Most Affordable Colleges & Universities – South 2017

Cost increases are nothing new, nor surprising.  This includes the cost of higher education, which seems to creep up higher and higher semester by semester.  Despite a family’s best efforts to be completely open and objective, budgetary concerns inevitably enter the decision-making process when it comes to selecting a college.  Having published the 50 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities 2017, Christian Universities Online (CUO) turns our attention to regional rankings for this important subject.  As stated before, it is in a spirit of stewardship, wisdom and discernment that CUO is pleased to provide the 25 Most Affordable Christian Colleges and Universities in the South.  Regional schools listed have proven to be affordable without sacrificing quality in their programs and resources.

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Kentucky Christian University

Kentucky Christian University is a private, Christian, comprehensive institution located in Grayson, Kentucky. The University began in 1919 and was originally called the Christian Normal Institute. Founded by J. W. Lusby and J. O. Snodgrass, the Institute included a high school and a junior college which offered a training program which equipped public school teachers. In the early 1920s the focus of the school shifted to educating students for Christian Ministry and to this day Kentucky Christian University continues to be affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The University’s mission is to be “an intentionally Christ-centered academic community that seeks to engage students in a transformative educational experience that equips them as effective Christian professionals providing servant leadership for the Church and society.”

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1984, Kentucky Christian University is comprised of several different schools. These include the Sack School of Bible & Ministry; the School of Biological Sciences; the School of Business; the School of Distance and General Education; the Keeran School of Education; the School of Social Work & Human Services; the Yancey School of Nursing; and the Graduate School. In addition to its on-site programs, Kentucky Christian University also offers a variety of online programs for non-traditional students. With a total enrollment figure of just over 600 students, including 550 undergraduates, the University has an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Tuition costs at Kentucky Christian University fall below the national average for private colleges and schools with a net price of $19,189. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid as do 94% of all undergraduate students.

  • $19,189

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Montreat College

Montreat College, located in Montreat, North Carolina, is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution. Originally established in 1897 by John C. Collins, a Congregationalist minister from New Haven, Connecticut as the Mountain Retreat Association, by 1916 the school grew into a four-year preparatory and two-year college combination, known as the Montreat Normal School. Over the years, the institution continued to expand and by 1986 was granted permission to award baccalaureate degrees. Today, Montreat College, which sits on a beautiful campus, nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, strives to be a “leader in Christ-centered higher education regionally, nationally, and globally”. The College’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered, liberal arts institution that educates students through intellectual inquiry, spiritual formation, and preparation for calling and career, all to impact the world for Jesus Christ.”

Montreat College has a total enrollment figure of 1,000, including more than 800 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Montreat College offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad range of fields along with several adult undergraduate programs and online degree programs. The College’s net tuition costs fall into the lower range for schools of its type, with a net price of $18,721. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid as do 84% of all undergraduates. Types of aid include federally funded, state, and institutional grants, scholarships and loans. A military-friendly school, Montreat College is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges and participates in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • Net Price Tuition: $18,721

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a small, private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Toccoa, Georgia on a beautiful 1,100 acre campus. Founded by R. A. Forrest in 1907 as the Golden Valley Institute, the school was originally located in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina before moving to its current location in 1911. By 1937 the school chartered its first four-year college program and permission was obtained to grant the 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 school’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.”

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1983, Toccoa Falls College offers nine undergraduate degree programs through its three schools. These include the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, and the School of Professional Studies. Toccoa Falls College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Net price of tuition at Toccoa Falls College is $18,604, which is below the national average for private colleges and universities. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial assistance as do 93% of all undergraduates. Types of aid include state, federal and institutional grants, scholarships and loans. A military-friendly school, Toccoa Falls College is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which offers assistance to servicemembers and their families as they pursue further education.

  • $18,604

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. Established in 1867, the University was founded by the Holston Presbytery and named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of land for the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its first campus, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land on the east side of Bristol and the school moved to its current location. In 2013 the school 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.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, and an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1947, King University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several schools and college. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Behavioral and Health Sciences, the School of Business and Economics, the Peeke School of Christian Mission, the School of Communication, Information, and Design, the School of Education, and the School of Nursing. King University’s tuition costs fall well below the national average for private colleges and universities with a net price of $18,504. Financial aid is readily available to students, including federal, state, and institutional grants, scholarships, and loans. 98% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of aid as do 71% of all undergraduates. King University offers even more financial assistance for servicemembers and their families and is a participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • $18,504

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Lee University

Lee University, located in Cleveland, Tennessee, is a private, Christian liberal arts institution of higher education. Historically affiliated with the Church of God (of Cleveland, TN), Lee University began as a small Bible institute, established in 1918. The school experienced its most significant growth during the 1980s when enrollment began to increase dramatically and the school attained full university status. Today, Lee University boasts a total enrollment figure of 5,000, including more than 4,500 undergraduate students, and an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The University’s mission is to “provide education that integrates biblical truth as revealed in the Holy Scriptures with truth discovered through the study of arts and sciences and in the practice of various professions.” This mission statement continues, “The foundational purpose of all educational programs at Lee is to develop within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability, and skills which will prepare them for responsible Christian living in a complex world.”

