College tuition and costs can be a great burden to families. Christian colleges are no exception. We have compiled the 25 most affordable Christian colleges and universities in the west for 2016. All schools pass our rigorous scrutiny and have full accreditation. While total cost is not necessarily the primary measure of a school’s value and quality, it is a valid and important consideration that should impact your decision. These schools, while being affordable, still offer high quality programs for their students.
The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and geographically are in CUO’s West region of the United States. We then ranked each of the schools according to publicly available “net price” tuition data. Average net price is defined as “subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses,” by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Colorado Christian University
Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational Christian, liberal arts institution located in Lakewood, Colorado. CCU’s roots reach back to 1914 when it was founded as the Denver Bible Institute. In 1945, the school was granted a charter by the State of Colorado to become a four-year Bible college and the school’s name was changed to the Denver Bible College. The school continued to grow and expand, experiencing multiple name changes along the way. By 1981 the college was granted accreditation by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Four years later the school merged with the Western Bible Institute, and then merged with the Colorado Baptist University in 1989; it was at this time that the university adopted its current name. Today CCU is known as a top-ranking Christian university and the premier interdenominational Christian institution in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region.
Colorado Christian University’s mission is to cultivate “knowledge and love of God in a Christ-centered community of learners and scholars, with an enduring commitment to the integration of exemplary academics, spiritual formation, and engagement in the world.” CCU’s College of Undergraduate Studies offers more than 50 majors and minors for traditional students at CCU’s residential Lakewood campus. In addition, CCU offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, and associate degree programs ( as well as certificate and educational licensure programs) through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies for adult students at either one of CCU’s several campus locations or online. CCU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 6,000 students, including more than 5,000 undergraduates. Student housing is offered through one of CCU’s residential halls and apartments. With a net price of $24,438, CCU’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for degrees of its type in the West and 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.
Net Price: $24,438
Vanguard University of Southern California
Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, located in Costa Mesa, California. Affiliated with the Assemblies of God, Vanguard University’s roots date back to 1920 when a school was opened for the purpose of preparing Christian workers for the various ministries of the church. Originally called the Southern California Bible School, by 1939 the institution was chartered by the State of California to be eligible to grant degrees, making it the first four-year institution of the Assemblies of God. The school’s name was changed to Southern California Bible College at this time as the college continued to grow, receiving regional accreditation and membership in the Western Association of Colleges and Schools. By 1999, the college attained university status and its current name was adopted.
Vanguard University is made up of a number of different academic departments, including: the Department of Anthropology and Sociology; Department of Biology; Department of Business & Management; Department of Chemistry; Department of Communication; Department of English; Department of History and Political Science; Department of Kinesiology; Department of Liberal Studies; Department of Mathematics; Department of Music; Department of Psychology; Department of Religion; and the Department of Theatre Arts. Vanguard offers a 4-year Bachelor of Arts or Science degree in 30 majors and concentrations as well as Adult Degree Completion programs and Graduate Studies. More than 2,000 students are enrolled at Vanguard – the majority of which are undergraduates. Vanguard University offers several housing option for resident students, including traditional residence halls and Vanguard Centre, an apartment complex located within walking distance of the university reserved for upperclassmen. Vanguard University’s net cost of tuition comes out to be $24,229, putting it in the lower range for universities of its type in the West. Financial aid is available to students, with 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $24,229
Abilene Christian University
Located in Abilene, Texas, Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, affiliated with the Churches of Christ. ACU was originally established in 1906 as a small learning institution in West Texas, growing out of an idea held by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson and backed by the Churches of Christ in Abilene. Since those early days, ACU has become known as a leader in Christian higher-education and has received a number of honors and recognitions from U.S. News & World Report, Forbes, The Princeton Review, and Apple, which named ACU a distinguished school for its innovation, leadership and educational excellence. The mission of ACU is clearly stated as having the goal of educating students for “Christian service and leadership throughout the world.” ACU requires daily chapel services and mandatory Bible courses and the majority of students spend time volunteering for community service.
