The Top 50 Christian Colleges & Universities with the Lowest Debt Burden 2016

The-Top-50-Christian-Colleges-&-Universities-with-the-Lowest-Debt-Burden-2016Featuring Christian liberal arts colleges and universities whose 2014 graduating class had the lowest average debt burden, this ranking seeks to provide useful data to parents and students who are endeavoring to make an informed decision in choosing the best Christian institution to meet their needs. Understanding that the long term impact which student loan debt can have on a graduate, this ranking attempts to highlight schools that have done an excellent job in caring for their students not only academically, but also financially.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). We then gathered publicly available data from U.S. News & World Report. We used the “average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class” from this site as the single data point upon which this ranking was built.

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Northwest University

Northwest University (NU) is located in Kirkland, Washington and was established in 1934 by the Assemblies of God denomination. Boasting a high retention rate (82%), over 80% of full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid. As a regionally accredited institution, NU offers the highest accreditation possible. Undergraduate majors and concentrations are offered in over 25 areas, including Accounting; Business Administration; English; Mathematics; and Teacher Education. Classes are kept small (averaging 15 students) with an emphasis placed on personal education. Coming in at 50th on our list of schools with the lowest debt burden, NU’s average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class is $29,485.

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Bethel College

Located in Mishawaka, Indiana and established in 1893, Bethel College is a Christian liberal arts college built upon the Wesleyan tradition and affiliated with the United Missionary Church. Bethel offers 50 areas of undergraduate study options, along with a variety of pre-professional and graduate programs. Listed as one of the Best Colleges for Your Money by Money Magazine, Bethel has been included twice in our annual “Most Affordable” ranking, here at Christian Universities Online. 100% of first-time, full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and Bethel’s average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $28,975.

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Seattle Pacific University

Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church, Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is located within in a residential neighborhood, 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington. Aside from the school’s 40-acre city campus, SPU also owns and operates a wilderness island campus and field station as well as a seaside campus/retreat facility. Approximately 4,000 students are enrolled, 34% of whom come from ethnic minority groups. 100+ undergraduate majors and minors offered at SPU, along with over 25 graduate-level degree options. Over 71% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and SPU’s 2014 average total indebtedness figure was $28,844.

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Faulkner University

Faulkner University is a private, Christian university, affiliated with the Churches of Christ denomination. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Faulkner is located in Montgomery, Alabama and was founded in 1942. Faulkner offers a variety of undergraduate majors and programs, the most popular among 2014 graduates being Business Administration; Human Resources Management; Criminal Justice; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Sports and Fitness Administration. Known for its military-friendliness, 63% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of needs-based financial aid. Faulkner’s average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $28,700.

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North Central University

A private institution established in 1930 and affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination, North Central University (NCU) is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota on a 9-acre urban campus. Following a traditional semester-based academic calendar, NCU offers a variety of undergraduate majors and minors, with the most popular for 2014 being Intercultural/Multicultural Studies; Business Administration; Psychology; Youth Ministry; and Pastoral Studies/Counseling. Over 1,000 students are currently enrolled and the school boasts a 67% freshman retention rate. 83.6% of full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid and NCU’s average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class is $28,365.

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Dallas Baptist University

Established in 1898, the vision behind Dallas Baptist University (DBU) was to build “a Christian university that is pleasing to God by producing Christ-centered servant leaders who are transforming the world.” Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, DBU sits on a beautiful 292 acre campus and currently enrolls over 5,000 students. Despite its size, DBU has an impressively low student/faculty ratio and an average class size of 13. With a variety of degree offerings, DBU’s most popular majors for 2014 include Business Administration; Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies; and Psychology. 63.6% of full –time undergraduate students receive financial aid and DBU’s average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class is $28,279.

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University of Mobile

University of Mobile (UM) is a private university located in Mobile, Alabama on a suburban campus and was founded in 1961. Affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention, UM follows a semester-calendar academic schedule and offers variety of undergraduate majors, including Education; Health Professions; Business Management; Liberal Arts and Sciences; and Theology, which were UM’s most popular majors among 2014 graduates. Over 1,000 students are currently enrolled and over 75% of full-time undergraduate students receive some type of needs-based financial aid. Ranking 44th on our list of schools with the lowest debt burden, UM’s average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class was $28,250.

