Top 50 Bible Colleges 2016

Top-50-Bible-Colleges-2016In an attempt to highlight the best among Christian Bible Colleges and Schools, we have listed fifty of the top ranking Bible institutions from around the country. Basing our data on a number of categories, this list features colleges, universities, and schools whose main focus lies in Bible and/or ministry related degrees. Each school is fully accredited either regionally, nationally, or both, and excels in the categories of selectivity, personal attention given to students, overall student satisfaction, and readily available financial aid.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members of The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), or accredited members of The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS).  Theological affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) were also considered.  We then collected publicly available data for these schools in the following categories: 1) Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate. Each category received equal weight in calculating the final ranking.

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Saint Louis Christian College

Located in Florissant, Missouri, the St. Louis Christian College is a private, four-year undergraduate Bible college. Associated with the Restoration Movement of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, St. Louis Christian College’s mission is to “educate Christians and to graduate leaders who are equipped for service to God.” Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, St. Louis Christian College offers a variety undergraduate degree programs that are offered in traditional, evening, and online formats. The school boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1 and admits 93% of applicants. The College’s overall retention and graduation rates reach 53% and 44%, respectively and 76% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

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Epic Bible College

Located in Sacramento, California, Epic Bible College (formerly known as Trinity Life Bible College), is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1974, Epic Bible College is non-denominational, though historically associated with the Assemblies of God. An accredited member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), Epic offers both undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in a variety of ministry related areas. The school boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1 with 100% of applicants admitted. Epic Bible College’s overall retention rate reaches 33% with an overall graduation rate of 50% and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary

Located in Oakland, California, SUM Bible College & Theological Seminary is a private, coeducational institution of Christian higher education. Connected with the Pentecostal/Charismatic Christian community, SUM’s founding vision was to “provide affordable training for people called by God into the gospel ministry.” Nationally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education, SUM offers a variety of degree programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The school boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1 with a 100% admittance rate. SUM’s overall retention rate reaches 56% with an overall graduation rate of 21%; 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

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Faith Evangelical College and Seminary

Located in Tacoma, Washington, Faith Evangelical College and Seminary is a private Christian institution, established in 1969. Faith’s mission is to “glorify God by equipping Christian leaders with a biblical, theological, and practical education empowering them to apply and proclaim the inerrant Word of God for worldwide Christian service.” An interdenominational institution, Faith awards a variety of undergraduate and graduate-level degrees and is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Faith boasts overall retention and graduation rates of 70% and 82%, respectively and has a student-faculty ratio of 15:1. 100% of applicants are admitted and 63% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Boise Bible College

Located in Boise, Idaho, the Boise Bible College (BBC) is a private, undergraduate Christian institution, established for the purpose of training students to serve in a variety of ministry-related careers. Founded by First Church of Christ in Boise in 1945, BBC primarily serves Christian churches located in the western part of the United States. The school’s mission is to develop “well-equipped leaders for the Lord’s church who maintain a servant’s heart, live with integrity, and hold a Biblical worldview as they serve the church.” BBC’s has a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 with a 93% admittance rate. The school’s overall retention and graduate rates reach 57% and 42%, respectively, and 100% of all full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Hiwassee College

Located in Madisonville, Tennessee, Hiwassee College is a private, four-year Christian liberal arts college, affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Established in 1849, the school’s motto is, “Founded in Faith. Forged in Excellence” and the school holds a deep commitment to the “Biblical and theological tradition of the Wesleyan movement.” Accredited through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), Hiwassee awards both Bachelor of Arts and Science in a number of majors and concentrations. Hiwassee boasts a student-faculty ratio of just 12:1 with a selective admittance rate of 46%. The school’s overall retention and graduation rates are 44% and 18%, respectively and 91% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid.

