The Top Christian Colleges in the Nation

The Top Christian Colleges in the Nation

If you seek a college experience that will support and enhance your Christian faith, look no further. The rankings below will give you a clear snapshot of the best online Bible and historically Christian colleges and universities in the nation.

Best Online Bible Colleges

Bible colleges, because of the very nature of Christian service and outreach, have long made distance learning a priority. Religious-minded academics have made creating accessible online Bible curriculums a prerogative since the advent of web-based education. Some colleges in the U.S. have created a thriving distance learning campus that reaches students not just in America, but internationally as well.

Students choose a Bible college because they are interested in a career focused on service, compassion and humanitarian works. Whether this means working for a non-profit, pastoral professions, or areas such as Christian counseling and education, scholars will find a degree in theology, divinity and ministry work from a Bible college instrumental to their success.

Online degree programs make sense for many Christian men and women who are looking to make their passion their career. The fastest growing demographic of students is adults who work 20 hours a week or more; many of these prospective students are exploring a Bible-based degree program online. This is because distance learning caters to busy, working adults and creates a learning environment that is both welcoming and structured.

The following 41 schools have been included in this list because of their Bible study programs, their online curriculum and academic merits. We have assessed each school’s overall academic strengths by reviewing their acceptance, enrollment, retention and graduation rates, as described in the methodology applied to all rankings on the site. We then review the merits of the school’s online programs and then compile a list of the very best programs based on our findings.

The Schools

  1. 1. Bethesda University of California—Anaheim, California

    Bethesda University of California

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    The Program:

    Available not just in the U.S. but the world over, the online program at Bethesda University is a perfect fit for students with an interest in marrying faith with higher education. The college offers five online degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels cumulatively, and all emphasize a Bible-focused education.

    There is very little difference in tuition between in and out-of-state residents at Bethesda University. In addition, the tuition rate for online students at BCU is competitively low.

    The Platform:

    Distance learners will use Moodle, BUC’s learning management system, to receive course content. The college provides a dedicated student email address hosted by Google, alongside Google’s suite of open-source productivity tools like Sheets and Docs for students.

    Through video clips and other conferencing tools, students are expected to take notes on worship service and submit these impressions at the end of each semester. This allows students to earn credit for supervised ministry and Christian service.

    Students will access lectures via video, collecting and submitting notes about the material contained therein. In a further effort to keep online students active in the classroom, discussion boards require a student’s weekly participation online at Bethesda University.

  2. 2. World Mission University — Los Angeles, California

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    The Program:

    Born-again Christian students can earn one of three certificates online in childhood education or Christian counselling at World Mission University. There are also two bachelor and two master degrees available online, all of which are focused on religious disciplines.

    The primary language spoken at World Mission University is Korean, with English being secondary. This university accepts students of all Christian faith. Applicants must have an active health insurance policy, demonstrate participation in the church community and be able to demonstrate a Christ-like disposition and philosophy. A baptism by water is another admission requirement for WMU. Students will also be required to pass a Bible competency test before enrolling.

    The Platform:

    Students will study for their undergraduate and graduate theology, divinity and education degrees entirely online using Moodle. This learning management system provides students with multimedia course materials, secure assessment and assignment portals, as well as access to grades and other curriculum information. Students can try out a sample WMU course online.

  3. 3. Clear Creek Baptist Bible College — Pineville, Kentucky

    Clear Creek Baptist Bible College

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    The Program:

    Clear Creek Baptist College offers two undergraduate degree tracks for its online students. The Certificate in Bible requires a total of 28 credit hours and focuses on the study of equal parts Old and New Testament reading. The other online program, the Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (130 credit hours), prepares students for ministry work in a church setting as a pastor or associate pastor.

    Each semester, baccalaureate students must participate in non-credit activities such as chapel, two separate Christian service assignments and a once-per-semester Christian Service Guidance activity.

    The Platform:

    CCBC offers comprehensive distance learning through the LAMP Schools consortium. Using the Sakai learning management system, students will access web-based classroom environments. By logging in to a secure student portal, scholars can earn a Bible-focused degree by accessing and assessing the course materials found therein.

    Participation in tests, lectures and classroom discussion boards are all a mandatory part of earning a degree at CCBC.

    Students can also access their personal information, grades, transcripts and complete Christian Service Guidance reporting online via SonisWeb. Using Moodle-based Learning House software, students have access to even more video and sharing tools. Of course, the college also offers secure campus email to all enrolled students, as well as access to Office365.

  4. 4. Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary — Jacksonville, Texas

    Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary

    • Admissions Rate: 100%
    • Enrollment Rate: 57%
    • Retention Rate: 100%
    • Graduation Rate: N/A
    • Tuition: $160 per semester hour online plus an additional $100 distance learning fee per course

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    The Program:

    The Master of Arts in Religion is one of the courses that is offered 100% online at Baptist Missionary Association Seminary. Other degree programs are delivered in a hybrid curriculum, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Religion or Associate of Divinity. Still other degrees can be earned through distance education, provided that the student be able to attend seven or eight on-campus meetings and lectures.

    With the exception of one week of discipleship, the aforementioned programs may be completed at any time online. Discipleship, however, must be completed on-campus.

    The Platform:

    To organize important student information, including tuition payments, course grades, transcripts and more, learners at BMATS will use DiscipleLink. In addition, course materials (including video and audio lectures) can all be found online through Baptist Missionaries learning management system, Moodle.

    The college occasionally offers free courses online. Students can visit the school’s website for more details.

  5. 5. Shasta Bible College and Graduate School — Redding, California

    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

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    The Program:

    The distance learning offerings are robust at Shasta Bible College. This university offers three certificate programs, five master’s degrees, three bachelor’s curriculums, one diploma (three years in length) and two associate degrees. Each of these theological courses are available completely online. The college asks prospective students to reach out to advisors and program coordinators before enrolling in order to determine whether these programs are available within the state where students reside.

    Through Shasta’s ASCEND program, students can complete a bachelor’s degree in Professional Studies with concentrations in either Bible studies, counseling or education if they already possess an associate degree or 60 transferable credits. All of the online degrees offered at this college focus on providing Christian students with the tools necessary to create positive change, as well as to become leaders within their communities.

    The Platform:

    Using Populi, distance learners will enjoy the same educational tools and materials that on-campus students can access. This learning management system gives students access to all of their classroom units, course materials and syllabi, as well as assessments and a virtual assignment drop-box. Students also receive a secure, personalized campus email account upon enrollment.

  6. 6. Moody Bible Institute — Chicago, Illinois

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    The Program:

    There are currently several certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s and master’s programs available entirely or in part online at Moody Bible Institute. The college also offers a First Year Online Program. Students can receive personal mentorship during their first year of online study, including assistance in finding an internship, facilitating connections with other like-minded students, automatic registration for courses and one-on-one guidance regarding options for second year courses of study as a sophomore.

    Students find this sort of advocacy and fellowship vital to their success as graduates. “Even though I was never on campus,” says Jamie, a BS student in Biblical Studies from Waco, Texas, “I still felt connected to Moody, to my professors and to fellow students. […] Many of the students who I met through my online classes are still my friends. We still keep in contact on Facebook and e-mail.”

    The Platform:

    Moody Bible Institute uses a Blackboard learning management system. Classes are administered asynchronously, and can be taken in eight week sessions or in 16-week self-paced blocks. Most required textbooks can be purchased online, and students and faculty are easily reached day or night thanks to Blackboard’s convenient course email lists.

    Moody offers a trial course to give students an idea of what to expect from their curriculum online.

  7. 7. Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania — Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania

    Baptist Bible College & Seminary of Pennsylvania

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    The Program:

    From certificate programs to doctoral studies, this college offers many undergraduate and graduate degrees completely online. Several more programs are also available in a hybridized format.

    Though the learning is online, students say that the quality of their education has been just as rich as on-campus learning. “BBC online has been challenging and rewarding,” says distance student Mike Tallarico. “The instructors each have been firm but fair, intelligent, loving, and have exemplified Jesus in their leadership and skills.”

    The tuition at Baptist Bible College & Seminary is competitively low, and there is no difference between in and out-of-state tuition. In addition, 95% of the students at BBC receive financial aid, and online students may qualify for the tuition relief payment plan.

    The Platform:

    Courses online are asynchronous, are approximately eight weeks in length and are delivered through the Moodle learning management system. Distance learning programs have start dates in August, October, January, March and May.

    Students online have access to the same resources that on-campus learners use thank to this platform and its savvy interface and collaboration tools. Students can find all of their lessons, quizzes and discussion boards on this easy-to-navigate learning portal.

  8. 8. Johnson University — Knoxville, Tennessee

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    The Program:

    Johnson University has a tradition of Christian education that goes back to 1893. Today, the university system offers campuses in Tennessee, Florida and online, and the school’s graduates have gone on to become leaders in ministry, nonprofits and churches around the world. Whether students are looking to major in ministry, business or human services, there are programs for students seeking certificates, associate and bachelor degrees, master’s work and Ph.D. studies.

    One of the unique features of Johnson Online is the college’s partnerships. Through the Forge program, MA and PhD students have the opportunity to benefit from coursework that is offered entirely online, but to also participate in missional work, adding a service learning component to some degree programs. The college also partners with Pioneer Bible Translators to offer bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates a service learning opportunity.

    The Platform:

    Sakai is the learning management system in place at Johnson University. This platform is where students and instructors engage, collaborate and communicate with one another, using tools like discussion boards, assignment portals, video conferencing and online testing materials.

