Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities Exceeding Expectations 2017

top-50-christian-colleges-and-universities-exceeding-expectations-2017As students pour through mountains of data and information determining where to earn their college degree, there are a myriad of information sources available (including Christian Universities Online!).  Working through the massive amounts of data can be overwhelming – it is best to consider the important factors that enter into the decision process.  One oft-overlooked factor is how well the school prepares graduates for the next step (be it graduate school or employment).  This can be gauged by graduation rates.  The difference between anticipated or expected graduation rate and actual rate can be dramatic – and quite telling.  There are several reasons why a student doesn’t graduate within the expected time frame; these reasons are taken into account in the “expectation” rate.  Christian Universities Online has compiled the top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities that exceeded their expected graduation rates.

Our methodology for this ranking began by compiling schools that are either members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or would qualify as member eligible.  We then collected publicly available data on predicted graduation rates and actual graduation rates.  We first considered actual graduation rates as a stand alone data point and then considered the difference between predicted and actual graduation rates.  These two categories were weighted and an overall ranking score was calculated.

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Toccoa Falls College

Toccoa Falls College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Toccoa Falls, Georgia on a beautiful 1,100 acre campus. Founded in 1907 by R. A. Forrest, the College was first called the Golden Valley Institute and was originally located in the Golden Valley community of North Carolina. In 1911 the school relocated to its current location in Toccoa Falls and by 1937 the school had chartered its first four-year college program, gaining permission to grant its first Bachelor of Arts degree. Today, 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1983. Toccoa Falls College offers nearly a dozen 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. Toccoa Falls College offers on-campus housing to students through its three residential halls, including two women’s halls and one men’s hall. Toccoa Falls College has exceeded expectations with an overall graduation rate of 47%, surpassing its predicted rate of 42%. The College boasts similar overall retention rates of 66% among full-time students and 50% for individuals enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 42%
  • Actual grad rate: 47%

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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 by the Eastern Illinois Holiness Association, the University began as a grammar school. In 1909 the school was chartered as a liberal arts college and named the Illinois Holiness College. A few years later in 1912, the college was handed over to the Church of the Nazarene and by 1986, after several decades of growth and change, formally adopted its current name of 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 located on a 275 acre park-like campus within the beautiful Kankakee River Valley.

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. The University’s total enrollment figure reaches nearly 5,000, including well over 3,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Olivet Nazarene University has an overall graduation rate of 61%, surpassing its predicted rate of 59% and earning it a place among the top colleges and universities which have exceeded expectations.

  • Predicted grad rate: 59%
  • Actual grad rate: 61%

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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 evangelist Oral Roberts (for whom the university is named), ORU holds its accreditation through the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. ORU strives 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’s mission statement declares its intention 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 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. 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’s five most popular majors include Nursing; Ministry & Leadership; Business Administration; Media; and Biology. ORU has a total enrollment of more than 3,500, including over 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. ORU has an overall graduation rate of 58%, surpassing its anticipated rate of 55%. Similarly, the University boasts high overall retention rates of 80% among full-time students and 67% for those enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 55%
  • Actual grad rate: 58%

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Covenant College

Covenant College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Founded in 1955 as an agency of the Bible Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California, the school moved to a new campus the following year, relocating to St. Louis Missouri. It was shortly thereafter that the College became affiliated with the Bible Presbyterian Church-Columbus Synod (now known as the Evangelical Presbyterian Church). In 1964 the school moved yet again to its current location in Georgia and is today an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America. Covenant College’s mission statement declares its intention to ”explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things” and to “educate Christians to engage culture and cultures, to examine and unfold creation, and to pursue biblical justice and mercy in community”. Covenant College boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 – the majority of which are undergraduate students – with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1.

Covenant College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1971. Covenant College offers a number of both undergraduate and graduate degree programs in a variety of areas. Undergraduate majors include the subjects of Art, Biblical and theological Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Community Development, Computer Science, Economics, Education Studies, Engineering, English, Foreign Language, History and Politics, International Studies, Mathematics, Music, Natural Science, Philosophy, Physical and Sport Education, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre and pre-professional programs in the areas of Law, Medical Studies, Nursing Studies and, Physical Therapy. Covenant College boasts an overall graduation rate of 64%, surpassing its predicted rate of 62% and earning it a spot on this list of schools which have exceeded expectations. Similarly, Covenant College has an impressively high overall retention rate of 85% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 62%
  • Actual grad rate: 62%

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian liberal arts institution located in Marion, Indiana. Marion College was established in 1920 by the Trustees of the Indiana Conference of the Wesleyan Methodist Church. Since its founding, Indiana Wesleyan University has evolved and grown and now offers students a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs from which to choose. Indiana Wesleyan 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.” The University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 15,000, including more than 10,000 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. One of the largest members 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. In addition to a variety of undergraduate degree programs, the University offers over 40 master’s and doctoral degree programs in the areas of Business, Counseling, Education, Education, Health Sciences, Leadership, Liberal Arts, Nursing, Social Work, and Theology and Ministry. Several master’s degrees are also offered through the University’s Wesley Seminary including a Spanish-speaking program, Maestría en Divinidad (Master of Divinity). Indiana Wesleyan University boasts an overall graduation rate of 60%, surpassing its predicted rate of 57% and earning it a place in this list of schools which have exceeded expectations.