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The King's University

Located in Southlake Texas, The King’s University (TKU) is a private, evangelical Christian university. Opening its doors in 1997, TKU is partnered with Gateway Church in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. TKU is accredited by both the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education and offers a variety of programs ranging from undergraduate to doctoral, many of which are offered both on campus and online. TKU boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1 with an admittance rate of 100%. The school’s overall retention and graduation rates are 60% and 67%, respectively and 68% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

Located in Kansas City, Missouri, Calvary Bible College and Seminary (CBC) is a nationally known, private Christian institution. Established in 1932, Calvary is non-denominational, holding regional accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission and is also professionally accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education. With the core mission to provide students with a “biblical foundation for a life of service”, CBC offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs, including a non-traditional adult education program, as well as Masters degrees which are offered through the Calvary Theological Seminary. Boasting a remarkably low student-faculty ratio of 7:1, CBC’s admittance rate reaches 100%. The school’s overall retention and graduation rates are 54% and 48%, respectively, with 83% of full-time undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid.

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American Baptist College

The American Baptist College (ABC) is a small, private Christian liberal arts institution with a predominately African American population. Established in 1924 with the original purpose of training African American Baptist ministers, ABC was recently granted the honor of being named a Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Affiliated with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc, ABC is accredited by The Association for Biblical Higher Education and offers undergraduate and graduate programs on its Nashville, Tennessee campus and globally online. Boasting a low student-faculty ratio of 11:1, ABC has a 100% admittance rate. The school’s overall retention and graduation rates are 67% and 40%, respectively with 93% of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid.

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Ozark Christian College

Located in Joplin, Missouri, Ozark Christian College is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1942, Ozark Christian College is affiliated with the Restoration Movement of Christian churches and churches of Christ and holds national accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Ozark Christian College offers a variety Christian and ministry-related undergraduate degrees, and provides students with online learning options. The school’s student-faculty ratio is 17:1 with 100% of applicants admitted. Ozark Christian College boasts an overall retention rate of 79% with an overall graduation rate of 47%. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

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Pillar College

Pillar College, located in Somerset County, New Jersey, is a private evangelical Christian College, owned and operated by Pillar of Fire International. Founded in 1908, the school was formerly known as Somerset College until 2013 when the school official switched to its current name. Accredited through both The Middle States Commission on Higher Education and The Association for Biblical Higher Education, Pillar offers a variety of undergraduate and continuing education degree programs. Pillar has a student-faculty ratio of 14:1 with a 100% admittance rate. The school’s overall retention and graduation rates reach 81% and 31%, respectively, with 100% of full-time undergraduate students receiving grant or scholarship aid.

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Laurel University

Located in High Point, North Carolina, Laurel University is a private, interdenominational Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1903, the school was formerly known as John Wesley College before switching to its current name in 2011. Accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), Laurel offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs, with on-campus, online and blended format options. Laurel boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 13:1 with an admittance rate of 83%. The school’s overall retention rate reaches 86% with an overall graduation rate of 57%; approximately 57% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid in the form of grants or scholarships.

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Apex School of Theology

Located in Durham, North Carolina, the Apex School of Theology is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1995 as the Apex Academy School of Religion, the school’s name was later changed to its current moniker, Apex School of Theology (ASOT). Founded by the Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Perkins, ASOT is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Offering degree programs ranging from Associates and Bachelor to Masters; ASOT also offers a variety of online and distance education programs. ASOT’s student-faculty ratio is 17:1 with a 100% admittance rate. The school boasts high overall retention and graduation rates, both at 91% and approximately 57% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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God's Bible School and College

Strategically located in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio, God’s Bible School and College (GBS) is a private institution of Christian higher education. Established in 1900, GBS is interdenominational and awards Bachelor of Arts and Associate degrees, several of which are available online. GBS is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission – North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, as well as The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). GBS boasts a low student-faculty ratio of just 12:1 and admits 100% of applicants. Approximately 90% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the forms of grants or scholarships and GBS’s overall retention and graduation rates are 78% and 43%, respectively.