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1960, Lee University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors as well as several graduate programs. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the College of Arts and Sciences, the Helen Devos College of Education, the School of Music, the School of Nursing, and the School of Religion. Lee University also has a Division of Adult Learning Graduate Studies and offers study abroad programs for undergraduate students. With net price tuition of $18,139, Lee University’s cost of attendance falls below the national average for private colleges and universities. Financial aid is readily available with 96% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students as well as 74% of all undergraduates receiving some form of financial aid, whether in the form of federally funded, state, or institutional grants and scholarships.

  • Net Price Tuition: $18,139

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Regent University

Located in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Regent University is a private, Christian research institution. Established in 1977, the University was founded by CBN founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, as the Christian Broadcasting Network University for the purpose of “preparing leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” Today, Regent University’s mission is to serve “as a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” The University has received multiple national awards and recognitions, including being named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. Regent University has also been granted an “A” rating by ACTA and is one of only 24 universities in the nation to have received this honor.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1984, Regent University offers a wide range of academic programs, ranging from undergraduate majors to graduate-level programs. More than 95 different and fully accredited areas of study are offered by Regent University both on campus and online through the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and seven graduate schools. Regent University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 7,000 students, including nearly 3,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 28 to 1. Net tuition costs are $17,986, putting the Regent University in the lower price-range for schools of its type. Financial aid, including federal, state, and institutional grants, scholarships and loans, is readily available and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some form of financial aid as do 84% of all undergraduates. Recognized as a Military-Friendly school, Regent University also offers additional benefits and assistance to servicemembers and their families and is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,986

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John Brown University

John Brown University is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Evangelist John E. Brown founded the institution in 1919 with the intention of offering an interdenominational, Christian education that would benefit needy students whose financial situations would normally hinder them from obtaining such an education. In early years of the college, students paid for their tuition by working on-campus 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 the 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.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and since 1962, John Brown University offers forty undergraduate majors, with even more minors, and ten graduate degree programs. Undergraduate majors include subjects such as Accounting, Art & Illustration, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child & Family Studies, Construction Management, Digital Cinema, Education, Engineering, Family & Human Services, History, Intercultural Studies, International Business, Journalism & Civic Engagement, Kinesiology, Management, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Studies Education, Spanish, Worship Arts, Youth & Worship Ministries, and much more. Net price tuition is only $17,578, putting John Brown University’s cost of attendance below the national average for private colleges and universities. Financial aid is available, whether in the form of federal, state, or institutional grants, scholarships and loans and 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance, as do 74% of all undergraduates. Even more financial assistance is available for servicemembers and their families, as John Brown University is a participant in such programs as the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

  • $17,578

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. In 1924 two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, came together to form a single institution. The resulting school was named Harding College (and eventually renamed Harding University when the school achieved university status in 1979) in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education.” Today, Harding University describes itself as being “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and seeks to serve a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. The 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 boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including nearly 4,500 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. More than 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors are available, as well as 14 professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees. Comprised of several Colleges, these include the College of Allied Health, the College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Bible & Ministry, the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, the Cannon-Clary College of Education, The Carr College of Nursing, Pharmacy & Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy, plus several departments of Science and the Honors College. Cost of attendance falls into the lower range for schools of its type, with a net tuition price of $17,578. Financial aid, whether in the form of federal, state, or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans, is readily available with 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduates and 87% of all undergraduate students receiving some type of aid.

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,578

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Charleston Southern University

Charleston Southern University, located in Charleston, South Carolina, is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Originally established in 1964 with an initial student body of less than 600, Charleston Southern University has grown into an institution of more than 3,500, including just over 3,000 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.  Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, Charleston Southern University’s vision is to be a “Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving” with a mission to promote “academic excellence in a Christian environment.” Among its notable awards and accolades, Charleston Southern University has been recognized as a Military Friendly School, named a College of Distinction, and was included in the list of America’s Best Christian Colleges.