Abilene Christian University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, offering both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees and is made up of the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Biblical Studies, College of Business Administration, College of Education & Human Services, Graduate School, Graduate School of Theology, and ACU’s Honors College. Approximately 4,600 students are currently enrolled at ACU, including over 3,600 undergraduates, hailing from nearly every state in the Union and more than 40 foreign nations. Housing is offered for resident students in either residential halls or apartments which are reserved for upperclass students. ACU’s net cost of tuition comes out to be $23,949, putting it in the lower range for universities of its type in the western part of the United States. Financial aid is available to students including ACU-specific scholarships, outside scholarships, grants, loans, and work study programs; 100% of full-time beginning students do receive some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $23,949
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas. Situated on a beautiful 292 acre campus on the hills of Southwest Dallas, the campus overlooks the Mountain Creek Lake. DBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas and was originally founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College as the first two-year institution of higher education in the state. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and changed its name to Dallas Baptist College before achieving university status in 1985. DBU offers seven Associate degrees and 72 undergraduate majors. In addition, DBU offers 28 master’s programs, 59 duel master’s degree programs, 2 doctoral programs, and 49 accelerated bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. The school is comprised of the following academic divisions: College of Business, Mary C. Crowley College of Christian Faith, Dorothy M. Bush College of Education, College of Fine Arts, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Professional Studies, Gary Cook School of Leadership, and Graduate School of Ministry.
Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The university has a total enrollment of more than 5,000 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates with a student to faculty ratio of 13:1 and an average class size of 13 students. Housing for residential students is offered in DBU’s residence halls, the Colonial Village Apartments, or the Williamsburg Village Townhomes. DBU’s net price comes out to be $23,786, putting it in the lower range for universities of its type in the western region of the United States. Approximately 87% of DBU’s undergraduate students receive federal, state, or institutional financial aid (including academic, athletic, music performance, and Christian leadership scholarship).
Net Price: $23,786
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB) is a private, co-educational, Christian institution of higher learning located in Belton, Texas. The oldest continuously operating college in the state, UMHB was established in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and began as the Baylor Female College, the female department of what is now Baylor University. In 1886 the school separated from Baylor and moved to Belton, undergoing a series of name changes. By 1971, the oldest college for women west of the Mississippi became co-educational and accepted its first male students. The mission of UMHB is to prepare students “for leadership, service, and faith-informed discernment in a global society.” Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the university is committed to “academic excellence, personal attention, broad-based scholarship and a commitment to a Baptist vision for education”.
The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. UMHB is made up of seven colleges and schools, including the College of Christian Studies, College of Education, College of Humanities and Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Visual & Performing Arts, McLane College of Business, and UMHB’s Graduate School. The university has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,800 students (including over 3,000 undergraduates) who represent 30 foreign nations. 94% of UMHB’s full-time freshmen live on campus and the school offers student housing in the form of apartments or in one of UMHB’s residential halls, which are separated into male and female dormitories. UMHB’s net cost reaches $23,307, placing the school’s tuition costs in the lower range for universities of its type in the West. Over 90% of students receive some type of financial aid, which is available in the forms of grants, scholarship, work-study, or student loans.
Net Price: $23,307
Corban University is a private, coeducational, independent Christian institution. Corban is a self-described as a “gospel-driven community of scholars and leaders who seek to bring a biblical perspective to all areas of study and practice.” Currently located in Salem, Oregon, Corban has gone through its share of growth and moves. Originally established as a bible institute in 1935 in Phoenix, Arizona, the school moved three times – once in 1946 to Oakland, California, then to El Cerrito, California in the mid-1950’s and finally to its current location in Salem, Oregon in 1969 – and experienced multiple name changes before obtaining the university status and adopting the name it holds today. Called after the ancient Hebrew word interpreted, “a gift dedicated to God”, the name Corban is what the university seeks to be and do through its students – to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as a gift dedicated to the service of Christ.
