Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations 2016

Highlighting schools which have proven to go above and beyond when it comes to students’ acExceeding Expectations 2016ademic achievements, this ranking seeks to explore yet another angle for considering Christian colleges and universities. Each school on this list has significantly surpassed its predicted graduation rate, showing that care has been taken to enhance their students’ academic careers from acceptance through graduation. Many of the institutions featured below have also earned spots on previous rankings here at Christian Universities Online (CUO) and for them this ranking is only one more way in which they have proven to go the extra mile in providing an excellent academic learning experience for their students.

This ranking is the first one in which we have focused on liberal arts institutions.  All of our past rankings have included liberal arts schools and Bible colleges in the same pool.  Unless otherwise noted, all future rankings will rank these schools separately in hopes of making more equitable and valuable comparisons that serve our visitors better. The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).  We then gathered publicly available data from U.S. News & World Report in two categories.  We compared each schools predicted graduation rate with their actual graduation rate and ranked each school on the difference between these two variables.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University (CU), located in Cedarville, Ohio, was established in 1887. An independent Baptist school, a total of 3,620 students are currently enrolled. CU offers over 100 areas of study and boasts both a high retention and graduation rate, having exceeded its predicted graduation rate of 67% with an actual rate of 70%. Mission and study abroad opportunities are available to students and a minor in Biblical studies is required for all of CU’s academic programs. Cedarville has been featured a number of times on Christian Universities Online, and was recently highlighted in our Best Value, Best of 2015, and Best Value Online MBA Programs rankings.

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Westmont College

Westmont College is located in Santa Barbara, California on a suburban 100+ acre campus. Founded in 1937, Westmont is an interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college. Over 1,300 students are currently enrolled, representing 39 states, 17 countries, and 30+ denominations. Westmont offers nearly 30 undergraduate majors and programs as well as a variety of off-campus programs and internships which allow students to gain both knowledge and experience through real-world learning opportunities. Featured in our recent ranking of Best Of 2015, Westmont’s actual graduation rate is 78%, exceeding its predicted rate of 75%.

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Nyack College

Nyack College (NC), of Nyack, New York has distinguished itself as “New York’s Christian College.” A private, evangelical, liberal arts college, NC is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. NC offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees with over 50 undergraduate majors organized through NC’s eight different schools. A variety of extracurricular activities are also available to students, promoting both community and global development. NC has exceeded expectations with an actual graduation rate of 42% as opposed to its 38% predicted graduation rate.

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Anderson University

Anderson University, of Anderson, South Carolina, is located on a 270-acre campus and was founded 1911 in affiliation with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. Anderson has been named by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top universities in the South whose graduates accumulate the least amount of educational debt. With this in mind, Anderson was recently included in our ranking of Most Affordable Christian Schools. Nearly 3,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled a variety of bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees are offered both on-campus and online. Anderson has exceeded its predicted graduation rate by 4% with an actual rate of 49%.

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Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLGU) of located in Hannibal, Missouri, is on a scenic 100+ acre campus. Self described as an unapologetically Christian university, HLGU is affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention and was founded 1858. A fully accredited institution, HLGU provides a range of diverse academic programs and offers over 34 majors and several pre-professional programs. 1,000+ students are currently enrolled and HLGU’s mission to “provide an excellent education…in a distinctively Christian environment.” The school has surpassed its 46% predicted graduation rate with an actual rate of 50%. The university has also been featured in three of our recent rankings, Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools and Most Affordable.

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Eastern Nazarene College

Eastern Nazarene College (ENC) is affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and its historic roots trace back to 1900. Located on a large, suburban campus in the historic area of Quincy, Massachusetts, ENC has become a trusted name for its commitment to both Christian values and academics and is well-known for its success rate in getting students accepted into top-rated graduate and medical schools. Over 40 bachelor degree programs are offered at ENC with 1,000+ undergraduate students currently enrolled. ENC has been featured in our recent rankings of Best Value and Most Affordable and has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 47% with an actual rate of 51%.