Charleston Southern University offers nearly 50 undergraduate degree programs and nine graduate degree programs through its several colleges and schools. These include the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Christian Studies, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the College of Adult and Professional Studies. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1970. Tuition costs at Charleston Southern University fall well below the national average for private college, with a net price of $17,417. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students and 89% of all undergraduates receive some type of assistance, whether in the form of federal, state or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans. As a recognized Military Friendly School, Charleston Southern University is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers special assistance to servicemembers and their families.

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,417

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Trevecca Nazarene University

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1901 as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School, the school was founded by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan. Originally affiliated with the Pentecostal Alliance, in 1911 the school began offering bachelor’s degrees which prompted the school’s name to be changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and underwent multiple 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 for graduates to 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. A variety of undergraduate, graduate, online and adult degree completion programs are available and the University boasts 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. Trevecca Nazarene University’s net tuition costs fall below the national average with a tuition of $17,156. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates and 77% of all undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of federal, state or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans. A military-friendly institution, Trevecca Nazarene University is also a participant in the Post-911 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program which provides assistance to servicemembers and their families.

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,156

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Shorter University

Shorter University located in Rome, Georgia, is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1873 by the pastor of the Rome Baptist Church, Luther Rice Gwanltney, the University began as a women’s institution known as the Cherokee Baptist Female College. In 1877 the school was renamed Shorter Female College in honor of Alfred and Martha Shorter who made generous financial contributions to the college. It was not until the 1950s that the college became fully coeducational and began admitting male students. In 2010 the school changed its name to Shorter University in order to better reflect the school’s expansion and growth. Shorter University’s mission is to advance “God’s Kingdom through a commitment to academic excellence, spiritual growth, Christian leadership, and global service within the context of a biblical worldview.”

Shorter University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1923. Shorter University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs as well as several online programs and is comprised of several colleges and schools. These include the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing, the College of Adult and Professional Programs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ledbetter College of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts. Shorter University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Falling into the lower range for schools of its type, tuition costs at Shorter University have a net of $17,029. Financial aid is readily available with 99% of beginning, full-time students and 97% of all undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance. Shorter University is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which provides assistance to servicemembers and their family in their pursuit of higher education.

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,029

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University, located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, is a private, historically Baptist, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1851 as the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary, the original school came to be as the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists. Before long, the school’s name was changed to Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 was again updated to Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson, an early benefactor of the school. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, and merged their 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.”

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927, Carson-Newman University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs. Several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs are also offered, many of which may be earned either on-campus or online. More than 2,500 students are currently enrolled, including over 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Cost of attendance is significantly lower than the national average for private school tuition, with a net price of $16,662. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates and 97% of all undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. Financial assistance options include federal, state/local government, and institutional grants and scholarships as well as student loans. Carson-Newman University is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program and is also a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,662

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Campbellsville University

Located in the city of Campbellsville, Kentucky, Campbellsville University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1906 by the Russell Creek Baptist Association, Campbellsville University began as the Russell Creek Academy, an all-boy’s school. Gradually, the Academy evolved into a fully accredited college, adding to its program offerings and creating a four-year curriculum. As the school continued to expand, several graduate programs were also added and by 1996 the school had gained university status and adopted its current name. Today, Campbellsville University’s mission statement declares its dedication to “academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts that fosters personal growth, integrity and professional preparation within a caring environment.”

Accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1963, Campbellsville University offers a variety of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools. These include the Carver School of Social Work & Counseling; the College of Arts & Sciences; the School of Business & Economics; the School of Education; the School of Music; the School of Nursing; the School of Theology; and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Cost of attendance falls below the national average for private institutions, with a net price tuition of $16,576. Financial aid is obtainable whether in the form of federal, state/local government or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans. 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance, as do 70% of all undergraduates. Campbellsville University is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, making it a military-friendly institution.

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,576

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Bryan College

Bryan College located in Dayton, Tennessee, is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1930 during the aftermath of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, the College was 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.” Established upon 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, its name was further shorted to its current form in 1993. Today, Bryan College’s mission is to educate “students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools 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. Nearly 1,500 students are currently enrolled, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, and Bryan College has an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Cost of attending is significantly lower compared to other schools of its type with a net tuition price of $16,153. 90% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, as do 60% of all undergraduates. Financial assistance opportunities include federal, state/local government, and institutional scholarships and grants as well as student loans. Bryan College is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, making it a Military-Friendly institution.

