The 50 Best Christian College & University Athletic Programs

The 50 Best Christian College & University Athletic Programs 2016

Athletics are a significant aspect of college life for many students. While sports may not be the primary focus of students, sports has a real presence on campus. Just about every student at a college campus either enjoys participating, spectating or for some both. For some campuses, Saturday’s football game dominates the day and offers a fantastic venue for students to take a break from their studies. Whether it’s football, basketball, soccer or another sport, a school’s athletic program contributes to the overall college experience. The following list highlights Christian Colleges and Universities that excel with their varsity athletic programs.

The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Each of these schools were evaluated and scored in the following categories: 1) Number of varsity teams, 2) Varsity championships won, 3) Percent of enrolled in at least one varsity team, and 4) Grand total revenues from athletic programs. We calculated standardized scores for each category, assigned equal weight to each category, took the sum score of all four categories and finally standardized these final totals to produce this ranking. We used publicly available data from the U.S. Department of Education.

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Azusa Pacific University

Azusa Pacific University (APU) is a private, evangelical Christian university located in Azusa, California. One of the largest Christian universities in the nation, the institution was established in 1899 and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. An NCAA Division II school, APU is home to a total of 15 varsity teams, including Football; Baseball; Gymnastics; Swimming and Diving; and Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The large suburban school has a total student population of nearly 10,000, 9.2% of which participate in at least one varsity team sport. APU’s notable alumni include several athletes and the school’s athletic department brings in a total revenue figure of 6.5 million.

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Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University (ONU), a private accredited, liberal arts university, is located in Bourbonnais, Illinois. Established in 1907, ONU is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and is an NAIA school. Boasting a total of 14 varsity teams, sports include Football; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country); Swimming and Diving; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Baseball. The suburban school has a total student population of 4,861 and just over 17% of students participate in at least one varsity team sport. Boasting multiple on-campus athletic facilities, ONU’s athletic department brings in a total of 5.6 million in revenue.

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Calvin College

Calvin College (CC), located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was established in 1876 in affiliation with the Christian Reformed Church in North America (CRCNA). Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, CC is an NCAA Division III school. CC offers a total of 19 varsity team sports, including Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country); Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; and Swimming and Diving. Nearly 4,000 students are currently enrolled at CC and just over 14% of all students are on at least one varsity team. CC’s athletic department brings in a total of 1.8 million in revenue.

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Biola University

Biola University, located in La Mirada, CA, was established 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles. A non-denominational, evangelical Christian institution, Biola is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. An NAIA Division I school, Biola offers a total of 19 varsity team sports, including Track and Field; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Swimming. Over 6,000 students are currently enrolled at Biola– 8.7% of whom participate in at least one varsity team. Seven athletic facilities sit on Biola’s campus, including the Chase Gymnasium, originally built in 1962 and recently revamped during the summer of 2012. Biola’s athletic department brings in a total of 3.3 million in revenue.

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Taylor University

Taylor University is a private, Christian liberal arts college located in Upland, Indiana and was established in 1846. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Taylor is an NAIA Division II school. Offering a total of 15 varsity teams, sports include Football; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; and Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country). Over 2,000 students are currently enrolled and 17.4% participate in at least one varsity team sport. Eight athletic facilities are located on Taylor’s campus, including the Turner Stadium which was renovated in 2012 and during the summer of 2015. Taylor’s athletic department brings in a total of 5.1 million in revenue.

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Anderson University

Located in Anderson, Indiana, Anderson University was established in 1917 and is affiliated with the Church of God denomination. A private, Christian, liberal arts institution, Anderson is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is an NCAA Division III school. Anderson offers 18 varsity team sports, including Football; Track and Field; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Baseball; and Women’s Volleyball. Over 2,000 students are currently enrolled at Anderson, and 23.3% of students play on at least one varsity athletic team. Anderson boasts nine athletic facilities, including the Macholtz Stadium which was originally built in 1977 and resurfaced as recently as 2011. Anderson’s athletic department brings in total revenue of $2 million.