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Trinity Baptist College

Located in Jacksonville, Florida, Trinity Baptist College (TBC) is a private Christian institution of higher education. Founded in 1974, TBC is affiliated with the Independent Baptist denomination and is accredited through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Offering both Bachelors and Masters degrees in a variety of areas including Education, Biblical studies, Music, Business, Christian Counseling, and Pre-Law, TBC also offers an online Bachelor degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. TBC boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 12:1 with a 64% admittance rate. The school’s overall retention and overall graduation rates are 47% and 41% respectively, and 97% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid in the forms of grants or scholarships.

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Welch College

Formerly known as the Free Will Baptist Bible College, Welch College, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a private four-year institution. Established in 1942, Welch College is the national college of the Free Will Baptist denomination. Regionally and nationally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Association for Biblical Higher Education, respectively, Welch College offers a variety of degree programs, ranging from undergraduate to masters with both adult degree and online learning options. The school boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 10:1 with 100% of applicants admitted. 94% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid and Welch’s overall retention rate is 73% with an overall graduation rate of 39%.

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Messenger College

Located in Euless, Texas, Messenger College is the national college of the Pentecostal Church of God. A private institution of Christian higher education, Messenger was established in 1987 and is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Offering undergraduate degrees in Christian Ministry, Business Administration, and Counseling, programs are made available on campus, online, or through extension learning opportunities. Messenger College boasts an extremely low student-faculty ratio of just 4:1 with an admittance rate of 98%. 86% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of grant or scholarship aid and the school’s overall retention and graduation rates are 78% and 10%, respectively.

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Manhattan Christian College

Located in Manhattan, Kansas, Manhattan Christian College (MCC) is a private, four-year, Christian undergraduate institution of higher education. Established in 1927 as the Christian Workers University, MCC is historically affiliated with nondenominational, independent Christian Churches and Churches of Christ of the Restoration Movement, though students from all denominational backgrounds are welcomed. MCC is “firmly committed to the mission of educating, equipping, and enriching men and women for leadership and service in the name of Christ.” The school boasts an overall retention and graduation rate of 60% and 45%, respectively, with an admittance rate of 59%. MCC’s student-faculty ratio is 17:1 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid.

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Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

The Clear Creek Baptist Bible College (CCBBC) is a private institution of Christian higher education, located in Pineville, Kentucky. Established in 1926, CCBBC is affiliated with the Kentucky Baptist Convention and provides students with Bible-based education programs which place emphasis on Christian service and ministry. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, CCBBC also holds accreditation from the Association for Biblical Education. CCBBC’s overall retention and graduation rates are 60% and 62%, respectively, with 100% of applicants admitted. The school boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 12:1 and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial aid

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Davis College

Located in Johnson City, New York, Davis College (formerly Practical Bible College) is a private institution of higher education. Established in 1900, Davis College is both regionally accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally accredited by The Association for Biblical Higher Education. Davis College’s mission is to be a “Bible-centered higher education institution committed to making an impact in the world for Jesus Christ…” The school offers a variety of undergraduate program with Biblical Studies concentrations. Davis’ student-faculty ratio is 16:1 with 48% of applicants admitted. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive some type of financial aid and the school’s overall retention and graduation rates are 63% and 33%, respectively.

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Ohio Christian University

30 miles south of Columbus, Ohio is Circleville, home of Ohio Christian University.  Offering undergraduate, graduate and online graduate degrees in a small-town environment, Ohio Christian University was founded in 1948.  The stated mission is to “prepare students to serve effectively in the church and society by providing a holistic, Christ-centered, biblically integrated education in the Wesleyan tradition.”  It is a selective school, admitting 65% of all applicants.  Additionally, the year to year retention rate is 64%.  90% of the student body receives some form of financial aid; the university boasts a 11:1 student-faculty ratio.  The overall graduation rate is 32%.

