Being a Christian doesn’t end with a worship service or a sermon. Nor does it end with community service or personal times of Bible study. Being a Christian is about transforming your whole self into a disciple of Christ. In addition to the three Christian virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, being a Christian also means living by faith and with compassion while learning to think critically in order to engage the world from a Christian worldview.
For high school students getting ready to start the next chapter in their lives it can be difficult to know how to choose the right college. Perhaps this is even more difficult for Christian students, where the scope one’s education goes beyond the classroom. At a Christian college, students participate in a learning environment that helps them grow both intellectually as well as spiritually. To help with this critical discernment process, the College Choice list of the 100 Best Christian Colleges and Universities is designed to help any student from any denomination find the college that will provide the right fit. Both large and small universities are listed, some more secular, and some deeply rooted in Bible-based teaching, but all have one thing in common—they believe that Christian faith is a powerful component of a life well lived, both personally and professionally.
College Choice Score: 100.00
Net Cost: $23,773
Pepperdine University was founded in 1937 and is a private, non-profit, research university that is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is located in Malibu, California, with six graduate campuses in Southern California and international campuses in Europe, China, and Latin America.
A beautiful campus that is situated close to the Pacific Ocean, it is a university that is proud of its Christian tradition and its commitment to serving all people through Christ. The school has a reputation for being one of the most inclusive schools on this list and embodies the ideals of Christian morals with a strong academic background that provides a good foundation on which any Christian can live their life.
College Choice Score: 93.54
Net Cost: $13,937
Taylor University is one of the oldest evangelical Christian colleges in the United States, having been founded in 1846. It is a private and interdenominational Christian college that is headquartered in Upland, Indiana. It has been consistently ranked as the best college in the Midwest since 2007.
Taylor University also provides its 90 undergraduate programs abroad as well, with campuses in Ecuador and in the Republic of Ireland. Each student is expected to engage in courses surrounding the life and lessons of Jesus Christ, and Bible studies are considered a hallmark of this school. It is a great fit for students who want to go on to serve their church later on in their careers.
John Brown University
College Choice Score: 91.52
Net Cost: $18,924
A private interdenominational Christian liberal arts college, John Brown University was formed in 1919. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. It is located in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with regional centers in Little Rock, Forth Smith, and Rogers, Arkansas.
As one of the best Christian programs in Arkansas, John Brown University has the distinction of having a faculty in which the majority have a doctoral or terminal degree in the area of study they teach. Classes are small and available both online and on-campus for a flexible schedule to meet all of the student’s needs.
Also integral to life at John Brown University is the variety of student organizations, ministries, athletics, and other clubs that are available to partake in for a break from studies. All in all, the school is considered one of the most fulfilling places for spiritual development of Christian students.
College Choice Score: 89.12
Net Cost: $25,626
As Alabama’s top-ranked university, Samford University is the 87th oldest college in the States and is nationally ranked for its academic program. It was founded in 1841 and is located in Homewood, Alabama. It is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist Convention.
Nobel Peace Prize winners, Rhodes Scholars, politicians, and actors have all enrolled and graduated from Samford University, and students from 32 different countries are also counted as graduates. The school has a record of academic excellence, and of particular note is the Beeson Divinity School, which has a reputation for being one of the best divinity schools in the country.
College Choice Score: 88.06
Net Cost: $21,944
Union University was founded in 1823 in Jackson, Tennessee, and operates two other campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville, Tennessee. It is affiliated with the Tennessee Baptist and also the Southern Baptist Convention. It is one of the oldest universities in the South.
The school is one of the top tier institutions in the Southern Region for the past 20 years and has the distinction of having educated a standing United States Supreme Court Justice.
Union University is Christ-centered, both in education and in campus life. Ministry is an integral part of school life, with many opportunities for Christian-centered service both on and off campus for students and faculty.
St. Olaf College
College Choice Score: 87.84
Net Cost: $26,915
Founded in 1874 in Northfield, Minnesota, St. Olaf College was named after Patron Saint Olaf II of Norway and is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. It is a private liberal arts college with a 3,000 strong student body and is one of the best Christian universities in the country.
St. Olaf has the distinction of having graduated five Rhodes Scholars since 1995, as well as being a university in which more than half of their graduating classes find employment within a year of their graduation.
Each student at St. Olaf is required to finish a course in foundational studies that includes biblical and theological studies along with other humanities courses before applying for a major in 39 majors with 19 concentrations.
College Choice Score: 86.11
Net Cost: $32,932
Chapman University was established in 1861 and is a non-profit, private university that is located in Orange, California. It is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). The university has eight colleges, including a school of law and a school of pharmacy. It was one of the first universities to admit both men and women, having admitted both sexes and all races since its founding.
Chapman University is also home to the Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education and the Samueli Holocaust Memorial Library, which remain as a beacon of understanding and religious tolerance within the university itself.
The school is rooted in the idea that morals and academics are meant to be studied congruently, leading to a well-rounded education that offers religious and rational discussions in all courses.
Gustavus Adolphus College
College Choice Score: 85.99
Net Cost: $24,535
Established in 1862 in St. Peter, Minnesota, Gustavus Adolphus College is a residential institution that is firmly rooted in the Swedish and Lutheran heritage from which it was created. The school is named for King Gustavus Adolphus of Sweden, who was the reigning monarch of Sweden when the school was renamed in 1873.
It is best known for being the site of the annual Nobel Conference, an event that sees Nobel Laureates and other scholars coming together in forums to explain their expertise to the public.
GAU is ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges in the United States and has a track record of excellence among its students and faculty. The school is also known for its Three Crowns Curriculum, a program that has an interdisciplinary focus on faith and service-oriented fields.
College Choice Score: 84.76
Net Cost: $25,625
Founded in 1860 by abolitionists, Wheaton College is a private, non-profit Christian liberal arts college that is located in Wheaton, Illinois. It offers 40 majors at the undergraduate level to a student body that includes students from over 50 countries and 55 church denominations.
It is rooted in the evangelical Protestant tradition and has the distinction of being a stop on the Underground Railroad. It was also the university that graduated Illinois’ first African-American college graduate.
What sets Wheaton College apart from other schools is that over 95% of the school’s faculty holds a doctoral or terminal degree in their area of expertise. The school has a reputation for academic excellence that is rooted in deep faith and has been consistently ranked as one of the top 100 schools in America.
College Choice Score: 84.71
Net Cost: 20,399
Asbury University was founded in 1890 as a private Christian liberal arts university. It is located in Wilmore, Kentucky. It is known as one of the best liberal arts colleges and is consistently ranked in the third tier of such rankings.
Although Asbury University is considered a non-denominational school, it wasn’t always that way, and the tradition in which it began—the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition—is still evident in the school’s 50 majors.
Asbury University is a member of the Christian College Consortium and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and is hailed as one of the best small Christian universities to attend for its marriage of Christian ethics and academic rigor.
College Choice Score: 84.49
Net Cost: $20,719
Earlham College is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1847 by Quakers and is located in Richmond, Indiana. It is still affiliated with the Quakers and was created as a boarding school for Quaker adolescents. It is notable for having produced two Nobel laureates.
