25 Most Affordable Christian Colleges & Universities 2017 – Midwest

Our next installment of our continuing series of the most cost-effective Christian colleges by region, we now reach the heartland of our nation – CUO is pleased to present the list of the Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities in the Midwest. A follow up to our 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities 2017, this list highlights institutions located in the central geography of the U.S. which offer students affordability without compromising quality in their programs. Because the rising cost of higher education of tuition is a concern, it is in the spirit of stewardship, wisdom, and discernment that CUO provides this ranking as a tool to assist families in selecting the best educational program for their student that will meet both their needs and budget.

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Bluffton University

Bluffton University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located on a 65 acre campus in Bluffton, Ohio. Affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA, Bluffton University was established towards the end of the 19th century and was originally called the Central Mennonite College. This name was changed Bluffton College in 1913 and it was not until 2004 that the college gained university status and formally adopted the name of Bluffton University. Built upon the four values of discovery, community, respect and service, Bluffton University strives to offer a “character-building education” which enables students to achieve their “personal and professional goals for use in a global market”. The University’s statement continues, “Grounded in the Mennonite values of peacemaking and service, Bluffton’s faith tradition serves as a useful framework for your personal exploration and faith development.” Bluffton University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953.

Bluffton University offers more than 85 majors, minors and interdisciplinary programs in a broad range of areas. A variety of continuing and professional education opportunities are also available and have earned the University national recognition for their excellence. Bluffton University also offers a number of graduate degree programs including the Master of Arts in Organizational Management, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Arts in Education, as well as a post-graduate program in Education. The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. According to data from the 2014-15 academic year, Bluffton University’s average net price comes out to be $21,356. Estimated tuition and fees among full-time, beginning undergraduate students are $30,762 for the 2016-17 academic year, however 100% of these students do receive some form of financial aid, bringing down expenses.

  • Net Price: $21,356

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern College began as a small academy, established in 1882, before expanding into a junior college in 1928 and finally a four-year institution by 1961. Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church of America and is based 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.

Northwestern 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 and is comprised of several undergraduate departments, covering the areas of 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 available through Northwestern College’s Graduate School & Adult Learning. Northwestern College’s average net price for beginning, full-time undergraduates was $21,210, according to data available from the 2014-15 academic year. Tuition and fees for full-time beginning undergraduate students during the 2016-17 school year are estimated to be $29,500. However, 100% of these students do receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans, bringing down the net cost of attending.

  • Net Price: $21,210

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Evangel University

Evangel University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution located in Springfield, Missouri. The first Pentecostal liberal arts college to be chartered in the United States, Evangel University was established in 1955 by the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Evangel University’s mission statement declares its commitment to educate and equip students “to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.” In order to meet this goal, the University “seeks to provide a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person.” Approximately 2,000 students are currently enrolled, including more than 1,700 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Located on an 80 acre campus, Evangel University offers housing to all students – married and single, – has two academic buildings, a fine arts center, dining commons, student union, athletics center, library and more.

Evangel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1965. Evangel University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including over 100 undergraduate programs available through the School of Arts and Sciences, and the department of Theology, Church Ministries, and Missions. Adult and graduate degree programs are offered through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies and the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. According to data from the 2014-15 academic year, the average net cost of attending Evangel University is $20,664. Estimated tuition and fee expenses for 2016-17 are $22,081, however, financial aid is available in many forms including grants, scholarships, and loans and 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Net Price: $20,664

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Trinity International University

Located in Deerfield, Illinois, Trinity International University is a private evangelical Christian liberal arts institution. The University’s heritage reaches back to the late nineteenth century and early twentieth with the establishment of both the Bible Institute of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of America and the Norwegian-Danish Bible Institute and Academy. In the mid-1940s the two schools merged, forming Trinity Seminary and Bible College, which was originally located in Chicago. It was not until the 1960s that the seminary (which was later renamed Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and the college (renamed Trinity College) relocation to its present-day campus in Deerfield. Today, Trinity International University describes its mission as lying in its commitment to its four core values of “Christ Centeredness, Community Focus, Church Connectedness, and Cultural Engagement.” The University goes on to state that “Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. We believe that God calls his people into many kinds of service; Trinity’s calling is to prepare them to serve for his glory.”

Trinity International University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including approximately 900 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and schools and has been so since 1996. A wide range of programs are offered, including traditional and adult undergraduate majors and online degree programs. Graduate degrees are available through the University’s Graduate School, Divinity School, and Law School. Trinity International University’s average net price, according to data from the 2014-15 academic year, is $20,581. The University’s  estimated tuition and fees for 2016-17 are $30,130; however, 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid, bringing down the net cost of attendance.