  9. 9. Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary — Kansas City, Missouri

    Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

    • Admissions Rate: 87%
    • Enrollment Rate: 72%
    • Retention Rate: 63%
    • Graduation Rate: 48%
    • Tuition: $340 per credit hour online; $9,000 annually

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    The Program:

    A Bible-focused education in business, ministry and music is within reach online at Calvary Bible College. Students can earn their degree in traditional, on-campus courses, too, or in a hybrid environment that blends brick-and-mortar instruction with six-week intensive courses that take place one evening per week. These intensive courses are designed specifically for non-traditional students aged 21 and older.

    Online classes are typically held in 8-week blocks. All bachelor’s degrees at Calgary involve a major that deals with the Bible or theology in addition to a professional major. The application for admission at Calvary Bible College is available for free online.

    The Platform:

    Calvary students have access to quality distance education thanks to a partnership with Knowledge Elements Education Network (KEEN). This college’s course management system portal, Atheneo, allows instructors to present course materials to students, and makes use of discussion boards and forums to foster communication and participation amongst students and faculty.

  10. 10. Lancaster Bible College — Lancaster, Philadelphia

    Lancaster Bible College

    • Admissions Rate: 58%
    • Enrollment Rate: 69%
    • Retention Rate: 74%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%
    • Tuition: $410 online

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    The Program:

    The Accelerated Undergraduate Degrees at Lancaster Bible College are perfect for the working student. For those enrolled in four or more courses per semester (full-time), these students can earn their degree in as few as 15 months. Part-time students can expect to complete their program in as many as two years, if that time frame is more convenient. The fast-track program also accepts transfer students.

    Distance learners can earn a Christ-centered associate or Bachelor of Science degree in Bible Studies, a BA in general studies or a Concentrated Bible Course Certificate at Lancaster Bible College.

    The Platform:

    Online degree programs at LBC are currently exempt or authorized in every state except: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Students from these regions who wish to apply should contact admissions for more details.

    Class sizes are small in these online programs; most courses contain 20 or fewer learners and a student-teacher ratio of 15:1.

    Students use a Moodle-based learning management system called LBConline. Here, learners will access modules and assessments, discuss weekly assignments and readings among their peers for credit and complete asynchronous course loads day or night, all from the comfort of home. Students will also be given access to Office 365 for their productivity and email needs.

  11. 11. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary — Kansas City, Missouri

    Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

    • Admissions Rate: 68%
    • Enrollment Rate: 90%
    • Retention Rate: 67%
    • Graduation Rate: 44%
    • Tuition: $300 online

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    The Program:

    Prospective students at Midwestern Baptist University Theological Seminary should be prepared to demonstrate their faith and academic readiness. All applicants must provide an endorsement from their regular church, a recommendation from their pastor and two personal recommendations as a condition of admission. For students 21 or under, ACT or SAT scores are also needed.

    Of the many master and bachelor degrees offered through MBTS, some are available completely online or in hybrid format. All of these courses place emphasis on Christian ministry and theological studies.

    The Platform:

    Students will use Blackboard Learn for the delivery of all course materials Midwest Baptist Theology Seminary. Students will do their reading, tests and quizzes, group projects, assignments and class discussion online through this portal.

    MBTS also offers a mobile app, which, though more limited than the desktop service, allows students to check their grades, review course materials and access campus email on the go.

  12. 12. Manhattan Christian College — Manhattan, Kansas

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    The Program:

    At Manhattan Christian College, students can earn a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Leadership or Management & Ethics, as well as a 21 credit hour Certificate in Biblical Leadership, all completely online.

    Christian service is a requirement for all students enrolled at this Bible-based college. Advisors can facilitate volunteer and service learning opportunities for online students.

    Full-time online students in twelve states typically enroll in two classes per term. There are two terms each semester, making online students who enroll full-time eligible for financial aid. Classes can begin in August, October, January, March and June.

    The Platform:

    Manhattan Christian College offers classes online in twelve states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas. Students who do not reside in these states are still encouraged to contact the admissions office for more information about eligibility.

    Learning takes place on a Moodle-based learning management system (MCC Online), and students can access their personal information at all times online through Empower, the college’s student information hub.

    MCC also requires all students to have Logos Bible Software: Bronze edition. Students can purchase this program at a half-off price of $335. Students who already own this software are eligible to upgrade at a discount once accepted.

  13. 13. Oak Hills Christian College — Bemidji, Minnesota

    Oak Hills Christian College

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    The Program:

    This Christian college currently offers two degrees online: a baccalaureate Business Administration degree with a biblical focus, and a degree in Leadership & Ministry that aims to shed light on contemporary leadership issues with a Christian emphasis.

    Among the admission requirements for online and on-campus programs at Oak Hills are passing ACT/SAT scores. Students of all faiths are welcome to apply, so long as they have faith in Christ and are eager to explore a Bible-based education.

    Tuition is more affordable at Oak Hills distance learning program; annually, students save roughly $5,000 by pursuing an off-campus degree program. Full-time students online can also apply for out-of-state, military and other scholarships to help further offset the cost of tuition.

    The Platform:

    Students learn using the Knowledge Elements learning management system. Once logged in to Atheneo, students can study, complete tests, collaborate with peers and discuss coursework from anywhere.

    The college also offers Post-Secondary Enrollment Options for qualified high school students that are offered both on-campus in Minnesota and online. Non-degree seeking students or those looking to audit one or more courses can also take classes online at Oak Hills as part of the school’s continuing education initiative.

  14. 14. Lincoln Christian University — Lincoln, Illinois

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    The Program:

    For students seeking a flexible degree program, the offerings at Lincoln Christian University are many. There are several master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificates offered completely online at LCU. Prospective master’s degree students will also find no shortage of hybrid offerings from the college.

    Degrees focus on Bible studies, divinity, theology and Christian services such as psychology and leadership.

    Seminary and undergraduate students may find LCU’s Intensive Week classes to be of interest. These options allow students to complete an entire course within the span of one highly committed week.

    The Platform:

    Among the services that Lincoln offers online is referral assistance for students (which informs candidates about open ministry positions), access to LCU sermons online via podcast and a distance library with online-accessible materials.

    In the classroom, students will use the Angel learning management system to access all of their course materials, tests, communication tools and student information. A sample of the structure of an online class is available online at LCU for prospective students to explore.

  15. 15. Colorado Christian University — Lakewood, Colorado

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    The Program:

    At Colorado Christian University, learning takes place in a traditional Christian cohort environment and classes are delivered one-at-a-time. The curriculum is dispatched according to a set schedule, and distance learners can expect to take all of their classes in a prescribed order.

    Students can choose from 25 online degrees at the associate, bachelor’s or master’s level. There are also 15 certificate programs and 9 minors available for students to choose from online at Colorado Christian University.

    The Platform:

    Blackboard is the learning management system used at Colorado Christian University. On a desktop or mobile platform, students can use this portal to access their classroom tools, learning materials, peers and faculty from anywhere.

    Discussion board participation is an online course requisite. The Cohort Model at CCU, which essentially pairs students together based on their enrollment dates and study-focus, creates an added notion of community in the distance learning classroom.

  16. 16. Barclay College — Haviland, Kansas

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    The Program:

    This college in Haviland, Kansas has come a long way since its founding 1917 by Quaker settlers. However, the formation of a strong moral character and Christian spirit are still strong tenets of an education at Barclay College.

    Barclay College offers a handful of Bible-focused bachelor degree options online, as well as a general associate degree and certificate programs in subjects that mirror the online bachelor’s degree offerings. The subjects students can study online include Christian ministry, Bible studies, business management and psychology.

    The Platform:

    The college not only uses Moodle-based learning management, but also a learning management system designed by Nazarene Bible College called dCourseWeb. Like many other online programs, Barclay provides access to learning and test materials, tools for productivity like email and document sharing, and a discussion forum for their students to help online learners stay connected.

  17. 17. Piedmont International University — Winston-Salem, North Carolina

    Piedmont International University

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    The Program:

    Students can choose from one of several associate and bachelor degree programs online at Piedmont International University. The college currently offers programs in Christian ministry and Bible studies, as well as minors in subjects that place further emphasis on Christian service and ministry.

    A typical course is seven weeks in length. There are six 7-week sessions per year, two per term in the spring, summer and fall semesters. Class sizes for distance students are usually small; not exceeding 15 students.

    The Platform:

    PU’s Spurgeon School of Online Education has used the Blackboard learning management system since 2005. With it, Piedmont is able to administer PowerPoint and audio/video lessons, chatrooms and discussion forums to students alongside standard course material delivery. A demo course is currently available for prospective students online, and students can access this from a desktop or online.

    Students of Piedmont also benefit from Google’s suite of education apps, Office365, and a dedicated college email address. Those who can visit the campus also have access to a network of files and printers and a student center with computer access.

    Currently, students are eligible to enroll from the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia.

  18. 18. Saint Louis Christian College — Florissant, Missouri

    Saint Louis Christian College

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    The Program:

    St. Louis Christian College offers an Associate of Arts in Religious Studies degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Christian Ministry degree, both online. The two-year associate degree program is designed to lay the groundwork for more courses at SLCC, and places a focus on general education as well as Bible and ministry studies. The bachelor degree is designed for students looking for leadership skills in a Christian environment.

    Distance education programs at St. Louis Christian College were designed for students aged 21 and older. Younger students may be eligible for admission, however, and are welcome to contact an advisor for more details about this program. Financial aid is also available to distance students at SLCC.