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Roberts Wesleyan College

Roberts Wesleyan College (RWC), located in Rochester, New York, was founded in 1866. RWC is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and their athletic department is under the sanctioning body of the NCAA Division II. RWC boasts seventeen varsity teams, including Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Lacrosse; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Women’s Volleyball. The college has a total student population of 1,762 and over 23% of enrolled students participate in at least one varsity athletic team. RWC boasts four on-campus athletic facilities and the school’s athletic department brings in $2 million in total revenue.

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Greenville College

Greenville College (GC) was founded in 1892 by the Free Methodist Church and is located in Greenville, Illinois, 45 miles outside of St. Louis. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, GC is an NCAA Division III school and offers a total of 12 varsity teams, including Football; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Women’s Volleyball; and Men’s and Women’s Basketball. GC has a total enrollment figure of over 1,000 and over 40% of students participate in at least one varsity team sport. The athletic department of GC brings in a total of 2.8 million in revenue.

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Southern Nazarene University

Established 1899, Southern Nazarene University (SNU) is a private, Christian, liberal arts university affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene and located in Bethany, Oklahoma. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, SNU is an NCAA Division II school and offers 17 varsity athletic team sports, including, Football; Track and Field; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Men’s and Women’s Soccer. Of SNU’s nearly 2,000 enrolled undergraduate students, 21.2% participate in at least one varsity team sport. SNU boasts five on-campus athletic facilities including the school’s football stadium which first opened in 2001 and seats 15,000. Total revenue brought in by Bethel’s athletic department is $3 million.

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Bethel College

With roots dating back to 1893, Bethel College is affiliated with the United Missionary Church and built upon the Wesleyan tradition. Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, nearly 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students are currently enrolled and over 21% participate in at least one of Bethel’s 17 varsity athletic teams. Sports at Bethel include Track and Field (Indoor; Outdoor; and Cross Country); Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Tennis. An NAIA school, Bethel has six athletic facilities on campus, including the Wiekamp Athletics Center. The athletic department at Bethel College brings in a total of $3 million in revenues.

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Oklahoma Christian University

Established in 1950, Oklahoma Christian University (OCU) is a private, liberal arts institution located in northeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, OCU is a NCAA Division II school and boasts a total of 16 varsity teams, including Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor; and Cross Country); Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Women’s Softball. OCU has a total enrollment figure of 2,475 and over 15% of students participate in at least one varsity athletic team. OCU’s athletic department brings in a total of 5.2 million in revenue.

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University of Northwestern - St. Paul

A private, nondenominational Christian college, University of Northwestern-St. Paul is located in the heart of the twin cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Established in 1902, Northwestern is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Sanctioned by the NCAA Division III, Northwestern offers a total of nineteen varsity athletic teams, including Football; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Women’s Volleyball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; and Baseball. Northwestern has a total population of over 3,400 (over 3,200 undergraduates) , 18.8% of whom play on at least one varsity team. Northwestern’s athletic department brings in a total of 1.8 million in total revenue.

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Spring Arbor University

Spring Arbor University (SAU) is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan and is the second-largest Evangelical Christian University in Michigan. Established in 1873, SAU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission North Central Association and their athletic department is sanctioned by the NAIA. Boasting seventeen varsity teams, sports at SAU include Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country); Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; and Tennis. SAU’s total student population reaches nearly 4,000 – 17% of whom participate in at least one varsity team sport. SAU’s campus holds eight athletic facilities and the school’s athletic department brings in 4.3 million in total revenues.

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Huntington University

Huntington University is located in Huntington, Indiana and is affiliated with the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. Established in 1897, Huntington is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the Higher Learning Commission, and is a NAIA Division II school. Boasting 16 varsity teams, sports at Huntington include Soccer; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country); Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Women’s Volleyball. Of Huntington’s total student population of 1,209, over 29% participate in at least one varsity athletic team sport. Huntington’s athletic department brings in a total of 2.4 million in revenues.

