The mission and goal at Eastern is to be “dedicated to the preparation of … students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith and service.”Known as a military-friendly school, Eastern was listed as 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.
Established in 1950 as Central Christian College, Oklahoma Christian University (OCU) is located in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, OCU has been named one of the best universities in the west by U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review. OCU offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through the school’s 14 academic departments. Affiliated with the churches of Christ, OCU welcomes students from all Christian walks and is staffed by an all-Christian faculty. Professors teach from a Christian worldview and are dedicated to the high standards of scholarship. OCU’s global reach includes 20 study abroad and off-campus learning options in addition to local service opportunities.
Whitworth University (WU) is located in Spokane, Washington on a 200 acre campus. A private, Christian, liberal arts college, WU is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Formally known as Whitworth College, until 2007, when the institution changed its name, the school boasts high retention and graduation rates with 85% of students graduating within four years. Enrollment at WU is over 2,000 undergraduate students with representatives from 30 states and 29 countries. Founded in 1890, WU’s motto is: “Education of the Mind and Heart.” WU seeks to remain true to this mission, focusing on educating students not only in the classroom setting, but also through building mentoring relationships in their student-life program. Ranked among the top 10 in U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of Best Colleges and Universities in the West, WU has also been named one of the “Best in the West” by The Princeton Review.
Geneva College is located northwest of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The private, comprehensive Christian college was originally established in Ohio in 1848, under the sponsorship of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. In 1880, the school was moved to Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania where it still stands and operates today. Named for one of the key locations of the 16th Century Protestant Reformation, Geneva, Switzerland, the college’s motto is simply this: “For Christ and Country”. Total enrollment at Geneva is over 1,000 undergraduate students, 70% of whom complete internships. Geneva offers 36 undergraduate majors and the school has an impressive post-graduation employment rate with 90% of students reportedly employed or in grad school within 6 months following graduation. Geneva has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2015 Top 6 Best Value Schools out of all North Region colleges.
LeTourneau University (LU) is a private, nondenominational Christian university. Established 1946 by founder, R. G. LeTourneau, and was originally founded as a technical institute to serve GIs returning home from serving in WWII. The school’s motto is: “Faith brings us together. Ingenuity sets us apart.” Today, LU offers 90 undergraduate and graduate academic programs in the areas of engineering, aeronautical science, education, and business, among others. LU’s main location is located in Longview, Texas on a 162 acre-campus. LU also offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs for working adults online and at education centers in Dallas, and Houston. The enrollment figure at LU is over 1,500 students, 19% of which are former home school students. With over 50 recognized student organizations on campus and small average class sizes, LU promises to provide a vibrant and highly relational learning community.
A trusted name when it comes to solid academic results and strong Christian values, Wheaton College has become well known for being the alma mater of many notable Christian figures, including Jim and Elisabeth Elliot, Nate Saint, Billy Graham, and John Piper. It is no surprise that, given the school’s rich heritage, 7% of Wheaton’s students are Missionary Kids (MK) or Third Culture Kids (TCK). With an enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 undergraduates, 20% of students come from ethnic minority groups and representatives from 50 states, 45 countries, and 55+ church denominations make up Wheaton’s student-body. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, just 25 miles outside of Chicago, the school motto is a fitting one: “For Christ and His Kingdom”. Established in 1860, Wheaton offers 40 majors and has received a number of awards and recognitions from U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Business Insider, among others. The school has been ranked the 20th liberal arts college in the nation for the number of alumni who go on to earn their PhD.
Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private university, located in Houston, Texas. Founded in 1960 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas, HBU is an institution that freely admits the name of Christ. The school’s mission, clearly stated, is to “provide a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’” Over 3,000 students are enrolled at HBC, but due to the school’s commitment to keeping classes small, students are able to interact personally with the professors and never become a mere number. HBU provides tight-knit college community located in the fourth largest city in the United States. The university is dedicated to providing a holistic educational approach and students can rest assured that there is always something to do in and out of the classroom at HBC. Through HBC’s eight schools, over 40 majors and minors, 8 pre-professional programs, and 16 graduate-level degree and certification programs are offered.
Calvin College (CC), named after the famous reformer, John Calvin of Geneva, is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Established in 1876 in affiliation with the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA), CC’s mission is to equip individuals who will “think deeply, act justly, and live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” CC as an institution is guided by and draws its understanding of the Scriptures from the historic creeds and confessions of Reformed Christianity. The school’s motto reads simply and eloquently: “My heart I offer to you Lord, promptly and sincerely.” A top-ranked liberal arts college, CC offers over 100 majors and minors, along with a variety of study-abroad programs. Nearly 4,000 students are currently enrolled, representing 47 states, five Canadian provinces, and 55 foreign nations. 99% graduated of students are reported to be employed or enrolled in a graduate school.
