25 Most Affordable Colleges and Universities in the South 2017

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

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Kentucky Christian University

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

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

  • $19,189

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Montreat College

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $18,721

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a small, private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Toccoa, Georgia on a beautiful 1,100 acre campus. Founded by R. A. Forrest in 1907 as the Golden Valley Institute, the school was originally located in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina before moving to its current location in 1911. By 1937 the school chartered its first four-year college program and permission was obtained to grant the Bachelor of Arts degree. Toccoa Falls College’s mission is to “glorify God through seeking and developing Christian servant leaders who will impact the world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.” The school’s vision is for Toccoa Falls College to “be known as a premier Christian college that uniquely integrates biblical truth, academic excellence and intentional spiritual formation within a caring community.”

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

  • $18,604

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. Established in 1867, the University was founded by the Holston Presbytery and named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of land for the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its first campus, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land on the east side of Bristol and the school moved to its current location. In 2013 the school achieved university status and its name was changed to King University, reflecting the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that the institution had achieved. King University’s mission is to “build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, and an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

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

  • $18,504

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Lee University

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $18,139

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Regent University

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,986

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John Brown University

John Brown University is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Evangelist John E. Brown founded the institution in 1919 with the intention of offering an interdenominational, Christian education that would benefit needy students whose financial situations would normally hinder them from obtaining such an education. In early years of the college, students paid for their tuition by working on-campus jobs such as carpentry as they helped to construct the buildings on the school’s campus. In 1934 the school outgrew its original purpose and became full-fledged, four-year University; however the John Brown’s original mottos remain the same: “Christ over all, and Head, Heart and Hand.” Today, John Brown University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

  • $17,578

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. In 1924 two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, came together to form a single institution. The resulting school was named Harding College (and eventually renamed Harding University when the school achieved university status in 1979) in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education.” Today, Harding University describes itself as being “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and seeks to serve a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. The University’s main mission is to “provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.” Harding University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including nearly 4,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Harding University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954. More than 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors are available, as well as 14 professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees. Comprised of several Colleges, these include the College of Allied Health, the College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Bible & Ministry, the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, the Cannon-Clary College of Education, The Carr College of Nursing, Pharmacy & Sciences, and the College of Pharmacy, plus several departments of Science and the Honors College. Cost of attendance falls into the lower range for schools of its type, with a net tuition price of $17,578. Financial aid, whether in the form of federal, state, or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans, is readily available with 99% of beginning, full-time undergraduates and 87% of all undergraduate students receiving some type of aid.

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,578

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Charleston Southern University

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,417

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Trevecca Nazarene University

Located in Nashville, Tennessee, Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1901 as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School, the school was founded by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan. Originally affiliated with the Pentecostal Alliance, in 1911 the school began offering bachelor’s degrees which prompted the school’s name to be changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and underwent multiple changes, earning its university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The school’s purpose and intent is for graduates to be “socially-conscious, globally-aware, and actively-engaged individuals who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being.”

Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. A variety of undergraduate, graduate, online and adult degree completion programs are available and the University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Trevecca Nazarene University’s net tuition costs fall below the national average with a tuition of $17,156. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates and 77% of all undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of federal, state or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans. A military-friendly institution, Trevecca Nazarene University is also a participant in the Post-911 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program which provides assistance to servicemembers and their families.

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,156

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Shorter University

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $17,029

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University, located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, is a private, historically Baptist, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1851 as the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary, the original school came to be as the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists. Before long, the school’s name was changed to Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 was again updated to Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson, an early benefactor of the school. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, and merged their two names together to form Carson-Newman College until 2012 when the school achieved university status. Today, Carson-Newman University’s vision is to be “the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service” with a mission to help “students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.”

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,662

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Campbellsville University

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,576

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Bryan College

Bryan College located in Dayton, Tennessee, is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1930 during the aftermath of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925, the College was named for William Jennings Bryan. It was Bryan who stated the desire that an institution would be built in Dayton which would “teach truth from a Biblical perspective.” Established upon this vision, the College’s original desire was to provide “for the purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a university for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible.” Designated the William Jennings Bryan College in 1958, its name was further shorted to its current form in 1993. Today, Bryan College’s mission is to educate “students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969, Bryan College offers a variety of adult and graduate studies as well an abundance of undergraduate majors in areas such as Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, the Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Education, Criminal Justice, Pre-Professional Programs and much more. Nearly 1,500 students are currently enrolled, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, and Bryan College has an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Cost of attending is significantly lower compared to other schools of its type with a net tuition price of $16,153. 90% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, as do 60% of all undergraduates. Financial assistance opportunities include federal, state/local government, and institutional scholarships and grants as well as student loans. Bryan College is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, making it a Military-Friendly institution.

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,153

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College, located in Clinton, Mississippi, is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. The second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country as well as the oldest college in the state of Mississippi, Mississippi College was established in 1826. Soon after in 1831 Mississippi College began granting degrees to women, making it the first coeducational college in the United States to do so. Today, Mississippi College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922. More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, and the College has an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $16,017

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Southern Wesleyan University

Located in Central, South Carolina, Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution. Founded in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute, the school was established by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states. Its name was changed multiple times during its first eighty-plus years before university status was finally achieved and its current name was adopted in 1994. Today, Southern Wesleyan University’s mission statement declares its dedication to being a “Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.” The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973.

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,921

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Warner University

Warner University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lake Wales, Florida. Situated on a 360 acre campus in the geographic center of the state between Tampa and Orlando, Warner University’s history dates back to 1968 when it was established by pastors and laity within the Church of God denomination. Originally called the Warner Southern College, its current name was adopted in 2008. Warner University describes its mission as being to “graduate individuals who exemplify academic excellence and Christian character, who are prepared to lead and committed to serve.” The University’s vision is for students to possess “a biblical view of Christ as creator and sustainer of the universe, and be persuaded in their understanding of Him to enjoy His presence, to seek His mind and to fulfill His purpose with passion and authenticity.”

Warner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. Comprised of three schools, these include the School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; the School of Business; and the School of Education. More than 25 liberal arts and professional undergraduate majors are available in addition to three graduate level programs. More than 1,000 students make up Warner University’s total student population, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Cost of attendance falls into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price tuition of $15,865. Financial aid is readily available with 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving aid as well as 99% of all undergraduates. Several types of financial aid are available including federal, state/local government and institutional scholarships and grants as well as student loans. Warner University is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which assists servicemembers and their families in their pursuit of a college education.

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,865

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Established in 1883 by Lewis Fitzhugh as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, the College was afterwards donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States. In 1954 the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students, making Belhaven University a fully coeducational institution. Today, Belhaven University describes its mission as being to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” The mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be serve.”

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. A variety of traditional undergraduate programs are available to students as well as a number of online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. A selective institution, Belhaven University admits 51% of applicants and boasts an overall retention rate of 67% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Belhaven University’s tuition costs fall in the lower range for schools of its type with a net tuition price of $15,527. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students and 93% of all undergraduates receive some type of financial aid in the form of federal, state/local government, or institutional grants, scholarships, or loans. Belhaven University is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program which assists servicemembers and their families in their pursuit of higher education.

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,527

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North Greenville University

Located in Tigerville, South Carolina, North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution. Established in 1891 as the North Greenville High School, the school held the distinction of being the first high school founded in the northern section of Greenville County. In 1915 the school’s name was changed to the North Greenville Baptist Academy and by the mid 1930s expanded to include a junior college. Over time the school evolved into full-fledged college and in 2006 was granted university status, at which time it adopted its current name. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, North Greenville University’s mission is to “prepare students to become better contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian worldview and lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Christ is preeminent in all University curricular and co-curricular programs, teaching, research, and service activities.”

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. The University offers a range of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges, including the College of Business & Sport Professions, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities, and the College of Science and Math. North Greenville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Cost of tuition falls into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $15,422. Financial aid is readily available with 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Net Price Tuition: $15,422

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Williams Baptist College

Located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, William Baptist College is a private, coeducational, four-year institution of higher education. The College began as a two-year institution in 1941 and was originally called the Southern Baptist College. In the early 1980s the College awarded its first baccalaureate degrees and in 1991 officially changed its name to William Baptist College in honor of the school’s founder and first president, Dr. H. E. Williams. William Baptist College operates under the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1963. The College describes its mission as being to “provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.” William Baptist College’s vision is to “produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.”

Williams Baptist College has been ranked among the top tier of southern colleges and universities by US News & World Report and offers more than 25 majors and pre-professional programs in the areas of Art, Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Arts, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural Science and Psychology. The College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 500 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. A selective institution, William Baptist College admits 64% of applicants and has an overall retention rate of 59% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net tuition cost of $14,955. Financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid, whether in the form of scholarships or grants.

  • Net Tuition Price: $14,955

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Emmanuel College

Located in Franklin Springs, Georgia, Emmanuel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Founded in 1919 as the Franklin Springs Institute, the school initially offered high school courses and three college level courses during its early years. In 1931, during the Great Depression, the school was forced to shut its doors, but upon its reopening just two years later, new priorities were made the school began its real shift from being a high school to a college. Emmanuel College’s current name was adopted in 1939 and by 1991 the school had achieved four-year accreditation. Emmanuel College mission is to be a “Christ-centered liberal arts institution that strives to prepare students to become Christlike disciples who integrate faith, learning and living for effective careers, scholarship and service.”

Emmanuel College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1967. A wide range of associate and bachelor degree programs are available through Emmanuel College’s several schools, which include the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Christian Ministries and School of Education. The College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. A selective institution, Emmanuel College has an acceptance rate of 49% and boasts an overall retention rate of 62% with an overall graduation rate of 45%. Cost of attendance is well below the national average for schools of its type with net price tuition of $14,804. Financial aid is readily available as evidenced by the fact that 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates and 99% of all undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of federal, state/local government, or institutional grants or scholarships.

  • Net Price Tuition: $14,804

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Louisiana College

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $14,002

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Judson College--AL

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $13,901

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Bob Jones University

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

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

  • Net Price Tuition: $13,364

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Erskine College

Located in Due West, South Carolina, Erskine College is a private, coeducational, Christian college. Established in 1839 as an all-male academy by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South, the College was named in honor of Ebenezer Erskine, a pastor and one of the founders of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. By the late 1800s females were admitted into classes and in 1899 Erskine College became officially coeducational. Today, Erskine College defines its mission as being to “glorify God as a Christian academic community where students are equipped to flourish as whole persons for lives of service through the pursuit of undergraduate liberal arts and graduate theological education”.

Erskine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925. Nearly two dozen undergraduate majors are offered, including the subjects of American Studies, Bible and Religion, Business Administration, Science, Education, Philosophy, Physical Education and Coaching, Political Science, Psychology and more as well as a variety of pre-professional programs and graduate-level programs. Study abroad and a wide variety of both minors and concentrations are also available as options. The College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 700, including approximately 600 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Net price tuition is $11,986 and 100% of undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of Federal or Pell Grants, state or local government grants or scholarships, institutional grants or scholarship, or student loan aid. In addition, Erskine College is a military-friendly school and is a participant of the Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program).

  • Net Price Tuition: $11,986

Top 10 Law Degree Programs 2017

The Legal Profession has many varied paths.  Trial law, civil law, politics and criminal justice are just a few areas that require a degree in Law.   At its heart, the role of an attorney is that of an advocate – whether for an individual client or for writing the laws of a nation.  The legal field is broad and, while some undergraduate degree programs are designed to feed directly to Law School (in pursuit of a Juris Doctor), not all degree programs have that as their end goal.  In compiling this listing, Christian Universities Online (CUO) reviewed schools with a variety of programs ranging from attorney and paralegal programs to politics/government and criminal justice.  It is with this focus that CUO is pleased to present the Top Ten Law Degree Programs for 2017.  

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church, Cedarville University was originally established in 1887. It was during the mid- 1950s, however, the school changed management and came under the authority of the Evangelical Baptists after merging with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains this affiliation with the Baptist denomination and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which granted its initial accreditation back in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission statement declares its commitment to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objective is to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.”

Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered in addition to several graduate-level programs. Cedarville University’s History and Government Department offers three law-related programs with Bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science and a Pre-Law program. Cedarville University’s Criminal Justice program is “academically rigorous” yet also provides flexible learning opportunities for students. Political Science students are encouraged to take advantage of the University’s D.C. Semester opportunity and the degree program may be used as a pathway to law school, particularly if paired with Cedarville’s Pre-Law program which is designed to prepare students for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and for the rigorous courses in law school.

  • Criminal Justice
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law major

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College was established in 1876 and named in honor of Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, who was a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. Calvin College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely” and today, the College’s mission is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” Calvin College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. The College offers a wide range of academic programs through its several departments, including the Social Sciences department which offers undergraduate majors in Political Science and Politics, Government & Globalization as well as a Pre-Law program. This latter program is offered as a specialization within a chosen major; as the College’s website states, “there is no pre-law major, per se and as such, there are no required pre-law courses.” Rather, students select a major area of study as they prepare to attend law school after earning their bachelor’s degree. Law schools are willing to accept students who have majored in a broad range of fields and interests; some of the more popular majors for Pre-Law students at Calvin College have been Political Science, Business/Accounting, and History.

  • Political Science
  • Politics, Government & Globalization
  • Pre-Law

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Eastern University

Located just west of Philadelphia in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania, Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education.  Established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school was founded for the initial purpose of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination.  It was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school was known as Eastern College and in it 2005 was granted university status. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, Eastern University’s mission is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1954. A wide range of academic programs are offered through its several colleges and seminary including the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Leadership, The College of Education, The College of Health and Social Sciences, The College of Theology and Ministry, and The Templeton Honors College. Besides these, the University also contains the Palmer Theological Seminary and Esperanza College, the University’s junior college. It is through the College of Health and Social Sciences that Eastern University offers its three law-related programs, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and the Pre-Law minor. This latter program offers students an “interdisciplinary introduction to law and legal institutions that emphasize the skill-sets that are necessary for success in law school”.

  • Criminal Justice, B.A.
  • Political Science, B.A.
  • Pre-Law

 

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Azusa Pacific University

Located in the suburbs of Los Angeles in Azusa, California, Azusa Pacific University (commonly abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education. Founded in 1899 by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist as the Training School for Christian Workers, APU holds the distinction of being California’s first Bible college. No longer associated with the Society of Friends, today APU holds to a more evangelistic theology and is non-denominational. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961. Firmly established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, APU is home to the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.

Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. These include the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). A number of law-related programs are offered by APU, including a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (also available as a degree completion program), an online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, and a Pre-Law program.  APU also offers both the Criminal Justice and Political Science programs as undergraduate minors.

  • Criminal Justice, B.A. or B.S.
  • Political Science, B.A.

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Wheaton College

Located in Wheaton, Illinois, Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was founded in 1860 and is known for both its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results. Wheaton College is the alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, missionary and author Elisabeth Elliot, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper. Wheaton College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including approximately 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Fully 7% of undergraduate students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.”

Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 19-teens. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. Recognizing that Christian attorneys have the opportunity to “build the church and improve society worldwide by using the power of the law for Kingdom purposes”, Wheaton College’s Pre-Law program seeks to assist students in “exploring or confirming a calling to the legal profession and by preparing students for the intellectual rigors and moral complexities in the study and practice of law.” Benefits of Wheaton College’s Pre-Law program include access to Pre-Law Advisors, opportunity to take free, proctored LSAT practice tests right on campus, opportunity to attend law school fairs and workshops, participation in Wheaton College’s Mock Trial Team and more.

  • Pre-Law

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Messiah College

Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located about eight miles outside of Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The College was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909 and called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. By 1921 the school had evolved into a junior college and in 1951 was renamed Messiah College, having by that point developed its first four-year college program. Today, while influenced by its historic affiliation with the Brethren in Christ Church, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. The College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”  Messiah College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. More than 80 majors and pre-professional programs are available at Messiah College in addition to nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. The College is comprised of four schools, including the School of Arts; the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences which; and the School of Humanities.  A few law-related degrees are offered, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and the Bachelor of Arts in Politics which is offered in conjunction with a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management. This latter program is known as a 3+ program in which an undergraduate and graduate degree is earned in an accelerated time frame. Messiah College has partnered with the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) to offer this particular program. In addition to these, Messiah College also offers a Political Studies concentration, a Pre-Law minor, and a Public Policy concentration.

  • Criminal Justice, B.A.
  • Politics, B.A. with M.S. in Public Policy and Management

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Clinton, Mississippi. The second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country as well as the oldest college in the state of Mississippi, Mississippi College was established in 1826. In 1831 Mississippi College became the first coeducational college in the United States to grant degrees to women. Mississippi College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922. Mississippi College boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 5,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its several schools including the School of Business, School of Christian Studies & the Arts, School of Education, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Science & Mathematics, and School of Law. Six law-related degree programs are offered by Mississippi College, namely the Bachelor of Science in Paralegal Studies; the Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts in Political Science; the Master of Social Service (M.S.S.) in Political Science; M.S.S. in Criminal Justice/Administration of Justice; Juris Doctor program; and LL.M. program. These two latter programs are offered through Mississippi College’s School of Law. The LL.M. degree offers many options with programs in Traditional Studies, American Legal Studies, International and European Studies, and Advocacy. Each program is specifically tailored for students who are eager to gain full advantage of the “small class size, dynamic research community, extra-curricular activities, and location to the capital” that Mississippi College has to offer.

  • Paralegal Studies, B.S.
  • Political Science, B.A., B.S.
  • Political Science, M.S.S.
  • Criminal Justice/Administration of Justice, M.S.S.
  •  Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • LL.M.

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Regent University

Regent University is a private, Christian research institution, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Established in 1977, the University was founded for the original purpose of “preparing leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” Accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges was granted in 1984 and in 1990, the University adopted its current name. Today, Regent University’s mission is to serve “as a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 7,000 students, including approximately 3,000 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 28 to 1.

Regent University offers a wide range of academic programs, ranging from undergraduate majors to graduate-level programs. Several law-related undergraduate degree programs are available, including a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Law & National Security; a B.A in Government with concentrations in American Government & Politics, International Relations & Foreign Policy, and Pre-Law; a B.A. in Political Communication; a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Paralegal Studies; a B.S. in Criminal Justice with concentrations in Corrections, Homeland Security, and Law Enforcement; and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Criminal Justice. At the graduate-level, Regent University offers a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Government with concentrations available in American Government, Healthcare Policy & Ethics, International Relations, Law & Public Policy, National Security Affairs, Political Communication, Political Theory, and Religion & Politics; an M.A. in Law with at least ten concentration options, including Administrative & Regulatory Law, Criminal Justice, General Legal Studies and more; an LL.M. in American Legal Studies and in Human Rights; and finally a Juris Doctor (J.D.).

  • Government, B.A.
  • Political Communication, B.A.
  • Law & National Security, B.A.
  • Criminal Justice, B.S.
  • Paralegal Studies, B.S.
  • Criminal Justice, B.A.S.
  • Law, M.A.
  • Government , M.A.
  • LL.M.
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Spokane, Washington.  Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, Whitworth University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory as the Sumner Academy. In 1890 the school became incorporated as a College and was renamed in honor of its founder. In 1914 the school relocated present-day campus in the city of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University, and in July of 2007 this change was officially adopted. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. The University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also for the way in which faith and learning are purposefully integrated. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Continuing Studies. Whitworth University offers three distinct law-related programs, including a Law & Justice program, a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. This latter program, available through the Political Science Department, is offered with the goal of preparing students for careers in the areas including government and politics, law, teaching, research and peacemaking, humanitarian work, and even for work in related fields such as missions or business.

  • Law & Justice
  • Criminal Justice, B.A.
  • Political Science, B.A.

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Liberty University

Founded by Dr. Jerry Falwell, Sr. and located in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution. Established in 1971 as Liberty Baptist College, the institution gained university status in 1976, just five years after its founding. A high ranking institution, today Liberty University is not only the the fifth largest university in the United States, but also the largest Christian university in the world. Situated on a 7,000 acre campus, the University sits nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.” The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980.

Comprised of more than a dozen colleges and schools which encompass a wide range of areas and subjects, Liberty University offers an impressive amount of degree programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Among its 500 programs, Liberty University offers eight law-related degree programs, including either a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Government with concentrations available in Pre-Law, Western Legal Traditions and Politics and Policy; a B.S. in Criminal Justice; and a B.S. in Paralegal Studies. At the graduate level, Liberty University offers a Juris Doctor (J.D.) program; a Juris Master (J.M.) in American Legal Studies; either a J.M. or LL.M in International Legal Studies; and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice. Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000, including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

  • Criminal Justice (B.S.)
  • Government (B.S.)
  • Government (B.A.)
  • Paralegal Studies (B.S.)
  • International Legal Studies (J.M.) or (LL.M.)
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
  • Juris Doctor (J.D.)
  • American Legal Studies (J.M.)

Top 25 Online Christian College Graduate Programs 2017

Often, the decision to continue education beyond a Bachelor’s Degree will lead to an uncomfortable discussion.  There are many decisions that need to be made; among the most important is the choice of full-time school or part-time (course by course).  Each option has significant impact and the decision process can be agonizing.  Fortunately, in today’s culture, there is another option: Distance Learning.  There is a wonderful benefit to our ever-increasing internet for education (both sides of the equation: students and schools) – students can attend school from their own home with minimal impact to their existing schedule.  To assist with your investigation into this option, Christian Universities Online (CUO) is pleased to offer the Top 25 Graduate Online Christian Colleges and Universities.  Each school listed offers 100% online Graduate Degree programs and are intentionally Christian in their structure and policies.   CUO seeks to present Graduate Schools that excel in categories of selectivity, student interaction, available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Established in 1887, the school was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church, however, during the mid- 1950s the school came under the management of Evangelical Baptists after merging with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, the University maintains its affiliation with the Baptist denomination and is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which granted its initial accreditation back in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objective is to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.”

Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered in addition to several graduate-level programs. Three 100% online graduate degree programs are offered, including the Master of Ministry, Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), and Master of Science in Nursing. A number of non-degree, graduate-level certificate programs are also available. Cedarville University’s online courses are all taught by highly qualified faculty who interact personally with each of their students. A convenient alternative to traditional, on-campus programs, each of these online options offer students the flexibility to continue in their studies while balancing career and personal responsibilities. Cedarville University’s online programs are also highly affordable and many students find that they qualify for some type of financial aid.

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Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Established by the Russell Creek Baptist Association in 1906, Campbellsville University began as the Russell Creek Academy, an all-boy’s school. Over the years the Academy evolved into a fully accredited college, adding to its program offerings and creating a four-year curriculum. Several graduate programs were also eventually added and in 1996 the college gained university status, adopting its current name. Today, Campbellsville University’s mission statement declares its dedication to “academic excellence solidly grounded in the liberal arts that fosters personal growth, integrity and professional preparation within a caring environment.” The  mission statement continues, “The University is prepares students as Christian servant leaders for life-long learning, continued scholarship, and active participation in a diverse, global society.”

Campbellsville University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges and has been so since 1963. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Campbellsville University offers a variety of programs and degrees through its several colleges and schools and several programs are offered in the form of both traditional on-campus classes and online. Among these are included the Master of Education; Master of Arts in Education with concentrations available in Teacher Leader and in School Guidance Counseling (P-12); Master of Arts in School Improvement; Master of Arts in Special Education with an optional Teacher Leader concentration; Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); Master of Music in Music Education; Master of Arts in Sport Management; Master of Business Administration; Master in Management and Leadership; Master of Science in IT Management; Master of Social Work; and Master of Theology.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a top private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. CBU was established in 1950 and is affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention. CBU holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and strives to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” CBU has a total enrollment figure of more than 8,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961.

California Baptist University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools and is staffed by Christian faculty who are dedicated to teaching from a biblical perspective. A wide range of online degree programs are offered by CBU, including master’s degrees in Accounting, Communication, Counseling Psychology, Education (with concentrations available in Disability Studies, Early Childhood, Leadership, and Teaching), Kinesiology, Business Administration (with concentrations offered in either Accounting or in General Management), Organizational Leadership, Public Administration, Public Health, and Public Relations. Two online doctorate programs are also available in Business Administration and in Public Administration. Designed to benefit the working professional, CBU promises flexibility in their online degrees, allowing busy students to earn their degree while balancing their professional and personal responsibilities. CBU’s online graduate programs have earned the school recognition, including being named #3 in Graduate Education Faculty Credentials and Training 2017 and #2 in Online MBA Faculty Credentials and Training 2017. Offered at a significantly lower cost than a traditional, residential program, CBU’s online students often find that they are able to earn their degree in as little as one year, for Master’s degrees, and three years for doctorates.

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Belhaven University was established by Lewis Fitzhugh as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies in 1883. Fitzhugh later chose to donate the College to the Presbyterian Church of the United States. In 1954 Belhaven University became a fully coeducational institution after the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students. Today, Belhaven University’s mission is to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” The University’s mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be serve.”

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. The University offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Online graduate degree programs include the Master of Business Administration, with concentrations available in Health Administration, Human Resources, Leadership, and Sport Administration; the Master of Education, areas of emphasis including Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Teaching, School Leadership & Supervision, and Reading Literacy; the Master of Health Administration; the Master of Public Administration, with an optional Human Resources concentration; the Master of Science in Leadership, with concentrations available in either Human Resources, or in Ministry; and the Master of Sports Administration. Blending personal, professional attention with “on-the-go classroom”, all of Belhaven University’s degree programs are taught from a Christian worldview by experienced and committed faculty members. While the curriculum is rigorous, enrollment in one of Belhaven University’s online programs is made simple and prospective students are encouraged to request further information on the opportunities the University has to offer.

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Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution located in Central, South Carolina. The University was established by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute in 1906. The school’s name was changed many times throughout its first eighty-plus years; in 1994 the school was granted university status and adopted its current name. Today, Southern Wesleyan University’s mission statement declares its dedication to being a “Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.” Southern Wesleyan University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1973, Southern Wesleyan University offers more than 40 distinct academic programs and is comprised of multiple schools and divisions. These include the School of Business and the School of Education through which the University offers its online graduate degrees – the Master of Business Administration (with an optional Health Care Administration concentration), the Master of Science in Management and Leadership and the Master of Education in Classroom Leadership (with content area electives available in Literacy, Learning Disabilities, Gifted and Talented, Early Childhood Special Education). Specifically designed to offer adult students the opportunity to earn their degree while maintaining other personal and professional responsibilities, Southern Wesleyan University’s online programs offer both convenience and flexibility. The University describes its mission in offering these programs as being that students might enhance their “skills in communication, information processing, and problem solving” and “gain greater understanding of how to apply Christian principles in a professional environment.”

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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, OKWU came to be as the 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 resulting school again merged with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college. Today, 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. OKWU has a total enrollment of more than 1,500 students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. 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. It is through this latter department that OKWU offers its five online graduate degrees, namely the Master of Education; the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Science in Nursing; the Master of Strategic Leadership; and the Master of Arts in Theology and Apologetics. An affordable, flexible, user-friendly alternative to the traditional classroom, OKWU works hard to make the life as a busy, working student a stress-free one. Students may take one class at a time and academic advisors are there to help and offer guidance every step of the way.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968 and chartered as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly, the area of Mount Vernon was chosen as the location of the school primarily due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, namely the School of Arts and Humanities; the Jetter School of Business; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; and the School of Theology and Philosophy.

Offered through the Graduate Professional Studies department, five of Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s graduate programs are available in an online format, including the Master of Business Administration, with concentrations available in Finance, Human Resource Management, Organizational Management, and Health Care Administration; the Master of Science in Management; the Master of Arts in Education: Interventional Specialist Mild/Moderate; the Master of Ministry, which is also available as a duel-degree program with the Master of Business Administration. Designed primarily with working adults in mind, Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s online students receive the same quality of education that traditional on-campus students receive and full-time online students often find that they can complete their degree in as little as two years. Taught from a biblical worldview, the University’s Graduate Professional Studies department seeks to serve adults who “are striving to continue their education, improve their skills, or obtain the training needed to enhance their personal and professional lives in a constantly changing world.”