  • Predicted grad rate: 57%
  • Actual grad rate: 60%

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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 as the Belhaven College for Young Ladies, the school was 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 statement declares its intention 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. A wide range of traditional undergraduate programs are offered by the University as well as several online, adult & professional and graduate-level programs. Belhaven University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 4,000 – including more than 2,500 undergraduate students – with an impressive average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. Belhaven University’s campus is home to a wide variety of student-led clubs and organizations and offers students a number of ways to become involved and connected with fellow classmates. Belhaven University requires that all full-time freshman and sophomore students under the age of 21 live on-campus, with certain exceptions. On-campus housing is available in one of the University’s several residence halls. Belhaven University boasts an overall graduation rate of 47% – a rate which surpasses its predicted number of 41%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 41%
  • Actual grad rate: 47%

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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, Eastern University was originally founded with the intention of creating a theologically conservative seminary within the American Baptist Churches denomination. It was not until the early 1930s that the collegiate division of the school was formed and in 1952 that the institution was chartered as a four-year college. By 1972 the school had become known as Eastern College and in 2005 attained university status. It was also in that same year that the seminary portion of the institution was renamed Palmer Theological Seminary. Today, the mission statement of Eastern University declares its intention 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. The University offers a wide range of academic programs through its several colleges and seminary. These include 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 is also comprised of the Palmer Theological Seminary and Esperanza College, the University’s junior college which operates in partnership with Nueve Esperanza, Inc. with the goal of reaching out to Philadelphia’s Latino community. Eastern University boasts an impressive 61% overall graduation rate – a number which surpasses the predicted rate of 58%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 58%
  • Actual grad rate: 61%

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Simpson University

Simpson University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college located in Redding, California and set on a suburban 92 acre campus. Affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance, Simpson University was established in 1921. Founded by W.W. Newberry, the school was originally named Simpson Bible Institute in honor 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 statement declares its intention 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, including over 900 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. The University’s School of Traditional Undergraduate Studies and the Betty M. Dean School of Nursing offers a wide range of undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional areas of study. 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. Simpson University has earned its place in this ranking in exceeding expectations by surpassing its anticipated graduation rate of 43% with an actual rate of 49% – an impressive 6% difference. Simpson University also boasts remarkable retention rates of 74% among full-time students and 100% among those enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 43%
  • Actual grad rate: 49%

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Fresno Pacific University

Fresno Pacific University (FPU) is a private Christian institution located in Fresno, California. Distinguished as being the Central Valley’s only accredited Christian university, FPU operates off of a 50 acre main campus, located in the southeast Fresno area, and 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 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.

FPU offers a wide variety of degrees and programs through its five growing schools – 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 fairly high retention of 80% among full-time students and 50% for students enrolled part-time. FPU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. FPU has exceeded expectations with an overall graduation rate of 54% which surpasses its predicted rate of 49%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 49%
  • Actual grad rate: 54%

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Harding University

Harding University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Searcy, Arkansas. Founded in 1924, Harding University came into existence following the merging of two junior colleges, the Arkansas Christian College and Harper College. The resulting institution was named Harding College (and later renamed Harding University in 1979 when the school was granted university status) in honor of James A. Harding, a preacher, teacher and Christian educator who inspired others with “an enthusiasm for Christian education.” Through the years, Harding University has remained “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’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. More than 10 undergraduate degrees are available in over 100 majors, as well as over two dozen professional programs and 15 graduate and professional degrees. These – and more- are offered through the University’s several colleges which cover the areas of Allied Health, Arts & Humanities, Bible & Ministry, Business Administration, Education, Honors, Nursing, Pharmacy & Sciences. Harding University boasts a total enrollment figure of more than 6,000, including over 4,400 undergraduate students , with an average student to faculty ratio of 16 to 1. Harding University offers on-campus housing to students through its several residence halls (which are divided by gender) and student apartments. Harding University has exceeded expectations with an actual graduation rate of 64% which surpasses its predicted rate of 61%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 61%
  • Actual grad rate: 64%

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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. 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 “applies 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 2,300 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. More than 68 majors are offered with options to earn an accelerated 3-year bachelor’s degree or a four-year 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. The 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 and has earned its place in this ranking of colleges which have exceeded expectations by surpassing its predicted graduation rate of 56% with an actual rate of 60%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 56%
  • Actual grad rate: 60%

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Milligan College

Located in the mountains of Upper East Tennessee in Milligan College, TN, Milligan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts college. Founded by the Reverend Wilson G. Barker, a minister of the Buffalo Creek Christian Church, in affiliation with the Disciples of Christ, Milligan College began in 1866. The new school started out as a private secondary school named the Buffalo Male and Female Institute. By the beginning of the 1880s, the school began offering collegiate level programs under the direction 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 over 800 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 wide range of areas through College’s several Schools. These include the 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. Master’s degrees offered include the areas of Religion, Business (MBA), Christian Ministries, Education, Occupational Therapy, Counseling, and more. Milligan College’s has surpassed its anticipated graduation rate of 59% with an actual rate of 63%. Similarly, Milligan College boasts a rather high overall retention rate of 78% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 59%
  • Actual grad rate: 63%

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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 founder’s original purpose in creating the school was to offer 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 serves as the College’s motto to this day. Greenville College is located on a beautiful 50 acre campus in the heart of the city, 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 statement declares its commitment 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 both online and at partnership locations. Among the College’s major programs of study are the areas of Nursing, Engineering, Education, Digital Media, Music, Art, Biology, Business Management, Music Business, and many more. Accelerated three-year degree options are also available in several majors for the dedicated and focused student. Greenville College has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 51% with an actual rate of 57% – exceeding expectations by 6%. Greenville College also boasts a rather impressive overall retention rate of 82% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 51%
  • Actual grad rate: 57%

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Northwestern College

Northwestern College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Orange City, Iowa. The College was founded as a small academy in 1882, before eventually expanding into 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 situated on a large rural campus in Sioux County, Iowa. The mission of Northwestern College 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. The average student to faculty ratio is 13 to 1.

