“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the expression goes and there is an element of truth in the statement. Bearing this in mind, we at Christian Universities Online (CUO) have attempted once again to highlight what we consider to be the 50 most beautiful Bible College campuses in the nation. Many students choose to attend Bible College in order to deepen their understanding of God, His truth, and His goodness; where better to pursue these subjects than in an atmosphere that which manifests beauty in both the manmade and natural environments?
The methodology behind this ranking began with schools that are members of The Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE), or accredited members of The Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). Theological affiliates of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) were also considered. Each of these schools were evaluated and scored in the following criteria: 1) Continuity of campus, 2) Architectural style, 3) Signature building(s), and 4) Natural setting. The total score from these criteria was then used to rank the schools.
Trinity Baptist College
Trinity Baptist College is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Jacksonville, Florida. Trinity Baptist College was established in 1974 by Trinity Baptist Church. Originally located on McDuff Avenue in Jacksonville, in the mid 1990’s after Dr. Charles Shoemaker was brought into leadership at the college, the campus was relocated to its current location on the west-side of Jacksonville which provided more room for the expanding school. Trinity Baptist College has a total enrollment figure of nearly 400 students, the vast majority of which are undergraduates. Trinity Baptist College offers more than 25 different undergraduate programs of study through the Division of Biblical Studies and Division of Education. Each program is offered in an engaging on-campus format and a few select degrees are also offered in an online format, which allows for greater flexibility and convenience for non-traditional students. Trinity Baptist College also offers two graduate programs, a Master of Education and a Master of Arts in Bible, in a completely online format.
Trinity Baptist College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission and has been so since 1992. An Independent Baptist institution, Trinity Baptist College is dedicated to being a “close-knit, affordable, accredited Christian college with professors who care about [their students].” Trinity Baptist College sits on a beautiful campus which it shares with both Trinity Baptist Church and Trinity Christian Academy. Located across from a large residential area, the campus backs up to Victory Lake. A fountain and pond with a large white cross greet students as they first enter the campus grounds from the school’s North Entrance. The architectural style on Trinity Baptist College’s campus is more contemporary and the campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
Dallas Christian College
Located in Dallas Texas, Dallas Christian College is a private, four-year undergraduate institution of biblical higher education. Established in 1950, the school is affiliated with the Christian Churches. Dallas Christian College’s mission is to educate and mentor students who will become “people of influence, under God’s influence, for a life of influence.” Dallas Christian College endeavors to “meet the needs of an increasingly diverse student body and to encourage leadership of churches and Christian organizations.” In order to fulfill its purpose and mission, Dallas Christian College offers a unique blend of academic programs which are designed to equip students in their chosen field of service, building on a strong biblical foundation, offering opportunities for supervised experiences, and fostering mentoring relationships between faculty and students. Dallas Christian College’s vision is to be transformed into “a city on a hill, a distinctive Christian university recruiting and equipping a generation of influencers around the world.”
Dallas Christian College is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education and has a total enrollment figure of more than 300 students. Students may earn either their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science and major programs of study at Dallas Christian College include Business; Interdisciplinary Studies; Practical Ministries; Worship Arts; Humanities; Psychology; Teacher Education; and Biblical Ministry. All single freshmen, sophomore, and junior students under the age of 21 who do not live with their parents or guardians are required to live in one of Dallas Christian College’s residence halls. Located in Dallas near a large residential community, Dallas Christian College’s suburban campus is just off of I-635 and I-35E. The campus features a well planned layout with buildings constructed in a more modern design. Large patches of green space surround the campus, with a sprinkling of deciduous trees lining the parameter.
Saint Louis Christian College
Located in Florissant, Missouri, Saint Louis Christian College is a private, four year, undergraduate Bible college. Established in 1956, St. Louis Christian College’s purpose from the beginning has been to provide a Bible-centered higher education to men and women with the mission to equip them to serve as leaders who will impact the world for Christ. Saint Louis Christian College offers traditional degrees in a variety of areas, including several branches of Ministry, Missions, Worship & Music, and more. In addition, evening and online degrees are also available. St. Louis Christian College is committed to developing relational ministry skills in students and encourages academic excellence. The small size of the college’s classes allows students to get to know their professors and classmates on a deeper level and through the college’s Ministry Advancement Program (MAP), many opportunities are provided for students to work alongside of faculty and staff outside of the classroom.
Saint Louis Christian College has a total enrollment figure of 175 students – all of whom are undergraduates – with an extremely student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1. The school’s stated mission is to pursue “excellence in the Word and develop servant leaders for urban, suburban, rural, and global ministry.” St. Louis Christian College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is theologically and ecclesiastically associated with the Restoration Movement of Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. Located on 11.5 acres in the beautiful Missouri suburbs, Saint Louis Christian College’s campus is surrounded by green space, wooded areas, and residential neighborhoods. The campus is well laid out and fits in well with its surroundings; deciduous trees dot the campus. Located just 20 minutes away from downtown St. Louis, Saint Louis Christian College’s location provides the safety of a suburban location, with the cultural and recreational opportunities a large city has to offer.
Cairn University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Cairn University was established in 1913 as the Bible Institute of Philadelphia, an extension of the National Bible Institute of New York. By October of 1921 the school became independent of the New York school and was renamed the Bible Institute of Pennsylvania. In 1951 the Institute merged with the Philadelphia School of the Bible, which had been founded in 1914 by C.I. Scofield and Williem Pettingill; as a result of the merger the school was given a new name, this time the Philadelphia Bible Institute. Over the years the school achieved accreditation, expanded its program offerings and experienced much change and growth. In 2012 the school announced another name change, this time to Cairn University, a name chosen for its reference to memorials and train markers which, “Bear witness [to God’s faithfulness] and pointing the way.”
Cairn University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students, including more than 800 undergraduates. The University is divided into several schools, including Business, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Divinity, Music, Education, and Social Work, and awards a wide variety of both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Cairn University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Cairn University’s mission is to “educate students to serve Christ in the church, society, and the world as biblically minded, well-educated, and professionally competent men and women of character.” Cairn University sits on a beautiful, suburban, 96 acre campus less than 25 miles outside of the historic city of Philadelphia. Surrounded by densely wooded areas, Cairn University’s campus features plenty of green space, and a large pond. Cairn University’s campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
Paul Quinn College
Located in Dallas Texas, Paul Quinn College is a private, faith-based, four-year liberal arts-inspired college. Established in 1872 by a group of African Methodist Episcopal Church leaders from Austin, Texas, Paul Quinn College was founded with the purpose of educating freed slaves and their children. Originally called the Connectional High School and Institute, students were taught the marketable skills of blacksmithing, carpentry, tanning, and saddle work, which were common occupations of the time and area. Under the leadership of Bishop William Paul Quinn, the school experienced significant growth and expanded its curriculum to include classical subjects such as Latin, mathematics, theology, and English, as well as vocational skills. In May of 1881, the school was chartered by the State of Texas and adopted its current name to honor the contributions of Bishop Quinn. Today, Paul Quinn College’s mission is to “provide a quality, faith-based education that addresses the academic, social, and Christian development of students and prepares them to be servant leaders and agents of change in their communities.”
Paul Quinn College has a total enrollment of nearly 300 students. Academic programs are offered in the following areas: Biology; Business Administration (with concentrations in Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Fundraising and Philanthropy, and Management); Computer Science; Health and Wellness; Legal Studies; Liberal Arts (with the option of a path to EC-6 Teacher Certification); and Religious Studies. Paul Quinn also offers a bachelor’s degree-completion program that is available online with foundational courses in a variety of business specializations and majors in two areas: entrepreneurship and management. The school is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Surrounded primarily by residential
Arlington Baptist College
Located in Arlington, Texas, Arlington Baptist College is a private, four year institution of biblical higher education. The college serves as the official educational institution of the World Baptist Fellowship and offers both undergraduate and graduate level degree programs. Arlington Baptist College was established in 1939 by J. Frank Norris, and was originally known as the Fundamental Baptist Bible Institute; the school started with just sixteen students and held its first classes in the First Baptist Church of Fort Worth. The school was renamed again as the Bible Baptist Seminary, before settling into its present location and adopting its current moniker in 1955. In the early 1980’s the school achieved full accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education and is also approved by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification.
Arlington Baptist College has a total student population of over 250, the majority of which are undergraduate students. Arlington Baptist College’s mission is to “prepare men and women for Christian life and ministries, both lay and professional, through studies in Bible, general education, church vocations, and practical service; integrating faith and learning in the context of a Christian world view.” Undergraduate programs are offered through the Arlington Baptist College’s Biblical / Theological Studies Division, Interdisciplinary Studies Division, and Professional Studies Division with graduate programs offered including a Master Education and a Graduate Theology Program. Arlington Baptist College’s campus is primarily surrounded by residential areas, not far from the Village Creek Historical Area. The campus is located on the site of the former Top O’Hill Terrace casino, which has been recognized as a historical marker by the state of Texas. There are still historical features of the casino present on the campus, including an iron gate, a sandstone guardhouse, an open-air tea garden, and escape tunnels.