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Northwest University

Northwest University (NU) is located in Kirkland, Washington on a semi-wooded, 56 acre campus and was established in 1934 by the Northwest Ministry Network of the Assemblies of God. Boasting a 43% graduation rate and 82% retention rate, NU has exceeded its predicted graduation rate of 48% with an actual rate of 52%. NU currently offers 70 majors and programs along with off-campus internships. NU was featured twice this year on Christian Universities Online in our Best Online Colleges and Best Online Graduate School rankings. The school is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

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Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College (TCC), located in Palos Heights, Illinois, is a private higher education institution affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. Established in 1959, TCC has been recognized as a leader in the Christian liberal arts disciplines and has been listed multiple times as a Top Tier Regional college. 70 programs of study are offered at TCC along with master’s programs in counseling psychology and special education. Opportunities for internships, study-abroad opportunities, and ministry opportunities are also available to students. With an actual graduation rate of 58%, TCC has exceeded its predicted rate by 4%.

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Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University (WU) was established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania. WU is known for being one of the least expensive private higher education institutions in Pennsylvania and the U.S., and was recently featured in our ranking of Most Affordable Christian colleges. WU is also one of only 21 institutions in the nation to offer the Bonner Scholar Program, which provides approximately 15 community-service scholarships to Waynesburg students each year. Over 1,500 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and WU offers 70 academic concentrations. WU has exceeded its predicted graduation rate by 4% with an actual rate of 59%.

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Huntington University

Huntington University (HU) is located in Huntington, Indiana and was originally established by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ in 1897. HU currently offers over 70 programs of study ranging from undergraduate to graduate level. More than 80% of faculty hold their Ph.D. or terminal degree. Named one of the best colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report and Princeton Review, Huntington University is also known for its military-friendliness. Named one of the Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools in our rankings earlier this year, HU’s actual graduation rate is 59% as opposed to a predicted rate of 55%.

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Dordt College

Dordt College is located in Sioux Center, Iowa, and was established 1955. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt is committed to the Reformed Christian perspective and was named after the Synod of Dordrecht which was held in the Netherlands from 1618-1619. 1,400 students are currently enrolled, with representatives from over 30 states and 26 foreign nations. A variety of undergraduate programs are offered along with 12 pre-professional programs and one graduate-level degree in education. Dordt was recently featured in Christian Universities Online’s Best of 2015 ranking and the college has exceeded its predicted graduation rate by 4% with an actual rate of 65%.

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Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) was established in 1902 and is located in San Diego, California. Offering 60+ areas of undergraduate study, PLNU places an emphasis on providing students with a global perspective and offers a variety of international study and short-term mission programs. PLNU is full of diversity with 40% of students coming from different ethnic backgrounds. PLNU takes seriously the responsibility of being a good steward of God’s creation and is recognized as a national leader in sustainability initiatives. The school has been featured in our recent Best Value and Best of 2015 rankings and has an actual graduation rate of 73%, exceeding its predicted rate by 4%.

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Hope International University

Hope International University (HIU) was established in 1928 and is located in the heart of Orange County in Fullerton, California. A private Christian university, HIU is affiliated with non-denominational Christian Churches. HIU boasts an attractively low student/faculty ratio of 14:1 with smaller classroom sizes, providing students valuable one-on-one attention from their professors. 2,000+ students are currently enrolled, making a diverse student-body with representatives from 35 states and 40 countries. HIU offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate which may be earned on-campus or online. Featured in our Best Value, Best of 2015, and Best Online Colleges rankings, HIU has surpassed its predicted graduation rate by 5% with an actual rate of 47%.

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Crown College

Crown College was first established in 1916 originally under the name of St. Paul Bible Institute before changing its name in 1992. Located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota, Crown offers over 40 accredited undergraduate majors and also provides a variety of online and graduate degree options. Crown has been recognized for its military-friendliness by G.I. Jobs, and ranked as one of the Best Regional Colleges-Midwest by U.S News & World Report. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination, Crown’s actual graduation rate is 51% versus a 46% predicted rate. Crown has been featured in our 2015 rankings of Best Value, Overall Best, and Best Online Colleges.