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Emmanuel College

A private, Christian, liberal arts college, Emmanuel College is located in Franklin Springs, Georgia, conveniently near Athens and Atlanta, GA and Anderson, South Carolina. Affiliated with International Pentecostal Holiness Church, Emmanuel was established 1919 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. An NCAA Division II school, Emmanuel offers a total of 16 varsity athletic teams, including Track and Field; Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Swimming; and Baseball. Emmanuel has a total undergraduate population on 816, 30% of which participate in at least one varsity team sport. Emmanuel’s athletic department brings in 2.4 million in total revenues.

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Bethel University

Bethel University is a private, 4-year, liberal arts institution located in the suburbs of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and The Higher Learning Commission, Bethel is an NCAA Division III school. Boasting a total of 18 varsity athletic teams, sports at Bethel include Football; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country); and Men’s and Women’s Basketball. Bethel has a total enrollment of nearly 4,000 students, 22% of whom play on at least one varsity team. Bethel’s athletic department brings in a total of 2.5 million in revenue.

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Charleston Southern University

Located in historic Charleston, South Carolina, Charleston Southern University (CSU) holds the distinction of being one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities with over 3,400 students enrolled. Among these students, 14.3% participates on at least one varsity team and CSU boasts a total of 12 varsity athletic teams. Sports at CSU include Football; Track and Field; Baseball; Women’s Soccer; and Women’s Softball. Notable alumni of CSU include NFL player, Charles James, MLB pitcher, Tyler Thornburg, and Bobby Parnell, former pitcher for the New York Mets. An NCAA Division I school, CSU’s athletic department brings in a total of 9.8 million in revenue.

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Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU), a private university, affiliated with the Churches of Christ, is located in Abilene, Texas. Established in 1906, ACU has become known as a leader in Christian higher-education. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, ACU is a NCAA Division I-AA school. Boasting 14 varsity athletic teams, ACU sports include Football; Track and Field; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Women’s Softball. ACU boasts seven athletic facilities, including Shotwell Stadium which holds 15,000. Over 12% of ACU’s enrolled students participate in the school’s varsity teams and the athletic department’s brings in a total of 8.6 million in revenues.

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Carson-Newman University

Carson-Newman University (CNU) was established in 1851 and is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. A four-year, private institution, CNU is affiliated with the Baptist denomination and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. More than 2,000 students are currently enrolled and 29% of CNU’s student body participates in at least one varsity team sport. CNU boasts a total of 14 varsity teams, including Football; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Track and Field; Swimming; Soccer; and Baseball. An NCAA Division II school, CNU has sponsored intercollegiate athletics for over 100 years and the school’s athletic department brings in 4.9 million in total revenues.

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Dordt College

Located in Sioux Center, Iowa, Dordt College is a private, Christian liberal arts college that was first established 1955. Affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church, Dordt is committed to the Reformed Christian perspective. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Dordt is a NAIA Division II school and has a total of 14 varsity athletic teams, including Football; Track and Field (Outdoor and Cross Country); Women’s Volleyball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Baseball. Of Dordt’s 1,459 total student population, over 36% participate in at least one varsity team sport. Total revenues of Dordt’s athletic department are 3.7 million.

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Milligan College

Milligan College, one of the South’s premier Christian liberal arts colleges, is located in the Northeastern mountains of Tennessee. Established 1866, Milligan is affiliated with non-denominational Christian Churches/Churches of Christ and is also a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. An NAIA school, Milligan has a total of 15 varsity athletic teams, including Baseball; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country); Soccer; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Women’s Softball. With a total student population of over 1,000, a little more than 34% participate in at least one varsity team sport. Milligan’s athletic department brings in a total of 3.4 million in revenues.

