At Christian Universities Online (CUO), we understand that students make their choice of school based on a multitude of factors. The natural surroundings, layout and beauty of the campus have considerable weight in this decision. With this understanding, we are pleased to offer up this ranking that focuses purely on location and aesthetics rather than the facts or figures normally used to evaluate schools. We also understand that there is an element of truth in the expression, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This list serves as an attempt to highlight what we consider to be the 50 most beautiful Christian college and university campuses in the nation.
The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Each of these schools were evaluated and scored in the following criteria: 1) Continuity of campus, 2) Architectural style, 3) Signature building(s), and 4) Natural setting. The total score from these criteria was then used to rank the schools.
Campbellsville University (CU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the city of Campbellsville, Kentucky, an area with a total population of 10,803. CU was established in 1906 and is affiliated with the Baptist denomination. Set a campus of 95 acres, CU is conveniently located right off of the main road in Campbellsville, allowing for easy access. Bordered by residential areas, the campus is well laid out in the center of town. Deciduous trees dot the campus landscape with scattered, grassy areas. Featuring traditional brick buildings, a large, modern-style clock tower serves as a campus landmark.
Mississippi College (MC) is located in Clinton, Mississippi, of the Jackson metropolitan area and the tenth largest city in the state with a population of over 25,000. Established in 1826, MC is affiliated with the 2,984 undergraduate Mississippi Baptist Convention. Situated on a 320-acre, suburban campus, conveniently located right off of the main highway, MC’s grounds are bordered by forests and residential communities. Buildings designed in classic-revival style architecture with their beautiful red brick buildings with white pillars and generous windows fill MC’s campus and deciduous trees dot the school’s well landscaped grounds.
Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange County in the affluent city of Irvine, California, an area with a population of over 236,000. CUI is affiliated with the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) and was established in 1972. The university has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,918 and is situated on a suburban, 70-acre campus. CUI’s campus is compact, and features a modern architectural style. Bordered on two sides by Sand Canyon Wash and residential neighborhoods, CUI is a convenient, yet comfortable distance away from the San Diego Freeway.
Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU), a private, Christian liberal arts institution, is located in the flatlands of Shawnee, Oklahoma, a city with a total population of 29,857. Established in 1910, OBU is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and has a total undergraduate enrollment figure of 1,921. Set on an urban, 200-acre campus, OBU is conveniently located right next to Shawnee Regional Airport and is bordered by local residential areas. Featuring classic-revival style architecture with its beautiful red brick and white pillars, OBU’s campus is well laid out and dotted with deciduous trees and three small ponds.
Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the county of Knox in the city of Mount Vernon, Ohio, an area with a population of over 16,000. MVNU was established in 1968 in affiliation with the Church of the Nazarene and has a total undergraduate enrollment figure of 1,773. Set on a rural, 327-acre campus that overlooks the Kokosing River, MVNU sits bordered between farmland and residential neighborhoods, not far from a large, wooded area. The campus is well laid out with lovely landscaping and features beautiful, classic brick buildings.