The Top 50 Christian Colleges and Universities 2017-2018


This ranking of the top 50 Christian colleges and universities presents the top protestant evangelical universities in the United States. Many of the Christian universities in this ranking don’t just offer great Christian education, they also feature top level programs in the arts and sciences, with a Christian worldview. The programs ranked here were evaluated for affordability, student to faculty ratio, and graduation rate. We also factored in bonuses based on extraordinary features or attributes. You can read more about the methodology at the bottom of the page.

Here are the top Christian colleges and universities for 2017-2018.

#50. Emmanuel College

Franklin Springs, Georgia

Rating: 10

Emmanuel College-Top 50 Christian Colleges

Emmanuel College’s tuition is 49% below the national average.

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Emmanuel College offers 38 undergraduate degrees including digital media production, organizational communication, diversified agriculture (science, business, or missions), pre-law, music, and mathematics. Emmanuel College was founded and continues to operate in the tradition of the International Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Tuition: $18,870
Graduation Rate: 37%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#49. Southwestern Christian University

Bethany, Oklahoma

Rating: 10

Southwestern Christian University-50 Top Christian Universities

Southwestern Christian University was founded as part of the pentecostal holiness movement.

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Southwestern Christian University offers 20 undergraduate programs in areas like English education, liberal studies, Christian leadership, philosophy, physical education, health and safety, and business administration. SCU offers one online program in professional leadership. The school offers seven men’s sports and nine women’s sports including golf, bowling, basketball, soccer, and track and field.

Tuition: $12,830
Graduation Rate: 40%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

#48. Northwest University

Kirkland, Washington

Rating: 10

Northwest University-Top 50 Christian Universities

Northwest University emphasizes the importance of practical experience in addition to classroom learning. 70% of NU students engage in off-campus internships.

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Northwest University offers 30 undergraduate majors, including 6 online BA programs in areas like political science, religion and philosophy, contemporary music industry, children and family ministries, biology, and business administration. The school offers study abroad, open to most majors in countries like Korea, England (Oxford), Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Australia, and Russia.

Tuition: $28,087
Graduation Rate: 51%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

#47. Judson University

Elgin, Illinois

Rating: 10

Judson University-Top 50 Christian Universities

74% of Judson’s classes have fewer than twenty students.

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Judson University offers more than 50 majors in areas like architecture, education (early childhood, elementary, secondary, and special education), biochemistry, media business/management, media writing, and graphic design. Judson University offers adult nontraditional students five online bachelor’s degrees. Students interested in study abroad can choose from 20 different programs in countries like Egypt, Germany, The Netherlands, Austria, Spain, Japan, and Russia.

Tuition: $28,170
Graduation Rate: 52%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

#46. Hardin-Simmons University

Abilene, TX

Rating: 10

Hardin-Simmons University-Top 50 Christian Universities

Hardin-Simmons’ athletics programs compete in the NCAA Division III.

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Hardin-Simmons offers over 30 undergraduate degree programs in areas like nonprofit management, public administration, computer science, nursing BSN, fitness and sport sciences, human services administration, geological and environmental sciences, and psychology and counseling. The Princeton Review recognizes Hardin-Simmons along with 123 other schools in their “Best in the West” category.

Tuition: $24,500
Graduation Rate: 53%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#45. Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

Rating: 10

Lipscomb University-Top 50 Christian Universities

Lipscomb University is affiliated with the Churches of Christ.

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Lipscomb University offers over 85 undergraduate degree programs in areas like visual arts administration, theology and ministry, physics, marriage and family therapy, applied mathematics, mechanical engineering, journalism and new media, and information technology management. Lipscomb has students from 49 states and 47 foreign nations.

Tuition: $28,624
Graduation Rate: 55%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#44. Warner Pacific College

Portland, Oregon

Rating: 10

Warner Pacific University-Top 50 Christian Universities

Warner Pacific has 483 traditional undergraduate students and 638 students enrolled in adult degree programs (mostly undergraduate).

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Warner Pacific College offers upwards of 35 majors including programs in social work, pre-law, pre-med, sports and recreation management, business administration, communications, and human development and family studies. The average class size at Warner Pacific is just 14 students. 84% of traditional undergraduate students complete their degree and graduate in four years.