Anderson University is an accredited, private, Christian liberal arts institution which was established 1917. Located in Anderson, Indiana, the university is affiliated with the Church of God denomination. Built upon the five core values of Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity, Anderson’s mission since its founding has been to graduate students “who are competent, caring, creative, generous individuals of character and potential” and to instill a global perspective into its students. Over 2,000 students are currently enrolled at Anderson and last year students volunteered over 24,000 hours in service and ministry. 60 undergraduate majors are offered at Anderson through the university’s seven schools of study. Anderson has been recognized as one of the top colleges by a variety of sources, including U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and Forbes.
Mississippi College (MC), located on a 320-acre campus in Clinton, Mississippi and established in 1826, is the oldest institution of higher learning in Mississippi and the second oldest Baptist university in the nation. MC’s motto is, “Truth and Virtue”, and the leaders of the college have the vision “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ.” Built upon the seven core values of fidelity; integrity; inquiry and knowledge; service; respect; excellence; and stewardship, MC has remained committed through the years to excellence and innovation in both teaching and learning. Over 80 undergraduate majors are offered at MC in addition to 50+ areas of master’s and doctoral-level programs. A large school with nearly 3,000 undergraduate students currently enrolled, the student-faculty ratio is 15:1.
Union University is a private, four-year liberal arts-based university located in Jackson, Tennessee and holds the distinction of being the oldest institution in the nation affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination. The school’s stated mission is to provide a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society”. Union offers over 100 areas of study and awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees through the university’s eight colleges. Union also offers online degree programs and has extension campuses located in Germantown and Hendersonville, TN. Known as one of the top tier institutions in the Southern Region, Union has received a number of major recognitions, including a ranking by U.S. News & World Report as 12th among regional universities in the South and was named one in the list of Kiplinger’s Best College Values 2015.
Asbury University is a Christian liberal arts institution, located in Wilmore, Kentucky on a 65-acre suburban campus. The school was established in 1890 and though today the university is nondenominational, Asbury’s heritage stems from the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Nearly 2,000 students are currently enrolled and over 40 states and 15 countries are represented in Asbury’s student body. Over 50 majors are offered to undergraduate students and degrees are awarded through Asbury’s five schools of study: College of Arts & Sciences; Howard Dayton School of Business; School of Communication Arts; School of Education; and School of Graduate & Professional Studies. Opportunities for student involvement extend themselves both on and off campus in the form of internships, exchange programs, missions and community service opportunities which are made available and are part of the curriculum in almost every major.
Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC) is a Christian liberal arts college located in Rochester, New York. Founded in 1866 by Rev. B. T. Roberts, RWC was the first educational institution to be established under the Free Methodist denomination in North America. Originally operating under the name Chili Seminary, the school’s mission since its start has been 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, nearly 2,000 students are currently enrolled at RWC and the school offers over 50 undergraduate majors and programs; 8 online programs; 13 graduate programs; and 5 degree completion programs. Life on RWC’s beautiful campus is vibrant with over 50 clubs and organizations for resident students to join. RWC boasts a high retention rate and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, and The Princeton Review.
Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is located in beautiful San Diego, California and was founded in 1902 by Dr. Phineas Bresee for the purpose of meeting the need for a Christian institution in the southern California area. Today, PLNU is committed to not only excelling in the areas of teaching and learning but also to providing “an intentionally Christian community.” PLNU places a strong focus on providing students with a global perspective through a variety of international study programs and short-term mission programs. Known as a place full of cultural diversity, 40% of PLNU students come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Ranked among the best regional colleges by U.S. News & World Report, PLNU has also been named one of America’s 100 Greenest Schools by the Sierra Club and takes seriously the responsibility of being a good steward of God’s creation and is recognized as a national leader in sustainability initiatives. PLNU offers undergraduate programs in over 60 areas of study and five graduate degree programs.
Warner University is located in Lake Wales, Florida and was established 1968. The private, Christian liberal arts institution is affiliated with the Church Of God denomination. Committed to providing affordable, Christian higher education, over 1,000 students are currently enrolled and create a student body filled with diversity – a fact in which Warner takes great pride. Warner awards both undergraduate and graduate level degrees through the university’s three distinct schools: School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and School of Education. Named one of “America’s Best Colleges” for four consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report and Warner was also included in both our 2014 and 2015 ranking of “Most Affordable”, here at Christian Universities Online.