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University is a private, historically Baptist, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. The University was established in 1851 the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists. Originally called the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary,  before long, the school’s name was changed to Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 was again changed to Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson who donated a portion of his estate to the school. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, and merged the two names together as Carson-Newman College. It was not until 2012 that the school achieved university status, prompting one more change to its name. Today, Carson-Newman University’s vision is to be “the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service” with a mission to help “students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.” Carson-Newman University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. The University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs along with several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs that may be earned either on-campus or online. Among these online graduate programs are included the Master of Arts in Social Entrepreneurship; the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Education; the Education Specialist (Ed. S.); and Education Doctorate (Ed. D.). A convenient option which provides more flexibility for the busy, working adult, students can be assured of receiving the same quality of education through Carson-Newman University’s online programs as is offered in a traditional, residential format.  

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Anderson University - SC

Anderson University is a private, selective, comprehensive Christian institution located in Anderson, South Carolina. While formally established in 1911, the school traces its roots all the way back to the initial establishment of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. Soon after its founding, the seminary was forced to shut down following the untimely death of its founder, Rev. William Bullein Johnson, and due to the onset of the Civil War. It was, however, later resurrected in the form of Anderson College (which was renamed Anderson University). Anderson University’s mission as an “academic community, affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention” is to provide “a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement.” Anderson University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools, including the South Carolina School of the Arts; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business; College of Christian Studies; School of Criminal Justice; College of Education; School of Interior Design; and School of Nursing. Several of Anderson University’s graduate degree programs are available in an online format, including the Master of Business Administration; Master of Education; Master of Ministry; Master of Music in Music Education; and the Doctor of Ministry. Anderson University seeks to add value to its educational opportunities through the convenience and flexibility its online programs offers to the busy, working student. Committed to academic excellence, Anderson University seeks to offer a high quality of education taught by dedicated and knowledgeable faculty members.

 

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Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1901 by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan , the school was named the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School. Originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance, the school’s name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers in 1911, at which time it began offering its first bachelor’s degree programs. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and had its name changed several times before earning university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The school’s purpose and intent is that its “graduates be socially-conscious, globally-aware, and actively-engaged individuals who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being.” Trevecca Nazarene University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1969, Trevecca Nazarene University offers variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult degree completion, and online programs. Among the University’s online graduate program offerings are include the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Education in English as a Second Language; Master of Science in Instructional Design & Technology; the Master of Organizational Leadership; Master of Arts in Religion; and the Doctor of Education in Leadership & Professional Practice. A highly convenient and flexible option, Trevecca Nazarene University’s online programs are designed especially for adult learners and are made more affordable through several financial aid options, including special benefits for servicemembers and their families. Following a cohort model of instruction, this allows students to form strong bonds with fellow students as they progress through the entire program as a group.

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Shorter University

Shorter University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rome, Georgia. Established in 1873 by Luther Rice Gwanltney, pastor of the Rome Baptist Church, the University began as a female college, originally named the Cherokee Baptist Female College. In 1877 the school was renamed the Shorter Female College in honor of Alfred and Martha Shorter who made generous financial contributions to the college. In the 1950’s the College opted to become coeducational, admitting male students for the first time since its founding. In 2010 the school changed its name to Shorter University in order to better reflect the school’s expansion and growth. Shorter University’s mission is to advance “God’s Kingdom through a commitment to academic excellence, spiritual growth, Christian leadership, and global service within the context of a biblical worldview.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Shorter University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs as well as several online programs. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the Ben and Ollie Brady School of Nursing, the College of Adult and Professional Programs, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Ledbetter College of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Fine and Performing Arts. A number of Shorter University’s graduate degree programs are offered online, including the Master of Accountancy; the Master of Business Administration, which is available with concentrations in either Healthcare Management or Sport Management; and the Master of Management, with an optional concentration in Human Services Nonprofit Management. With each degree program fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, students can be assured of receiving a high quality education from Shorter University.

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Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Founded in the early 1900s as a grammar school by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association, in 1909 the school became chartered as a liberal arts college and was renamed the Illinois Holiness College. Soon after this, in 1912, the college was given to the Church of the Nazarene and by 1986, after experiencing several decades of growth, formally changed its name to Olivet Nazarene University. Today, Olivet Nazarene University’s mission “is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.” The University’s motto is, “Education with a Christian Purpose.”

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Life and Health Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Online graduate degrees include the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Education; M.A. in Pastoral Leadership; M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction; Master of Business Administration; Master of Organizational Leadership; and the Master of Science in Nursing. A convenient and flexible option, Olivet Online students can expect the same quality of education as is offered in the University’s residential programs. Following a cohort model, in which a group of students progress through the entire program together, each course is offered 100% online in an accelerated format, allowing students to graduate in two years or less.

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Grace College and Seminary

Located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, Indiana on a 180 acre campus, Grace College and Theological Seminary is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, Grace Theological Seminary was founded in 1937 while the college was added eleven years later in 1948. Established in the Brethren tradition, Grace College & Theological Seminary seeks to apply “biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service.” Grace College and Theological Seminary’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “learning community dedicated to teaching, training and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry.”  More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1.

Grace College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. Six online graduate degree programs are offered, including the Master of Science in Athletic Administration; the Master of Science in Nonprofit Management; the Master of Science in Higher Education; the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Arts in Ministry Studies; and the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Committed to contributing to an “atmosphere where spiritual growth and scholarly inquiry are mutually enhancing”, the faculty and staff members of Grace College embrace the idea that “spiritual development and academic excellence go hand in hand.” A convenient, flexible option, each of Grace College’s graduate programs is designed to equip adult students with the “competency and skills to excel in his or her chosen career field” and classes are taught from a biblical perspective.  

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Crown College

Crown College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. Founded in 1916, Crown College began as the Alliance Training Home. This name was changed time and again over the years, including St. Paul Bible College, before its current name was finally settled upon in 1992. The College’s 215 acre campus is nestled amid magnificent oaks, rolling hills, clear lakes and offers several delightful walking trails. Crown College is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination, which provides global access to more than 12,000 churches all around the globe. Crown College has been ranked among the “Best Midwest Regional Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report and was named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs. The College defines its mission as being to “provide a biblically-based education for Christian leadership in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church at large and the world.”

Crown College enjoys a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Crown College offers seven online graduate degree programs, including the Master of Business Administration, with an optional concentration in Non-Profit Management; MA in Christian Studies, with more than half a dozen emphases including Disaster & Emergency Management, Theological Studies, and Pastoral Leadership; MA in Counseling; MA in Global Leadership with several concentrations including International Christian Education; Master of Divinity, which offers seven concentrations; Master of Leadership, with eight areas of emphases; and MA in Organizational Leadership. Offering convenience and flexibility without sacrificing academic excellence or professional relevance, Crown College’s online program allows students to set their own study schedule and attend classes at anytime from anywhere.

 

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California and is the only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley. FPU’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area and the University also maintains four regional campuses in Central California. These include the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. Established in 1944, FPU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of FPU’s students are the first in their families to ever attend college and as one of the Top 10 Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS), the University has a high percentage of students of Hispanic decent.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1961, Fresno Pacific University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools. These include the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; the 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. FPU offers several online graduate degree programs, including a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Ministry, Leadership & Culture; M.A. in Athletic Training; M.A. in Curriculum and Teaching; M.A. in Educational Technology; M.A. in Kinesiology with a Physical Education Emphasis; M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies; M.A. in Sport Administration; and an M.A. in Teacher Librarian. Designed to offer convenience and flexibility without sacrificing quality, each of FPU’s online programs are supported by a dedicated and helpful faculty and staff who have been specially trained to understand the unique needs of online students.

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Established by leaders of the Free Methodist Church denomination in 1873, Spring Arbor University was originally founded as an academy for elementary and secondary grades. In 1923 a junior college was added to the academy and by 1930 all primary and intermediate classes were discontinued. Accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was granted in 1960 and the name Spring Arbor College was adopted. In 2001 the school gained university status and became known as Spring Arbor University. Today, Spring Arbor University’s mission is to be “a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as a perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.”

Spring Arbor University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is comprised of four schools, namely the Gainey School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Human Services. Several online graduate programs are available, including the Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership; the Master of Arts in Education; the Master of Arts in Reading; the Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership; the Master of Arts in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages); the Master of Business Administration; the Master of Science in Nursing; RN to MSN; and the Master of Special Education in Learning Disabilities. Designed to “broaden your professional network, enrich your faith and make you more marketable in your field”, students have the convenience of accessing their online classes from anywhere with internet connection.

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Missouri Baptist University

Missouri Baptist University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Louis, Missouri. Established as Missouri Baptist College in 1964, the school began as a campus extension of Hannibal-LaGrange College in 1957 in response to the need for an evangelical Christian institution in the St. Louis area. By 1967 the newly formed College moved to its original 81-acre campus and in 1973 the College granted its first Bachelor of Arts degrees. Initial accreditation was granted in 1978 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) through which the University continues to be accredited today. MBU’s mission is to educate students “in an environment where academic excellence is emphasized and a Biblically based Christian perspective is maintained.” The University continues to be “committed to enriching its students’ lives spiritually, intellectually, and professionally and to preparing students to serve in a global and culturally diverse society.”

A wide variety of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered by Missouri Baptist University, including a number of online graduate degree programs. Specific programs include the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry; Master of Arts in Counseling (School); Master of Arts in Teaching; Master of Business Administration; Master of Educational Technology; Master of Science in Corporate Security Leadership; Master of Science in Criminal Justice; Master of Science in Education; Master of Science in Fitness Management; Master of Science in Sport Management; and Educational Specialist. Designed to offer flexibility and convenience to anyone motivated to learn, MBU’s online programs are one of the fastest and most flexible of all options. Programs are specifically designed to be transfer friendly, allowing students to capitalize on credit they have already earned. Among the shortest programs available, MBU’s online programs consist of just 120 hours, perfectly suiting them to the needs of the working adult.

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. Founded in 1976, CUI was established in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in order to serve students in the Pacific Southwest. Originally called Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to make the University the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System, and changed the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine.  Today, the CUI’s mission is to be “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, [to empower] students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Concordia University Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. A wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree completion programs are offered through CUI. Online graduate programs include Master’s degrees in Coaching & Athletic Administration; Counseling; Educational Administration; Curriculum & Instruction; Healthcare Administration; International Studies; Nursing; Organizational Leadership; and Theology. One of the few online programs which cultivate a “community of learning”, CUI’s courses follow a synchronous “real time” learning model in which students and faculty are brought together “face-to-face”, as it were, for a certain percentage of each course. Utilizing state-of-the-art technology and media, CUI’s online program is designed to be engaging, interactive, and relational, giving students the opportunity to meet and know their instructors and peers as they “collaborate in the real community of learning.” Convenient and accessible, CUI courses are meant to fit into the active lifestyle of the busy adult, helping them to gain the expertise and skills necessary to expand their careers.

 

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Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational Christian, liberal arts institution located in Lakewood, Colorado. Established in 1914, CCU was originally 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 its name was changed to the Denver Bible College. The College 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 again merged with the Colorado Baptist University in 1989, at which time the University adopted its current name. Today, CCU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 7,000 with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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.” Several online graduate degrees are offered through the University’s College of Adult and Graduate Studies. Programs include an M.A. in Biblical Studies; the Master of Business Administration; M.A. in Counseling; M.S. in Criminal Justice; M.A. in Curriculum Instruction; M.Ed. in Educational Leadership; the Master of Science in Nursing; the Master of Organizational Leadership; the Master of Public Administration; M.Ed. in Special Education; and M.A. in Theological Studies. A convenient and flexible option, CCU promises that all courses are taught from a Christian worldview and students have the ability to study when and where they want, focusing on one class at a time. CCU follows a learning community model, which helps benefits students in that classmates are able to learn together and help one another.  

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College, located in Clinton, Mississippi, is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies. The oldest college in the state of Mississippi and the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country, Mississippi College was established in 1826. Shortly after, in 1831, Mississippi College granted degrees to women, making it the first coeducational college in the United States to do so. Today, the College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922. More than 5,000 students are currently enrolled  and the College has an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its seven schools, each of which house even more Departments. This includes the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies & the Arts, the School of Education, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, and the School of Science & Mathematics. Mississippi College offers several online graduate degree programs including the Master of Business Administration in Business Administration, Accounting, and Finance; the Master of Science (M.S.) in Athletic Administration; the Master of Education in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Teaching Arts; the Education Specialist degrees in Elementary Education; M.S. in Health Informatics; the Master of Health Services Administration; M.S. in Higher Education Administration; M.S. in Homeland Security; the Master of Combined Sciences (M.C.S.) in Integrated Communication; the Master of Social Services in Loss Prevention; M.S.C. in Professional Communication in Health Services Administration and in Sports; the Doctor of Professional Counseling in Professional Counseling;

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Nyack College

Nyack College is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Nyack, New York. Sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Nyack College is home to the Alliance Theological Seminary, which is the official seminary of the denomination. Nyack College began in 1882 as the Missionary Training Institute, having been founded in New York City by Dr. A.B. Simpson. The College’s mission is that through its various undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs, men and women would be prepared to “take the whole Gospel to the whole world.” Nyack College endeavors to “exalt Jesus Christ and fulfill its mission by being: Academically Excellent; Globally Engaged; Intentionally Diverse; Personally Transforming; and Socially Relevant.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, with a student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Nyack College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1962. A variety of degrees and majors are offered through the College’s several schools. Online master’s degrees are available in subjects such as Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Theology and Missions, Childhood Education, Inclusive Education, Organizational Leadership, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Ancient Judaism and Christian Origins, Biblical Literature, and Mental Health Counseling. Nyack College utilizes a unique online cohort model which allows students to study and progress through the entire program as a group. This method creates a strong sense of community as students are able to learn from and help one another. Each cohort is guided by a primary instructor who also acts as the student’s chief mentor and advisor, helping to ensure that each student reaches his or her full potential. A flexible option which allows students to study when and where they wish, Nyack College’s online programs are also highly affordable with available scholarships and additional financial aid options.

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California, Established in 1908, Biola University began as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and was founded by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, as well as by Presbyterian minister and author, Thomas C. Horton, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. Today, Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian institution which strives to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” Known for the its academic strength, expert faculty members, and biblical integration, Biola University has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, and is recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. Comprised of multiple schools, these include the Talbot School of Theology, the Crowell School of Business, the School of Education, the Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Science, Technology and Health. Biola University offers several graduate degrees which may be earned entirely online. These include Master’s degrees in Bible Exposition, Curriculum, Instruction and Publication, Education, Intercultural Studies, New Testament, Special Education, Teaching, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and Theology, with an optional Greek Track. Offering students the quality of a leading Christian university combined with the flexibility of being able to pursue their education from just about anywhere across the globe, Biola University’s online graduate programs have much to offer.

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Established by John Alexis Edgren as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary in 1871, the seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled persecution in Europe to serve as pastors in the New World. The Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary in 1914 and moved the institution to its present-day location in St. Paul. After WWII, the school became a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the name Bethel University was adopted. Bethel has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including nearly 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. A wide range of programs are available across the University’s four schools and several online graduate and seminary programs are available. These include master’s and doctorate degrees in areas such as Education, Business Administration, Nursing, Strategic Leadership, Ministry, Theology, Christian Thought, Leadership and more. Bethel University has designed its online programs to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to advance their career and accomplish their educational and career-related goals. Programs are offered in multiple formats including fully online and hybrid (a mix of on-campus and online). A top ranking institution, Bethel University has been named “One of the 50 smartest colleges in America” by Lumosity. Classes are taught by faculty who care deeply for their students and seek to mentor them, enabling graduates to be “ready to lead with confidence and serve with compassion”.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Located in Marion, Indiana, Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution. The school was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and established in 1920 as Marion College. Since those early days, the institution has expanded and grown to offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University’s mission as a “Christ-centered academic community” is to remain “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” IWU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, with a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. A wide range of online graduate degree programs are available, including Master’s degrees in the areas of Business, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Health Science, Leadership, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work, Theology and Ministry, and seminary degrees. Doctoral program offerings include the PhD in Organizational Leadership, the Occupational Therapy Doctorate, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), and Doctor of Ministry. Each of IWU’s online educational programs is designed specifically to maximize the learning experience for adult students. Academic Advisors help to guide students throughout their educational journey, providing valuable information, finding helpful solutions, and giving advice to help each student achieve their personal educational goals.

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Grand Canyon University

Located in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University is a coeducational, research institution and the premier private Christian university in the state. The University was established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, and was originally called Grand Canyon College. The institution experienced severe financial difficulties during the early part of the twenty-first century, prompting the decision, in 2004, for the University to become the first for-profit Christian college in the nation. Since that time, Grand Canyon University has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  Grand Canyon University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The University’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

Grand Canyon University is comprised of multiple colleges, these include the College of Doctoral Studies; the Colangelo College of Business; the College of Education; the College of Fine Arts and Production; the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions; the College of Science, Engineering and Technology; the College of Theology; and the Honors College. Through these, a wide range of degrees and programs are available including a variety of online graduate degrees. Online master’s degree programs are offered in the areas of Business & Management; Criminal, Political & Social Sciences; Engineering & Technology; Language & Communications; Medical Studies & Athletic Sciences; Nursing & Health Care; Performing Arts & Creative Design; Psychology & Counseling; and Teaching & School Administration. Several online doctorate programs are also available, including the Doctor of Business Administration; Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership; Ph.D. in General Psychology; and an Education Specialist in K-12 Leadership.

 

Top 25 Online Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Distance Learning.  It is increasing in popularity each year.  The convenience of Online learning is very attractive to today’s students, as it allows flexibility, reduces peripheral costs and offers the same programs available on campus.  The benefits to both student and school are many:  wider reach, more opportunities for faculty and reduced overhead for the school; no travel, schedule convenience and the ability to access materials anywhere for the student.  Christian Universities Online (CUO) is pleased to offer the Top 25 Undergraduate Online Christian Colleges and Universities.  Each intentionally Christian school included here offers 100% online Degree programs.   CUO compiled this list of schools that excel in categories of selectivity, student interaction, available financial aid and overall student satisfaction.

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North Greenville University

North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina. Established in 1891 as the North Greenville High School, the institution was the first high school founded in the northern section of Greenville County. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1915 the school’s name was changed to the North Greenville Baptist Academy. By 1934 the academy had expanded to include a junior college eventually attained university status in 2006, at which time it adopted its current name. North Greenville University’s mission is to “prepare students to become better contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian worldview and lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service.”

North Greenville University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s colleges which include the College of Business & Sport Professions, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities, and the College of Science and Math.  Six online undergraduate programs are available, covering the areas of Business Administration, Christian Ministries, Criminal Justice, Elementary Educational Studies, General Studies, and Psychology. Offered in a convenient 100% online format, the programs are designed to offer flexibility for busy, working adults, primarily. Each course lasts only eight weeks and integrates practical application with biblical principles. Online students are guided by a dedicated advisor throughout the entire program and tuition rates are kept affordable with additional financial aid options available.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968, the University was charted as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly with the area of Mount Vernon chosen as the location of the school primarily due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, MVNU was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission).

More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, and MVNU offers four online undergraduate programs, namely the Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance, Human Resource Management, and in Marketing as well as the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education. Designed primarily with working adults in mind, MVNU’s online students can be assured that they are receiving the same quality of education that traditional on-campus students receive and full-time online students often find that they can complete their degree in as little as 24 months. Taught from a biblical worldview, the Bachelor of Business Administration degree program is taught in an 11-course sequence which covers all functional areas of business and has courses which are designed to enhance personal development, develop proficient research skills, increase management and leadership abilities and more. MVNU’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) degree is also offered in an accelerated format and requires field and clinical experiences totaling 510 clock hours. One of the advantages of the ECE program is that tuition is “locked in” and will not change so long as students remain continuously enrolled in the program.

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The Master's University

The Master’s University (previously known as The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. Affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly, the University operates under the leadership of John F. MacArthur. Established in 1927, the University was originally named the Los Angeles Baptist College. Today, the mission of The Master’s University (TMU) is to “empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including more than 1,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. TMU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1975.

A comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, The Master’s University offers a wide range of programs with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. Four online bachelor’s degree programs are available, including Organizational Management, Christian Ministries, Biblical Studies, and Biblical Counseling.  TMU’s online courses last eight weeks and continue year-round. Each week students must complete assignments such as watching recorded lectures, reading books, participating in a discussion board online with classmates, and writing papers. Courses are asynchronous, so students are not required to log in at any specific time. TMU is committed to providing quality education that is taught from a Biblical worldview and is consistent with the University’s doctrinal position. An option geared especially towards motivated adults wishing to advance their education, online students may apply for a number of financial aid options including federal and state grants, making TMU’s online programs that much more affordable.

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Simpson University

Located in Redding, California, Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Situated on a suburban 92 acre campus, Simpson University is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Established as Simpson Bible Institute by W.W. Newberry in 1921, the school was named after of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Presbyterian minister, pioneer of the Bible institute movement and founder of the Christian and Missionary Alliance. The 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 boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Simpson University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1969. A wide range of liberal arts and professional degree programs are offered through Simpson University’s School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing. In addition to these, Simpson offers several graduate-level programs, adult degree-completion programs, and non-degree certificates through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), the  School of Education, the School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. Two of these degrees, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership, are available entirely online. Benefits of Simpson University’s online programs include flexibility in both schedule and accessibility – students may log into their classes at any time from virtually anywhere in the world. Despite the lack of face-to-face interaction, students need not feel isolated in their coursework; Simpson University’s online environment allows for plenty of interaction between classmates and professors with online communications including online chats, emails and news group discussions.  

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in Central Valley, FPU’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area. The University also maintains four regional campuses in Central California: the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. Established in 1944, FPU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Many of FPU’s 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.  

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1961, Fresno Pacific University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools. These include the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; the 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. FPU offers four degree completion online programs, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Business Management; the Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Development; the Bachelor of Arts in Health Care Administration; and the Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Designed to offer convenience and flexibility to adult learners without sacrificing the quality of education, each of FPU’s online programs are available 100% online and are supported by dedicated faculty and staff who are trained to understand the unique needs of online teaching and learning.

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Irvine, California. Established in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod in order to serve students in the Pacific Southwest, CUI came into existence in 1976. Originally called Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine, making the University the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the CUI’s mission is to be “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, [to empower] students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Concordia University Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. A wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree completion programs are offered through CUI. Online undergraduate degree programs include a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Leadership; the Bachelor of Arts in Healthcare Management; the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts; a Bachelor’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership; the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Psychology (which is the only program of its kind designed for working professionals in Southern California); and RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Each program is designed to equip students with the skills that will contribute to a “lifetime of learning and meaningful work”. Available in both 100% online and hybrid formats, all of CUI’s online courses are designed by faculty who are experts in their field and are committed to students’ success.

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Northwest University

Northwest University is a regionally accredited Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. Founded by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in 1934, the University began as the Northwest Bible Institute. The institution’s name was changed several times before its current title was adopted in 2005. Northwest University describes its mission as being to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” The University’s campus is just minutes away from the city of Seattle, providing students with access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the 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 more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduates, and boasts a low student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered in addition to Adult Evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. Online undergraduate degree programs include the Bachelor of Arts in Business Management; Bachelor of Arts in Information Technology; Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership; Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; and the Bachelor of Arts in Public Safety Administration. A cost-effective alternative to a traditional, residential program, Northwest University’s online degree programs are made even more affordable through the many financial aid options available to online learners. Northwest University’s financial aid program is designed to “limit or even eliminate the high cost often associated with college tuition” and includes options such as grants, federal loans, scholarships and military benefits.

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. Northwestern College was established as a small academy in 1882, eventually expanding to become a junior college in 1928 and finally a four-year institution by 1961. Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church of America and is located on a large rural campus in Sioux County. The College’s mission is to be a “Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.” Northwestern College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,200, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College offers a wide range of academic programs including a single online undergraduate degree program in RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Designed for RNs who have already earned either their associate degree or have completed hospital diploma nursing programs, Northwestern University’s program offers maximum flexibility for busy students. Classes are taught by expert nurse educators who are active in clinical practices and the program is approved by the Iowa Board of Nursing and accredited by the CCNE. A distinctive faith-based program, Northwest University’s BSN courses focus on “training nurses to practice Christ’s healing ministry by promoting individual, family and community health, wholeness and peace – as well as advocating for social justice and healthy environments.” An affordable option, students may also apply for financial aid.

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. Established in 1867 by the Holston Presbytery, the University was named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of land for the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its first campus, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land on the east side of Bristol and the school moved to its current location. In 2013 the school, then King College, achieved university status and was renamed King University, reflecting the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that the institution had achieved. King University’s mission is to “build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.” King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. King University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Ranked as one of the best for its online program offerings, King University boasts several online undergraduate degree programs including Bachelor of Arts in English; Bachelor of Business Administration; Bachelor of Science in Communication; Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration; Bachelor of Science in Health Informatics; Bachelor of Science in History; Bachelor of Science in Information Technology; Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies; Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN); Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Bachelor of Science in Religious Studies; and Bachelor of Social Work. Committed to offering career-focused programs that keep the student in mind, King University bases its online undergraduate degrees in real-world fields in order to “provide the relevant, industry-specific skills [students] need for success.”

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Bethel College--IN

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution, located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Formally established in 1947, the school started out as nothing more than the vision of Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel Brenneman, as it was Brenneman who first called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college, suggesting the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. Four online bachelor’s degrees are available, including a Bachelor of Bible and Ministry, a Bachelor of Science in Business, a Bachelor of Science in Behavioral and Social Science, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies. It is necessary that students be highly focused, possess strong time-management and have determination to complete their assignments in order to fully benefit from Bethel University’s online degree programs. Weekly sessions require about 15 hours per week and include discussion forums which provide important interaction between classmates and professors. Online course information is delivered through Bethel College’s website and may include interactive simulation, short video lectures, or assigned reading.

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. Established as Marion College in 1920, the school was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Since those early beginnings, the institution has expanded and grown, offering a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University’s mission as a “Christ-centered academic community” is to remain “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” IWU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, including more than 10,000 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. Several online bachelor degree programs are available, covering the subjects of Business, Communication, Computer Science, Counseling, Criminal Justice, Education, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Psychology and Social Work, and Theology and Ministry.  IWU caps its online class size at a certain number of students in order to cultivate an intimate learning environment and the curriculum for the University’s online courses is specifically designed to maximize the learning experience for adult students. IWU’s online degrees follow an accelerated format, allowing the motivated student to save both time and money; adult students may also apply for financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and veteran benefits, making this education option even more affordable.

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Houghton College

Located in the hamlet of Houghton, New York in the Genesee Valley, Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Houghton College was established in 1883 and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The College began as a high school known as Houghton Seminary; however, by the mid-1920s the school had grown to become a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter in 1927 by the state of New York. Soon after, in 1935, Houghton College achieved accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff live either on-campus in or close proximity to the College. The residential experience is highly valued by the College and on-campus housing is provided in the form of several residence halls and townhouses. Houghton College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Houghton College offers a wide variety of majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs which are available in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online courses. Bachelor’s degrees which may be completed 100% online include Human Resources Management, Integrated Marketing & Communication, Management, Leadership Development – all of which are available as either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Business Administration degree – and a Bachelor of Psychology. One of Houghton College’s goals is to prepare students “to become global contributors empowered by a challenging education taught in a vibrant online community and grounded in a relevant faith-based context.” Named a Best College for the Money and among the Top 2% in the nation and Top 3% in the state of New York, Houghton College offers new online classes every eight weeks.

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Greenville College

Greenville College, located in Greenville, Illinois, is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution. Established by the Free Methodist Church in 1892, the school’s original purpose was to provide a “distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women.” It was Wilson T. Hogue, the college’s first president, who coined the phrase “education for character”, which serves as Greenville College’s motto to this day. The College is situated on a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of Greenville, about 45 miles outside of St. Louis and is easily accessible from several main highways, including I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. With the vision to inspire students to embrace God’s calling on their lives, Greenville College’s mission is to empower “students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.”