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Gordon College

Located in Wenham, Massachusetts, Gordon College was established in 1889 originally under the name of Boston Missionary Training School. Since then, Gordon has grown into a thriving institution, made up, currently, of over 1,700 students. An NCAA Division III school, 20% of Gordon’s student body participates in at least one varsity team sport. Gordon’s campus has a total of six athletic facilities and boasts a total of 20 varsity athletic teams, including Baseball; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; and Swimming. The school’s athletic department brings in 1.4 million in total revenues.

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North Greenville University

North Greenville University (NGU, founded in 1891, is conveniently located in Tigerville, South Carolina between the two cities of Greenville, SC and Hendersonville, NC in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. NGU is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. An NCAA Division II school, NGU offers a total of 18 varsity athletic teams, including Football; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and X-Country); and Men’s and Women’s Basketball. 22.6% of NGU’s 2,000+ student population participates in at least one varsity team sport. NGU athletic department’s total revenue is 3.6 million.

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Hardin-Simmons University

Hardin-Simmons University (HSU) is located in Abilene, Texas and was established in 1891. Affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas since 1941, HSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the school’s athletic department is under the NCAA Division III sanctioning body. HSU offers a total of 18 varsity team sports, including Football; Soccer; Baseball; Basketball; and Women’s Volleyball. Of HSU’s 2,000+ student population, 30% are involved on at least one varsity team. The athletic department of HSU brings in total revenue of 2.2 million.

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Judson University

Judson University (JU) is a private, 4-year, liberal arts institution that was founded in 1913 and is located in Elgin, Illinois. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the NCA, JU’s athletic department is under the sanctioning body of the NAIA. JU has a total of 14 varsity teams, including Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Women’s Softball. Of JU’s 1,200+ student body population, 37.2% are on at least one varsity team. Boasting six on-campus athletic facilities, JU’s athletic department brought in a total of 4.3 million in revenue.

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts University (ORU), established in 1963, is an interdenominational, Christian, liberal arts university. Located in Tulsa, OK, the school tied for #46 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Universities in the West. An NCAA Division 1AAA school, ORU is home to a total of 12 varsity teams sports, including Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, Cross Country); Baseball; Women’s Volleyball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Men’s and Women’s Soccer. With a total student population of nearly 3,500, over 11% of ORU’s students participate in at least one varsity team sport. Boasting nine athletic facilities on campus, ORU’s athletic department brings in a total revenue 12.7 million.

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Lipscomb University

Lipscomb University, a private, coeducational, liberal arts university, is located in the Green Hills area of Nashville, Tennessee. Established 1891 and affiliated with the Churches of Christ, Lipscomb is an NCAA school and is home to a total of 13 varsity teams. Sports include Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Baseball; and Women’s Volleyball. With a total student population of nearly 4,500, just over 15% of students are on at least one varsity team. Boasting five athletic facilities including the Allen Arena which opened in 2001 and seats over 5,000, Lipscomb’s athletic department brings in a total revenue of $11 million.

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Warner University

Warner University, a 4-year, private liberal arts institution, is located in Lake Wales, Florida on a rural campus setting. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Warner’s athletic department is affiliated with the NAIA. The University offers a total of 19 varsity team sports (9 men’s sports, 10 women’s sports), including Football; Track & Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Volleyball; and Soccer. A school with a total student population of over 1,100, 30.7% of students participate in at least one varsity team sport. The athletic department at Warner brings in a total revenue of 2.9 million.

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Wheaton College

Wheaton College was established in 1860, and is located in Wheaton, Illinois, just 25 miles outside of west of Chicago. With a current enrollment figure of over 2,400 undergraduate students, hailing from 50 states and 45 countries, 25% of Wheaton’s students are involved in at least one varsity team sport. Wheat boasts a total of 19 varsity teams (8 men’s, 11 women’s), including Football; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Swimming and Diving; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; and Men’s and Women’s Basketball. An NCAA Division III school, Wheaton’s athletic department brings in a total revenue of 3.5 million.