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,153

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College, located in Clinton, Mississippi, is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. The second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country as well as the oldest college in the state of Mississippi, Mississippi College was established in 1826. Soon after in 1831 Mississippi College began granting degrees to women, making it the first coeducational college in the United States to do so. Today, 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. More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, and the College has an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its seven schools, each of which house even more Departments. This includes 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. Mississippi College’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $16,017. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduates and 91% of all undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance whether in the form of federal, state/local government, or institutional grants, scholarships, or student loans. Mississippi College is also a participant in the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program, which assists servicemembers and their families in their pursuit of higher education.

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,017

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Southern Wesleyan University

Located in Central, South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution. Founded in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute, the school was established by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states. Its name was changed multiple times during its first eighty-plus years before university status was finally achieved and its current name was adopted in 1994. Today, Southern Wesleyan 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.” The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973.

Southern Wesleyan University offers more than 40 distinct academic programs including traditional undergraduate programs as well graduate and adult learning programs offered in the evenings and online. Comprised of several schools and divisions, these include the School of Business, the School of Education, and the Divisions of Fine Arts, Humanities, Religion, Science, and Social Science. Classes are taught by caring and dedicated faculty members and the University is known for the inventive learning opportunities it offers. Southern Wesleyan University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Tuition costs fall into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price tuition of $15,921. Financial aid is readily available with 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduates and 80% of all undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance. Forms of financial aid include federal, state/local government and institutional grants, scholarships and loans.

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,921

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Warner University

Warner University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lake Wales, Florida. Situated on a 360 acre campus in the geographic center of the state between Tampa and Orlando, Warner University’s history dates back to 1968 when it was established by pastors and laity within the Church of God denomination. Originally called the Warner Southern College, its current name was adopted in 2008. Warner University describes its mission as being to “graduate individuals who exemplify academic excellence and Christian character, who are prepared to lead and committed to serve.” The University’s vision 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. Comprised of three schools, these include the School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; the School of Business; and the School of Education. More than 25 liberal arts and professional undergraduate majors are available in addition to three graduate level programs. More than 1,000 students make up Warner University’s total student population, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Cost of attendance falls into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price tuition of $15,865. Financial aid is readily available with 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving aid as well as 99% of all undergraduates. Several types of financial aid are available including federal, state/local government and institutional scholarships and grants as well as student loans. Warner University is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which assists servicemembers and their families in their pursuit of a college education.

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,865

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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 as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, the College was afterwards donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States. In 1954 the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students, making Belhaven University a fully coeducational institution. Today, Belhaven University describes its mission as being to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” The 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. A variety of traditional undergraduate programs are available to students as well as a number of online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. A selective institution, Belhaven University admits 51% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 67% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Belhaven University’s tuition costs fall in the lower range for schools of its type with a net tuition price of $15,527. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students and 93% of all undergraduates receive some type of financial aid in the form of federal, state/local government, or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans. Belhaven University is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which assists servicemembers and their families in their pursuit of higher education.

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,527

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North Greenville University

Located in Tigerville, South Carolina, North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution. Established in 1891 as the North Greenville High School, the school held the distinction of being the first high school founded in the northern section of Greenville County. In 1915 the school’s name was changed to the North Greenville Baptist Academy and by the mid 1930s expanded to include a junior college. Over time the school evolved into full-fledged college and in 2006 was granted university status, at which time it adopted its current name. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, 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 statement 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. The University offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges, including 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 has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Cost of tuition falls into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $15,422. Financial aid is readily available with 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,422

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Williams Baptist College

Located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, William Baptist College is a private, coeducational, four-year institution of higher education. The College began as a two-year institution in 1941 and was originally called the Southern Baptist College. In the early 1980s the College awarded its first baccalaureate degrees and in 1991 officially changed its name to 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 describes its mission as being 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.”

Williams Baptist College has been ranked among the top tier of southern colleges and universities by US News & World Report and offers more than 25 majors and pre-professional programs in the areas of Art, Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Arts, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural Science and Psychology. The College boasts 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. A selective institution, William Baptist College admits 64% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 59% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net tuition cost of $14,955. 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.

  • Net Tuition Price: $14,955

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Emmanuel College

Located in Franklin Springs, Georgia, Emmanuel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1919 as the Franklin Springs Institute, the school initially offered high school courses and three college level courses during its early years. In 1931, during the Great Depression, the school was forced to shut its doors, but upon its reopening just two years later, new priorities were made the school began its real shift from being a high school to a college. Emmanuel College’s current name was adopted in 1939 and by 1991 the school had achieved four-year accreditation. Emmanuel College 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. A wide range of associate and bachelor degree programs are available through Emmanuel College’s several schools, which include the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries and School of Education. The College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. A selective institution, Emmanuel College has an acceptance rate of 49% and boasts an overall retention rate of 62% with an overall graduation rate of 45%. Cost of attendance is well below the national average for schools of its type with net price tuition of $14,804. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates and 99% of all undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of federal, state/local government, or institutional grants or scholarships.