Greenville College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 50 undergraduate majors are offered by Greenville College as well as several adult and graduate programs which are available either online or at partnership locations. Online bachelor degree programs include Business Administration, B.S.; Criminal Justice Administration, B.S.; Organizational Leadership, B.S.; and Health Psychology, B.S. Named one of the Best Online Colleges in Illinois for 2016 and 2016-2017, each of Greenville College’s online courses are taught by highly respected faculty members in a fully supported online learning environment. Pairing technology with a caring support system, Greenville College offers students a “collaborative learning experience” which allows students to interact with faculty members and classmates from anywhere in the world.

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Fullerton, California. Though nondenominational, HIU does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. HIU describes its mission as being “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” The University was established in 1928 as the Pacific Bible Seminary, originally. By the 1960’s the school was granted accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and adopted the new name of Pacific Christian College. In 1997, after achieving university status, the institution was renamed Hope International University. HIU’s main campus is strategically located in the city of Fullerton, in the heart of Orange County, California. The University also 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.

Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, nearly 900 of which are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Comprised of five Colleges, HIU offers a wide range of degrees and programs, including a number of online undergraduate degrees. These include the Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis on Teacher Preparation and the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Business Administration, Christian Ministry, and Human Development. Each course is taught by qualified faculty members who offer their students the same one-on-one attention that traditional residential students receive. Online students also have the added benefit of 24/7 access to each online class – allowing them to access their courses at their convenience. Those interested in learning more about HIU’s online learning option are welcome to test drive one of the University’s online courses.

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Established in 1871 as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary by John Alexis Edgren, the seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled persecution in Europe to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now Converge Worldwide) took on the support of the seminary and relocated the institution to its current campus in St. Paul. After World War II, the school became a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the name Bethel University was adopted. Bethel has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including nearly 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. A wide range of programs are available across the University’s four schools, which include the College of Adult & Professional Studies which offers seven fully online bachelor’s degrees. These online programs include Business Management (B.S.) with concentrations in either Global Business or Management; Christian Ministries (B.A.); Finance (B.S.); Human Services (B.A.); Management Information Systems (B.S.); Nursing (RN to B.S.); and Organizational Leadership with optional concentrations in either Christian Ministries or Human Services. Each of Bethel University’s online programs is designed to equip students with the skills, knowledge, and experience necessary to advance their career and accomplish their goals. Programs are available in multiple formats including fully online, hybrid (a mix of on-campus and online), and fully online with a week or two worth of campus intensives each year.

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. Established as the Central College in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the school was later renamed Huntington College in 1917. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.” Hunting University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1961.

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees.  Several Adult Online Programs are available which allow motivated students to earn their bachelor’s degree entirely online. Areas of study include the Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Business Administration, Human Resource Management, Marketing, Not-for-Profit Leadership, and Psychology. Huntington University’s online courses are asynchronous, allowing for maximum flexibility as students may access their classes at any given time and there are no requirements for logging in at a specific time. Each class is offered in an accelerated five-week format, allowing dedicated students to graduate in less time than would normally take in a traditional, residential format. Huntington University also allows certain work experience to qualify for college credit, enabling adult students to complete their degree even sooner and at a lower cost.

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Eastern University

Eastern University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located just west of Philadelphia in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania.  Established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school was founded for the initial purpose of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination. It was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school changed its name to Eastern College and in 2005 was granted university status. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, Eastern University’s mission is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of over 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1954. A wide range of academic programs are offered through its several colleges and the Palmer Theological Seminary. Four online bachelor’s degree programs are available with a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership; a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; an RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing; and a Bachelor of Arts in Youth Ministry Leadership. Approaching education from a holistic perspective, cultivating a strong sense of community is important to the staff members of Eastern University and students have access to a dedicated faculty who desire to provide support through mentorship and guidance. Each online program is designed to offer both convenience and affordability, blending research with real-life application. Eastern University seeks to provide students with knowledge and refined skills that can be put into action immediately through meaningful collaborations and projects.

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Geneva College

Located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Geneva College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1848 infounded in Northwood, Ohio by John Black Johnston, a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, it was not until the later 1870s-early 1880s that the College relocated to its current location in Beaver Falls. Affiliated with Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Geneva College’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. A founding member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Geneva College is one of only four western Pennsylvania schools within the council.

Geneva College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. A wide range of degree program are offered, including eight Online Adult Degree programs in the areas of Aging Services, Child and Family Services, Human Resources, Management, Organizational Leadership, Public Relations, Criminal Justice, and General Studies.  Each of Geneva College’s Adult Degree programs are offered fully online and most can be completed in as little as 16 months. Designed to provide convenience and flexibility to busy adults, Geneva College’s online degrees are offered in an accelerated format and, among other things, require students have access to a computer, internet connection, a webcam and microphone. Financial aid is available to online students and 90% of students receive some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants, scholarships or loans.

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Oral Roberts University

Located in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university. Named after its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, the University was established in 1965 and is 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 in 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 has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. The University is comprised 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. Thirteen online undergraduate programs are available, including the subjects of Biblical Literature (B.A.); Business Administration (B.S.); Communication (B.A.); Christian Caregiving and Counseling (B.S.); Church Ministries (B.S.); Government (B.A.); Information Technology (B.S.); Government (B.A.); Information Technology (B.S.); International Business and Ministry (B.S.); Leadership Studies (B.S.); Liberal Studies (B.S.); Management (B.S.); Psychology (B.S. or B.A.); and an RN to BSN. Each of ORU’s online programs offers convenience and flexibility and all courses are taught from a Christian worldview. Each of ORU’s online courses was developed in conjunction with the University’s on-campus faculty and many of the professors who teach on campus also teach the online courses.

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Regent University

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

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges since 1984, Regent University offers a wide range of academic programs, ranging from undergraduate majors to graduate-level programs. Nearly 30 online bachelor’s degrees are offered, with areas of study including Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Film & Animation, General Studies, Government, Healthcare, History, Information Systems Technology, International Studies, Law, Leadership, Mathematics, Nursing, Psychology & Counseling, Public Administration, Religion & Theology, and Science. Regent University has ranked in the Top 15 for Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs. Committed to teaching from a perspective that is grounded in the Christian faith, Regent University’s online programs have been nationally recognized as one of only 23 universities in the United States to receive an “A” rating by the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. The online format offers students plenty of flexibility and all classes are taught by faculty who are experts in their fields and are invested in mentoring their students, both spiritually and professionally.

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Asbury University

Asbury University, located in Wilmore, Kentucky, is a private, four-year, Christian institution. Foundd in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes as the Kentucky Holiness College, it wasn’t long before the school changed its name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who is known the “Father of American Methodism”. Though established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, today the university is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. Asbury is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres and is located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students, including over 1,500 undergraduates, are enrolled and represent over forty states and more than two dozen foreign countries. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the College of Arts & Sciences, the Howard Dayton School of Business, the School of Communication Arts, the School of Education and the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. It is through this latter School that Asbury University offers its five online bachelor degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Instructional Design; B.S. in Elementary Education; B.S. in Leadership and Ministry; B.S. in Organizational Management; and a Hybrid B.S. in Ministry Management. Like its on-campus programs, Asbury University’s online programs are designed to be rigorous and high-quality, to integrate faith and learning, and have a strong commitment to community, relationships and the whole person. Advantages of Asbury’s online learning option also include the convenience of being geographically independent – students are not required to relocate to complete their degrees – and asynchronous, media-rich and interactive teaching and learning activities.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a top private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. Affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU was established in 1950. CBU holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and strives to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” CBU sits on a scenic 160 acre main campus located in the heart of the historic Magnolia Avenue district of Riverside and is just a short drive away from both beaches and mountain resorts. The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961.

California Baptist University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools and is staffed by Christian faculty who are dedicated to teaching from a biblical perspective. A wide range of online bachelor’s degree programs are offered by CBU, including majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Christian Ministries, Communication Studies, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Studies, English, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Kinesiology, Liberal Studies, Marketing, Nursing Degree Program (RN-BSN), Organizational Leadership, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Health, Public Relations, Sociology, and Sport, Recreation and Fitness Management. Most of CBU’s online students find that they are able to complete their bachelor’s degree in half the time it normally would normally take to earn the same degree in a traditional, residential format. Ranked among the top 40 in the nation for best online bachelor’s degree by US News and World Report for five consecutive years, CBU’s online programs have been proven to save students not only time but also money since earning a degree in less time equals less spent in tuition costs.  

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Dallas Baptist University

Located in Dallas, Texas, Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. DBU is situated on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas, overlooking the Mountain Creek Lake and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Originally founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, the new school was the first two-year institution of higher education to be established in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College, achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s mission is to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” 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 to 1.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is comprised of several colleges, schools, and academic divisions. DBU offers an impressive array of online degrees, including a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies; the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences with majors in Christian Ministries, Communication, Criminal Justice, Health Care Management, Interdisciplinary Studies, Psychology and Sociology; the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management, Management Information Systems and in Marketing; and the Bachelor of Business Studies with majors in Business Administration, Finance, Management, Management Information Systems and Marketing. DBU’s online campus features web technologies such as support for mobile platforms, media on demand, and web conferencing. Designed to offer convenience, DBU’s online courses are student-centered, taught by faculty members who are dedicated to creating a rich online learning environment.

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Grand Canyon University

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University (GCU) is a coeducational, research institution and the premier private Christian university in its state. The University was founded in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church as Grand Canyon College. In 2004, after experiencing severe financial difficulties during the early part of the twenty-first century, GCU became the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. Since that time, GCU has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  The University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. GCU’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

Grand Canyon University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The University’s curriculum is presented from a biblical worldview and students are taught to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. Comprised of multiple colleges and schools, GCU offers an impressive array of programs and degrees, including more than 35 online bachelor’s degree programs. Areas of online study include Business & Management; Criminal, Political & Social Sciences; Engineering & Technology; Language & Communications; Medical Studies & Athletic Sciences; Nursing & Health Care; Performing Arts & Creative Design; Psychology & Counseling; Teaching & School Administration; and Theology & Ministry. With tens of thousands of online students accessing GCU’s online classes from around the world, the University is constantly working to refine its digital platforms in order to provide an outstanding, virtual campus experience to all of its students.

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia. Established in 1971 as Liberty Baptist College, the institution achieved university status just five years after its founding in 1976. Today Liberty University is a high ranking institution and is the largest private, nonprofit institution, the largest university in the state of Virginia and the largest Christian university in the world. Situated on a 7,000 acre campus that is nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, the University’s motto is “Knowledge Aflame”. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.”

According to their website, Liberty University boasts an online enrollment figure of over 94,000. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Comprised of more than a dozen colleges and schools, Liberty University offers an impressive array of degrees and programs, including several online bachelor’s degree programs which may be earned entirely online. Time requirements for each degree are specific to the program, however, with the proper motivation, many students find that they can complete their education in less time than it normally takes to complete a traditional degree in an on-campus program. Liberty University regularly updates its online programs in order to remain current with the latest practices and industry information. Online bachelor degrees are available in the areas of Aeronautics, Business, Communications, Criminal Justice, Education, General Studies, Government, Healthcare, History, Information Systems, Information Technology, Nursing, Paralegal, Psychology, Social Work and Religion.

Top 10 Engineering Degree Programs 2017

When considering a career in Engineering, the traditional “best schools” are no longer the best options.  While the traditional technical schools maintain strong programs, the discipline of Engineering has changed and expanded greatly over the past 25-30 years.  This has allowed for other schools to enter the field and produce excellent programs.  While structural, mechanical and civil engineering disciplines haven’t changed much over time, other areas have been impacted by improvements in support categories (like materials and applications) which has changed how the field looks today.  30 years ago, software engineering and web design were in their infancy.  Today, these fields are as popular (if not more so) than Mechanical or Civil Engineering.  In light of the changes to the field of study, CUO is pleased to present the Top 10 Engineering Degree Programs for 2017.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Established in 1887, the school was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church. By the 1950s management of the University transferred to the Evangelical Baptists after a merger with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains this affiliation with the Baptist denomination and holds accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which was granted in 1975. Cedarville University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objectives are to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.” Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered at Cedarville University as well as several graduate-level programs. In the area of engineering, the University offers three undergraduate majors in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering as well as minors in Biomedical Engineering and Computer Science and an Engineering Honors Program. Available through the School of Engineering and Computer Science, Cedarville University offers modern facilities, one-on-one interaction with faculty, and extensive hands-on laboratory experience. Taught from a biblical perspective in an environment that is openly committed to Christ, students have the added opportunity of participating in engineering competitions, the traditional “Cardboard Canoe Race” held every homecoming since 1994, Engineering Co-op, Internships and more. All engineering programs at Cedarville University are accredited by the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET).

  • Computer Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks (abbreviated C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Point Lookout, Missouri on a 1,000 acre campus. Nicknamed “Hard Work U”, since its founding in 1907 C of O has followed the highly unique practice of having students work to earn their keep rather than pay tuition from the very beginning. Through the combination of state grants, scholarships and the school’s on-campus work program students are charged a grand total of $0 in tuition costs. Placing a strong emphasis on “character” education, C of O endeavors to provide students with a quality Christian education, especially those students who are found worthy but lack the means to obtain such an education. C of O openly discourages debt and does not participate in any federal, state or private loan programs; the university further leads by example and has no institutional debt of any kind.

In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, the College of the Ozarks offers a range of academic programs with more than 40 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. In fall 2016 the College opened the James P. Keeter School of Engineering which offers C of O’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree. A “general engineering” program, the degree provides students with “the core engineering skills common to all engineering disciplines as well as an introduction to tools and techniques unique to wide variety of engineering disciplines.” Student opportunities include working alongside professional engineers, additional focus on a particular engineering discipline of interest and more. The program is not yet accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, however, C of O is actively pursuing ABET accreditation. Boasting a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, the College holds institution-wide accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

  • B.S. Engineering

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Taylor University

Taylor University is a private, co-educational, non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution in Upland, Indiana. Situated on a large 952 acre campus, the University is located just five miles east of I-69, 50 miles south of Fort Wayne, IN, and 70 miles north of Indianapolis. Founded in 1846, the University was named in honor of William Taylor, an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church who traveled all over the world to evangelize and preach the gospel. The mission of Taylor University is to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” Taylor University has been repeatedly ranked as the #1 Regional College- Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The University boasts a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students with representatives from nearly all fifty states and more than 30 foreign nations. Student satisfaction with Taylor University ranks high with approximately 90% of alumni indicating that they would attend Taylor again, according to a 20014 survey.

Taylor University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. More than 100 degree programs are offered by Taylor University at the undergraduate level, as well as several graduate-level degrees and programs. In the area of engineering three distinct undergraduate programs are offered including a Systems Engineering major, a Computer Engineering major, and an Engineering major with concentrations available in Biomedical, Chemical, Electrical, Environmental, Mechanical, Physics, and General studies. Each program is ABET accredited and provides students with the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience which will prepare them for a career in engineering.

  • Systems Engineering major
  • Computer Engineering major
  • Engineering major

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Grove City College

Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy, the school was founded by Isaac C. Ketler in 1876. In 1884 the school’s name was changed to Grove City College by the trustees of the school. Grove City College strives to remains faithful to its founders’ vision with a mission to foster “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom.” The College’s mission statement continues, “The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ’s moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”

Grove City College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. Grove City College offers a range of academic options with over 50 programs of study with a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. Divided into several schools and academic departments, these include the Hopeman School of Science Engineering and Mathematics which offers two engineering majors in Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering with an optional concentration in Computer Engineering. The University’s Bachelor of Science programs are fully accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET and students have the opportunity to participate in summer research projects as well as internships at companies and organizations including Motorola, NASA Lewis Research Center, General Electric Company, Alcoa, Johnson & Johnson and many others.

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering

 

 

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Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Lipscomb University was established in 1891 by David Lipscomb and James A. Harding in order to offer a Christian liberal arts education. Originally known as the Nashville Bible School, this name was eventually changed in order to honor David Lipscomb who donated his estate to serve as the school’s campus. The alma mater of several prominent ministers in the Church of Christ movement, to this day the University remains thoroughly affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Lipscomb University’s “primary mission is to integrate Christian Faith and practice with academic excellence. This mission is carried out not only in the classroom but also by involvement in numerous services to the church and larger community.” Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.

Lipscomb University offers more than 140 fields of undergraduate study as well as several pre-professional programs, adult degree programs, and more than two dozen master’s and doctoral degrees. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500 students, including over 3,000 undergraduates. More than 30 religious preferences are represented in Lipscomb University’s student body, as are nearly all 50 states and 45 foreign nations. The University’s is staffed by more than 300 faculty members with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Lipscomb University offers five distinct engineering degree programs, including a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering as well as a Master of Science degree in Software Engineering. Offered through the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering and the College of Computing and Technology, the University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering programs are all accredited by the ABET.

  • Civil Engineering BS
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering BS
  • Mechanical Engineering BS
  • Software Engineering BS
  • Software Engineering MS

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College was founded in 1876 and named for the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, who served as a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. Calvin College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Today, the College’s mission is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA) as well as the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Dr. Michael K. Le Roy serves as the College’s president.  Calvin College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. The College offers a wide range of academic programs through its several departments, including the area of engineering. A Bachelor of Science in Engineering is offered, with majors in Chemical Engineering, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Among the Calvin College’s Engineering program distinctive are the opportunities students have to gain early experience through interaction with real customers during their first semester design course; gain feedback from practicing engineers; build problem-solving skills; and more. Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, students may opt to minor in Engineering instead, or may choose to add an International Designation to their degree by participating in an international internship, international engineering interim course, or the University’s Engineering summer program in Germany.

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil & Environmental Engineering
  • Electrical & Computer Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

 

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was established in 1860. Known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results, out of Wheaton College’s total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 (including nearly 2,500 undergraduates), fully 7% of students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”

Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 19-teens. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and the Department of Global & Experiential Learning. In the area of engineering, Wheaton College offers a Dual Degree Engineering Program of Engineering paired with Liberal Arts. A 3-2 program, Wheaton College describes the program as offering the best of both worlds, combining a “rigorous Christian liberal arts training” with a “strong engineering education from one of many fully accredited engineering schools in the country.” Students who enroll in the program will spend their first three years at Wheaton, completing necessary math and science courses to form a solid foundation in engineering, before transferring to an ABET accredited engineering school for their final two years. The end result is the completion of two degrees, a B.S. or B.A. in Liberal Arts Engineering and a B.S. in an engineering discipline.

  • Engineering-Liberal Arts Dual-Degree

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution located in Spokane, Washington and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. Whitworth University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College and in 1899 relocated to Tacoma. By the early 19-teens,the school had again moved, this time to its current location of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University, a change which was formally adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.”

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and college. The College of Arts & Sciences provides the University’s general education for all undergraduate students and consists of several academic departments including the Department of Physic which offers the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics as well as a dual-degree Pre-Engineering program. Designed for students who intend on pursuing further graduate study in engineering as well as those interested in becoming engineering professionals, the Department of Physics’ mission statement clearly acknowledges that the Christian physic and engineering student must understand “that God undergirds both the unexamined universe and the ever-growing domain of what is understood.”  

  • Engineering Physics
  • Pre-Engineering Dual-Degree program

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a top private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. Affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, CBU was established in 1950 and holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and strives to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” The University is located on a 160 acre main campus in the heart of the historic Magnolia Avenue district of Riverside – just a short drive away from both beaches and mountain resorts. More than 30 buildings are featured on CBU’s campus, including the Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, separate men’s and women’s residence halls, apartment and graduate housing, the Wallace Theatre, the Annie Gabriel Library, the Van Dyne Gym, the Joann Hawkins Music building and more.

California Baptist University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. A wide range of programs ranging from undergraduate to doctorate are available through CBU’s several colleges and schools including the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Health Science; College of Nursing; and the Schools of Behavioral Sciences; Business; Christian Ministries; Education; and Music. In the area of engineering, CBU offers a wide array of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs. These include Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering. Master of Science degrees include Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Software Engineering. In addition to these, nearly a dozen undergraduate minor programs are available, including in the areas of Aerospace Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Computer Engineering among many others.

  • Biomedical Engineering, B.S.
  • Chemical Engineering, B.S.
  • Civil Engineering, B.S.
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering, B.S.
  • Engineering, B.S.
  • Industrial and Systems Engineering, B.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering, B.S.
  • Software Engineering, B.S.
  • Civil Engineering, M.S.
  • Mechanical Engineering, M.S.
  • Software Engineering, M.S.

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LeTourneau University

Le Tourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. Named in honor of its founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, the State of Texas chartered the school, then known as LeTourneau Technical Institute, in February of 1946. The school was originally intended to serve as a training institute for veterans returning home from World War II, however, the institution’s scope soon expanded and its vision and mission has only continued to grow after all these years. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its educational centers located in Dallas and Houston and online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. 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.

Le Tourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. The University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of fields including the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences, however the University may be best known for its four-year, ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs. At the undergraduate level, LETU offers majors in Engineering Physics; Computer Science and Engineering; Computer Science and Engineering Technology; Engineering with more than five concentrations including Biomedical, Civil, and Computer; and an Engineering Technology degree which also offers more than five concentrations, including Aeronautical Electrical/Mechanical, Materials Joining, and Electrical. At the graduate level, LETU offers two engineering degrees, the Master of Engineering and the Master of Engineering Management.

  • Engineering Physics
  • Computer Science and Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering Technology
  • Engineering
  • Engineering Technology
  • Master of Engineering Management
  • Master of Engineering

50 Top Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Among the first things a new Christian learns about is the “Great Commission” referenced in Matthew 28.  As Christians mature in the faith, God puts His call on people to obey this mandate in formal overseas and/or cross-cultural mission work.  Early Church history details the expansion of mission organizations and chronicles the spread of the Gospel around the world.  Some may say that the age of mission boards and formal missionaries is over.  Others say that just because the United States appears to have a ‘post-modern’ or ‘post-Christian’ culture does not negate the need for the Gospel to be taken to new people groups around the world.  CUO recognizes the need for missions – both cross-cultural and foreign – and presents the top 50 Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017.

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University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Prichard, Alabama. Established in 1961as a junior college, originally, the school was founded in affiliation with the Alabama Baptist Convention. Formerly known as Mobile College, the school achieved university status in the early 1990’s at which time its current name was adopted. Built upon the core values of “Christ-centered; Academically focused; Student Devoted; and Distictively-driven”, the University of Mobile is “intentionally dedicated to Biblically-based Christian culture in heritage, faith, and practice” and is committed to “providing educational programs of the highest quality to its students.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

The University of Mobile is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a wide range of degree programs. The University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Christian Ministries; School of Education; and the School of Nursing. The University of Mobile offers a single missions-oriented degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies. An interdisciplinary degree, the Intercultural Studies program offers training and instruction in a wide range of necessary skills and knowledge including apologetics, biblical studies, community hygiene, cross-cultural communications, leadership training, missiology, political science, theology, world religion and much more. Most students choose to minor in a foreign language in order to be further prepared for a cross-cultural career. Besides classroom learning, students are encouraged to participate in University’s ministry and service-learning programs and projects including local cross-cultural ministry teams, national and global intercultural internship opportunities, international service projects and more.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies

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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Seattle, Washington. The University was founded in 1891 in conjunction with the Oregon and Washington Conference of the Free Methodist Church. Originally called the Seattle Seminary, in 1913 the school was renamed Seattle Seminary and College and in 1915 adopted the new name of Seattle Pacific College. Today, Seattle Pacific University’s mission is to be a “Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.” Seattle Pacific University ‘s main campus sits on 43 acres in the northern end of Queen Ann Hill, just four miles north of downtown Seattle. The University also owns and operates two satellite campuses, including a wilderness field station on Blakely Island in the San Juan Islands which specializes in biology.

Seattle Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 students, including more than 3,00 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Seattle Pacific University offers a wide range of academic programs at both the undergraduate and graduate-levels and is comprised of the College of Arts & Sciences and several schools including the School of Health Sciences; the School of Business, Government, & Economics; the School of Psychology, Family, & Community; the School of Education; and the School of Theology. A single mission-oriented degree program is offered, namely the Christian Theology major with an emphasis in Christian Mission. Students are encouraged to participate in ministry and service-learning, with opportunities including the University’s study abroad program, internships, service learning and missions trips.

  • Christian Theology major – Christian Mission

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Palm Beach Atlantic University

Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, comprehensive, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The University was established in 1968 by founder Jess C. Moody, the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. An interdenominational school more than 25 denominations represented within the University’s student body. Palm Beach Atlantic University is “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles” and views its mission as being to “prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and selected professions.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students,  with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

More than 50 undergraduate and graduate-level programs are available and through Palm Beach Atlantic University’s several colleges and schools, which cover the areas of Business; Arts & Sciences; Communication & Media; Education & Behavioral Studies; Leadership; Ministry; Music & Fine Arts; Nursing; and Pharmacy. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a Cross-Cultural Studies major that is designed to equip students with the “knowledge, skills and character needed for effective transformational work in international and/or urban settings”, teaching them how to “understand and interpret cross-cultural social contexts.” Some of the advantages of this program are the hands-on learning opportunities students have in a multicultural, urban environment; access to a faculty that truly cares about students; specialized training in urban ministry; and the opportunity for continued mentoring by faculty post-graduation. Opportunities for hands-on experiences include Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship projects, internships with local church and para-church ministries, 20-plus annual University mission trips, and more.

  •         Palm Beach Atlantic University is a private, comprehensive, interdenominational Christian institution located in West Palm Beach, Florida. The University was established in 1968 by founder Jess C. Moody, the pastor of First Baptist Church of West Palm Beach. An interdenominational school more than 25 denominations represented within the University’s student body. Palm Beach Atlantic University is “dedicated to the intentional integration of Christian principles” and views its mission as being to “prepare students for lifelong learning and leadership by offering excellent undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of study in the Arts, Humanities, Sciences and selected professions.” Palm Beach Atlantic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1972. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of approximately 4,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students,  with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 50 undergraduate and graduate-level programs are available and through Palm Beach Atlantic University’s several colleges and schools, which cover the areas of Business; Arts & Sciences; Communication & Media; Education & Behavioral Studies; Leadership; Ministry; Music & Fine Arts; Nursing; and Pharmacy. Palm Beach Atlantic University offers a Cross-Cultural Studies major that is designed to equip students with the “knowledge, skills and character needed for effective transformational work in international and/or urban settings”, teaching them how to “understand and interpret cross-cultural social contexts.” Some of the advantages of this program are the hands-on learning opportunities students have in a multicultural, urban environment; access to a faculty that truly cares about students; specialized training in urban ministry; and the opportunity for continued mentoring by faculty post-graduation. Opportunities for hands-on experiences include Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Workship projects, internships with local church and para-church ministries, 20-plus annual University mission trips, and more.
    • Cross-Cultural Studies major


 

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Founded by the Wesleyan Church the school came into existence 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. Today, OKWU boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. 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. OKWU offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of the Schools of Business, Education, Nursing, and Ministry & Christian Thought. It is through this latter School that OKWU offers its residential Global Studies program. Made available through a partnership with Voice of the Martyrs (VOM), this unique Bachelor’s degree seeks to prepare students to “pursue ministry both domestic and globally among persons of different languages and cultures.” Students are taught practical skills which enable them to be effective in intercultural ministry and through VOM are taught about the needs surrounding the persecuted church. OKWU with VOM offers a Mini-Term program which helps students “discover biblical truth about persecution, evil, and suffering” and “learn about opportunities to find practical solutions that may serve and minister to [those living in] hostile and restricted nations”. Opportunities to minister and learn through service include both study abroad and missions trips.

  • Global Studies major

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OC was established in 1950 as Central Christian College and since that time has only expanded and grown, both in numbers and in the range of programs offered. Operating off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and borders the city of Edmond, OC has a strategic location which allows students to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, within the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere. 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. The University’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.”

Oklahoma Christian University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. OC offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study and is comprised of five academic divisions: the College of Engineering and Computer Science; the College of Liberal Arts; and the College of Natural and Health Sciences. OC offers a single missions-oriented degree program, the Bachelor of Arts in Missions. OC’s Missions program seeks to acquaint students with the biblical text along with the “necessary auxiliary studies to allow special preparation for mission work.” OC operates a Center for Global Missions which brings together more than 1,000 students, faculty and staff members to participate in over 30 ministry and service opportunities annually. The Center’s Mission Programs include summer and spring Break mission trips, Internships with R.A.M. (Rural American Ministries), the HIM (Helpers In Missions) Program, opportunities for Third-Culture Kids (TCK) and more.