Carson-Newman University (CNU) was established in 1851 and the school’s suburban campus is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. A four-year, private institution, CNU is affiliated with the Baptist denomination. More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled representing over 33 states and 20 foreign nations. The student/faculty ratio is 11:1 and the average class size is 15 students. CNU offers 50 majors and several study abroad programs. Committed to providing affordable, quality, higher education to their students, nearly 100% of CNU students receive some form of financial aid. The school boasts a high retention rate of 71% and has been named among the Best Colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review.
Lipscomb University is located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee and was established 1891. A private, coeducational, liberal arts university, Lipscomb is affiliated with the Churches of Christ denomination. Lipscomb offers an impressive 117 fields of undergraduate study as well as 52 graduate-level degrees and certificate programs. Over 4,000 full time students are currently enrolled at Lipscomb, representing 43 states and 42 countries. With five pillars installed as guides- Faith, Community, Knowledge, Innovation, and Service – these core values aptly Lipscomb’s mission. The school’s stated commitment is to “intentionally, courageously, and graciously obey God’s will.” Lipscomb has received a number of recognitions and awards, including being named among the Top 20 Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report and has named by Kiplinger Personal Finance as one of the 100 Best Values in Private Universities for 2015.
Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) was established in 1910. A Christian liberal arts university, OBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma on a 210+ acre campus, just 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City. OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees in 86 areas of study as well as 3 master’s degrees and offers international studies in Brazil, China, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and Russia. Home to nearly 2,000 undergraduates, OBU’s student body is made up of representatives from 42 states and 30 foreign countries; the school’s student/faculty ratio is 15:1. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, OBU has received a number of recognitions including being named one of the 50 Great Affordable Colleges in the Midwest by Great Value College’s ranking and has been listed in the top 10 Regional Colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report for 23 consecutive years.
Sterling College is located in Sterling, Kansas. A private, four-year liberal arts college, Sterling was established 1887 by the Presbyterian Church and remains affiliated with the denomination to this day. 720 students make up Sterling’s student body, representing 7 different denominations. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Sterling is also a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. With a mission to “develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith”, Sterling currently offers over 90 programs of study, including the areas of Biblical Studies; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Art & Design; and Communication & Media Arts. Sterling also offers study abroad opportunities to its students.
Liberty University is a Southern Baptist institution, founded in 1971 by Dr. Jerry Fallwell, Sr. Holding the distinction of being the largest Christian university in the world and the fifth largest university in the nation, Liberty’s 7,000 acre campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in the city of Lynchburg, Virginia. Over 110,000 students are currently enrolled in Liberty’s on-campus and online degree programs. The school offers an impressive 330 residential degree programs and 243 online degree programs ranging from undergraduate to the doctoral level. Operating under the motto of “Knowledge Aflame”, Liberty’s mission is to “develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact tomorrow’s world.” Liberty has been named among the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Located in Abilene, Texas, Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private university, affiliated with the Churches of Christ. ACU was established in 1906 and has become known as a leader in Christian higher-education. Daily chapel services and mandatory Bible courses are required of all and the majority of students volunteer for community service. ACU offers an impressive 71 baccalaureate majors that include more than 125 areas of study, as well 25 graduate programs and a single doctorate program. Approximately 4,600 students are currently enrolled at ACU, including 800 graduate students. The mission of ACU is clearly stated as having the goal of educating students for “Christian service and leadership throughout the world.”
Emmanuel College is located on a 150-acre campus in Franklin Springs, Georgia, conveniently near Athens and Atlanta, GA and Anderson, South Carolina. A private, Christian, liberal arts college, Emmanuel is affiliated with International Pentecostal Holiness Church and was established 1919. Over 800 students are currently enrolled at Emmanuel, representing 28 states, 10 foreign countries, and 25 denominations; the student-faculty ratio is 15:1. Emmanuel offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs through their four schools of Arts & Sciences; Business; Christian Ministry; and Education. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Emmanuel was recently ranked as Tier One School by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Regional College in the South for 2016.
