50 Best Value Christian Colleges & Universities 2017

Christian Universities Online (CUO) has published the Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities taking the ‘Net Price’ into primary consideration.  This ranking takes additional criteria into account to compile the Best Value – think “return on investment” – among Christian Colleges and Universities.  The cost of a degree is steadily (or dramatically) increasing, and while overall “net price” is not insignificant, a better tool would be overall net value when considering higher education on a budget.  It is with this in mind that CUO provides the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017.

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rochester, New York. Roberts Wesleyan College was established in 1866 and was the first educational institution founded by the Free Methodist denomination in North America. Originally known as Chili Seminary, the school was founded by Benjamin Titus Roberts, a social activist who opposed slavery and the oppression of the poor and supported women’s rights. Roberts’ mission was create a school which would train young people to become servant leaders who would possess a strong moral character. Character development has continued to play a central role in the College’s vision and Roberts Wesleyan College’s mission statement declares its commitment to preparing “thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”  The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. More than 60 undergraduate majors and programs offered on campus as well as eight online programs, more than a dozen graduate programs, and four degree completion programs. Undergraduate majors include the areas of art, business, biological and chemical sciences, communication, mathematics and computing, criminal justice, engineering and physics, history, interdisciplinary, language and literature, music and performing arts, nursing, psychology, religion and philosophy, social work, and teacher education. A selective institution, Roberts Wesleyan College boasts a high overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarship aid. Net cost of tuition is $22,276.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $22,276

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Williams Baptist College

William Baptist College is a private, coeducational, four-year institution of higher education located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Established in 1941, the College began as a two-year institution and was originally known as the Southern Baptist College. It was not until 1984 that the College began awarding baccalaureate degrees and in 1991 adopted its current name of William Baptist College in honor of the school’s founder and first president, Dr. H. E. Williams. William Baptist College operates under the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1963. The College’s mission is to “provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.” William Baptist College’s vision is to “produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.”

More than 25 majors and pre-professional programs are offered by Williams Baptist College in the areas of Art, Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Arts, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural Science and Psychology. The College has been ranked among the top tier of southern colleges and universities by US News & World Report and has a total enrollment figure of more than 500 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 59% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Net tuition cost at Williams Baptist College is $14,955 and financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid, whether in the form of scholarships or grants.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 59%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $14,955

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Grace College and Seminary

Grace College and Theological Seminary is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, Indiana on a 180 acre campus, the College is affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Grace Theological Seminary was established in 1937 while the College portion of the school was added eleven years later in 1948. Founded in the Brethren tradition, Grace College & Theological Seminary seeks to apply ”biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service.” The school’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “learning community dedicated to teaching, training and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry.”  More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled, including nearly 2,000 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1. Approximately 400 freshmen are welcomed onto Grace’s main campus each year and 99% of students receive financial aid including grants, scholarships and loans.

Grace College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. Over 68 majors are available with options to earn an accelerated 3-year bachelor’s degree or a four-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree. Comprised of six schools, these include the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Behavioral Sciences, the School of Business, School of Education, School of Ministry Studies, and the School of Professional and Online Education. Grace College’s curriculum is based upon a biblical worldview and students are taught to “own their faith and to recognize Scripture as the inerrant and inspired Word of God.” Grace boasts an overall retention rate of 80% among full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Net cost of tuition is $18,108 and 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,108

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Carson-Newman University

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

Carson-Newman University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs along with several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs that may be earned either on-campus or online. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 1,700 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Carson-Newman University boasts an overall retention rate of 65% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 46%. Net cost tuition is $16,662 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,662

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College was established in 1876 and named in honor of the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. Calvin College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Today, the College’s mission is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA) as well as the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Dr. Michael K. Le Roy serves as the College’s president.  The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. A wide range of academic programs are offered through the College’s several departments which include the areas of Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communication Arts & Sciences, Computer Science, Congregational & Ministry Studies, Dutch, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, French, Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies, German, Global Studies, Graduate Studies in Education, History, International Development Studies, Japanese, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Pre-Professional Health, Psychology, Religion, Science Education Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Teacher Education. Calvin College boasts a high retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 74%. Financial aid is available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of aid. Net cost of tuition is $26,012.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $26,012