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Dallas Christian College

Located in Dallas, Texas, Dallas Christian College offers several ministry-related undergraduate and graduate degrees.  Founded in 1950, Dallas Christian College has on-campus and online (called ‘flexcampus’) options for their coursework.  Their stated mission, “to “educate and mentor students to be people of influence, under God’s influence, for a life of influence” is realized within eight general fields of study.  Dallas Christian College is very selective, accepting 38% of all applicants; the faculty-student ratio is 11:1.. 98% of the student body received some form of financial aid, and the year to year retention rate is 33%.  The overall graduation rate at Dallas Christian College is 40%.

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Cincinnati Christian University

Cincinnati, OH is home to Cincinnati Christian University which was founded in 1924 and offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees primarily in ministry-related fields.  There is an online graduate program available.  Cincinnati Christian University’s stated mission is to “provide an excellent educational, spiritual, and social experience for each student” in preparation for going into their homes, workplace and community with a Christ-like perspective.  Cincinnati Christian University is selective, accepting 59% of all applicants.  Their year to year retention rate is 74% overall and 90% of the student body received some form of financial aid.  Cincinnati Christian University has an overall graduation rate of 36%.

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Cairn University

Located just outside Philadelphia in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Cairn University (formerly Philadelphia College of the Bible) offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in ministry and conventional fields of study.  Cairn’s stated mission to “educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character” is realized through on-campus (undergraduate) and online (graduate) coursework.  Cairn has a 14:1 faculty-student ratio and 98% of all applicants are accepted.  100% of the student body received some form of financial aid and the school has a strong 75% year to year retention rate.  Cairn University has a 66% overall graduation rate.

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Southern California Seminary

Located in El Cajon, California, (just 15 miles from San Diego), Southern California Seminary enjoys the warm climate of the region.  The school’s states mission, “to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skill” is fulfilled in their ministry-related undergraduate and graduate programs – including online/distance learning courses.  Southern California Seminary accepts 100% of all applicants, and 100% of students receive some form of financial aid.  The student-faculty ratio is 14:1 and there is a 50% year to year retention rate.  Southern California Seminary boasts a 100% graduation rate.

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Piedmont International University

Located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Piedmont International University was founded in 1945 and offers undergraduate and graduate ministry degrees.  Their mission, to “serve churches by equipping leaders to obey the Great Commandment and fulfill the Great Commission” is fully realized in their 50+ degree programs.  Piedmont International University also offers a robust online program as well.  Providing a 9:1 student-faculty ratio, Piedmont International University accepts 46% of all applicants which makes it very selective.  84% of the student body received some form of financial aid and the year to year retention rate is 55%.  Piedmont International University’s overall graduation rate is 38%.

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World Mission University

Located in the “Koreatown” neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, World Mission University is dedicated to foreign and cross-cultural missions education.  The school was started in 1988.  Their stated mission, “empower[ing] people through transformational biblical education to serve the church and impact the world for Christ” is reflected in their undergraduate and graduate degree programs.  WMU has a distinctively international bent and offer several distance learning/online programs.  78% of all applicants are admitted; 50% of the student body received financial aid.  An impressive 7:1 student-faculty ratio supports a 100% year to year retention rate.  World Mission University’s overall graduation rate is 45%.

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New Hope Christian College

Established in 1925, New Hope Christian College is located in Eugene, Oregon.  New Hope Christian College offers ministry-related degrees in pastoral studies, counseling, education and worship arts.  The stated mission is “to disciple emerging Christian leaders by developing their theology, ministry skills, and character in order to win souls, plant fruitful churches, and lead as exemplary ambassadors for Christ in the ministry and marketplace.”  A selective school, New Hope admits 67% of all applicants and retains 63% year over year.  97% of the enrolled students receive financial aid; the overall graduation rate is 29%.  New Hope offers a very attractive 8:1 student-faculty ratio and offers online degrees as well.