    The Platform:

    The primary online platform for learning management at SLCC is Atheneo. This program is available as part of the college’s membership to the Knowledge Elements Education Network. The college also uses Blackbaud OnDemand for some of their course delivery needs, and uses Office365 for some productivity needs such as webmail.

  19. 19. Epic Bible College — Sacramento, California

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    The Program:

    Epic Bible College’s online program is designed to provide students with an education rich in the knowledge of Christ. They hope to accomplish this by offering their degree programs on and off-campus.

    Online programs at this college are asynchronous unless otherwise noted, and provide students with the convenient ability to study at one’s own pace. Some of the programs offered at Epic include associate programs in ministry and Christian studies, a master’s degree in ethical leadership and also a bachelor’s degree in ministry studies.

    A degree from Epic College prepares students for work in pastoral positions or in ministry. These programs offer volunteer and networking opportunities, and can train students for work as teachers, pastors, counselors and more.

    The Platform:

    Students access their online course materials through Blackbaud, an online learning management platform. All course material is available to distance learners from this portal, including assessments, assignments and discussion forums. The college also offers an online library to enrolled students called Destiny.

  20. 20. Heritage Christian University — Florence, Alabama

    Heritage Christian University

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    The Program:

    At Heritage Christian University, students can earn one of five biblically-focused undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can earn their associate and later their Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies (or even an accelerated BABS), as well as one of two master’s degrees online.

    The instruction at this Bible college is very personalized, because the student-teacher ratio is at Heritage is a mere 5:1. This allows for one-on-one interaction for students who desire it, between both peers and faculty. Although the courses in these programs are online, HCU does ask that their students commit to roughly 2 hours of Christian service each week.

    The Platform:

    Using the Populi learning management system and Tegrity, students can access all of their course materials and collaboration tools anywhere they have an internet connection. The Tegrity portal allows students to playback classroom lectures, presentations, slideshows and digital recordings for supplemental learning. This web-based classroom allows students to access lessons and supplemental materials, as well.

  21. 21. Grace Bible College — Grand Rapids, Michigan

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    The Program:

    Grace Bible College prepare students for lives that are informed by Christ, preparing them for roles as leaders in business, ministry and service.

    Educators at GBC know that their student’s time is valuable. For that reason, the school of Adult & Online Education extends accelerated associate and bachelor degree programs to its scholars. Also offered in the evening for just one night a week, these classes are held on campus in Grand Rapids as well as online.

    The college offers an associate and a bachelor degree option for three majors: Leadership & Ministry, Human Services and Business.

    This institution is proud to be a military friendly college, and is able to extend a special price of $250 per credit hour for military personnel. This amount matches the GI Bill allowance for most service men and women, and thereby offering students an education with no out-of-pocket cost.

    The Platform:

    Those who enroll in any one of GBC’s six online degree choices will be pleased at the small classroom sizes and cohort groups of between 10 and 18 students. The classes combine an active learning approach with didactic learning at Grace, and the results are a quality online education.

    Like many schools that offer online degrees, GCB uses Blackboard Learn to deliver courses to its students. While this learning management system facilitates the actual learning that takes place online, Google’s productivity apps provide students with a secure and extension-rich productivity suite that includes email, shareable document and spreadsheets, as well as a social media and discussion function.

  22. 22. Messenger College — Euless, Texas

    Messenger College

    • Admissions Rate: 76%
    • Enrollment Rate: 63%
    • Retention Rate: 50%
    • Graduation Rate: 25%
    • Tuition: $250 per credit hour online or about $750 per class

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    The Program:

    Messenger College offers two degrees online, both of which can be earned online, on-site or any combination of the two. These degrees, a BA in Business Administration or a BA in Christian Ministry, reflect MC’s values and commitment to helping Third World nations, supporting Christian assistance programs and living a morally upstanding life.

    Designed for working adults, Messenger’s Learning Education & Adult Program is a low-cost way for those interested in non-profit and ministry work to complete their college degree in just 24 months. This flexible curriculum is designed specifically for working adults aged 21 and over who have completed their first two years of college. An asynchronous cohort program, students can earn their degree one night a week from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., or else completely online.

    The Platform:

    This college uses Populi for the delivery of course materials. Students will find lessons, course syllabi, audio/visual materials, assessments materials and discussion forums all at their fingertips when they choose to study online at Messenger.

  23. 23. Ecclesia College — Springdale, Arkansas

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    The Program:

    Like so many Christian colleges, Ecclesia College’s students are presented with an academic experience that is biblically informed and that places an emphasis on becoming upright and moral citizens, not just excellent students or successful graduates.

    The college reports that online students have been proven in studies to perform better academically than on-campus learners. Online, Ecclessia College students can earn a Master of Christian Leadership, Bachelor of Christian Leadership, Bachelor of Biblical Studies or Associate of Biblical Studies. Classes are held in two sessions each quarter, and the average course is six weeks in length.

    Tuition at Ecclesia is competitively low, at only $799 per class. Students in Arkansas are eligible for a scholarship of up to $2,000 per year, and there are many more opportunities for Arkansas students, out-of-state students and international students.

    The Platform:

    The learning management system in place at Ecclesia, Moodle, makes online learning accessible and interactive. Students can access pre-recorded lectures, PDF and Powerpoint presentations, and participate in focused discussions with peers and instructors online. Students also have a dedicated school email, and access to Moodle’s peripheral functions, as well as wiki tutorials and Microsoft Office.

  24. 24. Dallas Christian College — Dallas, Texas

    Dallas Christian College

    • Admissions Rate: 55%
    • Enrollment Rate: 37%
    • Retention Rate: 63%
    • Graduation Rate: 32%
    • Tuition: $465 per credit hour online plus a $90 per credit hour fee

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    The Program:

    There is no reason to wait when it comes to enrolling in courses at Dallas Christian College. With start dates every six weeks, it is possible to begin courses with seven weeks of receiving an acceptance letter. Motivated students attending full-time can earn their associate or their bachelor’s degree in as little as two years thanks to DCC’s FlexCampus programs.

    FlexCampus presents students with three ways to attend classes at this military-friendly Texas school: on-campus, online and on-demand. Prospective students can receive a Bible-rich education from the comfort and convenience of their home or workplace in undergraduate subjects like business, practical ministry, psychology, humanities and interdisciplinary studies.

    The Platform:

    These online programs are unique to so many other distance learning opportunities today in that students at DCC can attend online courses via synchronous web conference. Whether or not students are physically able to visit the campus, all are welcome to join in on a live feed on a weekly basis. For those unable to make it to these scheduled, one-night-a-week lectures, these sessions are recorded.

    Those who are able to attend will listen and interact alongside their peers in a traditional classroom setting. For those who can attend via live link, these students will still be able to ask questions and speak to the room. After class, students can interact on Moodle alongside their peers in small class sizes.

  25. 25. Central Christian College of the Bible — Moberly, Missouri

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    The Program:

    Students who seek an education that marries Christian service to a strong general curriculum will appreciate the Bible-based distance learning at Central Christian College. There are a number of undergraduate degrees that students can earn online, including an Associate of Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Religious Studies and two Bible certificates.

    Distance learning at CCC is asynchronous, and most courses are held in eight week long intensive classes. Students can expect to read roughly 100 pages a week online, as well as complete the more traditional coursework: discussion forums, assessments and modular learning materials. In addition, audio/video lectures are another way that distance students learn at Central Christian College.

    The Platform:

    Whatever avenue of Christian leadership students at CCC choose to pursue, they will use Canvas to access their course materials on the web. Students will find information about their reading assignments, learn how to connect with their peers, study for and take class tests and exams and turn in individual and group projects online using this learning management system.

    Students can enroll in these programs whether they have attended college before or have not yet earned any college credit, and most students complete their degree within 2 years.

  26. 26. Heritage Bible College — Dunn, North Carolina

    Heritage Bible College

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    The Program:

    Students can earn several bachelor’s degrees in subjects like Christian Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, Discipleship and Youth Ministry, as well as an associate degree in Christian Studies. These courses are offered on-campus, but they can also be studied online.

    These courses all have one thing in common: they aim to instill the skills and competencies of pastoral and ministry professionals in HBC’s graduates. With average student-instructor ratio of 7:1, and with more than half of the student body at Heritage representing non-traditional students (age 25 and older), HBC understands the needs of their working students.

    The Platform:

    Distance learners use Scholar360’s Edvance360 learning management system. This easy-to-use portal connects students to all of their course materials, and offers collaborative multimedia like video-conferencing and audio presentations to supplement course reading. Heritage Bible College also uses Google’s educational suite of productivity tools.

  27. 27. Beulah Heights University — Atlanta, Georgia

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    The Program:

    Beulah Heights University welcomes students from all over the world to its biblically-informed undergraduate and graduate degree programs online. These asynchronous courses focus heavily on subjects such as religious study, leadership, business, divinity and ministry, all within the framework of a traditional Christian education.

    The Platform:

    Beulah Heights uses the Edvance360 learning management system. This compendious platform gives students the tools to connect with one another, explore course materials at their own pace and securely complete assessments and communicate with peers and faculty.

    Chat and virtual classrooms are also possible thanks to collaboration software that works with Beulah360 to create an interactive experience for distance students.

    Learners can connect with teachers or with their peers, and even attend synchronous lectures or study groups using this courseware.

    Students also use the Blackbaud LMS to compliment web content. Students will find their course materials here, as well as a shortcut to their student email and other relevant tools and links online.