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Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OKWU) is a private, Christian university located in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Ranked #6 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Regional Colleges in the West, OKWU is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Affiliated with the NAIA, OKWU offers a total of 12 varsity team sports (6 men’s, 7 women’s), including Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; Women’s Volleyball; and Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country). Of OKWU’s 1,300+ total student population, 52.9% participate in at least one varsity team sport. The athletic department of OKWU brings in total revenue of 3.4 million.

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Messiah College

Messiah College, located in Mechanicsburg, PA, was founded in 1909 by the Brethren in Christ Church and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Named #5 in the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking of the Best Regional Colleges (North), Messiah is a NCAA Division III school. Messiah boasts a total of 22 varsity teams, including Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Baseball; Wrestling; Soccer; and Swimming. Of the school’s total enrollment of 3,234 students, 20.3% participate in at least one varsity team sport. Total revenue brought in by Messiah College’s athletic department was 2.1 million.

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Grand Canyon University

Known as one of Arizona’s premier private universities, Grand Canyon University (GCU) was established in 1949 and is located in Phoenix, Arizona. An NCAA Division I school, GCU offers a total of 22 varsity sports (11 men’s and 11 women’s), including Track and Field (Indoor and Outdoor); Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Baseball; Swimming; and Volleyball. Of GCU’s 62,000+ enrolled students, 6.5% participate in at least one varsity team sport. Nicknamed the “Antelopes” (or “Lopes”, for short), GCU belongs to the Western Athletic Conference. GCU offers eight on-campus athletic facilities – the largest of which is the GCU Arena which seats 7,000. Total revenue brought in by the athletic department was 9.9 million.

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University of Sioux Falls

The University of Sioux Falls (USF), located in Sioux Falls, North Dakota, was established in 1883 and is affiliated with the American Baptist Churches. USF tied for 38th Best Regional College in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 ranking. An NCAA Division II school, USF has a total of 14 varsity teams including Football; Track and Field (indoor and outdoor); Baseball; Women’s Soccer; and Men’s and Women’s Basketball. 38% of USF’s 1,000+ student population participates in at least one of the school’s varsity team sports, which are nicknamed the “Cougars”. USF’s athletic department total revenues are 5.6 million.

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Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University (HBU), located in Houston, Texas, is a private university founded in 1960 by the Baptist General Convention of Texas. Over 3,000 students are currently enrolled at HBC, with nearly 15% of students participating in at least one of HBU’s 16 varsity team sports which include Track and Field; Baseball; Men’s and Women’s Soccer; Men’s and Women’s Basketball; and Women’s Softball. Nicknamed the “Huskies” and playing under the school’s colors of royal blue and orange, HBU is an NCAA Division I school. HBU’s football stadium seats 5,000 and their Home Court – the Frank and Lucille Sharp Gymnasium – holds 1,000. HBU’s athletic department’s total revenue was 9.6 million.

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Whitworth University

Whitworth University (formerly Whitworth College until 2007) is a private, Christian, liberal arts college, located in Spokane, Washington and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). WU has currently enrolled over 2,000 undergraduate students with representatives from 30 states and 29 countries – 24.5% of whom participate in at least one of Whitworth’s 21 varsity team sports. Sanctioned by the NCAA Division III and a member of the Northwest Conference (NWC), Whitworth’s sports include Football; Track and Field; Soccer; Swimming; and Baseball. In the past 20 years, over 100 of Whitworth’s athletes have received All-American recognition and 80+ have been named Academic All-Americans. Whitworth’s athletic department’s total revenue was $3 million.

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Waynesburg University

Waynesburg University (WU), located in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania was established in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Named for Revolutionary War hero, General “Mad” Anthony Wayne, WU has remained committed to preparing students for lives of Christian service for over 165 years. Wu is an NCAA Division II school and boasts a total of 18 varsity teams (nine men’s, nine women’s) and includs Football; Track and Field (Indoor, Outdoor, and Cross Country); Soccer; Women’s Lacrosse; and Wrestling. Nicknamed the “Yellow Jackets”, WU’s athletic department belongs to the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC). Grand total revenues for WU’s athletic department was 3.8 million.