  • B.A. Missions

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Judson University

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

Judson University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. More than 65 majors, minors and concentrations are available with traditional undergraduate programs offered through the Departments of Architecture, Art & Design, Biblical & Theological Studies, Business, Christian Ministries, Education, English, Exercise & Sports Sciences, History, Music, Psychology & Sociology, Science & Mathematics, Speech Communication & Performing Arts, and Worship Arts. Several adult degree completion programs are offered as well as a variety of graduate degrees. Judson University offers a single missions-oriented degree program, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Leadership (Missions). Students are highly encouraged to participate in ministry and service-learning with opportunities including local ministry, field experience, and Global Outreach service trips. With a mission to “educate, equip, and empower” Judson University strives to instill in Christian Ministries majors the knowledge and skills necessary to “be a lifelong spiritual leader who shapes ministries that shape the world”.

  • B.A. Intercultural Leadership (Missions)

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San Diego Christian College

San Diego Christian College (SDC) is a private, coeducational Christian institution of higher learning located in Santee, California. Established as the Christian Heritage College in 1970 by Drs. Tim LaHeye, Art Peters, and Henry Morris, it was the founders’ desire to create an institution that would “equip students with an education that trains both mind and heart.” In 2005 the College was renamed San Diego Christian College and in 2014 was moved to its current location in Santee. SDC describes its mission as being to “educate and inspire students through the truth of Scripture and the development of competencies that prepare graduates whose purpose is to impact the world.” The College’s vision is to “prepare academically equipped, culturally and globally involved graduates with a biblical worldview and godly character to serve God.” SDC has a total enrollment figure of 900 students, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

San Diego Christian College offers a range of academic programs including traditional undergraduate, adult & online, and graduate-level programs. Among these, two of SDC’s degrees are missions-minded, namely their Biblical Studies major which may be paired with an Intercultural Studies minor or emphasis and an Aviation major which offers a missionary emphasis. This latter program seeks to provide a “seamless integration of faith, academics and flight training” and provides students with the opportunity to complete their certificates and ratings in an accelerated program which allows them to begin their professional aviation career while completing degree requirements. SDC’s Biblical Studies program places “high value on biblical scholarship and intellect, as well as the intent to incorporate biblical truths into everyday life.” The program further seeks to give students “the tools needed to grow their faith, become stronger examples of Christ to others, and ultimately lead others to Him.”

  • Biblical Studies major -Intercultural studies
  • Aviation – missionary

 

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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 in honor of 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 strives 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 as 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. Comprised of seven schools, these include the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, the School of Music and Fine Arts, the School of Nursing, the School of Science and Mathematics, and the Guy D. Newman Honors Academy. Just over 1,000 students are enrolled at the university, most of which are undergraduate students. Howard Payne University offers two missions-oriented degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian Studies with a cross-cultural studies concentration and the Bachelor of Arts in Cross Cultural Studies. Howard Payne University encourages its students to participate in ministry and service learning and offers opportunities for such with community missions, state school ministry, internships, study abroad and more.

  • Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Christian Studies – Cross-Cultural Studies
  • B.A. Cross-Cultural Studies

 

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Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist University (SBU) is a private, four-year comprehensive evangelical Christian institution located in Bolivar, Missouri. SBU was founded in 1878 in Lebanon, MO as the Southwest Baptist College. In 1879 the college received its charter from the state of Missouri and moved to its current location in Bolivar. Today SBU has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including approximately 3,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. In 1957 SBU was granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. SBU’s mission statement is clear and concise, declaring the institution to be a “Christ-centered, caring academic community preparing students to be servant leaders in a global society.” SBU holds to the core values of Christian Distinctiveness; Compassion and Care for SBU Family; Academic Excellence; and Social and Spiritual Development.

Southwest Baptist University is comprised of several colleges and schools including the College of Education and Social Sciences; the College of Science and Mathematics; the Geneva Casebolt College of Music, Arts and Letters; the Mercy College of Nursing and Health Science; the Robert W. Plaster College of Business and Computer Science; and the Courts Redford College of Theology and Ministry. It is through this last College that SBU offers its Intercultural Studies major. The first of its kind in the nation, SBU’s Intercultural Studies program has served as a model for other universities. Students are required to complete a six-month semester abroad experience, working with established missionaries in order to learn hands-on ministry-skills, language acquisition and culture acclimation. Students may also select a market skill platform with this degree for the purpose of having a marketable skill necessary for “entering a restricted country or when pursuing bivocational ministry”. Options include computer science, business management, education, English as a second language, sports management, social work and more.

  • Intercultural Studies major

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. Harding University was established in 1924 when two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, merged to create Harding College (eventually achieving university status in 1979). Named in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education”, Harding University is “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and serves a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. The University’s main mission is to “provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.” Harding University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954.

Harding University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Harding University offers more than 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, as well as 14 professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees. Comprised of several Colleges, these include the College of Allied Health, The College of Arts and Humanities, the Paul R. Carter College of Business Administration, the Cannon-Clary College of Education, the Car College of Nursing, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Bible & Ministry. It is through this last College that Harding University offers its Bible & Ministry major with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural studies. Harding University is home to the Center for World Missions which recruits and trains students for both long- and short-term missions with programs including Global Outreach, the Harding-in-Zambia (HIZ) International Program, and the Missionary Training Village at Harding University Tahkodah (H.U.T.). In addition to these, the University offers students the opportunity to participate in internships and local outreach ministries.

  • Bible & Ministry major – Cross-Cultural studies

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Montreat College

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

Montreat College has a total enrollment figure of 1,000, including more than 800 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Montreat College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs in a broad range of fields along with several adult undergraduate programs and online degree programs. An undergraduate Bible & Religion major is offered with an emphasis in Cross-Cultural Studies. This emphasis is “especially suited for those who want to enter into world missions or work in an international context” and includes courses such as contemporary mission practices, theology, cultural anthropology and world religions. Montreat College seeks to prepare Bible and Religion students to work with “children, youth, and families in a variety of organizations both in the United States and in other cross-cultural contexts.” Student ministry opportunities include Montreat College’s Fall Service Retreat, Call to Action Week, Spring Break Mission Trips and more.

  • Bible & Religion major – Cross-Cultural Studies

 

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Nyack College

Nyack College is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Nyack, New York. Sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Nyack College is home to the official seminary of the denomination. The College began as the Missionary Training Institute, and was founded in New York City by Dr. A.B. Simpson in 1882. Simpson resigned from a prestigious New York City pastorate in order to create an interdenominational fellowship which would be devoted to serving unreached people. Nyack College’s mission has remained unchanged throughout the years; its goal is that through its various undergraduate, graduate, and seminary programs, men and women would be prepared to “take the whole Gospel to the whole world.” Nyack College endeavors to “exalt Jesus Christ and fulfill its mission by being: Academically Excellent; Globally Engaged; Intentionally Diverse; Personally Transforming; and Socially Relevant.” The College operates multiple campuses including its Residential Rockland Campus in Nyack, NY and the Undergraduate New York City Campus on Washington Street.

Nyack College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1962. Nyack College offers a variety of degrees and majors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Comprised of multiple colleges, schools, and the Alliance Theological Seminary, these include the College of Bible and Christian Ministry; College of arts and Science; School of Education; School of Music; School of Social Work; School of Business and Leadership; Alliance Graduate School of Counseling; and the School of Nursing. In addition to its on-site programs, Nyack College also offers a number of online programs for non-traditional students. Two missions-oriented degrees are offered, namely a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies with concentrations available in International Development, Global Outreach, and Global Entrepreneurship and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies. Opportunities for ministry and hands-on experience include Nyack College’s Global Service Learning programs and internships with various organizations.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies

 

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Trinity International University

Trinity International University is a private evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Deerfield, Illinois. The University came into existence in the 1940s when the Bible Institute of the Swedish Evangelical Free Church of America and the Norwegian-Danish Bible Institute and Academy merged, forming Trinity Seminary and Bible College. In the 1960s that the seminary (which was later renamed Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and the college (renamed Trinity College) moved from their previous location in Chicago to Deerfield. Today, Trinity International University’s mission lies in its commitment to its four core values of “Christ Centeredness, Community Focus, Church Connectedness, and Cultural Engagement.” The University goes on to state that “Trinity’s purpose is to enable its graduates to think and live like Christians in the twenty-first century. We believe that God calls his people into many kinds of service; Trinity’s calling is to prepare them to serve for his glory.”

Trinity International University has a total enrollment figure more than 2,000, including approximately 900 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and schools and has been so since 1996. A wide range of traditional, adult undergraduate and online degree programs are offered as well as graduate programs through the University’s Divinity School, Graduate School, Law School and online. Trinity International University offers a bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministries with an emphasis on Intercultural Ministries. A 56-60 credit hour program, between 22 and 29 of those hours are spent in the student’s chosen area of emphasis. Christian Ministries majors are also required to complete 400 hours of integrative field experience with local churches and organizations. Opportunities for ministry both locally and internationally include mission trips with some of Trinity International University’s global partnerships.

  • Christian Ministries major

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LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. LETU is named in honor of its founder, Mr. R.G. LeTourneau, and was chartered by the State of Texas in February of 1946 as the LeTourneau Technical Institute. LETU’s original mission was to be a training institute for veterans returning from WWII, however, the institution’s scope soon expanded to include much more. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its educational centers located in Dallas and Houston as well as online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. 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.

LeTourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. The University offers four-year ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs as well as a number of traditional undergraduate degree programs and master’s degree programs. LETU’s undergraduate Christian Ministry major (leading to either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science) focuses on service and is especially geared towards students interested in pursuing ministry in local churches, para-church organizations, or in foreign missions. With the goal of equipping students to become competent students and teachers of God’s Word, LETU provides students the opportunity to put their classroom learning into practice through the Christian Service Assignment and the Christian Ministry Internship. Opportunities for campus, community and international ministries are also available to all students as are LETU’s study abroad programs.

  • B.A./B.S. Christian Ministry

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Waynesburg University

Located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Waynesburg University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution. Waynesburg University was established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is named in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A ., Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students “to make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.” This mission statement continues, “As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.” Waynesburg University is one of only 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program which awards more than a dozen community service scholarships to deserving students each year. The University is accredited through the Middle States Commission on higher Education and has been so since 1950

Waynesburg University currently has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, including approximately 1,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Waynesburg University offers more than 70 undergraduate academic concentrations as well as several graduate programs. Two missions-oriented degree programs are offered, namely a Biblical & Ministry Studies major with concentrations in either International Mission or Latin American Studies, and an International Studies major (which is also available as a minor) with concentrations in International Business and International Culture. This latter program offers much flexibility for students, allowing them to take “a broad view or concentrate on the business aspects of international concerns”, but does require a minimum of four weeks spent studying abroad. In addition to the study abroad program, Waynesburg University offers students the opportunity to participate in missions and service trips.

  • Biblical & Ministry Studies, major
  • International Studies, major

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Toccoa, Georgia on a beautiful 1,100 acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1907 by R. A. Forrest, Toccoa Falls College began as the Golden Valley Institute in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina, originally, before relocating the school to its current location in 1911. By 1937 the school’s four-year college program was chartered and the school received permission to grant its first Bachelor of Arts degree. Toccoa Falls College’s mission is to “glorify God through seeking and developing Christian servant leaders who will impact the world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.” The school’s vision is for Toccoa Falls College to “be known as a premier Christian college that uniquely integrates biblical truth, academic excellence and intentional spiritual formation within a caring community.”

Toccoa Falls College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000 with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1983. Toccoa Falls College offers nine undergraduate degree programs through its three schools, namely the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, and the School of Professional Studies. Both a Cross-Cultural Studies major is offered as well as a Cross-Cultural Adult Education major. Several missions-oriented minors are also available including the subjects of Church Planting and Enlargement, Cross-Cultural Bible Teaching and Counseling, Cross-Cultural TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Discipleship, Sustainable Development, and World Religion. Students, particularly those interested in the area of Missions and Cross-Culture studies, are encouraged to take advantage of Toccoa Falls College’s semester abroad programs or internship opportunities in order to better expand their own intercultural experience and learn through working and ministering in a real-world atmosphere.

  •         Cross-Cultural Adult Education, major
  •         Cross-Cultural Studies, major

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Northwest University

Northwest University is a regionally accredited Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. The University began as the Northwest Bible Institute, having been established in 1934 by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. The institution experienced several name changes before finally adopting its current title in 2005. Northwest University describes its mission as being to “carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.” The University’s campus includes 56 semi-wooded acres which overlook beautiful Lake Washington and is mere minutes away from the city of Seattle, offering students access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the 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 more than 1,000 students, over 900 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. A variety of undergraduate majors and programs are offered in addition to Adult Evening programs, graduate study, and online programs. Northwest University offers two missions-oriented degree programs, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Africa Studies, Asia Studies, Cross-Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, First Nations Ministry, University Ministry, and Urban Ministry and the Master of Arts in Missional Leadership (MAML). The former program offers the benefit of small class sizes, allowing students to receive one-on-one interaction with faculty members who have personal field experience. A wide range of internship and study abroad opportunities are also available to undergraduate students, allowing them to have an immersive experience in their chosen area of concentration.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. in Missional Leadership

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Messiah College

Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, about eight miles outside of Harrisburg. The College was founded by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909 and was originally called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. By the early 1920s the school had evolved into a junior college and in 1951 was renamed Messiah College, having by then developed its initial four-year college program. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation with the Brethren in Christ Church, Messiah College is a nondenominational institution. The College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” Messiah College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Messiah College holds its accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education which granted its initial accreditation back in 1963. More than 80 majors and pre-professional programs are available at Messiah College in addition to nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. The College is divided into four schools, each of which house multiple departments, including the School of Arts; the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences; the School of Science Engineering and Health; and the School of Humanities which is home to nine departments ranging from Biblical and Religious Studies to Modern Languages. It is through this latter school that Messiah College offers its two mission-minded degrees, namely the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Religious Studies with an emphasis on World Christianity and a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministries with an emphasis on Cross-Cultural Ministries. Encouraging students to become active and involved in hands-on ministry and service learning, Messiah College offers plenty of opportunity for this with their study abroad/cross-cultural practicum, internship programs and more.

  • B.A. Biblical and Religious Studies – World Christianity
  • B.A. Christian Ministries – Cross-Cultural Ministries

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Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the Genesee Valley in the hamlet of Houghton, New York. Houghton College is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church and was established in 1883. Founded as a high school known as Houghton Seminary, by the mid-1920s the school had grown into a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter by the state of New York in 1927. Houghton College achieved accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in 1935. Today, Houghton College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff live either on-campus in or close proximity to the College. The residential experience is highly valued by the College and on-campus housing is provided in the form of several residence halls and townhouses.

Houghton College offers a wide variety of majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs which are available in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online courses. In terms of mission-oriented degrees, Houghton College offers a Theology major with a concentration in Missions & Intercultural Studies as well as an Intercultural Studies major and an International Development major with minor options in International Development, Linguistics, Missions, Public Health, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). The International Studies major in particular seeks to prepare students to serve “around the world in and in the US in fields such as missions, Bible translation, community and international development, health services, education, relief work, refugee services and other service-oriented vocations in diverse cultural contexts.” Houghton College encourages students to become involved in hands-on service and learning and offers missions trip opportunities as well as internships with various organizations.

  • Theology major – Missions & Intercultural Studies
  • International Development majorIntercultural Studies major

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University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Located in Belton, Texas, The University of Mary-Hardin Baylor (UMHB) is a private, co-educational, Christian institution of higher learning. The oldest continuously operating college in the state, UMHB was foundeded 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. By 1971 the school, which had been the oldest college for women west of the Mississippi, became co-educational and accepted its first male students. Today, UMHB’s mission 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 has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,800 students with an average student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. UMHB is comprised 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. UMHB offers a single mission-oriented degree, the Bachelor of Christian Ministry with a concentration in Christian Missions. This concentration is designed to prepare students “for a life of sharing the gospel in cross-cultural and diverse settings.” Among the classes required in this program are specific courses which relate to the history and methodology of missions, discipleship and evangelism, cross-cultural ministry, and more. Each student enrolled in this program is required to complete a 3-semester hour supervised ministry practicum, which allows them to gain hands-on experience in a ministry setting. Other ministry opportunities include UMHB’s international mission trips, Summer Camp and local ministry.

  • Bachelor of Christian Ministry – Christian Missions

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Grand Canyon University

Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private, coeducational, research institution and the premier Christian university within the state. Established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, before it achieved university status, the school was known as Grand Canyon College. In 2004 after experiencing severe financial difficulties during the early part of the twenty-first century, GCU became the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. Since that time, the University has seen rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  The University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Grand Canyon University’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

Grand Canyon University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. A wide range of degrees and programs are offered and the University is comprised of multiple colleges. These include 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. Grand Canyon University’s curriculum is presented from a biblical worldview and students are taught to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. The University offers two mission-oriented degree programs, namely a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies with an emphasis in Global Ministry and a Master of Divinity also with a Global Ministry emphasis. Students are encouraged to branch out in ministry and service both at home and abroad and Grand Canyon University offers plenty of opportunities with local outreach programs, global outreach opportunities, and study abroad programs.

  • B.A. Christian Studies – Global Ministry
  • Master of Divinity – Global Ministry

 

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Eastern University

Eastern University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Saint Davids, Pennsylvania, just west of Philadelphia.  Established in 1925 as the Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary, the school founders’ original purpose was to create a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination. It was not until 1932 that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school became known as Eastern College and in 2005 achieved university status. It was also in 2005 that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, the mission of Eastern University is to be “dedicated to the preparation of undergraduate, theological and graduate students for thoughtful and productive lives of Christian faith, leadership and service.”  The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including approximately 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Eastern University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs and is comprised of the College of Arts and Sciences, The College of Business and Leadership, The College of Education, The College of Health and Social Sciences, The College of Theology and Ministry, and The Templeton Honors College. Besides these, the University also contains the Palmer Theological Seminary and Esperanza College. Eastern University offers three missions-oriented degree programs, as well as a couple of minors. These include a Bachelor of Arts in Missiology and Anthropology (undergraduate minor options include both Anthropology and Missiology), a Master of Arts in Theological and Cultural Anthropology, and a Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in International Development. Student ministry and cross-cultural opportunities abound with the University’s field experience opportunities, internships, study abroad, student ministry organizations and more.

  • B.A. Missiology and Anthropology
  • M.A. Theological and Cultural Anthropology
  • Master of Divinity/M.A. International Development

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Malone University

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

Malone University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including College of Theology, Arts and Sciences; the School of Education and Human Development; the School of Business and Leadership; and the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. More than 40 majors, 42 minors, and nearly a dozen graduate degree programs are offered. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1964. Malone University offers two mission-oriented degrees, a Bachelor of Arts in Missions and Cross-Cultural Ministries and a Global and International Studies program which is designed to serve as a secondary major. Malone University encourages its students to be active in service and ministry and offers many opportunities for ministry and cross-cultural experiences through its internship programs, service learning opportunities, study abroad programs, and student teaching.

  • B.A. Missions and Cross-Cultural Ministries
  • Global & International Studies, secondary major

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. The University was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in 1920 as Marion College, originally. Since that time, the institution has expanded and grown to offer a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered academic community” which is “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 14,500, including more than 10,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University offers nearly 100 undergraduate majors and approximately 40 graduate degree programs and is comprised of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and the Graduate School. The University offers three missions-oriented degree programs, with undergraduate majors in Global Ministries, International and Community Development, and Intercultural Studies. The Bachelor of Arts in Global Ministries in particular is designed to equip students to “serve in cross-cultural ministry and home and abroad” and combines courses in classical religious studies (bible, religion, theology, philosophy, history, and missiology) with practical intercultural studies courses focused on cross-cultural life and ministry. Students of all majors are encouraged to volunteer and learn through service, and Indiana Wesleyan University offers plenty of opportunities with local, domestic, and international trips, internships and more.

  • Global ministries major
  • International and Community Development major
  • Intercultural Studies major

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. The University was founded in 1968 and was charted as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly. One of the main factors which caused the General Assembly to choose the area of Mount Vernon was its proximity to a significant portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). In addition to its main campus, the University operates several satellite locations across Ohio in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark; these locations serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional Students.

More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s many schools which include the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; The School of Theology and Philosophy; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Jetter School of Business. Mount Vernon Nazarene University offers two mission-minded degree programs, including a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Ministries and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Biblical and Theological Teaching, Business Administration, Church Ordination, Communication Studies, Political Science, Teaching English as Second or Other Language (TESOL) and Modern Language (to be paired with an English or Spanish minor). The University encourages student involvement in service and ministry and offers many opportunities including internships, CoSMO programs (short for Community Service and Ministry Opportunities), service learning trips, semesters abroad in both domestic and international locations, and more.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • B.A. Urban Ministries

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The Master’s University

The Master’s University (previously known as The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. John F. MacArthur serves as the University’s president and the institution is affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly which is pastured by MacArthur. Originally called the Los Angeles Baptist College, The Master’s University was established in 1927. Today, The Master’s University’s mission is to “empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including over 1,000 undergraduates students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The Master’s University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1975.

A comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, The Master’s University offers a wide range of programs with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. An undergraduate major in Biblical Studies with a Global Studies emphasis is offered, as well as a Global Studies minor. The Global Studies emphasis concentrates on helping students understand different cultures and international vocations and is particularly designed for students with a desire to serve in overseas missions. Students are required to complete a 9 to 12 week summer session or semester in a global ministry context, during which time students are mentored by expatriate and international partners. Students are also required to study language for this emphasis. Additional opportunities for student ministry and international experience include the University’s study abroad programs, short-term missions trips, and local ministry outreaches.

  •   Biblical Studies major -Global Studies Emphasis       

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas, on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas, overlooking the Mountain Creek Lake. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, DBU was founded in 1898 as Decatur Baptist College, the first two-year institution of higher education in the state of Texas. In the 1960s the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College before obtaining university status in 1985. DBU’s mission is to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” 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 to 1.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and 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. More than 70 undergraduate majors are offered in addition to nearly 30 master’s programs, more than 55 duel master’s degree programs, and two doctoral programs. DBU offers two missions-oriented degrees, namely an Intercultural Studies (Missions) major and a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies/Master of Arts in Global Leadership. Student service and ministry is highly encouraged and DBU offers several programs and opportunities including Baptist Student Ministries, Intercessory Prayer team, Habitat for Humanity, Ministry Fellowship and much more.

  • Intercultural Studies (Missions) major
  • B.A. Biblical Studies/ M.A. Global Leadership

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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. Named one of the top 10 regional colleges in the West by U.S. News & World Report for two dozen consecutive years, OBU was established in 1910 and is owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. OBU’s mission is 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.” The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University’s student body is filled with diversity, with representatives from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries.

Oklahoma Baptist University offers a number of bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 areas of study as well as several graduate-level programs and degrees. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. In terms of mission-mindedness, OBU offers three degree programs through the College of Humanities and Social Sciences as well as through the Herschel H. Hobbs College of Theology and Ministry: a Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Cultural Ministry with emphases in International Church Planting and Orality Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies; and a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies.  OBU holds the distinction of being the world’s leading college in the number of alumni who serve as missionaries through the Southern Baptist International Mission Board and the University encourages students to participate in the global outreach and local outreach opportunities that OBU provides.

  •         B.A. Cross-Cultural Ministry
  •         B.A. Global Studies
  •         M.A. Intercultural Studies

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Firmly planted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, APU boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of approximately 10,000. APU’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. The University was established in 1899 by a Methodist Evangelist along with a group of Quakers and in Whittier, California. The first Bible college founded in California, APU was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. The University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. These include the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). APU offers three missions-oriented degree programs, including a Christian Ministries major with concentrations in Intercultural Christian Ministries and Ministry in Urban and Social Service Contexts; a Global Studies major; and a Doctor of Ministry. Students are encouraged to participate in APU’s ministry programs and service-learning opportunities, including Summer Mission trips, mission teams, and programs offered through APU’s Center for Vocational Ministry.

  • Christian Ministries major
  • Global Studies major
  • Doctor of Ministry

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. The University was established in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Originally called the Central College, in 1917 the name Huntington College was chosen and in 1961 the College received its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 the school achieved University status and its current name was adopted. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including approximately 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are offered including two missions-oriented programs, a Master of Arts in Global Youth Ministry and an undergraduate Missions major. The latter program is offered through the Huntington University Department of Ministry and Missions; a key distinctive of this program is PRIME, a 7-month long ministry experience which takes place in various locations off-campus. More than an internship, PRIME is a unique program which offer students “intensive mentoring by a proven ministry leader”. The Department’s mission is “to develop thoughtful and faithful leaders who will equip others for effective ministry.” In addition to PRIME, Huntington University offers students several ministry opportunities including Spring Break and J-term short term missions trips and programs through the Friesen Center for Volunteer Service.  

  • Missions major
  • M.A. Global Youth Ministry

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in California’s Central Valley, FPU maintains four regional campuses in Central California in addition to its main 50 acre campus in the southeast Fresno area. Regional sites for FPU include the the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. Established in 1944, FPU ranks in the top tier of their category and boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. 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.

Fresno Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. The University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools which include the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences, the School of Natural Sciences, and the Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary. Each program emphasize Christian values, ethics, and character development and FPU promises students a four-year graduation guarantee and boasts fairly high retention and graduation rates. FPU offers two missions-oriented degrees – a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Cross-Cultural Studies, Global Mission, Justice and International Development, and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). FPU offers students a number of opportunities for ministry and service-learning including campus and local ministry, global missions, and study abroad programs, among others.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. in Intercultural Studies

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota. Bethel University was established in 1871 as the Baptist Union Theological Seminary by John Alexis Edgren. The seminary’s original purpose was to train Swedish Baptist immigrants who had fled Europe to escape persecution to serve as pastors in the New World. In 1914 the Baptist General Conference (now known as Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary and moved the institution to its current location. At the end of the Second World War the school was chartered as a four-year collegiate institution and was renamed the Bethel College & Seminary. Since then the institution has only continued to grow and in 2004 the name Bethel University was adopted. The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including approximately 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959. The University offers a broad scope of programs across its four schools, which include the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Adult & Professional Studies, the Graduate School, and Bethel Seminary. More than 100 degree options are currently offered, including nearly 90 undergraduate majors, 11 pre-professional programs, and nearly a dozen graduate-level degrees. Bethel University offers three mission-minded degrees, with a Missional Ministries major, a Bachelor of Arts in SocioCultural Studies with an emphasis on Global and Urban Missions, and a Third-World Studies major (this latter program is designed to be paired with another major). Bethel University encourages its students to participate in volunteer work and service-learning projects; several opportunities exist for students to do so including the various mission trips organized by Bethel University, local community outreach and outreach in the Twin Cities.

  • Missional Ministries major – Cross-Cultural Missions
  • Third-World Studies major
  • B.A. SocioCultural Studies – Global and Urban Missions emphasis

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Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Eugene, Oregon. NCU was established in 1895 by Eugene Claremont Sanderson as the Eugene Divinity School (EDS) and is historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The school’s name was changed multiple times before it’s current name was adopted 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 has a total enrollment of nearly 750 students, including over 500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1 and an average class size of 16.

Northwest Christian University 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 offers a Christian Ministry major with concentrations in pastoral ministry, youth ministry and missions. Designed to prepare students to serve Christ and the church, classes are taught by faculty who have been and continue to be faithful in ministry to the church. With a goal to train students for “the missional task in the Lord’s work,” NCU’s “academics are interconnected with real life ministry with a goal to create a passion for God’s Word and God’s world.” In keeping with this, NCU offers an abundance of ministry, volunteer and service learning opportunities. These include mission trips to locations such as Mexico, San Francisco and Cambodia; local service projects and local youth ministries; internships with local churches and parachurch organizations; summer camps and more.