Earlham is an undergraduate college with access to two graduate programs, both that are related to teaching. There is also one affiliated graduate school—the Earlham School of Religion.
In keeping with the tradition of Quakers, Earlham students are expected to volunteer hours of community service in the surrounding town, including through ministry and other programs.
College Choice Score: 84.19
Net Cost: $25,750
Founded in 1890, Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college in Spokane, Washington. It offers over 50 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to nearly 3,000 students every year. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and teaches from the Presbyterian tradition.
The school is known as one of the best Christian colleges in the Western region, and it’s all down to a singular feature that fosters a tight-knit community that the student body truly enjoys—autonomy. The majority of the student body lives on campus in one of the ten residence halls, and each residence hall holds their own meetings to create rules to live by for that academic year. This feature allows the students to feel like they are in a real community, not just a campus, and it has helped build long-lasting friendships and a sense of responsibility that this university is known for.
College Choice Score: 83.94
Net Cost: $24,873
Luther College was founded in 1861 as a Lutheran seminary and is now a private liberal arts college that is located in Decorah, Iowa. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The school is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is a member of the Associated Colleges of the Midwest and the Annapolis Group.
Luther College focuses solely on undergraduate degrees, offering degrees in over 40 areas of study, along with nine pre-professional programs, including Pre-Ministry and Pre-Optometry. It is nationally ranked as one of the top 100 liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report. It is also known for College Ministries, a program that serves Lutheran students by providing worship and fellowship opportunities and the ability to meet with pastors and other members of the church. This program is led by the Luther College Student Congregation that helps guide the ministry to providing spiritual support for members of the student body.
College Choice Score: 82.77
Net Cost: $25,478
A private liberal arts college located in Danville, Kentucky, Centre College is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and was founded in 1819, making it the oldest institution to make it on this list. The college was founded by Presbyterian leaders, and it was officially chartered by the Kentucky General Assembly. It is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.
Centre College is currently ranked in the top 50 colleges that have a focus on the liberal arts. It is also ranked 10th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching.
While the school is not altogether religious, there is some teaching done in the Presbyterian tradition, with Biblical studies available as a minor.
College Choice Score: 82.32
Net Cost: $16,976
Named as a “College of Distinction” for its core humanities programs, Milligan College is one of the best Christian schools in the United States. it was founded in 1866 and is affiliated with the Christian Churches of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). It is located in Johnson City, Tennessee with a school body totaling just under 1,200 students.
With a strong Christian foundation, Milligan College expects the same for all of its students. To this end, the school requires each graduate to participate in the Spiritual Formation Program, which involves 150 hours of attending chapel and church ministry programs, volunteering within the community, and other events meant to strengthen a student’s relationship to Christian ethics.
Agnes Scott College
College Choice Score: 82.06
Net Cost: $19,902
Agnes Scott College is a private college that is located in Decatur, Georgia. It was founded in 1889 as a female seminary by Presbyterian minister Frank H. Gaines and is named after the mother of the college’s primary benefactor at its beginning. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of the USA.
It is the only university on this list to have the distinction of being a women‘s only college and holds a student body roster of just under 1000 women. Every single faculty member, without exception, holds terminal degrees in their chosen field.
North Central College
College Choice Score: 82.01
Net Cost: $22,715
North Central College is located in Naperville, Illinois and is a liberal arts college that is part of the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
The school is singular in its use of the quarter-based academic calendar, allowing students more flexibility with their schedule. NCC offers 70 areas of studies that marry the arts and sciences for interdisciplinary degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Part of the rigorous academic curriculum that is expected of all students is the religious and ethics course, which helps students find their faith out in the real world and in their chosen area of study. While the school prides itself on interdisciplinary collaboration and study, faith-based subjects have proven to be the most popular.
College Choice Score: 81.96
Net Cost: $17,846
A small liberal arts university located in Orange City, Iowa, Northwestern College was established in 1882 and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
NC is known for being an intentionally Reformed, Christian academic school that outlines Christian traditions with many other aspects of campus life. Worship services are provided twice a week, and students lead a Sunday evening service of praise and worship.
The marriage of Christian ideas with academic excellence has created a college where morals are just as admired as educational accomplishments, making for a well-rounded graduate.
College of the Ozarks
College Choice Score: 81.79
Net Cost: $14,152
College of the Ozarks is a Christian liberal arts college that is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. It is located in Point Lookout, Missouri. A small college, this school provides 30 academic majors in undergraduate degree programs to their student body, which numbers less than 1,400.
This school has an interesting approach to educating their students—the school does not require students to pay tuition. In lieu of payment, each student works certain hours per week and during school breaks to cover room and board costs. This works while keeping with the school’s motto of placing emphasis on character-building education, such as working for education.
Along with its unusual approach to tuition, the school also offers a variety of faith-based organizations for students, which help foster a feeling of belonging and community within the small campus.
The Master’s College and Seminary
College Choice Score: 81.39
Net Cost: $15,226
The Master’s College and Seminary was founded in 1927 to spiritually prepare students for success in the workplace as well as at home. It is located in downtown Los Angeles and is affiliated with a non-denominational evangelical Christian church. They are also accredited by the Association of Christian Schools and the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.
This school is dedicated to a divinity and faith-based education. All students pass through a rigorous liberal arts foundation before entering into one of 13 available majors with over 50 concentrations. Field students can choose from including Biblical Counseling and Studies and a teaching certification.
College Choice Score: 81.03
Net Cost: $22,463
A private liberal arts college that was founded in 1876 in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is also a member of the Associated Colleges of the South and remains one of the most secular colleges on this list.
Initially designed as a male college, that changed in 1889, when women were also permitted to join the university. Students can now choose from 34 majors and 38 minors, with degrees ranging from undergraduate to graduate degrees.
The school is recognized for being the lead institution of a consortium of higher education institutions that host over 200 students from the country of Rwanda.
College Choice Score: 80.89
Net Cost: 23,403
Once affiliated with the General Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church in North America, Cedarville University is currently a private, independent university that adheres to the Christian traditional of moral and academic excellence. It is located in Cedarville, Ohio and is chartered by the state.
Cedarville is known for the assimilation of Christian traditions into school and campus life. Requirements for attending this school include a minor in Bible Studies, regular church attendance, and a commitment to the authority of the Scripture. But the rigors of campus and school life make for some of the most sought-after graduates working in Christian-centered careers.
Pacific Lutheran University
College Choice Score: 80.54
Net Cost: $24,489
Pacific Lutheran University is a private university founded in 1890 that offers liberal arts and professional school programs located in Tacoma, Washington. It is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The school provides a strong academic curriculum in the Lutheran tradition and is known for their excellence, especially in graduate programs. PLU offers 44 majors and 54 minors across all levels of education, with a focus on professional degrees and programs.
Along with the tenets of Lutheran higher education, PLU holds the distinction of being the first university in the nation to have students studying abroad on all seven continents at the same time. It is also recognized for their efforts in providing low-income students with the possibility of studying abroad through an endowment set up specifically for that purpose.