  • Net Price: $20,581

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Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located on a 275 acre park-like campus within the beautiful Kankakee River Valley in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Established by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association in the early 1900s as a grammar school originally, by 1909 the school was chartered as a liberal arts college and named the Illinois Holiness College. In 1912, the college was given to the Church of the Nazarene and by 1986, after experiencing several decades of growth and change, the name Olivet Nazarene University was formally adopted. Today, Olivet Nazarene University’s mission “is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.” The University’s motto is, “Education with a Christian Purpose.”

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Life and Health Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Degrees awarded include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. According to data available from the 2014-15 academic year, Olivet Nazarene University’s net cost comes to $20,437. The estimated tuition and fee expenses for the 2016-17 academic year are $33,940, however, this number is reduced by the several financial aid options available. Currently 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates do receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants, scholarships, or loans.

  • Net Price: $20,437

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University of Sioux Falls

The University of Sioux Falls is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. An independent, not-for-profit institution, the University of Sioux Falls (abbreviated USF) is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches, USA. Founded in 1872 by pastors and delegates from several Baptist churches within the Dakota Territory, the school was originally named the Dakota Collegiate Institute. In 1883, the Institute’s first secondary and collegiate programs were offered with students meeting in the basement of the First Baptist Church. By the mid-1880s the Institute’s name was changed to Sioux Falls University. Today, USF’s mission is to educate “students in the humanities, sciences and professions” in the “liberal arts tradition.” Operating under the motto of “Culture for Service” USF strives to “foster academic excellence and the development of mature Christian persons for service to God and humankind in the world.”

The University of Sioux Falls has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, including more than 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. USF is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1958. More than 80 undergraduate academic programs are offered, including majors, pre-professional degree programs, minors and specializations. Several adult and graduate-level programs are also available in areas such as business, education and nursing. According to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year, the average net price for full-time beginning undergraduate students is $20,135. The estimated tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year come to $27,160. However, the net cost of attendance is reduced, thanks to the many financial aid options that are available, including federal and state grants, scholarship programs, student loans, and institutional grants. 100% of beginning full-time undergraduates do receive financial aid.

  • Net Price: $20,135

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Malone University

Malone University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Canton, Ohio on a 96 acre campus. Malone University began as the Cleveland Bible College in 1892. Affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church, the University was founded by Walter and Emma Malone with the vision to “open a small school in which the Bible could be taught every day and supervision given to practical Christian work such as visiting the sick, calling in homes and personal evangelism.” In 1957 the institution was renamed Malone College in honor of its founders and in 2008 gained university status. Today, the University describes is mission as being “to provide students with an education based on biblical faith in order to develop men and women in intellectual maturity, wisdom, and Christian faith who are committed to serving the church, community and world.” The University’s vision is to be “the regional university of choice recognized for Christ-centered academic excellence, spiritual formation, student engagement, and leadership in thought and service.”

Malone University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1964.  Comprised of multiple colleges and schools, these include the College of Theology, Arts and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. More than 40 majors, 42 minors, and nearly a dozen graduate degree programs are offered. More than 1,700 students are enrolled, including over 1,300 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Malone University’s average net price, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year, is $19,972. Estimated tuition and fees are $29,422 for the 2016-17 academic year, however this number is brought down thanks to the many financial aid options available, of which 100% of beginning full-time undergraduates benefit.

  • Net Price: $19,972

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Judson University

Judson University is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Elgin, Illinois. The University’s roots reach back to the founding of the Northern Theological Seminary which was established for the purpose of offering “both graduate and undergraduate education to men and women training for the ministry.” By the 1960s the seminary portion of the school had been relocated from Chicago to Lombard and the decision was made to make the college portion an independent institution. The new institution was named in honor of Adoniram Judson, the first American foreign missionary who served in the country of Burma (now Myanmar). The mission of Judson University is to represent “the Church at work in higher education, equipping students to be fully developed, responsible persons who glorify God by the quality of their personal relationships, their work, and their citizenship within the community, the nation and the world.”

Judson University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. More than 65 majors, minors and concentrations are available through the University’s several departments which encompass a wide range of areas. Adult degree completion programs are also offered as well as a variety of graduate degrees, including the Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Doctor of Education in Literacy, and several others. Judson University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,200, including over 1,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Net cost of attending Judson University, according to data from the 2014-15 academic year, is $19,937. The estimated tuition and fee expenses for the 2016-17 academic year are $28,730. This number, however, is brought down thanks to the fact that 87% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid.