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Eastern Nazarene College

Eastern Nazarene College is a private, coeducational, Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences located in Quincy, Massachusetts, near Boston. Eastern Nazarene College was founded in 1900 and serves the Eastern educational region as an official college of the Church of the Nazarene. The College’s mission statement declares its intent to “serve God, the Church, and the World by providing a quality liberal arts education for students of all ages.” Eastern Nazarene College’s statement continues, “Consistent with its Wesleyan heritage, ENC seeks to create and maintain an environment which awakens and fosters truth, righteousness, justice and holiness as made possible by God’s transforming grace through Jesus Christ.” Eastern Nazarene College is accredited by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1943. The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Eastern Nazarene College offers a wide range of undergraduate programs through its many departments which cover the subjects of Biology; Business; Chemistry; Education; Exercise and Sport Sciences; General Education; History; Language, Theatre, and Communication Arts; Mathematics; Music; Physics and Engineering; Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice; Religion and Philosophy; and Social Work. Adult study programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level with programs including Master of Education, Master of Science in Management, and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. A selective institution, Eastern Nazarene College boasts an overall retention rate of 64% with an overall graduation rate of 65%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid and the net cost of tuition is $19,512.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,512

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Sterling College

Sterling College is a private, Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kansas. Originally named the Cooper Memorial College, Sterling College was established in 1887 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America’s Synod of Kansas. A distinctly Christian institution, Sterling College places strong emphasis on the mandate from its original charter to be “thoroughly Christian, but not in any sense sectarian.” The College describes its mission as being “to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith” with a vision to “serve God’s world through training servant leaders and the development of future leaders through strategic partnerships.” A small institution, Sterling College has a total enrollment figure of just over 700 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Sterling College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and offers more than 90 programs of study across a broad range of fields. Sterling College holds to the belief that both learning and Christian commitment are vital to developing a well-rounded individual. As a result, students are encouraged to develop a Biblical worldview and Sterling College offers a curriculum which will provide students with “a broad educational experience that is also deep enough to prepare students to contribute in a rapidly changing world.” Sterling College boasts an overall retention rate of 62% among first-time, full-time undergraduates with an overall graduation rate of 42% and a transfer-out-rate of 35%. Net cost of tuition is $17,909 and financial aid is readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,909

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Messiah College

Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, about eight miles outside of Harrisburg. Originally called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home, the College was established in 1909by the Brethren in Christ Church. By 1921 the school had evolved into a junior college and in the early 1950s was renamed Messiah College, after its initial four-year college program was developed. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation with the Brethren in Christ Church, Messiah College is nondenominational. Messiah College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, including over 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. More than 80 majors and pre-professional programs are offered as well nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. The College is comprised of four schools, each of which house multiple departments, including the School of Arts which houses the departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts; the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences which houses six distinct departments; the School of Humanities which is home to nine departments ranging from Biblical and Religious Studies to Modern Languages; the School of Science Engineering and Health, under which are seven departments, including Nursing and Mathematics, Physics and Statistics; plus Interdisciplinary Areas of study. Messiah College has an overall retention rate of 88% with an overall graduation rate of 77%. 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type financial aid and net cost of tuition is $26,307.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $26,307

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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, coeducational, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Established in 1823, shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement, the University began as the Jackson Male Academy. In 1925 the University, by then having adopted its current name, became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Union University describes its mission as being to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” Union University has received a number of major recognitions, including being named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Value College 2015 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Union University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 100 programs of study are available, including both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Studies, the McAfee School of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Theology and Missions. A selective institution, Union University boasts an overall retention rate of 84% among first-time, full-time undergraduates with an overall graduation rate of 64%. Net price tuition is $25,166 and financial aid is available to students with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $25,166

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Houghton College

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

Houghton College offers a wide range of majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs which are available in both traditional classroom formats as well as online. Comprised of multiple Departments, these include the areas of Art; Communication; English and Writing; Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy; Intercultural Studies; World Languages and Literatures; Education; Physical and Health Education; Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Physics, Computer Science and Engineering; Business and Economics; History and Political Science; Sport, Recreation and Wellness; and Psychology and Sociology. Several music majors and courses are also offered through the University’s Greatbatch School of Music. Houghton College boasts a high overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 73%. Net cost of attendance is $21,932 and financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,932

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Abilene, Texas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, ACU was originally established in 1906. Grown out of an idea held by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson and backed by the Churches of Christ in Abilene, ACU began as a small learning institution in West Texas. Since those early days, ACU has become known as a leader in Christian higher-education and was recently named a distinguished school by Apple which recognized ACU for its innovation, leadership and educational excellence. The mission of ACU is clearly stated as having the goal of educating students for “Christian service and leadership throughout the world.” ACU requires daily chapel services and mandatory Bible courses and the majority of students spend time volunteering for community service.