Oklahoma Baptist University
College Choice Score: 80.26
Net Cost: $15,790
Oklahoma Baptist University is owned, operated by, and affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. It was established in 1910 and is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma. It was also ranked as one of the top five undergraduate colleges in the Western region of the United States. It is also considered the top university in the state and has consistently been ranked as one of the best Christian programs in the U.S.
One of the highlights of Oklahoma Baptist University is the Joe L. Ingram School of Christian Service, which focuses on a Christian academic environment for those who are looking to serve their church after graduation.
But it is far from being an academic-only school. Campus life is rich with opportunities for students, from Bible study groups to athletics, and each student is made to feel welcome at this small, community-oriented school.
College Choice Score: 80.24
Net Cost: $33,720
Located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is a private Baptist university that was chartered in 1845 by the last Congressional session of the Republic of Texas. It is the oldest operating university in Texas and the largest Baptist university in the world. It is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
While the school is deeply rooted in the Baptist tradition, Baylor University is known for being one of the top 100 schools in America, a distinction brought on by the school’s drive towards academic excellence in all areas.
However, ministry and religious activities are still the most popular programs for students on campus, bringing about a sense of community and faith-based service to this 16,000 strong student body.
College Choice Score: 80.08
Net Cost: $23,632
Established in 1860 as a seminary by the Scandinavian Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, this private liberal arts college is located in Rock Island, Illinois, with an annual student body enrollment of 2,500 students. Augustana College is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Living and working in the Lutheran tradition, this selective school provides their students with top-notch professors and staff, all working tirelessly to offer their students the best education they have to offer. Although biblical and theological studies remain a mainstay of this university, it has since expanded to offer a slew of liberal arts majors and disciplines.
College Choice Score: 79.99
Net Cost: $21,474
LeTourneau University is a private applied arts and sciences interdenominational Christian university that was founded in 1947 in Longview, Texas. The school focuses on engineering, aeronautical science, business, and education, among other subjects, with a robust online portal for hybrid students and education centers in Dallas and Houston, Texas.
This school is distinctive because it was founded in order to give returning soldiers, who’d fought in World War II, a chance at educating themselves to find work in the civilian world. As a result, the school’s pioneering excellence in aeronautical and engineering education has placed it as one of the best Christian educational centers in the South.
College Choice Score: 79.58
Net Cost: $26,729
Established in 1915, Allegheny College is a private liberal arts college in Meadville, Pennsylvania, and is the oldest college in continuous existence under the same name. It is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association and is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
Allegheny focuses on interdisciplinary studies, with students often choosing to minor in religious studies with a major in sciences or liberal arts. It is this interdisciplinary track that allows so many of their students to become exceptional career-minded people once they graduate.
College Choice Score: 79.13
Net Cost: $22,243
Founded in 1891, Lipscomb University is a private liberal arts college in Nashville, Tennessee, and it is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. The affiliation is so strong that potential faculty members are required to provide proof of their membership in a Church of Christ before being hired by the university.
But this college, when it comes to academics, is all about choice. Most degree programs offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels can be completed with the use of the college’s hybrid programs, which marry campus courses with courses offered online for easier completion of the degree by the students.
The Christian faith is strong at Lipscomb University, and it remains as a cornerstone of the experience of completing a degree. Christian ethics and faith can be found at all levels of campus life, from clubs and organizations to community service.
College Choice Score: 79.13
Net Cost: $36,330
Established in 1848 and affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Muhlenberg College is a private liberal arts college located in Allentown, Pennsylvania. It is named after the German patriarch of the Lutheran Church in America.
It was originally established as a seminary, but the school now offers undergraduate and graduate degrees on a variety of subjects.
But aside from the available programs, there are a sheer number of ways a student can go about getting their degree. From hybrid programs to study abroad programs and double majoring, Muhlenberg allows their students to choose a track with the flexibility they need in order for them to complete their degree on their own schedule.
College Choice Score: 79.07
Net Cost: $21,902
Transylvania University, which was established in 1780, is the first university created in the state of Kentucky and among the oldest universities in the United States. It is a private, non-profit university that is located in Lexington, Kentucky, and offers 36 programs, along with a unique dual-degree engineering program, accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
TU is an aspiring research institution that takes from its affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in order to reach their goal of being accredited as a research university.
However, it does hold the distinction of being the alma mater of two U.S. Vice Presidents, two US Supreme Court Justices, over 150 Congressmen and 36 governors. Its medical program has also graduated 8000 physicians since the year 1859.
College Choice Score: 78.63
Net Cost: $16,516
Harding University was established in 1924 and is located in Searcy, Arkansas. It is a private liberal arts university that has satellite campuses all over the world. It has close affiliations with the Churches of Christ. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The school enjoys a College of Bible and Ministry, as well as a School of Theology, which is located in Memphis, Tennessee. The faith-based teachings of the Churches of Christ can be seen all throughout the core curriculum as well as in more specialized concentrations among religious majors.
Abilene Christian University
College Choice Score: 78.57
Net Cost: $25,143
Founded in 1906 as a private university, Abilene Christian University is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is located in Abilene, Texas, and has over 4,000 students who take part in its educational curriculum every year.
Abilene Christian University takes its mission of preparing students for Christian service very seriously. It has the distinction of being the largest U.S. organization to have a requirement of daily chapel attendance and Bible courses for each student, with no exceptions.
Aside from the stringent faith requirements, ACU also has another distinction—the success of its students. The school provides 125 areas of study from the undergraduate to doctoral levels. And students who successfully complete the ACU pre-professional program tend to be accepted into their school of choice at twice the national average rate.
College Choice Score: 78.41
Net Cost: $23,238
Covenant College was established in 1955 in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, by the Bible Presbyterian Church. It remains affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America. It stands with the Reformed and Presbyterian traditions.
The college is surrounded by beauty and nature, making it the perfect backdrop to the school’s dedication to Bible-based teachings. All academic inquiries made at Covenant College are rooted in a Biblical frame of reference, creating a foundation of study that leads to graduate work at the seminary level for serious students.
The school has the distinction of being the site of the merger that created the Reformed Presbyterian Church, Evangelical Synod. It is deeply rooted in the Presbyterian church, and many religious leaders have graduated from this idyllic college on the mountain.
Seattle Pacific University
College Choice Score: 78.20
Net Cost: $25,990
Seattle Pacific University began as a seminary school in 1891 when it was founded by the Free Methodist Church, of which it is still affiliated with. It is located in Seattle, Washington and is a member of the Christian College Consortium.
The school, with over 60 undergraduate programs and 15 graduate programs, has a history of excellence in the spiritual formation of their students. But that is not all that the school is known for. SPU has extended their services to helping their students find careers. The Center for Career and Calling helps graduating students prepare for the job hunt after university and also provides some students with job opportunities.
College Choice Score: 78.13
Net Cost: $26,837
Founded in 1842 as a seminary school, Bethel University is a Christian college that is accredited to award degrees up to master’s degree. It is located in McKenzie, Tennessee with satellite campuses located all across the state, including in Memphis and Nashville. It is affiliated with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
There are 32 majors on offer at Bethel, with the most popular subjects being marketing and business related. However, the school is also known for its strong showing as an athletic school, and it offers over 20 Varsity NAIA sports along with club sports such as bowling and cheerleading.