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Corban University

Corban University is located in Salem, Oregon and was named after the ancient Hebrew word interpreted, “a gift dedicated to God”. A private, independent Christian institution, Corban holds the distinction of being one of the first universities to make online learning available to its students. Corban offers 10 majors for students to choose from as well as 15 study-abroad programs. Ranked as one of the Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report, Corban has also been listed in several of our rankings, including Best Value, Best of 2015, Best Online Colleges and Best Online MBA. The school has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 51% with an actual rate of 56%.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) was established in 1899 and is located in California in the San Gabriel Valley community of Azusa. APU is one of the largest Christian universities in America and offers 65 bachelor degree programs both on-campus and online as well as a variety of graduate-level degrees. APU’s strong commitment to excellence in higher learning has been noted by U.S. News & World Report which has annually recognized APU as one of America’s Best Colleges. APU has surpassed its predicted graduation rate by 5% with an actual rate of 67%. APU has been featured in a number of our rankings, including Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools and Best Online and Residential MBAs.

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Taylor University

Taylor University is a Christian liberal arts college located in Upland, Indiana. Originally established in 1846, Taylor has received notable accolades including being named #1 in the Best Regional Colleges-Midwest eight years in a row by U.S. News & World Report. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled at Taylor, representing 42 states and 30 foreign countries, making up a student body rich in cultural diversity. The school has remained committed to developing “servants who lead, not leaders who serve.” Taylor has been highlighted as one of the Best Online Colleges and Best of 2015 here at Christian Universities Online and has exceeded its predicted graduation rate by 5% with an actual rate of 74%.

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Belhaven University

Belhaven University (BU) is located in the heart of Jackson, Mississippi. Founded in 1883, BU is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission and the school offers 27 undergraduate majors. BU has been featured by Christian Universities Online multiple times, most recently as one of the Most Affordable schools. BU seeks to provide low overall cost and abundant financial aid to its students. BC has received national recognition for the quality of its academic programs and affordability, having been named one of America’s best college buys. BU has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 43% by 6% with an actual rate of 49%.

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is known as one of the “top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California”. Located in Riverside, CA, CBU was established in 1950 by the California Southern Baptist Convention and boasts a 100% Christian faculty and staff with a 17:1 student/faculty ratio. Well over 6,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled and the school offers over 150 majors, minors and concentrations. CBU has exceeded expectations with an actual graduation rate of 55% versus a 49% predicted rate. CBU has also been featured here at Christian Universities Online more than once, making our rankings of Best Online and Residential MBAs, and Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) is a Church of the Nazarene-affiliated school located in Mount Vernon, Ohio and is Ohio’s premier Christian university. MNVU tied at #67 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Universities list (Midwest) and the school has exceeded the predicted graduation rate of 53% with an actual graduation rate of 59%. MNVU offers over 80 different areas of study and reportedly 94% of graduates are employed or enrolled in grad school within 12 months of graduation. MNVU has been highlighted numerous times for their online-learning programs here at Christian Universities Online and was featured in our rankings of Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC), located in Rochester, New York, was founded in1866 as the first educational institution to be established under the Free Methodist denomination in North America. Nearly 2,000 students are enrolled and RWC currently offers over 50 undergraduate majors and programs, 8 online programs, 13 graduate programs, and 5 degree completion programs. RWC has surpassed its predicted graduation rate by 6% with an actual rate of 61%. RWC and has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, and Princeton Review and has also been named among the Best Value, Most Affordable and Best of 2015 here at Christian Universities Online.

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Anderson University

Anderson University, of Anderson, Indiana, is a Christian liberal arts institution. Founded 1917 in affiliation with the Church of God denomination, Anderson is built upon the five pillars of Integrity, Excellence, Servant Leadership, Responsibility, and Generosity. 2,000+ students are currently enrolled and last year students volunteered over 24,000 hours in service and ministry. 60 undergraduate majors are offered. Anderson has been recognized as one of the top colleges by multiple sources, including U.S. News & World Report and Forbes and has surpassed its predicted graduation rate by 6% with an actual rate of 63%. Anderson has been featured in several of our rankings including Most Affordable,  Best Value, Best Online Colleges and Best Online and Residential MBAs.