Abilene Christian University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees. The University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Education & Human Services, Graduate School, Graduate School of Theology, and ACU’s Honors College. ACU has a total enrollment of approximately 4,500 students, including over 3,600 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 79% among full-time, first-time undergraduate degrees and an overall graduation rate of 61%. Net tuition cost is $24,594 and 100% of all beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 15-to-1
  • Net Price Tuition: $24,594

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (abbreviated NNU) is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. One of eight United States liberal arts colleges which are affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, NNU was established in 1913. Founded by Eugene Emerson, NNU began as an elementary school before transitioning into a high school, then a junior college, and eventually a four-year college in 1937. NNU’s mission is “the transformation of the whole person.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” NNU holds to the values of Transformation; Truth; Community; and Service.

Northwest Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. More than 60 areas of study are offered, including master’s degree programs in nearly a dozen disciplines, plus accelerated degree program, and more. Undergraduate academic departments cover the areas of Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Education, Engineering & Physics, History & Political Science, Kinesiology, Language, Literature, & Cultural Studies, Mathematics & Computer Science, Military Science, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Pre-health, Psychology & Criminal Justice, Religion, and Social Work. NNU boasts an overall retention rate of 77% among full-time undergraduates and 100% among part-time students as well as an overall graduation rate of 49%. Net tuition cost is $19,789 and 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,789

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Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a private, independent, non-denominational Christian institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Beginning in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute, by 1972 the school achieved its initial accreditation as a degree-granting institution and adopted the new name of Grand Rapids Baptist College. In 1993 the College merged with the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music and in 1999 approval was granted by the State of Michigan for the College to become known as Cornerstone University. Today, Cornerstone University describes its vision as being to “create a thriving community of fully devoted followers of Jesus in a spiritually contagious, academically excellent, richly resourced, and culturally diverse learning environment that attracts outstanding students, faculty, and staff who influence our world for Christ, His church, and His kingdom.” The University’s mission is to “empower men and women to excel as influencers in our world for Christ by offering a student-focused learning community where Jesus Christ is central.”

Cornerstone University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, seminary, online and adult learning degrees and programs. Each class is taught by professors who are passionate and care about their students. Cornerstone University’s undergraduate programs are sorted into several divisions including, Bible, Religion & Ministry; Business; Communication & Media; Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology, Science & Mathematics; Music; Social Science; and Teacher Education. Cornerstone University also boasts an overall retention rate of 79% among full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Net tuition costs are $18,951 and 100% of students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,951

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Trevecca Nazarene University

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

Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. The University offers variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult degree completion, and online programs. Comprised of multiple Schools, these include the School of Arts & Sciences, the Skinner School of Business & Technology, the School of Education, the School of Music and Worship Arts, and the Millard Reed School of Theology & Christian Ministry. Trevecca Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. A selective institution, Trevecca Nazarene University boasts an overall retention rate of 77% with an overall graduation rate of 51%. Net cost of attendance is $17,156 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,156

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York College

York College is a small, private, Christian liberal arts institution located in York, Nebraska. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, York College was established in 1890 by the United Brethren Church. The College was originally founded in order to meet the needs and desires of York citizens for a church-related educational institution. In 1946 control of the College was transferred to the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church following a merger between the United Brethren Church and the Evangelical Church. In 1956 the control of the school was again changed, this time to members of the churches of Christ. Today, York College’s mission is to “transform lives through Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to God, family and society.”

York College has a total enrollment figure of just over 400 students, nearly all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. A variety of degrees are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional, graduate and online programs. Comprised of multiple departments, these cover the areas of Biblical Studies, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, Physical Education, and Psychology. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 64% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Net cost of tuition is $16,686 and 100% of students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,686

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Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution located in Central, South Carolina. Southern Wesleyan University was established as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute in 1906 by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states. The school’s name was changed multiple times throughout its first eighty-plus years; in 1994 the school achieved university status and adopted its current name. Today, the University’s mission statement declares its dedication to being a “Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.” Southern Wesleyan University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. Southern Wesleyan University offers a wide variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well graduate and adult learning programs offered in the evenings and online. Comprised of multiple schools and divisions, these include the School of Business, the School of Education, and the Divisions of Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Religion, Science, and Social Studies. Classes are taught by caring and dedicated faculty members and the University is known for the inventive learning opportunities it offers. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 69% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 50%. Net tuition cost at Southern Wesleyan University is $15,921 and financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 69%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,921

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Northwest University

Northwest University is private Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. Established by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in 1934, the University began as the Northwest Bible Institute. The institution’s name was changed several times before finally adopting its current title in 2005. Northwest University’s mission is to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” The University’s campus includes 56 semi-wooded acres which overlook beautiful Lake Washington. Just minutes away from the city of Seattle, students at Northwest University have access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the area has to offer. Northwest University is neighbors with some of the most successful companies and organizations of this century, including Google, Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, which provide fantastic opportunities for internship and careers.