College Choice Score: 78.06
Net Cost: 18,216
Bethel College was formed in 1947 as a Christian liberal arts college, and it is located in Mishawaka, Indiana. It is affiliated with the Missionary Church, an evangelical Christian group dedicated to empowering Christians with Biblical studies. The school offers continuing education and distance programs as part of its core offerings.
As a small college, Bethel is able to offer students traditional programs within a Christian academic environment. The school offers study abroad programs as well as the opportunity to join a Task Force ministry team, which are sent out on missionary trips all around the world. This is possible due to the focused view of Christian education designed for a real-world implementation.
College Choice Score: 77.96
Net Cost: $22,177
Central College is a private residential liberal arts college founded in 1853. The school is located in Pella, Iowa, and is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America.
Central College is dedicated to helping students discover their greatest potential through the Christian tradition of open inquiry, vigorous study, faith in God, and the pursuit of academic excellence.
The school is accredited by the American Chemical Society, the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, and the Higher Learning Commission.
College Choice Score: 77.86
Net Cost: $17,186
Established in 1880, Presbyterian College is a four-year private liberal arts college that is located in Clinton, South Carolina. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. The school is a Carnegie One Liberal Arts College and is fully accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It provides undergraduate degrees in a variety of disciplines and majors, as well as graduate and postgraduate degrees.
Presbyterian College is known for having six Carnegie/CASE South Carolina Professor of the Year Award winners among their staff.
College Choice Score: 77.58
Net Cost: $25,078
A private, coeducational, liberal arts college in Holland, Michigan, Hope College was founded in 1866 as a pioneer school by Dutch immigrants. It currently holds an affiliation with the Reformed Church in America. It shares space with the Western Theological Seminary school since 1884.
Hope College provides for teaching in the Reformed tradition and currently holds requirements for students to learn about faith through core offerings that are mandatory for graduation.
College Choice Score: 77.52
Net Cost: $32,548
American University was founded in 1893 by a Congress charter and is a private research university that makes its home in Washington, D.C. with an affiliation with the United Methodist Church. It is the home of the Washington College of Law and is ranked 8th in the world for its graduate programs.
It is the most politically active school in the nation, undoubtedly thanks to the close proximity to the nation’s capital. Although the school enjoys an affiliation with a Christian denomination, the school remains secular in all aspects.
College Choice Score: 76.90
Net Cost: $14,257
Carson-Newman University, one of the best Christian universities in the state of Tennessee, is a Christian liberal arts school that is located in Jefferson City, Tennessee. It was founded by the Tennessee Baptists in 1851 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The school offers a complete college experience for students, including varsity sports, school clubs and organizations, drama groups, and more. Students are encouraged to take an active part in college life, and Bible study groups are also available for those who wish to practice their faith as part of a community.
Nevertheless, it is best known for its community service efforts and is one of the two universities to receive the Presidential Award for General Community Service on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll.
California Lutheran University
College Choice Score: 76.84
Net Cost: $29,718
California Lutheran University is a private, liberal arts university that is located in Thousand Oaks, California. It was founded in 1959 by members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but is non-denominational in tone and tradition.
The school may have “Lutheran” in the name, but it is far more secular than most schools on this list, making it an easy school to transition to for Christians who want to have a practical education with ministry and outreach programs available in campus life.
University of Indianapolis
College Choice Score: 76.72
Net Cost: $22,336
A private coeducational university that is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, this school was founded in 1902 by the United Methodist Church, with which it is still associated with. The University of Indianapolis offers all degrees available at a college level and has degree program partnerships with universities in China and Belize.
The University of Indianapolis provides faith-based organizations and ministry opportunities for full-time students, even offering ministry trips on occasion. While this school is a bit less strict on faith-based teachings, it is nevertheless rooted strongly in the Methodist tradition.
College Choice Score: 76.70
Net Cost: $26,865
Campbell University is a private university affiliated with the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. It is located in Buies Creek, North Carolina. It is a liberal arts and sciences university with the singular distinction of providing students with both theory and vocational educational opportunities as well as hosting several professional schools.
Campbell University is also home to the Campbell University Divinity School, offering both undergraduate and graduate level degrees. For those who are interested in law, the Norman A Wiggins School of Law is frequently listed as one of the best 100 law schools in the country.
College Choice Score: 76.56
Net Cost: $20,551
Established in 1886, Alma College is a private liberal arts college that is headquartered in Alma, Michigan. It is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
The school offers five degrees at an undergraduate level in 41 majors, and all students are encouraged to spend time away from campus by opting for service learning and study abroad opportunities designed to take their education into the real world.
Alma College continues to be recognized as one of the best Christian schools to attend within the United States and it currently ranks as one of the best schools in the Midwest.
College Choice Score: 76.03
Net Cost: $16,537
Monmouth College is a private liberal arts college located in Monmouth, Illinois, where it is an exclusively undergraduate institution with 35 majors, 30 minors, and 16 pre-professional programs. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church USA.
Monmouth College is known for their exceptional engagement between students and teachers, which often results in original scholarly work on behalf of the student. This is an accomplishment many students strive for, and it is common for students at Monmouth to be published or recognized for their work before they even graduate.
College Choice Score: 75.93
Net Cost: $24,187
Established in 1955 and affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church in North America, this private liberal arts college is located in Sioux Center, Iowa, and has been consistently ranked as one of the best colleges in the Midwest region for over 20 years. It also has the distinction of being ranked as one of the top 50 best Christians colleges in the United States.
Dordt College is dedicated to a Reformed Christian perspective in education and is led by the idea that the Bible is the word of God and should be studied as such. Christian education is at the forefront of this college, but the school also offers 90 other programs at various levels of education for a well-rounded college dedicated to empowering their student body.
College Choice Score: 75.59
Net Cost: $19,434
Simpson College was established in 1860 and is named after the renown Methodist minister Matthew Simpson, who spoke at Abraham Lincoln’s funeral. It is a four-year liberal arts institution that’s located in Indianola, Iowa. It is accredited by the North Central Association and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church.
The school has more than 40 fields that cover majors, minors, and pre-professional studies. Courses are structured in a 4-4-1 term format, meaning there are two four-month terms and a three-week course held in May. This makes it easier for students to take advantage of other learning experiences such as study abroad or internship programs while they continue with their studies.
Simpson College is a unique college on this list as it has a primary emphasis on a comprehensive education and does not require religious courses for graduation. The school still teaches from a Methodist perspective but chooses to provide students with an overall understanding of the world through scientific and religious means.
College Choice Score: 75.32
Net Cost: $23,089
A school that has called many towns its home, Corban University is now headquartered in Salem, Oregon, where it is a private college, independent of any affiliation. It is dedicated to academic excellence, both in faith-based education and liberal arts education.
This school is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, offering students a full line of Biblical studies programs to choose from, including ministry, education, and counseling.
As a small school with less than 2,000 students enrolled, Corban University prides itself on its commitment to Christian worship. They also strive for a quality educational setting that encourages students to learn and grow, both in the classroom and in their own spiritual development.