A top-ranking institution, Northwestern College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1953. A wide variety of academic programs are available and the College is comprised of multiple departments and schools. Undergraduate departments 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 available through Northwestern College’s Graduate School & Adult Learning. Northwestern College has earned its place on this list of institutions which are exceeding expectations by surpassing its predicted graduation rate of 63% with an actual rate of 67%. Northwestern College also boasts a notably high overall retention rate of 82% among students enrolled full-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 63%
  • Actual grad rate: 67%

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Calvin College

Calvin College is a private, Christian liberal arts institution, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan and 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, who was a leader in the 16th-century Protestant Reformation. Calvin College’s motto is historically, “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.” 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. These 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 has exceeded its anticipated graduation rate of 71% with an actual rate of 74%. The College also boasts rather high retention rates at 86% among full-time students and 50% for those enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 71%
  • Actual grad rate: 74%

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Crown College

Crown College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. Originally called the Alliance Training Home, Crown College was established in 1916. The school’s name changed multiple times over the years (including St. Paul Bible College) before its current name was selected in 1992. Crown College sits nestled on a 215 acre campus amid magnificent oaks, rolling hills, clear lakes and features several delightful walking trails. The College is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), which offers students 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 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 has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000, 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. More than 40 undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered on-campus and online. Areas of study include Biblical, Theological, and Ministry Studies; Business and Sport Management; Humanities and Social Sciences; Mathematics and Science, Music, Nursing, Teacher Education and more. Graduate degrees include Master of Divinity, Ministry Leadership, Global Leadership, MBA, Christian Studies, Counseling, and Organizational Leadership. Crown College has exceeded expectations with an actual overall graduation rate of 56% – surpassing its predicted rate of 49% by 7%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 49%
  • Actual grad rate: 56%

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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. Founded by George F. Whitworth in 1883 as the Sumner Academy, the school was originally located in the small town of Sumner in, what was then, the Washington Territory. In 1890 the school was incorporated as Whitworth College, having by then been renamed in honor of its founder. In 1899 the college relocated to Tacoma and in 1914 moved again, this time to its current location in Spokane. In July of 2007, following a vote carried out by the board of trustees, the name Whitworth University was officially adopted. Today, Whitworth University’s mission is stated 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 2,600, 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 not only characterized by the academic excellence it offers but also 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 several schools and colleges, which include the College of Arts & Sciences, the School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Continuing Studies. Whitworth University has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 72% with an impressive actual rate of 75%. Also noteworthy are the University’s overall retention rates of 95% among full-time students and 50% among those enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 72%
  • Actual grad rate: 75%

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Rochester, New York. The first educational institution established by the Free Methodist denomination in North America, Roberts Wesleyan College was founded in 1866. Known as Chili Seminary, the school was started by (and subsequently named for) social activist, Benjamin Titus Roberts, an early supporter of women’s rights who was opposed to slavery and the oppression of the poor. Roberts’ mission in creating the school was to provide for the training young people who would become servant leaders, possessing a strong moral character. Character development has continued to play a central role in the College’s vision and its mission statement declares its commitment to preparing “thoughtful, spiritually mature, service-oriented people who will help transform society.”

Roberts Wesleyan College is accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1963. The College offers more than 60 traditional undergraduate majors and programs well as a number of online program options. Over a dozen graduate programs and four degree completion programs are also available. 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 residential college, student housing is offered in Robert Wesleyan College’s several dormitories, apartments and townhouses. 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 has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 56% with an actual rate of 62%. Similarly, the College has remarkably high overall retention rates of 78% among full-time students and 100% for individuals enrolled part time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 56%
  • Actual grad rate: 62%

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Cedarville University

Cedarville University is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Cedarville, Ohio. The University was chartered in in 1887, by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church. During the mid- 1950s, after merging with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, the school came under the management of Evangelical Baptists. Today, Cedarville University continues to be affiliation with the Baptist denomination and holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which initially granted 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. The University offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs as well as a variety of graduate-level programs. Areas of study at Cedarville 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. Cedarville University has surpassed expectations with an overall graduation rate of 72%, beating its predicted rate of 68%. Along similar lines, the University also boasts a notably high retention rate of 86% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 68%
  • Actual grad rate: 72%

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Westmont College

Westmont College is a private, coeducational, residential, Christian liberal arts institution located in Santa Barbara, California. Westmont College is an interdenominational school and was established in 1937 as the Bible Missionary Institute, originally. Two years after its founding, the school was renamed the Western Bible College. Today, Westmont College sits on a scenic campus of 111 acres with nearly 30 major buildings. Westmont College’s library offers students access to more than 150,000 titles including books, scores, and media as well as approximately 30,000 print and full-text online journals. Westmont College’s mission statement declares its commitment to serving “God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.” Westmont College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 3,000 students, all of whom are undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges since 1957, Westmont College offers several undergraduate majors which culminate in either a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science. Westmont’s majors include Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication Studies, Computer Science, Economics & Business, Engineering Physics, English, European Studies, History, Interdisciplinary, Liberal Studies, Mathematics, Music, Music Education, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Social Science, Sociology, Spanish, and Theatre Arts. Programs in Elementary Education and Secondary Education are also offered as well as several pre-professional programs in the areas of Business Administration, Dentistry, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Ministry/ Missions, Nursing, Osteopathy, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine. Westmont College has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 74% with an actual rate of 77%. Similarly, Westmont College has an impressively high overall retention rate of 83% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 74%
  • Actual grad rate: 77%