Tuition: $21,460
Graduation Rate: 55%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

#43. William Jessup University

Rocklin, California

Rating: 10

William Jessup University-Top 50 Christian Universities

William Jessup University offers an Air Force ROTC program.

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William Jessup University offers 18 traditional undergraduate programs and one online undergraduate program in criminal justice. Traditional students can earn degrees in biblical studies, biology, Christian leadership, creative arts, computer science, environmental science, public policy, and theology. William Jessup has two California campuses, one in Rocklin and one in San Jose.

Tuition: $26,480
Graduation Rate: 55%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

#42. Malone University

Canton, Ohio

Rating: 10

Malone University-Top 50 Christian Universities

Malone University is an Evangelical Friends school, a branch of the Quaker faith that holds evangelical Christian beliefs.

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Malone University offers 59 undergraduate degrees including seven pre-professional programs in areas like theatre, zoo and wildlife biology, editing and publishing, criminal and restorative justice, community and public health, environmental management, fine arts and crafts, and health services management. 82% of the faculty at Malone hold a doctorate or the top degree in their field.

Tuition: $27,960
Graduation Rate: 57%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#41. LeTourneau University

Longview, Texas

Rating: 10

LeTourneau University-Top Christian Universities

78% of LeTourneau’s faculty hold a doctorate or the highest degree in their field.

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LeTourneau offers students over 35 undergraduate degree programs in areas like education (elementary and secondary), healthcare administration, business, engineering (with seven concentrations), mechanical engineering, nursing, Christian ministry, and human services. LeTourneau offers six men’s sports and seven women’s sports and is an NCAA division III school.

Tuition: $27,900
Graduation Rate: 57%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#40. Dallas Baptist University

Dallas, Texas

Rating: 10

Dallas Baptist University-Top Christian Universities

The average class size at DBU is just 13 students.

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Dallas Baptist University offers accelerated bachelor’s/master’s programs for all of their degrees in business, communications, Christian ministry, and biblical studies degrees. Many of their arts and sciences programs also have several accelerated options to choose from. Dallas Baptist also offers sixteen online undergraduate degree programs.

Tuition: $24,890
Graduation Rate: 58%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

#39. Cairn University

Langhorne, Pennsylvania

Rating: 10

Cairn University-Top Christian Universities

Cairn University offers undergraduate degree completion programs in liberal studies and Bible.

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Cairn University offers several dual level programs, most of which combine a bachelor’s in Bible, social work, business, or youth and family ministries with a graduate program in counseling, business administration, nonprofit leadership, or education (elementary or secondary). Cairn offers 35 traditional undergraduate programs as well, including majors in music, graphic design, mathematics, information systems, and computer science.

Tuition: $23,920
Graduation Rate: 59%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

#38. Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Rating: 10

Mount Vernon Nazarene University-Top Christian Universities

Mount Vernon Nazarene offers online undergraduate degrees in education and business for non-traditional adult students.

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MVNU offers over 65 undergraduate majors including music, chemistry, business data processing, computer science, graphic design (both visual art and communication programs), journalism and media production, public relations, creative writing, and information technology management. MVNU offers seven men’s sport programs and eight women’s sport programs.

Tuition: $25,784
Graduation Rate: 60%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1

#37. Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Rating: 11

Mid-Atlantic Christian University-Top Christian Universities

Mid-Atlantic Christian University was founded in 1948 by the Churches of Christ in eastern North Carolina to meet the needs of the local church community.

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University offers 13 undergraduate programs in areas like applied linguistics, biology, biblical and theological studies, missions aviation, counseling and psychology, business administration, and nursing. The school has five sports teams: men’s basketball, golf, and soccer, and women’s volleyball and basketball.

Tuition: $13,440
Graduation Rate: 38%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#36. Judson College

Marion, Alabama

Rating: 11

Judson College-Top Christian Colleges

Judson College offers 12 online undergraduate programs.

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Judson College offers 29 undergraduate programs including ten pre-professional programs. Among these programs are pre-law, pre-med, pre-veterinary, chemistry, criminal justice, equine science, mathematics, music, and both primary and secondary education. Athletics offered by the school include basketball, soccer, softball, equestrian, volleyball, and tennis.