  • Net Price Tuition: $14,804

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Louisiana College

Louisiana College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Pineville, Louisiana and affiliated with the Louisiana Baptist Convention. Established on October 3, 1906, Louisiana College was founded by Edwin Oswald Ware Sr., a Baptist clergyman and educator. Beginning with just four professors and nineteen students, Pastor Ware served as the school’s financial agent from 1906 through 1907 and then as the college’s first president from 1908 to 1909. Today, Louisiana College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1923. The College describes its mission as being to “provide liberal arts, professional, and graduate programs characterized by devotion to the preeminence of the Lord Jesus, allegiance to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, dedication to academic excellence for the glory of God, and commitment to change the world for Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Louisiana College offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs and is comprised into several divisions covering the subjects of Business, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Christian Studies, History & Political Science, Human Behavior, Humanities, Education, Fine Arts, Media and Communications, Nursing and Allied Health, and the Caskey School of Divinity. The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. A selective institution, Louisiana College has an admittance rate of 54% and boasts an overall retention rate of 54% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Tuition costs fall into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $14,002. Financial aid is readily available and 94% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Net Price Tuition: $14,002

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Judson College--AL

Located in Marion, Alabama, Judson College is the fifth oldest women’s college in the United States. A private Christian institution, Judson College was named in honor of Ann Hasseltine Judson, who was the first American woman to serve as a foreign missionary. One of the first of its kind in the United States, the College was founded in 1838 and was originally named The Judson Female Institute. Affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention, the Institute was established by businesswoman Julia Tarrant Barron and General Edwin Davis King along with the support of members of the Siloam Baptist Church. Today, Judson College describes itself as being “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.” The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925.

Judson College offers a wide range of programs across the Humanities & Fine Arts, Professional Studies, Sciences and Social Sciences including 20 academic majors, 22 minors, and 10 pre-professional programs. Nearly 400 undergraduate students make up Judson College’s total enrollment figure  \with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. A selective institution, Judson College has an admittance rate of 65% and boasts an overall retention rate of 56% with an overall graduation rate of 43%. Tuition costs fall into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $13,901. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students and 90% of all students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships. Judson College is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which aids servicemembers and their families in their pursuit of higher education.

  • Net Price Tuition: $13,901

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Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of biblical higher education located in Greenville, South Carolina. Known for its conservative values, Bob Jones University began in 1927 and was founded by evangelist Bob Jones, Sr., whose mission was to form a training center for Christians that would be “distinguished by its academic excellence, refined standards of behavior, and opportunities to appreciate the performing and visual arts” and in which “Christ would be the center of all thought and conduct.” During the early years, the college moved several times before settling into its present-day location in Greenville. Today, Bob Jones University describes its mission as being “to grow Christlike character that is scripturally discipline, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming and focused above.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including well over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bob Jones University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 2006. A broad range of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools which include the School of Religion; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; School of Fine Arts & Communication; and the Seminary & Graduate School of Religion. The University’s top ten academic programs include the subjects of Accounting; Bible; Biblical Counseling; Biology; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Elementary Education; Engineering; Graphic Design; and Nursing. Net cost of attending Bob Jones University is $13,364. Financial aid is readily available to students with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduates and 71% of all undergraduate students receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of federal, state/local government or institutional grant or scholarship aid.

  • Net Price Tuition: $13,364

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Erskine College

Located in Due West, South Carolina, Erskine College is a private, coeducational, Christian college. Established in 1839 as an all-male academy by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South, the College was named in honor of Ebenezer Erskine, a pastor and one of the founders of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. By the late 1800s females were admitted into classes and in 1899 Erskine College became officially coeducational. Today, Erskine College defines its mission as being 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. Nearly two dozen undergraduate majors are offered, including the subjects of American Studies, Bible and Religion, Business Administration, Science, Education, Philosophy, Physical Education and Coaching, Political Science, Psychology and more as well as a variety of pre-professional programs and graduate-level programs. Study abroad and a wide variety of both minors and concentrations are also available as options. The College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 700, including approximately 600 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Net price tuition is $11,986 and 100% of undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of Federal or Pell Grants, state or local government grants or scholarships, institutional grants or scholarship, or student loan aid. In addition, Erskine College is a military-friendly school and is a participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program).

  • Net Price Tuition: $11,986