Point Loma Nazarene University
College Choice Score: 74.69
Net Cost: $29,013
This Christian liberal arts college is located on the hills overlooking San Diego, California. It was established in 1902 by the Church of the Nazarene and is one of the foremost Bible colleges in the United States. It is considered one of the best Christian schools on the West coast.
A unique feature of PLNU is the addition of the School of Theology and Christian Ministry, which focuses on a student’s spiritual formation through the study of Christian subject. The school offers study abroad opportunities for students, and currently has over 60 areas of study to meet any student’s need.
College Choice Score: 74.35
Net Cost: $25,100
Calvin College was formed in 1876 and is named after the 16th-century Protestant Reformer and theologist John Calvin. It is a private liberal arts institution of the Christian Reformed Church that teaches a Reformed tradition of Protestantism.
Many of Calvin College’s organizations revolve around Christian services, such as the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and the Nurses Christian Fellowship. However, the school is known for much more than that, with the organizations depicted on campus including sports clubs like the Calvin Rugby Union and the Calvin Equestrian club; political clubs such as International Amnesty, Calvin College Conservatives and Democrats; and environmental clubs like the Environmental Stewardship Coalition.
College Choice Score: 74.24
Net Cost: $32,852
Founded in 1937 as an interdenominational Christian liberal arts college, Westmont College is located in Montecito, California. It is not currently affiliated with any Christian denomination or organization.
Westmont recently ranked in the top 100 best liberal arts colleges in the United States, with its academic programs, quality and standards of the faculty, and low classroom size all used as markers to create the ranking.
This school offers 26 majors as well as 11 pre-professional programs, and it is one of the top schools in the country for Christ-minded students to attend, specifically when it comes to campus life. Students have the opportunity to partake in a ministry program to Mexico as well as various other activities that marry faith and community service.
Palm Beach Atlantic University
College Choice Score: 73.16
Net Cost: 20,056
Palm Beach Atlantic University is a faith-based interdenominational university with a focus on liberal arts and exclusive professional studies. It is located in West Palm Beach, Florida and is affiliated with the Christian denomination.
Campus life is filled with ministry, and chapel services are held four times a week as a requirement for all students, who must attend at least 24 chapels within an academic year.
Workship is also a requirement for students, allowing them to try out their chosen vocation before committing to a degree in that particular field.
College Choice Score: 72.82
Net Cost: $22,014
Bluffton University is a Christian liberal arts college that was founded in 1899 by the General Conference Mennonite Church and continues an affiliation with the Mennonite Church USA. It is located in Bluffton, Ohio, where the stated mission is to prepare students for service to people in God’s kingdom.
BU offers 85 majors, minors, interdisciplinary programs, and graduate programs, and is unique in the sense that students are expected to uphold an honor system that is woven throughout their campus lives. They are even asked to sit for exams without proctors and sign honor pledges on each exam to help prepare them for a life of honesty and integrity.
College Choice Score: 72.31
Net Cost: $26,106
Founded by the Brethren in Christ Church, this currently non-denominational college is a private liberal arts and applied arts and sciences institution that is located in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. It has roots in Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions, all of which are still honored through the college’s courses and academic standards.
Messiah College features general education requirements that blend theology with general studies—sample required courses are theology courses, philosophy, and a first-year seminar course called Created and Called for Community, a course that explains Christian ethics in modern society.
And while many students would benefit from spending time on campus, the school recognizes the need to provide courses and opportunities for students who have family and work obligations. The Messiah College online portal is created so that students can function on a hybrid schedule, taking a course online and at the campus as is convenient for them.
George Fox University
College Choice Score: 71.62
Net Cost: $24,404
Founded in 1885 by Quaker pioneers, the George Fox University is a Christian institution with a reputation for premier education in the liberal arts and professional studies. It is located in Newberg, Oregon, with satellite centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Oregon. It is affiliated with the Northwest Yearly Meeting of Friends.
George Fox University is also home to the George Fox Evangelical Seminary, which provides a Doctor of Ministry in three tracks, including Leadership and Global Perspective and Semiotics and Future Studies tracks. It is considered one of the best seminaries in the country for serious Christian students.
College Choice Score: 71.33
Net Cost: $30,352
Founded in 1958 in St. Petersburg, Florida, Eckerd College is a private liberal arts college that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of the USA.
The school is based on a commitment to a sustainable and environmentally friendly campus, leading students to marry their faith with the ethical programs, such as the Yellow Bike program, in order to better serve Christ by taking care of earth.
Eckerd College continues to forge their sustainable and faith-based programs into the hearts and minds of their students, building a student body who thinks first of compassion and ethics.
Oklahoma City University
College Choice Score: 71.15
Net Cost: $25,056
Historically affiliated with the United Methodist Church after its founding in 1904, Oklahoma City University is an urban, private university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It features a roster of just under 4,000 students in eight colleges and one Methodist seminary, while also being accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Students can dual majors in any of the 70 undergraduate majors, and there are also graduate and postgraduate degrees available. The school is classified as a Master’s college and university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, and most of the schools are nationally recognized for their academic excellence.
North Park University
College Choice Score: 70.71
Net Cost: $18,724
North Park University is a private university that was established in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, sharing a campus with this denomination’s sole seminary. It is located in the North Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois.
The university marries deep Christian faith with a liberal arts education, offering over 40 majors for undergraduate degrees along with graduate and seminary programs. Most programs can be done partially online, allowing for a hybrid schedule for students who need a little more flexibility.
With its close proximity to Chicago, the school fits right at home with the cultural and social activities afforded to it by being so close to a major metropolitan city.
Indiana Wesleyan University
College Choice Score: 70.61
Net Cost: $23,721
Formed in 1920 and affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, Indiana Wesleyan University is the largest member of the Council for Christian Colleges and University and is the single largest private university in the state of Indiana. It is a private, liberal arts, evangelical Christian university with an aim of providing the best Christian programs for all prospective students.
The school is known for excellence in academic programs for residential students as well as distance learning and continuing education students. It offers over 100 degrees at the undergraduate level and also includes Wesley Seminary, which focuses on studies such as theology, apologetics, ministry, and much more.
Roberts Wesleyan College
Roberts Wesleyan College was founded in 1866 as the first Christ-centered liberal arts college for the Free Methodists in North America. It is affiliated with the Free Methodists as well as being a member of the Council of Independent Colleges and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. It is located in Rochester, New York.
The school is also home to Northeastern Seminary, a theology graduate school. It has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and is recognized as one of the best Christian universities in the country.
Community service, informed through Christian ethics, is a cornerstone of this school’s overall dedication to creating moral and career-oriented adults. Both local and international opportunities for service exist at Roberts Wesleyan College.
College Choice Score: 70.19
Net Cost: $19,773
Goshen College, which was founded in 1894, is a small private liberal arts college in Goshen, Indiana. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Church and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It keeps up with the Christian Mennonite traditions but accepts students of all faiths. It is currently ranked in the third tier of national liberal arts colleges.
The school has the distinction of being home to the Mennonite Historical Library, which houses over 75,000 volumes of Anabaptist material. It is the largest collection of this material in the United States.