  • Net Price: $19,937

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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 by founder Eugene Emerson. The University originally began as an elementary school which gradually evolved into a high school, then a junior college, and finally a four-year college in 1937. Today, 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. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,200, including over 1,400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Approximately 45% of all students come from Nazarene church backgrounds while the other 55% are members of several different denominations.

Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. More than 60 areas of undergraduate study are available, as well as master’s degree programs in nearly a dozen disciplines, several accelerated degree programs, and concurrent credit for high school students. A nationally recognized institution, NNU is comprised of several undergraduate departments ranging from Biology to Business, Kinesiology to Religion, Music to Nursing, and much more. The average net price for full-time beginning students is $19,789, according to data from the 2014-15 academic year. The estimated expense for the 2016-17 academic year is $28,650; however, thanks to the many financial aid options available, this number is brought down and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Net Price: $19,789

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Greenville College

Located in Greenville, Illinois, Greenville College is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church, the school’s original purpose 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. Greenville College is situated on a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of Greenville, about 45 miles outside of St. Louis; the campus is easily accessible from several main highways, including I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. With the vision to inspire students to embrace God’s calling on their lives, Greenville College’s mission is to empower “students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.”

Greenville College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 50 undergraduate majors are offered by Greenville College as well as several adult and graduate programs which are available either online or at partnership locations. Majors 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. According to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year, Greenville College’s average net price is $19,788. The estimated tuition and fee expenses are $25,720 for the 2016-17 academic year. This figure is brought down thanks to the many financial aid options available, through which 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students benefit.

  • Net Price: $19,788

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North Central University

North Central University is a private, coeducational, Christian college affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination and located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The University was established in 1930 as the North Central Bible Institute. In 1998 after several years of growth, expanded curriculum, and change, the Institute achieved university status and adopted its current name. North Central University’s campus is located in a unique urban environment in the heart of downtown Minneapolis which offers students plenty of opportunities for recreation, ministry, and academic and career advancement. As a bible-based, Christ-centered, Pentecostal institution, North Central Association’s mission is to prepare students “to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world.” The University’s vision is to “be recognized as a globally influential university that prepares exemplary Pentecostal leaders and ministers.”  North Central University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and has been so since 1986.

North Central University offers more than 60 majors and minors through its several colleges. These include the College of Arts & Sciences; the College of Fine Arts, which encompasses the School of Music and Theatre and the School of Worship Arts; and the College of Church Leadership. North Central University also offers a Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership through its School of Graduate Studies. More than 1,200 students are currently enrolled, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. North Central University’s net price is $19,442, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. Estimated expenses for the 2016-17 academic year are $22,240, however this number is reduced due to the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Net Price: $19,442

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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, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was charted as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly with the area of Mount Vernon selected largely 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 has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) since 1972. In addition to its main campus, 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 study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools. These 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. The average net price for Mount Vernon Nazarene University, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year, is $19,442. The estimated tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are $26,950. However, 100% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of institutional, federal, state/local grants, scholarships or loans, causing the net cost of attendance to be reduced.

  • Net Price: $19,442

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts university located in Huntington, Indiana. Established in 1889 as the Central College by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the school was renamed Huntington College in 1917. In 1961 the College was granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and in 2005 the college achieved university status and adopted its present name. 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 more than 1,200, including approximately 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Over 70 programs of study are available through Huntington University’s several departments. Degrees offered include undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees.  Undergraduate programs include 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, and Worship Leadership. Huntington University’s average net price, according to data gathered from the 2014-15 academic year, is $19,305. Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are estimated to be $25,400; however, because 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive financial aid, the net cost of attendance is reduced.

  • Net Price: $19,305

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Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Established in 1964 as a campus extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College, Missouri Baptist College (as it was originally named) was formed in response to the need for an evangelical Christian institution in the St. Louis area. A few years after its founding, the newly formed College moved to its original 81-acre campus and in 1973 the first students graduated with their Bachelor of Arts degrees. Initial accreditation was granted in 1978 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) through which the University continues to be accredited today. In 2000 the school, by then known by its current name of Missouri Baptist University, was approved to offer its first program at the master’s-level, the Master of Science in Education.

Today, Missouri Baptist University’s mission is to educate students “in an environment where academic excellence is emphasized and a Biblically based Christian perspective is maintained.” The University continues to be “committed to enriching its students’ lives spiritually, intellectually, and professionally and to preparing students to serve in a global and culturally diverse society.” A wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Missouri Baptist’s several divisions which encompass a wide range of areas. Missouri Baptist University’s average net price is $19,294, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. The estimated tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are $24,924, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available to students, the net cost of attendance is reduced. Currently, 99% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of institutional grants or scholarships, federal or state/local grants, or student loans.