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Sterling College

Sterling College is a private, four-year liberal arts college located in Sterling, Kansas. Established 1887, Sterling has an historic affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, which founded the school, and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Sterling’s athletic department is affiliated with the NAIA and the Warriors Athletic Association (WAA) and has a grand total of 12 varsity teams. Sterling’s sports include Football; Soccer; Baseball; Women’s Volleyball; and Track and Field. Of Sterling’s 700+ total student population, just over 57% participate in varsity sports. Sterling College’s athletic department brought in a total of 3.8 million dollars.

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist University (OBU) is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. A Christian liberal arts university, OBU is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and was established in 1910. OBU’s athletic department is affiliated with the NCAA Division II and the school boasts 22 varsity teams, including track and field; football; baseball; swimming and diving; and women’s volleyball. Of OBU’s 1,979 student population, nearly 42% are on at least one varsity team. Nicknamed the “Bison”, in 2013, OBU won a college record of four national championships in one day – men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s indoor track and field. OBU’s athletic department’s grand total revenues are 5.2 million.

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Erskine College

Erskine College is located in Due West, South Carolina in historic Abbeville County – an area filled with history from the colonial, Revolutionary War, and Civil War eras. Established in 1839 by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Erskine’s athletic department is affiliated with the NAIA and has been a member of the NCAA Division II for 20 years. Erskine boasts a total of 20 varsity teams and 24.6% of the school’s 700+ enrolled students are on at least one varsity team. Erskine’s athletic department includes baseball, soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, golf, and men’s and women’s volleyball. Erskine’s athletic department’s total revenues were 2.7 million.

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Missouri Baptist University

An evangelical Christian, liberal arts institution, Missouri Baptist University (MBU) is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and was founded in 1957. MBU has a total of 20 varsity teams and is sanctioned by the NAIA. Over 24% of the school’s 4,000+ undergraduate students participate in varsity sports, including the areas of track and field, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and men’s and women’s basketball. MBU offers three on-campus athletic facilities – along with a variety of off campus facilities as well, – including the recently opened, state-of-the-art Carl and Deloris Petty Sports and Recreation Complex. MBU’s athletic department total revenue was 5.3 million.

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King University

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King University (formerly known as King College) is a four-year, private liberal arts institution, located in Bristol, Tennessee and was established in 1867. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, King University has received a number of national recognitions and their athletic department is under the sanctioning body of the NCAA Division II. Over 20% of King’s 2,427 enrolled students are on a varsity team and King boasts a total of 22 varsity teams, including baseball, men’s and women’s wrestling and basketball, swimming, and volleyball. Grand total revenue of King’s athletic department was 4.4 million dollars.

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York College

York College is located in located in York, Nebraska and was founded in 1890 in affiliation with the Churches of Christ. An NAIA school, York offers a total of fourteen varsity teams, including baseball, track and field (indoor, outdoor, and cross country), wrestling, soccer, and men’s and women’s basketball. Of York’s 400 enrolled undergraduate students, 60% play on at least one varsity team. York College is also a founding member of the Midlands Collegiate Athletic Conference (MCAC) which is made up of 10 liberal arts, senior colleges. York boasts two state-of-the-art physical fitness centers on their campus in addition to their intramural and team sport offerings. Total revenue for York’s athletic department was 2.7 million.

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Malone University

Malone University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university, located in Canton, Ohio and was established in 1892. Sanctioned by the NCAA Division II, Malone has a total of 18 varsity teams including track and field, football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s softball. Nicknamed the “Pioneers”, Malone’s athletic department has purposed to be Christ-Centered; student-athlete focused; and coach-driven and is committed to providing equal opportunities to all of its students. A school with a total population of nearly 2,000, 35.5% of enrolled students are on at least one varsity team. Total athletic department revenue was 4.9 million dollars.