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Simpson University

Located in Redding, California, Simpson University (SU) was established in 1921 by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento. A private, liberal arts college, SU is situated on a 92-acre suburban campus. Over 1,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and the school offers nearly 40 undergraduate major and minor options as well as nine graduate level programs. 88.6% of full-time undergraduate students at SU receive a form of financial aid and the school was recently included in our Most Affordable ranking here at Christian Universities Online. SU’s average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $28,161.

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Trinity International University

Trinity International University (TIU) is located in Deerfield, Illinois on a 111-acre suburban campus. Following a traditional semester-based academic calendar, TIU has 1,099 students currently enrolled; most classes are limited to less than 20 students. TIU offers a variety of traditional undergraduate, adult undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs. The top five most popular majors among 2014 graduates were Religious Education; Psychology; Business/Commerce; and Elementary Education and Teaching. The second year in a row that TIU has been listed as one of the top schools with the lowest debt burden here at Christian Universities Online, TIU’s average total indebtedness among their 2014 graduating class is $28,151.

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Vanguard University of Southern California

Located in Costa Mesa, California, Vanguard University of Southern California (VU) is a private, Christian university of liberal arts and professional studies. Founded in 1920, VU is affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination and is founded upon the three core values of truth, virtue, and service. VU offers a vibrant community of over 2,000 students. Undergraduates can choose from 25 majors, including Business Management; Psychology; and Health Professions, which were three of the most popular majors among 2014 graduates. Nearly 85% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and VU’s average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class was $28,082.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, Christian institution accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Approximately 1,000 students are enrolled, though only about 600 students live on OKWU’s 35-acre suburban campus. Rooted in the Wesleyan faith tradition, chapel attendance is a requirement for students. OKWU offers 35 programs – the most popular majors among 2014 graduates being Nursing Science; Business Management; Business Administration; Theological and Ministerial Studies; and Business/Managerial Economics. Nearly 75% of full-time undergraduate students receive a form of financial aid and the average total indebtedness of OKWU’s 2014 graduating class was $28,072 – tying it with Concordia University Irvine.

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is located on a 70-acre suburban campus in Irvine, California. CUI was founded in 1972 and is affiliated with The Lutheran Church. A private, coed institution, total undergraduate enrollment is 1,918. CUI offers a variety of liberal arts & professional studies programs to undergraduates as well as an array of graduate-level programs. Most popular undergraduate majors among 2014 graduates were Business Administration and Management; Nursing; Psychology; Communication; and Health and Physical Education. Just over 68% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of CUI’s 2014 graduating class was $28,072 – tying it with Oklahoma Wesleyan University.

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College (NC) is located in Orange City, Iowa on a rural, 100-acre campus. Founded in 1882, just over 1,000 students are enrolled in the private Christian institution which follows a semester-based academic calendar. NC offers over 40 undergraduate majors and the school encourages their students to study abroad – two of NC’s most popular study-abroad locations are in Oman and Romania. A few of the most popular majors among NC’s 2014 graduates include Business Administration and Management; Elementary Education and Teaching; and Registered Nursing. 78% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the NC’s average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class was $27,983.

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Cornerstone University

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Cornerstone University (CU) was first established in 1941 and currently has an undergraduate enrollment just over 2,000. Situated on a suburban 119-acre campus, CU follows a semester-based academic calendar. A theologically conservative Christian institution, CU offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs; the school’s most popular majors among 2014 graduates were Psychology; Accounting; Social Work; Business Administration; and Kinesiology and Exercise Science. Classes are kept small with over 50% of classes having less than 20 students. 82% of full-time undergraduate students receive a form of needs-based financial aid. CU’s average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class is $27,919.

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Dordt College

Situated on a 150-acre rural campus in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt College is a private, coed, Christian Reformed institution. Following a semester-based academic calendar, Dordt offers over 30 majors and several pre-professional programs. The five most popular majors among Dordt’s 2014 graduating class were Business/Commerce; Elementary Education and Teaching; Agricultural Business and Management; Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies; and Health and Wellness. Dordt’s student-faculty ratio is 13:1 and over 60% of its classes contain less than 20 students. Nearly 70% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness for Dordt’s 2014 graduating class was $27,867.

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University (CNU) is located on a suburban campus in Jefferson City, Tennessee. A four-year, private institution, established in 1851, CNU is affiliated with the Baptist denomination. Over 2,000 students are enrolled and the school boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 11:1. Class sizes average 15 students. CNU offers 50 majors and several study abroad programs. Recently highlighted in our Most Affordable ranking, here at Christian Universities Online, CNU has proven to be committed to providing both affordable and quality education to their students. Over 80% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of CNU’s 2014 graduating class was $27,780.