The King’s University
The King’s University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Southlake, Texas. The King’s University was established in 1997 by Dr. Jack Hayford. Beginning in Los Angeles, California, the school experienced rapid growth and a little over a decade later, a branch campus was created in Southlake, Texas. Today, The King’s University has operations across multiple locations around both the United States and the world. A “Spirit-filled evangelical institution of higher education” the King’s University has remained dedicated to preparing men and women “for effective leadership and Christ-like servanthood in the global community.” The King’s University has a total enrollment figure of nearly 700 students, including more than 450 undergraduates. Programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level, with undergraduate programs including Bachelor of Biblical and Theological Studies, Bachelor of Biblical Counseling, Bachelor of Christian Ministries, Bachelor of Cross-Cultural Ministry, and Bachelor of General Christian Studies.
The King’s University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 2002) as well as the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (since 2000). The school is affiliated with Gateway Church, a “multi-campus, evangelistic, Spirit-empowered” church which operates under the leadership of Robert Morris, the church’s founding senior pastor. The King’s University’s campus is located in the city of Southlake in Tarrant County, a suburb of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Metropolitan area. Shopping centers, restaurants, and a residential area surround the King University’s campus. The University’s main building, built in a contemporary architectural style with a stone exterior, features a prominent cross and sits behind a beautiful fountain in the main courtyard. Deciduous trees line the pathway. The King’s University’s location provides students with many options for recreation and cultural experiences, as well as opportunities for career and ministry.
Cincinnati Christian University
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio, Cincinnati Christian University began in 1924 as the result of a merger between two institutions to form the Cincinnati Bible Seminary. According to the school’s founding charter, the purpose of the seminary was “to prepare men and women for Christian service.” In 2004, the school’s name was changed to the Cincinnati Christian University. Cincinnati Christian University offers a wide variety of degree offerings, including: AA Communication Arts; BS Biblical Studies (with Business, Communication Arts, History, Interpreter Training, Psychology, Social & Cultural Studies, Urban & Intercultural Studies or Public Theology minors); BS Business (with Accounting, Entrepreneurship, IT Management, Marketing, Sports Management or Organizational Leadership concentrations); BA General Ministry; BA Preaching & Congregational Ministry; BA Youth & Children’s Ministry; BS Music & Worship. Master of Arts (Religion) degrees include: MAR Biblical Studies; MAR Pastoral Care & Counseling; MAR Theological Studies; Master of Divinity (M.Div).
Cincinnati Christian University enrolls over 600 undergraduate students and over 200 graduate students. The school is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ, and has achieved is accreditation through the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. Additionally, the school has specialized accreditation by Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools and the National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation. Cincinnati Christian University is committed to providing an excellent educational, spiritual, and social experience for each student. Graduates are trained to bring a Christ-like perspective to their home, workplace, and community. Located a few miles west of downtown Cincinnati, Cincinnati Christian University features a well planned layout, operating out of a main building located in the center of the campus. A densely wooded area surrounds most of the school’s campus, with several residential neighborhoods nearby.
Central Christian College of the Bible
Located in Moberly, Missouri, Central Christian College of the Bible is an accredited four-year college. The school is affiliated with the Christian Churches and churches of Christ and was established in 1957 for the intent of recruiting and training individuals for leadership in the church according to the teaching of the New Testament. Today, Central remains committed to pursuing this purpose and builds upon a foundation of core values which include: “Authority – Submitting to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the written Word of God; Heritage – Continuing the legacy of the Restoration Movement and CCCB; and Affordability – Making the cost of the college education inexpensive for qualified students.” Students at Central Christian College are held to a high standard for the purposing of guarding the school’s Christian witness and reputation. All students are required to sign a pledge, promising to “abstain from all alcohol, drugs, R-rated movies, M-rated video games, and to hold themselves to a high standard of modesty and conduct.”
Central Christian College of the Bible is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1982. Majors are offered in the areas of Youth & Family, Christian Education, Preaching, Christian Counseling, Cross-Cultural, and Christian Ministries. Ministry minors include Biblical Research, Christian Education, Cross-Cultural Ministry, Pastoral Counseling, Preaching Ministry, Worship Arts, Youth & Family, and Specialized minors. These programs are also offered in an online format. Central has a total enrollment figure of nearly 300 students and offers on-campus housing options in one of its three residence halls. Located in the suburbs of southeastern Moberly, Central Christian College’s 40 acre campus is adjacent to both the Moberly High School and Zion Lutheran Church, with fields surrounding it on all other sides. Central’s campus features several buildings, built in a more modern architectural style, and two outdoor athletic fields.
Great Lakes Christian College
Located in Lansing, Michigan, Great Lakes Christian College is a private, four year Christian college. College is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ and is a part of the Stone Campbell Restoration Movement. Great Lakes Christian College’s mission is “to create servant leaders in the church and the world”, following the pattern set forth in the ministry and life of Christ. The school views its task as being to “educate men and women for preaching and other ministry roles as well as careers related to the church of institutions in the public sector.” To this end, Great Lakes Christian College offers undergraduate majors in the areas of Advanced Biblical Studies; Bible Theology; Business; Business Management-Nonprofit; Christian Education; Christian Ministry; Cross-Cultural Ministry; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Family Life Education; History; Interpersonal and Organizational Communication; Music; Psychology / Counseling; and Youth Ministry.
Great Lakes Christian College has a total student population of 160 and enjoys an extremely low student to faculty ratio of 7 to 1. The school is accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (having recently resigned from the Association for Biblical Higher Education) and has been so since 2003. Great Lakes Christian College’s suburban campus is located in a beautiful residential area, which surrounds the 47 acre campus, and Great Lakes Pond is just a short walk away. The campus’ location in the state capital of Lansing offers students easy access into the city by way of Amtrak, the Capital Region International Airport, bus terminals, and interstate highways. Great Lakes Christian College’s campus is within walking distance of a variety of shopping areas which also provide opportunities for student employment.
Life Pacific College
Located in San Dimas, California, Life Pacific College is a private 4-year college. In 1923 the College was founded in Echo Park, Los Angeles, California, as the Echo Park Evangelistic and Missionary Training Institute; its name was later changed in 1926 to LIFE Bible College, LIFE standing for “Lighthouse of International Foursquare Evangelism”. In 1990 the college relocated to its current location of San Dimas, receiving its present name more than 10 years later. Life Pacific College is associated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and serves as the denomination’s primary center for the education of ministers, missionaries and teachers. The school awards six traditional degrees: Associate of Arts in General Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Arts in Transformational Ministry, Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts Human Development & Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Worship Arts & Media; it also offers two non-traditional programs: Bachelor of Arts in Ministry & Leadership and Master of Arts in Strategic Leadership.
Life Pacific College has a total enrollment figure of over 500, all of whom are undergraduate students. The College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission. Life Pacific College’s stated values include Scripture as authoritative guide for faith and practice; Grace-based community; Foursquare heritage and Global awareness. The College exists for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world. The Southern California environment provides a beautiful backdrop for the study in God’s Word. The architectural style of Life Pacific College’s buildings is more contemporary; the main building features a generous amount of windows and a unique arched entry way. Life Pacific College’s features a well planned layout with trees, bushes, and other greenery lining the pathways.
Multnomah University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Portland, Oregon. Multnomah University was established in February of 1936 by Rev. John G. Mitchell, Dr. BB Sutcliffe, Dr. Willard Aldrich and others as the Multnomah School of the Bible. In 1986 the Multnomah Graduate School of Ministry was founded as a related institution, later to be renamed Multnomah Biblical Seminary. By 2008 the two institutions were completely unified and the overarching institutional name was changed to Multnomah University. Multnomah University has a total enrollment figure of more than 700 students, including over 400 undergraduates. College majors are offered in a number of areas including Accounting, Bible & Theology, Business, Education, Global Studies, Biblical Languages, Ministry, Psychology, and more. In addition, a number of graduate programs and seminary degrees are offered, including the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Theology, Master of Divinity and much more through the Seminary as well as an MA in Counseling, MA in Teaching, MA in Global Development & Justice and more.
Multnomah University is accredited by the Association of Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation (since 1953) as well as the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (since 2001). A non-denominational institution, Multnomah University’s mission is to “equip Christian students through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in the church, community and world.” Multnomah University sits on a sizeable campus in Portland adjacent to the Montavilla City Park; the grounds feature plenty of green space as well as deciduous trees which line most of the parameter. The architectural style on campus is somewhat blended, with several buildings featuring a contemporary, collegiate, redbrick style. Multnomah University’s campus is well maintained and features a well planned layout which fits well with its natural surroundings.
Virginia University of Lynchburg
Virginia University of Lynchburg (abbreviated VUL) is a private, historically black, Christian institution of higher education located in Lynchburg, Virginia. VUL is Lynchburg’s oldest institution of higher education, having been established in 1886 by the Virginia Baptist State Convention, just a little over 20 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, for the original purpose of providing the community with better-educated and trained ministers, missionaries, and public school teachers. From its very beginning, the university has been coeducational and has remained committed to Biblical principles and the philosophy of self-help, believing that those who study in VUL’s classrooms today will be the world’s leaders of tomorrow. VUL offers a number of programs and degrees both on-campus and online as well as at VUL’s several teaching sites, including certificate programs, associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. VUL is made up of three schools, namely the School of Arts and Sciences, School of Management, and the School of Religion.