  28. 28. New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary — New Orleans, Louisiana

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    The Program:

    The Leavell College of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary offers online degrees for students who are looking to earn a degree without ever having to set foot on campus. There are undergraduate and graduate degrees to choose from online. Missiology, apologetics, Christian ministry and Christian education are just some of the subjects that students can study at NOBTS.

    New Orleans Baptist Seminary organizes its graduate degree programs into a neat list that makes it simple for prospective students to discern at a glance if a degree program is right for them. While most of these curriculums are hybrids and are not offered wholly online, many of them offer the kind of strong credentials that graduates need to begin a pastoral or ministerial career.

    There are several states in which it is not possible to earn a degree online from NOBTS at this time. A list of these states is available online.

    The Platform:

    Like many other colleges in the U.S., NOBTS trusts Blackboard Learn to deliver classroom materials and tools to its students. The university hopes to help mold Christian men and women of strong character and moral aptitudes with these online degree programs, and the collaboration tools in this course help to foster fellowship among students no matter where they study from.

  29. 29. Crossroads Bible College — Indianapolis, Indiana

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    The Program:

    The mission at Crossroads Bible College is to train Christian leaders to connect with a multiethnic and urban community. The college’s diverse student body reflects this commitment to educating students of all ages and cultural backgrounds under the commonality of faith and biblically-informed learning.

    Well over 60% of the students at this college are 25 or older. Only 38% of the student body are non-minority students, and at least 30% of the students at Crossroads participate in at least some distance learning.

    The current online offerings at Crossroads include a bachelor’s degree in urban leadership or biblical counseling. Courses are eight weeks in length, and students enrolled in these studies are eligible for financial aid.

    Faculty at CBC encourages students to garner experiential learning and missional service to supplement the knowledge-based education that they receive online and on-campus. Instructors and advisors are available to guide students to community service and volunteer opportunities that are right for them.

    The Platform:

    CBC uses both Populi and Atheneo to manage and sustain their learning management system. Between these two services, students at CBC are able to access their classroom learning, textbook materials, collaboration tools and secure student portal with ease and confidence 24/7.

  30. 30. Hobe Sound Bible College — Hobe Sound, Florida

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    The Program:

    The online degree programs at Hobe Sound Bible College were constructed with the adult student in mind. The courses for these programs are offered entirely online, and a typical course will last seven weeks. The last week of each session is dedicated to final projects and exams.

    Some of the multimedia materials for online courses, such as CDs and DVDs are provided by the college. These tools are to be returned at the end of a session or semester. The cost of all required course materials will be included in the price of every Hobe Sound Bible College course.

    The bachelor degree offerings at HSBC are varied. These program in ministry, Christian and pastoral studies include concentrations such as education, counseling, Bible studies and intercultural studies.

    Tuition is modest at HSBC. For a three credit-hour class, for example, students can expect to pay around $510, plus the cost of books and supplies. Any learner who is not eligible for financial aid will be furnished with a $125 discount on the tuition cost of a three hour class.

    The Platform:

    Moodle learning management system is responsible for delivering classroom materials for Hobe Sound’s online degree programs. Here, online learners will review a new module each week, completing assignments and turning them in by week’s end. Some teachers may choose to share videos and multimedia learning devices alongside lectures and PDF lessons. Students should expect that they be required to participate in classroom discussion and keep in contact with their instructors regularly.

  31. 31. Trinity College of Florida — Trinity, Florida

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    The Program:

    Distance learners enjoy studying alongside their adult colleagues at Trinity College of Florida. Here, those with prior learning can apply their life experience towards their degree in the form of college credit, and may choose to study at one of three campuses (Trinity, St. Petersburg or Tampa), as well as online.

    Currently, Trinity offers a bachelor’s in Christian ministry, counseling and management & ethics for its online students. On-campus, students enrolled in these accelerated degrees attend one evening each week for five intensive weeks per session. Whether students study off-campus or on-site, they can expect to take just one course at a time to ensure retention and immersion. Most Trinity students in this program complete their bachelor’s degree in roughly two years.

    The Platform:

    Students can access this college’s Bible-based course materials and learning modules online using Moodle’s learning management system. TrinFlix gives students access to videos on desktop and mobile devices, but faculty can also use Moodle to share video, audio and other multimedia.

    In addition to these features, students can view grades, access professor-created wikis and glossaries, complete quizzes, begin or contribute to discussion board posts and more using Moodle.

  32. 32. Luther Rice University & Seminary — Lithonia, Georgia

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    The Program:

    Luther Rice University has offered students who show an interest in living a faith-driven life a quality online education for more than a decade. Today, the college hosts programs for nine degrees and three undergraduate majors, all of which are available to busy students 100% online.

    These degree programs are flexible and trusted among Luther Rice alumni, but prospective students might also appreciate that the tuition at this college is ranked among the lowest 10% of four-year private nonprofit schools in the U.S.

    The Platform:

    Luther Rice University & Seminary also offers a sample online course to prospective students. While heavily diluted, this offers students a fair idea of the framework of these programs and some insight into their delivery.

    Distance learners may recognize right away that LRU&S uses Blackboard Learn to deliver its online course materials. Tests, assignments, chat and discussion boards are conveniently accessible day or night in these asynchronous courses. The college also uses Google’s educational apps to organize students’ emails and enhance productivity and collaboration.

Unranked Online Bible Colleges

The necessary criteria involved in ranking the schools below was not available. However, these colleges offer valuable online degree programs and are nationally accredited. Many of these programs offer competitively low tuition, respected distance learning programs and a commitment to a Christian education.

The Schools

  1. Apex School of Theology — Durham, North Carolina

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    The Program:

    The Apex School of Theology has an incredibly diverse student body. For one, 97% of the students who attend Apex are non-traditional students who are aged 25 and older. For another, a whopping 90% of undergraduates at this college choose to earn their degrees online; 78% of graduate students choose to do the same. Apex also boasts a 91% minority-based enrollment.

    ApexDE (Distance Education) offers five degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Some of the most popular subjects that students can study online at AST include counseling, education and divination.

    The Platform:

    Apex trusts Blackboard Learn to deliver its course materials to distance students. Blackboard is a trusted learning management system used by many colleges and universities. Apex students can easily review their weekly course goals and learning materials, study individually or in collaborative groups via discussion board posts, complete assessments and reach out to instructors and peers using this educational hub.

  2. Faith Evangelical College & Seminary — Tacoma, Washington

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    • Tuition: $165 (undergraduate) per credit hour; $270 per credit hour for master’s courses; doctoral studies $340 per credit hour online

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    The Program:

    Faith Evangelical College & Seminary currently has three Bachelor of Arts degree programs available in a hybrid format. These programs focus on religion, education and leadership.

    The college also offers a Graduate Certificate in Leadership, which can be earned with a concentration on Professional Development, Life Coaching or Missional-Church Studies. This program is offered online, as a webinar and in a hybrid format as well as on site.

    The college also offers four master’s programs in other subjects common among Bible colleges, such as divinity, Christian ministry, education and theology.

    This college also offers a Chinese language graduate certificate, and also a Korean division that serves hundreds of global alumni and has offered many the chance to earn an undergraduate or graduate degree online.

    The Platform:

    Students combine web-based delivery of course materials via Canvas with DVD-based distance education in many of this college’s online learning programs. Course content will be completed similarly to on-site classes, and students are asked to communicate online through Canvas, as well as through another learning management system used on campus called Populi.

    Students at FEC&S also have access to the college’s comprehensive online library, which can be accessed online and offers access to specialized reference material 24/7.

  3. Grace College of Divinity — Fayetteville, North Carolina

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    The Program:

    Grace College of Divinity has made its mission accessible and convenient for students across the country to embrace. The institution aims to provide students with practical ministry experience while heightening their knowledge of God and the Bible.

    The college offers both its two-year associate degree and its four-year bachelor’s in divinity degree online, catering to the school’s high demographic of adult learners. These programs are identical to their on-campus counterparts and are designed for those students who are seeking out a profession in ministry. Both of these majors ask students to fulfill a service leadership requirement. This hands-on experience provides degree candidates with the skills and knowledge that a pastoral or non-profit career is founded on.

    This college offers several scholarships, some of which may be right for online learners. Students who qualify for aid will be able to demonstrate academic merit, financial need or a commitment to service excellence.

    The Platform:

    One of the web-based resources that busy students will appreciate at GCD is the ready access to an online library of scholarly journals through ProQuest, as well as links to electronic book databases like EBSCO and others.

    Populi is the learning management system that students will use to access their online classes. Teachers will post lesson plans, reading guides and discussion board schedules here for students, as well as other course expectations and announcements. At the discretion of the instructor, assessments and other classroom materials will also be available through this portal.

  4. Grace School of Theology — The Woodlands, Texas

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    The Program:

    A college that offers a biblically-based perspective on education, Grace School of Theology has five locations in Texas. The college offers several of its graduate degrees in a completely online or hybrid environment. Students may earn their Master of Ministry or Biblical Studies, Divinity or Theology in this flexible format.

    These four-year curriculums are designed for working professionals in ministry and Christian service and focus on core competencies, Bible study and practical skills for pastors. Students must earn under 50% of their Grace School degree at a learning site; the remainder can be taken online or as a hybrid class.

    Students can count on a personalized learning experience at Grace School of Theology. The student-instructor ratio at this college is at an unheard of 2:1. 94% of the students at Grace are non-traditional learners, and 44% of undergraduates earn their degree entirely online. 73% of graduates choose to study online only.