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Asbury University

Asbury University is located in Wilmore, Kentucky on a 65-acre suburban campus. The Christian liberal arts university was established in 1890 in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, though today the university is non denominational. Asbury offers 50+ undergraduate majors through their five schools of study. Nearly 2,000 students are currently enrolled, representing 40+ states and 15 countries. Opportunities for student involvement are available in the form of internships, exchange programs, missions and community service opportunities. Asbury was recently included in our Best Value and Overall Best rankings as well as Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools. The school has exceeded expectations by 6% with an actual graduation rate of 63% versus a predicted rate of 57%.

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Biola University

Biola University is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian institution, located in La Mirada, California and founded in 1908. Biola offers 145+ academic programs, ranging from B.A. level to Ph.D., through Biola’s six schools. Undergraduate students have 40 majors and 80 concentrations to choose from and courses are offered both on-campus and off as well as online. 20 study abroad options are available within the US and around the globe, providing an exciting option for a well-rounded college education and experience. Biola’s 65% graduation rate has surpassed the school’s predicted rate of 59%. Featured multiple times on Christian Universities Online, Biola was recently highlighted in our lists of Best Of 2015 and Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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Calvin College

Calvin College (CC) is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and was founded in 1876 in affiliation with the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). As an institution, CC draws its understanding of the Scriptures from the historic creeds and confessions of Reformed Christianity.  100+ majors and minors are offered at CC, along with a variety of study-abroad programs. Nearly 4,000 students are currently enrolled, representing 47 states and 55 foreign nations. A top-ranked liberal arts college, CC’s actual graduation rate is 74% versus a 68% predicted rate. CC has been included in two of our previous 2015 rankings, Best Value and Overall Best of 2015.

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Eastern University

Eastern University, of St. David’s, Pennsylvania, was first established in 1925 as Eastern Baptist Theological Seminary. It was not until 1952 that the school was chartered as a four-year college. Renamed Eastern University in 2001, the Seminary became Palmer Theological Seminary in 2005. Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA, enrollment at Eastern is nearly 4,000. Eastern offers 35 majors and 20 graduate-level programs. Ranked in the Top Tier of North Regional Universities of “America’s Best Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, Eastern’s actual graduation rate of 62% exceeds its predicted rate by 7%. Eastern has been included in our earlier rankings of Best Value, Best Of 2015, and Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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University of Northwestern - St. Paul

University of Northwestern – St. Paul (UNWSP), located on a 107 acre campus on beautiful Lake Johanna, in Roseville, Minnesota, a Minneapolis St. Paul suburb, is a private evangelical Christian college. A nondenominational school, UNWSP was founded in 1902 and operated under the presidency of Billy Graham from 1948 to 1952. Boasting a high retention rate, 1,000+ undergraduate students are currently enrolled. 70+ areas of undergraduate study are offered, as well as six master’s degree programs. With an actual graduation rate of 63%, UNWSP has surpassed its predicted rate of 56%. This year UNWSP has been featured twice before on Christian Universities Online as one of the Best of 2015 and Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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Seattle Pacific University

Seattle Pacific University (SPU) is located on a 40-acre city campus in a residential neighborhood, 10 minutes from the heart of downtown Seattle, Washington. Founded in 1891 by the Free Methodist Church, SPU also owns and operates a wilderness island campus and field station as well as a seaside campus/retreat facility. 4,000 students are currently enrolled, 34% of whom come from an ethnic minority group. Over 100 undergraduate majors and minors are offered along with over 25 graduate-level degree options. Exceeding its predicted 68% graduation rate, SPU has an impressive actual rate of 75%. The school has been featured on Christian Universities Online earlier this year, making our Best of 2015 list.

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Emmanuel College

Emmanuel College, located in Franklin Springs, Georgia on a 150-acre campus, is a private, Christian, liberal arts college. Founded in 1919, Emmanuel is affiliated with International Pentecostal Holiness Church. 800+ students are currently enrolled, representing 28 states, 10 foreign countries, and 25 denominations. Emmanuel offers a variety of undergraduate degree programs through their four schools of learning. Fully accredited, Emmanuel was recently ranked as Tier One School by U.S. News & World Report and named a Best Regional College in the South for 2016. Their actual graduation rate is 44%, which exceeds their predicted rate of 36%. Emmanuel was recently featured in two of our rankings this year: Best Value and Most Affordable.