John Brown University (JBU) is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. A private, Christ-centered interdenominational, liberal arts institution, the school was established in 1919. JBU offers over 40 undergraduate majors and a variety of international study programs. Over 2,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled, representing 40 countries and 42 states. The school boasts high retention and graduation rates and has been ranked #1 among Regional Colleges in the South and put on the Best Value List by U.S. News & World Report. JBU’s goal is to provide an education that makes Christ its center focus and one in which students are prepared to be used by God to “serve others by developing their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.” JBU’s summarizes their mission with two historic mottos: “Christ over all”, and “Head, Heart and Hand.” Succinctly put, JBU’s vision is to “Honor God, and serve others”.
Located in Lincoln, Illinois, Lincoln Christian University (LCU) was established in 1944 for the mission of building-up individuals with a Biblical worldview for the purpose of serving and leading in the church and throughout the world. In keeping with this mission, a strong emphasis on is placed on ministry and service – this is reflected in the fact that 36% of undergraduates earned their degree in Ministry with another 18% in Intercultural Studies (Missions) and 14% in Bible. LCU’s students come from many walks of life and from a variety of church denominations; LCU is affiliated with independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Total enrollment at LCU is approximately 1,200, including 500 traditional undergraduate students, 70% of which live on-campus. Student satisfaction is high as most students agree that they would recommend LCU to others. 17 bachelor degrees are offered at LCU along with a variety of graduate-level degrees.
Lancaster Bible College (LBC) is a thriving school with campuses and student learning centers in seven locations: Lancaster PA, where the school’s main campus is located, as well as Philadelphia, PA; Greenbelt, MD; Springfield, VA; Indianapolis, IN; Boca Raton, FL; and Memphis, TN. First established in 1933 by Henry J. Heydt, LBC started out with just eight day-students and 14 evening-students enrolled in the original class which met in a hall in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Today, over 1,600 students are enrolled at LBC, representing 32 states and 15 foreign countries. Despite their amazing growth, at least one thing at LBC has remained unchanged and that is their mission. For the last 80 years LBC’s mission and purpose has been: “to educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.” LBC offers over 20 undergraduate degree programs and over 20 graduate-level degree and certificate programs.
Conveniently located between the two cities of Greenville, South Carolina and Hendersonville, North Carolina, North Greenville University’s (NGU) campus is situated in Tigerville, SC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. NGU is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and was established in 1891. Home to 2,359 students, representing 30 states and 8 nations, class sizes are kept purposefully small to give each student a voice which can be heard. NGU’s student/faculty ratio is 14:1. NGU has been featured for two consecutive years in our “Most Affordable” ranking, here at Christian Universities Online – in part due to the average 48% reduction of cost in attending the school. NGU offers a wide variety of Bachelor and graduate-level degree programs and has been nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top liberal arts universities in the country.
Crown College is located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota – 30 minutes west of Minneapolis. Established in 1916 and originally known as St. Paul Bible Institute, the school changed its name to Crown College in 1992. The school’s motto is “Called to serve, prepared to lead.” Recognized for its military-friendliness by G.I. Jobs, Crown has also been ranked as one of the Best Regional Colleges-Midwest by U.S News & World Report. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, Crown offers over 40 accredited undergraduate majors and also provides a variety of online and graduate degree options. The school boasts a low student/faculty ratio, which allows students to reap the benefits of more personalized teaching from professors – 70% of which have earned their doctorate degrees. Five key values guide the college – Christ-Centered; Academic-Excellence; Global-Connection; and Affordable, – through which, Crown seeks to fulfill its mission of equipping students to be Christian-leaders in the church and the world through bible-based education.
Hope International University (HIU) is located in the heart of Orange County in Fullerton, California. A fully accredited, private Christian university, HIU was established in 1928. Affiliated with non-denominational Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, the school’s stated mission is to “empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ.” HIU boasts an attractively low student/faculty ratio of 14:1 with smaller classroom sizes, providing students valuable one-on-one attention from their professors. With an enrollment of over 2,000, HIU’s student-body is a diverse one, representing 35 states and 40 countries. HIU offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees through their five colleges of Arts & Sciences; Business & Management; Education; Psychology & Counseling; and Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies. Degrees from HIU may be earned both on-campus and online.
Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) is located on a large, suburban campus in the historic area of Quincy, Massachusetts, near Boston. One of the first three schools to be affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, ENC’s historic roots trace back to 1900. ENC is well-known for its success rate in getting students accepted into top-rated graduate and medical schools and has become a trusted name for its commitment to both Christian values and academics. Over 40 bachelor degree programs are offered at ENC and over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled. 100% of students receive some type of financial aid, lowering costs significantly. The school boasts a high retention rate of 72% and 91% of its recent graduates are employed or currently attending graduate school. ENC is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
Corban University is a private, independent Christian institution. Currently located in Salem, Oregon, Corban has gone through its share of growth and moves. Originally established as a bible institute in 1935 in Phoenix, Arizona, the school moved twice before obtaining the university status it holds today – once in 1946 to Oakland, California and lastly to Salam, OR in 1969. Named after the ancient Hebrew word interpreted, “a gift dedicated to God”, the name Corban is what the university seeks to be and do through its students – to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as a gift dedicated to the service of Christ. Corban offers 10 majors for students to choose from as well as 15 study-abroad programs. Corban holds the distinction of being one of the first universities to make online learning available to its students. Ranked as one of the Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Corban was listed at #5 in the Best Colleges in the West category.
North Park University (NPU) is located in Chicago’s north side and is self-described as “distinctively Christian; intentionally urban; and purposefully multi-cultural.” Established in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, NPU has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s best universities. 40 undergraduate majors and pre-professional options including law, medicine, and art therapy are offered at NPU and the school has currently enrolled over 2,000 full time undergraduate and graduate students. NPU’s motto clearly states the institution’s mission and goal: “Preparing Students for Lives of Significance and Service”. To this end, NPU is committed to not only providing quality academic programs but more importantly emphasizing faith in Christ as applicable to all parts of life, including education.
Originally known as Simpson Bible Institute and established in 1921 by W. W. Newberry, Simpson University (SU), as it is now called, is a private, liberal arts institution, affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Named in honor of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Presbyterian minister and later founder of the C&MA, SU holds the distinction of being California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento. SU’s suburban 92-acre campus is located in Redding, California and over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled. Nearly 40 undergraduate major and minor options are offered, along with nine graduate level programs which include two master degrees from the school’s seminary, the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. In addition to the school’s traditional, on-campus learning programs, SU also offers study abroad options to students, as well as online/distance learning programs.
Erskine College is a small, private Christian college which was established in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. The school’s campus is located in Due West, South Carolina in historic Abbeville County, SC – an area filled with rich history from the colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War eras. With less than 600 students enrolled, Erskine boasts a low student/faculty ratio and places a strong emphasis on providing students with mentors for a relational learning– a method which is designed to provide a richer, more personalized learning experience in order to spur on their students to do great accomplish great things, for the glory of God. Erskine offers 18 majors for undergraduate students to choose from. Each class is taught by professors and not graduate students from a curriculum that is based on the liberal arts tradition.
Bryan College, located in Dayton, Tennessee, has a unique tie to the creation vs. evolution argument. Founded in 1930, the school was built as a response to the Scopes Trial for the express purpose of establishing an institution that would teach higher education from a Christian worldview. The school was named in honor of 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.” A private school not affiliated with any particular Christian denomination, Bryan Colleges’ motto is simply this: “Christ Above All”. Over 20 majors with 44 unique fields of undergraduate study are offered at the college, in addition to 4 graduate-level programs with 7 degree options. Bryan College’s goal is to “[educate] students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.” Today, over 1,600 students are currently enrolled, representing 41 states and 9 foreign countries.
Columbia International University (CIU) is a testimony to the power of prayer as the school’s founding was due largely in part to the prayers of seven faithful women who had a burden for Columbia, South Carolina’s mill workers and their families to have the opportunity to better learn the Scriptures The dream for an institution that would provide Bible-based teaching became a reality in 1923 when CIU was first established. Since that time, CIU’s motto has been, “To Know Him and To Make Him Known” and the school has endeavored to remain committed to its Biblical foundation. Of CIU’s five core values, World Evangelization ranks high on the list and the school’s mission is to “educate from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.” With an enrollment of 1,100 students, CIU offers 19 majors and their average class size is 20 students. Known and ranked in the top 20% of military-friendly schools, CIU has also been listed as one of the Top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report since 2006.
With its main campus located in Fresno, California, Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is distinct in that it is the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university. Established 1944 in affiliation with the Mennonite Brethren Church, the school was originally known as Pacific Bible Institute. Today, the school enrolls 3,500 undergraduate students, most of whom are the first in their families to attend college. Through its five schools, FPU offers 27 majors and 60 areas of study for undergraduates and 45 graduate-level programs. A high percentage of FPU’s School of Business internships turn into jobs and the school has a four-year graduation guarantee. FPU has been ranked in the top tier for their category by U.S. News & World Report and was also named as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions by The Chronicle of Higher Education. By teaching from a distinctively Christian perspective, FPU seeks to fulfill its mission and goal to prepare biblically grounded individuals who will be leaders in their professions, serve society, and ultimately transform the culture.