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Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Mount Vernon Nazarene University was established in 1968 by the Church of the Nazarene and charted as the Zone A College by the denomination’s General Assembly; the area of Mount Vernon was selected primarily for its close proximity to a large percentage of the Church of Nazarene’s members. One of eight U.S. colleges affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Mount Vernon Nazarene University was granted its accreditation in 1972 by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission). In addition to its main campus, the University also operates multiple satellite locations in Columbus-New Albany, Mansfield, and Newark which serve the University’s Graduate and Professional Studies Program which is geared towards non-traditional Students.

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is comprised of several schools and offers more than 80 areas of academic study. The Schools which make up the University 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 also offers an Honors Program for gifted students, providing them with unique, challenging coursework and special extracurricular opportunities within a supportive environment, all designed to help them to excel. Mount Vernon Nazarene University has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000, including more than 1,700 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 13 to 1. Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s actual graduation rate of 60% has surpassed its predicted rate of 53% – exceeding expectations by 7%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 53%
  • Actual grad rate: 60%

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Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian College is a private, four-year, liberal arts institution located in Palos Heights, Illinois. Trinity Christian College was founded in 1959, by a group of Chicago businessmen who were inspired to create a college which would offer students a high quality education and provide instruction from a Reformed Christian perspective and. Located on a suburban campus just 30 miles outside of Chicago, . Trinity Christian College’s strategic position offers students the benefit of a number of internships, career advancement, service and cultural experiences which are close at hand. Ranked in the top tier among Regional Colleges and Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report’s list of best colleges and Universities, Trinity Christian College consists of a highly diverse student body. More than 1,300 students are enrolled, including over 1,200 undergraduates, with an average student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1. The College’s mission is clearly stated and has not deviated from its founder’s wishes, which is to “provide Biblically informed liberal arts education in the Reformed tradition.”

Trinity Christian College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1976. A wide range of academic programs are offered including more than 70 major programs of study. Trinity Christian College requires all undergraduate students participate in either field educational experience or an internship. This aspect of a Trinity education equips students to put into practice what they have learned in the classroom and causes students to be more thoroughly prepared for continued graduate study and the professional world. Trinity Christian College has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 55% with an actual rate of 62% – exceeding expectations by 7%. Along similar lines, the College boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 82% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rates: 55%
  • Actual grad rates: 62%

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education, located in Azusa, California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Firmly rooted 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 nearly 10,000; the University’s average student to faculty ratio is kept remarkably low at 11 to 1. APU was established in 1899 by a small group of Quakers along with a Methodist Evangelist in the town of Whittier; APU was the first Bible college to be founded in California was originally named the Training School for Christian Workers. Today, APU is no longer associated with the Society of Friends (Quakers) and holds to a more evangelistic theology and is not affiliated with any particular denomination. After merging with three other Evangelical colleges in Southern California, APU moved to its current location in 1949.

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1961. A wide range of programs are offered at both the undergraduate, graduate levels through the University’s 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 has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 62% by 6% – the University’s actual graduation rates of 68%. APU also boasts impressive overall retention rates of 88% among full-time students and 86% for individuals enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 62%
  • Actual grad rate: 68%

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Dordt College

Dordt College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Sioux Center, Iowa. Dordt College was founded in 1955 in affiliation with the Christian Reformed Church in North American. Though originally named the Midwest Christian Junior College, the College was renamed for the historic Synod of Dordt (or Dordecht), an international Synod  which was held by the Dutch Reformed Church in the 17th century. This new name was chosen in April of 1956 in order that “the name ‘Dordt’ will constantly remind us of the heritage in which we are rooted and the goals we should strive for… [giving] us a constant source of inspiration to continue in the faith of our fathers.” Today, Dordt College’s mission involves being a “Christian learning community”, a place of “developing history”, offering a “supportive constituency”, and keeping a “kingdom perspective”.

Dordt College has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,450, including nearly 1,400 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. The College is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1969. Dordt College designed its curriculum for the purpose of giving each student “a complete comprehensive education from a solid, Reformed, Christian perspective.” More than 30 majors and a dozen pre-professional programs of study are offered, including the four-year Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science in Engineering and in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Social Work degrees. Dordt College has exceeded expectations with an actual graduation rate of 69% as compared to a predicted rate of 63% – surpassing its original goal by 6%. Along similar lines, Dordt College also boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 81% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 63%
  • Actual grad rate: 69%

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Cornerstone University

Cornerstone University is a private, independent, non-denominational Christian institution located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Cornerstone University began 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 the State of Michigan granted approval for the College to become known as Cornerstone University. Today, Cornerstone University’s vision is 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 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 and 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. The 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. Cornerstone University has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 52% with an actual rate of 60% – exceeding expectations by 8%. Cornerstone University also boasts an impressively high overall retention rate of 79% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 52%
  • Actual grad rate: 60%

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California Baptist University