The school offers 37 majors at both the undergraduate and graduate level, but what really sets this college apart from the rest is the Study-Service Term. This is a term where students work, study, and live in another country, learning about that culture and history while engaging service-oriented work.
College Choice Score: 69.98
Net Cost: $22,607
Anderson University was established in 1917 as a private Christian institution. It is affiliated with the Church of God and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. It is consistently ranked as one of the best regional universities in the Midwest. It is located in Anderson, Indiana and offers over 60 undergraduate majors as well as graduate and seminary programs.
The Christian-based education provided at Anderson University is unusual, as the school thrives on providing students with the opportunity to learn how to become comfortable with the conflicts that arise when one has the Christian faith in a secular world. It allows the students to learn about conflict-resolution when others do not share their viewpoint, making for an extremely useful educational environment in this changing world.
Vanguard University of Southern California
College Choice Score: 69.13
Net Cost: $24,229
As a nonprofit, private Christian university which is located in Costa Mesa, California, Vanguard University of Southern California stands out from the crowd with a few distinctions. It is the only college on this list to have an affiliation with the Assemblies of God, and in 1939, 19 years after it was founded, was chartered by California—the first Christian institution in the state to be so chartered.
It is ranked in the top 15 best Western colleges in the country and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It is also the only school on the list to offer a Master of Theological Studies.
College Choice Score: 69.07
Net Cost: $20,920
Currently ranked as the best liberal arts college in the U.S., Houghton College is a Christian liberal arts school in Houghton, New York. It was established as a private university in 1883 and is affiliated with the Wesleyan Church, along with being a member of both the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the Christian College Consortium.
Students will find that along with an excellent foundation in Bible studies and Christian-based studies, the school offers the opportunity for specialized instruction. Classes average about 15 students, and the faculty is always available to discuss a student’s concerns.
College Choice Score: 68.99
Net Cost: $18,045
A school that has been around for over 150 years, Erskine College is a private Christian college that is located in Due West, South Carolina. It was formed by the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church as a college to provide spiritual evolution along with a strong educational foundation.
The school is known as a beacon of pride in South Carolina and is considered one of the best Christian colleges in the country. With the dual mission of providing students with both moral and academic excellence, Erskine College provides a unique opportunity to grow within a faith-based college.
One of the features the school is best known for is its graduate theological seminary, which has counted many of the Christian leaders in the US as graduates. Although a small school, Erskine uses this to its advantage and has cultivated a strong-knit community based on mutual respect and academic curiosity.
Warner Pacific College
College Choice Score: 68.43
Net Cost: $22,053
Warner Pacific College is an urban college that is located in Portland, Oregon. It was founded in 1937 and is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. It is also affiliated with the Church of God.
The school offers 27 majors, pre-professional studies, and 29 minors, most of which are based in theological, biblical, or otherwise religious studies. The school is also known for their international student body and an on-campus library that boasts upwards of 60,000 volumes on a range of subjects.
College Choice Score: 68.43
Net Cost: $21,284
Created in 1891 by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and laypersons with an affinity for Christian worship, Hardin-Simmons University is a private Baptist university in Abilene, Texas. It is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
The school offers a variety of degrees in undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels. It also offers pre-professional programs in seminary, law, medicine, and more. Even so, the school is best known for its community life. Weekly activities and forums are held so that the student body—which totals less than 3,000 students—can share concerns and accomplishments in a harmonious assembly.
Hardin-Simmons is also known for its outreach programs, Bible study groups, and opportunities to serve as missionaries abroad, making it one of the best Christian colleges for students who are serious about entering into ministry after college.
Walla Walla University
College Choice Score: 67.74
Net Cost: $23,766
Walla Walla University was founded in 1892 and is affiliated with the Seventh-Day Adventist Church. It is private liberal arts and technical programs university that is located in College Place, Washington. It is accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges while also being denominationally accredited.
Walla Walla University’s campus ministry is operated by the Chaplain’s Office of the University, which also overlooks Student Missions. These programs were created to provide all students with opportunities to provide services to the community at large while practicing the tenets taught in the classroom—generosity in service and faith in God.
Nebraska Wesleyan University
College Choice Score: 67.37
Net Cost: $23,514
Founded in 1887 by Nebraska Methodists, Nebraska Wesleyan University retains an affiliation with the United Methodist Church. It is a private university located in Lincoln, Nebraska and ranked as the number 1 liberal arts college in Nebraska in 2015.
The school, which is firmly rooted in the Wesleyan and methodist traditions, is a small institution that has 1,600 full-time students and a well-trained faculty and staff. It is a campus in which faith-based organizations and activities help cultivate a feeling of community and stewardship, and it is often praised by students for the administration’s engagement with the student body on a number of issues.
College Choice Score: 67.36
Net Cost: $16,768
Formed in 1849 in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, this private liberal art school was created by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is an active member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Aside from its main campus, it also operates three adult centers in Southpointe, North Hills, and Monroeville, Pennsylvania.
Waynesburg offers 70 different programs to its 2,500 strong student body, but the school is not just about sitting in a classroom and studying. The university has retained the same charm it had in the 1800s, and students have their choice of four parks to lounge around and study in. The outdoors are available to the student body to help them balance their education with a little peace of mind.
College Choice Score: 67.20
Net Cost: $20,481
Established in 1963 as an evangelical Christian liberal arts university, Judson University is located in Elgin, Illinois. It was born out of a need for a liberal arts wing to the Northern Baptist Theological Seminary. It is named after the first American Baptist missionary to minister on foreign shores.
Judson University is the only private Christian university that currently has an accredited school of architecture within the US, and is also accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
Spring Arbor University
College Choice Score: 67.19
Net Cost: $16,951
Built in 1873, Spring Arbor University is a Christian university that was created by and affiliated with the Free Methodist Church. It is located in Spring Arbor, Michigan, and is the second-largest Evangelical Christian University in Michigan. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The school lives by their belief that strong roots in Christ coupled with a world-class education will see students truly shine, and to this end, they have created an educational system that offers close to 100 academic majors to all levels of education. Campus life is informed by Christian activities, making it one of the best Christian schools to attend for faithful students.
Northwest Christian University
College Choice Score: 66.78
Net Cost: 18,170
Northwest Christian University was established in 1895 as a divinity school and Bible college but is now a private Christian liberal arts college. It is located in Eugene, Oregon. It is affiliated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. It has been ranked of one of the top 25 undergraduate institutions in the US.
The school has a long reputation for ministry and theology, and that is evident in their School of Liberal Arts and Bible, which hosts the Bible and Theology and Christian Ministry majors. Along with a broad spectrum of other majors, the school is also home to the Eugene Divinity School, providing a Master’s in Divinity.
College Choice Score: 66.16
Net Cost: $23,361
A private, comprehensive school located in St. Davids, Pennsylvania, Eastern University was established in 1925 and is affiliated with American Baptist Churches USA. Its student body, faculty, and administration form an interdenominational Christian community, one that is supported by a commitment to a Christian academic environment.
The school is unique as it allows students to choose how they complete their degree. The school offers a variety of degrees and programs that are available online or on campus, allowing the student to create a curriculum that fits best with their schedule and their needs. Because of this feature, it has been named as one of the best Christian colleges for students who need flexibility in their schedules.
William Carey University
College Choice Score: 65.80
Net Cost: $14,536
Located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, William Carey University is a private liberal arts college that offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels, along with select Ph.D. degrees. It is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention and the Mississippi Convention.
WCU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has the distinction of being the 29th osteopathic medical school in the United States.
The school offers the Baptist way of life in all aspects of campus life. This includes Bible studies, ministry, missionary opportunities (both local and international) and a worship service time for all students. Christian-oriented Greek organizations have also found a home here and include social and service sororities and fraternities.
Fresno Pacific University
College Choice Score: 65.32
Net Cost: $15,742
Originally created in 1944 to serve as a Bible college, Fresno Pacific University is located in Fresno, California and was founded by the Pacific District Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches. It continues to have an affiliation with the Mennonite Brethren Church.
The school is best known for its college devoted to religious studies, called the School of Humanities, Religion, and Social Sciences, along with the School of Biblical Seminary. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
FPU is also known for their “Four-Year Graduation Guarantee,” an agreement made with incoming freshmen that students will be able to graduate in four years if they follow one major, complete all their necessary coursework, and abide by the school’s standards.
Columbia International University
College Choice Score: 65.30
Net Cost: $16,846
Established in 1923 as a Biblical university, Columbia International University is a Christian institution of higher education that is multi-denominational in nature. It is located in Columbia, South Carolina.
CIU is known for having one of the best Christian programs as evidenced by its traditionally strong Bible and ministry programs and has stated its mission as to create “professional ministers” and vice versa. This is thought to mean that through an education at CIU, students will be taught to minister through their chosen career path while also learning that career path simultaneously.
Social activities at Columbia International University are based on service and ministry opportunities, providing students with a chance to try out their ministry skills in community-based activities while still in school.
Dallas Baptist University
College Choice Score: 65.27
Net Cost: $21,724
Established in 1898, Dallas Baptist University is one of the oldest Christian institutions in the South. It is a Christian liberal arts university headquartered in Dallas, Texas, while also operating satellite campuses in Plano and Hurst, Texas. It has the distinction of being recognized as the best school for a primary teacher’s preparation in the country by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Student life at DBU is underscored by the spiritual development of the students and faculty. Community service and faith-based groups are a big drawing point to this university, providing students with a sense of family in faith while exploring the various degrees and programs that the school offers at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Azusa Pacific University
College Choice Score: 65.25
Net Cost: $29,990
Azusa Pacific University is a private, evangelical, Wesleyan-Holiness Christian University located in Azusa, California, not far from Los Angeles. It was established in 1899 and holds the second largest evangelical undergraduate student body in the country. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.
The school maintains an interdenominational reputation, holding ties to several denominations, but none so close as the Wesleyan denomination. In fact, the school’s seminary, the Graduate School of Theology, holds to a Wesleyan-Arminian doctrinal theology.
APU is best known for having amassed a collection of Biblical artifacts, including five fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls and first-edition prints of the King James Bible, making it a hallmark school for those who wish to be surrounded by a Christian academic environment.
Ouachita Baptist University
College Choice Score: 64.86
Net Cost: $16,370
Founded in 1886, Ouachita Baptist University is a private undergraduate university that is located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, on the banks of the Ouachita River. It is affiliated with the Arkansas Baptist State Convention.
The school focuses on undergraduate degrees in 64 areas of studies from eight academic schools. OBU requires two classes in religion as part of the core curriculum as well as seven credits of chapel—earned through chapel attendance—in order to graduate.
OBU is also unique in that it provides a joint Reserve Officer Training Corps in conjunction with Henderson State University for military officers who are finishing their education before serving their country.
Hope International University
College Choice Score: 64.65
Net Cost: $22,275
Founded in 1928 as a seminary, Hope International University is a private university headquartered in Fullerton, California. It is a non-denominational institution that is affiliated with the Restoration Movement and the Christian churches and churches of Christ. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
HIU offers online degrees along with their traditional offerings, but the best way to get the most out of the education here is to be on campus. The school provides faith-based and service-oriented opportunities to their students, helping to further cement a student’s faith while studying for a degree.
Oral Roberts University
College Choice Score: 64.65
Net Cost: $21,523
Oral Roberts University is a private interdenominational liberal arts university that was named after its late founder, the evangelist Oral Roberts. Based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, it is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
ORU is one of the best Christian universities in the country, providing an extensive Christian education to all of its students. But it goes further than that, sewing Christian traditions all throughout campus life. Students under the age of 25 are required to live on campus, there are worship services several times a week for students to attend, as well as missionary trips that students can volunteer for.
The school is best known, however, for its partnership with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. The school’s Hispanic Center operates all year round, allowing for students from Hispanic backgrounds to find a place that fits their Christian needs as well as their cultural needs.
College Choice Score: 63.80
Net Cost: $19,369
Geneva College was established in 1848 and is headquartered in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. It is affiliated with the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, the only undergraduate institution in America with this distinction.
The college is governed by the “Foundational Concepts of Christian Education,” a guide that continues to inform the institution and its students. The school also holds the view that God is the source of all truth. To this end, the college’s core undergraduate curriculum emphasizes the formation of a Reformed Christian worldview through the prism of the humanities. Even campus life is dictated by this worldview—the most popular activities are the ministry opportunities.
Eastern Mennonite University
College Choice Score: 63.72
Net Cost: $21,512
A private liberal arts university that is located in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Eastern Mennonite University is a haven for Christian students. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA. The school offers four-year degrees with graduate and seminary programs also available.
EMU is known worldwide as one of the best Christian universities and for good reason. It is home to the Center for Justice and Peace-building, which has trained over 3,000 people from 119 countries to work in conflict areas, promoting peace and justice through humanitarian means.
It is the foremost university in the United States that focuses on peace and a relationship to Christian morals. Everyone, from Nobel Peace Prize winners to presidents of African countries, have attended EMU for its diplomacy skills rooted in Christian academics.
Oklahoma Christian University
College Choice Score: 63.29
Net Cost: $19,124
Founded in 1950 by the Churches of Christ community, Oklahoma Christian University is a private Christian liberal arts university located in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The school is ranked as one of the top regional universities in the West and is also considered one of the best Christian schools in the country.
OC is a school that has always adopted technology early on, and in 2001 was one of the first campuses in the country to offer wireless internet on the campus. It also has a partnership with Apple, and all full-time students were given their own personal MacBook along with an iPhone or an iPod as part of their educational package.
The school is committed to the spiritual evolution of their students, and it prides itself for providing exemplary Christian-based studies, such as ministry and theology, to its 5,000-strong student body.
Toccoa Falls College
College Choice Score: 63.14
Net Cost: $18,337
A fully accredited liberal arts college, Toccoa Falls College is located in Toccoa, Georgia. It is affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools as well as the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
This is one of the only schools on the list providing for a separate school based on faith alone. The Toccoa Falls College School of Christian Ministries provides its own offerings to students and stands as the most popular school within the college.
Campus life is based on ministry and worship services, along with various volunteer opportunities for students. The school also offers community service for extra credit for some degrees.