  • Net Price: $19,294

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North Park University

North Park University is a private Christian institution located in Chicago, Illinois. Affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University shares its campus with the denomination’s North Park Theological Seminary. Located on Chicago’s north side, 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’s vision builds upon its core institutional identity – that is, “Christian, urban, intercultural” – as the University endeavors to 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. The 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. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,100, including over 2,100 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The average net price of attending North Park University is $19,158, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are estimated to be $27,210, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available, this number is brought down and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Net Price: $19,158

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MidAmerica Nazarene University

MidAmerica Nazarene University (abbreviated MNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Olathe, Kansas. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, MNU was established in 1966 as the MidAmerica Nazarene College. The University’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.” 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. In addition to its main campus in Olathe, MNU operates additional campuses, including the Santa Fe Commons Site, also in Olathe, KS, and the Liberty Site in Liberty, Missouri.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1974, MidAmerica Nazarene University offers more than 40 undergraduate academic programs as well as over a dozen graduate and professional degree programs. The top five major-picks of first-time freshmen are: 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. MNU’s average net price is $19,143, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. The estimated tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are $28,150, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available to students, the net cost of attendance is reduced. Currently, 90% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Net Price: $19,143

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Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a private, independent, non-denominational Christian institution. The University began in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute. By 1972 the Institute had 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 the State of Michigan granted approval for the College to become known as Cornerstone University. Today, University’s vision is 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.” Cornerstone 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 is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. More than 100 undergraduate, graduate, seminary, online and adult learning degrees and programs are available with classes taught by professors who are passionate and care about their students. The 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. Cornerstone University’s average net price is $18,951, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. The estimated tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are $26,860, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available to students, the net cost of attendance is reduced. Currently, 100% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of institutional grants or scholarships, federal or state/local grants, or student loans.

  • Net Price: 18,951

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education affiliated with the Free Methodist Church and located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Established by leaders of the denomination in 1873, Spring Arbor University began as an academy for elementary and secondary grades. In 1923 a junior college was added to the academy and by 1930 all primary and intermediate classes were discontinued. Accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was granted in 1960 and 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 more than 3,400, including over 2,400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is comprised of four schools – 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 offered both 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 average net price of attending Spring Arbor University is $18,634, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are estimated to be $26,730, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available, this number is brought down and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid.

  • Net Price: $18,634

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Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University (previously known as Hannibal-LaGrange College) is a private, Christian institution located in Hannibal, Missouri. Affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention, Hannibal-LaGrange University came to be as the result of the merging of two schools in 1928: Hannibal College and LaGrange College which was originally founded in 1858 as the LaGrange Male and Female Seminary. The University boasts a number of notable alumni, including Democratic Congressmember, Clarence Cannon; United States Representative, Asa Hodges; and an NBA and college basketball coach, among others. Hannibal-LaGrange University’s vision is to “become one of the foremost Christian institutions of higher education in Missouri and in the surrounding region.” The University’s mission is “to provide an excellent liberal arts education in a distinctively Christian environment, thus preparing students for both personal and career effectiveness.”

Hannibal-LaGrange University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission, and has been so since 1958. A variety of undergraduate programs are available in the areas of, Art; Biology, Chemistry, General Sciences; Business; Behavioral Science; Christian Studies; Computer Information Systems; Criminal Justice; Education; English; History and Political Science; Mathematics; Media Communication; Music; Nursing; Physical Education; and Theatre. At the graduate level, the University offers the Master of Science in Education and additional programs are available including Adult Degree Completion programs and Early Enrollment & Dual Credit for high school juniors and seniors. According to data from the 2014-15 academic year, Hannibal-LaGrange University’s average net price comes out to be $18,367. Estimated tuition and fees among full-time, beginning undergraduate students are $21,810 for the 2016-17 academic year, however 93% of these students do receive some form of financial aid, bringing down expenses.