Northwest University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students, including over 900 undergraduates, and boasts a low student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1973, Northwest University offers a wide range of undergraduate majors. Majors include Accounting, Biblical Literature, Biology, Business Administration, Children and Family Ministries, Communication, Teacher Education, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, History, Intercultural Studies, International Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Pastoral Ministries, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, and Youth and Family Ministries. A selective institution, Northwest University boasts an overall retention rate of 82% among first-time, full-time undergraduates with an overall graduation rate of 51%. Net cost of attending is $20,414 and financial aid is available to students with approximately 96% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  • Net Price Tuition: $20,414

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Toccoa Falls College

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

Toccoa Falls College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1983. The College offers nine undergraduate degree programs through its three schools which include the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, and the School of Professional Studies. Toccoa Falls College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000 (all of whom are undergraduates) with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 66% among first-time, full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Net cost of tuition at Toccoa Falls College is $18,604 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,604

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Corban University

Corban University is a private, coeducational, independent Christian institution located in Salem, Oregon. Self-described as a “gospel-driven community of scholars and leaders who seek to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice”, Corban University was originally established in Phoenix, Arizona as a bible institute in 1935. Since its founding Corban University has moved three times, once in 1946 to Oakland, California, then to El Cerrito, California in the mid-1950’s and finally to its current location in Salem, Oregon in 1969. The school also changed its name several times before obtaining university status and adopting its current name. Called after the ancient Hebrew word meaning, “a gift dedicated to God”, the University’s mission is to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as a gift dedicated to the service of Christ.

Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. A number of associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees are available with undergraduate majors offered in Business, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Science, History and Government, Mathematics, Ministry, Music, and Psychology. Corban University was one of the first universities to offer an online learning option to students and has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the U.S. and in the west. The University has a total enrollment of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Corban University is a selective institution and boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 59%.  Net cost of attending is $22,684 and financial aid is available to students in a variety of forms, including grants, scholarships, and student loan aid. 96% of full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  • Net Price Tuition: $22,684

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Warner University

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

Warner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. The University is comprised of three schools – namely, School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and the School of Education – through which more than 25 liberal arts and professional undergraduate majors as well as three graduate level programs are offered. Warner University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Warner University boasts an overall retention rate of 72% with an overall graduation rate of 40%. Net tuition cost at Warner University is $15,865 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,865

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Geneva College

Geneva College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Established in 1848, the school was originally located in Northwood, Ohio, having been founded by John Black Johnston, a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (with which the College is currently affiliated). It was not until the later 1870s-early 1880s that the College relocated to its current home in Beaver Falls. Today, Geneva College describes its mission to be a “Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.” Geneva College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The College is situated on a beautiful 55 acre campus located approximately 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Geneva College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. The College offers a wide range of undergraduate academic programs including Aviation Dual Degrees (Business/ Aviation and Missions/ Aviation) as well as areas such as Biblical Studies, Ministries & Philosophy; Biology; Business, Accounting & Management; Chemistry, Math & Physics; Communication; Education; Engineering & Computer Science; English; History, Political Science & Sociology; Languages & Cultures; Music; Physical Education; Psychology & Social Services; and several Independent majors. In addition to these, Geneva also offers a Master of Business Administration, M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Higher Education, and an M.S. in Leadership Studies. Geneva College boasts an overall retention rate of 83% and an overall graduation rate of 64%. 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type financial aid, and the net cost of tuition is $21,018.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,018

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Founded in 1887, the University was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church. During the mid- 1950s, however, the school came under the management of Evangelical Baptists, following a merger with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains its affiliation with the Baptist denomination and has been accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since1975. Cedarville University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objective is to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.”

Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered as well as a variety of graduate-level programs. Areas of study include Art, Design, and Theatre; Biblical and Theological Studies; Business Administration; Communication; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; English, Literature, and Modern Languages; History and Government; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology and Allied Health; Music and Worship; Nursing; Pharmacy; Psychology; Science and Mathematics; Social Work; and several other special programs such as EMT Training, Environmental Biology, and Honors programs. Several of Cedarville University’s programs are available in an online format. A selective school, Cedarville University boasts an overall retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 72%. Net cost of tuition at Cedarville University is $22,721 and financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $22,721

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. Harding University was established in 1924 after two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, joined as part of a merger. The new school was named Harding College (and renamed Harding University in 1979 when the school achieved university status) in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education.” Harding University’s main mission is to “provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.”Harding University is “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and serves a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. Harding University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Harding University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954. The University offers more than 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, as well as 14 professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees through its colleges of Allied Health, Arts & Humanities, Bible & Ministry, Business Administration, Education, Honors, Nursing, Pharmacy & Sciences. Harding University boasts an overall retention rate of 85% with an overall graduation rate of 64%. Net tuition at Harding University is $17,578 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,578