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), located in Nampa, Idaho on a 90-acre campus, is a private, Christian institution affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Following a semester-based academic calendar, NNU offers undergraduate, graduate, and adult and professional study programs. Over 60 areas of undergraduate study are available to choose from – the most popular majors among NNU’s 2014 graduates being Business Management; Education; Health Professions; and Liberal Arts and Sciences. A total of 1,524 undergraduates are enrolled with a student-faculty ratio of 17:1. Nearly 83% of full-time undergraduates receive a form of financial aid and NNU’s average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class is $27,657.

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Bluefield College

Bluefield College (BC), of Bluefield, Virginia, was established in 1922 as a Baptist-affiliated institution. Situated on an 82-acre rural campus, BC has an enrollment of 928 students. The school’s student-faculty ratio is 14:1 and classes are kept purposefully small with 20 students or less. BC offers a variety of undergraduate majors and minors as well as a single graduate-level degree in Education. The five most popular majors for 2014 graduates were Organizational Leadership; Human Services; Criminal Justice; Kinesiology and Exercise Sciences; and Public Health. 88.6% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and BC’s average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $27,427.

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Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University (PBAU) is located in West Palm Beach, Florida on an urban 100-acre campus. Undergraduate enrollment is 3,021 and PBAU offers a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate-degree programs through their nine schools of study. Most popular undergraduate majors among 2014 graduates were Business Management; Health Professions; and Theology and Religious Vocations. Student-requirements include at least 45 hours of volunteer-work each year and students must attend a minimum of 24 chapel sessions on campus. Nearly 75% of full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid and PBAU’s average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $27,374.

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Harding University

Harding University was founded in 1924 in affiliation with the Churches of Christ. Located in Searcy, Arkansas, HU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 4,492 and sits on a 350-acre urban campus. 14 pre-professional programs; 10 undergraduate degrees; and 21 graduate and professional degrees are available. Of the 97 majors Harding offers, Business Management; Education; Health Professions; Parks & Recreation; and Liberal Arts & Sciences were the most popular among the school’s 2014 graduating class. Student-faculty ratio at Harding is 16:1 with most classes kept below 20 students. 61.6% of undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $27,251.

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Southeastern University

Located in Lakeland, Florida, Southeastern University was established in 1935 and is affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. Situated on an 88-acre suburban campus, Southeastern has a total undergraduate enrollment of 3,436. Southeastern has a 19:1 student-faculty ratio and over 62% of its classes are made up of 20 students or less. Of the various undergraduate programs and degrees Southeastern offers, Theology & Religious Vocations; Business Management; Education; Public Administration; and Communications proved to be the five most popular majors among 2014 graduates. 82.5% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid the average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class was $27,092.

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University of Northwestern - St. Paul

The University of Northwestern- St. Paul (UNW) is a private non-denominational Christian institution founded in 1902. With an undergraduate enrollment of just over 3,000, UNW sits on a 107-acre, suburban campus in St. Paul, Minnesota. Offering over 60 majors and six undergraduate programs, the five most popular majors among UNW’s 2014 graduates were Psychology; Elementary Education; Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Biological Sciences; and Registered Nursing. Just over half of UNW’s classes are made up of less than 20 students and the student-faculty ratio is 18:1. Nearly 84% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $27,052.

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Houghton College

Houghton College, of Houghton, New York, is a private institution founded by the Wesleyan Church in 1883. The college sits on a rural 1,300-acre campus and has an enrollment of over 1,000 undergraduate students. 70+ areas of study are offered, with the most popular majors among 2014 graduates reported to be Business Management; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies; and English Language and Literature. Houghton boasts a low student-faculty ratio at 11:1 and the school’s retention rate is a high 87.3%. 81% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $26,550.

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Corban University

Corban University is a private, evangelical Christian institution located in Salem, Oregon. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,024, Corban’s campus size is 104-acres. Following a semester-based academic calendar, Corban offers over 50 areas of study to choose from including professional, liberal arts, and ministries, and makes study-abroad and mission opportunities available. Corban boasts a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and a 74.8% freshman retention rate, with over 60% of its classes made up of less than 20 students. Nearly 80% of full-time undergraduate students receive a form of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of Corban’s 2014 graduating class was $26,407.