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Northwestern College

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Northwestern College (NWC) is located in Orange City, Iowa and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Nationally recognized as a top Midwestern College, NWC’s athletic department is sanctioned by the NAIA and has a total of 16 varsity teams, including track, football, soccer, men’s and women’s basketball, and wrestling.  Nine of these teams have earned NAIA national championships, with seven of those being awarded since 2001.  Of NWC’s 1,085 undergraduate population, over 500 are on at least one varsity team. Nicknamed the “Red Raiders”, NWC’s athletic department boasts seven on-campus facilities, at least three of which were built or remodeled within the last two years. NWC’s athletic department’s total revenue was 5.1 million.

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California Baptist University

Located in Riverside, CA, California Baptist University (CBU) was established in 1950 by the California Southern Baptist Convention. CBU has earned a reputation as being one of the best Christian universities in Southern California and was listed by U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Regional Universities in the West”. CBU has a total of 21 varsity teams including baseball, swimming and diving, soccer, water polo, and wrestling and is affiliated with the NCAA Division II. 8% of CBU’s 7,957 enrolled students are on at least one varsity team. CBU boasts seven athletic facilities on campus, four of which were built or remodeled within the last 5-10 years. The athletic department’s total revenue was 9 million.

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Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University (CU) is a private, Baptist, liberal arts institution, established in 1906 and located in Campbellsville, Kentucky. Named one of the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report, CU’s athletic department is affiliated with the NAIA, NCCAA Division I, and WCWA, and has a total of 22 varsity teams including football, baseball, soccer, track and field, tennis, and swimming. Boasting more Christian Students Athletes than most major universities, 19.8% of CU’s nearly 3,000 undergraduate students are on at least one varsity team. Over eight athletic facilities are located on campus as well as five off-campus locations. Total revenues of the athletic department were 6.2 million.

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Shorter University

Shorter University was established in 1873 and is located in Rome, Georgia. A fully accredited university, Shorter has been recognized by both The Princeton Review and U.S. News and World Report as one of the top schools in its region. A NCAA Division II school, over 34% of Shorter’s students are on one of its 19 varsity teams which include Wrestling, Lacrosse, Volleyball, Football, and Basketball. Following a training method that utilizes short, intense sessions with the goal of maximizing student’s athleticism, Shorter’s athletic department places an emphasis not only on providing elite-level athletic training, but also on building up individuals who will use sports as another way to glorify and honor Christ. Total athletic department revenue was 8.3 million.

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Tabor College

A private, Mennonite, liberal arts institution, Tabor College is located in Hillsboro, Kansas and was founded in 1908. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Tabor tied for #49 in U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest. Tabor‘s athletic department is governed by the NAIA Division II sanctioning body and is built upon the values of Christ-likeness; Academic Excellence; Leadership; Discipline; and Winning. Tabor boasts a total of sixteen varsity teams including basketball, football, and track and field. A small school with an undergraduate population of just over 700, 66.5% of students are on varsity teams. Tabor’s athletic department’s total revenue was 3.6 million.

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University of the Southwest

Located on a rural campus in Hobbs, New Mexico, University of the Southwest (USW) is a private, non-denominational university founded in 1962 and accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Of USW’s 366 undergraduate student population, 96% are enrolled on at least one of the university’s varsity teams. Home of Mustang Athletics since 1994, USW’s sports include baseball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball with a total of 15 men’s and women’s athletic programs. Members of the Red River Athletic Conference which includes schools throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana as well as New Mexico, USW is sanctioned by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).The school’s athletic department total revenue was $1,800,000.

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Liberty University

Located in Lynchburg, Virginia and established in 1971 by Dr. Jerry Fallwell, Sr., Liberty University, a Southern Baptist institution, is the largest Christian university in the world with over 110,000 students enrolled both on-campus and in online degree programs. A NCAA Division 1 school, Liberty has been named among the Best Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News & World Report and the school has a total of sixteen varsity teams including football, baseball, volleyball, men’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse. 2.4% of Liberty’s student body is a varsity athlete and the athletic department’s total revenue was over 30 million dollars.