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Clinton, Mississippi. Established in 1826, Mississippi College is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country and the oldest college in the state of Mississippi. The College’s long and rich history spans nearly two centuries, surviving multiple wars and much growth and change. In 1831 Mississippi College became the first coeducational college in the United States to grant degrees to women. Mississippi College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922. Mississippi College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 5,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate degree programs through its seven schools, including the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies & the Arts, the School of Education, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, and the School of Science & Mathematics. The College also offers a range of graduate-level degree programs through its Graduate School. Mississippi College has an admittance rate of 63% and boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Mississippi College’s net cost of tuition is $16,017 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,017

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Hope International University

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

Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, including nearly 900 of undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. HIU is offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its several Colleges. These include the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business & Management, the College of Education, the Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies, and the College of Psychology & Counseling. HIU boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 91% with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Net cost of attendance is $21,374 and financial aid is readily available to students in a variety of forms including grants and scholarships, as evidenced by the fact that 96% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,374

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. The University was established in 1867 by the Holston Presbytery and named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of his land to be used as the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its original campus, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land on the east side of Bristol at which time the school moved to its current location. In 2013 the school, by then known as King College, achieved university status and its name was changed to King University, reflecting the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that the institution had achieved. King University’s mission is to “build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.”

King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. King University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of the Arts & Sciences; Business & Economics; Education; Nursing; Christian Mission; Behavioral Science; and Communication, Information, and Design.King University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. King University has an admittance rate of 57% among first-time, full-time students and boasts an overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 45%. Net cost of attendance is $18,504 and financial aid is readily available with 98% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,504

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968, upon its founding the University was chartered as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly with the area of Mount Vernon chosen due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). In addition to its main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the University also operates several satellite locations in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark; these locations serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional Students.

More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, which include the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; The School of Theology and Philosophy; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Jetter School of Business. Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Honors Program is also offered for gifted students, providing them unique, challenging courses and special extracurricular opportunities within a supportive environment which is designed to help them to excel. Mount Vernon Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Net tuition cost is $19,442 and 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some form of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,442

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Judson College--AL

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

Judson College offers 20 academic majors, 22 minors, and 10 pre-professional programs. The College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Judson College strives to provide an “academically engaging and emotionally supportive environment” for students and has been ranked has been ranked in the top 10% among Colleges with the most supportive campus environment, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement. Judson College boasts an overall retention rate of 70% with an overall graduation rate of 41%. Net cost of attending is $13,901 for full-time beginning students and 99% of these undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $13,901

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. Established in 1882, Northwestern started out as a small academy which gradually expanded into a junior college in 1928 and finally a four-year institution by the early 1960s. Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church of America and operates off of a large rural campus in Sioux County. The College’s mission is to be a “Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.” Northwestern College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,200, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College offers a wide range of academic programs. Undergraduate departments at the College include Art, Biology, Business/ Economics, Chemistry, Communications/ Public relations, Computer science, Education, English, History, Humanities, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Psychology, Religion, Social work, Sociology and Criminal justice, Spanish/ Foreign languages, and Theatre and Speech. Online programs in the areas of Genetics and Genomics, Master of Education, RN to BSN, and Coaching are also offered through the College’s Graduate School & Adult Learning. Northwestern College is a selective school and boasts a high overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 67%. Financial aid is also readily available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid whether in the form of grants or scholarships. The net cost of attending is $21,210.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,210

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Simpson University

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

Simpson University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1969. A wide range of liberal arts and professional degree programs are offered through the University’s School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing. In addition to the programs offered through these schools, Simpson University also offers several graduate-level programs, adult degree-completion programs, and non-degree certificates through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), the  School of Education, the School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. A selective institution, Simpson University boasts an overall retention rate of 74% among full time students and 100% among part-time, with an overall graduation rate of 49%. Net cost of attending is $20,110 and financial aid is readily available with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $20,110

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Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University is a private, co-educational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA. Waynesburg University was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, having been established by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1849. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students “to make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.” The mission statement continues, “As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.” Waynesburg University is one of only 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program which awards more than a dozen community service scholarships to deserving students each year.