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Whitworth University

Located in Spokane, Washington, Whitworth University is a private, co-ed college established in 1890 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,370, Whitworth sits on a 200-acre suburban campus and follows 4-1-4-based academic calendar. Most popular majors among Whitworth’s 2014 graduates were Business Management; Social Sciences; Health Professions; Education; and Psychology. Whitworth’s student-faculty ratio is a low 11:1 and their average freshman retention rate is high at 85.5%. Nearly 70% of full-time undergraduate students receive some type of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of Whitworth’s 2014 graduating class was $27,132.

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Wheaton College

Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Wheaton College is a private, nondenominational Christian liberal arts school that was first established in 1860. Situated on a suburban 80-acre campus 25 miles outside of Chicago, Wheaton’s total undergraduate enrollment is 2,432 and the school follows a semester-based academic calendar. In addition to the many undergraduate and graduate-level degree programs, Wheaton sponsors study abroad programs in locations all over the globe. Among Wheaton’s 2014 graduates, Social Sciences; Business Management; and Visual and Performing Arts were the most popular majors. 52% of Wheaton’s full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $25,939.

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Sterling College

Located in Sterling, Kansas, Sterling College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution. While the school has a historic affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, which founded the school in 1887, today 7 denominations are represented in Sterling’s undergraduate student body of 671. Sterling currently offers majors in 22 areas of study and makes study abroad opportunities available to students. Among its 2014 graduates, Kinesiology and Exercise Science; Marketing; Teacher Education; Health Professions; and Philosophy and Religious Studies were the five most popular majors. Named in our recent Most Affordable list, 88% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of financial aid and the average total indebtedness of Sterling’s 2014 graduating class was $25,798.

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Milligan College

Milligan College holds the distinction of being one of the South’s premier Christian liberal arts colleges. Established 1866, Milligan is affiliated with non-denominational Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. The school is located in Milligan College, Tennessee and has an undergraduate enrollment of 979. Milligan offers 100 majors, minors, and pre-professional degrees and concentrations. Milligan has been featured in our Most Affordable list two years in a row, here at Christian Universities Online. 80% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $25,626.

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Eastern Nazarene College

Located on a 20-acre suburban campus in Quincy, Massachusetts, Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) was founded in 1918 and is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. A well-trusted institution for its commitment to both Christian values and academics, ENC is well-known for its success rate in getting students accepted into top-rated graduate and medical schools. Total undergraduate enrollment is 1,062 and 91% of ENC’s recent graduates are reportedly employed or currently attending graduate school. Over 40 bachelor degree programs are offered. Only 44.4% of full-time undergraduates receive a needs-based financial aid, yet the average total indebtedness of ENC’s 2014 graduating class is relatively low at $25,251.

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Taylor University

Taylor University, located in Upland, Indiana, is a private, evangelical Christian institution. Set on a rural, 952-acre campus, Taylor follows a 4-1-4 academic calendar and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,103. Taylor offers a variety of academic programs through their three different schools of study. The five most popular majors among 2014 graduates were Business Management; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; and Psychology. Boasting a high retention rate of 87.5%, Taylor’s student-faculty ratio is also low at just 13:1. 59.4% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of Taylor’s 2014 graduating class is $25,125.

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University of Sioux Falls

Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the University of Sioux Falls (USF) is a private, Christian liberal arts university. Established in 1883, the school is affiliated with the American Baptist denomination and follows a 4-1-4 based academic calendar. Situated on a 58-acre urban campus, total enrollment at USF is 1,108. Over 80 undergraduate academic programs are offered at USF – the five most popular majors among 2014 graduates being Registered Nursing; Business Administration and Management; Elementary Education and Teaching; Criminal Justice; and Kinesiology and Exercise Study. Over 77% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of 2014 graduating class was $25,111.

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Tabor College

Tabor College, of Hillsboro, Kansas, is a private, Christian liberal arts college that was established in 1908. Affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren church, Tabor has a total undergraduate enrollment of 736 and is set on a rural, 86-acre campus. Tabor offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including 26 bachelor degree programs. The five most popular majors for 2014 graduates were Registered Nursing; Psychology; Elementary Education; Social Work; and Business Administration. 82.5% of Tabor’s full-time undergraduate students receive some form of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $24,675.