  • Christian Ministry major – Missions

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Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Bourbonnais, Illinois on a 275 acre park-like campus within the beautiful Kankakee River Valley. Established in the early 1900s as a grammar school by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association, in 1909 the school was chartered as a liberal arts college and named the Illinois Holiness College. Not long after this, in 1912, the college was given to the Church of the Nazarene and in 1986, after experiencing several decades of growth and change, formally adopted the name Olivet Nazarene University. Today, Olivet Nazarene University’s mission “is to provide high-quality academic instruction for the purpose of personal development, career and professional readiness, and the preparation of individuals for lives of service to God and humanity.” The University’s motto is, “Education with a Christian Purpose.” Olivet Nazarene University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 5,000, including approximately 3,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, the School of Engineering, the School of Life and Health Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Theology and Christian Ministry. Degrees awarded include associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs. In terms of mission-oriented degrees, Olivet Nazarene University offers both a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Ministerial Missions as well as a Missions/Intercultural Studies minor. Several ministry and service opportunities exist including cross-cultural ministry field experience, the University’s Missions in Action (M.I.A.) program, local volunteer opportunities, and study abroad.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • B.S. Ministerial Missions

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (abbreviated NNU) is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. One of eight United States liberal arts colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, NNU came into existence in 1913,. Founded by Eugene Emerson, the University began as an elementary school which gradually evolved into a high school, then a junior college, and finally a four-year college in 1937. Today, NNU’s mission is “the transformation of the whole person.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” NNU holds to the values of Transformation; Truth; Community; and Service. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including approximately 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Northwest Nazarene University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. NNU offers nearly 60 areas of study across its twenty academic departments, including several graduate degrees, adult and professional programs, and online programs in addition to traditional undergraduate degrees. Four mission-minded degree programs are offered, namely a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Ministry (Missions), a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Studies, a Master of Arts in Missional Leadership, and a Master of Divinity also in Missional Leadership. Designed for students seeking to follow the call of a missionary, either domestic or abroad, NNU’s programs seek to provide a “wide range of foundational knowledge and skills with a specific focus on mission world view.” A number of service opportunities including mission trips exist for students seeking to grow in their faith and experience in ministry.

  • B.A. Intercultural Ministry (Missions)
  • B.A. Cultural Studies
  • M.A. Missional Leadership
  • Master of Divinity Missional Leadership

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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Established in 1823 shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement, the University was originally known as the Jackson Male Academy. In 1925 the Academy, by then having adopted its current name, became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Today, University has been recognized numerous times as one of the best institutions in the South as well as a Best Value College. The mission of Union University is to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” Union University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.

Union University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools, which include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Studies, the McAfee School of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Theology and Missions. It is through this latter School, as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, that Union University offers its missions-oriented degree programs. There three distinct programs, namely the Intercultural Studies major, the Christian Ministry and Missions major, and the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies; two minors, Intercultural Studies and Christian Ministry and Missions, are also available. Designed for students interested in pursuing a calling to the mission field, Union University offers plenty of opportunity to learn and grow through volunteer service and real-world experience. Opportunities for ministry include Union University’s service learning projects, international experiences, “GO trips” ,study abroad programs and more.

  • Intercultural Studies major
  • Christian Ministry and Missions major
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Founded by Lewis Fitzhugh in 1883, the University was originally known as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies. The College was later donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States and in 1954 became a fully coeducational institution after the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students. Today, Belhaven University’s mission is to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” The University’s mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be serve.” Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. Belhaven University offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Three missions-oriented undergraduate programs which culminate in a Bachelor of Arts degree are available, namely an Intercultural Studies major, an International Studies major, and a Biblical Studies major with a concentration in Missions and Cultural Studies. Students are encouraged to serve and have an abundance of programs and opportunities to choose from which both further enhance their education by providing hands-on, real-world experience and allow them to give back to the community and to others. Some of these service and learning opportunities include internships, international mission trips, Urban Ministry, Crisis Counseling, youth work, hospital chaplaincy, Bible Study leadership, study abroad, and much more.

  • B.A. Biblical Studies – Missions and Cultural Relations concentration
  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • B.A. International Studies

 

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Asbury University

Asbury University is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Established in 1890, the University was originally known as the Kentucky Holiness College before changing its name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who is known the “Father of American Methodism”. While originally founded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, today the University is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. Asbury is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres and is located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled, including over 1,500 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Asbury boasts more than 22,000 living alumni who are located all over the world, serving and leading in every state in the Union and at least 80 foreign nations.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. A variety of academic programs are offered by the University through its several colleges and schools which include the College of Arts and Sciences, The Howard Dayton School of Business, the School of Communication Arts, the School of Education and the School of Graduate and Professional studies. Asbury University offers two mission-oriented degrees, with undergraduate majors in Missions and Christian Ministries. Geared towards students interested in pursuing international missions, Asbury University’s Missions Program is available as either a major or a minor and offers students a “strong biblical foundation” with “intercultural communication, cultural and religious diversity”. Students have opportunity to participate in Asbury University’s Spring Break Missions, and Summer of Service. Several mission boards and ministries such as World Gospel Mission, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Operation Mobilization and more are partnered with Asbury University, allowing students to benefit from intercultural internship and transition into career cross-cultural opportunities.

  • Cross Cultural Ministry
  • Missions
  • Christian Ministries

 

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university. Established in 1965 by evangelist Oral Roberts (for whom the University is named), ORU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ORU mission is to educate the whole person – mind, body, and spirit – and promises students a thorough education that is taught within 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 offers four missions-oriented degrees including a Master of Arts in Missions and three undergraduate majors in Global Studies, International Community Development, and Global Ministry and The Marketplace. Offered through the College of Theology and Ministry as well as the College of Arts and Cultural Studies, students are encouraged to take advantage of ORU’s semester abroad program and internships with local and regional non-profit organizations or international aid groups. Students of all majors are also given the opportunity to participate in one of ORU’s mission trips.

  • Global Studies major
  • International Community Development major
  • Global Ministry and The Marketplace major
  • M.A. Missions

 

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Bethel College--IN

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Formally established in 1947, Bethel College began as the vision of Daniel Brenneman, the founder of the Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC), who first called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college and suggested the name Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and purchased land to begin building. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. More than 50 areas of study are available at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including four missions-oriented degrees, namely the Bachelor of Arts in both Intercultural Studies and in Christian Ministries, the Master of Christian Ministries and a Master of Arts in Ministry. Offered through the College’s department of Religion & Philosophy, the Intercultural Studies major, in particular, is designed to provide students with a “solid theological and practical ministry base with significant engagement in the social sciences, culture and geography”. Many students choose to add a minor to this major, the most popular being TESOL, Business, Youth Ministry, Philosophy, Sociology, Family Studies, Biblical Languages, and Spanish. Service opportunities for students include Task Force Service Teams, Summer International Institute (SII), and a Semester Abroad.

  • B.A. Christian Ministries
  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Christian Ministries
  • M.A. Ministry

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Evangel University

Evangel University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution located in Springfield, Missouri on an 80 acre campus. Founded in 1955, Evangel University was the first Pentecostal liberal arts college to be chartered in the United States. The University was established by the General Council of the Assemblies of God, the denomination with which the University remains affiliated. Evangel University’s mission is to educate and equip students “to become Spirit-empowered servants of God who impact the Church and society globally.” In order to accomplish this vision, the University “seeks to provide a living and learning experience within the Judeo-Christian tradition that challenges and fosters the development of the whole person.” With a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including over 1,500 undergraduate students, Evangel University attracts students from every state in the Union as well as from several foreign nations.

Evangel University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1965. Evangel University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including four distinct missions-oriented degrees. These are the Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies (Missions); the Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Intercultural Studies, Global Missions, Member Care, and Islamic Studies; a Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies with concentrations in Missiological Studies and Christian Relief and Development; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural studies also with concentrations in Missiological Studies and Christian Relief and Development. Students at Evangel University have plenty of opportunities to volunteer and serve in programs such as campus ministries, missions trips, children’s ministries, and more. International Studies students may also participate in one of Evangel University’s study abroad programs or intern with local and international organizations to gain valuable hands-on ministry experience.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies

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Regent University

Regent University is a private, Christian research institution, located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Founded in 1977, the University was established by CBN founder, Dr. M.G. “Pat” Robertson, as the Christian Broadcasting Network University for the purpose of “preparing leaders who would not only succeed in their professions, but also advance as Christians equipped to effectively impact their world.” In 1990 the University adopted its current name and today, Regent University’s mission is to serve “as a center for Christian thought and action to provide excellent education through a biblical perspective and global context equipping Christian leaders to change the world.” Regent University has received multiple national awards and recognitions, including being named a Best National University by U.S. News & World Report in 2015; receiving an “A” rating by ACTA; and being named one of the 2015 Military-Friendly Schools by G.I. Jobs.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Regent University offers a wide range of academic programs, from undergraduate majors to graduate-level programs. More than 95 different and fully accredited areas of study are offered by Regent University both on campus and online through the University’s College of Arts and Sciences and seven graduate schools. In the area of mission/intercultural studies, Regent University offers four programs, namely the Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; the Master of Organizational Leadership with an emphasis in International Organizations; the Master of Divinity with an emphasis in International Studies and Missional Discipleship; and a Master of Theology with an Intercultural Studies emphasis. Students are encouraged to participate in the University’s outreach and service opportunities including its “Urban Plunge” mission trip and “Regent Serves” mission trips.

  • B.A. International Studies
  • M.A. Organizational Leadership – International Organizations
  • Master of Divinity – Intercultural Studies or Missional Discipleship
  • Master of Theology – Intercultural Studies

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Anderson University - SC

Anderson University is a private, comprehensive Christian institution located in Anderson, South Carolina. While formally established in 1911, the school traces its roots all the way back to the initial founding of the Johnson Female Seminary in 1848. The seminary was forced to shut down due to the untimely death of its founder, Rev. William Bullein Johnson, and the onset of the Civil War, but was later resurrected in the form of Anderson College (later renamed Anderson University). Anderson University’s mission is to provide “a challenging education grounded in the liberal arts, enhanced by professional and graduate programs and a co-curricular focus on the development of character, servant leadership, and cultural engagement.” Anderson University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1959.

Anderson University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Anderson University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges and schools, including the South Carolina School of the Arts; College of Arts & Sciences; College of Business; College of Christian Studies; School of Criminal Justice; College of Education; School of Interior Design; and School of Nursing. Three missions-oriented programs are available, including an undergraduate major in Christian Ministry with a concentration in Missions, a Master of Ministry and a Doctor of Ministry. Students are encouraged to serve with opportunities including local ministry, international missions, and more. In 2015 Anderson University launched the Great Commission Center with the intent to “help students and faculty expand their involvement in mission activities in the U.S. and abroad.” One of the goals of the Center is to create a more “strategic focus in the mission efforts already occurring involving university students and personnel.”

  • Christian Ministry – Missions
  • Master of Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry

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Crown College

Crown College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, the College sits on a 215 acre campus nestled amid magnificent oaks, rolling hills and clear lakes. Established in 1916, Crown College was originally called the Alliance Training Home; the school’s name changed multiple times over the years, including St. Paul Bible College, before eventually the name Crown College was finally settled upon in 1992. Crown College is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA) denomination, which offers students access to well over 12,000 churches all around the world. The College defines its missions as being to “provide a biblically-based education for Christian leadership in the Christian and Missionary Alliance, the church at large and the world.”

Crown College enjoys a total enrollment figure of more than 1,100, including more than 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. The College is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. Crown College offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs including a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies; a Bachelor of Science in Global and Cultural Studies; a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Christian Studies with an Intercultural Ministries emphasis; an M.A. in Global Leadership with an emphasis in International Christian Education; a Master of Divinity with an Intercultural Ministries concentration; and a Master of Arts in Ministry Leadership with an emphasis in Intercultural Ministries. Students have the opportunity to participate in one of Crown College’s study abroad programs as well as a “Destination: Serve” trip (DS trips) which take students to various locations around the globe allowing them to gain valuable service experience in a different culture and environment.

  • B.A. International Studies
  • B.S. Global and Cultural Studies
  • M.A. Christian Studies – Intercultural Ministries
  • M.A. Global Leadership – International Christian Education
  • Master of Divinity – Intercultural Ministries
  • M.A. Ministry Leadership – Intercultural Ministries

 

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Wheaton College was established in 1860 and founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition. Possessing a strong Christian heritage and known for its solid academic results, Wheaton College is the alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries and martyrs, Jim Elliot and Nate Saint, evangelist Billy Graham, and pastor, John Piper. Out of Wheaton College’s total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 (including nearly 2,500 undergraduates), fully 7% of students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent  an ethnic minority group. Wheaton College’s mission is to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”

Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 19-teens. More than 40 undergraduate majors and a variety of graduate-level programs are offered through the College’s Department of Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, the Department of Global & Experiential Learning and the College’s Graduate School. Two missions-oriented undergraduate majors are offered in International Relations and Urban Studies, as well as three graduate degrees, namely the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Intercultural Studies, the M.A. in Missional Church Movements, and an M.A. in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and Intercultural Studies. Students are highly encouraged to participate in one of Wheaton College’s many service and volunteer opportunities including service learning and mission trips and internships. Students also have the opportunity to participate in one of Wheaton College’s Global Study programs which allow students to gain an U.S. or international cross-cultural experience.

  • International Relations major
  • Urban Studies major
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Missional Church Movements
  • M.A. TESOL and Intercultural Studies

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Liberty University

Liberty University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Lynchburg, Virginia on a 7,000 acre campus nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Established in 1971, today Liberty University is a high ranking institution, the fifth largest university in the United States and the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty University’s mission is to develop “Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential to impact the world.” Liberty University’s mission statement continues, declaring that its goal is to educate “men and women who will make important contributions to their workplaces and communities, follow their chosen vocations as callings to glorify God, and fulfill the Great Commission.”

Liberty University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 80,000, including nearly 50,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1980. An impressive 500 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered by the University in both traditional classroom settings as well as in an online format. Liberty University is divided into more than a dozen colleges and schools which encompass a wide range of subjects. In the area of missions and international studies, Liberty University offers four undergraduate majors and a Master of Arts in Global Studies. These undergraduate degrees include a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Religious Studies with a Global Studies emphasis; B.S. in Global Studies, which is intended to be paired with either a minor or a second major;  B.S. in Youth Ministries with a Global Studies emphasis; and a B.S. Nursing, also with an emphasis in Global Studies. Students have the opportunity to gain real world service and ministry experience by participating in internships, local ministry, domestic and international service trips and more.

  • B.S. Religious Studies – Global Studies
  • B.S. Global Studies
  • B.S. Youth Ministries – Global Studies
  • B.S. Nursing – Global Studies
  • M.A. Global Studies

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Bob Jones University

Bob Jones University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of biblical higher education located in Greenville, South Carolina. Evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. founded the in 1927 with the vision for creating a training center for Christians that would be “distinguished by its academic excellence, refined standards of behavior, and opportunities to appreciate the performing and visual arts” and in which “Christ would be the center of all thought and conduct.” During the early years, the college made a several moves before settling into its current location in Greenville. Bob Jones University’s mission is, “within the cultural and academic soil of liberal arts higher education… to grow Christlike character that is scripturally discipline, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming and focused above.” Bob Jones University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including well over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bob Jones University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 2006. The University offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs through its several colleges and schools which include the School of Religion; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; School of Fine Arts & Communication; and the Seminary & Graduate School of Religion. A Bachelor of Arts in Cross-Cultural Service and in Christian Ministries is available along with a Master of Arts in Ministry Studies, a Master of Divinity, Master of Ministry, and Doctor of Ministry degrees. Each program listed is geared towards students who have a heart for missions and intend to serve as missionaries. Several opportunities for missions and service are available, including Summer Mission teams; local church involvement; faculty/staff led fall mission teams; internships, and more.   

  • BA Cross-Cultural Service
  • BA Christian Ministries
  • MA Ministry Studies
  • Master of Divinity
  • Master of Ministry
  • Doctor of Ministry

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George Fox University

George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was established in 1885 by a Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school’s name was changed to Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) after the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report.

George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. More than 40 undergraduate majors are available as well as several adult degree and graduate-level programs. In the area of missions/intercultural studies, George Fox University offers a Christian Ministries major with a concentration in Missions and an International Studies at the undergraduate level. At the graduate level both a Master of Arts in Intercultural Studies and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership and Global Perspectives are available. Students are highly encouraged to become involved in service and George Fox University offers a wide variety of service opportunities including local outreaches, international missions programs, international and national service programs, internships, and more. The University accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959.

  • Christian Ministries major – Missions concentration
  • International Studies major
  • M.A. in Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Global Perspectives

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California. Founded in 1908, Biola University started as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. A nationally ranked Christian institution, the University strives to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” A leader in both academic quality and innovation, Biola University has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations are offered as well a variety of graduate degrees. A Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies is available with Interdisciplinary or General Intercultural Studies options and several minors including Islamic Studies, Middle East Studies and Missions are also available. At the graduate level, Biola University offers the Master of Arts in Missions, Intercultural Studies, and Christian Education (with an emphasis on Cross-Cultural Education Ministry); a Master of Divinity with a Missions & Intercultural Studies track; a Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Education as well as Intercultural Studies; and the Doctor of Missiology. Biola University offers plenty of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience in service and ministry. Students are encouraged to participate in mission trips – both local and international, – be active in campus ministries, or become involved in the University’s Missions Conference, among other service-learning opportunities.

  • B.A. Intercultural Studies
  • M.A. Christian Education-Cross-Cultural Education Ministry
  • M.A. Missions
  • M.A. Intercultural Studies
  • Master of Divinity -Missions & Intercultural Studies
  • Doctor of Missiology
  • Ph.D. in Intercultural Education
  • Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Abilene, Texas 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. Today ACU is 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. ACU’s mission is to students for “Christian service and leadership throughout the world.” More than 4,500 students are currently enrolled at ACU, including over 3,600 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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. In the area of missions, ACU offers the Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Ministry with a concentration in Missions and in Ministry & Vocation with a concentration in Vocational Missions as well as a minor in Bible, Missions & Ministry. At the graduate level ACU offers a Master of Divinity is available with an emphasis in Missions, a Master of Arts in Global Service and a Doctor of Ministry with a concentration in Leadership for Missional Renewal. ACU requires daily chapel services and mandatory Bible courses and the majority of students spend time volunteering for community service. ACU offers students a wide range of opportunities to serve with Spring Break Campaigns, international missions, internships with mission organizations, and much more.

  • B.A. Bible & Ministry – concentration in Missions
  • B.A. Ministry and Vocation -concentration in Vocational Missions
  • Master of Divinity – Missions
  • M.A. in Global Service
  • Doctor of Ministry -Leadership for Missional Renewal

25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the West 2017

Continuing in our presentation of “Most Beautiful Campuses,”initially presented in the 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017, Christian Universities Online (CUO) now turns attention to the West.  Many of the schools listed on the Top 50 are showcased here as well; some may say that the Western portion of the country has an unfair advantage due to climate, time to plan and space.  As stated previously, by bringing the scope down to a regional level, some additional treasures made their way onto the list.  As you should be aware from our prior rankings, campus appearance should not necessarily be a primary criteria for making a decision; however, a pleasant environment in which to study and learn is not unimportant!  CUO is pleased to present the best the West has to offer when it comes to overall campus beauty.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. FPU was established in 1994 with a mission to develop “students for leadership and service through excellence in Christian higher education” and a vision to become a “leading Christian university known for academic excellence, innovative programming and spiritual vitality.” The university’s main 50 acre campus is located in the southeast Fresno area and FPU also maintains four regional campuses located in Central California, including 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.

The only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley, Fresno Pacific University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. 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 provides 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. Surrounded primarily by residential areas, FPU’s moderately-sized campus features a good layout with plenty of green space (including Ecklund Park and Holman Park), paths and trees. Architectural styles of the University’s facilities are blended with the Marpeck Center serving as a focal point on the campus. Other notable structures include FPU’s Memorial Prayer Chapel, Alumni Hall, East Hall, Hiebert Library, and Seminary House.

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution located in Spokane, Washington. Established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy, the school was originally located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, having been renamed in honor of its founder, and in 1899 relocated first to Tacoma and again to its current location of Spokane in 1914. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to call the college Whitworth University, officially adopting the name in July of 2007. Today, the University’s mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,600, including over 2,300 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools and college, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Continuing Studies. Set on a beautiful, park-like campus, Whitworth’s sprawling grounds are filled with tall pine trees, lovely grassy areas and contemporary, red-brick buildings. Situated in a peaceful, natural setting, Whitworth has poured over $100 million into renovations to the college and grounds, including a new science hall, recreational center, and an expansion to The Cowles Music center, which opened in fall of 2016.

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LeTourneau University

Le Tourneau University (LETU) is a private, interdenominational Christian university located in Longview, Texas. Founded by Mr. R.G. LeTourneau (for whom the University is named), in February of 1946 the State of Texas chartered the school as LeTourneau Technical Institute. The original purpose of LETU to be a training institute for veterans who had returned from World War II; however, the institution’s vision and scope quickly expanded and has only continued to throughout the years. In addition to the university’s main 160-plus acre campus in Longview, LETU also offers undergraduate and graduate programs at its educational centers located in Dallas and Houston as well as online. LeTourneau University has a total enrollment of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Le Tourneau University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. The University offers traditional undergraduate degree programs in the areas of technology, the liberal arts, business, aeronautical science, education and the sciences as well as four-year ABET accredited engineering and engineering technology programs. In addition to these, the University also offers a number of master’s degree programs in the areas of business, education, engineering and psychology. The University’s main campus is located in the suburbs and boasts plenty of green space, walking paths and trees with a good campus layout. With facilities built in a mix of modern and contemporary architectural styles, LETU’s signature clock tower serves as a focal point. Having invested millions of dollars into its state-of-the-art research facilities and equipment, most notable among LETU’s centers is the 53,000 square-foot Glaske Center for Engineering, Science and Technology, which features an auditorium for special lectures and events, cutting-edge laboratories, over 40,000 square-feet of facilities dedicated solely to Engineering, and much more.

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Grand Canyon University

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Grand Canyon University is a coeducational, research institution and the premier private Christian university within the state. Established in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, the school was originally called Grand Canyon College. After experiencing severe financial difficulties during the first part of the twenty-first century, in 2004 Grand Canyon University opted to become the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. Since making this change, the University has experienced rapid growth and has plans for continued expansion.  Grand Canyon University boasts a large student population of nearly 70,000, including more than 40,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The University’s mission is to prepare “learners to become global citizens, critical thinkers, effective communicators and responsible leaders by providing an academically challenging, values-based curriculum from the context of our Christian heritage.”

The University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs and is comprised of multiple colleges, including the College of Doctoral Studies, the Colangelo College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts and Production, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the College of Science, Engineering and Technology and the College of Theology. Grand Canyon University is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Grand Canyon University’s curriculum instructs students from a biblical worldview perspective and great emphasis is placed on teaching students to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. Situated on a large urban campus in the heart of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University boasts beautiful facilities and a well-designed campus layout. With buildings featuring a modern architectural design, Grand Canyon University’s athletic facilities have been described as a “hidden gem”, offering first-class amenities to students and athletes alike.

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Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a private, coeducational, Christian, liberal arts institution located in Eugene, Oregon. NCU was established in 1895 by Eugene Claremont Sanderson as the Eugene Divinity School. Historically affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ, the school underwent a series of name changes before adopting its current one in 2008. NCU describes its mission as being “to develop competent, ethical leaders for service in the workplace, community, Church and world,” aspiring to be “a University characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.” NCU has a total enrollment of more than 700, including over 500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to one.

Northwest Christian University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and offers a wide range of undergraduate majors, adult degree programs, and graduate programs of study. Among the University’s most popular undergraduate majors are the subjects of Accounting, Business Administration, Exercise Science, Psychology, and Teacher Education (K-12). NCU places a strong value on the campus living experience, and requires that all students with less than 89 credits and who are under the age of 21 live on campus. A variety of different housing options are offered in order to better fit each student’s needs and each living area is equipped with both internet and security services. The campus itself is situated in a nice urban setting in the south end of the Willamette Valley, just off of the Franklin Blvd and a few blocks away from a large park and the Willamette River. NCU is located right in the heart of Eugene’s University district (and across from the University of Oregon), offering students easy access to such amenities as shopping, bookstores, eateries, coffee shops and more.

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Fullerton, California. Though a nondenominational institution, the University does have strong ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. HIU’s mission is “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” Established in 1928 as the Pacific Bible Seminary, by the 1960’s the school was granted accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. HIU’s main campus is strategically located in the city of Fullerton, in the heart of Orange County, California. HIU also 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.

Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, nearly 900 of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. HIU is offers a wide range of degrees and programs and is comprised of five Colleges, including the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business & Management, the College of Education, the Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies, and the College of Psychology & Counseling. HIU is situated on a sizable urban campus which has plenty of character, boasting many unique signature buildings built in the popular California-native Googie architectural style. A form of modern architecture in the 1930s through 1960s, Googie is known for its futuristic style, having received influence from the Space and Atomic Ages as well as from car culture. Boasting recently renovated state-of-the-art classrooms, student dining centers and lounges and much more, HIU is conveniently located just west of the 57 freeway.

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational, Christian comprehensive liberal arts university. Founded in 1965 by the late evangelist Oral Roberts (for whom the University is named), 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 University describes its mission as being to “build Holy Spirit-empowered leaders through whole person education to impact the world with God’s healing.” ORU holds accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Oral Roberts University is comprised of five colleges, namely the College of Arts and Cultural Studies, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Nursing, the College of Science and Engineering and the College of Theology and Ministry. More than 65 undergraduate majors are available as well as more than a dozen graduate programs and two doctoral degrees, plus the University’s degree completion programs and online degrees. ORU has a total enrollment figure of more than3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. ORU is situated on a 263 acre campus located in south Tulsa, the second-largest city in the state, which, as a thriving metropolis, offers a wide array of both internship and professional opportunities in addition to its cultural and recreational resources.  ORU’s campus boasts plenty of green space and facilities designed in a modern architectural style. ORU boasts some incredible and unique structures, especially noteworthy is the 30 ton bronze statue, Praying Hands, located at the entrance of the campus. Created by sculptor Leonard McMurray, the statue is the world’s largest pair of praying hands.

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Vanguard University of Southern California

Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies, located in Costa Mesa, California and affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination. The University’s heritage reaches back to 1920 when a school was opened for the original purpose of preparing Christian workers for the various ministries of the church. Formerly 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. In 1999, the college attained university status and adopted its current name.

Vanguard University is comprised of several 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. Bachelor of Arts or Science degrees in 30 majors and concentrations are available in addition to Adult Degree Completion programs and several Graduate Studies options. The University has an enrollment figure of over 2,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Vanguard University is situated on a busy, urban campus which is conveniently located off of the Costa Mesa Freeway. The University’s facilities feature a beautiful Spanish-style architecture, fitting for its location, with classic red roofs and white exterior.

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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 University was founded in 1845 by the Republic of Texas holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating college in the state, UMHB. Established as the Baylor Female College, in 1886 the school separated from Baylor, moving to Belton and underwent a series of name changes. By 1971, the-then oldest college for women west of the Mississippi formally decided to become co-educational and the first male students were admitted. 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. The University is comprised 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, with an average student to faculty ratio of 19 to 1. A large percentage 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 campus is dotted with trees, boasts a man-made pond, plenty of green space, and has a nice overall layout. The University’s facilities feature a more traditional design with classic red brick buildings, white accents, and plenty of generous windows to let in the sunlight.

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The Master's University

The Master’s University (previously known as The Master’s College and Seminary) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Clarita, California. Founded in 1927, the University was originally called the Los Angeles Baptist College. John F. MacArthur serves as the University’s president and the University is affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly. The Master’s University’s mission is to “empower students for a life of enduring commitment to Christ, biblical fidelity, moral integrity, intellectual growth and lasting contribution to the Kingdom of God worldwide.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000, including more than 1,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The Master’s University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1975.

A comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, a wide range of programs are available through The Master’s with more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. Undergraduate majors include the areas of Biblical Studies, Business, Communication, Computer & Information Science, English, Family & Consumer Sciences, History/Political Studies, Kinesiology/ Physical Education, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Sciences, and Teacher Education. Several graduate-level degrees are offered through the University’s Graduate Studies department well as through other departments with programs including the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies, the Master of Business Administration, as well as a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy which are available through the Master’s Seminary. The University’s grounds feature beautiful contemporary architecture with facilities that suggest a mountain resort feel to them, with exposed beams and stone exteriors. The campus has a good layout and offers beautiful views of the mountains on the horizon.

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Southern Nazarene University

Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution, located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Southern Nazarene University grew out of several small colleges that were committed to the training of individuals for the service of God and their fellow man. Formally established in 1899, today the Southern Nazarene University’s mission is clear: “To make Christlike disciples through higher education in a Christ-centered community.” Southern Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including more than 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Southern Nazarene University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1956. A broad range of undergraduate academic majors and programs as well as graduate-level programs and degrees are available through the University’s several colleges. These include the College of Humanities, the College of Natural, Social & Health Sciences, the College of Professional & Graduate Studies, and the College of Teaching & Learning. Situated on a pretty, 40 acre campus off the Northwest 39th Expressway and on just west of Oklahoma City, Southern Nazarene University’s grounds feature beautiful walkways, fountains, and a good amount of green space and trees. The campus facilities favor a contemporary architectural design with a traditional feel, with red brick, white stone accents, and generous windows. The University boasts several beautiful residence buildings, including Asbury Apartments, Chapman Apartments, and Imel Townhouses. High value is placed on the campus living experience and all undergraduate students are strongly encouraged to live on-campus as part of Southern Nazarene University’s residential community.

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Biola University

Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in La Mirada, California. Biola University was founded in 1908, beginning as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, founded by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, as well as by Presbyterian minister and author, Thomas C. Horton, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian institution which strives to offer a “biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians.” A leader in both academic quality and innovation, the University ranks among the nation’s foremost Christian universities and has been recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. Biola University has a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Biola University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations are offered and all undergraduate students are required to take courses in General Education, Biblical Studies in addition to their Major Coursework. A variety of graduate programs are also available at Biola through the Talbot School of Theology, the Crowell School of Business, the Rosemead School of Psychology, the Cook School of Intercultural Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Science, Technology and Health. Biola University is situated on a compact, urban campus and surrounded primarily by a large residential area. The University’s facilities are built in a contemporary style using traditional materials, resulting in a pleasing, and interesting style. The grounds offer plenty of green space, trees, and paths for walking and jogging.

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Corban University

Corban University is a private, coeducational, independent Christian institution located in Salem, Oregon. 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”, Corban University was originally established in 1935 as a bible institute in Phoenix, Arizona. The school moved a total of 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. The University’s name was also changed a number of times before university status was granted and its current name was chosen. Called after the ancient Hebrew word meaning, “a gift dedicated to God”, the University’s mission is to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as a gift dedicated to the service of Christ.

Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Offering a wide range of associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees, Corban University’s undergraduate programs include the subjects of Business, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Science, History and Government, Mathematics, Ministry, Music, and Psychology. One of the first universities to make online learning available to its students, Corban University has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the U.S. and in the west. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of over 1,200, including more than 1,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University’s campus is nestled against woods, surrounded by fields and boasts a beautiful mountain view. Corban University’s facilities are primarily built in a contemporary architectural style including a unique clock tower, many having a mountain resort feel to them.

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The University was established in 1950 as Central Christian College, originally. OC’s mission is to be a “higher learning community that transforms lives for Christian faith, scholarship, and service.” 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. The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, nearly 2,000 of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Oklahoma Christian University offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study and is comprised of five different academic divisions. These include 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. Operating off of a 200 plus-acre campus located in the northeast part of Oklahoma City and bordering the city of Edmond, this strategic location allows students to enjoy all the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, while living within the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere.  OC’s campus features a well-planned layout and boasts several unique facilities built in a modern architectural style. The campus grounds include a large pond and a fair amount of green space and trees.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (commonly abbreviated APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, firmly established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. Located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, APU was established in 1899 by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier. The first Bible college to be founded in the state of California, the school was originally called the Training School for Christian Workers. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination have been severed as APU holds a more evangelistic theology and is not associated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

1Azusa Pacific University boasts the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. The University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs and is comprised of several colleges and schools. These include the Leung School of Accounting, the School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences, the School of Business and Management, the School of Education, APU’s Honors College, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Music and Arts, APU’s Nursing School, Azusa Pacific Seminary, the School of Theology, and the University College (formerly the Azusa Pacific Online University and School of Adult and Professional Studies). The University’s sprawling campus is set in the middle of town and offers a fair amount of green space and trees with facilities designed in a modern architectural style. Views of the surrounding mountains can be seen from the campus, though the grounds themselves offer a more urban feel to them.

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East Texas Baptist University

East Texas Baptist University (abbreviated ETBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian university. Located in the historic city of Marshall, Texas, ETBU was established in 1912 as the College of Marshall in affiliation with the Baptist General Convention. The University describes itself as being “committed to Christian stewardship and to providing and maintaining an environment conducive to learning, leadership development, and academic excellence.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

East Texas Baptist University is comprised of several schools through which it offers its many undergraduate and master’s degree programs. These include the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies, the School of Education, the School of Humanities, the School of Communication and Performing Arts, the School of Natural and Social Sciences, the School of Professional Studies and the School of Nursing. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Situated on a large campus nestled in the scenic woods of East Texas, the University’s campus sits on the site of the former Van Zandt Plantation in the highest altitude in Harrison County. The campus’ oldest building is Marshall Hall; completed in 1916 the building originally designed to house the University’s gymnasium, library, chapel, theatre, administrative offices and classrooms. Since those early days, ETBU has added several buildings including the Ornelas Student Center, the Ornelas Spiritual Life Center, and the Ornelas Gymnasium.

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Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University (abbreviated HSU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Abilene, Texas. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas, HSU was established in 1891 as the Abilene Baptist College by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors. One year after its founding, the school was renamed Simmons College in honor of James B. Simmons, an early contributor to the school. In 1925 the college adopted its current name, adding the name Hardin in honor of Mary and John G. Hardin, who were also major contributors to the school. Today, HSU is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927. The University’s mission is “to be a community dedicated to providing excellence in education enlightened by Christian faith and values.” HSU has a total enrollment figure of about 2,000, including more than 1,600 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Hardin-Simmons University offers 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. A wide range of programs and degrees are available through the University’s several colleges and schools. These 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. Located on a beautifully landscaped campus of 220 acres, HSU boasts more than 30 major facilities, including six residence halls and two apartment complexes. Featuring classic brick architecture the school’s gold, dome-topped, red brick clock tower serves as its signature building. Deciduous trees dot the campus and the University makes good use of its space with a well designed layout.

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Concordia University Irvine

Concordia University Irvine (CUI) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Located in Irvine, California, CUI was founded in 1976 in affiliation with the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. Created for the original purpose of serving students in the Pacific Southwest, CUI was first known as Christ College Irvine; in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine, making CUI the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the University declares that its mission is to be “guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, [to empower] students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership.” CUI has a total enrollment figure of more than 4,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Concordia University Irvine is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. A wide range of traditional undergraduate majors are available as well as advanced graduate degrees, online Bachelor degree programs designed for working professionals and a number of nursing programs. Located on a moderately sized, suburban, hilltop campus, CUI’s grounds are compact, and feature a modern architectural style. Bordered on two sides by Sand Canyon Wash and residential neighborhoods, the University is a convenient, yet comfortable distance away from the San Diego Freeway. Noteworthy among the University’s facilities is the Good Shepherd Chapel, which offers a gorgeous lookout view of the entire Irvine Valley; the CU Center, a unique dome-shaped building where students and staff gather daily for chapel; and the Founder’s Hall.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. Affiliated with the California Southern Baptist Convention, the University was established in 1950. CBU holds to the belief that “each person has been created for a purpose” and views its mission as being to help “students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities.” The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. More than 70 bachelor degree programs are available with 150 major concentrations and nearly 50 minors. More than two dozen master degree programs with 45 concentrations are also offered in addition to three doctoral programs. All Classes are taught by a 100% Christian faculty and staff.

California Baptist University consists of multiple colleges and schools including the College of Architecture, Visual Arts and Design; College of Arts and Sciences; College of Engineering; College of Health Science; College of Nursing; and the Schools of Behavioral Sciences; Business; Christian Ministries; Education; and Music. The University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 8,500, including nearly 7,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Located in the affluent Inland Empire metropolitan area of Riverside (a city with a population of over 316,000), the University’s large and scenic campus is set in the heart of the historic Magnolia Avenue district. A short distance from both beaches and mountain resorts, the campus itself is noteworthy for its stunning, mission-style architecture. Designed to resemble a Spanish hacienda, the campus features more than 30 facilities, each with a distinct red-tiled Spanish roof and surrounded by lush palm trees, and cobblestone-paved walkways. Among its more notable buildings are the Eugene and Billie Yeager Center, the Wallace Theatre, the Annie Gabriel Library, and the Joann Hawkins Music building.

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Colorado Christian University

Colorado Christian University (CCU) is a private, coeducational, interdenominational Christian, liberal arts institution located in Lakewood, Colorado. Established in 1914 as the Denver Bible Institute originally, by 1945, the Institute was granted a charter by the State of Colorado to become a four-year Bible college and subsequently, its name was changed to the Denver Bible College. Throughout the years the College continued to grow and expand and in 1981 accreditation was achieved from The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Today CCU is a top-ranking Christian university and is the premier interdenominational Christian institution in the state of Colorado and in the Rocky Mountain Region. CCU has a total enrollment figure of nearly more than 6,500, including over 6,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

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.” Through its College of Undergraduate Studies, CCU offers over 50 traditional majors and minors for students enrolled at CCU’s residential Lakewood campus. The University also 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. The University’s beautiful suburban campus was recently renovated, boasting facilities designed in a modern architectural style. CCU’s grounds also include large lake and are well laid out with the University’s Student Center serving as the campus focal point.

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a small, private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, OBU is about 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City and is owned and operated by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. With roots reaching back to 1910, OBU 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 and 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’s mission is 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.” The University has a total enrollment figure of 2,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. OBU’s student body is filled with diversity, with representatives from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries.

Oklahoma Baptist University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a number of bachelor’s degrees in more than 80 areas of study as well as several graduate-level programs and degrees. Students under the age of 21 years are required to live on OBU’s campus and the University offers several housing options ranging from traditional residence hall, apartment complexes, and suite complexes. The University is situated on a on a large, urban campus in the flatlands of Shawnee, an area with a total population of approximately 30,000. Bordering several residential areas, OBU is conveniently located right next to Shawnee Regional Airport. The University’s facilities feature classic-revival style architecture with its beautiful red brick and white pillars, and the campus is well laid out, dotted with deciduous trees and three small ponds.

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George Fox University

George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was established in 1885 by a group of Quaker pioneers as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school was renamed Pacific College and in 1949 had its name changed again, this time to George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) after the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University declares that its mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959. More than 40 undergraduate majors are available as well as several adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree programs offered in the areas of business, counseling, education, physical therapy, and psychology. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report. The University sits on a large urban campus and Hess Creek runs through its grounds which border U.S. Route 99W. An abundance of trees fill the area, giving the campus a delightful park-like feel. George Fox University boasts several modern facilities and a unique, centrally located clock tower.

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Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University (HBU) is a private Christian institution located in Houston, Texas. HBU was founded by the Baptist General Convention of Texas in 1960 for the original 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 and boasts an enrollment figure of more than 3,000, including over 2,000 undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. HBU’s student body is a diverse one, with students hailing from all ethnic backgrounds and even several walks of faith. As a Christian institution, HBU requires that all undergraduate students complete 80 Community Life and Worship (CLW) credits – of which, a minimum of 50 CLW credits must be earned through attendance at Convocation.

Houston Baptist University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Comprised of multiple colleges and schools, these include the Archie W. Dunham College of Business, the College of Education & Behavior Sciences, the College of Science & Mathematics, the School of Christian Thought, the School of Fine Arts, the School of Humanities, the School of Nursing & Allied Health, and the HBU’s Honors College. HBU is committed to providing its students with a place to live that is both safe and affordable. HBU offers several housing options, ranging from residence colleges to student apartments to living-learning communities, in order to better meet all types of individualized needs. Situated on an urban campus of 100 acres, HBU is located mere minutes away from Houston’s thriving downtown district. The University’s facilities favor a modern, yet traditional architectural style; included among the school’s most notable buildings are the Hinton Center (HBU’s campus landmark) the Cullen Science Center, and the Eula Mae Baugh Center.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian university. Located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, OKWU was established by the Wesleyan Church for the purpose of providing a higher education within a Christian environment to Wesleyan youth. Over the years the scope and reaching of the school has increased, due largely in part to a series of mergers between several different schools, including the Colorado Bible College, the Pilgrim Bible College, and the Holiness Evangelistic Institute. In 1972, the new school merged yet again, this time with Miltonvale Wesleyan College of Kansas, making OKWU a four-year college. 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.” The University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 1,500, including nearly 1,300 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Oklahoma Wesleyan University offers a variety of academic programs through its several schools which include 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. The University holds its accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Situated on a beautiful and well-planned campus, OKWU’s grounds include a large pond with a fountain and plenty of green space and walking paths. Several eye-catching buildings fill the campus, built in a modern Spanish-inspired style with its classic red roofing and white stone exterior. Set against a residential area, a variety of trees dot the campus and surround it in the nearby neighborhoods.

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dallas, Texas and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. DBU was founded in 1898 as the first two-year institution of higher education in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school, originally known as Decatur Baptist College, relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College (university status was not achieved until 1985). Today, DBU describes its mission as being to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” DBU has a total enrollment figure of more than 5,000, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is made up of multiple colleges and schools. These include the 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.  DBU offers more than 70 undergraduate majors and an wide variety of graduate-level degree. Set on a beautiful and sprawling campus on the hills of Southwest Dallas, DBU’s grounds overlook the Mountain Creek Lake.  The campus features plenty of green space and deciduous trees and is well laid out, set against a large wooded area. The University’s main buildings feature a beautiful, classic revival architectural style, including the Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel which boasts in impressively beautiful, high church steeple.

Christian Principles in the Field of Healthcare Administration

Jesus, the Great Physician, healed dozens of blind, leprous and paralytic men and women during His earthly ministry. You, too, can offer healing and hope as a healthcare administrator, a job that gives you the responsibility and rewards of helping sick people become well.

While you won’t possess miraculous healing powers, you can ensure hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, outpatient care centers and diagnostic laboratories run smoothly and efficiently. Combine your desire to heal with ministry as you cultivate several Christian principles while pursuing a healthcare administration degree and career.

Leadership

Administrators typically lead a team of professionals and must know how to resolve conflict, be decisive and model servanthood. Learn these leadership skills now as you prepare for a career that requires leadership every day.

Communication

Managing people requires excellent communication skills. Hone your communication skills with your friends, teachers and family as you prepare to communicate effectively in a God-honoring way in the future.

Teamwork

Every medical professional works with a team of care providers. Learn how to be at peace with everyone as you work with people who think, act and believe differently than you, provide excellent care to patients and witness for Christ on the job.

Wisdom

Sometimes, your job as a healthcare administrator will place you in challenging situations that require you to make tough decisions. Wisdom will assist you in clarifying the right path for every situation, and true wisdom comes from God. Spend time daily reading the Bible and praying, and fellowship regularly with other believers. Practice asking God for insight in your daily life, too, as you stay connected to God and prepare to work in a career where you will need wisdom only He can provide.

Work Ethic

Administrative roles require critical thinking, problem solving and general healthcare technical skills, and your days will be filled with duties, responsibilities and decisions. The Apostle Paul instructs Christians to do all their work as unto the Lord. Instead of laziness, cultivate a strong work ethic in every task you do as you become equipped to help others and serve God.

Accountability

Every boss needs someone to help him or her stay grounded. Ask a mentor to hold you accountable. Wise men and women accept correction as they seek to please God in all areas of life.

Empathy and Compassion

God loves His people with an everlasting love. As humans, our love is finite, but you can ask God to fill you with empathy and compassion. These traits allow you to view every person you meet as an individual who is worthy of respect and dignity.

Honesty and Trustworthiness

Your staff and patients rely on you to tell the truth in all circumstances and to maintain confidentiality. Whether you’re listening to a patient’s complaint or handling a feud among co-workers, you must be honest and trustworthy. Start now to practice this necessary trait.

An Even Temper

In many working environments, anger is commonplace. Be different when you become slow to anger – pause before you react, seek to get all the facts before making an emotional decision and try to see issues from the other person’s perspective. Your ability to control anger will have a positive effect on your workplace.

Respect for Others

Your patients and co-workers need to know that you respect them, value their opinions, listen when they speak and follow the same rules you ask them to obey as you manage the office. Morale improves and your staff will operate more efficiently and with greater productivity when they know you respect them.

Humility

Even though you’re the boss with many strengths, you will make mistakes. Humility allows you to recognize your faults, apologize for wrongdoing and work to improve any areas of weakness that may prevent you from doing the best job possible. Humility also helps you remain grateful rather than prideful for your position of power and authority.

As a healthcare administrator, you must understand the professional and technical aspects of the field, and as a Christian, you are called to practice biblical principles. At Central Christian College, you receive the professional and spiritual training you need to prepare for a job in healthcare administration.

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The global economy runs on business.  Small and large, global corporations and sole proprietorships impact the economy on a local level and national level.  The integrity of several companies has come under close scrutiny lately; the need for business leaders with good moral character is becoming more evident daily.  Christian Colleges and Universities help to meet this need by providing a business education to graduates who will enter the workforce and shape the corporate culture under godly and biblical principles.  It is from this perspective that Christian Universities Online (CUO) is happy to present the Top 10 Business Degree Programs for 2017.  More than just a census of business degree programs available, CUO has used other standard criteria to finalize this ranking.  Our desire is to help guide the prospective student in their decision as they pursue shaping the corporate culture or launching a small business of their own.

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George Fox University

George Fox University is a private, coeducational institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Newberg, Oregon. Affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends, George Fox was founded in 1885 as the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the school’s name was changed to Pacific College and in 1949 was again renamed George Fox College (eventually attaining university status) after the founder of the Quaker movement. Today, George Fox University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered community [which] prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion.” George Fox University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. A member of the Council of Independent Colleges as well as the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, George Fox ranks high among Christian colleges in the nation (according to Forbes Magazine) and has been classified as a first-tier “Best Regional University (West)” by U.S. News & World Report.

George Fox University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1959. More than 40 undergraduate majors, culminating in a Bachelor’s degree, are available as well as several adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree programs in a wide variety of areas. The University offers nearly a dozen business-related degrees including undergraduate majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, Finance, Global Business, Management, Marketing, and Organizational Communication. The University’s Graduate School of Business offers One-Year Master of Business Administration (MBA), an 11-month, full-time program; a Part-Time MBA which follows an ethics-based curriculum with a global perspective and is geared towards experienced professionals; and a Doctor of Business Administration designed to offer management education and is available both on campus or online.

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Global Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Organizational Communication
  • One-Year MBA
  • Part-Time MBA
  • DBA

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College is a private, nonprofit, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Wheaton, Illinois. Founded in the evangelical Protestant tradition, Wheaton College was established in 1860. Well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results, Wheaton College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including nearly 2,500 undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Fully 7% of Wheaton College’s students come from either missionary or third culture backgrounds and 20% of students represent ethnic minority groups. The College describes its mission as being to serve “Jesus Christ and [advance] His Kingdom through excellence in liberal arts and graduate programs that educate the whole person to build the church and benefit society worldwide.” The institution’s motto expresses its commitment to “do all things ‘For Christ and His Kingdom.’”

Wheaton College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since the mid 19-teens. More than 40 undergraduate majors are offered through the College’s several Departments, including the Business and Economics Department. Offering two majors in Economics and Business/Economics as well as a minor in Economics, Wheaton College’s Department of Business and Economics seeks to provide students a “broad, versatile preparation for lifelong careers in business, government, law, public policy and wide variety of other professions” and offers an ideal launching pad for further graduate study in the fields of economics, law, business administration and more. Each major offers different upper-level course electives that build upon the economic core that is “consistent with a liberal arts foundation and are intentional about integrating the Christian faith and perspective with the study of economic life.” Established as part of Wheaton College in 1954, the Business and Economics Department has only continued to grow and its two major programs are among the most popular with students.

  • Business/Economics
  • Economics

8

Union University

Union University is a private, Christian, four-year, coeducational, liberal arts-based institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Union University’s main campus contains 290 acres and is situated approximately 80 miles east of Memphis and 120 miles west of Nashville. Additionally, the University operates extension campuses in both Germantown and Henderson, Tennessee. Union University’s mission is to provide a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and society.” The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Union has received a number of major recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, and has been ranked in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, among others. Affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention and established in 1823, Union holds the distinction of being the oldest Southern Baptist-affiliated institution.

Union University is comprised of multiple Colleges and Schools and offers more than 100 programs of study across a broad range of academic fields. The University’s McAfee School of Business Administration offers several business-related degrees, including undergraduate majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Economics, International Business, Management, and Marketing as well as graduate-level programs including Master of Accountancy and Master of Business Administration. The School boasts a high employment rate among graduated students with 85% of graduates reporting that they had accepted employment before graduation. 90% reported to be employed within 3 months following graduation, and 100% of accounting majors reported having employed by the time they had graduated. McAfee School of Business Administration also holds accreditation through the AACSB (Association for the Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business International), putting it among the top 5% among business schools worldwide which have attained this level of accreditation.

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Economics
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Master of Accountancy
  • MBA

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Milligan College

Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN. Founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, a congregation of the Disciples of Christ, Milligan College’s history dates back to 1866. Beginning as a private secondary school called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 the school began offered its first collegiate level programs under the leadership of Dr. Josephus Hopwood, a Disciples of Christ minister and educator. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including nearly 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. More than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations are offered in a variety of areas through the College’s several schools. In the area of business, Milligan College’s William B. Greene, Jr. School of Business & Technology offers nine degree programs, including undergraduate majors in Accounting; Applied Finance & Accounting; Business Administration (with concentrations in accounting, economics, health sector management, international business, legal studies, management, marketing, secondary education licensure, sports management); Computer Information Systems; Computer Science; Economics; Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering. Milligan College also offers a single graduate-level business degree: the Master of Business Administration. Students have opportunity to put classroom learning into action by participating in the College’s internship program through which they gain valuable skills and experience working part-time in banks, financial service firms, corporations, hospitals, and government agencies.

  • Accounting
  • Applied Finance & Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • MBA

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. Established in 1920, the school was founded by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and originally called Marion College. Since those early days, the school has grown and expanded and now offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Indiana Wesleyan University’s intention is to be a “Christ-centered academic community” and the University is “committed to changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship and leadership.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, including over 10,000 undergraduates, with an institution-wide student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, Indiana Wesleyan University is also the largest private college in the state of Indiana as well as one of the largest employers within Grant County.

Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1966. The University’s College of Arts & Sciences includes the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Business which houses the DeVoe Division of Business. Indiana Wesleyan University offers 17 distinct business-related degree programs, including majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Management, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Business Information Systems, and Healthcare Administration. Available master’s degree programs include the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership; the Master of Business Administration (MBA), with concentrations in Personal Financial Planning, Healthcare Administration, and School Administration; an MSN-MBA; a Virtual MBA with concentrations in Executive Management and International Business; Master of Science programs in Accounting, Human Resource Management, and Management; and lastly, a PhD in Organizational Leadership. All programs offered through the DeVoe Division of Business are “infused with the application of ethics and values” and students are encouraged to integrate both faith and leadership in their business practices.

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Business Information Systems
  • Healthcare Administration
  • MS Accounting
  • MS Human Resource Management
  • MA Organizational Leadership
  • MBA – Master of Public Administration – Public Management
  • MS Management
  • MSN MBA
  • Virtual MBA – Executive Management, International Business
  • PhD Organizational Leadership

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, rooted in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. APU is home to the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body with an undergraduate enrollment of nearly 6,000 and a total enrollment figure of nearly 10,000. The University began in 1899 and was founded by a small group of Quakers and a Methodist Evangelist in Whittier, California as the first Bible college on the West Coast. Today all ties to the Quaker denomination are diminished as APU holds to a more evangelistic theology and is non-denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949. Today, the University holds its accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which was granted in 1961.

Azusa Pacific University offers a variety of undergraduate, graduate, and special programs through its several colleges and schools. In the area of business, nearly a dozen distinct degrees are offered through the University’s School of Business and Management. At the undergraduate level, these include a Bachelor of Science in Business Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, International Business, and Marketing, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in both Economics and Business Management. Two graduate-level programs are also offered, both of which may be earned online, including the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Business Management. Declaring its mission as being to prepare “professionals to lead with integrity”, APU’s School of Business also offers five undergraduate business minors, including Business Management, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, and Marketing minors. In addition to all these, two accounting degrees, namely the Bachelor of Science in Accounting as well as a Master of Professional Accountancy, are available through APU’s Leung School of Accounting.

  • Accounting, B.S.
  • Business Economics, B.S.
  • Business Management, B.A.
  • Economics, B.A.
  • Entrepreneurship, B.S.
  • Finance, B.S.
  • International Business, B.S.
  • Marketing, B.S.
  • MBA
  • MBM
  • Master of Professional Accountancy

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University, located in Spokane, Washington, is a private, residential Christian liberal arts institution and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The University was established in 1883 by George F. Whitworth as the Sumner Academy and was originally located in the small town of Sumner in the (then) Washington Territory. By the early 1890s the school had been incorporated as Whitworth College, (the new name chosen to honor its founder) and in 1899 was moved to Tacoma. In 1914 the school again relocated, this time to its current location of Spokane. In 2006 the board of trustees voted to rename the college Whitworth University; this change was officially adopted in July of 2007. Today, the University describes its mission as being to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity.” Whitworth University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Whitworth University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1933. Whitworth University is characterized not only by the academic excellence it offers but also the way in which it purposefully integrates both faith and learning. A variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees and programs are offered through the University’s several schools, including The School of Business. Five distinct business-related degrees are available, including the Bachelor of Business Administration which offers majors in Business Management, Economics, Finance, and Marketing, as well as the Master of Business Administration. Whitworth University’s School of Business seeks to emphasize “values and ethics within a rigorous academic setting that provides practical application experiences and prepares graduates to succeed in today’s international marketplace.”

  • BBA Business Management
  • BBA Economics
  • BBA Finance
  • BBA Marketing
  • MBA

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Anderson University - IN

Anderson University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Anderson, Indiana. Founded in 1917 as the Anderson Bible Training School, the school was established by the Church of God movement. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1946, Anderson University is built upon the five pillars of Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity. The University’s mission is to “educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society.” Service and ministry are close to the heart of Anderson’s students and faculty and students volunteer as many as 24,000 hours annually. Anderson University sits on a 100-acre suburban campus and has a total enrollment of nearly 2,500 students, including just under 2,000 undergraduates, with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

Anderson University offers nearly a dozen business-related degree programs through its Falls School of Business. Undergraduate majors include Accounting (with concentrations in Forensic Accounting and CPA Preparation); Business Administration (a complementary major only – student’s main major must be outside of the Falls School of Business); Entertainment and Music Business; Finance (with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and investments); Global Business (with concentrations in Accounting, Economics, Finance; Management, and Marketing); Management (with concentrations in Entrepreneurship, Global Business, Nonprofit Leadership, Organizational management, and Event Planning); Marketing (with concentrations in Social Media, Marketing Strategy and Tactics, Integrated Branding and Promotion, Global Marketing, Music Business, Event Planning, and Sport Marketing); and a brand new major program in Sport Marketing. Two graduate-level degrees in business are also offered, namely the Master of Business Administration and the Doctor of Business Administration. Anderson University also offers students the opportunity to participate in the International Business Institute (IBI) program, a 10-week, 12-credit-hour summer program which allows students to gain international business experience and interact with business leaders from top multinational corporations from around the world.