Waynesburg University is accredited through the Middle States Commission on higher Education and has been so since 1950. The total enrollment figure reaches nearly 2,000, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Waynesburg University offers more than 70 undergraduate academic concentrations, with the top areas of study including business, communication, criminal justice, education, forensic science and nursing. Waynesburg University also offers several graduate programs, including a Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Nursing, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Waynesburg University’s overall retention rate is 80% among beginning, full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 62%. The University boasts one of the lowest tuition costs in the state of Pennsylvania with a net price of $18,401 and 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,401

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Asbury University

Asbury University is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Founded in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes, Asbury University was originally known as the Kentucky Holiness College before adopting its current name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who became known the “Father of American Methodism”. While established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, the university is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. The University is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres, located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled, the majority of whom are undergraduates, representing over forty states and more than two dozen foreign countries. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Asbury boasts more than 22,000 living alumni who serve and lead in every state in the Union and at least 80 foreign nations.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. A variety of academic programs are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools which include the College of Arts and Sciences whose departments span the humanities, business, sciences, history, literature, language, and arts; The Howard Dayton School of Business, which offers majors and minors in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and sport management; the School of Communication Arts with programs in communication, journalism, media communication, worship arts, and theatre and cinema performance; the School of Education; and the School of Graduate and Professional studies. Asbury University boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. Financial aid is highly accessible to nearly all undergraduate students with 99% of all full-time beginning students receiving some type of aid. Net cost of attending is $21,622.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,622

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Spring Arbor, Michigan and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. Spring Arbor University was established as an academy for elementary and secondary grades by leaders of the denomination in 1873. In 1923 a junior college was added and by 1930 all primary and intermediate classes were discontinued in order that the school might become a full-fledged, four-year college. Accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was obtained in 1960 at which time the name Spring Arbor College was adopted. In 2001 university status was achieved and the school became known as Spring Arbor University. Today, Spring Arbor University’s mission is to be “a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as a perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.”

Spring Arbor University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is made up of four schools. These include the Gainey School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Human Services. Several graduate programs are also available either on site and online, including master’s degrees in Communication, Counseling, Education, Spiritual Formation and Leadership, TESOL, Business Administration, Nursing, Social Work, and more. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. Spring Arbor University’s net cost of attending is $18,634 and 99% of all full-time beginning students receive some form of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 52%
  • Graduation Rate: 79%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,634

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Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Established in 1919, Emmanuel College began as the Franklin Springs Institute which offered a high school curriculum and three college level courses during its early years. The Institute was forced to close in 1931 due to the Great Depression, but reopened two years later with a new focus and priority to change the school from a high school to a four-year college. Emmanuel College’s current name was adopted in 1939 and in 1991 the school had achieved four-year accreditation. Emmanuel College’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered liberal arts institution that strives to prepare students to become Christlike disciples who integrate faith, learning and living for effective careers, scholarship and service.” Emmanuel College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1967.

Emmanuel College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 900 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Emmanuel College offers both bachelors and associate degree programs in a wide variety of majors through several departments which cover the areas of Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Studies, Diversified Agriculture, Education, English, Kinesiology & Sports Management, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Emmanuel College has an acceptance rate of 49% and boasts an overall retention rate of 63% with an overall graduation rate of 37%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships and the net cost of attendance is $14,804.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $14,804

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OC was founded in 1950 as Central Christian College and since that time the school has expanded and grown, both in numbers and in the range of programs offered. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966, OC has been nationally recognized by both the U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review as a top ranking institution. OC’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.” The school operates off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. This strategic location offers students the opportunity to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, within the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere.

Oklahoma Christian University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. OC offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study. Comprised of five academic divisions, these include the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Graduate degrees offered by OC include the Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity, and the Master of Theological Studies. OC boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 49%. OC’s net tuition costs are $18,758 and approximately 99% of full-time beginning students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 7-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,758

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a small, private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located about 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OBU was founded in 1910 and has received recognition as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report for two dozen consecutive years. OBU has also been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review among other national recognitions and accolades. OBU’s mission is to transform lives “by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of a high calling of God in Christ.”

Oklahoma Baptist University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. OBU’s student body is filled with diversity, with representatives from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries.  OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 areas of study as well as five master’s degrees, and several certificate programs. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. OBU boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. OBU’s cost of tuition is in the lower range for universities of its type, with a net price of $17,320. Financial aid is also readily available in the form of federal grants, Pell grants, student loan aid, and other grant or scholarship aid and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,320

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MidAmerica Nazarene University

MidAmerica Nazarene University (abbreviated MNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Olathe, Kansas and affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. MNU was founded in 1966 and originally called the MidAmerica Nazarene College. MNU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Higher Learning Commission). MNU operates multiple campuses with its main campus located in Olathe, and extensions including the Santa Fe Commons Site, also in Olathe, KS, and the Liberty Site in Liberty, Missouri. MNU’s main campus is located just 19 miles southwest of Downtown Kansas City and features more than 100 acres with over 1,000 trees and 6,000 flower bulbs which are planted annually. MNU’s mission is to be a “transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve.” The University’s vision is to “impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.”