Corban University holds its accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Corban awards a variety of associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees and offers undergraduate majors in the areas of Business, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Science, History and Government, Mathematics, Ministry, Music, and Psychology. Corban also holds the distinction of being one of the first universities to make online learning available to its students and the school has been ranked multiple times as one of the best colleges in the U.S. and in the west. Corban’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for universities of its type in the west with a net price of $23,089. Financial aid is available to students in a variety of forms, including grants, scholarships, and student loan aid. 100% of Corban’s full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $23,089
Hope International University
Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Fullerton, California. Though a nondenominational institution, HIU does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The university’s mission is “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” HIU was established in 1928 and began as the Pacific Bible Seminary. By the 1960’s the school had achieved accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and changed its name to Pacific Christian College. In 1997, after gaining university status, the institution adopted its current name of Hope International University. Today, HIU is offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of five Colleges, including the College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business & Management; College of Education; Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies; and the College of Psychology & Counseling.
Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300 – nearly 900 of which are undergraduate students. The school’s main campus is strategically located in the city of Fullerton, in the heart of Orange County, California. In addition, HIU operates the Anaheim Campus at Stadium Towers which serves as the main campus for the university’s online and graduate students, as well as an extension campus in Everett, Washington for working adults and graduate students. The net cost of attending HIU is $22,275, which falls in the lower range for universities of its type in the West, and the school’s tuition is lower than many private Christian Universities in Southern California. Financial aid is offered to students in a variety of different forms, including scholarships, grants, work study programs, or student loans. 99% of HIU’s beginning full-time undergraduates receive some type of aid.
Net Price: $22,275
Warner Pacific College
Warner Pacific University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Portland, Oregon. The school was first established in 1937 in Spokane, Washington as the Pacific Bible College; the first graduating class consisted of two women who earned the Christian Education certificate. In 1940, the school was moved to Portland and by 1959, the school’s name was changed to Warner Pacific College as a reflection of the college’s growing emphasis on the liberal arts. Warner Pacific University is the only Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) institution of higher learning to be located in the western part of the United States. The school holds its accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been received a number of notable recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report and has been included as 37th in the nation on the Washington Monthly’s 2015 Baccalaureate Colleges list.
Warner Pacific University is a small college, with a total enrollment of just over 1,000; students hail from 19 states and two countries and the male to female ratio is 45/55. Warner Pacific’s average class size is 14 with a student to faculty ratio of 13:1. The school offers 25 majors, 29 minors, 7 pre-professional programs and 4 graduate programs, awarding associate, baccalaureate (B.A., B.S.), and master’s degrees, and post-baccalaureate certifications. Warner Pacific’s housing facilities include two residence halls and a variety of apartments and houses located throughout the school’s Mt. Tabor campus. Warner Pacific University’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for degrees of its type in the West, with a $22,053 net cost. The majority of Warner Pacific’s students receive some type of financial aid (99% for fulltime, beginning undergraduates, and 89% for all graduate students) whether in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study opportunities, or student loans.
Net Price: $22,053
Oklahoma Wesleyan University
Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Founded by the Wesleyan Church for the purpose of providing Wesleyan youth a higher education within a Christian environment, the school came about as a result of a series of mergers between several schools, including the Colorado Bible College, the Pilgrim Bible College, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute. In 1972, the new school again merged with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college of about 1,300 students. Today, OKWU offers a variety of academic programs through the Chesapeake Energy School of Business; the School of Arts & Sciences; the School of Ministry & Christian Thought; the School of Education; the School of Nursing; and OKWU’s Adult and Graduate department. OKWU’s mission is to be a place of “serious study, honest questions, and critical engagement, all in the context of a liberal arts community that honors the Primacy of Jesus Christ, the Priority of the Scripture, the Pursuit of Truth, and the Practice of Wisdom.
Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Of OKWU’s 1,300 students, approximately 1,200 are undergraduates. OKWU has received a number of accolades and recognitions from names such as Forbes, U.S. News & World Report, and has been cited by the CBS Money Watch. OKWU’s tuition costs falls into the lower range for universities of its type in the western portion of the United States, with a net cost of $21,742. Financial aid is available to all students – including traditional undergraduate, graduate, and those enrolled in an online degree program, – with types of aid including Federal Pell Grants, other federal grants, work-study awards, and a variety of student loans. 98% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates at OKWU do receive some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $21,742
LeTourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. In addition to the university’s main campus of 162 acres in Longview, LETU also offers both undergraduate and graduate programs online and at educational centers in Dallas and Houston. Named for its founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, the State of Texas chartered the school, then known as LeTourneau Technical Institute, in February of 1946. LETU was originally founded as a training institute for returning veterans after the Second World War, but the school’s offering soon expanded and has continued to grow over the years. Today, LETU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers four-year ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology degrees as well as traditional undergraduate degree programs in the areas of technology, the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences. In addition, LETU also offers a number of master’s degree programs in business, education, engineering and psychology.
LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with nearly all 50 states, more than 30 foreign countries, and over 45 different denominational groups represented in the student body. A significant percentage of LETU’s residential students are homeschooled students with a 46/54 male/female ratio within the university’s global and residential student population. LETU offers students more than a dozen different on-campus living opportunities with men’s residence halls, women’s residence halls and a number of alternative options including village apartments, graduate student housing, and married and family housing. Net cost of attending LETU reaches $21,434, putting it into the lower range for universities of its type in the western part of the United States. The majority of LETU’s students (over 90%) receive some form of financial aid in the forms of gift aid, including scholarships and grants, student loans or work study programs
Net Price: $21,434
William Jessup University
William Jessup University is a private, coeducational, nondenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rocklin, California. Established in 1939 as the San Jose Bible College, the school underwent a series of name changes before settling on its current moniker, chosen to honor the school’s founder, William Jessup. The school’s mission, in partnership with the Church, is to “educate transformational leaders for the glory of God”, with a vision that William Jessup’s “graduates will be transformed and will help redeem world culture by providing notable servant leadership; by enriching family, church and community life; and by serving with distinction in their chosen career.” The school operates two campus locations, its main campus in Rocklin, with a second in San Jose. William Jessup University is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
William Jessup University has a total student population of more than 1,200, the vast majority of which are undergraduate students. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate majors as well as an Adult Degree Completion program, graduate degrees, and online programs. William Jessup University’s on campus housing arrangements include both traditional residence halls and on campus apartments. Each resident hall is staffed by a Resident Hall Director and four student Resident Assistants who are always available to provide assistance to students in need. William Jessup’s tuition costs fall in the lower range for universities of its type in the western part of the U.S. with a net price of $21,085. Financial aid is available to students in a variety of forms including grants, scholarships, and student loans with 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $21,085
Oral Roberts University
Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university. Established in 1965, the university is named after its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts and holds accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ORU seeks to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and promises students a thorough education that is taught in the context of a “vibrant Christ-centered community.” A charismatic university, ORU’s motto is, “Make no little plans here,” and the school’s mission is to “build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing.” ORU is situated on a 263 acre campus located in south Tulsa, Oklahoma, the state’s second-largest city, which, as a thriving metropolis, offers a wide array of both internship and professional opportunities in addition to its cultural and recreational resources.
Oral Roberts University is made up of five colleges, including the College of Arts and Cultural Studies; College of Business; College of Education; College of Nursing; College of Science and Engineering; and the College of Theology and Ministry. More than 65 undergraduate majors are offered along with 14 graduate programs and two doctoral programs, as well as ORU’s degree completion programs and online degrees. ORU’s five most popular majors include Nursing; Ministry & Leadership; Business Administration; Media; and Biology. ORU’s total enrollment reaches nearly 3,500 – including almost 3,000 undergraduate students. ORU’s net price reaches $20,748, putting it in the lower range for universities of its type in the western part of the United States. ORU strives to make education affordable to students and offers financial aid in the form of grants, scholarships, work-study jobs, government loans, private loans, and a monthly payment option to help students fund their educational investment. 100% of ORU’s full-time beginning undergraduate students receive financial aid.