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Southern Wesleyan University

Southern Wesleyan University (SWU), a Wesleyan Church-affiliated school, is a private, four-year and graduate university. With their main campus located in Central, South Carolina, extensions of SWU are located in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, and North Augusta and online learning programs are offered as well. 1,000+ students are currently enrolled, approximately 600 of whom are traditional, undergraduate students. SWU offers 40 undergraduate areas of study and 4 graduate degrees. The school’s actual graduation rate of 47% exceeds its predicted rate of 39%. SWU has been highlighted on our site at least three times this year, making our lists of Most Affordable, Best Online MBA, and Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College (TFC), of Toccoa Falls, Georgia, is located on a large 1,100 acre campus bordering the Chattahoochee National Forest. Founded in 1907, the Christian and Missionary Alliance-affiliated school has currently enrolled 900+ students. Combining academic excellence with a biblical worldview, TFC offers 29 undergraduate in a variety of areas including Humanities & Natural Sciences; Bible & Theology; Global Ministries; and Business Administration. TFC has been featured a number of times on Christian Universities Online, making our rankings of Best Value, Most Affordable, Best of 2015, and Best Online Colleges. TFC’s actual graduation rate is 52% versus a predicted rate of 44%.

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King University

King University, of Bristol, Tennessee, is set on a 13-acre wooded campus. 2,000+ students are currently enrolled at the private university, which operates under the motto: “For the Church and For Learning”. Fully accredited and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, King has received a number of recognitions from names such as The Princeton Review. King offers 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and their actual graduation rate is 55%, exceeding their predicted rate of 47%. King has been featured on our site numerous times this year, earning spots on our lists of Most Affordable, Best Online, and Best Online and Residential MBA Programs.

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George Fox University

Located in Newberg, Oregon, George Fox University (GFU) was originally established in 1891 as a school for Quakers and remains affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. Well over 3,000 students make up GFU’s student body and the school offers 40 undergraduate majors, 12 graduate-level degrees, and 6 seminary degrees. GFU has received numerous accolades and national recognitions from Forbes, Money Magazine, and U.S. News & World Report. Accredited by the ACBSP, GFU has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 61% with an actual rate of 69%. GFU was featured in our earlier ranking of the Best Value MBA Program for 2015.

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Bethel University

Bethel University (BU) is located in St. Paul, Minnesota on a 245-acre lakeside campus. A top-ranked, evangelical Christian university, BU makes its debut with us for exceeding expectations with an actual graduation rate of 73% – 8% above its predicted rate. Over 6,000 individuals make up BU’s student body, representing 49 states, 23 countries, and 65 Christian denominations. BU offers a total of 100 different undergraduate and advanced degree programs through its four different schools. Included in these programs are 88 undergraduate majors, 11 pre-professional programs, and 10 master’s degrees. Providing students with a global perspective, 75% of BU’s traditional undergraduate students study abroad in more than 30 destinations.

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College, of Wheaton, Illinois, is well known for its solid academic results and strong Christian heritage, having been the school of choice for many notable Christian figures. Founded in 1860, nearly 3,000 undergraduates are currently enrolled, 20% of which are from ethnic minority groups. Wheaton offers 40 majors and has received a number of awards and recognitions from U.S. News & World Report, Princeton Review, and Business Insider, among others. Wheaton’s actual graduation rate is an impressive 89%, which exceeds its predicted rate by 8%. Wheaton has been featured twice before on Christian Universities Online in our rankings of Best Of 2015 and Best Value.

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Vanguard University

Vanguard University of Southern California (VU), located in Costa Mesa, California, is a private, Christian institution of liberal arts and professional studies. Founded in 1920, VU is affiliated with the Assemblies of God and was named a 2014 “Best in the West” College by Princeton Review and ranked one of the top 10 colleges (West) by U.S. News & World Report. VU offers 25 undergraduate majors as well as five graduate-level degree programs; 2,000+ students are currently enrolled.  VU has exceeded its predicted graduation rate by 9% with an actual rate of 55%. VU has been featured on Christian Universities Online in our 2015 rankings of Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools and Overall Best.