California Baptist University (CBU) is a top private Christian institution located in Riverside, California. Established in 1950, CBU 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 is based off of 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. 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. More than 70 bachelor degree programs are offered with 150 major concentrations and nearly 50 minors. More than two dozen master degree programs with 45 concentrations are also offered as well as three doctoral programs. Classes are taught by a 100% Christian faculty and staff. CBU is comprised 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. Several online and professional studies are also offered. CBU has 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. CBU has exceeded expectations by 8% with an actual graduation rate of 60% compared to a predicted rate of only 52%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 52%
  • Actual grad rate: 60%

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University of Northwestern - St. Paul

The University of Northwestern- St. Paul (often referred to simply as Northwestern) is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution located in the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul. Northwestern began in 1902 with only seven students and was first called the Northwestern Bible and Missionary Training School. Founded by well-known pastor and evangelist, William Bell Riley who served as the University’s first president, Billy Graham also served as the institution’s president immediately following Riley’s term. Today, Northwestern’s written mission statement declares its commitment to providing “Christ-centered higher education equipping students to grow intellectually and spiritually, to serve effectively in their professions, and to give God-honoring leadership in the home, church, community and world.” The University’s philosophy of education statement declares that “Northwestern endeavors to provide education that is grounded first and foremost in the truth of the Bible and in God as the Ultimate Reality of the Universe.”

The University of Northwestern is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1978. A variety of academic programs are offered, including undergraduate degrees in the areas of Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Psychology, Business Administration, Accounting, Marketing, Finance, Nursing, Early Childhood Education, and Engineering. Graduate degrees include the areas of Education, Human Services, Theological Studies, the Master of Business Administration, Divinity, Organizational Leadership and more. Northwestern also offers a number of adult undergraduate degree programs (degree completion) and an Early College option for high school students which is offered on-site, on-campus, or online. A selective institution, Northwestern admits 87% of applicants. the University’s total enrollment figure reaches nearly 3,500, including more than 3,000 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 18 to 1. Northwestern has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 59% with an actual rate of 66% – exceeding expectations by 7%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 59%
  • Actual grad rate: 66%

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Biola University

Located in La Mirada, California, Biola University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1908, Biola University was originally founded as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles by Lyman Stewart, the president of the Union Oil Company of California, Thomas C. Horton, a Presbyterian minister and author, and August B. Prichard, also a Presbyterian Minister. Since that time, Biola University has become 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, Biola has ranked among the nation’s foremost Christian universities, recognized by names such as U.S. News & World Report. Biola 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. All undergraduate students are required to take courses in General Education, Biblical Studies, and Major Coursework with more than 40 undergraduate majors and concentrations available from which to choose. 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 has exceeded expectations by 7% with a predicted graduation rate of 63% and an actual rate of 70%. Biola University also boasts high retention rates with an 85% overall retention rate among full-time students and 100% for those enrolled part time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 63%
  • Actual grad rate: 70%

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Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University (abbreviated PLNU) is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in San Diego, California. Established in the early 1900s, PLNU traces its roots back to the prayer meetings of six women who called themselves the Bible College Prayer Circle and the work of Dr. Phineas F. Bresee who responded to the call of establishing a Christian college in the Los Angeles area. Originally named the Pacific Bible College at its founding in 1902, the school was renamed several times (including Pasadena College) before its current one was adopted. Today, PLNU serves as the official university of the Southwest Educational Region of the Church of the Nazarene and operates with the mission to “provide higher education in a vital Christian community where minds are engaged and challenged, character is modeled and formed, and service is an expression of faith.” The University’s mission statement continues, “Being of Wesleyan heritage, we strive to be a learning community where grace is foundational, truth is pursued, and holiness is a way of life.”

Point Loma Nazarene University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1949. More than 60 undergraduate areas of study are offered as well as multiple graduate-level programs which are available through regional centers which are located across Southern California. PLNU has a total enrollment figure of over 3,600, including more than 2,700 undergraduate students, with an average student to faculty ratio of 15 to 1. In terms of exceeding goals and expectations, PLNU has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 69% with an actual rate of 75% – 6% higher than anticipated. Similarly, the University boasts extremely impressive retention rates with an overall 84% retention rate among full-time students and 100% among those enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 69%
  • Actual grad rate: 75%

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Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a coeducational, research institution and the premier private Christian university in the state of Arizona. Located in the city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University was founded in 1949 by the Southern Baptist Church, and was originally called Grand Canyon College. After experiencing severe financial difficulties during the early part of the twenty-first century, in 2004 GCU became the first for-profit Christian college in the United States. 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. 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.”

The University offers a wide variety of degrees and programs and is made up of multiple colleges, including 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 is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Grand Canyon University’s curriculum is presented from a biblical worldview and students are taught to be effective communicators, responsible leaders, and critical thinkers. Grand Canyon University has far surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 19% with an actual rate of 34% – exceeding expectations by 15%. The University boasts a relatively high overall retention rate of 67% along with a 37% retention rate for students enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 19%
  • Actual grad rate: 34%

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Seattle Pacific University

Located in Seattle, Washington, Seattle Pacific University is a private, Christian institution of higher education. 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 again adopted a new name, this time 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.” The University’s main campus is situated on 43 acres in the northern end of Queen Ann Hill, approximately four miles north of downtown Seattle. Seattle Pacific 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 4,200 students, including more than 3,200 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 made up 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. Seattle Pacific University has surpassed its predicted graduation of 64% with an actual rate of 71% – exceeding expectations by 7%. Similarly, the University boasts incredibly high overall retention rates of 87% among full-time students and an extremely impressive 100% among students enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 64%
  • Actual grad rate: 71%

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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 in 1906 as the Wesleyan Methodist Bible Institute by representatives of the Wesleyan Methodist churches in South Carolina and surrounding states. The school underwent multiple name changes throughout its first eighty-plus years; and in 1994 the school achieved 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 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.