Net Price: $20,748
Located in Kirkland, Washington is Northwest University, a regionally accredited Christian institution of higher learning. Established in 1934 by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God, the school was originally known as the Northwest Bible Institute and went through several different monikers before finally adopting its current name in 2005. The school’s mission is to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” Northwest University sits on a semi-wooded 56 acre campus overlooking Lake Washington and is minutes away from the city of Seattle with all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that area has to offer. Northwest University is neighbors with some of the most successful companies and organizations of this century, including Google, Microsoft, Boeing, and Amazon, which provide fantastic opportunities for internship and careers.
Northwest University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, including 1,500 undergraduates, and boasts a low student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered in addition to Adult Evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. As a residential university, Northwest offers a number of different student housing options including residence halls and student apartments. Northwest University’s net cost is $20,317, putting it in the lower range for universities of its type in the western portion of the United States. Financial aid is available to students in the form of grant or scholarship aid, including federal grants, Pell grants, and etc. as well as student loan aid. More than 80% of Northwest University’s undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid as does 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students.
Net Price: $20,317
Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a coeducational, research institution and Arizona’s premier private Christian university. Located in Phoenix, GCU was established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, then known as Grand Canyon College. In 2004 GCU became the first for-profit Christian college in the United States after the school experienced financial and other difficulties in the early part of the 21st century. Since that time, GCU has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion. The university offers a wide variety of degrees and programs and is made up of multiple colleges, including the College of Doctoral Studies; Colangelo College of Business; College of Education; College of Fine Arts and Production; College of Humanities and Social Sciences; College of Nursing and Health Care Professions; College of Science, Engineering and Technology; and the College of Theology. GCU holds accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Grand Canyon University boasts a large student population of more than 62,000, including nearly 40,000 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1. GCU’s curriculum is taught from a biblical worldview and students are taught to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. Students are encouraged to live on campus in order to have full access to all that GCU has to offer as a learning community. GCU offers suite-style student housing accommodations in all of their residence halls and is committed to keeping costs low for students. GCU’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for universities of its type in the West with a net price of $19.761. GCU offers generous scholarship and grant opportunities to help finance students education and approximately 99% of all full-time beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $19.761
Houston Baptist University
Located in Houston, Texas on an urban campus of 100 acres, Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private Christian institution. HBU is located minutes away from Houston’s thriving downtown district, which provides students with ample opportunities for jobs, internships, as well as fun. Established in 1960, HBU was founded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas for the purpose of providing “a learning experience that instills in students a passion for academic, spiritual, and professional excellence as a result of our central confession, ‘Jesus Christ is Lord.’” HBU offers an intimate college environment with an enrollment figure of more than 2,500 students and a student to faculty ratio of 12:1. HBU’s boasts a diverse student body, with students hailing from all ethnic backgrounds and even several walks of faith. As a Christian institution, HBU requires that all students seeking an undergraduate degree complete 80 Community Life and Worship (CLW) credits – of which, a minimum of 50 CLW credits must be earned through attendance at Convocation.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Houston Baptist University is made up of multiple colleges and schools, including: the Archie W. Dunham College of Business; College of Education & Behavior Sciences; College of Science & Mathematics; School of Christian Thought; School of Fine Arts; School of Humanities; School of Nursing & Allied Health; and HBU’s Honors College. HBU is committed to providing its students with a place to live that is both safe and affordable. HBU offers students a variety of housing options, ranging from residence colleges to student apartments to living-learning communities, in an effort to meet all types of individualized needs. With a net tuition cost of $19,487, HBU’s rates fall into the lower range for universities of its type in the West. Students also have access to a number of financial aid programs with 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of aid.