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Grove City College

Making its first appearance on Christian Universities Online is Grove City College (GCC) of Grove City, Pennsylvania. Located on a 188-acre campus about an hour north of Pittsburgh, GCC is a private, Christian liberal arts college which was established in 1876. Over 2,000 students are currently enrolled and the school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Offering 50 programs of study, GCC has received numerous recognitions from national sources such as U.S. News & World Report, and Princeton Review; GCC was recently named among the Best Schools for Your Money by Money Magazine. Surpassing its predicted graduation rate by 10%, GCC’s actual rate is an impressive 83%.

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Bluffton University

Bluffton University, of Bluffton, Ohio, is a Christian liberal arts college founded in 1899. Affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA, 1,000+ students are currently enrolled, 84% of which reside at Bluffton’s beautiful 65-acre wooded campus. 85 majors, minors, and interdisciplinary programs are offered at Bluffton, along with two graduate programs and a variety of continuing and professional education opportunities. Bluffton has been named among the top colleges in Midwest region, by U.S. News & World Report and their actual graduation rate of 60% exceeds their predicted rate of just 49%. Bluffton has been included in our rankings this year of Best Residential MBA, Best Online Graduate School, and Best of 2015.

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Houghton College

Houghton College, located in Houghton, New York, was founded in 1883 by The Wesleyan Church and has 1,000 students currently enrolled. Houghton has been named “Best College in the Northeast” by The Princeton Review and was ranked in the first tier national liberal arts college by U.S. News & World Report. On top of these prestigious recognitions, Houghton boasts a graduation rate of 76%, exceeding its predicted rate of 65%. 40+ undergraduate majors are offered at Houghton, as well as a variety of pre-professional studies and graduate-level degree programs. Houghton has appeared on Christian Universities Online twice before this year, in our lists of Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools and Best of 2015.

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Bluefield College

Bluefield College (BC) is a small Christian liberal arts institution located in the Appalachian Mountains in Bluefield, Virginia. Established in 1919 in association with the Baptist General Association of Virginia, BC is best known for its “service-minded students… [and] challenging academic experience”. BC boasts an 11:1 student/faculty ratio with a 25 max class size (most classes average 15 students). BC offers 22 undergraduate majors, many of which are offered in an online learning format. Actual graduation rate at BC is 50% versus a much lower predicted rate of 38%. BC was also highlighted earlier this year on Christian Universities Online as being one of the Best Online Christian Colleges for 2015.

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Grace College and Seminary

Grace College and Seminary (GCS) is located in Winona Lake, Indiana. Affiliated with the Fellowship of Grace Brethren Churches, the Theological Seminary was founded first in 1937 and the college was added eleven years later in 1948. Over 65 majors are offered at GCS and the school has received national recognition from both The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, having been named among the 2014 Best Midwestern Colleges . GCS has appeared on in two of our rankings this year, Most Affordable and Best Online Colleges. The college has surpassed its predicted graduation rate by 12% with an actual graduation rate of 66%.

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Messiah College

Messiah College (MC), founded in 1909, is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania with a second campus located in Harrisburg. A non-denominational institution, MC has currently enrolled 3,000+ students and offers 80+ undergraduate majors and 19 graduate-level degree and certificate programs along with study abroad options in 40+ locations. Named a “Best Regional College” by The Princeton Review and #5 Best Regional College- Northeast by U.S. News & World Report, MC’s impressive actual graduation rate of 80% exceeds its predicted rate by 12%. MC has been included in two of our rankings this year here at Christian Universities Online, making our Best Value list, and Best of 2015.

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) of Fresno, California is the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university. A Mennonite Brethren Church founded in 1944, 3,000+ undergraduate students are currently enrolled, most of whom are the first in their families to attend college. With 27 majors offered in 60 areas of study for undergraduates and 45 graduate-level programs available, FPU has been ranked in the top tier for their category by U.S. News & World Report. The school’s predicted graduation rate is 51%, with an actual rate of 64%. A school that definitely exceeds expectations, FPU has also been included in this year’s Best Value, Overall Best, and Best Online Colleges rankings here at Christian Universities Online.