Virginia University of Lynchburg is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 2003. The school has a total student population of over 300, including more than 250 undergraduates. The mission of VUL is “to recognize the possibilities in every human being and maximize the gifts of the individual within the context of a thoroughly Christian and nurturing environment, which offers students opportunities to develop into able leaders and scholars.” VUL embraces its African American heritage while fostering an appreciation for other cultures and ethnic groups in the global community. Located in the suburbs on Garfield Avenue, VUL’s campus is primarily surrounded by residential areas. VUL’s campus fits in well with its surroundings and the campus is well laid out, featuring historic buildings, built in a classic, redbrick, collegiate architectural style.
Nebraska Christian College
Located in Papillion, Nebraska, Nebraska Christian College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Nebraska Christian College is affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ and offers bible-based education programs which are designed to prepare students for service and ministry. The school was established in 1945 with the original objective of training and equipping young people to serve and lead within the church. This original goal has continued throughout the years and today, Nebraska Christian College remains passionate about raising up church leaders. The school’s mission statement clearly declares itself to be “an Institution of Christian higher education that seeks to bring glory to God by calling people to know Christ, preparing disciples with skills for ministry, and sending them out to make Christ known.”
Nebraska Christian College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1985. The school’s total enrollment figure reaches nearly 150, all of which are undergraduate students. The school offers a number of programs, including Pastoral; Worship Ministry; Next Generation Ministry; Family Life and Care; Christian Ministry; and Intercultural Studies. In addition, Nebraska Christian College is partnered with Hope International University and through them, offers an even wider range of degree programs. Several Master degree programs are also offered through Nebraska Christian College, all of which are offered 100% online, including a MBA, MA in Education, Master of Education, MA in Ministry, and Master of Divinity – each with their own unique specializations. Nebraska Christian College’s campus is primarily surrounded by fields, and the school fits in well with its natural surroundings, sitting on a sprawling campus which features plenty of green space. The architectural style of the buildings is contemporary and the layout of the campus is well thought out.
Lancaster Bible College
Lancaster Bible College is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Lancaster Bible College was established in 1933 by founder Henry J. Heydt as the Lancaster School of the Bible; in the mid-1950s the school moved to Manheim Township in Lancaster County, PA where the college resides today. In 1973 the school adopted its current name and in the same year was granted approval to offer the Bachelor of Science in Bible degree. As the college has continued to grow, multiple satellite and extension campuses have opened up, including a campus in Philadelphia which was launched in 2012 through a partnership with the Center for Urban Theological Studies as well as extensions in Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, Florida, and Tennessee. Lancaster Bible College has a total enrollment figure of more than 2,000 students, including nearly 1,500 undergraduates and offers undergraduate degrees, accelerated undergraduate programs, and seminary and graduate degrees through the Capital Seminary and Graduate School.
Lancaster Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation (since 1964) as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 1982). A non-denominational institution, Lancaster Bible College’s mission is to “educate Christian students to think and live a biblical worldview and to proclaim Christ my serving Him in the Church and society.” Lancaster Bible College’s main campus sits on a beautiful, suburban, 109 acre property in Lancaster, PA approximately 40 miles east of Harrisburg and 70 miles west of Philadelphia. The architectural style on Lancaster Bible College’s campus is contemporary and the campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings. A residential area is located behind the campus with a view of fields across the street. The college is just a short drive away from downtown Lancaster which offers excellent cultural, artistic, and dining experiences.
Kuyper College is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Kuyper College was established in 1939 as the Reformed Bible Institute offering a three-year curriculum with tracks in foreign and domestic missions. A five-year redesign of both curriculum and programs was put into place in the 1970’s and the school earned the right to confer four-year Bachelor degrees from the Michigan Department of Education; as a result of this change, the school adopted a new name, the Reformed Bible College. In April of 2006 the school again changed its name, this time to its current one of Kuyper College. Kuyper College has a total enrollment figure of more than 270 students. Kuyper College offers a variety of majors and programs, each of which are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in Bible and Theology in order to equip students in their professional and personal lives, regardless of their chosen program of study.
Kuyper College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Education (since 1964) as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission (since 1995). Kuyper College’s mission is to “equip students with a biblical, Reformed worldview to serve effectively Christ’s church and His world.” Kuyper College sits on a beautiful campus located just eight miles away from the downtown area of Grand Rapids, Michigan – a city that has been named one of the top 50 places to live and play, according to the National Geographic Magazine. Surrounded on nearly all sides by dense woods, Kuyper College’s campus features plenty of open, green space. The architectural style on the school’s campus is contemporary and the campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
Located in Haviland, Kansas, Barclay College is a private, four year college of biblical higher education. Established as the Kansas Central Bible Training School in 1917 by Quaker settlers, the school was known as Friend’s Bible College from 1926 until 1990. Today, Barclay College welcomes students from all evangelical faith traditions; the school’s mission is to “prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service, and leadership.” Barclay College offers a variety of academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. Barclay’s campus programs include a number of bible and ministry degree programs, including Bible/Theology; Bible as Second Degree; Business Administration; Elementary Education; Missions; Psychology and Family Studies; Sports and Recreation Ministry; Worship Arts; and Youth Ministry. The school’s Graduate programs include Family Ministries, Pastoral Ministries, Quaker Studies, Spiritual Formation, and Transformational Leadership with Online programs offered in the areas of Biblical Studies; Business Management; Christian Ministry Leadership; Elementary Education K-6; and Psychology.
Approximately 250 students are enrolled at Barclay College, including over 200 undergraduates. The school has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1975 and recently achieved accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in October of 2014. Barclay College’s main 13-acre campus is located in south-central Kansas between Doge City and Pratt, an area that offers the advantage of a friendly and safe small-town environment with easy access to the opportunities a larger town has to offer. The campus features a well planned layout and fits in well with its surroundings, which is primarily residential neighborhoods. Barclay College’s main buildings feature a historic, red brick, collegiate architectural style and the campus has a park-like feel with plenty of green space and beautiful trees dotting the campus grounds.
Clear Creek Baptist Bible College
Located in Pineville, Kentucky, Clear Creek Baptist College is a private, four-year institution of higher education. Clear Creek Baptist College’s goal is to provide a biblically-based education which focuses on Christian service. The school’s roots reach back to 1926 when Dr. Lloyd Caswell Kelly founded the school with the intent of bringing Christian education to the mountains of Kentucky. The school grew, changing its name multiple times, and became accredited but kept its primary focus of educating men and women for the Christian ministry. Under the leadership of Dr. Bill D. Whittaker, Clear Creek Baptist College became debt free and continues to operate without any institutional debt of any kind. Clear Creek Baptist Bible College offers three academic programs, an Associate of Arts in Ministry, a Certificate in Bible, and the Bachelor of Arts in Ministry. Both the Certificate in Bible and CCBBC’s Bachelor of Arts in Ministry program are offered online as well as on campus.
Clear Creek Baptist College is accredited by both the Association of Biblical Higher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The college’s stated mission is “to provide educational preparation for adults called of God into Christian service.” The school is located in the mountains of Kentucky, surrounded all around by woods; Clear Creek runs past the campus. The school’s main building is a unique circular building made of stone with a beautiful white steeple. Just over 150 students are enrolled at Clear Creek Baptist College; housing is provided for single students as well as families. Clear Creek Baptist College desire is to allow men and women who are called by God to find affordable accommodations while they study in preparation for ministry work. To this end, Clear Creek Baptist College offers several two, three, and four bedroom homes as well as a men’s dormitory and women’s apartments.
Southeastern Bible College
Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Southeastern Bible College is a private, four year, Christian institution of higher education. A non-denominational institution, Southeastern Bible College attracts students from a wide range of Christian walks and traditions, including Methodist, Presbyterian, Baptist, Assemblies of God, Church of God, and other non-denominational churches. All students are required to agree with the core principles of the Christian faith, namely, that Jesus Christ is Savior and that the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Southeastern Bible College began in 1935 as the Birmingham School of the Bible, originally, and offered classes to students two nights per week. From this humble start, the institution steadily grew, widening the scope of its ministry. Today Southeastern Bible College has a total enrollment of nearly 200 students and is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
Southeastern Bible College’s mission is to “produce graduates who are biblically grounded, spiritually mature and culturally relevant,” with a vision of equipping “servant leaders for Christian living and service worldwide through being an institution of academic and spiritual excellence.” The College offers thirteen programs for both traditional degree students and adult evening students in the areas of Pre-Seminary/Pastoral Ministries; Intercultural Studies; Biblical Studies; Christian Ministries; Children’s Ministries; Youth Ministries; Counseling Ministries; Elementary Education; Educational Ministries; Worship Leadership; Christian Thought & History; and Business Administration. The school sits on a 22 acre campus located in the suburbs, south of Birmingham’s downtown area, and the college is primarily surrounded by residential areas and large patches of woods. Southeastern Bible College’s campus features a well planned layout with deciduous trees outlining the area. The College’s signature building, a large circular structure features an unmistakable red roof, a tall white steeple, and boasts a generous amount of windows.