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Grace Bible College

Founded in 1939 in Milwaukee, WI, Grace Bible College relocated to Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1961.  Offering ministry-related undergraduate degrees, Grace Bible College integrates many off-campus ministries with its academic programs.  There are also available online Associate’s and Bachelor’s degree programs as well.  Grace Bible College offers a 13:1 student-faculty ratio and nearly all enrolled students receive financial aid of some kind.  71% of all applicants are admitted to the school and the year to year retention rate is 68%.  Grace Bible College seeks to develop passionate servants of Jesus Christ by personally educating students in an educational program which emphasizes the integration of biblical truth, ministry experience, and character transformation.  The graduation rate is 52% overall.

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Johnson University

Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, Johnson University has enjoyed the beautiful Smoky Mountains environment since 1893 and offers over 70 undergraduate and graduate degrees. Academic programs integrate biblical teaching to help prepare graduates to be well-rounded Christian leaders in whatever profession they choose.  Johnson University’s stated mission is “to bring glory to God and hope to the world by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry.”  Johnson offers many of their degree programs online as well.  A selective school, Johnson University admits 56% of all applicants.  92% of the enrolled students receive financial aid.  The student-faculty ratio is 17:1 and Johnson University retains 67% of its students year over year.  The school as a 67% overall graduation rate.

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Georgia Christian University

Originally founded in 1993, the school that became Georgia Christian University is located in the metro Atlanta area and offers Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s programs in Music, Theology, Mission, and Christian Education.  Their states mission is “educate qualified students to become global leaders with Biblical principles, and to equip them with competent knowledge, skills and Christian Worldview to serve” in various areas of life.  Offering a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, Georgia Christian University accepts 100% of applicants.  77% of the student body receives financial aid and the year to year retention rate is 77% as well.  Georgia Christian University has a graduation rate of 64%.

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Shasta Bible College & Graduate School

Situated in Redding, California, Shasta Bible College and Graduate School is a Baptist college founded in 1970 and offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Bible, Theology and Teacher Education. “Equipping committed, qualified Christian leaders for Christ’s service in the 21st century is the mission of Shasta Bible College & Graduate School.”  Shasta has a robust distance learning program and boasts an astonishing 5:1 student-faculty ratio and 88% of all students receive financial aid.  While 100% of all applicants are accepted, the retention rate is 83% overall.  Shasta Bible College & Graduate School’s graduation rate is 38%.

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Bob Jones University

Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University was founded in 1927 and offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 majors designed to “grow Christlike character that is scripturally disciplined, others-serving, God-loving, Christ-proclaiming and focused above.”  Both on-campus and online programs are available (including an online Master’s program).  The student-faculty ratio is a favorable 12:1; and approximately 78% of enrolled students receive some form of financial aid.  The admission rate is 81% of all applicants and the retention rate is equally strong at 81% year over year.  71% of all students complete their degree program with graduation.

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Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Illinois is home to Moody Bible Institute, a private college founded in 1886 by D.L. Moody.  The school offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees with the stated purpose “to equip people with the truth of God’s Word to be maturing followers of Christ who are making disciples around the world.”  Moody provides a 17:1 student-faculty ratio and approximately 75% of students receive financial aid.  The admission rate at Moody is 72% of all applicants; the school’s rate of retention is a strong 87% of enrolled students.  The overall graduation is a very positive 86%; Moody students tend to stay with Moody to complete their degree.

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Kuyper College

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Kuyper College is a diverse school whose mission is to “equip students with a biblical, Reformed worldview to serve effectively Christ’s church and his world.”  To that end, Kuyper offers not only undergraduate ministry degrees but conventional vocations as well, all with a Reformed theology perspective.  The admission rate is 71% of all applicants which is followed up by a 59% rate of retention.  The strong 11:1 student-faculty ratio is competitive; Kuyper also has an overall graduation rate of 66%.  Financial aid is available and 95% of full-time students are assisted in that way.

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Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary

Located in Ankeny, Iowa, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is a private undergraduate and graduate institution of Christian higher education. A fundamental Baptist institution, Faith’s overarching mission is to “prepare vocational Christian workers and ministry leaders for local churches throughout the world.” Faith offers a variety of ministry related programs and makes several courses available online, ranging from High School Jump Courses to Seminary Courses. Faith’s student-faculty ratio is a low 13:1 and approximately 67% of applicants are admitted. The school’s overall retention rate is 67% with an overall graduation rate of 64% and 97% of full-time beginning students receive some type of financial aid.