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Columbia International University

Columbia International University (CIU) of Columbia, South Carolina came into being in 1923. Established for the purpose of providing Bible-based higher education to Columbia’s mill workers, CIU has remained committed to its Biblical foundation, operating under the motto, “To Know Him and To Make Him Known”. Over 1,000 students are currently enrolled and CIU offers 19 undergraduate majors. Ranked in the top 20% of military-friendly schools, CIU has been included two additional rankings published this year, our Best Value and Best Online Colleges. The school’s actual graduation rate is 66% – 13 points over the predicted rate of 53%.

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Geneva College

Geneva College is a private, comprehensive Christian college located in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. 1,000+ students are currently enrolled and Geneva offers 36 undergraduate majors and has an impressive post-graduation employment rate of 90% of students reportedly employed or in grad school 6 months post graduation. With an actual graduation rate of 65% versus a predicted 51%, Geneva has been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a 2015 Top 6 Best Value Schools out of all North Region colleges. Geneva has also been featured on this site multiple times including in our Best of 2015, Best Value, and Best Online Colleges.

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Liberty University

A Southern Baptist institution, Liberty University is the largest Christian university in the world and the fifth largest university in the nation. Liberty’s 7,000 acre campus is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Lynchburg, Virginia and 110,000+ students are currently enrolled. Degree offerings at Liberty are impressive, with over 300 residential degree programs and 243 online degree programs ranging from undergraduate to the doctoral level. Named among the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, Liberty’s graduation rate of 52% has exceeded its predicted rate of only 37%. Liberty has been highlighted many times on this site, including in our lists of Best Value, Best Of 2015, and Best Online Colleges and Graduate Schools.

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College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks (C of O), located in Point Lookout, Missouri, has appeared repeatedly on Christian Universities Online, including our Best Value, Most Affordable, and Best of 2015 lists. The unique element that sets C of O apart from the rest is that by combining state grants, scholarships, and the school’s on-campus work program, students are charged $0 tuition. Founded in 1906, C of O has been named the #4 Best Regional College-Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, and their actual graduation rate of 63% exceeds their predicted rate of 47%. In addition to the real-world work experience the school’s tuition program provides, C of O offers 42 undergraduate majors, 36 minors and 10 pre-professional programs.

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Simpson University

Simpson University (SU) is a private, liberal arts institution, established in 1921 and affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA). Located in Redding, California on a suburban 92-acre campus, SU is currently California’s only Christian university north of Sacramento and the school’s graduation rate, at 52%, falls well above its predicted rate of 34% (according to U.S. News & World Report). 1,000+ students are currently enrolled with undergraduate study options available in nearly 40 areas.. In addition to the school’s traditional, on-campus learning programs, SU also offers study abroad options to students, as well as online/distance learning programs. SU has been featured in our rankings before, including this year’s Best Value, Most Affordable, and Best of 2015 lists.

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Northwest Christian University

Northwest Christian University (NCU) is a Christian liberal arts college located in Eugene, Oregon. Founded in 1895, NCU is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. NWCU was featured earlier this year in our Best Value Online MBA Program ranking, making #44 on our list of 50. Boasting a faculty with extensive, real-world experience, NCU offers 15 areas of undergraduate study – including areas in the Arts & Sciences; Business & Management; Bible & Ministry; and Education – and six graduate-level degree programs. Actual graduation rate is 64% versus a predicted 46%.

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Bethel College

Bethel College of Mishawaka, Indiana, is affiliated with the United Missionary Church. Founded in 1944, Bethel was built upon the Wesleyan tradition and has approximately 2,000 students currently enrolled. Ranked in the top 16% of all baccalaureate colleges nationally by the U.S. News & World Report, Bethel’s predicted graduation rate is 48%, with an impressive actual rate of 68%. Bethel has been highlighted on Christian Universities Online numerous times, including being named a 2015 Best Value school; among the Best of 2015; and Most Affordable. 50+ areas of undergraduate study are offered at Bethel as are a variety of pre-professional programs and graduate study options.

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