New Hope Christian College
New Hope Christian College is a private, four-year, Christian institution of higher education located in Eugene, Oregon. The school began as the Bible Standard Training School, and was later known as the Bible Standard Institute, the Bible Standard College, Eugene Bible College and finally New Hope Christian College. In 2009, the school joined the Pacific Rim Christian College Consortium. In 2010 the school’s name was changed from Eugene Bible College to New Hope Christian College. There are over 150 students enrolled at New Hope Christian College, all of them undergraduates. Degree programs include Bachelor of Science in Creative Arts and Bachelor of Science in Ministry Leadership (each with several concentration options). In addition to the on-campus degree programs, New Hope Christian College offers the following online programs: Associate of Science Ministry Leadership and Master of Arts Christian Ministry.
New Hope Christian College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation and Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities; it is affiliated with the Open Bible Churches. The college’s mission is to develop servant-leaders, train students to live lives fully devoted to God and His Word, nurture healthy, biblical relationships and grow a resolute faith that’s consistently lived. New Hope Christian College exists to disciple emerging Christian leaders by developing their theology, ministry skills, and character in order to win souls, plant fruitful churches, and lead as exemplary ambassadors for Christ in the ministry and marketplace. The school is located just five miles away from the downtown area on 36 suburban acres overlooking the city of Eugene. The architectural style of New Hope Christian College’s main building is modern with a unique circular shape and a generous amount of large windows. Surrounded by several wooded areas, the college’s grounds are well laid out and offer plenty of green space.
Grace University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Omaha, Nebraska. Established in 1943, Grace University “exists to develop servant leaders for the home, the church, and the world through excellence in biblically-integrated education and through life change in a personal, discipling environment, all for the glory of God.”Committed to a Christian philosophy of education, every facet of Grace University’s programs are “conditioned and directed by a Christ-centered, biblical perspective.” Grace University offers undergraduate programs, graduate programs, and an adult degree completion program. Undergraduate majors are offered in the areas of Business & Technology, Christian Ministries, Communication Studies, English, Intercultural Studies, Music, Nursing, Psychology, and Teacher Education. The university also offers a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Education, Master of Arts in School Counseling, a Graduate ELL Endorsement, and graduate-level Counseling programs.
Grace University has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1948 and was also granted accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in 1994. The school has a total enrollment figure of nearly 500 students, with approximately 400 undergraduate students. Grace University’s campus is located a short walk from the historic downtown business district of Omaha and covers approximately six city blocks in the historic Dahlman Association neighborhood. Grace University’s itself operates out of a large red brick building with deciduous trees outlining the grounds. Grace University’s facilities include nearly 200 dormitory rooms for students within the school’s four residential halls, modern classrooms, a campus library, curriculum labs for teacher and church education, the Sackau Chapel, the Dirks Student lounge, and more.
Piedmont International University
Piedmont International University is a private institution of Christian higher education located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Piedmont International University is widely recognized as a top choice to prepare students for the ministry. The school was established in 1945 as the Piedmont Bible Institute and by 1948 the institute had added a two years of junior college and fulfilled its accreditation requirements in 1956. Piedmont International University recently merged with Tennessee Temple, which brought their programs over to Piedmont’s location. The university is made up of several schools, including the School of Bible & Theology, School of Leadership, Alford School of Ministry, School of Arts & Sciences, and the Moore School of Education. Piedmont International University awards both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees at the undergraduate level, with a number of majors available, as well as a variety of graduate-level programs.
Piedmont International University is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has a total enrollment figure of nearly 400, including approximately 200 undergraduate students. Piedmont International University’s mission is to provide “quality, Bible-centered higher education for effective lifetime ministry”, and the school is driven by its “love for students and alumni and are committed to their success.” Piedmont International University’s main building is a classic collegiate red brick with a beautiful stone fountain out front to greet students as they enter. The school is nestled in a large residential area filled with deciduous trees and green space. Piedmont International University’s location in the fifth largest city in the state provides students with abundance of recreational and entertainment opportunities as well as more chances to serve as volunteers in the community. Historic Old Salem, Salem Lake, the Dixie Classic Fair, Winston Salem Symphony, Tanglewood Park and more are all within easy distance of the University.
Hiwassee College is a private four-year, residential college of the liberal arts and applied science located in Madisonville, Tennessee. Established in 1849, Hiwassee College is affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. The College is committed to upholding its historic values of Excellence, Faith, Tradition, and Community and seeks to instill “confidence and academic strength in its students in the liberal arts tradition.” Hiwassee College offers four baccalaureate programs: Equine Science; Equine Management and Training; Interdisciplinary Liberal Arts; and Pastoral Studies. In addition, Associate programs are offered in Agri-Business, Business Entrepreneurship, Criminal Justice, Dental Hygiene, and Forestry Technology. ” With an enrollment of just over 400 students, opportunities for developing leadership skills abound and students have more opportunities for one-on-one interaction with the professors and with academic advisors.
Hiwassee College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Hiwassee College places strong emphasis on student success, specifically seeking to assist students in “learning how to learn, to think analytically, and to structure learning in a way that enables students to apply it in everyday life.” Hiwassee College boasts a beautiful 60 acre campus that sits within a 400-acre area owned by the college. The college campus is ideally located between Knoxville and Chattanooga and is adjacent to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The school’s location in the community provides students with abundant opportunities for service and experiential learning through course activities and internships, allowing students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations. Hiwassee College’s main buildings have a modern feel to them, made of yellow or red brick. Hiwassee’s sprawling campus is well laid out with plenty of green space and an abundance of deciduous trees dotting the grounds.
Hobe Sound Bible College
Located in Hobe Sound, Florida, Hobe Sound Bible College is a private Christian institution of higher education. Established in 1960, the school was originally known as the Hobe Sound Bible Institute and was founded under the leadership of Wesleyan Methodist minister, Stephen D. Herron. Herron’s vision was to establish a conservative holiness school that would offer students a quality education. Today, Hobe Sound Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). The College awards associate and bachelor degrees in the areas of Professional Studies; Counseling; Intercultural Studies; Ministerial Studies; Missionary Flight Training; and Music Education. Hobe Sound Bible College also offers a number of degree programs online, ranging from a two year Associate of Arts in Bible to a full four year Bachelor of Arts in Ministerial Studies. Hobe Sound Bible College has a total enrollment figure of about 250 students.
Hobe Sound Bible College’s mission is “to provide a Christ-centered, Bible-based education in the Wesleyan tradition,” and the school is “committed to preparing servant-leaders who think Biblically, live Spirit-filled lives, fulfill the great commission and glorify God in all they do.” Hobe Sound Bible College’s campus is located one mile away from the Atlantic Ocean, 90 miles north of Miami and 12 miles south of Stuart. Located in the small, safe, and friendly town of Hobe Sound, the school’s 66 acre campus is adjacent to the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway. The school’s campus is well laid out with several trees dotting the area and large patches of green space. Hobe Sound Bible College is within easy distance of the West Palm Beach International Airport, Interstate 95 and the Florida Turnpike, making it easily accessible. The school’s main buildings feature beautiful white stucco exteriors with terracotta roofing tiles, reminiscent of a Spanish colonial style.
Lincoln Christian University
Located in Lincoln, Illinois, Lincoln Christian University is a private institution of biblical higher education, previously known as the Lincoln Christian College and Seminary. Established in 1944, the school was originally called the Lincoln Bible Institute and operated as a four-year Bible college in association with the Restoration Movement. In 1951 the school’s seminary was opened and in September of 2009 the school adopted its current name, after announcing the change in May of the same year. Lincoln Christian University’s mission is to be a “higher education community whose mission is to “nurture and equip Christians with a Biblical worldview to serve and lead in the church and the world. The principal means…[used] to accomplish this mission are teaching, learning, leading, and serving through undergraduate and graduate programs.”
Lincoln Christian University is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university has a total enrollment figure of nearly 1,000, including almost 600 undergraduate students. Lincoln Christian University offers roughly a dozen Bachelor’s of Arts programs in the areas of in the areas of Biblical Studies, Business Administration, Children’s Ministry, Christian Ministry, Communication Studies, Intercultural Studies, Philosophy, Preaching Ministry, Psychology, Spiritual Formation & Ministry, Worship Ministry, and Youth & Family Ministry. Lincoln Christian University also offers several Master’s degrees in a number of areas as well as a Doctor of Ministry. Lincoln Christian University’s sprawling campus features plenty of open green space and is located just outside of a large residential area. The University’s buildings feature a contemporary design with a light stone exterior and plenty of windows. The layout of the campus is well planned and fits its surrounding environment well.