    The Platform:

    Web-based courses at Grace can be either synchronous or asynchronous, pre-recorded lectures and lessons or any combination of the instructors choosing.

    This program uses the Populi learning management system, and also uses LifeSize Video to stream synchronous content and real-time lectures or meetings. Students will also have remote access to thousands of peer-review journals and research resources through the school’s online library.

  5. Nazarene Bible College — Colorado Springs, Colorado

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    The Program:

    In 1998, this Bible college was the first Nazarene higher-learning institute to offer web-based courses. Today, Nazarene boasts a 94% completion rate since the school began offering degree programs online; the national average is 47%.

    These classes are held in six-week intervals, of which there are seven per year. Students can earn nearly all of the degrees that this institution offers online at the Nazarene College. From a Ministry Preparation Program to a Bachelor of Arts in Counseling or Ministry, Nazarene seeks to prepare students for careers in ministry and discipleship.

    The Platform:

    Class materials are all available online in a “store and retrieve” newsgroup format at NBC. For convenience, the information online can be stored and saved to be viewed offline; this is a unique feature to this program.

    Nazarene’s learning management system is self-sufficient and asynchronous; it contains a class discussion area, all course materials, access to assessments and more. DCourseWeb was designed by Nazarene Bible College, and allows for offline study and discussion board responses. Students can literally study anywhere, with or without an internet connection, at NBC.

    Students are expected to post 10-15 responses to the posts of their peers each week in order to earn credit for participation online, typically twice a day for five days. This sort of engagement creates fellowship and a sense of community amongst students.

  6. Shiloh University — Kalona, Iowa

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    The Program:

    Shiloh University offers students two undergraduate and two graduate degree programs that are available to earn online. Biblical and pastoral studies and divinity are a great choice for students looking to pursue an education with a biblical worldview.

    Each of these programs, such as the Bachelor of Arts in Biblical and Pastoral Studies or the Master of Divinity, offer students the skills need to create spiritual and academic growth among graduates. The average course is 15 weeks in length, and most of these degrees require four years to complete.

    The Platform:

    Learning takes place via the college’s Moodle-based learning management system. Students will have access to course materials online and will participate alongside their peers in discussion about topics explored in class.

    Students at Shiloh will need to purchase Logos Bible Software, and are entitled to a 50% academic discount if they do not own it already. The college also recommends that students invest in a Living Word Digital Library, offered from Living Word Publications, which students can also purchase for half off thanks to an academic discount from Shiloh.

    Students also have access to Tren and LIRN, and Bible studies students are encouraged to visit these resources to gain access to theological dissertation titles, as well as millions of peer-reviewed journals, magazines and articles.

  7. South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary — Deerfield Beach, Florida

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    The Program:

    The REACH degree completion program at South Florida Bible College offers a bachelor’s degree with two concentrations to students 23 years of age or older. Nearly 50% of these courses can be taken online; the remainder meet one night each week from 6 pm to 10 pm on the Deerfield Beach campus.

    Most students who enroll in these hybrid programs have already completed at least two years of college. The programs take roughly 2 years to complete. Most are able to complete the degree in roughly 2 years. These courses are taken in a specific order, and students participate in these cohort programs in sequence.

    Leadership & Ministry and Business Administration & Management degrees at SFBC offer contemporary skillsets for students interested in working in nonprofit or pastoral positions.

    The Platform:

    South Florida Bible College and Theological Seminary uses Populi and has a partnership with Knowledge Elements. Students register for these cohort programs in a group, and move forward together, encouraging each other both on-campus and in online classrooms. This creates a fellowship among students and enriches the interaction in discussion boards.

    As with most online programs, students can expect to complete assignments and some exams online. Reading and course materials will be available online, as well as grades, fee schedules and secure student email.

  8. Southern California Seminary — El Cajon, California

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    The Program:

    Diversity is embraced at Southern California Seminary, where education is academically rigorous and Bible-focused. There is a strong presence of minority students, as well as non-traditional learners and online degree seekers at this West Coast seminary. All denominations and faiths are welcome.

    There are eight online degrees that students are able to earn at SCS. The college offers undergraduate degrees in Christian ministry and Bible studies, although the graduate programs at Southern California Seminary are by far the most popular. Master’s and graduate degrees are available in counseling, psychology and divinity.

    The Platform:

    SCS’s student portal is well-organized and easy to navigate. From here, distance learners can log in to the college’s learning management system, Blackboard. All of their course modules, testing materials and discussion board information can be located in this LMS. They can also access productivity apps, like Microsoft Outlook. The college also enjoys a partnership with San Diego Christian College’s research library, and this is a wonderful tool for Christian learners.

  9. Virginia Baptist College — Fredericksburg, Virginia

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    The Program:

    There are four undergraduate degrees that students with an interest in a faith-based education can enroll in at Virginia Baptist College. Christian education and ministry are some of the bachelor’s and associate degrees that students can pursue. Students looking to earn a master’s degree can explore a biblical studies or education program.

    There are also a range of popular minors that scholars can choose from. All of these degree programs, in addition to a one-year Bible certificate, are available entirely online. These distance programs are available to both U.S. and international students.

    The Platform:

    Virginia Baptist College uses the Populi learning management system, as well as other software like Adobe Connect and webmail. Theology and fellowship are at the heart of an education at VBC, and so peer interaction and student-faculty connections are a large part of the experience at this college. Students outweigh teachers only 5:1, which makes collaboration online via discussion boards and emails uncomplicated and convenient.

Best Historically Christian Colleges

Click on any school to reveal tuition rates, religious affiliations, and graduation and acceptance rates. In addition, you will find a brief summary of the college’s history, academics, and student life. You will also get a quick explanation of the role Christianity plays in student life and academics.

The colleges and universities in this list are all affiliated with various Christian denominations and have at least 1,000 students. Catholic colleges and universities are not included. Each college is ranked according to the following criteria: (1) acceptance rate, (2) graduation rate, (3) average SAT or ACT scores, (4) retention rate, and (5) student GPA.

The individual summaries for each college or university may highlight ranking information from U.S. News and World Report or other publications. However, this information has no bearing on the rankings for this list.

The Schools

  1. 1. Davidson College – Davidson, NC

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    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 25%
    • Retention Rate: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 92%
    • Tuition: $42,849

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    Presbyterians founded Davidson College in 1837 with only 64 students. The college has since become one of the most highly-regarded academic institutions in the country. It was ranked the 9th best liberal arts school in the country by U.S. News and World Report and the 3rd most academically rigorous by Newsweek.

    While the college maintains a loose affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, its students hold a variety of beliefs, all supported through the office of Religious and Spiritual Life. New students may find the atmosphere on campus to be more secular than Christian.

  2. 2. Lafayette College – Easton, PA

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    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 34%
    • Retention Rate: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 91%
    • Tuition: $43,970

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    This small college located between New York City and Philadelphia in suburban eastern Pennsylvania has been ranked the 34th best liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report. The college requires nearly all students to live on campus and features an active student life of over 200 organizations and several fraternities and sororities.

    While the school is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, it is Christian more in name than in character. New students will find a diversity of faiths and beliefs represented, similar to any other college campus in the U.S.

  3. 3. Wheaton College – Wheaton, IL

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    • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
    • Acceptance Rate: 69%
    • Retention Rate: 95%
    • Graduation Rate: 90%
    • Tuition: $30,880

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    Ranked the 57th best liberal arts college in the country by U.S. News and World Report (USNWR), Wheaton College was founded in the outskirts of Chicago in 1860 by the prominent pastor and anti-slavery activist, Jonathan Blanchard. The school is highly respected for its excellent teaching. It ranked 15th nationwide for “best undergraduate teaching” by USNWR and was featured in the influential book, Colleges that Change Lives.

    The school is nondenominational and a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Religion plays an active role in Wheaton’s mission and student life, with numerous clubs and organizations devoted to the Christian faith, such as the Billy Graham Center and the Chapel Program.

  4. 4. Emory University – Atlanta, GA

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    • Religious Affiliation: Methodist
    • Acceptance Rate: 27%
    • Retention Rate: 96%
    • Graduation Rate: 89%
    • Tuition: $44,008

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    A medium-sized research university in the suburbs of Atlanta, Emory is ranked 20th best national university in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Its over 3,000 faculty members include Pulitzer and Nobel Prize laureates.

    Founded by Methodists in 1836, the university maintains a formal relationship with the Methodist church, but the student body is diverse, with a large variety of religious student clubs on campus. All in all, however, religion is not a highly-visible part of the college mission or campus life.

  5. 5. Muhlenberg College – Allentown, PA

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    • Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 46%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 87%
    • Tuition: $42,755

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    A small liberal arts college, Muhlenberg college was originally founded as a Lutheran seminary in 1848. The school now boasts decent rankings from major publications and enrolls over 2,000 students at its Allenberg campus. The most popular majors are business and psychology, and around 17% of men and women participate in Greek life.

    The college is affiliated with the Lutheran Church, and its campus is known for its distinctive red doors, a hallmark of European Protestant architecture. However, the student body includes many different faiths, with various religious groups. Christianity is not an overt part of the school’s mission or atmosphere.

  6. 6. St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN

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    • Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 60%
    • Retention Rate: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 86%
    • Tuition: $40,700

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    Founded in 1874 by a small group of Norwegian Lutheran immigrants, St. Olad has become one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States, ranked 52nd best by U.S. News and World Report. The school features an active campus life, with the vast majority of students living on campus. There is no Greek system, but over 150 student organizations and a strong commitment to Christianity and the college’s Scandinavian heritage.