Net Price: $19,487
Oklahoma Christian University
Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OC’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.” The school operates off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond. This strategic location allows students to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, with the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere. OC was established in 1950 as Central Christian College and since that time the school has expanded and grown – both in numbers and in the range of programs offered. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1966, OC has received national recognitions by names such as U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review.
Oklahoma Christian University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500 – nearly 2,000 of which are undergraduate students. OC offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study and is made up of five academic divisions: the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. Graduate degrees offered by OC include the Master of Accountancy, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Computer Science, Master of Science in Engineering, Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity, and the Master of Theological Studies. More than 80% of students live on campus in one of OC’s twelve residence halls and nine apartment complexes. OC’s tuition costs fall in the lower range for universities of its type in the West, with a net price of $19,046. Students have access to a number of financial aid options and approximately 99% of full-time beginning students receive some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $19,046
East Texas Baptist University
East Texas Baptist University (ETBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian university located in the historic city of Marshall, Texas, nestled in the scenic woods of East Texas. Located on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation – the highest altitude in Harrison County, – ETBU was established as the College of Marshall in 1912 in affiliation with the Baptist General Convention. The school is “committed to Christian stewardship and to providing and maintaining an environment conducive to learning, leadership development, and academic excellence.” ETBU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. ETBU is made up of a variety of schools, including the School of Business; School of Christian Studies; School of Education; School of Humanities; School of Communication and Performing Arts; School of Natural and Social Sciences; School of Professional Studies; and the School of Nursing.
East Texas Baptist University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,300 – the vast majority of which are undergraduate students. Approximately 85% of students live on campus and students participate in a numerous clubs and organization. ETBU boasts a vibrant campus life that is filled with student activities and intramural sports which provide students with the opportunity to gain important leadership skills. Student housing is offered in a number of resident halls, housing complexes, apartments and campus houses. ETBU’s tuition costs fall in the lower range for universities of its type in the western portion of the United States, with a net cost of $18,970. Approximately 90% of ETBU’s students receive some type of financial aid in the form of Federal or State Grants, ETBU scholarship, work study, or student loans. In addition, ETBU is a member of the Yellow Ribbon Program and offers special tuition policies for veterans and servicemen, making tuition all that more feasible.
Net Price: $18,970
Hardin-Simmons University (abbreviated HSU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Abilene, Texas. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, the school was originally founded in 1891 by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors as the Abilene Baptist College. Renamed Simmons College in 1892 in honor of James B. Simmons, an early contributor, the school adopted its current moniker in 1925, adding the name Hardin in honor of Mary and John G. Hardin, who were also major contributors to the school. HSU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. HSU’s mission is “to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.” The school provides an undergraduate education based in the liberal arts that is academically challenging and which advances scholarly growth by offering specialized graduate and professional degree programs.
Hardin-Simmons University has a total enrollment figure of about 2,000, including more than 1,600 undergraduate students. HSU offers a wide range of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools, which include the College of Fine Arts; Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts; Holland School of Sciences and Mathematics; Irvin School of Education; Kelley College of Business; Logsdon School of Theology; Logsdon Seminary; Patty Hanks Shelton School of Nursing; and HSU’s Graduate Studies. The school’s campus includes 96 beautifully landscaped acres with a total property of 220 acres. More than 30 major buildings sit on HSU’s grounds, including six residence halls and two apartment complexes; HSU is committed to creating and maintaining a campus where students can feel at home. At $18,900, HSU’s net price falls into the lower range for universities of its type in the western portion of the United States. A number of financial aid options are available to students, including grant or scholarship aid and approximately 97% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students at HSU do receive some type of aid.