Southern California Seminary
Southern California Seminary is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in El Cajon, California. The institution came into existence in 1997 when three institutions – the Linda Vista Baptist Bible College and Seminary (est. 1946), the Southern California Bible College (est. 1970), and the San Diego Bible College and Seminary (est. 1970) – were brought together to form what is known as the Southern California Seminary. Today, Southern California Seminary has a total enrollment figure of more than 200 students, including just over 60 undergraduates. Holding itself to the “highest standards of biblical study and truths”, Southern California Seminary offers an Associate of Arts in Christian Ministry (AACM), a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (BABS), and an AA/AS to BABS Transfer Program (designed for students who have already earned their Associate or Arts or Science from an accredited institution) through The College at Southern California Seminary as well as graduate programs in Bible & Theology and Behavioral Sciences.
Southern California Seminary is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission and has been so since 1998. The school’s mission is to “bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills.” Southern California Seminary sits on a beautiful campus in El Cajon in the suburbs of San Diego. The architectural style on Southern California Seminary’s campus is more modern – the school’s signature building features a large steeple with a prominent cross on top, and is surrounded by palm trees. The campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings – a large patch of open space surrounds the seminary, providing separation between the main portion of the campus and the nearby residential neighborhoods.
Pensacola Christian College
Pensacola Christian College is a private, coeducational, Christian liberal arts institution located in Pensacola, Florida. Pensacola Christian College was established in 1974 by Arlin and Beka Horton, graduates of Bob Jones University, who moved to Pensacola for the purpose of opening a Christian grade school. As the Horton’s vision for providing “education from a Christian perspective” expanded, the Pensacola Christian College was opened in 1974. By 1998 the Pensacola Theological Seminary was added on as an extension of the Pensacola Christian College graduate school. Today, the Pensacola Christian College offers a variety of undergraduate programs through its several departments, including: Bible, Business, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Natural Sciences, Nursing, Performing Arts, and Visual Arts. Graduate programs are offered in more than 20 areas of study through the school’s Graduate Studies program. The Pensacola Theological Seminary offers several degree programs including: Doctor of Ministry, Doctor of Divinity, Master of Arts in Bible Exposition, Master of Arts in Biblical Languages, Master of Ministry, and Master of Church Music.
Pensacola Christian College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Pensacola Christian College’s mission is to “promote the cause of Christ by providing a distinctively Christian-traditional, liberal arts education that develops students spiritually, intellectually, morally, culturally, and socially.” The College’s purpose is to “produce Christian leaders who are knowledgeable, articulate, moral, dedicated to excellence, and committed to serving Jesus Christ”. Pensacola Christian College sits on a beautiful campus inside of the city of Pensacola. The architectural style on Pensacola Christian College’s campus is contemporary and the campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings. The school’s campus also includes Pensacola Christian College’s signature building, the Crowne Center Auditorium. An impressive piece of architecture which features three massive glass towers, the Crowne Center is a multipurpose auditorium which seats more than 5,000 and is used for college chapel.
Grace Bible College
Grace Bible College is a private, evangelical Christian institution of higher education located in Wyoming, Michigan, just outside of the city of Grand Rapids. Grace Bible College’s heritage reaches back to 1939 when a training center, known as the Milwaukee Bible Institute, was established for both laymen and Sunday School teachers of Milwaukee, organized by the pastor of the Fundamental Bible Church, Reverend Charles F. Baker. By 1953, the school’s curriculum had broadened and the name was changed to the Milwaukee Bible College. In 1961, the school relocated to suburban Grand Rapids and adopted its current name. Through this change and over the next several years the school continued to expand and grow, adding to its offerings a number of degree programs and achieving accreditation in 1964 from the Association of American Biblical Colleges – now known as the Association of Biblical Higher Education. Today, the school has a total enrollment figure of about 700 students.
Grace Bible College’s mission is straightforward: to graduate “godly individuals prepared to serve Christ in church and society.” The school’s core values include being Biblically centered, having a grace theology, being ministry focused, and creating transformational relationships. Grace Bible College offers several programs of undergraduate study, each consisting of three major components: general education courses, biblical and theological studies, and a vocational major. In addition, several Adult and online educational options are available and Grace Bible College also offers a Master of Arts in Ministry program. Grace Bible College’s suburban 23 acre campus is located in the middle of a residential area, just a few blocks away from Pinery Park. The campus is layout is well planned and several of the school’s main buildings back up to a large wooded area. Grace Bible College’s building and signature structure, which is featured on the College’s logo, has a contemporary design with stone pillars and a generous amount of windows.
Ecclesia College is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Springdale, Arkansas. Ecclesia College was established in 1975 by Oren and Inez Paris. A denominationally diverse institution, Ecclesia College has enjoyed a strong relationship with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) throughout its history. Ecclesia College has a total enrollment figure of more than 150 students (all of whom are undergraduates) and offers a variety of undergraduate degrees including Bachelor of Arts degrees in Communication, Leadership, and Political Science; Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Administration (with concentration options), Psychology and Counseling, and Sports Management; a Bachelor of Biblical Studies; Bachelor of Christian Leadership; and a Bachelor of Music Ministries. Many of Ecclesia College’s undergraduate degree programs are offered in either a traditional classroom setting or online. In addition, Ecclesia College offers a single graduate degree, a Master of Christian Leadership, which is available exclusively online.
Ecclesia College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation and has been so since 2005. Ecclesia College “seeks to provide a distinctive education through its mentoring for life and learning, God-honoring academically challenging classes, work-learning internships, community service, and Christian outreach.” The College’s overarching goal is to mentor “effective leaders to strengthen the foundations of society through the life and values of Christ.” Ecclesia College sits on a beautiful, rural, 200 acre campus nestled in the rolling hills of Northwest Arkansas. Surrounded by green fields and dotted with deciduous trees, Ecclesia College’s main building is a unique dome structure which is clearly visible from the entrance of the campus. Students enjoy a close community at Ecclesia College with facilities that offer a warm and inviting atmosphere. A new Learning Center is currently under construction, located in the center of the campus.
Midwest University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Wentzville, Missouri. Midwest University was established in 1983 by James Song, Ph.D. as the International Evangelical Association. The purpose of the school was to further international evangelism, world missions, and Christian education, as laid out in the Great Commission given by Christ in Matthew 28. In 1993 the school acquired its campus in Wentzville and erected its first building on the site in 1995. In 2000 the school, by then known by its current name, Midwest University, achieved accreditation and two years later also became a member of the Federation of Christian Schools in Korea and several national organizations. Midwest University offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Business Administration, and Music; Master of Arts in Counseling, Education, Music, and TESOL, as well as a Master of Business Administration and Master of Divinity; and Doctor of Ministry, Music, and Leadership.
Midwest University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation as well as the Association of Theological Schools, Commission on Accrediting. Midwest University’s mission is to “provide men and women with a biblically-based higher education designed to prepare them for success in their careers in ministry and in secular service by enhancing their spiritual, social and intellectual gifts and abilities.” Midwest University sits on a beautiful, little campus which features two lakes. The campus property backs up to a quiet residential neighborhood and is surrounded by fields and large patches of wooded areas. The architectural style on Midwest University’s campus has a modern, yet traditional feel to it, with clean lines, red brick, and white pillars, and the campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
Faith Evangelical College and Seminary
Faith Evangelical College & Seminary is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Tacoma, Washington. Faith Evangelical College & Seminary was established in 1969 as the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary by the Lutherans Alert-National (LAN), an organization known for its commitment to biblical inerrancy – the college and seminary were founded with the express purpose of creating an institution that would be committed to the inerrant Word of God. In 2006 the institution’s name was changed to Faith Evangelical Seminary in order to better reflect the institution’s interdenominational character and in 2010 the word “College” was added to this name to properly reflect the current degree programs that the school offered. Faith Evangelical College & Seminary has a total enrollment figure of more than 300 students, including nearly 150 undergraduates. The school offers a variety of Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctoral programs in the areas of Religion, Education, Leadership, Business, Ministry, Counseling, Theological Studies, and more.
Faith Evangelical College & Seminary is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since 1998. Faith Evangelical College & Seminary’s mission is to “serve the church and society by educating, training, and nurturing students toward spiritual maturity and readiness to serve God effectively in both the church and the world.” Faith Evangelical College & Seminary small campus is situated in a residential area just northwest of Tacoma. The school operates out of a single building which houses classrooms, offices, library, and a bookstore; the building itself has a modern feel to it. Faith Evangelical College & Seminary’s property is adjacent to Vassault Park. The city of Tacoma is located in the southern portion of the scenic Puget Sound area of the Pacific Northwest – an area renowned its splendid view of Mt. Rainier’s majestic beauty.
