50 Top Christian Colleges

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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 50 best Christian colleges and universities in the nation.

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.

RANKING METHODOLOGY

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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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

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

    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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