Net Price: $18,900
Howard Payne University
Located in Brownwood, Texas, Howard Payne University is a private Christian liberal arts institution. Established in June of 1889 for the purpose of preparing students for Christian ministry, the school was named after Edward Howard Payne, who gave the lead monetary gift to start the university. Howard Payne University has remained dedicated to its original purpose of honoring Christ and seeks to provide students with an educational experience that integrates both faith and learning. Situated on a beautiful eighty-acre, tree-line campus on the northern side of the Texas Hill Country in Brownwood, students enjoy many off-campus visits to the nearby Lake Brownwood. Many students also participate in Howard Payne University’s intramural sporting competitions; the school is a member of the American Southwest Conference and boasts a dozen men’s and women’s teams.
A top ranking institution, Howard Payne University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. Howard Payne University offers more than 100 majors, minors and pre-professional degree programs through its seven schools of Business, Christian Studies, Education, Humanities, Music and Fine Arts, Nursing, and Science and Mathematics. Just over 1,000 students are enrolled at the university, most of which are undergraduate students. Howard Payne University is strongly committed to the residential experience and requires students to live on campus for four semesters, with certain exemptions. Howard Payne University’s net price falls in the lower range for schools of its type in the west at $18,751. Several forms of financial aid are also available for students in the form of grants, scholarships, student loan aid, and etc.; approximately 99% of full-time, beginning students at Howard Payne University do receive some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $18,751
Located in Redding, California, Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. The school sits on a suburban 92 acre campus and is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Established in 1921 as Simpson Bible Institute by W.W. Newberry, the school was named in honor of Presbyterian minister, Albert Benjamin Simpson, a pioneer of the Bible institute movement and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Simpson University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.” The only Christian university located north of Sacramento, Simpson university is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and offers 25 liberal arts and professional studies degrees, as well as an adult degree-completion program, graduate studies, and certification programs.
Simpson University boasts a total enrollment of nearly 1,300 – more than 1,000 of which are undergraduate students. In an effort to better assist its students, Simpson University offers several free services to help students with their college studies, physical and mental wellbeing, and career goals. Resident life is seen as an integral part of the Simpson University experience and one which fosters an environment that promotes student success. To this end, Simpson provides housing for students in six residence halls, including two men’s halls, three women’s halls, and one co-ed residence hall. Simpson University’s net cost comes to $18,275, placing it in the lower price range for universities of its type in the western part of the United States. Financial aid is available to students in the forms of grants, scholarships, and student loan aid – 100% of Simpson’s full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.
Net Price: $18,275
Northwest Christian University
Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Eugene, Oregon. Historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ, NCU was established in1895 by Eugene Claremont Sanderson as the Eugene Divinity School (EDS). The school underwent a series of name changes before adopting its current moniker in 2008. NCU’s mission is “to develop competent, ethical leaders for service in the workplace, community, Church and world,” and the school aspires to be “a University characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.” NCU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors, adult degree programs, and graduate programs of study – NCU’s most popular areas of study have proven to be in Accounting, Business Administration, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Teacher Education (K-12).
Northwest Christian University has a total enrollment of just over 700 students, with a female/male ratio of about 60/40. NCU’s student to faculty ratio is 12 to one with an average class size of 16. NCU places a strong value on the campus living experience, citing the many values and benefits students receive by being residential students. For these reasons, NCU requires that all students with less than 89 credits and who are under the age of 21 live on campus. NCU offers a variety of different housing options to best fit each student’s needs – each living area is equipped with both internet and security services. NCU’s tuition costs fall in the lower range for universities of its type in the west with a net price of $18,170. The university offers an excellent scholarship program and more than 97% of undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid.
Net Price: $18,170
Southern Nazarene University
Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution, located on a 40 acre campus just west of Oklahoma City in Bethany, Oklahoma. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Southern Nazarene University was established in 1899, having grown out of several small colleges that were committed to the training of individuals for the service of God and their fellow man. Southern Nazarene University’s mission is clear: “To make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ-centered community.” Southern Nazarene University offers a wide range of academic programs and degrees and is made up of multiple colleges, including the College of Humanities; College of Natural, Social & Health Sciences; College of Professional & Graduate Studies; and the College of Teaching & Learning. The school has held accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1956.