Bethel College is located in Mishawaka, Indiana and was first suggested in 1893 by Mennonite Brethren in Christ founder, Daniel Brenneman as a training institute. The case for opening a Christian liberal arts college was pressed further by J.A. Huffman, who recommended the institutions name, Bethel, meaning “house of God”, before receiving church approval in 1944. Affiliated with the United Missionary Church and built upon the Wesleyan tradition, approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled. The school has been ranked in the top 16% of all baccalaureate colleges nationally by the U.S. News & World Report as well as named one of the most affordable schools by Money Magazine. Over 50 areas of study are offered through Bethel’s undergraduate, as are a variety of pre-professional programs and graduate study options. Traditional undergraduate degrees may be earned both on-campus as well as through Bethel’s accelerated online learning program option.
With its main 100-acre campus is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, Spring Arbor University (SAU) is the second-largest Evangelical Christian university located in the state of Michigan. Established in 1873, SAU’s goal is to aid students in the pursuit of wisdom by offering an education that is grounded in the Biblical faith. Affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, SAU has currently enrolled nearly 3,000 undergraduate students across its 17 campus and on-site locations throughout Michigan and Ohio and boasts a high retention rate. SAU offers 70 undergraduate majors and programs through its four schools: School of Arts and Sciences; Gainey School of Business; School of Education; and School of Human Services. 9 degree completion programs, 2 associate programs, and 12 graduate programs are also offered at SAU. SAU’s education programs are available in a variety of formats, including on-campus, online.
Located on a large 1,100 acre campus bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest in Toccoa Falls, Georgia, Toccoa Falls College (TFC) is home to over 900 undergraduate. Established in 1907 in affiliation with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, TFC proudly combines academic excellence with a biblical worldview. Through their three schools, TFC offers 29 majors and 39 minors in the areas of Communication; Counseling Psychology; Humanities & Natural Sciences; Bible & Theology; Ministry & Leadership; Global Ministries; Business Administration; Music; and Teacher Education. TFC is accredited by both the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education. The school’s motto and goal is to be a place “where godly character is developed with intellect”. TFC was recently listed by The Princeton Review in their list of “2016 Best Colleges”.
Located in the Northeastern Mountains of Tennessee, just minutes away from downtown Johnson City is Milligan College. One of the South’s premier Christian liberal arts colleges, Milligan is known for its military-friendliness, coming in it at #2 “Best College for Veterans” by U.S. News & World Report, and has also been listed as one of the nation’s Top 25 Baccalaureate Colleges by Washington Monthly. Offering 100 majors, minors, and pre-professional degrees and concentrations, Milligan was established in 1866 under the motto “Go with God in Faith and Love.” An accredited, private institution, Milligan is affiliated with non-denominational Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The school boasts a low student/faculty ratio as well as a high retention rate and more than 70% of Milligan’s traditional students live on-campus.
Johnson University (JU), formerly known as Johnson Bible College, is located in Knoxville, Tennessee. The school was established in 1893 by founder Ashley S. Johnson, who had a burden to train earnest men in preaching. His expressed desire has become the school’s motto: “Open day and night to the poor young man who desires above every other desire, to preach the Gospel of Christ.” JU remains committed to this purpose and intentionally keeps tuition costs low to accommodate such students. The school’s vision is as stated, “To bring glory to God… by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry through affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered worship.”Nearly 900 students are currently enrolled and JU offers over 70 areas of undergraduate study for and 13 graduate-level degrees and certificates. Students may pursue their degrees both on-campus at JU’s main location in Tennessee; at JU’s second campus in Florida; as well as online.
College of the Ozarks (C of O) is one of the more unique schools that Christian Universities Online has had the opportunity to highlight. Located in Point Lookout, Missouri, the element that sets C of O apart from other schools is the fact that students are charged $0 tuition. By combining state grants, scholarships, and the school’s on-campus work program (which has earned the college its nickname of “Hard Work U”); C of O provides an opportunity for deserving students to earn their degree free of monetary charge. Since the college’s founding in 1906, C of O’s mission has been to “provide the advantages of a Christian education… especially [to] those found worthy, but who are without sufficient means to procure such training.” Named by the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 rating as #4 Best Regional College in the Midwest, the school has fulfilled what it set out to do. In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, C of O offers an impressive 42 majors in their undergraduate academic program along with 36 minors and 10 pre-professional programs.