    All students must take at least two course on Christian theology, and the school supports various Christian and interfaith clubs and organizations. Most students choose to study medical and physical sciences, with the second largest group focusing on social sciences.

  7. 7. Gettysburg College – Gettysburg, PA

    Gettysburg College

    • Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 40%
    • Retention Rate: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 84%
    • Tuition: $45,870

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    Located on the sight of the bloodiest battle of the American Civil War, Gettysburg College is a history buff’s ideal place to study. The school was founded in 1832, decades before the Civil War, and has since risen to be one of the best liberal arts colleges nationwide, 50th according to U.S. News and World Report.

    Though nominally Lutheran, Gettysburg College’s roughly 2,500 students come from a variety of religious backgrounds, represented by 5 on-campus religious communities. Perhaps more prominent than the school’s religious heritage is its active Greek life, with 32% of women and 36% of men choosing to join a sorority or fraternity.

  8. 8. Wofford College – Spartanburg, SC

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    • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 63%
    • Retention Rate: 84%
    • Graduation Rate: 87%
    • Tuition: $35,515

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    Wofford is a small liberal arts college with a strong reputation. It has just slightly over 1,500 students but is considered to be the 65th best liberal arts college in the United States by U.S. News and World Report and the 56 best college overall by Forbes magazine. The most popular majors are business, biology, and foreign languages.

    Founded in 1854 by a Methodist minister, the school maintains its relationship with the church, but doesn’t make faith a centerpoint of its mission. All different faiths are welcomed and supported through the campus ministry. Greek life is a big deal on campus too. 55% of women and 43% of men belong to sororities and fraternities.

  9. 9. Gustavus Adolphus College – St. Peter, MN

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    • Religious Affiliation: Evangelical Lutheran Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 63%
    • Retention Rate: 93%
    • Graduation Rate: 83%
    • Tuition: $39,060

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    With a strong commitment to its Lutheran and Swedish heritage, Gustavus Adolphus College in rural Minnesota offers an intimate community for its students, with 86% choosing to live in campus housing. Founded in 1862 by Swedish immigrants, the school considers faith to be a central part of its vision, so students can find many worship and ministry organizations on campus.

    The school was ranked 76th best liberal arts college nationwide by U.S. News and World Report.

  10. 10. Illinois Wesleyan University – Bloomington, IL

    Illinois Wesleyan University

    • Religious Affiliation: Methodist
    • Acceptance Rate: 60%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 82%
    • Tuition: $39,316

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    Founded in 1850 by a diverse group of religious and government leaders, Illinois Wesleyan University later gained affiliation with the Methodist Church. While this affiliation is maintained today, the school is host to a diverse student body with various beliefs. So Christianity does not play a major role in the schools mission or character.

    The school is ranked 65th best liberal arts college by U.S. News and World Report. The most popular majors are business and accounting, followed by psychology. Another notable feature is the high participation of students in Greek life, with a little over 30% of students joining fraternities or sororities.

  11. 11. Grove City College – Grove City, PA

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    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
    • Acceptance Rate: 84%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 82%
    • Tuition: $14,880

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    Grove City College offers a community-based, religious experience to its roughly 2,500 students. Located in rural Pennsylvania about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, 90% of Grove City students live on campus and participate in the school’s vibrant religious life. Students must attend chapel at least 16 times a semester and are encouraged to participate in other faith-based clubs and events. Though the college is affiliated loosely with the Presbyterian church, the student body is made up of all Christian denominations.

    As a liberal arts college, Grove City offers over 50 educational programs, and also focuses on a strong general education. There is also a relatively small Greek life scene on campus, with about 16% of students participating.

  12. 12. Rhodes College – Memphis, TN

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    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 55%
    • Retention Rate: 87%
    • Graduation Rate: 81%
    • Tuition: $39,794

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    With a history going back to 1848, when the school was first founded as the Masonic University of Tennessee, Rhodes College today ranks 54th in U.S. News and World Report’s list of best liberal arts colleges. The student body is extremely active, with 65% spending a semester abroad or in Washington, DC and 25% participating in sports. Not to mention about half of all students join a fraternity or sorority.

    The school maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church, but its religious character is mostly expressed through a dedication to community service: 80% of students complete at least one volunteer experience. The student body practices a variety of different beliefs, in addition to Christianity.

  13. 13. Pepperdine University – Malibu, CA

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    • Religious Affiliation: Church of Christ
    • Acceptance Rate: 38%
    • Retention Rate: 93%
    • Graduation Rate: 81%
    • Tuition: $44,902

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    Pepperdine University mixes a picturesque campus in the Santa Monica foothills, a strong Christian ethos, and an excellent academic reputation. U.S. News and World Report ranks the school 57th among the best 100 universities nationwide, and all students are required to attend 14 religious events per semester and take three Bible courses over their four years of undergrad.

    Of the roughly 3,500 Pepperdine students, about half live on campus and a quarter are involved in Greek life. Business and marketing are by far the most popular majors, followed by communication and social sciences.

  14. 14. Trinity University – San Antonio, TX

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    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 64%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 80%
    • Tuition: $35,262

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    Trinity College ranks as the best regional university in the Western United States, according to U.S. News and World Report. Located in downtown San Antonio, the university offers a high-quality campus lifestyle, with 80% of students living in residence halls. Though about 40% of students also decide to study abroad during their time at Trinity. The college boasts an impressive endowment of nearly one billion dollars, allowing it to provide excellent services to a small student population of 2,300 students.

    The school is affiliated with the Lutheran Church but encourages religious diversity in its student body. There are no particular requirements for students regarding their spiritual lives.

  15. 15. Southern Methodist University – Dallas, TX

    Southern Methodist University

    • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 54%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 80%
    • Tuition: $75,232

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    Founded five miles north of downtown Dallas in 1911 by the United Methodist Church, Southern Methodist University has grown into a major academic institution, with over 6,000 undergraduate students and ranked 60th among national universities by U.S. News and World Report. Business related fields are by far the most popular majors and a large percentage of students participate in Greek life, 34% of men and almost half of all women.

    Despite its name, Southern Methodist University maintains a nonsectarian curriculum alongside its affiliation with the Methodist Church. On campus, students can find a variety of beliefs, represented by diverse student groups and ministries.

  16. 16. Westmont College – Santa Barbara, CA

    Westmont College

    • Religious Affiliation: Christian nondenominational
    • Acceptance Rate: 66%
    • Retention Rate: 86%
    • Graduation Rate: 79%
    • Tuition: $38,510

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    Founded in 1937 in Santa Barbara as the Bible Missionary Institute, Westmont College is today a leading Christian academic institution. With slightly over 1,300 undergrads, the school ranks among the 100 best liberal arts colleges according to U.S. News and World Report. There is no Greek life on campus and, with a gender ratio of 3:2, there are many more women than men.

    Christianity plays a major role at this college, with classes taught by Christian professors, numerous faith-based clubs, and required chapel attendance.

  17. 17. Sewanee: The University of the South – Sewanee, TN

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    • Religious Affiliation: Episcopal Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 59%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 78%
    • Tuition: $35,756

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    Located on 13,000 acres of scenic mountain-top property in rural Tennessee, this small university features a number of unique traditions. All students are required to live on campus and dress professionally for classes. More than half of all women and about a third of men participate in Greek organizations.

    The school is academically rigorous, ranking 38th among the nation’s liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report. The most popular courses of study are social sciences and literature.

    While the university is governed by the Episcopal Church and includes a seminary on campus, it is open to all faiths, with Muslim and Catholic groups represented alongside non-denominational Christians.

  18. 18. Beloit College – Beloit, WI

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    • Religious Affiliation: Episcopal Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 67%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 86%
    • Tuition: $41,250

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    Founded in 1846 by a Yale University graduate, Beloit College offers an intimate community of under 1,400 students and a reputable education, being ranked 59th among the nation’s liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report.

    While the college is nominally affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the atmosphere on campus is secular and known for its diversity, with 48 states represented and around 11% of students being international.

  19. 19. DePauw University – Greencastle, IN

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    • Religious Affiliation: Methodist Episcopal Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 62%
    • Retention Rate: 92%
    • Graduation Rate: 78%
    • Tuition: $40,640

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    Based in the small town of Greencastle, DePauw offers a quality education and strong sense of community. All students are required to live on campus and more than 70% of students participate in Greek life organizations. The school has a famous school of music alongside a number of social science departments. U.S. News and World Report ranked the college 54th among liberal arts colleges nationwide.

    The school has been affiliated with the Methodist Church since its founding in 1837, but nonetheless maintains a secular curriculum and inclusive student policy. Various beliefs and practices are present on campus and supported by the college’s Interfaith Community.

  20. 20. American University – Washington, DC

    American University

    • Religious Affiliation: Methodist Episcopal Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 44%
    • Retention Rate: 90%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%
    • Tuition: $40,649

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    Known for its excellent international studies programs, American University is located just a subway ride away from downtown Washington, DC, making it a perfect choice for aspiring politicians and policymakers. Nearly 23% of the the schools 7,000 or so students study international relations, and the school was once ranked as the most politically active in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.

    The school was founded at the end of the 19th century as a Methodist college, but today the affiliation is mostly nominal. The curriculum is secular, as is the atmosphere on campus. But religious students of all types can find a home at the Kay Spiritual Life Center, which hosts 25 different student faith-based groups.