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Covenant College

Covenant College (CC) is a private, Christian institution affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia on a suburban 400-acre campus, CC has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,105. Intramural sports are immensely popular at the college as over 75% of CC’s student-body participates. CC offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The most popular undergraduate majors among 2014 graduates were Social Sciences; English Language and Literature; Education; Visual and Performing Arts; and Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies. Nearly 63% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $24,625.

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John Brown University

Located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, John Brown University (JBU) is a private, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1919, JBU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,231 and the school is set on a rural 200-acre campus. JBU offers over 40 undergraduate majors and a variety of international study programs. The five most popular majors among JBU’s 2014 graduates were Business, Management and Marketing; Visual and Performing Arts; Family and Consumer Sciences; Education; and Engineering. Recently included in our list of the 50 Most Affordable Christian universities, nearly 70% of JBU’s full-time undergraduate receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $24,525.

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a private, liberal arts institution. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OBU was founded in 1910 and sits on a 200-acre urban campus. OBU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,921 and offers 10 bachelor’s degrees in 86 areas of study as well as 3 master’s degrees. Health Professions; Education; and Theology and Religious Vocations were the most popular undergraduate majors among OBU’s 2014 graduating class. Recently included in our Most Affordable ranking, the average total indebtedness of OBU’s 2014 graduating class was $24,400 and over 72% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid.

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is located in Fullerton, California and sits on an 18-acre, suburban campus. Affiliated with Christian Churches/Churches of Christ, HIU has a total undergraduate enrollment of 819 and utilizes a 4-1-4-based academic calendar. A regionally accredited school, HIU is made up of five colleges and offers a wide variety of degree programs. Among 2014 graduates, the five most popular majors were Theological and Ministerial Studies; Business Administration and Management; Psychology; Human Development; and Social Sciences. 87% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $24,091.

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William Jessup University

William Jessup University (WJU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution located in Rocklin, California on a large suburban campus of 126-acres. WJU follows a semester-based academic calendar and offers a wide variety of degree programs. The five most popular majors among 2014 graduates were Psychology; Theology and Religious Vocations; Business Administration and Management; Education; and English Language and Literature. WJU has a low student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and over 60% of its classes are made up of 20 students. 81.7% of full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $23,636.

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College (TFC) is a private institution affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, and is located in Toccoa Falls, Georgia on a large 1,100 acre campus bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 920, TFC offers 29 majors and 39 minors through their three schools of study. The most popular majors among TFC’s 2014 graduates were Counseling Psychology; Missionary Studies; Youth Ministry; Business Administration; and Elementary Education and Teaching. 86% of TFC’s full-time undergraduate students receive some type of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $23,515.

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Waynesburg University

Located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University (WU) was established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Known for being one of the least expensive private higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and the country, WU is also one of only 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program, which provides approximately 15 community-service scholarships to Waynesburg students each year. 70 academic concentrations are offered at WU, the most popular majors among 2014 graduates being Registered Nursing; Business Administration; and Elementary Education. Recently named in our list of the Most Affordable Christian institutions, 84% of full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $21,250.

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Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University (CU) is located in Campbellsville, Kentucky on a rural, 95-acre campus. The private, comprehensive Christian university was established in 1906 and is affiliated with the Baptist denomination. Over 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled and the school boasts a high retention rate of 69% as well as a low student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. Over 50 bachelor-level programs are available along with 24 graduate-level degree options. Over 85% of CU’s full-time undergraduate students receive some type of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the school’s 2014 graduating class was $21,110. CU was also recently named in our list of Most Affordable Christian schools.

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King University

King University is located in Bristol, Tennessee in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. Established in 1867, King is sits on a 135-acre campus and has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,427. A private university, King is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees are offered through King’s seven academic schools of study – the most popular majors for 2014 graduates being Adult Health Nursing; Business Administration; and Computer and Information Systems Security. Named in our recent Most Affordable list, nearly 87% of King’s full-time undergraduates receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of their 2014 graduating class was $21,091.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is located in Lynchburg, Virginia on a sprawling 7,000-acre campus. The largest Christian university in the world and the fifth largest university in the nation, Liberty has a total undergraduate enrollment of 49,744. Following a semester-based academic calendar, Liberty offers a vast variety of both undergraduate and graduate level degree programs – the most popular majors for 2014 graduates being Business Management; Health Professions; Philosophy and Religious Studies; Psychology; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. 79.5% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of Liberty’s 2014 graduating class is $20,880.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution located in Azusa, California. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 5,918, APU is sits on a suburban campus of 103-acres. Azusa boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and a high average freshman retention rate of 84.5%. Of the many majors and degree options APU offers, the most popular among 2014 graduates were Business Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions; Visual and Performing Arts; Liberal Arts & Sciences; and Psychology. The average total indebtedness of APU’s 2014 graduating class was $20,612.