Southern Wesleyan University boasts 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. Southern Wesleyan University offers more than 40 distinct academic programs and is 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. Southern Wesleyan University has exceeded its expectations by an impressive 12%. The predicted graduation rates were only 38%, yet Southern Wesleyan University has surpassed this with an actual rate of 50%. Similarly, the University boasts a rather high retention rate of 69% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 38%
  • Actual grad rate: 50%

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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. The Master’s University is affiliated with Grace Community Church, a non-denominational evangelical Christian assembly, and John F. MacArthur serves as the University’s president. Established in 1927, the University was originally called the Los Angeles Baptist College. 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 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.

As a comprehensive liberal arts and professional preparation institution, The Master’s University offers a variety of programs including more than a dozen majors and 60 areas of study from which to choose. Undergraduate programs 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. The University’s Graduate Studies department offers two Masters Degrees, the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling and the Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. Graduate programs offered through other departments include the 5th Year Undergraduate Teaching Credential and Master of Business Administration, as well as a Master of Divinity, Master of Theology, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy which are hosted by the Master’s Seminary. The University has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 61% with an actual rate of 69% – exceeding expectations by 8%. Similarly, The Master’s University boasts a high retention rate of 85% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 61%
  • Actual grad rate: 69%

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Nyack College

Nyack College is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Nyack, New York. Nyack College is sponsored by the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is home to the official seminary of the denomination, the Alliance Theological Seminary. Nyack College was founded in 1882 in New York City by Dr. A.B. Simpson as the Missionary Training Institute. Dr. Simpson had resigned from a prestigious New York City pastorate in order to create an interdenominational fellowship which would be devoted to serving unreached people. The mission of Nyack College has remained the same throughout the years, which is the commitment to prepare men and women to “take the whole Gospel to the whole world.” Nyack College further endeavors to “exalt Jesus Christ and fulfill its mission by being: Academically Excellent; Globally Engaged; Intentionally Diverse; Personally Transforming; and Socially Relevant.”

Nyack College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been so since 1962. The College operates multiple campuses including its Residential Rockland Campus in Nyack, NY and the Undergraduate New York City Campus on Washington Street. A variety of degrees and majors are offered through the College’s several colleges, schools, and seminary, which including the Alliance Theological Seminary; 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 nontraditional students. Nyack College has surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 62% with an actual rate of 70% – exceeding expectations by 8%. In addition to this, the College also boasts relatively high retention rates of 68% among full-time students and 50% for those enrolled part time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 62%
  • Actual grad rate: 70%

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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 and is affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends. George Fox University was established in 1885 by a group of Quaker pioneers and was originally called the Friends Pacific Academy. In 1891 the new name of Pacific College was adopted and in 1949 the school was again renamed, this time to George Fox College in honor of 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.

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 in addition to several adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and more than a dozen master’s and doctoral degree programs which are 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 University 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 surpassed its predicted graduation rate of 62% with an actual rate of 70% – exceeding expectations by 8%. Similarly, George Fox University boasts a notably high overall retention rate of 81% among full-time students and 50% for students enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 62%
  • Actual grad rate: 70%

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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 established in 1976 by the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod for the purpose of serving students in the Pacific Southwest. Originally called Christ College Irvine, in 1993 the school’s Board of Regents voted to change the institution’s name to Concordia University Irvine; it was at this time that CUI became the tenth campus within the national Concordia University System.  Today, the University’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 through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1981. CUI offers students a wide range of undergraduate, graduate, and online degree completion programs from which to choose. Undergraduate programs include majors such as Actuarial Science, Art, Athletic Training, Behavioral Science, Biblical Languages, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Christian Education Leadership, Coaching, Communication Studies, Director of Christian Education, Director of Parish Music, Early Childhood, Economics, Education Specialist, Elementary Education, English, Exercise and Sport Science, Forensics, Global Cultural Studies, Graphic Design, Healthcare Management, History and Political Thought, Humanities and Fine Art, International Studies, Liberal Studies, Lutheran Teaching Ministry, Mathematics, Medical Science Professions, Music, Physics, Pre-Deaconess Studies, Pre-Law, Pre-Nursing, Pre-Seminary Studies, Psychology, Secondary Education, Theatre, Theology, Theological Studies, and Worship Arts Leadership. CUI has exceeded expectations with a graduation rate that is 10% greater than originally predicted. The University’s predicted rate was only 51% while its actual graduation rate is 61%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 51%
  • Actual grad rate: 61%

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Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, USA. Waynesburg University was founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and was named after the Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne. Today, 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 University’s 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.” One of only 21 institutions in the nation to do so, Waynesburg University is proud 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 offers more than 70 undergraduate academic concentrations; the top areas of study include 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 currently has a total enrollment figure of nearly 2,000 students, including over 1,400 undergraduates. The average student to faculty ratio is 12 to 1 and the student body male to female ratio is split nearly 50/50, with female students slightly outnumbering male. Waynesburg University has surpassed its predicted graduation rate by an impressive 10% – the original prediction was a 52% graduation rate while the University’s actual rate is 62%. Similarly, Waynesburg University boasts a high overall retention rate of 80% among students enrolled full-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 52%
  • Actual grad rate: 62%

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Taylor University

Taylor University is a private, co-educational, non-denominational Christian liberal arts institution located in Upland, Indiana. Operating off of 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. Taylor University was founded in 1846 and named in honor of William Taylor, an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church who traveled all over the world to evangelize. 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.” For the past nine years, Taylor University has been ranked as the #1 Regional College- Midwest by U.S. News & World Report. The University’s total enrollment includes nearly 2,000 students, the vast majority of whom are undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio of 12 to 1.