Nazarene Bible College
Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Nazarene Bible College is a private, four year, co-educational, Christian institution of biblical higher education. One of ten Nazarene institutions of higher education in the United States, Nazarene Bible College is one of just two institutions in the nation that have been charged by the denomination with the relatively exclusive task of preparing ministers and is the only U.S. institution of the Church of the Nazarene to have been given both the responsibility and funding to provide a multicultural contextual education. Those who graduate from Nazarene Bible College with a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree and a major in Pastoral ministries meet the denominational requirements for ordination. The school has been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education since 1976 and in 2006 was also granted accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Nazarene Bible College’s stated purpose is to “glorify Jesus Christ as Lord by preparing adults to evangelize, disciple and minister to the world.” The school has an enrollment figure of over 700 students, all of whom are undergraduates. Nazarene Bible College offers a number of non-degree programs, an Associate of Arts in Ministry degree, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degree with majors in Bible and Theology; Christian Counseling; Christian Educational Ministries; Christian School Education; Counseling for Christian Ministries; Hispanic Pastoral Ministries; Leadership and Ethics; Pastoral Leadership; and Pastoral Ministries. The school’s 43 acre campus is located in a fast growing area with a population of roughly 500,000. Though the campus is centered around the Ward Bell Tower, Nazarene Bible College’s Strickland Chapel serves as the college’s signature building, with its unique round structure, high steeple, and dark, sloping roof. Located in the valley, the campus offers an impressive view of the Rocky Mountain.
Emmaus Bible College
Located on the west side of Dubuque, Iowa, Emmaus Bible College is a 4-year, private college. Affiliated with Open Brethren, the College was established as Emmaus Bible School in 1941 in Toronto, Ontario. The College relocated to Chicago, Illinois in 1947, and in 1984, it moved to Dubuque, Iowa at which time it also adopted its current. Emmaus Bible College enrolls over 200 undergraduate students and offers Certificates, Associate’s and Bachelor’s Degrees. The available programs include: Bible & Theology; Business Administration; Computer Studies; Counseling Psychology; Educational Ministries; General Education; Health Sciences (offered in partnership with the University of Dubuque and Northeast Iowa Community College); Intercultural Studies; Music and Teacher Education (including five teacher license options from the state of Iowa and additional specialist endorsements in K-8 Reading, K-8 Social Studies, and K-8 Music). In addition, there are New Programs including: Bible/Theology and Computer Science, Bible/Theology and Applied Mathematics, Bible/Theology and Cross-Cultural Nursing and Biblical Studies with a concentration in Pre-Professional Health Sciences. Online opportunities are limited to individual courses.
Emmaus Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission. The College’s mission is to glorify God by equipping learners to impact the world for Christ through faithful and effective service in their ministries, professions, and communities. Located just a short distance away from the Mississippi River, the gently rolling topography of the 24 acre campus allows for open spaces for recreation and reflection. There are sports fields for use in the warm months and areas for skating, cross-country skiing and downhill skiing in the winter. Emmaus Bible College’s buildings feature a modern, redbrick architectural style – the school’s signature clock tower with its tall cross serving as a campus landmark.
Located in Johnson City, New York, Davis College (formerly known as the Practical Bible College) is a private, coeducational, Christian institution of higher education. Established in the early 1900’s, the school grew out of a series of Bible classes conducted by John A Davis, a young evangelist from what is now known as the Moody Bible Institute. By 1906, the new institution, originally known as the Practical Bible Training School, began its first two-year study program with resident teachers. Over time the school grew, changing its name multiple times, and today has a total enrollment of nearly 400. Davis College is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college offers Bachelor programs with Biblical Studies Concentrations in the areas of Christian Counseling; Christian Ministries; Intercultural Ministries; Music/Worship Leader; Organizational Leadership; Pastoral Studies; Teaching English as a Second Language; and Youth Ministries.
From its earliest days, Davis College has promoted the preaching of the Word, evangelism, and missions. The school’s mission statement declares that the college is “committed to making an impact upon the world for Jesus Christ by the fostering of Christian character and the equipping of students with the knowledge, competencies, and skills needed in an ever-changing world for service and leadership within the church, Christian organizations and society.” Davis College’s campus overlooks the Susquehanna River and sits in a residential area. Davis College’s grounds are filled with deciduous trees which offer a wonderful display of color during the autumn months. The architectural style of Davis College’s buildings is more modern with light brick walls and clean lines. The campus, albeit somewhat cozy, features a well planned layout.
Northpoint Bible College
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Northpoint Bible College is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Northpoint Bible College was established in 1924 as the School of the Prophets by Rev. Christine Gibson in East Providence, Rhode Island, originally. Later renamed the Zion Bible Institute, the school was closely associated at the time with Zion Gospel Temple, originally a Holiness congregation and then an independent Pentecostal church. In 2000 the College became affiliated with the Assemblies of God and in 2007 the school relocated from Rhode Island to its current location in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Northpoint Bible College has a total enrollment figure of more than 300 students, the vast majority of whom are undergraduates. All baccalaureate students at Northpoint Bible College graduate with a double major and the school offers a variety of secondary majors in addition to the college’s core Bible and Theology degree. Secondary major offerings include programs in Children & Family Ministry, Church Ministries, Youth Ministry, Music & Worship Ministry, Pastoral Ministry, Urban Ministry, and World Missions.
Northpoint Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 2000. Northpoint Bible College’s mission is “to teach and train students in excellent Pentecostal ministry.” Northpoint Bible College sits on a beautiful, historic 18 acre residential campus in Haverhill, MA near the Merrimack River and is a mere 45 minute car or train ride away from Boston and just twenty miles away from the Atlantic Ocean. Beautiful historic buildings built in a classic collegiate redbrick style can be seen on campus and the campus layout is well planned and fits in well with its natural surroundings. The grounds feature plenty of green space and an abundance of deciduous trees dot the campus, which put forth a vibrant display of color in the autumn months.
Providence Christian College
Providence Christian College is a private, four-year, Christian liberal arts college located in Pasadena, California. Providence Christian College was established in 2002, though discussions concerning the establishment of a Reformed Christian College on the West Coast had been held as early as the 1960s. Serious efforts were made to this end in 2001 after a small group met together in Chino, California to consider the feasibility of establishing such a college and unanimous agreement was reached to begin work immediately. Providence Christian College has no denominational affiliation, though it does hold to the standards laid out by the Presbyterian and Reformed confessionals (the Westminster Confession and Catechisms, the Belgic Confession, the Heidelburg Catechism, and the Canons of Dort). Providence Christian College has a total enrollment figure of just over 90 students, all of whom are undergraduates. Providence Christian College offers a single Liberal Arts degree that may be paired with one of several specific career concentrations for the purpose of producing graduates who “are prepared for a variety of vocations, ministries, and whatever opportunities the future may bring.”
Providence Christian College is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and has been so since 2013. The College’s mission as the only Reformed Christian college on the West coast is to “equip students to be firmly grounded in biblical truth; thoroughly educated in the liberal arts; and fully engaged in their church, their community, and the world for the glory of God and for service to humanity.” Providence Christian College sits on a beautiful, suburban, 17 acre campus in the East Washington Village neighborhood on the north side of Pasadena, California. The architectural style on Providence Christian College’s campus is Spanish Colonial with its classic white stucco exterior and terracotta roof tiles. The campus layout is well planned and fits well with its surroundings.
Boston Baptist College
Boston Baptist College is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Boston, Massachusetts. Boston Baptist College was established in 1976 by A. V. Henderson and John Rawlings of Baptist Bible Fellowship International. Called the Baptist Bible Institute East, the school was originally located in Shrub Oak, New York before moving to its current location in 1981. In 2002 the school was renamed to the Boston Baptist College. Boston Baptist College has a total enrollment figure of just under 100 students, all of which are undergraduates. The school offers a single bachelor’s degree, a Bachelor of Biblical Studies, with minors offered in Biblical Counseling, Business, Church Ministries, Cross-Cultural Ministries, Education Ministries, Music Ministry, Pastoral Ministries, and Youth Ministries. In addition, Boston Baptist College offers a two-year Associate in Arts in Biblical Studies program which is designed to be a stepping stone towards a bachelor’s degree, as well as a certificate in Biblical Studies.
Boston Baptist College is accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools and has been so since September of 1992. Affiliated with Baptist Bible Fellowship International, Boston Baptist College’s mission is to equip men and women for ministry within the church both at home and abroad. Located in a quiet residential neighborhood, Boston Baptist College sits on a beautiful five acre campus just seven miles away from the heart of downtown Boston. Quaint, New England style brick buildings fill the campus grounds, though the school boasts plenty of green space too with several deciduous trees lining the campus. The campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings. Boston Baptist College is just a short drive away from the diverse natural beauty of the New England shores with its rugged Atlantic coastline as well as from the picturesque mountains of Massachusetts.
Olivet University is a private, Christian institution of biblical higher education located in California. Olivet University was established in 2000 as a Bible College called the Olivet Theological College & Seminary (OTCS) originally. OTCS functioned primarily as a ‘seedbed’ for missions and offered several fields of study and distance learning programs for ministry-bound students from all over the globe. As the school grew so did the need for major changes in order to better accommodate OTCS’s diverse student body. By 2004 the school, now known as Olivet University, established several departments including the Jubilee College of Music, College of Journalism, College of Art & Design, Institute of Technology, College of Language Education, College of Business, Zinzendorf School of Doctoral Studies, Institute for Global Strategic Studies, Olive Branch Institute of Islamic Understanding, and Institute of Faith and Family.