Tuition: $16,868
Graduation Rate: 41%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1

#35. North Greenville University

Tigerville, South Carolina

Rating: 11

North Greenville University-Top Christian Universities

NGU was founded in 1893 by the Greenville Baptist Association.

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North Greenville University offers 35 traditional and six online undergraduate programs. Students can choose to earn their degree in accounting, biology, broadcast media, business, mathematics, outdoor leadership, Spanish, studio art, and theatre. NGU offers several study abroad programs in countries like England (at Oxford), Uganda, Jordan, Costa Rica, China, and Jordan.

Tuition: $16,290
Graduation Rate: 55%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

#34. Erskine College

Due West, South Carolina

Rating: 11

Erskine College-Top Christian Colleges

Erskine College is the oldest church-related liberal arts college in the south.

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Erskine University offers 19 undergraduate programs in subjects like political science, music education, sports management, biology, business administration, Bible and religion, chemistry, and athletic training. Nearly 100% of Erskine students who apply to graduate school, med school, pharmacy, or law school programs are accepted into their program of choice.

Tuition: $33,315
Graduation Rate: 62%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#33. Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights, Illinois

Rating: 11

Trinity Christian College-Top Christian Colleges

Trinity Christian College is a protestant school founded in the reformed tradition.

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Trinity Christian College offers more than 60 undergraduate degree programs including areas of study like art education, art history, digital design, biochemistry and molecular biology, business communication, mathematics, theater health communication, chemistry, and neuroscience and behavior. Trinity Christian College’s accounting program has the highest CPA exam pass rate in the state of Illinois.

Tuition: $26,665
Graduation Rate: 62%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

#32. John Brown University

Siloam Springs, Arkansas

Rating: 11

John Brown University-Top Christian Universities

John Brown students have scored internships with top organizations like NASA.

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John Brown University offers over 40 undergraduate majors and five online degree completion programs. Students can choose from programs like business, chemistry, digital cinema, engineering, nursing, and public relations. Students in JBU’s ABET-accredited engineering program compete in the NASA Lunabotic Mining Competition and in 2012 took 4th place out of 50 teams from around the globe.

Tuition: $24,468
Graduation Rate: 62%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1
Standout Features: ABET-accredited engineering program.

#31. Asbury University

Wilmore, Kentucky

Rating: 11

Asbury University-Top Christian Universities

Asbury University is an evangelical protestant school in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition.

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Asbury University offers 51 undergraduate majors in subjects like sport management, theatre and cinema performance, worship arts, mathematics, journalism, French, equine studies, communication, and engineering mathematics. Undergraduate education is the primary focus of this school with 1,358 out of 1,854 students enrolled in undergraduate programs.

Tuition: $27,934
Graduation Rate: 63%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

#30. Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama

Rating: 11

Samford University-Top Christian Universities

Samford University is ranked 4th among southern regional universities by U.S. News and World Report.

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Samford offers over 80 undergraduate majors including programs in religion, world languages and literature, public health, music performance, nutrition and dietetics, nursing, Greek, fine arts, and engineering physics. 96% of undergraduate alumni were employed, engaged in internships, or admitted to graduate school within six months of completing their degree.

Tuition: $28,370
Graduation Rate: 64%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Standout Features: Ranked 4th in south by U.S. News.

#29. Bethel College

Mishawaka, Indiana

Rating: 11

Bethel College-Top Christian Colleges

Bethel College’s nursing and music education programs have a 100% and 99% job placement respectively.

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Bethel College offers 52 undergraduate programs including three professional programs. Students can choose from programs like theatre arts, studio arts, social studies, music, nursing (RN to BSN), mathematics, engineering and management, communication, and chemistry. Bethel College is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Tuition: $26,590
Graduation Rate: 64%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#28. Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas

Rating: 11

Harding University-Top Christian Universities

Harding University is affiliated with the Churches of Christ, and its student body includes students from 50 U.S. states and 54 foreign nations.

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Harding University offers several study abroad options including programs in Greece, Italy, Australasia, Zambia, England, France, and Chile. Harding offers 37 areas of study including web design and interactive media, public administration, public relations, interior design, fashion merchandising, broadcast journalism, art and design, and history and political science.

Tuition: $17,805
Graduation Rate: 64%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 16:1

#27. Indiana Wesleyan University

Marion, Indiana

Rating: 11

Indiana Wesleyan University-Top Christian Universities

Indiana Wesleyan University offers eleven online bachelor’s degree programs.

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Indiana Wesleyan University offers upwards of 75 undergraduate majors in areas like strategic communication, visual arts education, writing, nursing, leadership, international and community development, economics, elementary education, and art+design for social impact. Indiana Wesleyan University offers nine men’s sports teams and ten women’s sports teams.

Tuition: $24,728
Graduation Rate: 65%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 15:1

#26. Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Rating: 11

Azusa Pacific University-Top Christian Universities

Azusa Pacific awarded 1,710 bachelor’s degrees in the 2015-2016 school year.

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Azusa Pacific University offers students 70 bachelor’s degree programs in areas like applied mathematics, art, allied health, cinematic arts, computer science, criminal justice, economics, international business, international relations, and engineering. Students interested in studying abroad can study in Ecuador, South Africa, and the school also offers terms in Los Angeles and the High Sierras.

Tuition: $34,754
Graduation Rate: 68%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

#25. George Fox University

Newberg, Oregon

Rating: 11

George Fox University-Top Christian Universities

George Fox University manages to keep a 14:1 student/faculty ratio with 2,406 undergraduate students.

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George Fox University offers 40 majors and 45 minors at the undergraduate level. Traditional undergraduate degree programs offered by George Fox include biochemistry, cinema and media communication, engineering (computer, civil, electrical, and mechanical), professional writing, entrepreneurship, graphic design, information systems, and theatre.

Tuition: $33,142
Graduation Rate: 70%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

#24. Westmont College

Santa Barbara, California

Rating: 11

Westmont College-Top Christian Colleges

In 2016 Forbes ranked Westmont #176 out of the 650 best colleges and universities in the United States, putting the school comfortably in the top 10% of regionally accredited colleges and universities.

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Westmont College offers over 40 distinct undergraduate programs, twelve of which are pre-professional programs. Among the degrees offered are pre-law, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, political science, mathematics, psychology, sociology, engineering, computer science, biology, art history, and theatre arts. 95% of incoming first year and transfer students receive financial aid at Westmont, and 95% of classes are taught by full-time faculty.

Tuition: $41,360
Graduation Rate: 77%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#23. Johnson University

Knoxville, Tennessee

Rating: 12

Johnson University-Top Christian Universities

Johnson University offers a variety of learning options designed to meet the needs of a wide range of demographics.

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Johnson University has campuses in Tennessee and Florida, an online campus, and several extended campuses. The extended campuses offer localized business and ministry degrees and are located in Indianapolis, Knoxville, Louisville, Orlando, and Phoenix. The Tennessee campus offers 16 programs while the Florida campus offers 21. Students can study in programs like business administration, children’s ministry, nonprofit administration, sport and fitness leadership, and public health.

Tuition: $12,650
Graduation Rate: 57%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

#22. Roberts Wesleyan University

Rochester, New York

Rating: 12

Roberts Wesleyan University-Top Christian Universities

Roberts Wesleyan offers eight online degree programs.

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Roberts Wesleyan University offers more than 60 undergraduate majors including programs in engineering, criminal justice, art, social work, nursing, ministry, history, and language and literature. Roberts Wesleyan offers both men and women eight sports including lacrosse, soccer, tennis, volleyball, golf, and cross country. Roberts Wesleyan is an NCAA Division II school.

Tuition: $28,630
Graduation Rate: 62%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Standout Features: NCAA Division II

#21. Waynesburg University

Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

Rating: 12

Waynesburg University-Top Christian Universities

Waynesburg University’s class of 2015 has a 98% career path rate.

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Waynesburg University was ranked No. 66 on CollegeNET’s social mobility index which measures how well a university helps its students improve their economic status. Students can major in 20 different areas of study including history, nursing, international studies, mathematics, computer science, fine arts, engineering, and athletic training and exercise science.

Tuition: $22,030
Graduation Rate: 62%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#20. Milligan College

Milligan College, Tennessee

Rating: 12

Milligan College-Top Christian Colleges

Milligan College offers adult degree completion programs in business, nursing, and computer information systems.

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Milligan College has over 50 undergraduate majors including accounting, allied health science, biology, business, Chinese, communications, computer science, digital media studies, engineering (mechanical and electrical) and graphic design. Milligan was ranked #22 among the best regional universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report.

Tuition: $29,830
Graduation Rate: 63%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 9:1

#19. Eastern Nazarene College

Quincy, Massachusetts

Rating: 12

Eastern Nazarene College-Top Christian Colleges

100% of incoming freshman at Eastern Nazarene receive financial assistance through scholarships and need-based grants.

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Eastern Nazarene University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and five pre-professional programs. Students can study engineering, biology, forensic science, marketing, biblical literature, journalism and writing, literature in English, and computer science. Students at Eastern Nazarene can study abroad in countries like Australia, China, Uganda, Russia, and can even qualify for a special summer session at Oxford University’s Wycliffe Hall.

Tuition: $29,880
Graduation Rate: 65%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

#18. Northwestern College–Iowa

Orange City, Iowa

Rating: 12

Northwestern College-Top Christian Colleges

U.S. News and World Report ranks Northwestern College 6th among the top 80 midwestern regional colleges.

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Northwestern College offers 50 undergraduate and pre-professional programs. Pre-professional programs offered include medicine, dentistry, law, mortuary science, occupational therapy, and veterinary medicine. Traditional undergraduate degrees include criminal justice, actuarial science, medical laboratory science, computer science, and education (both elementary and secondary).

Tuition: $28,950
Graduation Rate: 67%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Standout Features: U.S. News rank 6th among midwestern regional colleges.

#17. Dordt College

Sioux Center, Iowa

Rating: 12

Dordt College-Top Christian Colleges

Dordt College was ranked #1 by the Wall Street Journal for student engagement.

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The top majors at Dordt College are education, business, engineering, agriculture and nursing. 99% of Dordt graduates are employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. Dordt offers over 30 undergraduate majors. Dordt’s ABET-accredited engineering program offers programs in chemical, civil, electrical, mechanical, biomedical, computer, structural, environmental and mechatronics engineering.

Tuition: $28,280
Graduation Rate: 69%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Standout Features: Extensive ABET-accredited engineering program.

#16. Moody Bible Institute

Chicago, Illinois

Rating: 12

Moody Bible Institute-Top Christian Colleges

Moody Bible Institute offers aviation programs in missionary aviation technology with both flight and maintenance options.

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Every program at Moody has the study of ministry and the Bible as its primary focus. This is because the school’s primary purpose is to train students to serve in Christian ministry. Some of the programs available at Moody are elementary education, youth ministry, applied linguistics, urban ministries, biblical languages, communications, and sports ministry.

Tuition: $12,284
Graduation Rate: 69%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 17:1

#15. Bethel University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Rating: 12

Bethel University-Top Christian Universities

Bethel University offers nine online undergraduate programs for adults looking for a non-traditional path to a degree.

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Bethel University offers over 75 undergraduate majors including physics, engineering, social work, software project management, economics, chemistry, philosophy, business, and political science. The school also offers several pre-professional programs including chiropractic medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, podiatry, and pharmacy.

Tuition: $34,140
Graduation Rate: 74%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#14. Whitworth University

Spokane, Washington

Rating: 12

Whitworth University-Top Christian Universities

85% of Whitworth graduates finish their program in four years.

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Whitworth University offers more than 90 undergraduate degrees and programs including engineering, finance, graphic design, human-computer interaction, information technology, economics, editing and publishing, biblical languages, and political science. 43% of Whitworth students study abroad through exchange programs with universities in China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Korea, and Thailand.

Tuition: $39,096
Graduation Rate: 75%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1

#13. Lincoln Christian University

Lincoln, Illinois

Rating: 13

Lincoln Christian University-Top Christian Universities

Lincoln Christian University has six varsity sports teams including men’s basketball, soccer, and baseball. Women’s teams are basketball, soccer, and volleyball.

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Lincoln Christian University offers 12 undergraduate programs in areas like biblical studies, Christian ministry, communications, intercultural studies, philosophy, psychology, worship ministry, and business administration. Lincoln Christian University is affiliated with the Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. The average class size at the university is just 13 students.

Tuition: $12,900
Graduation Rate: 61%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1

#12. Kuyper College

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Rating: 13

Kuyper College-Top Christian Colleges

Kuyper College offers students several study abroad programs.

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Kuyper College offers 19 undergraduate programs including accounting, audio production, film and video production, youth ministry, pre-seminary, and social work. Kuyper offers study abroad programs in seven countries including Ecuador, Kenya, Uganda, Romania, Israel, and India. Film students can also take advantage of an opportunity to study at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center.

Tuition: $19,544
Graduation Rate: 63%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#11. Geneva College

Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

Rating: 13

Geneva College-Top Christian Colleges

The accounting program at Geneva has a 100% graduate placement rate.

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Geneva College’s ABET-accredited engineering program is ranked #97 in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. In addition to engineering, Geneva offers 39 other undergraduate majors and programs including biology, allied health, communication, sport management, biopsychology, criminal justice, and dual programs in business and aviation, and missions and aviation.

Tuition: $25,450
Graduation Rate: 65%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Standout Features: ABET-accredited engineering program.

#10. Houghton College

Houghton, New York

Rating: 13

Houghton College-Top Christian Colleges

Houghton College is an NCAA Division III school.

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Houghton offers more than 35 undergraduate majors and six online bachelor’s programs. The online option features programs in human resources management, integrated marketing and communication, psychology, liberal arts, and management. The traditional undergraduate programs include biochemistry, computer science, data science, communication, and biology.

Tuition: $29,458
Graduation Rate: 73%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1

#9. Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, California

Rating: 13

Point Loma Nazarene University-Top Christian Universities

Point Loma Nazarene was ranked #52 by The Economist in its first ever university rankings, placing the school in the top 5% of the 1,200 schools listed in that ranking.

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Point Loma has one of the higher graduation rates of the schools ranked here, and 87% of those graduates manage to graduate in four years. Point Loma Nazarene University offers more than 60 areas of study including programs like art history, political science, communication, information systems, exercise and sport science, computer science and youth and family ministries.

Tuition: $32,400
Graduation Rate: 75%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Standout Features: Ranked among the top 100 universities by The Economist.

#8. Huntington University

Huntington, Indiana

Rating: 14

Huntington University-Top Christian Universities

Huntington is ranked by Christian Universities Online as one of the most beautiful colleges and universities in the Midwest.

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Huntington University offers over 50 undergraduate programs including social work, pre-law, animation, film production, computer science, journalism, business, studio art, graphic design, and agricultural studies. Huntington also offers non-traditional adult-oriented programs in accounting, organizational management, and registered nurse to bachelor of science in nursing.

Tuition: $24,822
Graduation Rate: 66%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 10:1

#7. Messiah College

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Rating: 14

Messiah College-Top Christian Colleges

100% of Messiah College’s first-year students receive financial aid.

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Messiah College’s 3,400 undergraduate and graduate students come from 38 states and 29 countries. 97% of Messiah College graduates are employed or in a graduate program within six to nine months of graduating. Messiah offers 72 undergraduate majors including theater, sustainability studies, sport management, politics and international relations, human development and family science, digital media, and computer and information science.

Tuition: $32,240
Graduation Rate: 77%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Standout Features: 100% of incoming freshman students receive financial aid.

#6. Calvin College

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Rating: 14

Calvin College-Top Christian Colleges

Calvin College is ranked #1 among the top regional colleges in the midwest by U.S. News and World Report.

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Calvin College offers 126 undergraduate majors including nine different language majors. Other programs include scientific computation and modeling, international relations, economics, engineering (regular, electrical and computer), actuarial science, dance, elementary and secondary education, and digital communications. The computer science and bachelor’s in engineering programs are ABET-accredited.

Tuition: $30,660
Graduation Rate: 74%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 13:1
Standout Features: U.S. News Ranked #1 among midwest regional colleges. 126 undergraduate majors. ABET-accredited computer science and engineering degrees.

#5. Taylor University

Upland, Indiana

Rating: 14

Taylor University-Top Christian Universities

97% of Taylor graduates are employed or admitted to grad school within six months of graduation.