  • Net Price: $18,367

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Grace College and Seminary

Grace College and Theological Seminary is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college located on a 180 acre campus in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, Indiana. Affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Grace Theological Seminary was established in 1937 while the college 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 College’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 2,300 students are enrolled, including nearly 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Grace College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. More than 68 undergraduate majors are available with options to earn an accelerated 3-year bachelor’s degree or a four-year 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. The 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 College and Theological Seminary’s average net price is $18,108, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. The estimated tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are $23,120, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available to students, the net cost of attendance is reduced. Currently, 98% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Net Price: $18,108

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Bethel College

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Established in 1947, Bethel University began as the vision of Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel Brenneman who called for a training institute as early as 1893. Brenneman’s vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college within the denomination; it was Huffman who suggested the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC) gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. 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 available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Bethel College’s undergraduate academic departments cover 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. The average net price of attending Bethel University is $18,079, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are estimated to be $27,390, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available, this number is brought down and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid.

  • Net Price: $18,079

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Sterling College

Sterling College is a private, Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kansas. Established in 1887 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America’s Synod of Kansas, the College was originally named the Cooper Memorial College. A small institution, Sterling College has a total enrollment figure of approximately 700 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

The College’s mission is “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 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.”

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. Holding to the belief that both learning and Christian commitment are vital to developing a well-rounded individual, Sterling College encourages students to cultivate a Biblical worldview and 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’s average net price is $17,909, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. The estimated tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are $24,250, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available to students, the net cost of attendance is reduced. Currently, 100 % of all full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of institutional grants or scholarships, federal or state/local grants, or student loans.

  • Net Price: $17,909

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Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University (SBU) is a private, four-year comprehensive evangelical Christian institution located in Bolivar, Missouri. Established in 1878 in Lebanon, MO, SBU began as the Southwest Baptist College. In 1879 the college was granted a charter from the state of Missouri and moved to its current location in Bolivar. Though the college faced severe difficulties during its early years, it managed to grow into a thriving institution and today has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,700, including nearly 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. SBU’s mission statement is clear and concise, declaring the institution to be a “Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.” SBU holds to the core values of Christian Distinctiveness; Compassion and Care for SBU Family; Academic Excellence; and Social and Spiritual Development.

Southwest Baptist University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. Divided into several colleges and schools, SBU offers more than 80 degree programs. The University’s colleges include the College of Education and Social Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the Curtis Redford College of Theology and Ministry, the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters, the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science, and the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences. According to data from the 2014-15 academic year, SBU’s average net price comes out to be $15,708. Estimated tuition and fees among full-time, beginning undergraduate students are $22,508 for the 2016-17 academic year, however 82% of these students do receive some form of financial aid, bringing down expenses.

  • Net Price: $15,708

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Central Christian College of Kansas

Central Christian College of Kansas is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in McPherson, Kansas. Affiliated with the Free Methodist Church, the University was originally located in Nebraska, having been established as the Orleans Seminary in 1884 by Free Methodist preacher, Reverend C.M. Damon and his wife. In 1914 the institution moved to its present location of McPherson, Kansas and was renamed Central Academy and College; it was at this time that the first two years of college were added to the school’s curriculum. In 1918, Central Academy and College was granted accreditation from the Kansas State Department of Education, making it the oldest accredited junior college in the state. Today, Central Christian College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award both associates and baccalaureate degrees.

The mission of Central Christian College of Kansas is to “provide Christ-centered Education for Character.” Students of all religious preferences are welcome and the College boasts an enrollment figure of just over 1,000, all of whom are undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Though small in size, the University offers a remarkable variety of undergraduate programs which may be taken in Central’s intimate classroom setting or in an online format. Central offers a dozen main academic areas of study, including the areas of aviation, business, communication arts, education, English, Healthcare Administration, liberal studies, ministry & theology, music, psychology, science & math, social sciences, and sports science & health. Central’s average net price is $14,814, according to data collected from the 2014-15 academic year. Tuition and fees for the 2016-17 academic year are estimated to be $16,850, however, thanks to the many financial aid options available, the net price is reduced and 96% of full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid.

  • Net Price: $14,814

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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 on a 1,000 acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Founded in 1907, C of O places a strong emphasis on “character” education and 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 is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,400 with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. A variety of academic programs are offered including more than 25 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs.

The College of the Ozarks has a price-tag that is hard to beat: $0. Through the combination of state grants, scholarships and the school’s on-campus work program, the College is able to offer their programs without charging their students a dime in tuition costs. C of O openly discourages debt of any kind and does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs; the university further leads by example and has no institutional debt. In order to help cover 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. This rigorous work-schedule has earned C of O the nickname of “Hard Work U”. According to the data collected from the 2014-15 academic year, the average net cost of a C of O education is $13,567, however, students are never charged this or any amount as the College guarantees to meet this cost by using endowment earnings and available financial aid, so long as students participate in the mandatory Work Education Program.

  • Net Cost: $0