Olivet University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education to award certificates, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The school is affiliated with the Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches in America. Olivet University’s mission is to train “ministry-bound men and women as biblical scholars and leaders, and to equip them with the practical skills to preach the Gospel effectively into and after the ‘network generation’ – thus priming them to revolutionize the world through Christian mission.” Olivet University sits on a beautiful, 924 acre property in Riverside Southern California. The University’s facilities include onsite student and residential housing and a dining hall, chapel, library, art center exhibit space, recreational sports fields, swimming pools, and a gymnasium. The campus features an impressive view of the surrounding mountains and forests. The architectural style features Spanish-style buildings with traditional white brick and red roofing. The campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.
God's Bible School and College
Located in Cincinnati, Ohio God’s Bible School and College is a private, interdenominational Christian Bible college, located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Founded in 1900 by Martin Wells Knapp, the school had its earliest start as a diploma course that was devoted almost exclusively to Biblical studies and other practical subjects. Over the years the school grew and expanded, becoming authorized by the Ohio State Department of Education to confer baccalaureate degrees in 1936. God’s Bible School and College is made up of four departments, including the Department of Education and Professional Studies, Intercultural Studies and World Missions, Ministerial, and Music. All of God’s Bible School and College’s programs comprise five components: Bible/theology, general education, professional studies, Christian service, and character development. God’s Bible School and College has a total enrollment figure of just over 300 students. The school follows the Honor System where a commitment of honor is recognized by every student and faculty member, creating a community of respect and trust.
God’s Bible School and College’s mission is to “glorify God and to serve his Church by providing higher education centered in Holy Scripture and shaped by Wesleyan conviction, thus preparing faithful servants to proclaim Jesus Christ and spread scriptural holiness throughout the world.” The school’s vision statement goes on to declare its intent to “develop a spiritually vibrant institution that is academically excellent, growth oriented, student centered, and financially sound.” God’s Bible School and College sits on a small campus in Cincinnati and has six major buildings, including the Knapp Memorial Building, the Deets-Miller Student Center, the McNeill Music Hall, the Revivalist Memorial Building, the R.G. Flexon Memorial Library, and the College’s Administration Building. The architectural style of the school is historic, collegiate redbrick and the school’s campus fits in well with its surroundings.
American Baptist College
Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the American Baptist College is a small, private, institution of Christian higher education. Founded in 1924, the school was established for the original purpose of training Black Baptist ministers, led by National Baptist leaders and Dr. O.L. Hailey, one of the College’s founders. Originally known as the American Baptist Theological Seminary, upon receiving full accreditation, the school dropped use of the term “Theological Seminary” and adopted its current name. In March of 2013, the school was given the honor of being named a Historically Black College and University (commonly referred to as an HBCU). The American Baptist College has educated national leaders, Civil Rights champions, and outstanding Christian ministers. The American Baptist Bible College is dedicated to educating students who will “become leaders in whatever profession of their choosing, instilling in them a passion to advance God’s mission of justice, compassion, and reconciliation.”
American Baptist Bible College has an enrollment figure of just over 150 students and is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. American Baptist Bible College offers an Associate of Arts in General Studies; a Bachelor of Arts in Bible & Theology; a Bachelor of Arts in Behavior Studies; and a Bachelor of Theology. The College is located on 53 acres of land in a residential area, bordered by the Cumberland River and a large patch of woods. Though small in acreage, the American Baptist Bible College’s campus features lots of green space, is well laid out and fits in well with its natural environment. The school features several historic red brick buildings and an archway with the school’s historic name, American Baptist College, greets students as they step onto the grounds. On-campus housing is offered to students in a newly restructured housing environment with options of a studio dormitory, single bedroom, and two bedroom dormitories.
Ozark Christian College
Located in Joplin, Missouri Ozark Christian College is a private, nonprofit, Christian school of higher education, affiliated with the Restoration Movement of Christian churches and churches of Christ. Established in 1942, Ozark Christian College was originally located in Bentonville, Arkansas. In 1944 the school moved to its current location of Joplin, a place chosen for the fact that it could be easily reached by car, bus, train or plane. Ozark Christian College’s total enrollment includes more than 700 students, all of whom are undergraduates. Ozark Christian College places an emphasis on vocational preparation for preaching ministers, missionaries, worship, youth, and children’s ministers. In addition, both biblical and practical training is provided for individuals who will serve in the church in non-vocational roles, such as deacons, Bible school teachers, and youth sponsors.
Ozark Christian College did not obtain accreditation until 1985 when the school became a member of the Association for Biblical Higher Education. Ozark Christian College’s ultimate goal is to “glorify God by evangelizing the lost and edifying Christians worldwide”, with an immediate mission of training “men and women for Christian service as a degree-granting institution of biblical higher education.” The College is bordered by Interstate-43 to the west and Landreth Park to the south. Ozark Christian College is surrounded on all other sides by a large wooded area through which a creeks runs. The campus buildings themselves have a modern feel to them, with yellow brick and large windows. Nearly twenty buildings fill Ozark Christian College’s grounds, including the College’s signature Chapel building with its three crosses. Ozark Christian College’s campus, though on the smaller side at just over 90 acres, is well planned in layout and fits in well with its natural surroundings.
Trinity Bible College
Trinity Bible College is a private, Christian institution of biblical higher education located in Ellendale, North Dakota. Founded in 1948 by the Reverend L.E. Englar, a North Dakota pastor, with the support of the Reverend G.L. Riffe and Reverend W.H. Kesler, Trinity Bible College held its first classes in Devils Lake, North Dakota with an original enrollment consisting of just 18 students. Overtime, the school expanded and by 1960 outgrew its original facilities. At that time the Assemblies of God church in Aberdeen, South Dakota offered the school the use of their newly constructed building, prompting both a move and a name change to the Hub City Bible Institute. Again, in 1967, the school outgrew these facilities and the need for an even larger facility caused the Bible Institute to move and again change names, this time becoming known as the Trinity Bible Institute. In 1972 the school moved for the last and adopted its current name.
Trinity Bible College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has a total enrollment of nearly 250, more than 200 of which are undergraduate students. Trinity Bible College’s mission is to be “committed to training and educating people with theological reflection and missional passion, in order that people and communities everywhere will hear the good news of Jesus and see His love demonstrated.” The College is located on the east side of Ellendale, North Dakota on a beautiful 28 acre campus which features a fair amount of green space and plenty of deciduous trees. The campus layout is well planned with traditional-styled brick buildings throughout the campus. The campus centerpiece is the Block Memorial Chapel. Trinity Bible College’s other buildings include the Lowell Lundstrom Heartland Student Life Center, the Ray Ulmer Field House, the Wead Student Center and cafeteria, as well as four residence halls, administration and classroom buildings.
Johnson University is a private, co-educational, Christian college with its main campus located in Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 1893, Johnson University’s vision is to “bring glory to God and hope to the world by preparing promising students for excellence in Christian ministry through an affordable, community-oriented, Christ-centered education.” The three-fold educational approach of Johnson University blends Arts & Science and Bible & Theology with Professional Study areas with the intent of preparing students to make a meaningful impact on the world in the name of Christ. The school is seen as a leader among Christian universities and enjoys a positive reputation within the higher education community. Johnson University teaches students from a Christian worldview which permeates through each program and activity within the system. In addition to the school’s main campus in Knoxville, Johnson University also operates an additional campus in Kissimmee, Florida. Online studies and programs extend Johnson University’s reach even further and the school has attracted and involved students from nearly every continent.
Johnson University holds accreditation from both the Association for Biblical Higher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Johnson University offers more than 50 bachelor’s, master’s, Ph.D., associate’s and certificate programs across its three campuses (Tennessee, Florida, and Online). With a total enrollment of over 1,000 students, including nearly 900 undergraduates, Johnson University boasts two modern and well-equipped residence halls – Johnson Hall and Brown Hall- that provide housing for undergraduate students. Johnson University’s main campus encompasses 175 acres which is bordered on one side by the French Broad River. The school’s buildings have a beautiful, classic style with red brick, gray shingled roofs, white pillars and clean lines and several of the university’s main buildings feature lovely white steeples. A rural campus, Johnson University is primarily surrounded by wooded areas and fields, with small residential pockets and at least one nearby shopping center.
Moody Bible Institute
Moody Bible Institute is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Chicago, Illinois. Moody Bible Institute was established in 1886 by well known evangelist, Dwight L. Moody as the Chicago Evangelization Society for the “education and training of Christian workers, including teachers, ministers, missionaries, and musicians who may completely and effectively proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Since its founding, the Moody Bible Institute has been dedicated to assisting men and women from all around the globe, from different cultures and generations to mature in their walk as a Christian. Moody Bible Institute has a total enrollment figure of nearly 4,000 – including more than 3,000 undergraduate students. The school offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs from the Institute’s main campus in Chicago as well as through its several regional campuses and online.