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration (complementary)
  • Business Information Systems
  • Entertainment and Music Business
  • Finance
  • Global Business
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Sport Marketing
  • MBA
  • DBA

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Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University (DBU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Located in Dallas, Texas, DBU sits on a beautiful 292 acre campus in the hills of Southwest Dallas and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Established in 1898, the school was originally called Decatur Baptist College and was the first two-year institution of higher education to be founded in the state of Texas. In 1965 the school relocated to Dallas and was renamed Dallas Baptist College before achieving university status in 1985. Today, DBU’s describes its mission as being to “provide Christ-centered higher education in the arts, sciences, and professional studies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to traditional age and adult students in order to produce servant leaders who have the ability to integrate faith and learning through their respective callings.” 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 to 1 and an average class size of 13 students.

Dallas Baptist University is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The University offers twenty distinct business degrees (in addition to several accelerated Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs) through the College of Business and the College of Professional Studies. At the Undergraduate level a Bachelor of Business Administration is offered with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hotel and Hospitality Management, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, and Music Business; a Bachelor of Business Studies is also offered with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Hotel/Hospitality Management, Management, Management Information Systems, and Marketing. Three master-level programs are also available through DBU’s Graduate School of Business, including the Master of Arts in Management, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Science in Management.

  • B.B.A. Accounting
  • B.B.A. Business Administration
  • B.B.A. Entrepreneurship
  • B.B.A. Finance
  • B.B.A. Hotel and Hospitality Management
  • B.B.A. Management
  • B.B.A. Management Information Systems
  • B.B.A. Marketing
  • B.B.A. Music Business
  • B.B.S. Accounting
  • B.B.S Business Administration
  • B.B.S Entrepreneurship
  • B.B.S Finance
  • B.B.S Hotel/Hospitality Management
  • B.B.S Management
  • B.B.S Management Information Systems
  • B.B.S Marketing
  • Master of Arts in Management
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Science in Management

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Messiah College

Located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, Messiah College is a private, non-denominational Christian institution of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences. Established in 1909 Messiah College was originally founded by the Brethren in Christ Church. The College was first called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home and was originally located in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, not far from its present-day location. In the early 1950s the school began offered its first four-year college programs and was renamed Messiah College. Today, the College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character, and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership, and reconciliation in church and society.” Messiah College has a total enrollment figure of over 3,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. Nearly a dozen business-related degree programs are offered through the College’s School of Business, Education and Social Sciences. Undergraduate degree programs include a Bachelor of Science degree with majors in Accounting, Business Administration, International Business, and Marketing; a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in Chinese Business, Economic Development, Spanish Business, and Sport Management; as well as a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts in Economics. At the graduate level, Messiah College offers a Master of Business Administration, with concentrations available in Digital Marketing, Social Entrepreneurship, Organizational and Strategic Communication and Management, as well as a Master of Arts in Leadership, with an emphasis in Strategic Leadership. Committed to preparing students to “serve God in Church, society, and [their] profession”, the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences seeks to equip students to be able to apply an “understanding of human thought, development, learning, social structures and interaction to complex social issues and environments.”

  • BS Accounting
  • BS Business Administration
  • BA Chinese Business
  • BA Economic Development
  • BS/BA Economics
  • BS International Business
  • BS Marketing
  • BA Spanish Business
  • BA Sport Management
  • MBA
  • MA Leadership

50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Christian Universities Online (CUO) has published the “Most Affordable” Christian Colleges and Universities taking the ‘Net Price’ into primary consideration.  This ranking takes additional criteria into account to compile the Best Value – think “return on investment” – among Christian Colleges and Universities.  The cost of a degree is steadily (or dramatically) increasing, and while overall “net price” is not insignificant, a better tool would be overall net value when considering higher education on a budget.  It is with this in mind that CUO provides the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017.

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rochester, New York. Roberts Wesleyan College was established in 1866 and was the first educational institution founded by the Free Methodist denomination in North America. Originally known as Chili Seminary, the school was founded by Benjamin Titus Roberts, a social activist who opposed slavery and the oppression of the poor and supported women’s rights. Roberts’ mission was create a school which would train young people to become servant leaders who would possess a strong moral character. Character development has continued to play a central role in the College’s vision and Roberts Wesleyan College’s mission statement declares its commitment to preparing “thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”  The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. More than 60 undergraduate majors and programs offered on campus as well as eight online programs, more than a dozen graduate programs, and four degree completion programs. Undergraduate majors include the areas of art, business, biological and chemical sciences, communication, mathematics and computing, criminal justice, engineering and physics, history, interdisciplinary, language and literature, music and performing arts, nursing, psychology, religion and philosophy, social work, and teacher education. A selective institution, Roberts Wesleyan College boasts a high overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grants or scholarship aid. Net cost of tuition is $22,276.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $22,276

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Williams Baptist College

William Baptist College is a private, coeducational, four-year institution of higher education located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas. Established in 1941, the College began as a two-year institution and was originally known as the Southern Baptist College. It was not until 1984 that the College began awarding baccalaureate degrees and in 1991 adopted its current name of William Baptist College in honor of the school’s founder and first president, Dr. H. E. Williams. William Baptist College operates under the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, and has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1963. The College’s mission is to “provide an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education, while compassionately shaping students lives.” William Baptist College’s vision is to “produce exceptional graduates prepared to engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview.”

More than 25 majors and pre-professional programs are offered by Williams Baptist College in the areas of Art, Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Arts, Education, English, History, Liberal Arts, Music, Natural Science and Psychology. The College has been ranked among the top tier of southern colleges and universities by US News & World Report and has a total enrollment figure of more than 500 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 59% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Net tuition cost at Williams Baptist College is $14,955 and financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid, whether in the form of scholarships or grants.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 59%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $14,955

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Grace College and Seminary

Grace College and Theological Seminary is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Located in the historic resort town of Winona Lake, Indiana on a 180 acre campus, the College is affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches. Grace Theological Seminary was established in 1937 while the College portion of the school was added eleven years later in 1948. Founded in the Brethren tradition, Grace College & Theological Seminary seeks to apply ”biblical values in strengthening character, sharpening competence and preparing for service.” The school’s mission statement declares its intention to be a “learning community dedicated to teaching, training and transforming the whole person for local church and global ministry.”  More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled, including nearly 2,000 undergraduates with an average student to faculty ratio of 23 to 1. Approximately 400 freshmen are welcomed onto Grace’s main campus each year and 99% of students receive financial aid including grants, scholarships and loans.

Grace College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. Over 68 majors are available with options to earn an accelerated 3-year bachelor’s degree or a four-year combined bachelor’s and master’s degree. Comprised of six schools, these include the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Behavioral Sciences, the School of Business, School of Education, School of Ministry Studies, and the School of Professional and Online Education. Grace College’s curriculum is based upon a biblical worldview and students are taught to “own their faith and to recognize Scripture as the inerrant and inspired Word of God.” Grace boasts an overall retention rate of 80% among full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Net cost of tuition is $18,108 and 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 23-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,108

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University is a private Christian liberal arts institution located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. Historically Baptist, Carson-Newman University was founded in 1851 as the Mossy Creek Missionary Baptist Seminary – the result of a ten-year effort of five early East Tennessee Baptists. Shortly after its establishment, the school was renamed Mossy Creek Baptist College and in 1880 was again changed to Carson College in honor of James Harvey Carson, who donated a portion of his estate to the school. In 1889 the college combined with Newman College, a female institution, and merged the two names together to form Carson-Newman College until 2012 when the school achieved university status. Today, Carson-Newman University’s vision is to be “the Christian liberal arts-based university of choice in the Southeast for education and service” with a mission to help “students reach their full potential as educated citizens and worldwide servant-leaders.” Carson-Newman University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1927.

Carson-Newman University offers a wide variety of undergraduate majors and programs along with several adult degree completion and master’s degree programs that may be earned either on-campus or online. The University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 1,700 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Carson-Newman University boasts an overall retention rate of 65% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 46%. Net cost tuition is $16,662 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 46%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,662

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America, Calvin College was established in 1876 and named in honor of the well-known Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, a leader in the reformation movement of the 16th-century. Calvin College’s historic motto is, “My heart I offer you, Lord, promptly and sincerely.” Today, the College’s mission is to equip students “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.” Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America (CRCNA) as well as the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), Dr. Michael K. Le Roy serves as the College’s president.  The College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Calvin College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1930. A wide range of academic programs are offered through the College’s several departments which include the areas of Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Chinese, Classics, Communication Arts & Sciences, Computer Science, Congregational & Ministry Studies, Dutch, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, French, Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies, German, Global Studies, Graduate Studies in Education, History, International Development Studies, Japanese, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Pre-Professional Health, Psychology, Religion, Science Education Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, Speech Pathology and Audiology, and Teacher Education. Calvin College boasts a high retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 74%. Financial aid is available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of aid. Net cost of tuition is $26,012.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 74%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $26,012

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Eastern Nazarene College

Eastern Nazarene College is a private, coeducational, Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences located in Quincy, Massachusetts, near Boston. Eastern Nazarene College was founded in 1900 and serves the Eastern educational region as an official college of the Church of the Nazarene. The College’s mission statement declares its intent to “serve God, the Church, and the World by providing a quality liberal arts education for students of all ages.” Eastern Nazarene College’s statement continues, “Consistent with its Wesleyan heritage, ENC seeks to create and maintain an environment which awakens and fosters truth, righteousness, justice and holiness as made possible by God’s transforming grace through Jesus Christ.” Eastern Nazarene College is accredited by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1943. The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, including over 900 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

Eastern Nazarene College offers a wide range of undergraduate programs through its many departments which cover the subjects of Biology; Business; Chemistry; Education; Exercise and Sport Sciences; General Education; History; Language, Theatre, and Communication Arts; Mathematics; Music; Physics and Engineering; Psychology and Crime, Law and Justice; Religion and Philosophy; and Social Work. Adult study programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level with programs including Master of Education, Master of Science in Management, and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. A selective institution, Eastern Nazarene College boasts an overall retention rate of 64% with an overall graduation rate of 65%. Financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid and the net cost of tuition is $19,512.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 65%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,512

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Sterling College

Sterling College is a private, Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kansas. Originally named the Cooper Memorial College, Sterling College was established in 1887 by the United Presbyterian Church of North America’s Synod of Kansas. A distinctly Christian institution, Sterling College places strong emphasis on the mandate from its original charter to be “thoroughly Christian, but not in any sense sectarian.” The College describes its mission as being “to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith” with a vision to “serve God’s world through training servant leaders and the development of future leaders through strategic partnerships.” A small institution, Sterling College has a total enrollment figure of just over 700 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Sterling College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and offers more than 90 programs of study across a broad range of fields. Sterling College holds to the belief that both learning and Christian commitment are vital to developing a well-rounded individual. As a result, students are encouraged to develop a Biblical worldview and Sterling College offers a curriculum which will provide students with “a broad educational experience that is also deep enough to prepare students to contribute in a rapidly changing world.” Sterling College boasts an overall retention rate of 62% among first-time, full-time undergraduates with an overall graduation rate of 42% and a transfer-out-rate of 35%. Net cost of tuition is $17,909 and financial aid is readily available to students, as evidenced by the fact that 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some type of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 62%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,909

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Messiah College

Messiah College is a private Christian college of the liberal arts and applied arts and sciences, located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, about eight miles outside of Harrisburg. Originally called the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home, the College was established in 1909by the Brethren in Christ Church. By 1921 the school had evolved into a junior college and in the early 1950s was renamed Messiah College, after its initial four-year college program was developed. Today, though still influenced by its historic affiliation with the Brethren in Christ Church, Messiah College is nondenominational. Messiah College’s mission is to “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.” The College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students, including over 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. More than 80 majors and pre-professional programs are offered as well nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. The College is comprised of four schools, each of which house multiple departments, including the School of Arts which houses the departments of Music, Theatre and Dance, and Visual Arts; the School of Business, Education and Social Sciences which houses six distinct departments; the School of Humanities which is home to nine departments ranging from Biblical and Religious Studies to Modern Languages; the School of Science Engineering and Health, under which are seven departments, including Nursing and Mathematics, Physics and Statistics; plus Interdisciplinary Areas of study. Messiah College has an overall retention rate of 88% with an overall graduation rate of 77%. 100% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type financial aid and net cost of tuition is $26,307.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 88%
  • Graduation Rate: 77%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $26,307

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Union University

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian, coeducational, liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Tennessee. Established in 1823, shortly after the western portion of the state opened for settlement, the University began as the Jackson Male Academy. In 1925 the University, by then having adopted its current name, became formally affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. Union University describes its mission as being to provide students with a “Christ-centered education that promotes excellence and character development in service to Church and Society.” Union University has received a number of major recognitions, including being named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South 2016 by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Value College 2015 by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Union University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 2,500 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 100 programs of study are available, including both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees. Comprised of several colleges and schools, these include the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education and Human Studies, the McAfee School of Business Administration, the School of Nursing, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Theology and Missions. A selective institution, Union University boasts an overall retention rate of 84% among first-time, full-time undergraduates with an overall graduation rate of 64%. Net price tuition is $25,166 and financial aid is available to students with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $25,166

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Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the Genesee Valley, in the hamlet of Houghton, New York. Established in 1883, Houghton College started out as a high school known as Houghton Seminary. By the mid-1920s the school had grown into a four-year college and was granted its permanent charter in 1927 by the state of New York. In 1935 Houghton College achieved accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Affiliated with the Wesleyan Church Houghton, College has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,000 students, the majority of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. A distinctively residential school, most of Houghton College’s students, faculty and staff live either on-campus in or near the College. The residential experience is highly valued by the College and on-campus housing is provided in the form of several residence halls and townhouses.

Houghton College offers a wide range of majors, pre-professional, and graduate-level programs which are available in both traditional classroom formats as well as online. Comprised of multiple Departments, these include the areas of Art; Communication; English and Writing; Biblical Studies, Theology, and Philosophy; Intercultural Studies; World Languages and Literatures; Education; Physical and Health Education; Biology; Chemistry; Mathematics; Physics, Computer Science and Engineering; Business and Economics; History and Political Science; Sport, Recreation and Wellness; and Psychology and Sociology. Several music majors and courses are also offered through the University’s Greatbatch School of Music. Houghton College boasts a high overall retention rate of 84% with an overall graduation rate of 73%. Net cost of attendance is $21,932 and financial aid is readily available to students with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance, whether in the form of grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 84%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,932

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Abilene, Texas. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, ACU was originally established in 1906. Grown out of an idea held by A.B. Barret and Charles Roberson and backed by the Churches of Christ in Abilene, ACU began as a small learning institution in West Texas. Since those early days, ACU has become known as a leader in Christian higher-education and was recently named a distinguished school by Apple which recognized ACU 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. The University is comprised of multiple colleges and schools, including 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. ACU has a total enrollment of approximately 4,500 students, including over 3,600 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 79% among full-time, first-time undergraduate degrees and an overall graduation rate of 61%. Net tuition cost is $24,594 and 100% of all beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 61%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 15-to-1
  • Net Price Tuition: $24,594

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Northwest Nazarene University

Northwest Nazarene University (abbreviated NNU) is a private, nonprofit, comprehensive Christian university of the liberal arts located in Nampa, Idaho. One of eight United States liberal arts colleges which are affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, NNU was established in 1913. Founded by Eugene Emerson, NNU began as an elementary school before transitioning into a high school, then a junior college, and eventually a four-year college in 1937. NNU’s mission is “the transformation of the whole person.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world.” NNU holds to the values of Transformation; Truth; Community; and Service.

Northwest Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. NNU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been so since 1930. More than 60 areas of study are offered, including master’s degree programs in nearly a dozen disciplines, plus accelerated degree program, and more. Undergraduate academic departments cover the areas of Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Education, Engineering & Physics, History & Political Science, Kinesiology, Language, Literature, & Cultural Studies, Mathematics & Computer Science, Military Science, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Pre-health, Psychology & Criminal Justice, Religion, and Social Work. NNU boasts an overall retention rate of 77% among full-time undergraduates and 100% among part-time students as well as an overall graduation rate of 49%. Net tuition cost is $19,789 and 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,789

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Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a private, independent, non-denominational Christian institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Beginning in 1941 as the Baptist Bible Institute, by 1972 the school achieved its initial accreditation as a degree-granting institution and adopted the new name of Grand Rapids Baptist College. In 1993 the College merged with the Grand Rapids School of Bible and Music and in 1999 approval was granted by the State of Michigan for the College to become known as Cornerstone University. Today, Cornerstone University describes its vision as being to “create a thriving community of fully devoted followers of Jesus in a spiritually contagious, academically excellent, richly resourced, and culturally diverse learning environment that attracts outstanding students, faculty, and staff who influence our world for Christ, His church, and His kingdom.” The University’s mission is to “empower men and women to excel as influencers in our world for Christ by offering a student-focused learning community where Jesus Christ is central.”

Cornerstone University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including over 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 20 to 1. The University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. The University offers more than 100 undergraduate, graduate, seminary, online and adult learning degrees and programs. Each class is taught by professors who are passionate and care about their students. Cornerstone University’s undergraduate programs are sorted into several divisions including, Bible, Religion & Ministry; Business; Communication & Media; Humanities; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology, Science & Mathematics; Music; Social Science; and Teacher Education. Cornerstone University also boasts an overall retention rate of 79% among full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Net tuition costs are $18,951 and 100% of students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 20-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,951

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Trevecca Nazarene University

Trevecca Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian liberal arts institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1901 by Cumberland Presbyterian minister J. O. McClurkan, Trevecca Nazarene University began as the Pentecostal Literary and Bible Training School. Originally a part of the Pentecostal Alliance, the school’s name was changed to Trevecca College for Christian Workers in 1911 after the school began offering bachelor’s degrees. In 1917, the school became an official college of the Church of Nazarene and experienced several changes, earning its university status in 1995. Trevecca Nazarene University’s mission is to be a “Christian community providing education for leadership and service.” The school’s purpose and intent is that its “graduates be socially-conscious, globally-aware, and actively-engaged individuals who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being.”

Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. The University offers variety of undergraduate, graduate, adult degree completion, and online programs. Comprised of multiple Schools, these include the School of Arts & Sciences, the Skinner School of Business & Technology, the School of Education, the School of Music and Worship Arts, and the Millard Reed School of Theology & Christian Ministry. Trevecca Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. A selective institution, Trevecca Nazarene University boasts an overall retention rate of 77% with an overall graduation rate of 51%. Net cost of attendance is $17,156 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 77%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,156

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York College

York College is a small, private, Christian liberal arts institution located in York, Nebraska. Affiliated with the Churches of Christ, York College was established in 1890 by the United Brethren Church. The College was originally founded in order to meet the needs and desires of York citizens for a church-related educational institution. In 1946 control of the College was transferred to the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church following a merger between the United Brethren Church and the Evangelical Church. In 1956 the control of the school was again changed, this time to members of the churches of Christ. Today, York College’s mission is to “transform lives through Christ-centered education and to equip students for lifelong service to God, family and society.”

York College has a total enrollment figure of just over 400 students, nearly all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio is 14 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1970. A variety of degrees are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional, graduate and online programs. Comprised of multiple departments, these cover the areas of Biblical Studies, Business, Communication, Criminal Justice, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, Physical Education, and Psychology. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 64% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Net cost of tuition is $16,686 and 100% of students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 64%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,686

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Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University is a private, four-year and graduate Christian institution located in Central, South Carolina. Southern Wesleyan University was established as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute in 1906 by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states. The school’s name was changed multiple times throughout its first eighty-plus years; in 1994 the school achieved university status and adopted its current name. Today, the University’s mission statement declares its dedication to being a “Christ-centered, student-focused learning community devoted to transforming lives by challenging students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ.” Southern Wesleyan University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,500, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1.

Southern Wesleyan University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1973. Southern Wesleyan University offers a wide variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well graduate and adult learning programs offered in the evenings and online. Comprised of multiple schools and divisions, these include the School of Business, the School of Education, and the Divisions of Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Religion, Science, and Social Studies. Classes are taught by caring and dedicated faculty members and the University is known for the inventive learning opportunities it offers. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 69% among first-time, full-time undergraduate students with an overall graduation rate of 50%. Net tuition cost at Southern Wesleyan University is $15,921 and financial aid is readily available, as evidenced by the fact that 98% of beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 18-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 69%
  • Graduation Rate: 50%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,921

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Northwest University

Northwest University is private Christian institution of higher learning located in Kirkland, Washington. Established by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God in 1934, the University began as the Northwest Bible Institute. The institution’s name was changed several times before finally adopting its current title in 2005. Northwest University’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.” The University’s campus includes 56 semi-wooded acres which overlook beautiful Lake Washington. Just minutes away from the city of Seattle, students at Northwest University have access to all of the academic, career, and recreational opportunities that the 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 more than 1,000 students, including over 900 undergraduates, and boasts a low student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities since 1973, Northwest University offers a wide range of undergraduate majors. Majors include Accounting, Biblical Literature, Biology, Business Administration, Children and Family Ministries, Communication, Teacher Education, English, Environmental Science, Exercise Science, History, Intercultural Studies, International Business, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Pastoral Ministries, Political Science, Psychology, Religion and Philosophy, and Youth and Family Ministries. A selective institution, Northwest University boasts an overall retention rate of 82% among first-time, full-time undergraduates with an overall graduation rate of 51%. Net cost of attending is $20,414 and financial aid is available to students with approximately 96% of beginning, full-time undergraduates receiving some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 51%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  • Net Price Tuition: $20,414

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located on a beautiful 1,100 acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Toccoa Falls, Georgia. The College was originally established by R. A. Forrest in 1907 as the Golden Valley Institute in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina. In 1911 the school moved to its present day location and by 1937 the school’s four-year college program was chartered and the school was granted permission to award its first Bachelor of Arts degree. Toccoa Falls College’s mission is to “glorify God through seeking and developing Christian servant leaders who will impact the world with the love and message of Jesus Christ.” The institution’s vision is for Toccoa Falls College to “be known as a premier Christian college that uniquely integrates biblical truth, academic excellence and intentional spiritual formation within a caring community.”

Toccoa Falls College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1983. The College offers nine undergraduate degree programs through its three schools which include the School of Arts & Sciences, the School of Christian Ministries, and the School of Professional Studies. Toccoa Falls College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000 (all of whom are undergraduates) with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 66% among first-time, full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Net cost of tuition at Toccoa Falls College is $18,604 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 66%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,604

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Corban University

Corban University is a private, coeducational, independent Christian institution located in Salem, Oregon. 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”, Corban University was originally established in Phoenix, Arizona as a bible institute in 1935. Since its founding Corban University has 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. The school also changed its name several times before obtaining university status and adopting its current name. Called after the ancient Hebrew word meaning, “a gift dedicated to God”, the University’s mission is to prepare men and women who will offer themselves – heart, soul, and mind – as a gift dedicated to the service of Christ.

Corban University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. A number of associates, bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees are available with undergraduate majors offered in Business, Education, English, Exercise Science, Health Science, History and Government, Mathematics, Ministry, Music, and Psychology. Corban University was one of the first universities to offer an online learning option to students and has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the U.S. and in the west. The University has a total enrollment of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with a student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1, Corban University is a selective institution and boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 59%.  Net cost of attending is $22,684 and financial aid is available to students in a variety of forms, including grants, scholarships, and student loan aid. 96% of full-time beginning undergraduate students do receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 59%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  • Net Price Tuition: $22,684

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Warner University

Warner University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lake Wales, Florida. Set on a 360 acre campus, the University is situated in the geographic center of the state between Tampa and Orlando. Warner University was established in 1968 by pastors and laity within the Church of God denomination and called the Warner Southern College, originally, before its current name was adopted in 2008. Warner University’s mission is to “graduate individuals who exemplify academic excellence and Christian character, who are prepared to lead and committed to serve.” Warner University’s vision declares that its goal is for students to possess “a biblical view of Christ as creator and sustainer of the universe, and be persuaded in their understanding of Him to enjoy His presence, to seek His mind and to fulfill His purpose with passion and authenticity.”

Warner University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1977. The University is comprised of three schools – namely, School of Ministry, Arts & Sciences; School of Business; and the School of Education – through which more than 25 liberal arts and professional undergraduate majors as well as three graduate level programs are offered. Warner University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 17 to 1. Warner University boasts an overall retention rate of 72% with an overall graduation rate of 40%. Net tuition cost at Warner University is $15,865 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 17-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 72%
  • Graduation Rate: 40%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,865

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Geneva College

Geneva College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Established in 1848, the school was originally located in Northwood, Ohio, having been founded by John Black Johnston, a minister of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (with which the College is currently affiliated). It was not until the later 1870s-early 1880s that the College relocated to its current home in Beaver Falls. Today, Geneva College describes its mission to be a “Christ-centered academic community that provides a comprehensive education to equip students for faithful and fruitful service to God and neighbor.” Geneva College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The College is situated on a beautiful 55 acre campus located approximately 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh.

Geneva College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. The College offers a wide range of undergraduate academic programs including Aviation Dual Degrees (Business/ Aviation and Missions/ Aviation) as well as areas such as Biblical Studies, Ministries & Philosophy; Biology; Business, Accounting & Management; Chemistry, Math & Physics; Communication; Education; Engineering & Computer Science; English; History, Political Science & Sociology; Languages & Cultures; Music; Physical Education; Psychology & Social Services; and several Independent majors. In addition to these, Geneva also offers a Master of Business Administration, M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Higher Education, and an M.S. in Leadership Studies. Geneva College boasts an overall retention rate of 83% and an overall graduation rate of 64%. 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type financial aid, and the net cost of tuition is $21,018.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 83%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,018

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. Founded in 1887, the University was originally chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church. During the mid- 1950s, however, the school came under the management of Evangelical Baptists, following a merger with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio. Today, Cedarville University maintains its affiliation with the Baptist denomination and has been accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since1975. Cedarville University’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered learning community equipping students for lifelong leadership and service through an education marked by excellence and grounded in biblical truth.” The University’s objective is to graduate students who, “glorify God; think broadly and deeply; communicate effectively; develop academically and professionally; and engage for Christ.”

Cedarville University has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. More than 70 undergraduate degree programs are offered as well as a variety of graduate-level programs. Areas of study include Art, Design, and Theatre; Biblical and Theological Studies; Business Administration; Communication; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; English, Literature, and Modern Languages; History and Government; Interdisciplinary Studies; Kinesiology and Allied Health; Music and Worship; Nursing; Pharmacy; Psychology; Science and Mathematics; Social Work; and several other special programs such as EMT Training, Environmental Biology, and Honors programs. Several of Cedarville University’s programs are available in an online format. A selective school, Cedarville University boasts an overall retention rate of 86% with an overall graduation rate of 72%. Net cost of tuition at Cedarville University is $22,721 and financial aid is readily available to students as evidenced by the fact that 99% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 86%
  • Graduation Rate: 72%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $22,721

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. Harding University was established in 1924 after two junior colleges, Arkansas Christian College and Harper College, joined as part of a merger. The new school was named Harding College (and renamed Harding University in 1979 when the school achieved university status) in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education.” Harding University’s main mission is to “provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.”Harding University is “committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences” and serves a “diverse coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world”. Harding University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1.

Harding University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1954. The University offers more than 10 undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, as well as 14 professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees through its colleges of Allied Health, Arts & Humanities, Bible & Ministry, Business Administration, Education, Honors, Nursing, Pharmacy & Sciences. Harding University boasts an overall retention rate of 85% with an overall graduation rate of 64%. Net tuition at Harding University is $17,578 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 85%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,578

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Mississippi College

Mississippi College is a private, coeducational, comprehensive Christian institution of the liberal arts and sciences and professional studies located in Clinton, Mississippi. Established in 1826, Mississippi College is the second-oldest Baptist-affiliated college in the country and the oldest college in the state of Mississippi. The College’s long and rich history spans nearly two centuries, surviving multiple wars and much growth and change. In 1831 Mississippi College became the first coeducational college in the United States to grant degrees to women. Mississippi College’s vision is “to be known as a university recognized for academic excellence and commitment to the cause of Christ”. Mississippi College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1922. Mississippi College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 5,000, including 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

Mississippi College offers wide variety of undergraduate degree programs through its seven schools, including the School of Business, the School of Christian Studies & the Arts, the School of Education, the School of Humanities & Social Sciences, the School of Law, the School of Nursing, and the School of Science & Mathematics. The College also offers a range of graduate-level degree programs through its Graduate School. Mississippi College has an admittance rate of 63% and boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 54%. Mississippi College’s net cost of tuition is $16,017 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,017

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Fullerton, California. HIU was established in 1928 as the Pacific Bible Seminary. By the 1960’s the school was granted accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the new name of Pacific Christian College was adopted. In 1997, after achieving university status, the institution was renamed Hope International University. Though officially nondenominational, HIU does have significant ties to the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. The University describes its mission as being “to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ.” HIU’s main campus is strategically located in the heart of Orange County, California, offering students all the advantages of the area. HIU also operates the Anaheim Campus at Stadium Towers which serves as the central headquarters for the University’s online and graduate students, as well as an extension campus in Everett, Washington for working adults and graduate students.