Over 40 undergraduate academic programs are offered by the MidAmerica Nazarene University in addition to more than a dozen graduate and professional degree programs. The top five major-picks among first-time freshmen include Nursing, Elementary Education, Business Administration, Sports Management, and Ministry. MNU’s graduate and professional studies programs are offered in the areas of Counseling, Education, Business, and Nursing. MNU also offers several pre-professional programs, study abroad, and an honors program. Nearly 2,000 students are currently enrolled including over 1,300 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 55% and an overall graduation rate of 42% for students graduating within 4 years. MNU’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,143. 90% of all full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 7-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 55%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,143

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. Established in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ as the Central College, the school was later renamed Huntington College in 1917 and in 1961 was granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school’s current name of Huntington University was adopted. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including nearly 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees.  Huntington University is comprised of several departments including Agricultural studies, Art, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Arts, Education, English, History and Political Science, Kinesiology and Sport Leadership, Language, Math, Ministry and Missions, Music, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Theatre, Worship Leadership, and the Institute for Leadership and Counseling. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 66%. Net cost of attendance is $19,305 and 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,305

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Belhaven University

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

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. Belhaven University offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Undergraduate majors include Accounting; Biblical Studies and Ministries; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Classical Education; Communication; Computer Science; Elementary Education; English; Graphic Design; History; Intercultural Studies; Mathematics; Music; Nursing; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sports Administration; Sports Medicine and Exercise Science; Theatre; Pre-Professional Programs and more. Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Belhaven University has an admittance rate of 72% and boasts an overall retention rate of 67% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Net cost of attending is $15,227 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,227

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Erskine College

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

Erskine College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 700, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Erskine College offers a variety of undergraduate majors in addition to its graduate programs.Undergraduate majors including American Studies, Athletic Training, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Philosophy, Physical Education and Coaching, Political Science, Pre-professional Programs, Psychology, Social Studies, and Sports Management. Several more minors and concentrations are available and a Study Abroad option is offered as well. Erskine College has an admittance rate of 61% and boasts an overall retention rate of 61% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Net cost of attendance is $11,986 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 61%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $11,986

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Greenville College

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

Greenville College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 50 undergraduate majors are offered by Greenville College in addition to several adult and graduate programs which are available either online or at partnership locations. Major undergraduate programs include Nursing, Engineering, Education, Digital Media, Music, Art, Biology, Business Management, Music Business, and many more. Accelerated three-year degree options are also offered in several majors for the dedicated and focused student. A selective college, Greenville boasts an overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Financial aid is readily available and 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid. Net cost of attendance is $19,788.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,788

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North Park University

North Park University is a private Christian institution affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. The University shares its campus with the denomination’s North Park Theological Seminary and is located on Chicago’s north side.  North Park University’s vision builds upon its core institutional identity – that is, “Christian, urban, intercultural” and the University intentionally works to engage those in its neighborhood and city. Established in 1891, the mission of North Park University is to “prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.” North Park University further strives be a place of “uncommon character and enduring excellence where faith, learning, and service meet.” North Park University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and has been so since 1926.

North Park University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and programs including several pre-professional options such as law, medicine, and art therapy. Graduate programs are offered in the areas of business and nonprofit management, counseling psychology, education, music, and nursing and several adult degree completion and online programs are also offered through the School of Professional Studies, the School of Business and Nonprofit management, and the North Park Theological Seminary. North Park University’s has a total enrollment figure of over 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. North Park University’s tuition rates fall into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $19,158 and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, or loans, as do nearly 90% of all enrolled undergraduate students.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 75%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,158

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John Brown University

John Brown University is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Established in 1919 by the evangelist John E. Brown, Brown’s mission in founding the school was to offer an interdenominational, Christian education that would benefit financially poor, yet deserving students. During the early years of the institution, students paid for their tuition by working in jobs such as carpentry as they helped to construct the buildings on the school’s campus. In 1934 the school outgrew its original purpose and became full-fledged four-year University. However, John Brown’s original mottos remain the same: “Christ over all; and Head, Heart and Hand.” Today, John Brown University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

John Brown University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1962. Forty undergraduate majors, with even more minors, and ten graduate degree programs are offered. Undergraduate majors include Accounting, Art & Illustration, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child & Family Studies, Construction Management, Digital Cinema, Education, Engineering, English, Family & Human Services, Graphic Design, History, Intercultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, Journalism & Civic Engagement, Kinesiology, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Communication, Median Production, Music, Nursing, Outdoor leadership Ministries, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Studies Education, Spanish, Worship Arts, Youth & Worship Ministries, and Youth Ministry. John Brown University boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available, with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving financial assistance in some form. Net cost of attending John Brown University is $19,943.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,943