Moody Bible Institute is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1951) as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and schools (since 1989). Holding to the belief that the Bible is the authoritative Word of God and that “everything at Moody falls under the authority of the Bible,” Moody’s vision is that “across the globe, cultures and generations, Moody will equip people with the truth of God’s Word using new technology in an agile and innovative community.” Moody Bible Institute main campus is located in the heart of Chicago near the North Side of the city. The architectural style on Moody Bible Institute’s campus is somewhat blended with several large, classic, brick buildings as well as buildings with some Romanesque features. The campus’s downtown location puts it within easy distance of a number of restaurants and shopping areas as well as the Washington Square Park. The campus layout is well planned and fits well with the surroundings of the city.
Columbia International University
Columbia International University is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia International University was established in 1923, starting as Columbia Bible School with the original purpose of providing local mill workers with a two year course in biblical studies. Just four years later, in 1927, the decision was made to convert the Bible School into a college with the intent of offering bachelor’s degrees in Bible. By 1960, the school outgrew its facilities and relocated to its current location on Monticello Road in Columbia, South Carolina. Columbia International University has a total enrollment figure of more than 1,000 students – including over 500 undergraduates. Every undergraduate student at Columbia International University is required to major in Bible; in addition, the University offers more than 20 other majors to choose from. Columbia International University also offers a variety of graduate and seminary programs as well as several programs available online.
Columbia International University is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education and has been so since 1948. As a multi denominational institution, Columbia International University welcomes students from all Christian walks. The University’s purpose is to “educate from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of Christ.” Columbia International University sits on a beautiful, suburban, 400 acre campus bordered by highway 215 (Monticello Road) and Broad River. Surrounded by residential areas and woods, Columbia International University is both in the country but not too far from the town, offering students the best of both worlds. The architectural style on Columbia International University campus is modern and the campus layout is well planned, fitting well with its natural surroundings. Located in the middle of South Carolina’s Midlands, Columbia International University is just a few hours away from both the mountains of North Carolina and the Atlantic Coast’s beaches.
Bob Jones University
Located in Greenville, South Carolina, Bob Jones University is a private, Christian, liberal arts institution of biblical higher education. The school was founded in 1927 by evangelist Bob Jones, Sr. whose vision for the school was to establish a training center for Christians that would be “distinguished by its academic excellence, refined standards of behavior, and opportunities to appreciate the performing and visual arts” and in which “Christ would be the center of all thought and conduct.” During the early years, the college made a several moves before it settled into its current location. Bob Jones University offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs through its colleges and schools – the School of Religion; College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; School of Fine Arts & Communication; and the Seminary & Graduate School of Religion. The university’s top ten academic programs are: Accounting; Bible; Biblical Counseling; Biology; Business Administration; Criminal Justice; Elementary Education; Engineering; Graphic Design; and Nursing.
Bob Jones University did not become accredited until the early 2000’s when accreditation was granted by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools. Today, Bob Jones University boasts more than 3,000 students, including over 2,500 undergraduates. The majority of students live on campus (about 66%) and a significant percentage of the student population were homeschooled. Bob Jones University operates off of a suburban 210 acre campus inside of the city limits of Greenville, S.C. The school’s buildings and architectural style have a modern feel to them, with its yellow brick, large windows, and curved archways. The school’s signature building overlooks a large man-made fountain and the campus features many bushes and deciduous trees. The campus layout is well planned and sits in the midst of a largely residential area near at least one shopping center and adjacent to Route 29.
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary
Located in Ankeny, Iowa, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is a private undergraduate and graduate institution of Christian higher education. Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary was founded in 1921 by William H. Jordan who, after hearing the famous evangelist, Dwight L. Moody speak at the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago about the importance of training Christian workers for the ministry, felt inspired to see that there were established schools to carry out this mission. Though originally established in Omaha, Nebraska, the school relocated to Ankeny in 1967 after it outgrew its facilities. In the 1980’s the school – then just the college portion – merged with the Denver Baptist Bible College and added the Theological Seminary around the same time. Today, Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary has a total enrollment of nearly 300 students including approximately 250 undergraduate students.
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1969) as well as the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1996). The school’s grounds feature a well planned campus layout with plenty of green space. The majority of the main buildings are centered around a large circular walk-way which is very park-like. The architectural designs of the main buildings are very consistent, following a traditional design with its classic red brick, white pillars, and sloping roofs. Located in the suburbs and set in the middle of a large residential area, the school’s campus fits in well with its surroundings. Several lakes and ponds are a few blocks away from campus, as is Prairie Lakes Park and the Prairie Ridge Sports Complex. Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary is a comfortable, yet convenient distance away from I-35, providing easy access to and from the campus.
Welch College is a private, 4-year institution of biblical higher education located in the Richland section Nashville, Tennessee. Established in 1942 as the Free Will Baptist Bible College, the College began by offering 2-year programs and by 1951, 4-year Bachelor’s degrees were available. Welch College enrolls just over 300 students, all of whom are undergraduates and is comprised of four Academic Divisions: the School of Theology, the Department of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Music and the Department of Teacher Education. Over 40 majors are available, culminating in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Music Education degree. Welch College also offers adult degrees in addition to three online Associate’s Degrees and an online Bachelor of Science in Theological Studies Degree. Welch College is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges.
Welch College’s mission is simple and clearly stated: “To educate leaders to serve Christ, His Church, and His world through biblical thought and life.” Welch College is affiliated with the Free Will Baptist denomination, and exists “primarily to meet the educational needs of Free Baptist churches”, though the college “welcomes students who share its commitment to the Christian faith in its historic, evangelical Protestant expression.” Welch College sits on a gorgeous, intimate nine-acre campus located on Nashville’s “bustling West End Avenue” near the I-440 entrance ramp, which connects Nashville to the interstate highway system. The campus features just eight buildings, all built according to a beautiful antebellum architectural style, typical for the south, with its deep red brick, dark shutters, and stone pillars. The campus layout, albeit small, is well designed and College fits in well with its downtown surroundings.
Appalachian Bible College
Located in Mount Hope, West Virginia, Appalachian Bible College is a private, non-profit, Christian college of biblical higher education. Appalachian Bible College was established in 1950 and achieved accreditation through the Association of Biblical Higher Education in 1967; in 2000 the College was granted additional accreditation by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Appalachian Bible College has a total enrollment of more than 300, the vast majority of which are undergraduate students. Appalachian Bible College offers several undergraduate majors, including Bible & Theology; Camping; Elementary Education (WV State Certified); Interdisciplinary Ministry; Missions Ministry (Language, Internship, Nursing, & TESOL); Music Ministry (Choral, Piano, & Voice); Pastoral Ministry (English Bible, Greek N.T.); and Youth and Family Ministry (Biblical Counseling). Appalachian Bible College awards Associate of Arts degrees, Bachelor of Arts degrees, a Master of Arts in Ministry and also offers Online Learning to students through its online program known as ABC Connect. Though Appalachian Bible College is officially unaffiliated with any particular denomination, the College generally serves independent churches within the fundamental Bible and Baptist associations.
The College’s mission is to equip “servants through a biblical curriculum of quality academics and guided Christian Service that nurtures Christ-like character leading to effectiveness in passionately serving the fundamental church community.” Appalachian Bible College’s 150-acre campus offers a breathtaking view, surrounded by the natural beauty of West Virginia’s mountains and deciduous trees which provide a vibrant display of color during the autumn months. The College’s landmark building, Pipkin Hall, houses the College’s administration offices and the library – a lovely building with light stone siding and pillars, a dark sloping roof, and signature weathervane tower which is depicted in the College’s logo. The campus, which boasts a well-planned layout, also features several ponds and is adjacent to a small forest, fitting in well with its beautiful, natural surroundings.
Clarks Summit University
Clarks Summit University (CSU) is a private, Christian institution of higher education located in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Previously known as Baptist Bible College & Seminary, the school recently achieved university status and was renamed itself in 2016. CSU was established in 1932 in Johnson City, New York before moving to its present location in the 1960’s after the school outgrew its original location. CSU has a total enrollment figure of more than 800 students and offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees through its three schools, namely: the School of Theology, School of Arts & Sciences, and School of Education. Several graduate programs are also offered at CSU through the school’s Graduate Academic department while the Baptist Bible Seminary portion of CSU offers a number of ministry-related master’s and doctoral degrees. In addition, CSU also offers a number of online programs.
CSU is accredited by both the Association for Biblical Higher Education (since 1968) as well as the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 1984). Affiliated with Independent Baptist denomination, CSU’s mission is to offer students a biblical higher education and seeks to strengthen the church of God and influence society “by cultivating an environment that promotes academic excellence and Christlikeness.” CSU sits on a beautiful, suburban, 141 acre campus just outside of Scranton in South Abington Township. In the autumn, the school boasts an especially breathtaking view as the deciduous trees on both the campus and in the mountains surrounding the school put forth a vibrant display of color. The school’s signature clock tower, featured in the school’s logo, serves as a landmark for the school with its arched upper windows and gray stone. The architectural style on CSU’s campus is very consistent and the campus layout is well planned and fits well with its natural surroundings.