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, including more than 40 majors in the Bachelor of Arts; over 60 majors in the Bachelor of Science; two Bachelor of Music majors; and an online Bachelor of Business. In addition to these, Taylor University offers both a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development as well as a Masters of Business Administration. Global engagement and service are core values of Taylor University and approximately 80% of students participate in some type of study abroad program. Taylor University has exceeded its predicted graduation rate by 7%; the original goal set was 70% while the University’s actual overall graduation rate is 77%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 70%
  • Actual grad rate: 77%

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Houghton College

Houghton College is a private, co-educational, residential, Christian liberal arts institution, located in the hamlet of Houghton, New York in the beautiful Genesee Valley. Founded in 1883, Houghton College is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church. The College began as a high school and was called Houghton Seminary; by the mid-1920s the high school had evolved into a four-year institution and was granted its permanent charter in 1927 by the state of New York. In 1935 Houghton College achieved its accreditation through the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. 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 offered in both traditional classroom formats as well as through online courses. Departments include 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 has exceeded its expectations by 8%; the predicted graduation rate for the College was 65% while its actual rates reach 73%. Similarly, the College boasts an impressive overall retention rate of 84% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rates: 65%
  • Actual grad rate: 73%

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, coeducational, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The University was founded in 1871 by John Alexis Edgren and was originally called the Baptist Union Theological Seminary. 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 Converge Worldwide) undertook the support of the seminary and the institution was moved to its current location. After the Second World War the seminary 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. 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 in medicine, law, dentistry, veterinary science, physical therapy, pharmacy, and more; 10 master’s degrees and an Ed. D. in Educational Leadership with licensure options. Bethel University surpassed its predicted graduation of 66% with an actual rate of 74% – exceeding expectations by 8%. Similarly, Bethel University boasts a high overall retention rate of 84% among full-time students and 50% for students enrolled part time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 66%
  • Actual grad rate: 74%

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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. Well known for its strong Christian heritage and solid academic results, Wheaton College is the alma mater of several notable Christian figures including missionaries, evangelists, and pastors. 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. Programs offered through Wheaton College’s Graduate School include Master of Arts degrees in Biblical Archaeology; Biblical Exegesis; Biblical Studies; Christian Formation and Ministry; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Evangelism and Leadership; History of Christianity; Intercultural Studies; Marriage and Family Therapy; Missional Church Movements; TESOL and Intercultural Studies; and Theology. Doctorate programs are also offered, including a Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies and a Doctor of Psychology. Wheaton College has surpassed its predicted graduation of 84% with an actual rate of 89% – exceeding expectations by 5%. Similarly, Wheaton College boasts incredibly high overall retention rates of 95% among full-time students and an extremely impressive 100% among students enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 84%
  • Actual grad rate: 89%

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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 started out in Northwood, Ohio, having been founded by one, 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 late 1870s-early 1880s that the College was moved to its current location in Beaver Falls. Today, 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.” 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 sits on a beautiful 55 acre campus located approximately 35 miles northwest of Pittsburgh. 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. 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. Exceeding expectations by 11%, Geneva College’s predicted graduation rates were 53% while its actual graduation rate is 64% with an overall retention rate of 83% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 53%
  • Actual grad rate: 64%

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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 as the Central College by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, the school’s name was later changed to Huntington College in 1917and in 1961 the College was granted its initial accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It was not until 2005 that the school’s present 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 undergraduate, pre-professional and graduate-level degree programs are offered across a wide range of fields. Divided into multiple Departments, areas of study 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. Huntington University has exceeded expectations by more than 10% – the predicted graduation rate for the University was only 55% while its actual graduation rate is 66%. Likewise, Huntington University’s overall retention rate among full-time students is also impressively high at 79%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 55%
  • Actual grad rate: 66%

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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. Established by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909, the school was originally known as the Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. In 1921 the school evolved into a junior college and by 1951 was renamed Messiah College, having 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. 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.” Today, the College has a total enrollment figure of more than 3,000 students.

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 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 gone above and beyond expectations with an overall graduation rate which exceeds its predicted rate by 9%. The College’s predicted graduation rate was 68% while its actual rate is 77%.

  • Predicted grad rate: 68%
  • Actual grad rate: 77%

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Montreat College

Located in Montreat, North Carolina, Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1897, Montreat College is an interdenominational institution founded by Congregationalist minister, John C. Collins, as the Mountain Retreat Association. By 1916 the school evolved into a four-year preparatory and two-year college combination school and was renamed 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 scenic 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 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 is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and offers a variety of both undergraduate and graduate programs. Areas of study include the subjects of Bible & Religion; Business Administration; Psychology & Human Services; Education; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Management and Leadership; and many more. Several adult undergraduate programs and online degree programs are also offered. Montreat College’s mission is to educate “students through intellectual inquiry, spiritual formation, and preparation for calling and career, all to impact the world for Jesus Christ.” The College has a total enrollment figure of approximately 1,000, including more than 800 undergraduate students with an average student to faculty ratio at the College is 18 to 1. Montreat College is currently exceeding expectations by 13%; the predicted graduation rates for the College were 47% with an actual rate of 60%. Montreat College boasts a similarly high overall retention rate of 59% among full-time students and 33% among those enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 47%
  • Actual grad rate: 60%

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Bethel College-IN

Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, Bethel College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution. Established in 1947, Bethel began as the vision of Mennonite Brethren in Christ (MBC) founder, Daniel 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; it was Huffman who suggested 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. More than 50 areas of study are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Among Bethel’s academic departments are 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’s most recent predicted graduation rate was 51% – a number which Bethel has exceeded by an impressive 13%. The College’s actual overall graduation rate is 64% with a 25% transfer-out rate. Not surprisingly, Bethel College also boasts a higher overall retention rate with 78% for full-time students and 67% among students enrolled part-time.