  21. 21. Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI

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    • Religious Affiliation: Christian Reformed Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 75%
    • Retention Rate: 87%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%
    • Tuition: $28,250

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    Named for the famous protestant reformer, John Calvin, this medium-sized liberal arts college was founded in 1876 and maintains a strong Protestant Christian character to this day. All faculty members are committed Christians and 37.5% of incoming students belong to the Christian Reformed Church. Many other Christian denominations are also represented and there is an active worship community.

    Academically, Calvin college is ranked among the best 100 liberal arts colleges nationwide, and its almost 4,000 students are spread equally among many majors.

  22. 22. Willamette University – Salem, OR

    Willamette University

    • Religious Affiliation: Methodist Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 83%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%
    • Tuition: $42,305

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    Located just south of the state capital of Salem, Oregon, Willamette is the oldest university in the Western United States. Founded by a Methodist missionary in 1842, the school has grown to include 2,800 students and carry a respectable academic ranking of 61st among liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News and World report. The university maintains an open culture, welcoming students of all beliefs, but the affiliation with the Methodist Church continues. Roughly 40% of incoming students identify as Christian and all students can find faith-based clubs and activities supported by the Office of the Chaplains.

  23. 23. Hope College – Holland, MI

    Hope College

    • Religious Affiliation: Reformed Church in America
    • Acceptance Rate: 85%
    • Retention Rate: 89%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%
    • Tuition: $28,720

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    Ranked among the nation’s top 100 liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Hope College maintains and encourages a Christian experience among its roughly 3,300 students. While promoting Christian values is a major part of the school’s mission, it maintains an open and welcoming atmosphere alongside a rigorous liberal arts curriculum.

    There is a small Greek population, accounting for around 10% of students, and the most popular courses of study are psychology and business administration.

  24. 24. Taylor University – Upland, IN

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    • Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational Christian
    • Acceptance Rate: 84%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 85%
    • Tuition: $28,753

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    This small, rural liberal arts college in Indiana has a big history and impact. Founded in 1846, it is one of the oldest evangelical colleges in the country. It is ranked 1st among regional midwestern colleges by U.S. News and World Report and features a strong Christian character, with many students participating in campus ministry and service.

    All students, faculty, and staff at Taylor must commit to the school’s Life Together Covenant, where they pledge to adhere to Christian values throughout their time at the university. Education is the most popular major at the college, followed by business and social sciences.

  25. 25. University of Puget Sound – Tacoma, WA

    University of Puget Sound

    • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 54%
    • Retention Rate: 88%
    • Graduation Rate: 77%
    • Tuition: $41,868

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    Located in the city of Tacoma, south of Seattle, WA, the Methodist Episcopal Church first founded the University of Puget Sound in 1888, but today the school maintains only loose connections to the church. All faiths and beliefs are welcomed and encouraged through several student clubs, such as the Muslim Student Association or Students for Earth Centered Spirituality.

    Academically, the school is ranked 76th by U.S. News among liberal arts colleges nationwide. Business and political science are the most popular majors.

  26. 26. Austin College – Sherman, TX

    Austin College

    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 59%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 84%
    • Tuition: $33,830

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    A small liberal arts college north of Dallas, Austin College is renowned for fostering close relationships between students and professors and encouraging study abroad. Over 67% of classes have fewer than 20 students, and 70% of students choose to spend at least one semester in a foreign country.

    The college was founded by a Presbyterian missionary in 1876 and has maintained a relationship with the church, but today there are a variety of beliefs and Christian denominations represented on campus. All students can develop an active religious life through numerous clubs and faith-based activities.

  27. 27. Juniata College – Huntingdon, PA

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    • Religious Affiliation: Church of Brethren
    • Acceptance Rate: 66%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 85%
    • Tuition: $37,170

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    Founded in 1876 by the Church of Brethren, this small rural liberal arts school offers a lot of academic freedom. There are over 100 majors and 30% of the roughly 1,500 students opt to design their own course of study. There is no Greek life on campus, but students participate in a variety of traditional events that date back to the school’s earliest days, including a yearly pig roast and surprise mountain excursion.

    The school’s affiliation with the Church of Brethren does not make it a restrictive school; students of all beliefs are welcome. Spiritual life is supported by the Office of Campus Ministry and several religious groups on campus.

  28. 28. Southwestern University – Georgetown, TX

    Southwestern University

    • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 61%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 85%
    • Tuition: $35,240

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    Founded in 1840 in the city of Georgetown, north of Austin, this small college is the oldest higher-educational institution in the state, and with only 1,394 students, it offers an intimate community experience. Almost 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students, and the school ranks 65th among national liberal arts colleges, according to U.S. News and World Report.

    While the college maintains its Methodist affiliation, the curriculum is nonsectarian and religion is not a major part of the school’s mission. Thought students of all faiths can find support and community at the Lois Perkins Chapel and through faith-based clubs.

  29. 29. Baylor University – Waco, TX

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    • Religious Affiliation: Baptist
    • Acceptance Rate: 61%
    • Retention Rate: 75%
    • Graduation Rate: 85%
    • Tuition: $35,2972

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    Baylor is a large university of 12,918 students, far larger than many other schools on this list, and it is strongly Christian in its mission and culture. Located in the small city of Waco, the university is academically rigorous. It was ranked 75th among the nation’s top 100 universities and is active in research.

    Founded in 1845 as a distinctly Baptist university, the school carries on its Christian traditions today. Students are active in volunteerism, Chapel, and other religious activities. Though the university is distinctly Christian, many religions and Christian denominations are represented in the student population, including Greek Orthodox, Islam, Judaism, and even atheism.

  30. 30. Gordon College – Wenham, MA

    Gordon College

    • Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational Christian
    • Acceptance Rate: 40%
    • Retention Rate: 82%
    • Graduation Rate: 74%
    • Tuition: $33,230

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    A small Christian school in rural Massachusetts, Gordon College offers a tight-knit community of 1,500 students. Founded in 1889 as a Bible school, student life today continues to have a strong Christian character. Students are required to participate in chapel services and encouraged to volunteer and take part in other worship activities.

  31. 31. Hendrix College – Conway, AR

    Hendrix College

    • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist
    • Acceptance Rate: 83%
    • Retention Rate: 80%
    • Graduation Rate: 72%
    • Tuition: $37,816

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    Ranked 87th among the nations liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report, this small Methodist school located outside of Little Rock boasts an intimate community of only 1,300 students, with 85% of students living on campus. The school was originally founded as a primary school in 1876 and later transformed into a Methodist college.

    While the relationship with the Methodist Church continues to this day, the school’s curriculum is secular, and many different beliefs are represented on campus. However, the college encourages students to participate in religious life on a voluntary basis. There are no fraternities or sororities ar Hendrix college.

  32. 32. Chapman University – Orange, CA

    Chapman University

    • Religious Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    • Acceptance Rate: 45%
    • Retention Rate: 91%
    • Graduation Rate: 72%
    • Tuition: $43,554

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    Located 30 miles from Los Angeles, in the small city of Orange, this southern California Christian college embraces an open door policy, welcoming students of all beliefs. Diversity is an essential part of Chapman’s history. The college opened in 1861 at the same time Abraham Lincoln was delivering his inaugural address, admitting students regardless of race or genders. All kinds of religious students will appreciate the Fish Interfaith Center and the many faith-based student groups.

    The college ranks as the 7th best regional university in the Western region, according to U.S. News and World Report, and serves around 6,500 graduate and undergraduate students.

  33. 33. Cedarville University – Cedarville, OH

    Cedarville University

    • Religious Affiliation: Baptist
    • Acceptance Rate: 75%
    • Retention Rate: 85%
    • Graduation Rate: 72%
    • Tuition: $26,420

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    Ranked the 5th best regional college in the Midwest by U.S. News and World Report, Cedarville offers strong academics and a dedication to Christian tradition. Students can choose from 150 areas of study, in addition to a required minor in Bible studies. There are only a little over 3,000 students at the college, and all must be committed Christians. There is no Greek life, but with 76% of students living on campus and numerous student groups and ministries, Cedarville University aims to foster a close community.

    The most popular major is nursing, followed by early childhood education and mechanical engineering.

  34. 34. Cornell College – Mt. Vernon, IA

    Cornell College

    • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist
    • Acceptance Rate: 53%
    • Retention Rate: 79%
    • Graduation Rate: 71%
    • Tuition: $36,430

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    A very small liberal arts college in rural Iowa, Cornell college has only a little over 1,000 students. But what the college lacks in size, it makes up for in academics and community. Around 92% of students live on campus throughout their 4 years and almost 70% of classes have fewer than 20 students.

    Cornell College was founded by a Methodist reverend in 1853, and like most Methodist colleges, diversity and inclusiveness are paramount to the college’s mission. The liberal arts curriculum is mainly secular and all beliefs are represented on campus. The diverse religious clubs and activities are supported by the department of the Chaplain and Spiritual Life.

  35. 35. Bethel University – St. Paul, MN

    Bethel University

    • Religious Affiliation: Converge Worldwide (former Baptist General Conference)
    • Acceptance Rate: 71%
    • Retention Rate: 83%
    • Graduation Rate: 71%
    • Tuition: $31,760

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    A member of the Christian College Consortium, Bethel University originated as a seminary in Chicago in 1871. The school later relocated to Arden Hills, Minnesota and now serves nearly 6,000 students, with around 1,000 studying at the school’s seminary. The atmosphere on campus is religious, with many students participating in worship teams and outreach ministries.

    U.S. News and World Report has ranked Bethel as the 21st best regional university in the Midwest. The most popular majors are education, health sciences, and business.