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Bryan College

Bryan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dayton, Tennessee. Bryan College was established in 1930 in response to the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925. Named for William Jennings Bryan, it was Bryan who stated the desire that an institution would be built in Dayton which would “teach truth from a Biblical perspective.”Built with this vision, the College’s original desire was to provide “for the purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a university for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible.” Designated the William Jennings Bryan College in 1958; the name was then shorted to its current form in 1993. Bryan College’s mission is to educate “students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Bryan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. Bryan College offers a variety of adult and graduate studies as well an abundance of undergraduate majors in areas such as Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, the Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Education, Criminal Justice, Pre-Professional Programs and much more. Bryan College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Bryan College boasts an overall retention rate of 65% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Net cost of attendance is $16,153 and 90% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,153

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Milligan College

Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. Starting off as a private secondary school called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 under the leadership of Disciples of Christ minister and educator, Dr. Josephus Hopwood, the school began offering collegiate level programs. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.” Milligan College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. More than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations are offered in a variety of areas through the College’s School of Arts & Humanities; the School of Bible & Ministry; the William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology; the School of Sciences & Allied Health; and the School of Social Sciences & Education. A number of graduate degrees and adult degree completion programs are also offered through Milligan College’s Graduate & Professional Studies department. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. Milligan College’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,460 and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,460

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North Greenville University

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

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s colleges. These include the College of Business & Sport Professions, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities, and the College of Science and Math. North Greenville University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. North Greenville University boasts an overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 55%. Net price of attending is $15,422 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,422

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Grove City College

Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1876 by Isaac C. Ketler, Grove City College was originally chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy. In 1884 the school was renamed Grove City College by the trustees of the school. Today, Grove City College strives to remain faithful to its founder’s’ vision and operates with the mission of fostering “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom.” The College’s mission statement continues, “The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ’s moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”

Grove City College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. A variety of academic options are offered by Grove City College with more than 50 programs of study available and a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. Comprised of multiple academic departments, these include Physics, Biblical and Religious Studies, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Mathematics, and Economics. A selective school, Grove City College boasts an overall retention rate of 89% with an overall graduation rate of 85%. Financial aid is also available to most students with 72% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships and the net price of attending is $19,824.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 72%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,824

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU was founded in 1994. The University’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area and FPU also maintains four regional campuses located across Central California, including the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of these students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), FPU has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent.

FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. FPU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools, including the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; the School of Natural Sciences; and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary.  Ranked in the top tier of their category by U.S. News & World Report, all of FPU’s programs emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development.FPU promises students a four-year graduation guarantee and boasts an overall retention of 80% among first time undergraduate students and an overall graduation rate of 54%. FPU’s tuition rates fall in the lower range for universities of its type in the western region, with a net cost of $16,167. Financial aid is readily available for students in the form of grant or scholarship aid as well as student loan aid. Approximately 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,167

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Bethel College

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Established in 1947, Bethel was first envisioned by Daniel Brenneman, the founder of the  Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC), who called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college suggested the name of Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. More than 50 areas of study are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate with undergraduate academic departments including the areas of Art; Biology & Chemistry; Business; Communication & Media Arts; Education; History & Contemporary Society; Humanities; Kinesiology; Literature & Language; Math & Engineering Sciences; Music; Nursing; Psychology; Religion & Philosophy; Sign Language Interpreting; and Theatre Arts. Bethel College boasts an average medical school acceptance rate that is double the national average; a 100% job placement rate among nursing graduates; and a 99% job placement rate in music education. A selective institution, Bethel College boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate 64%. Net price for full-time beginning students is $18,079 and financial aid is readily available with fully 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,079

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College of the Ozarks

The College of the Ozarks (commonly referred to as C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Since its founding in 1907, C of O has followed the highly unique practice of allowing students to work to earn their keep rather than pay tuition. By combining state grants and scholarships with the school’s on-campus work program, students are charged a grand total of $0 in tuition costs; as a result, the College has earned the nicknamed, “Hard Work U”. Placing a strong emphasis on “character” education, C of O is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, especially students who are found worthy but lack the means to obtain such an education. C of O has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500 (all of whom are undergraduate students) with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, the College of the Ozarks offers a variety of academic programs with more than 25 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. Academic programs include agriculture; biblical & theological studies; biology; business; communication arts; computer sciences; criminal justice; education; engineering; family studies and social services; hotel and restaurant management; military science; nursing; psychology; and theater. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. C of O’s overall retention rates among first-time students is 74% with an average graduation rate of 73%. 100% students also receive some type of financial aid, and in order to help cover their portion of the cost of their tuition, students spend 15 hours each week working at an assigned campus work station plus two additional 40-hour weeks which are scheduled during weeks when class is not in session.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $0