There are many beautiful Christian campuses throughout the United States. In this list, we looked at a few factors that we felt gave students an advantage. Those include the way that one feels walking through the campus. One of the key things that students experience at a university is stress as this is not just a time to learn but a time to find one's feet to become a productive citizen who can make a difference in the world. We looked at how the design of the campus added peace, quiet, and calmness to counter that stressful feeling of everyday life. We also looked at inspiration as that is one of the tools that Jesus used to teach. For that, we looked at architecture, style, and design and how those things interact with the senses.
While each and every campus has something unique to offer students, faculty and alumni, these 30 are some of the most beautiful campuses around the country. Did your school make the list?
The Evangel University campus is a mixture of modern and colonial style spread out across 80 arces of land. A popular monument to Christ is situated in the middle of campus. This three-story tower topped with a cross will remind you of the schools mission which is to help you become an empowered servant of God that will have an impact on the world long after they graduate. Students will be able to grow their faith during their time at the university by attending church services and joining groups that will allow them to talk to fellow Christians.
LeTourneau University is located on a 162-acre campus in beautiful Longview, Texas. This university is perfect for anyone who wants to be a part of a community brought together by faith. One of the first things that you see here is the massive clock tower that serves as a beacon from everywhere on campus. The most iconic landmark on campus is Speer Chapel, which is a classic white church complete with a steeple. Many special events are held there each year for the students that attend this university. Speer Chapel is unique because it was a hospital during WWII. It was deemed historical and is one of the only WWII-era structures still standing today.
Houston Baptist University was founded in 1960. The campus has a very convenient layout that makes it easy to get around the 100-acre campus. The Hinton Center is located in the middle of the campus and all of the other buildings are situated around it giving the university a sense of community. The main goal of Houston Baptist University is to make sure students are well rounded and learn the importance of balancing academics, spirituality and professionalism which is why you can find a variety of clubs and other activities on campus to be a part of.
Campbell University is home to more than 6,000 undergraduate students. It is tucked back in the small town of Buies Creek, North Carolina. Campbell University offers many different activities as well as several different worship groups for their students. There is also a large ministry program on campus that will allow students to gain a solid religious foundation during their time at the university. If students are interested in making a global impact they will be able to participate in one of the many mission trips offered each semester. Campbell University wants to provide students with all the necessary tools to leave as intellectual leaders who can make a positive impact on the world.
Belmont University is one of the largest Christian Universities in the United States. More than 70 different programs are offered for students to study to help them further their interests in order to prepare them for life after they graduate. Belmont offers a unique program that will allow students to get a Spiritual-Life assistant or attend one of the many Bible studies held by the upperclassmen to get a deeper understanding about any given topic. The goal of Belmont University is to include Christian values in every activity that they take part in.
Baylor University is a great choice for students that want to belong to a large university. Baylor is home to more than 16,000 students from all over the world. Baylor appeals to students who have an interest in sports as well as students who want to attend a university with a religious background. Students can get involved in one of the 19 varsity sports. The University has won over 60 Big 12 Conference championships over its 17-year existence. There are 250 clubs and organizations for students that are not interested in sports but still want to be apart of a group. There are several church services and bible studies for students who want to grow spiritually.
Wayland Baptist University is made up of 14 gorgeous campuses all over the state of Texas. Students that choose to attend the 80-acre main campus in Plainview, Texas will be able to enjoy the beauty of Gates Hall. The style of Gates Hall is a nod to ancient Greek architecture with the row of columns that line the facade of the building. The front lawn of Gates Hall is a great place to hold a bible study or study session with fellow undergraduates that attend the university. Students will be able to strengthen their leadership skills by joining in one of the many groups or student organizations that are offered at Wayland.
Biola University was founded in 1908 and is located on a 95-acre campus a few miles from downtown Los Angeles. Biola University offers a tropical setting for those who enjoy spending time outside or that like to visit beaches in their spare time. Praise and worship services are sometimes held on the beach in order to feel closer to God and all that he created. International mission trips are offered for those who wish to make a positive impact around the world. Undergraduates will complete theology classes to help them learn how to think about every situation with a biblical frame of mind.
Waynesburg University will appeal to students from all cultures and backgrounds. The campus is very diverse and can offer something to anyone who attends classes there. It is located in Pennsylvania on a 30-acre campus. Students will enjoy a historical setting as they walk past Hanna Hall, which is one of the registered historical buildings on campus. The unique design is reminiscent of the Federal-style buildings from early New England architecture. Waynesburg offers students an environment where they can develop into Christians with a strong foundation of knowledge. The University will prepare students to live a good Christian lifestyle and give glory to God through all of life’s journeys.
Seattle Pacific University offers more than 60 programs for students to study. A Methodist church located in Seattle, Washington founded the University in 1891. The university is home to some of the oldest trees in the state of Washington and they create a beautiful atmosphere for students to gather under. Seattle Pacific has many clubs for students to join to help introduce them to new people and create networks. More than 50 Christian denominations are represented on campus, which allows the university to have a very diverse atmosphere for students to grow spiritually.
Hope College offers a beautiful American Gothic style to the students that attend the College. The Ministries offered on campus will help each student flourish and grow individually. Students can join many different organizations that will help them accomplish a specific goal that they had as they enter into the college atmosphere. The Campus is very multicultural and will make students from all over the world feel like they belong during their time in college.
California Baptist University is beautifully located in Riverside, California. It is a campus with hard stucco buildings and plenty of palm trees. Students have a warm tropical desert environment and in the background students will even be able to see snow covered mountains. The university is also located near the beach and students will be able to go for a swim when they have free time. California Baptist believes that everyone was created for a purpose so the goal is to find what the purpose of each individual is before they graduate from the university.
The quads at Azusa Christian Pacific University are like plazas that you discover in Rome. There are brickwork, trees and green spaces where students can enjoy the warm California days and relax during the cool California nights. The design offers rounded buildings with windows that are interesting to look out of and allow students to get the best possibe view. One of the first things that strike you here is the white landscape. It is pure and in the summer sun it shines with a white light that reminds you of God and why you are here.
College of the Ozarks is located in the beautiful Ozark Mountains looking out over Lake Taneycomo on 1,000-acres of land. This college was built around nature and will appeal to students who want to enjoy beautiful mountain views. College of the Ozarks wants to encourage students to have good Christian values and be hard working citizens in the world. This is why students that work on campus do not have to pay any tuition and will not have to worry about the heavy burden of debt after graduation.
Texas Christian University is located in Fort Worth, Texas. TCU is the home of several successful sports programs that have produced many professional athletes. It is a part of the Big 12 conference and has won several conference titles. More than 10,000 undergraduate students are currently enrolled at TCU and will be a good fit for students looking to get involved with a big university. Students that are not interested in sports can join one of the many clubs that TCU has to offer. TCUs mission is to help students graduate and become ethical leaders that will share their Christians values in the global community.
The architecture here at Hope International University is beautifully modern and unique. From the unusual roof shapes to the sweeping panoramic windows, there is always a picturesque view for the students that attend the university to enjoy. Hope International is located on an 18- acre campus in California and is able to draw students from all over the world that are intrigued by the unique architecture and beautiful landscapes. The goal of the university is to give students a higher education as well as a strong Christian foundation so students will leave after they graduate feeling empowered and ready to make a positive impact on the world.
Spring Arbor University takes spiritual growth seriously and they have made that one of the things they really focus on. They want students to become intellectual and spiritual people that will be able to make changes in the world we live in today. The campus is beautifully laid out and in the center you will be able to see the beautiful brick clock tower. Many different paths surround the tower and make it easy to get around the campus quickly. The quad is a great place to relax and take in all of the beauty the campus has to offer.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University sits like a castle with its gothic inspired rooflines and tall stone construction. The oldest building on campus is the Farmer Administration Building. People often refer to it as the castle building because of its majestic design. It was the original building of the university before the campus outgrew it and had to expand to other parts of the campus. The mission of this university is to show students that God is the ultimate source of knowledge. Southwestern Assemblies of God University will give all students the knowledge they need to walk away with a better understanding about religion.
One of the most beautiful images you will see here on the campus of Gordon College is the chapel, adorned with its pristine white steeple. The classically designed church is nestled in the stunning campus. Chapel services are offered many times during the week for students who wish to attend. Mentors are available to help anyone that wants a one on one conversation about a given topic relating to the Bible. There are also several other events that take place to encourage a disciplined life in Jesus. Students from all over are invited to attend to this non-denominational Christian college. The college is located in Wenham, Massachusetts just north of Boston.
Pepperdine University is located in the rolling hills of Malibu, California. More than 7,000 students enjoy the 830-acres of perfect panoramic ocean views. People who enjoy spending time on the water will have lots of activities to do during their time on campus. Students will be able to relax and take in the fresh air and the crisp ocean breezes. There are luxurious dorms that will create a good quality of life for people that choose to reside on campus. Pepperdine is very committed to academic brilliance and they will prepare students for a lifetime of service and leadership.
More than 4,000 students are enrolled at Abilene Christian University. The Chapel on the Hill and Tower of light create a beautiful place to attend university. It is one of the national leaders in Christian education and that is because of the great learning environment the university has created over the years of its existence. Students will graduate with the right tools to have a good moral and spiritual compass. Students will have plenty of opportunities to get involved in Christ-centered learning that will help them achieve their goals.
Dallas Baptist University is located on a large 293-acre campus in Texas. The architecture of this university cannot be overlooked. Nation Hall is reminiscent of Greek and Roman architecture with the columns that line the front of the building and the dome shape of the roof. Pilgrim Chapel is also a very large beautiful church that students can worship at during the week. Students will enjoy meeting many people when they join one of the many organizations that Dallas Baptist University offers. The university is located close to the bustling city of downtown Dallas.
Pastor Ebenezer Erskine founded Erskine College in South Carolina around the late 1830s. It was the first religious school in the state that offered a four-year program. Today the university offers students more than 40 different organizations to enroll in so they can feel involved in the college community. Many of the majors offered at this college revolve around religion so Erskine will be able to hold true to the values it was founded on. There are many Bible studies and outreach groups that will help students strengthen their religious foundations.
Howard Payne is located in Brownwood, Texas. It became a university in the year 1889. It has grown to be a thriving university since the time it was founded. The University now offers students 50 majors to choose from allowing them to pick and choose the program that best fits their interests and the career path they want to peruse after they graduate. Students will be able to enjoy the beautiful Bell Tower when they walk through the campus. The tower serves as a beautiful landmark that can be seen from all over. Campus life was developed to help students engage in programs that will help them serve the Lord.
Samford University has a long history of educating students. It was founded in 1841 in Alabama and is the top ranked University in the state. Students will not have a hard time finding a program that is right for them with more than 150 different majors and minors to choose from and 30 graduate degree programs. The campus is well kept and students will be able to enjoy many beautiful gardens as they make their way across the luxurious lawns. The Colonial style of architecture was popular in America around the time the university was built and you can see examples of this style in building like the Beeson Divinity School.i
Kenyon College is located on a 1,000-acre campus in Gambier, Ohio. The university is known for the Gothic revival style architecture. Old Kenyon dormitory is a prime example of this as you can observe the Gothic style in the way that the roof was designed. The campus blends into the small town of Gambier, Ohio so students will enjoy the small town feel of the university. There are many small shops located close by for students to enjoy. For those who want to be involved in campus life there are dozens of groups to become a part of and enjoy.
Rhodes College is settle in Memphis, Tennessee on 110-acres of beautiful wooded land. The campus is right in the heart of historic Memphis and will transport students to another time. As students walk around campus they will be able to enjoy the historical beauty of the Gothic style architecture. Students will be able to enjoy small class sizes that will help them maximize their learning opportunities. Rhodes centers on Christian faith and each student will be able to grow spiritually as well as academically at this college. There is always something to do on campus, which will allow students to build long-lasting friendships with people from all over the world.
Regent University is an international Evangelical Orthodox university located in Virginia Beach, Virginia. There are many beautiful green lawns adorned with extravagant fountains that can be found all over the 70-acre main campus. The university is still young being that it was only founded in 1978 but the neo-Georgian architecture will transport you to a different time in history. Regent has many graduate programs for students looking to further their education. Students will be able to gain knowledge about God over their years on campus and will leave with a stronger faith then when they started at the university.
Franciscan University sits in the beautiful hills of Steubenville, Ohio. One of the first things students will notice is a flowerbed laid out to create a large cross as they walk up to Christ the King Chapel, which is the center of spiritual life at Franciscan University. Students will be able to grow their love for the Lord by attending on of the many services held daily as well as one of the four Sunday Masses.
Wheaton College is a Christian Liberal Arts College located in Wheaton, Illinois. The campus spans across 80-acres of beautiful green land. The college offers church services multiple times a week in the beautiful Edman Chapel. Students will be able to enjoy a Christ-Centered Community that will create a positive learning environment for all who attend. Students are able to pick from 40 different programs to study and will be able to prepare them for life after college.
Rachel has been in church from the time she was born. She attends church every Sunday and growing up she was a member of the youth group and vacation Bible school at her church. She is currently a communications major at The Ohio State University and will graduate in 2017. In addition to her college career, Rachel enjoys free-lance writing on topics dealing with college studies and animal rights and awareness.