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.