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Trinity Bible College

Located in Ellendale, North Dakota, Trinity Bible College is a private, Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1948, Trinity is affiliated with the General Council of the Assemblies of God and is fully accredited with the Association of Biblical Higher Education. Trinity’s commitment lies in “training and educating people with theological reflection and missional passion, in order that people and communities everywhere will hear the good news of Jesus and see His love demonstrated.” Trinity offers both undergraduate and graduate degree options, including a distance education option. Trinity boasts a low student-faculty ratio at 11:1 and an admissions rate of 36%. The overall retention and graduation rates are 63% and 39% respectively with 88% of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid.

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Appalachian Bible College

Appalachian Bible College (ABC), located in Mount Hope, West Virginia, is a small, private Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1950, ABC is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education. All undergraduate students double major in both Bible/Theology and a Ministry Major of their choice; ABC also offers a 36-hour Master of Arts degree in Ministry. While ABC is not officially affiliated with any one church or denomination, the school is primarily associated with Bible and Baptist Churches. ABC boasts a 73% retention rate and a 63% graduation rate. The student-faculty ratio is 14:1 and 69% of applicants are admitted; 98% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive some type of financial assistance.

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Arizona Christian University

Located in Phoenix, Arizona, Arizona Christian University is a private, noprofit Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1960 as the Southwestern Conservative Baptist Bible College, originally, Arizona Christian University (ACU) is today non-denominational institution and is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Offering a variety of bachelor’s degrees, ACU recently added a Psychology major as well as several programs of study including Criminal Justice, Healthcare Policy, Nonprofit Management, Coaching and Early Childhood Education. The school boasts a student-faculty ratio of 15:1 with an overall retention rate of 72% and graduation rate of 61%. 57% of applicants are admitted to the university and 96% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Central Christian College of the Bible

Located in Moberly, Missouri, Central Christian College of the Bible is a private, four-year institution, affiliated with Christian churches and churches of Christ. Established in 1957, Central is accredited by the Association for Biblical higher Education and is dedicated to the “equipping of men and women for leadership in the Kingdom of God both nationally and internationally.” Central offers a variety of ministry degree programs, including Christian Education, Christian Counseling, Youth & Family, Preaching, Cross-Cultural, and Christian Ministries. Central’s student-faculty ratio is 16:1 with 42% of applicants admitted. Central boasts an overall retention rate of 77% with an overall graduation rate of 42%; 100% of beginning full-time students receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Multnomah University

Located in Portland, Oregon, Multnomah University is a private, nondenominational Christian institution of higher education. Made up of a college, graduate school, seminary and Degree Completion Program, Multnomah University offers a wide variety of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Established in 1936, Multnomah’s mission is to “equip Christian students through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in the church, community, and world.” Accredited through multiple agencies, Multnomah’s student-faculty ratio is 14:1 with 57% of applicants admitted. The school’s overall retention and graduation rates are 75% and 54%, respectively, with 98% of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid.

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Lancaster Bible College

Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Lancaster Bible College (LBC) is a private, non-denominational, co-educational Bible college and graduate school. Established in 1933, LBC’s mission is to “educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ by serving Him in the Church and society.” The school offers a variety of degree programs including traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated undergraduate programs that are offered in the evenings or online, and graduate and seminary degrees offered through the Capital Seminary and Graduate School. LBC’s overall retention and graduation rates are 75% and 62%, respectively with a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. 59% of applicants are admitted and 99% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Barclay College

Located in Haviland, Kansas, Barclay College is a private, four-year institution affiliated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). Established in 1917, Barclay’s mission is to “prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service and leadership”, challenging students to “explore, understand, and acquire the skills necessary to respond to the call of God upon their lives.” The school is best known for its ministry degrees, but also grants other professional degrees. Barclay’s student-faculty ratio is a low 10:1 with approximately 54% of applicants admitted. The school’s overall retention rate is 62% with an overall graduation rate of 47%; 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship financial aid.