College Choice Score: 63.13
Net Cost: $31,582
Biola University was established in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, and it is a private, liberal arts university located in La Mirada, California. It has six schools and over 40 majors available to students. It is a non-denominational church that still holds some affiliation with the Evangelical Christian Movement.
For those who are looking for an education rooted in traditional Biblical studies, Biola University is the school to visit. The school has a custom of requiring incoming faculty members to submit a paper with their views on key points of theology to the Talbot School of Theology for evaluation. This rigorous academic examination is then passed onto the students, ensuring that each student that graduates is firmly knowledgeable on Biblical and Christian studies.
Houston Baptist University
College Choice Score: 62.59
Net Cost: $20,016
Houston Baptist University is a private Baptist university that was formed in 1960. It is headquartered in the Greater Sharpstown neighborhood of Houston, Texas, and is affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas.
HBU is small, but provides excellent educational opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In this school, it is common to see classes with less than 20 students, allowing for greater engagement throughout courses and a greater ability to focus on academics.
However, Christian service is one of the best reasons for a student to attend Houston Baptist University. To graduate from school, a student needs to complete the mandatory 80 credits of Community Life and Worship. These can be earned by serving as a volunteer in any number of community services, attending church services on campus, and other similar activities.
College Choice Score: 62.25
Net Cost: $28,500
Gordon College is a private liberal arts college founded in 1889. It has a history of being one of the most dedicated Christian universities in the nation and has gone through iterations of being a missionary training school, a Bible college, and a divinity school before becoming a non-denominational college. It is headquartered in Wenham, Massachusetts.
GC is known for encouraging students to spread their wings and experience life during their college years, which is why their abroad study programs and other international opportunities are consistently ranked as exceptional by current and former students.
Another feature is that Gordon College teaches faith alongside academics, showing that the two are not mutually exclusive. Faith is integrated into all 38 majors found at the undergraduate level and two tracks can be found at the graduate level, creating well-rounded and moral adults.
Texas Wesleyan University
College Choice Score: 61.94
Net Cost: $19,321
Texas Wesleyan University was established in 1890 by the Methodist Episcopal Church. It is based in Forth Worth, Texas. It remains affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The school offers 27 areas of undergraduate study as well as pre-professional programs. It also has a robust graduate program that includes a pre-ministry-seminary program.
The school was originally founded as a Polytechnic College and has since enjoyed a tier-1 ranking among regional universities. Texas Wesleyan places an emphasis on the development of critical thinking skills and faith-based rationality, bringing together a group of students who are intelligent but also compassionate.
College Choice Score: 59.85
Net Cost: $14,187
Campbellsville University, located in Campbellsville, Kentucky, is a private non-denominational university that was founded in 1906 as a Baptist institution. Although the school was once a religious-affiliated institution, it no longer has any affiliations and is independent of any sort of religion, welcoming students of all faiths.
CU has been consistently ranked among the best schools in the South since 2010, and is also considered one of the best Christian colleges in the region. It offers programs and degrees up to the Master’s level.
The school is best known for the student body’s dedication to community service. Beginning in 2003, the student body grouped to provide presents for the community’s Operation Christmas Child drive, in which toys are donated and then delivered to children worldwide.
California Baptist University
College Choice Score: 58.08
Net Cost: $25,144
California Baptist University is a private Christian liberal arts university that is headquartered in Riverside, California. It is controlled and operated by the Californian Southern Baptist Convention and is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. CBU is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
The school offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees from 12 different schools, including the School of Christian Ministries. California Baptist is also rated as one of the top online colleges in the nation.
CBU is best known for its international service projects, which includes a team of up to 10 students, led by a staff member, on an international ministry program somewhere overseas. It is the most popular program currently offered by the California Baptist University.
College Choice Score: 55.65
Net Cost: $12,546
Johnson University, located in Knoxville, Tennessee, is a private Christian college that is over 110 years old. It is the second oldest continuing Bible college within the U.S. and is affiliated with the Christian churches and churches of Christ.
Providing an excellent Christian academic environment, this school offers all students a major in the Bible, while offering other majors, such as Apologetics and New Testament and Preaching, at an undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.
This school has regional accreditation from the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and has also been accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education.
William Jessup University
College Choice Score: 55.40
Net Cost: $21,085
William Jessup University is a private Christian school in Rocklin, California with an additional campus in San Jose, California. It is a non-denominational Christian university and is considered to be a bedrock of Christian worship and education on the West coast.
The school prides itself on seeing the similarities between not just different denominations of Christians, but all people. They weave the ability to focus on the common ground into their curriculum, allowing students to learn how to see past differences in order to make compromises in their chosen fields.
To this end, William Jessup University provides their students with ample opportunities, both in the classroom and in campus life, to debate and create forums to discuss problems with diplomacy and faith. This is thought to be the reason why the school has seen record enrollments each year for the past four years.
College Choice Score: 54.94
Net Cost: $23,191
A private, non-profit Christian university that was established in 1971 in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University is the largest Christian university in the world, boasting an annual roster of 14,000 residential students and over 100,000 students through their online portal. It is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Conservatives of Virginia.
The university’s stated mission is to provide for the intellectual and spiritual development of their students in a quality academic environment. Offering over 500 programs at all levels of secondary education, Liberty University has earned the distinction of being one of the best Christian programs to offer religion-based degrees.
Lincoln Christian University
College Choice Score: 53.05
Net Cost: $17,790
Established in 1944, Lincoln Christian University is a school dedicated to nurturing and equipping Christian students with a Biblical worldview in order to work within the church and offer guidance throughout the world.
The main campus is located in Lincoln, Illinois, but the school also operates extension sites in Normal, Illinois, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Las Vegas, Nevada. It is a proud affiliate of the Christian churches and churches of Christ.
This school offers residential Bible college offerings at an undergraduate level. Seminary offerings are also available at the graduate level, while continuing education opportunities for spiritual formation can be found online or on campus.
Moody Bible Institute
College Choice Score: 51.55
Net Cost: $19,417
Formed in 1886, Moody Bible Institute—most commonly referred to as MBI—is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, though it also operates campuses in Spokane, Washington, as well as Plymouth, Michigan.
The school’s mission is to train all of its students for full-time ministry within churches and parachurch organizations. Through physical presence at the school for classes, or through their online courses, Moody Bible Institute focuses on the spiritual development of their students.
Courses here are rooted in theology and biblical studies, with degrees also available at a seminary level. Some examples are the Master of Ministry and the Master of Divinity.
Arizona Christian University
College Choice Score: 46.51
Net Cost: $26,995
Originally founded in 1960 as a bible college by a Christian missionary named Ida Clouse, Arizona Christian University is a private, non-profit Christian liberal arts university that is located in Phoenix, Arizona. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
The university is accredited to offer undergraduate degrees, most of which are focused in the liberal arts and humanities disciplines. Current offerings include Christian Ministries and Biblical Studies, as well as Psychology, Political Science, and Family Studies.
The school is known for requiring each student to graduate with a minor in Biblical Studies with no exception. It is also a requirement to attend the Chapel at least twice a week, and service projects, such as ministry programs, are also mandatory.