Hope International University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,300, including nearly 900 of undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. HIU is offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its several Colleges. These include the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Business & Management, the College of Education, the Pacific Christian College of Ministry & Biblical Studies, and the College of Psychology & Counseling. HIU boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 91% with an overall graduation rate of 42%. Net cost of attendance is $21,374 and financial aid is readily available to students in a variety of forms including grants and scholarships, as evidenced by the fact that 96% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 91%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,374

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King University

King University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Bristol, Tennessee. The University was established in 1867 by the Holston Presbytery and named in honor of the Reverend James King who donated 25 acres of his land to be used as the college’s first campus. In 1917 when the school outgrew its original campus, the Reverend King’s grandson, Isaac Anderson, donated land on the east side of Bristol at which time the school moved to its current location. In 2013 the school, by then known as King College, achieved university status and its name was changed to King University, reflecting the master’s-level, comprehensive benchmark that the institution had achieved. King University’s mission is to “build meaningful lives of achievement and cultural transformation in Christ.”

King University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1947. King University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its schools of the Arts & Sciences; Business & Economics; Education; Nursing; Christian Mission; Behavioral Science; and Communication, Information, and Design.King University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. King University has an admittance rate of 57% among first-time, full-time students and boasts an overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 45%. Net cost of attendance is $18,504 and financial aid is readily available with 98% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receiving some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 16-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 45%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 98%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,504

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Established in 1968, upon its founding the University was chartered as the Zone A College of the Church of the Nazarene by the denomination’s General Assembly with the area of Mount Vernon chosen due to its proximity to a large portion of the Nazarene population. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was accredited in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). In addition to its main campus in Mount Vernon, Ohio, the University also operates several satellite locations in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark; these locations serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional Students.

More than 80 areas of academic study are available through Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s several schools, which include the School of Arts and Humanities; the School of Education and Professional Studies; the School of Nursing and Health Sciences; The School of Theology and Philosophy; the School of Natural and Social Sciences; and the Jetter School of Business. Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s Honors Program is also offered for gifted students, providing them unique, challenging courses and special extracurricular opportunities within a supportive environment which is designed to help them to excel. Mount Vernon Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including over 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 80% with an overall graduation rate of 60%. Net tuition cost is $19,442 and 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some form of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 60%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,442

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Judson College--AL

Judson College is a private, Christian institution located in Marion, Alabama. The fifth oldest women’s college in the United States, Judson College was named in honor of Ann Hasseltine Judson, who was the first American woman to serve as a foreign missionary. Judson College was established in 1838 and was one of the first of its kind in the nation. Originally called The Judson Female Institute, the school has been affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention since its inception, and was founded by businesswoman Julia Tarrant Barron and General Edwin Davis King along with the support of members of the Siloam Baptist Church. Judson College is “dedicated to maturing its students into well-adjusted and productive citizens through the transmission of knowledge, the refinement of intellect, the nurturing of faith, the promotion of service, and the development of character.” Judson College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925.

Judson College offers 20 academic majors, 22 minors, and 10 pre-professional programs. The College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. Judson College strives to provide an “academically engaging and emotionally supportive environment” for students and has been ranked has been ranked in the top 10% among Colleges with the most supportive campus environment, according to the National Survey of Student Engagement. Judson College boasts an overall retention rate of 70% with an overall graduation rate of 41%. Net cost of attending is $13,901 for full-time beginning students and 99% of these undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 70%
  • Graduation Rate: 41%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $13,901

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. Established in 1882, Northwestern started out as a small academy which gradually expanded into a junior college in 1928 and finally a four-year institution by the early 1960s. Northwestern College is affiliated with the Reformed Church of America and operates off of a large rural campus in Sioux County. The College’s mission is to be a “Christian academic community engaging students in courageous and faithful learning and living that empowers them to follow Christ and pursue God’s redeeming work in the world.” Northwestern College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,200, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College offers a wide range of academic programs. Undergraduate departments at the College include Art, Biology, Business/ Economics, Chemistry, Communications/ Public relations, Computer science, Education, English, History, Humanities, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political science, Psychology, Religion, Social work, Sociology and Criminal justice, Spanish/ Foreign languages, and Theatre and Speech. Online programs in the areas of Genetics and Genomics, Master of Education, RN to BSN, and Coaching are also offered through the College’s Graduate School & Adult Learning. Northwestern College is a selective school and boasts a high overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 67%. Financial aid is also readily available to students and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid whether in the form of grants or scholarships. The net cost of attending is $21,210.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 67%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,210

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Simpson University

Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college located in Redding, California on a suburban 92 acre campus. Simpson University began in 1921 and is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Established as the Simpson Bible Institute by W.W. Newberry, the school was named after of Albert Benjamin Simpson, a Presbyterian minister, 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 boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Simpson University is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1969. A wide range of liberal arts and professional degree programs are offered through the University’s School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing. In addition to the programs offered through these schools, Simpson University also offers several graduate-level programs, adult degree-completion programs, and non-degree certificates through the School of Adult Studies (ASPIRE), the  School of Education, the School of Graduate Professional Studies, and the A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary. A selective institution, Simpson University boasts an overall retention rate of 74% among full time students and 100% among part-time, with an overall graduation rate of 49%. Net cost of attending is $20,110 and financial aid is readily available with 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $20,110

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Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University is a private, co-educational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA. Waynesburg University was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, having been established by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in 1849. Waynesburg University’s mission is to educate students “to make connections between faith, learning and serving so that they might faithfully transform their communities and the world.” The mission statement continues, “As a Christian comprehensive University, we strive to inspire and challenge every undergraduate and graduate student to a life of leadership and purpose for the glory of God.” Waynesburg University is one of only 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program which awards more than a dozen community service scholarships to deserving students each year.

Waynesburg University is accredited through the Middle States Commission on higher Education and has been so since 1950. The total enrollment figure reaches nearly 2,000, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Waynesburg University offers more than 70 undergraduate academic concentrations, with the top areas of study including business, communication, criminal justice, education, forensic science and nursing. Waynesburg University also offers several graduate programs, including a Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Criminal Investigation, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education, Nursing, and a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision. Waynesburg University’s overall retention rate is 80% among beginning, full-time students with an overall graduation rate of 62%. The University boasts one of the lowest tuition costs in the state of Pennsylvania with a net price of $18,401 and 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduates receive some form of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,401

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Asbury University

Asbury University is a private, four-year, Christian institution located in Wilmore, Kentucky. Founded in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes, Asbury University was originally known as the Kentucky Holiness College before adopting its current name in honor of Bishop Francis Asbury, a circuit-riding evangelist who became known the “Father of American Methodism”. While established in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, the university is nondenominational and welcomes students and faculty from all Christian walks and traditions. The University is situated on a suburban campus of 65 acres, located approximately twenty minutes southwest of Lexington. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled, the majority of whom are undergraduates, representing over forty states and more than two dozen foreign countries. The University’s average student to faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Asbury boasts more than 22,000 living alumni who serve and lead in every state in the Union and at least 80 foreign nations.

Asbury University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1940. A variety of academic programs are offered through the University’s several colleges and schools which include the College of Arts and Sciences whose departments span the humanities, business, sciences, history, literature, language, and arts; The Howard Dayton School of Business, which offers majors and minors in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and sport management; the School of Communication Arts with programs in communication, journalism, media communication, worship arts, and theatre and cinema performance; the School of Education; and the School of Graduate and Professional studies. Asbury University boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. Financial aid is highly accessible to nearly all undergraduate students with 99% of all full-time beginning students receiving some type of aid. Net cost of attending is $21,622.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $21,622

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Spring Arbor, Michigan and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. Spring Arbor University was established as an academy for elementary and secondary grades by leaders of the denomination in 1873. In 1923 a junior college was added and by 1930 all primary and intermediate classes were discontinued in order that the school might become a full-fledged, four-year college. Accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools was obtained in 1960 at which time the name Spring Arbor College was adopted. In 2001 university status was achieved and the school became known as Spring Arbor University. Today, Spring Arbor University’s mission is to be “a community of learners distinguished by our lifelong involvement in the study and application of the liberal arts, total commitment to Jesus Christ as a perspective for learning, and critical participation in the contemporary world.”

Spring Arbor University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University offers nearly 100 majors and programs and is made up of four schools. These include the Gainey School of Business, the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Human Services. Several graduate programs are also available either on site and online, including master’s degrees in Communication, Counseling, Education, Spiritual Formation and Leadership, TESOL, Business Administration, Nursing, Social Work, and more. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. Spring Arbor University’s net cost of attending is $18,634 and 99% of all full-time beginning students receive some form of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 52%
  • Graduation Rate: 79%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,634

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Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Franklin Springs, Georgia. Established in 1919, Emmanuel College began as the Franklin Springs Institute which offered a high school curriculum and three college level courses during its early years. The Institute was forced to close in 1931 due to the Great Depression, but reopened two years later with a new focus and priority to change the school from a high school to a four-year college. Emmanuel College’s current name was adopted in 1939 and in 1991 the school had achieved four-year accreditation. Emmanuel College’s mission is to be a “Christ-centered liberal arts institution that strives to prepare students to become Christlike disciples who integrate faith, learning and living for effective careers, scholarship and service.” Emmanuel College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1967.

Emmanuel College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 900 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. Emmanuel College offers both bachelors and associate degree programs in a wide variety of majors through several departments which cover the areas of Business, Christian Ministries, Communication Studies, Diversified Agriculture, Education, English, Kinesiology & Sports Management, Mathematics, Music, Natural Sciences, and Social Sciences. Emmanuel College has an acceptance rate of 49% and boasts an overall retention rate of 63% with an overall graduation rate of 37%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships and the net cost of attendance is $14,804.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 63%
  • Graduation Rate: 37%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $14,804

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian University (abbreviated OC) is a private, coeducational, comprehensive, Christian, liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. OC was founded 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 been nationally recognized by both the U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review as a top ranking institution. 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 offers students the opportunity to enjoy the academic, cultural, and recreational benefits the large city has to offer, within the comforts and safety of a suburban atmosphere.

Oklahoma Christian University has a total enrollment figure of approximately 2,500, including nearly 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. OC offers more than 60 majors and 30 additional areas of study. Comprised of five academic divisions, these include 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. OC boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 49%. OC’s net tuition costs are $18,758 and approximately 99% of full-time beginning students receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 7-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 49%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,758

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is a small, private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located about 30 minutes east of Oklahoma City in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Owned by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, OBU was founded 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’s mission is 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, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. OBU’s student body is filled with diversity, with representatives from at least 40 states and 35 foreign countries.  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. OBU boasts an overall retention rate of 74% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. OBU’s cost of tuition is in the lower range for universities of its type, with a net price of $17,320. Financial aid is also readily available in the form of federal grants, Pell grants, student loan aid, and other grant or scholarship aid and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 52%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $17,320

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MidAmerica Nazarene University

MidAmerica Nazarene University (abbreviated MNU) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Olathe, Kansas and affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. MNU was founded in 1966 and originally called the MidAmerica Nazarene College. MNU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (Higher Learning Commission). MNU operates multiple campuses with its main campus located in Olathe, and extensions including the Santa Fe Commons Site, also in Olathe, KS, and the Liberty Site in Liberty, Missouri. MNU’s main campus is located just 19 miles southwest of Downtown Kansas City and features more than 100 acres with over 1,000 trees and 6,000 flower bulbs which are planted annually. MNU’s mission is to be a “transformative university that nurtures Christlike community, pursues academic excellence, and cultivates a passion to serve.” The University’s vision is to “impact the world for Jesus Christ through servant leaders recognized for their excellence, integrity, and spiritual vitality.”

Over 40 undergraduate academic programs are offered by the MidAmerica Nazarene University in addition to more than a dozen graduate and professional degree programs. The top five major-picks among first-time freshmen include Nursing, Elementary Education, Business Administration, Sports Management, and Ministry. MNU’s graduate and professional studies programs are offered in the areas of Counseling, Education, Business, and Nursing. MNU also offers several pre-professional programs, study abroad, and an honors program. Nearly 2,000 students are currently enrolled including over 1,300 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 55% and an overall graduation rate of 42% for students graduating within 4 years. MNU’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,143. 90% of all full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 7-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 55%
  • Graduation Rate: 42%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,143

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Huntington University

Huntington University is a private, Christ-centered liberal arts institution of higher education located in Huntington, Indiana. Established in 1889 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ as the Central College, the school was later renamed Huntington College in 1917 and in 1961 was granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school’s current name of Huntington University was adopted. Today, Huntington University’s mission is to “develop in students a commitment to scholarship that is persistent in its pursuit of truth… [to] educate students broadly for a life of moral and spiritual integrity, personal and social responsibility, and continued quest for wisdom; equip students for a variety of vocations so that they may glorify the Creator… [and to] help students develop their abilities for a life of God-honoring service to others and for personal fulfillment.”

Huntington University has a total enrollment figure of just over 1,200, including nearly 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1. More than 70 programs of study are offered including undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degrees.  Huntington University is comprised of several departments including Agricultural studies, Art, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Communication, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Digital Media Arts, Education, English, History and Political Science, Kinesiology and Sport Leadership, Language, Math, Ministry and Missions, Music, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Philosophy, Pre-Law, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Pharmacy, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), Theatre, Worship Leadership, and the Institute for Leadership and Counseling. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 66%. Net cost of attendance is $19,305 and 100% of beginning, full-time students receive some type of financial assistance.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 10-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 79%
  • Graduation Rate: 66%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,305

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Jackson, Mississippi. Established in 1883 by Lewis Fitzhugh, the University was originally known as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies. Eventually donated to the Presbyterian Church of the United States, in 1954 Belhaven University became a fully coeducational institution after the school’s Board of Trustees voted to allow the enrollment of male students. Belhaven University’s mission is to prepare “students academically and spiritually to serve Christ Jesus in their careers, in human relationships, and in the world of ideas.” Belhaven University’s mission statement continues, “by developing servant leaders who value integrity, compassion, and justice in all aspects of their lives, the University prepares people to serve, not to be serve.”

Belhaven University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1946. Belhaven University offers a variety of traditional undergraduate programs as well as online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Undergraduate majors include Accounting; Biblical Studies and Ministries; Biology; Business Administration; Chemistry; Classical Education; Communication; Computer Science; Elementary Education; English; Graphic Design; History; Intercultural Studies; Mathematics; Music; Nursing; Political Science; Psychology; Social Work; Sports Administration; Sports Medicine and Exercise Science; Theatre; Pre-Professional Programs and more. Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Belhaven University has an admittance rate of 72% and boasts an overall retention rate of 67% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. Net cost of attending is $15,227 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 67%
  • Graduation Rate: 47%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,227

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Erskine College

Erskine College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution located in Due West, South Carolina. Established in 1839, Erskine College began as an academy for men by the Associate Reformed Synod of the South and was named in honor of Ebenezer Erskine, a pastor and one of the founders of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. By 1894 the college had begun to admit women and in 1899 Erskine College officially became coeducational. Erskine College’s mission is to “glorify God as a Christian academic community where students are equipped to flourish as whole persons for lives of service through the pursuit of undergraduate liberal arts and graduate theological education”. Erskine College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1925.

Erskine College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 700, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1. Erskine College offers a variety of undergraduate majors in addition to its graduate programs.Undergraduate majors including American Studies, Athletic Training, Bible and Religion, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Education, English, History, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Philosophy, Physical Education and Coaching, Political Science, Pre-professional Programs, Psychology, Social Studies, and Sports Management. Several more minors and concentrations are available and a Study Abroad option is offered as well. Erskine College has an admittance rate of 61% and boasts an overall retention rate of 61% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Net cost of attendance is $11,986 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 61%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $11,986

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Greenville College

Greenville College is a private, coeducational, four-year, Christian liberal arts institution located in Greenville, Illinois. Established in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church, the original mission of the school was to provide a “distinctive, Christ-centered college education for men and women.” Wilson T. Hogue served as the college’s first president and coined the phrase “education for character” which continues to serve as Greenville College’s motto to this day. Greenville College is situated on a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of Greenville, about 45 miles outside of St. Louis, and is easily accessible from several main highways, including I-70, I-55, I-64, and I-57. With the vision to inspire students to embrace God’s calling on their lives, Greenville College’s mission is to empower “students for lives of character and service through a transforming Christ-centered education in the liberal arts, sciences, and professional studies.”

Greenville College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,300, including over 1,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1948. More than 50 undergraduate majors are offered by Greenville College in addition to several adult and graduate programs which are available either online or at partnership locations. Major undergraduate programs include Nursing, Engineering, Education, Digital Media, Music, Art, Biology, Business Management, Music Business, and many more. Accelerated three-year degree options are also offered in several majors for the dedicated and focused student. A selective college, Greenville boasts an overall retention rate of 82% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Financial aid is readily available and 99% of all beginning, full-time undergraduate students receive some type of aid. Net cost of attendance is $19,788.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 82%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,788

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North Park University

North Park University is a private Christian institution affiliated with the Evangelical Covenant Church, located in Chicago, Illinois. The University shares its campus with the denomination’s North Park Theological Seminary and is located on Chicago’s north side.  North Park University’s vision builds upon its core institutional identity – that is, “Christian, urban, intercultural” and the University intentionally works to engage those in its neighborhood and city. Established in 1891, the mission of North Park University is to “prepare students for lives of significance and service through education in the liberal arts, professional studies, and theology.” North Park University further strives be a place of “uncommon character and enduring excellence where faith, learning, and service meet.” North Park University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission) and has been so since 1926.

North Park University offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and programs including several pre-professional options such as law, medicine, and art therapy. Graduate programs are offered in the areas of business and nonprofit management, counseling psychology, education, music, and nursing and several adult degree completion and online programs are also offered through the School of Professional Studies, the School of Business and Nonprofit management, and the North Park Theological Seminary. North Park University’s has a total enrollment figure of over 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The University boasts an overall retention rate of 75% with an overall graduation rate of 52%. North Park University’s tuition rates fall into the lower range for schools of its type with a net price of $19,158 and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, or loans, as do nearly 90% of all enrolled undergraduate students.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 11-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 75%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,158

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John Brown University

John Brown University is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Established in 1919 by the evangelist John E. Brown, Brown’s mission in founding the school was to offer an interdenominational, Christian education that would benefit financially poor, yet deserving students. During the early years of the institution, students paid for their tuition by working in jobs such as carpentry as they helped to construct the buildings on the school’s campus. In 1934 the school outgrew its original purpose and became full-fledged four-year University. However, John Brown’s original mottos remain the same: “Christ over all; and Head, Heart and Hand.” Today, John Brown University boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000, including more than 2,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1.

John Brown University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1962. Forty undergraduate majors, with even more minors, and ten graduate degree programs are offered. Undergraduate majors include Accounting, Art & Illustration, Biblical and Theological Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Child & Family Studies, Construction Management, Digital Cinema, Education, Engineering, English, Family & Human Services, Graphic Design, History, Intercultural Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Business, Journalism & Civic Engagement, Kinesiology, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Communication, Median Production, Music, Nursing, Outdoor leadership Ministries, Philosophy, Photography, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Social Studies Education, Spanish, Worship Arts, Youth & Worship Ministries, and Youth Ministry. John Brown University boasts an overall retention rate of 81% with an overall graduation rate of 62%. Financial aid is readily available, with 99% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving financial assistance in some form. Net cost of attending John Brown University is $19,943.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 15-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 81%
  • Graduation Rate: 62%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,943

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Bryan College

Bryan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Dayton, Tennessee. Bryan College was established in 1930 in response to the Scopes “Monkey” Trial of 1925. Named for William Jennings Bryan, it was Bryan who stated the desire that an institution would be built in Dayton which would “teach truth from a Biblical perspective.”Built with this vision, the College’s original desire was to provide “for the purpose of establishing, conducting and perpetuating a university for the higher education of men and women under auspices distinctly Christian and spiritual, as a testimony to the supreme glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Divine inspiration and infallibility of the Bible.” Designated the William Jennings Bryan College in 1958; the name was then shorted to its current form in 1993. Bryan College’s mission is to educate “students to become servants of Christ to make a difference in today’s world.”

Bryan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. Bryan College offers a variety of adult and graduate studies as well an abundance of undergraduate majors in areas such as Business Administration, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, the Liberal Arts, Mathematics, Education, Criminal Justice, Pre-Professional Programs and much more. Bryan College boasts a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500, the majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Bryan College boasts an overall retention rate of 65% with an overall graduation rate of 57%. Net cost of attendance is $16,153 and 90% of all full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 65%
  • Graduation Rate: 57%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 90%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,153

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Milligan College

Milligan College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN. Established in 1866, Milligan College was founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of a congregation of the Disciples of Christ. Starting off as a private secondary school called the Buffalo Male and Female Institute, in 1881 under the leadership of Disciples of Christ minister and educator, Dr. Josephus Hopwood, the school began offering collegiate level programs. Today, Milligan College’s mission is to “honor God by educating men and women to be servant-leaders.” The College’s vision is to be a “premier Christian liberal arts college where Jesus Christ is exalted and excellence in the standard” and to “change lives and shape culture through a commitment to Christian leadership.” Milligan College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. More than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees, and concentrations are offered in a variety of areas through the College’s School of Arts & Humanities; the School of Bible & Ministry; the William B. Greene Jr. School of Business & Technology; the School of Sciences & Allied Health; and the School of Social Sciences & Education. A number of graduate degrees and adult degree completion programs are also offered through Milligan College’s Graduate & Professional Studies department. The College boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate of 63%. Milligan College’s tuition costs fall into the lower range for institutions of its type with a net price of $19,460 and 100% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 9-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 63%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,460

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North Greenville University

North Greenville University is a private, comprehensive, Christian institution located in Tigerville, South Carolina. North Greenville University was originally established in 1891 as the North Greenville High School – the first high school founded in the northern section of Greenville County. Affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention, in 1915 the school’s name was changed to the North Greenville Baptist Academy. By 1934 the academy had expanded to include a junior college and the school was eventually granted university status in 2006, at which time it adopted its current name. North Greenville University’s mission is to “prepare students to become better contributing members of society by educating the whole person through an integration of academic discipline, a Christian worldview and lifestyle, and an enriched cultural experience while offering students exceptional opportunities for spiritual growth, academic training, and Christian service.” The University’s mission continues, “Christ is preeminent in all University curricular and co-curricular programs, teaching, research, and service activities.”

North Greenville University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1957. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered through the University’s colleges. These include the College of Business & Sport Professions, the College of Christian Studies, the College of Communication, the College of Education, the College of Fine Arts, the College of Humanities, and the College of Science and Math. North Greenville University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 2,500, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. North Greenville University boasts an overall retention rate of 73% with an overall graduation rate of 55%. Net price of attending is $15,422 and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 73%
  • Graduation Rate: 55%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $15,422

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Grove City College

Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1876 by Isaac C. Ketler, Grove City College was originally chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy. In 1884 the school was renamed Grove City College by the trustees of the school. Today, Grove City College strives to remain faithful to its founder’s’ vision and operates with the mission of fostering “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom.” The College’s mission statement continues, “The ethical absolutes of the Ten Commandments and Christ’s moral teachings guide the effort to develop intellect and character in the classroom, chapel and co-curricular activities. And while many points of view are examined, the College unapologetically advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”

Grove City College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,500, all of whom are undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1922. A variety of academic options are offered by Grove City College with more than 50 programs of study available and a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. Comprised of multiple academic departments, these include Physics, Biblical and Religious Studies, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Mathematics, and Economics. A selective school, Grove City College boasts an overall retention rate of 89% with an overall graduation rate of 85%. Financial aid is also available to most students with 72% of all full-time, beginning undergraduates do receive some type of financial aid, whether in the form of grants or scholarships and the net price of attending is $19,824.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 89%
  • Graduation Rate: 85%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 72%
  • Net Price Tuition: $19,824

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. The only accredited Christian university in the Central Valley, FPU was founded in 1994. The University’s main 50 acre campus is located in the south east Fresno area and FPU also maintains four regional campuses located across Central California, including the Bakersfield Campus, Merced Campus, North Fresno Campus, and Visalia Campus. The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,500, including more than 2,500 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. 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 is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. FPU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools, including the School of Business; the School of Education; the School of Humanities, Religion and Social Sciences; the 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.FPU promises students a four-year graduation guarantee and boasts an overall retention of 80% among first time undergraduate students and an overall graduation rate of 54%. FPU’s tuition rates fall in the lower range for universities of its type in the western region, with a net cost of $16,167. 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.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 13-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 80%
  • Graduation Rate: 54%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 99%
  • Net Price Tuition: $16,167

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Bethel College

Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. Established in 1947, Bethel was first envisioned by Daniel Brenneman, the founder of the  Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC), who called for a training institute in 1893. This vision was further developed by J.A. Huffman who pressed the case for establishing a Christian liberal arts college suggested the name of Bethel, which means “house of God.” It was not until 1944 that the church gave its formal approval and land for the college was purchased. Affiliated with the Missionary Church (previously known as MBC), Bethel College defines itself as a “community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the Church and the world.” Bethel has a total enrollment of more than 1,700, including nearly 1,500 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Bethel College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. More than 50 areas of study are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate with undergraduate academic departments including the areas of Art; Biology & Chemistry; Business; Communication & Media Arts; Education; History & Contemporary Society; Humanities; Kinesiology; Literature & Language; Math & Engineering Sciences; Music; Nursing; Psychology; Religion & Philosophy; Sign Language Interpreting; and Theatre Arts. Bethel College boasts an average medical school acceptance rate that is double the national average; a 100% job placement rate among nursing graduates; and a 99% job placement rate in music education. A selective institution, Bethel College boasts an overall retention rate of 78% with an overall graduation rate 64%. Net price for full-time beginning students is $18,079 and financial aid is readily available with fully 100% of full-time, beginning undergraduate students receiving either grant or scholarship aid.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 12-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 78%
  • Graduation Rate: 64%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $18,079

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College of the Ozarks

The College of the Ozarks (commonly referred to as C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Since its founding in 1907, C of O has followed the highly unique practice of allowing students to work to earn their keep rather than pay tuition. By combining state grants and scholarships with the school’s on-campus work program, students are charged a grand total of $0 in tuition costs; as a result, the College has earned the nicknamed, “Hard Work U”. Placing a strong emphasis on “character” education, C of O is committed to providing students with a quality Christian education, especially students who are found worthy but lack the means to obtain such an education. C of O has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,500 (all of whom are undergraduate students) with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1.

In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, the College of the Ozarks offers a variety of academic programs with more than 25 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. Academic programs include agriculture; biblical & theological studies; biology; business; communication arts; computer sciences; criminal justice; education; engineering; family studies and social services; hotel and restaurant management; military science; nursing; psychology; and theater. The College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. C of O’s overall retention rates among first-time students is 74% with an average graduation rate of 73%. 100% students also receive some type of financial aid, and in order to help cover their portion of the cost of their tuition, students spend 15 hours each week working at an assigned campus work station plus two additional 40-hour weeks which are scheduled during weeks when class is not in session.

  • Student-to-Faculty Ratio: 14-to-1
  • Retention Rate: 74%
  • Graduation Rate: 73%
  • Full-time Beginning Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
  • Net Price Tuition: $0