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Taylor University offers semester-long study abroad programs in thirteen countries including Israel, Hong Kong, Ecuador, China, Spain, Uganda, Ireland, and Australia. Taylor offers 58 undergraduate programs including youth ministry, web communication, computer science, sport management, sustainable development, public health, professional writing, music performance, and an ABET-accredited computer engineering program.

Tuition: $30,270
Graduation Rate: 77%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Standout Features: 97% of graduates employed within six months.

#4. Pepperdine University

Malibu, California

Rating: 14

Pepperdine University-Top Christian Universities

Pepperdine offers a total of 17 NCAA Division I sports teams.

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Pepperdine University offers 73 degree programs across five schools. The university was rated the #10 most entrepreneurial university by Forbes magazine, and a best college value in the West and southwest by Kiplinger. Pepperdine adheres to its Christian principles while embracing a diversity of faith including students of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist faiths. 58% of the student body identifies as Christian and 32% of the student body declined to state their religious affiliation.

Tuition: $48,342
Graduation Rate: 84%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1
Standout Features: Nationally recognized by Forbes, U.S. News, and Kiplinger. NCAA Division I sports program.

#3. College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, Missouri

Rating: 15

College of the Ozarks-Top Christian Colleges

Students at College of the Ozarks can cover their room and board by working at the college for six weeks during the summer, saving $6,500 per year.

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College of the Ozarks features 27 undergraduate degree programs and nine pre-professional programs. The pre-professional programs include allied health science, conservation and wildlife management, dietetics, medical technology, pre-law, pre-med, pre-pharmacy, pre-physician’s assistant, and pre-veterinary programs. Religious majors include biblical and theological studies, Christian apologetics, and Christian ministry.

Tuition: $18,730
Graduation Rate: 73%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 14:1
Standout Features: Summer work for six weeks covers room and board.

#2. MidAmerica Nazarene University

Olathe, Kansas

Rating: 16

Mid-America Nazarene University-Top Christian Universities

MidAmerica Nazarene University features the lowest student to faculty ratio and lowest tuition in this ranking.

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MidAmerica Nazarene University offers more than 40 traditional undergraduate programs and a wide range of adult-oriented accelerated associate’s, bachelor’s, and degree completion programs. Traditional degrees offered by the school include criminal justice, graphic design, physics, and sociology. Accelerated bachelor’s programs include bachelor of arts in applied organizational leadership, bachelor’s in business administration, and an accelerated bachelor of science in nursing program.

Tuition: $10,875
Graduation Rate: 55%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 7:1
Standout Features: Lowest student to faculty ratio and tuition.

#1. Wheaton College

Wheaton, Illinois

Rating: 16

Wheaton College-Top Christian Colleges

Wheaton College features the highest graduation rate among all the schools in this ranking.

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Wheaton is a non-denominational liberal arts college and offers more than 45 undergraduate programs. Among the programs offered are applied math, anthropology, biology, chemistry, computer science, French, philosophy, psychology, business, and economics. Wheaton’s conservatory of music offers seven programs including composition, music education, and performance. High grad rate and low student to faculty ratio helped propel Wheaton to the number one spot on our list of top Christian colleges and universities for 2017-2018.

Tuition: $32,950
Graduation Rate: 89%
Student/Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Standout Features: Highest graduation rate in ranking.

Methodology

The metric used to calculate our top Christian colleges and universities ratings is as follows. Once the school’s rating was determined, ties were broken by giving preference first to whichever school has the highest graduation rate, and then if the schools have equal graduation rates, giving preference to whichever school has the lowest tuition.

Tuition Scale

Under $40,000=1
Under $35,000=2
Under $30,000=3
Under $25,000=4
Under$20,000=5
Under$15,000=6

Graduation Rate

Over 50%=1
Over 55%=2
Over 60%=3
Over 65%=4
Over 70%=5
Over 75%=6
Over 80%=7
Over 85%=8

Student/Faculty Ratio

20:1=1
18:1=2
16:1=3
14:1=4
12:1=5
10:1=6
8:1=7

Sources

All information in this article was drawn either directly from each school’s website or the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database.

TD Staff
April 2017

This concludes our ranking of the top 50 Christian colleges and universities for 2017-2018.