Southern Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,200 – over 1,700 of which are undergraduate students. The university places a high value on the campus living experience and strongly encourages all undergraduate students to live on-campus as part of Southern Nazarene University’s residential community. A number of residence halls, apartments, and townhouses provide housing for students, including the Asbury Apartments, Chapman Apartments, and Imel Townhouses which are reserved for upper-class students. At $17,589, Southern Nazarene University’s net cost falls in the lower range for universities of its type in the Midwest. A variety of financial aid opportunities are available for students at Southern Nazarene University, including federal and state aid and university and non-university scholarships. Approximately 98% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students at Southern Nazarene University receive some form of financial assistance. Southern Nazarene University is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which assists members and veterans of the U.S. armed forces, making tuition costs that much more feasible.
Net Price: $17,589
Oklahoma Baptist University
Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a small, private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, about 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City. Owed by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OBU was established in 1910 and has received recognition as one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report for two dozen consecutive years. OBU has also been named one of the best colleges and universities in the western United States by The Princeton Review among other national recognitions and accolades. OBU offers 10 bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 areas of study as well as five master’s degrees, and several certificate programs. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and operates under the mission to transform lives “by equipping students to pursue academic excellence, integrate faith with all areas of knowledge, engage a diverse world, and live worthy of a high calling of God in Christ.”
Oklahoma Baptist University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, most of which are undergraduate students. OBU’s student body is filled with diversity, with representatives from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries. Students under the age of 21 years are required to live on OBU’s campus. OBU offers students housing options ranging from traditional residence hall, apartment complexes, and suite complexes. OBU’s cost of tuition is in the lower range for universities of its type in the Midwest, with a net price of $17,441. Financial aid is also available in the form of federal grants, Pell grants, student loan aid, and other grant or scholarship aid; 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid. In addition, OBU is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, making tuition costs even more feasible for members and veterans of the United States armed forces.
Net Price: $17,441
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California and holds the distinction of being the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university. While the university’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area, FPU also maintains four regional campuses in Central California: the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. Established in 1944, FPU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools – School of Business; School of Education; School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; School of Natural Sciences; and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Ranked in the top tier of their category by U.S. News & World Report, all of FPU’s programs emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development.
Fresno Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,600 undergraduate students. Many of these students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), FPU has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent. FPU promises students a four-year graduation guarantee and boasts fairly high retention and graduation rates. FPU highly values the on-campus living experience and requires that students under 21 years of age live on campus. Housing is offered with four different style options: modules, suites, apartments, and houses. Each house style is unique and offers its own advantages. FPU’s tuition rates fall in the lower range for universities of its type in the western region, with a net cost of $16,325. Financial aid is readily available for students in the form of grant or scholarship aid as well as student loan aid. Approximately 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive aid.
Net Price: $16,325
University of the Southwest
University of the Southwest (abbreviated USW) is a private, four-year Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. USW was established in 1962 as an independent, non-denominational, four-year liberal arts college, though the school did exist several years prior as a two-year Baptist educational institution. USW is built on a foundation of Christian values with a mission to be a “Christ-centered educational community dedicated to developing men and women for a lifetime of servant leadership by emphasizing individual faith, responsibility, and initiative.” USW is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which is the highest form of accreditation possible for a university to achieve. USW offers more than fifty undergraduate majors (including specialties) as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Education – both of which are available with a number of specializations. All of USW’s graduate programs are offered fully online.
University of the Southwest boasts a total undergraduate enrollment figure of just over 300, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. USW has a dozen student-led organizations that are active on campus, including professional, academic honor, Christian ministry, and civic and cultural groups. Approximately 60% of undergraduate students live on campus in USW’s residence halls or apartment housing. USW’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for universities of its type in the western region of the U.S. with a net cost of $14,186. In addition, financial aid is available in the form of grant or scholarship aid, Pell grants, and Federal student loans; 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students at USW receive some type of aid. USW is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, making tuition costs even more feasible for members and veterans of the United States armed forces.
Net Price: $14,186