  • Predicted grad rate: 51%
  • Actual grad rate: 64%

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Grove City College

Grove City College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Grove City, Pennsylvania. The College was established in 1876 and was chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy by one, Isaac C. Ketler. Less than a decade after opening, the academy’s name was changed to Grove City College by the trustees of the school. Today, Grove City College remains faithful to its founders’ vision, having 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 holds its accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which was first granted in 1922. Grove City College offers a range of academic options with over 50 programs of study and a curriculum that is “designed to educate the whole person”. Divided into several academic departments, these cover the subjects of Physics, Biblical and Religious Studies, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Mathematics, and Economics. Grove City College’s predicted graduation rate was set high at 75%, yet the College has managed to surpass even that lofty goal with an actual overall graduation rate of 85% – exceeding expectations by 10%. As would be expected, Grove City College’s overall retention rate among full-time students matches its impressive grad rates at a highly respectable 89%

  • Predicted grad rate: 75%
  • Actual grad rate: 85%

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Eastern Nazarene College

Eastern Nazarene College is a private, coeducational, Christian college of the liberal arts and sciences located near Boston in Quincy, Massachusetts. Established in 1900, Eastern Nazarene College has been designated as the official college of the Church of the Nazarene, serving the Eastern educational region. Eastern Nazarene College’s mission statement declares its commitment to “serve God, the Church, and the World by providing a quality liberal arts education for students of all ages.” The 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.” 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 is accredited by the New England Association for Schools and Colleges and has been so since 1943. A variety of undergraduate programs are available through the College’s several 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. Several adult study programs are offered at both the undergraduate and graduate level and include a Master of Education, Master of Science in Management, and Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. Eastern Nazarene College has exceeded expectations by an impressive 16%; the graduation rates predicted for the college were 36% while the actual rate is 55%. Eastern Nazarene College also boasts a rather high overall retention rate of 64% among full-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 36%
  • Actual grad rate: 55%

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Warner Pacific College

Warner Pacific University is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Portland, Oregon. The school was first established in 1937 in Spokane, Washington as the Pacific Bible College; the first graduating class consisted of two women who earned the Christian Education certificate. In 1940, the school relocated to Portland and by 1959 had changed its name to Warner Pacific College as a reflection of the college’s growing emphasis on the liberal arts. Today, Warner Pacific University is the only Church of God (Anderson, Indiana) institution of higher learning to be located in the western part of the United States. A small college, with a total enrollment of just over 500, students hail from 19 states and two countries and the male to female ratio is 45/55. Warner Pacific’s average class size is 14 with a student to faculty ratio of 11 to 1.

The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has been the recipient of a number of notable recognitions from names such as U.S. News & World Report and named the 37th in the nation on the Washington Monthly’s 2015 Baccalaureate Colleges list. Warner Pacific College offers associate, baccalaureate (B.A., B.S.), and master’s degrees, and post-baccalaureate certifications. Among its programs are more than two dozen majors, 29 minors, 7 pre-professional programs and 4 graduate programs. The University’s departments include the areas of Business, Education, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences & Health, Religion & Christian Ministries, and Social Sciences. Warner Pacific College has exceeded expectations by nearly 20% with a predicted graduation rate of 36% compared to an actual rate of 55%. The University’s retention rates match its impressive overall graduation rate with a 62% retention for full-time students and an 89% retention rate among part-time students.

  • Predicted grad rate: 36%
  • Actual grad rate: 55%

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College of the Ozarks

The College of the Ozarks (C of O) is a private, Christian liberal arts institution located on a 1,000 acre campus in Point Lookout, Missouri.  Nicknamed “Hard Work U”, since its founding in 1907, C of O has adopted and followed the unique practice of not charging a dime for tuition, but instead allowing students to work to earn their keep. Students spend 15 hours each week working at assigned campus work stations plus two additional 40-hour weeks which are scheduled when classes are not in session. By combining state grants and scholarships with the College’s on-campus work program, students are charged a grand total of $0 in tuition – hence the nickname of “Hard Work U”. By placing a strong emphasis on “character education”, C of O has shown its commitment to providing students with a quality Christian education, particularly students who are found worthy but lack sufficient means to obtain such an education. C of O highly vocal in discouragement of 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 College’s tuition program provides, the College of the Ozarks offers a wide range of academic programs, including more than 25 majors, 36 minors, and several pre-professional programs. Programs of study include subjects such as 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 theatre. C of O holds its accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools to award baccalaureate degrees. Exceeding expectations by an impressive 21%, C of O’s predicted graduation rate was 52%, while their actual rate is an impressive 73%.

  • Predicted Grad Rate: 52%
  • Actual Grad Rate: 73%