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Summit University

Summit University is a private institution of biblical higher education, located in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania just outside of Scranton, PA. Historically affiliated with the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, Summit University was previously known as the Baptist Bible College & Seminary. Summit University offers a wide range of academic degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate level which are offered on-campus as well as online. The school boasts a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1 with 86% of applicants admitted. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid and the school boasts overall graduation and retention rates of 78% and 54%, respectively.

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Grace University

Grace University is a private Christian institution located in Omaha, Nebraska. Grace’s mission is “to develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world through excellence in biblically-integrated education and through life change in a personal, discipling environment, all for the glory of God.” Grace University offers a wide variety of undergraduate programs, graduate programs, as well as adult degree completion programs. The student-faculty ratio at Grace is 14:1 with 45% of applicants admitted. The university’s overall retention rate is 69% with an overall graduation rate of 55% and 100% of full-time beginning undergraduate students receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Bethesda University

Located in Anaheim, California, Bethesda University is a private Christian institution, founded in 1976 with the purpose of building up millennium leaders who would have a firm Christian foundation coupled with a vision for world mission. Accredited by the BPPE (a division of the California Department of Education), Bethesda also holds accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and TRACS. Bethesda offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs, ranging from BA in Religion to an MBA. Boasting a low student-faculty ratio of 6:1, Bethesda’s overall retention and graduation rates are 82% and 75%, respectively. 67% of applicants are admitted into programs, and 58% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and Randall Graduate School

Hillsdale Free Will Baptist College and Randall Graduate School, soon to be Randall University, is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in Moore, Oklahoma. Hillsdale is affiliated with the Free Will Baptists and was established in 1959. Hillsdale’s mission is to “prepare students to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, both in the church and in society at large,” and the school is “committed to the intellectual, spiritual, social, moral, and physical development of its students.” Hillsdale offers a variety of degree programs, including adult online degree programs. Hillsdale’s student-faculty ratio is remarkably low at just 6:1 and 53% of applicants are admitted. With a 68% retention rate and a 32% graduation rate, 97% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Lincoln Christian University

Located in Lincoln, Illinois, Lincoln Christian University (LCU) is a private Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1944 and affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ, LCU’s motto and mission is “to nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world.” LCU is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education and offers a variety of degrees and programs, including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. LCU’s student-faculty ratio is 14:1 and approximately 48% of applicants are admitted. The school boasts an overall retention rate of 83%, an overall graduation rate of 57%, and 94% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Columbia International University

Located in Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia International University (CIU) is a private Christian institution, fully accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. CIU is known for the emphasis it places upon spiritual formation, biblical authority and world evangelism. The top five undergraduate programs at CIU include Psychology, Teacher Education, Intercultural Studies, Business & Organizational Leadership, and Youth Ministry, Family & Culture. CIU offers a variety of undergraduate majors and programs, graduate & seminary programs, and online studies. CIU’s student/faculty ratio is 14:1, with approximately 33% of applicants admitted. The university’s retention and graduation rates are 69% and 68%, respectively, and 95% of CIU’s full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid.

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Emmaus Bible College

Emmaus Bible College is a private, four-year institution, located in Dubuque, Iowa. Affiliated with the Open Brethren, Emmaus was originally established in 1941 in Toronto, Ontario before moving to its current location in 1984. A member of the Evangelical Training Association (ETA) since 1956, Emmaus is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education as well as the Higher Learning Commission. Offering a wide variety of academic programs ranging from Bible & Theology to Business Administration, Counseling Psychology to Teacher Education, Emmaus also offers several distance learning programs. The school boasts high retention and graduation rates, 85% and 82%, respectively, and a low student-faculty ratio of 9:1. 100% of full-time beginning undergraduates receive grant or scholarship aid and approximately 40% of applicants are admitted.