  36. 36. Union University – Jackson, TN

    Union University

    • Religious Affiliation: Southern Baptist
    • Acceptance Rate: 75%
    • Retention Rate: 94%
    • Graduation Rate: 67%
    • Tuition: $26,880

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    Located in the city of Jackson, Union University is an old university, with a history stretching back to 1823. It has been ranked consistently by U.S. News and World Report as a regional leader: 13th among Southern regional universities. The college is openly dedicated to Christianity, with a strong statement of faith and a faculty and staff that integrate faith into their teaching and work.

    Health sciences and education are among the most popular majors for the university’s 2,500 students, and around 23% of the student body belongs to a fraternity or sorority.

  37. 37. University of Tulsa – Tulsa, OK

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    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 41%
    • Retention Rate: 86%
    • Graduation Rate: 66%
    • Tuition: $33,702

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    Ranked 86th nationwide by U.S. News and World Report, Tulsa offers a strong and reputable education. Its over 3,000 students are strongly encouraged to lead active lives through the over 200 student clubs, organizations, and Greek life. In fact, students receive 2 transcripts upon graduation, one for academics and the other for extracurricular activities.

    Started in 1894 after transforming from a Presbyterian girl’s school, the university maintains a relationship with the Presbyterian church, but religion is not a major part of its mission and many different beliefs and faiths are represented on campus.

  38. 38. Agnes Scott College – Decatur, GA

    Agnes Scott College

    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 62%
    • Retention Rate: 83%
    • Graduation Rate: 64%
    • Tuition: $33,702

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    The only all-women’s college on this list, Agnes Scott has been providing quality education to women since its founding as a female seminary in 1889. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Agnes Scott 89th among the best liberal arts colleges nationwide and, with under 1,000 students total, most classes have fewer than 20 students.

    Though the college maintains its relationship with the Presbyterian Church, students of all beliefs are admitted and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life supports activities and clubs for various faiths.

  39. 39. Hamline University – St. Paul, MN

    Hamline University

    • Religious Affiliation: United Methodist
    • Acceptance Rate: 70%
    • Retention Rate: 80%
    • Graduation Rate: 63%
    • Tuition: $35,108

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    A small school located in urban St. Paul, Hamline is an academic leader, ranked 11th best among Midwestern regional universities. There are around 50 areas of study to choose from and 40 different study abroad locations. At the same time, Hamline has a unique policy of ensuring students graduate within four years, or else the school covers the tuition for extra semesters.

    In the tradition of Methodist colleges and universities, Hamline has a secular curriculum and welcomes believers and nonbelievers of all types. Religious activities are supported by the university’s Wesley Center.

  40. 40. Covenant College – Lookout Mountain, GA

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    • Religious Affiliation: Presbyterian
    • Acceptance Rate: 57%
    • Retention Rate: 81%
    • Graduation Rate: 61%
    • Tuition: $29,100

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    With tuition at a low $29,000 a year and a ranking of 11th best South regional college by U.S. News and World report, Covenant offers a good education for a good price. And for those looking for a tight community, there is just a little over 1,000 students, of whom 83% live on campus. The campus is also quite religious, with Christianity a key part of the school’s mission and a requirement for students.

    There is no Greek life on this small campus, but intramural sports are extremely popular, with around 75% of students participating. And though the college in new, founded in 1955, it revels in its many community-oriented traditions.

  41. 41. Wisconsin Lutheran College – Milwaukee, WI

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    • Religious Affiliation: Lutheran
    • Acceptance Rate: 68%
    • Retention Rate: 74%
    • Graduation Rate: 58%
    • Tuition: $24,770

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    Founded just over 40 years ago, this small college of around 1,000 students located outside Milwaukee makes Christianity a central part of its mission and student life. Students are required to live a Christian lifestyle throughout their time at the university.

    Though a new institution, Wisconsin Lutheran College has made some impact on the rankings, being placed at 128th on Forbes Magazine’s list of the 600 best colleges nationwide. The most popular majors on campus are business and psychology.

  42. 42. Eureka College – Eureka, IL

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    • Religious Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    • Acceptance Rate: 73%
    • Retention Rate: 67%
    • Graduation Rate: 56%
    • Tuition: $20,060

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    A very small and intimate college in rural Illinois, Eureka has only 754 students, of whom about half live on campus. Though the college is small, it has a long history. Founded in 1848 by a group of anti-slavery activists, the school was the third in the country to educate both men and women. Abraham Lincoln spoke on the campus and President Ronald Reagan is an alumnus.

    U.S. News and World Report ranks the school 32 among Midwestern regional colleges. Though Eureka College has a religious affiliation, its curriculum and mission are secular.

  43. 43. North Greenville University – Tigerville, SC

    North Greenville University

    • Religious Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention
    • Acceptance Rate: 60%
    • Retention Rate: 73%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%
    • Tuition: $14,772

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    North Greenville University offers a tranquil and intimate setting in rural South Carolina, which is perfect for its roughly 2,200 religiously-minded students. Christianity is a key part of the school’s mission. Students are required to attend chapel services and many participate in one of several campus ministries.

    The most popular course of study is business and marketing, followed by liberal arts and theology. And for a tuition sticker price of only 14,772, NGU is a great buy.

  44. 44. Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, TX

    Dallas Baptist University

    • Religious Affiliation: Baptist
    • Acceptance Rate: 41%
    • Retention Rate: 74%
    • Graduation Rate: 54%
    • Tuition: $22,350

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    Founded as Decatur Baptist College in 1898, this Dallas school has grown into a medium-sized Christian university of roughly 3,500 students. Faith is a key part of the school’s mission and the campus ministry organizes many student events, such as Spiritual Rush, Live Pure, and Chapel Worship Teams.

    Though faith is key to campus life, there is a small Greek life scene involving about 13% of students. Many students eventually move off campus for housing in Dallas. About half of all students live in the dorms and 90% have cars.

  45. 45. Spring Arbor University – Spring Arbor Township, MI

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    • Religious Affiliation: Free Methodist Church
    • Acceptance Rate: 70%
    • Retention Rate: 74%
    • Graduation Rate: 53%
    • Tuition: $23,400

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    Founded in 1873 by leaders of the Free Methodist Church, Spring Arbor University adheres to its church roots with a strong religious core to its student life and academics. All students living on campus participate actively in weekly worship services. Most students live in dorms and participate in one or more of the over 50 extracurricular activities or student clubs.

    Out of the schools roughly 4,000 students, there are far more men than women, with a ratio of almost 7 to 3. The most popular major is teaching and education, followed by business at a distant second.

  46. 46. Hannibal-LaGrange University – Hannibal, MO

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    • Religious Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention
    • Acceptance Rate: 68%
    • Retention Rate: 61%
    • Graduation Rate: 52%
    • Tuition: $17,920

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    With just over one thousand students and a campus in rural Missouri, Hannibal-LaGrange offers an intimate and community-based Christian college experience. Almost 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students and regular chapel services are a required and essential part of the student experience, not to mention voluntary service opportunities and ministry teams.

    Nursing and elementary education are among the university’s most popular majors.

  47. 47. Drury University – Springfield, MO

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    • Religious Affiliation: Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)
    • Acceptance Rate: 87%
    • Retention Rate: 73%
    • Graduation Rate: 51%
    • Tuition: $22,665

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    Though a relatively small university of around 1,600 students, Drury prides itself on its active campus life. Located in the urban surroundings of Jackson, there are more than 100 student organizations, active Greek life, and regular spiritual events.

    Over 80% of classes have fewer than 20 students and the school is ranked 8th best among Midwestern regional universities by U.S. News and World Report. The school was founded in 1873 by Congregationalist missionaries, and though the affiliation continues, religion is not central to the school’s atmosphere or mission.

  48. 48. Campbell University – Bules Creek, NC

    Campbell University

    • Religious Affiliation: Baptist
    • Acceptance Rate: 29%
    • Retention Rate: 77%
    • Graduation Rate: 51%
    • Tuition: $26,240

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    In rural North Carolina, Campbell University provides its nearly 5,000 students with a quality education, being ranked as the 27th best Southern regional university by U.S. News and World Report.

    Founded by a minister in 1887, Campbell maintains its religious heritage today, through a mission thoroughly grounded in Christianity and a vibrant chapel and ministry community on campus.

  49. 49. University of Mobile – Mobile, AL

    University of Mobile

    • Religious Affiliation: Southern Baptist
    • Acceptance Rate: 80%
    • Retention Rate: 70%
    • Graduation Rate: 43%
    • Tuition: $18,540

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    As a Southern Baptist university, UM adheres to a clear statement of Christian belief. Likewise, faith plays a central role for most students, through programs like the Center for Leadership and Project Serve. Not to mention that all faculty and staff are committed Christians.

    The school ranks 27th among Southern regional universities, according to U.S. News and World Report. The female to male ratio at UM is nearly 7 to 3.

  50. 50. Rochester College – Rochester Hills, MI

    Rochester College

    • Religious Affiliation: Church of Christ
    • Acceptance Rate: 89%
    • Retention Rate: 61%
    • Graduation Rate: 36%
    • Tuition: $20,728

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    A small college of around 1,000 students, Rochester has been rooted is a Christian tradition since its recent founding in 1954. That being said, the school aims to foster an open, non-sectarian approach to its mission and student life.

    The large majority of classes at Rochester are small, with fewer than 20 students. The student body is a mix of resident students and commuters, and the most popular majors are communication, psychology, and business.

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