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Williams Baptist College

Williams Baptist College (WBC) was established in 1941 and is owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention. Located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas on a 200-acre campus, WBC is a private, coeducational, four-year college known for its academic excellence and the personal attention given to students. WBC offers 25 majors and pre-professional programs – the five most popular majors for 2014 graduates being Psychology; Liberal Arts and Sciences; Elementary Education and Teaching; Business Administration and Management; and Biblical Studies. Recently included in our Most Affordable ranking, nearly 70% of full-time undergraduate students receive financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $20,077.

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Montreat College

Founded in 1916, Montreat College’s main location is in Montreat, North Carolina on an 89-acre, suburban campus. The school also operates additional campuses located throughout North Carolina in Ashville, Charlotte, Black Mountain, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, and Morganton. With a total enrollment of 735, Montreat boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 13:1. Montreat offers a variety of undergraduate, adult undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs and has a 70% job and grad school placement rate at time of graduation. The most popular majors for 2014 graduates were Business Management; Psychology; and Biological and Biomedical Studies. Montreat was recently included in our Most Affordable ranking and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $19,899.

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The Master's College

The Master’s College (TMC) is a private, evangelical Christian institution located in Santa Clarita, California, 30 miles outside of downtown Los Angeles. Established in 1927, TMC has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,137 and is situated on a suburban 110-acre campus. The school utilizes a semester-based academic calendar and offers 13 majors and nearly 60 areas of study. The five most popular majors among TMC’s 2014 graduates were Biblical Studies; Business Management; Communication; Visual and Performing Arts; and Liberal Arts & Sciences. Over 77% of full-time undergraduates receive some form of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $18,750.

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Erskine College

Established in 1839, Erskine College is located in Due West, South Carolina in historic Abbeville County. With a total undergraduate enrollment of 591, Erskine places strong emphasis on mentoring and relational learning in order to provide a more personalized learning experience for its students. Erskine offers18 undergraduate majors – the most popular majors among 2014 graduates being Biological and Biomedical Sciences; Business Management; and Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies. Recently featured in our ranking of Most Affordable, 100% of Erskine’s full-time undergraduate students receive some type of needs-based financial aid and the average total indebtedness of the 2014 graduating class was $17,804.

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North Greenville University

North Greenville University (NGU) is located in Tigerville, South Carolina, on a rural, 380-acre campus. Established in 1891, NGU is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and has a total enrollment of 2,319 undergraduate students. NGU offers a wide variety of Bachelor and graduate-level programs with the top five most popular majors for NGU’s 2014 graduates listed as Liberal Arts & Sciences; Business Management; Education; Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies; Theology and Religious Vocations. NGU has been featured in both our 2014 and 2015 Most Affordable rankings and the average total indebtedness of its 2014 graduating class was $15,000.

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Bryan College

Bryan College is located in Dayton, Tennessee, on a rural, 125-acre campus. Established in 1930 following the famous Scopes Trial as an institution that would teach higher education from a Christian worldview, Bryan operates under the motto “Christ Above All’. Bryan offers 21 majors with 44 unique fields of undergraduate study, as well as 4 graduate-level programs with 7 options. Most popular majors among 2014 graduates were Business Management; Education; and Communication. 1,512 students are currently enrolled with a student-faculty ratio of 15:1. Included in our Most Affordable ranking two years in a row, the average total indebtedness of Bryan’s 2014 graduating class is $11,643.

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College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks (C of O) is located in Point Lookout, Missouri. A most unique institution, students at C of O are charged $0 tuition. Established for the purpose of providing a Christian higher education to deserving individuals, who would otherwise not be able to afford it, C of O accomplishes this mission through the combining of federal and state grants, scholarships, and the school’s on-campus work program – a program that has earned the school the nickname of “Hard Work U”. C of O offers an impressive 42 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and 10 pre-professional programs. Featured in our recent Most Affordable ranking, the average total indebtedness of C of O’s 2014 graduating class was $7,808.