10 Best Christian Colleges and Universities

#1 College of the Ozarks

Founded in the early 1900s the private, co-ed, Christian general arts institution sits on a 1,000-acre land in Point Lookout, Missouri. Rather than students paying tuition, the school has a matchless custom where they work to earn their stay. Although it is more commonly referred to as C of O, from their practice of combining scholarships with state grants along with the College’s work program, where the tuition costs become $0, the school is now better known as “Hard Work U”. The school’s leadership discourages debt and by example, the College does not operate on institutional debts nor does it partake in any private loan programs, whether federal or state.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges (since 1961), “Hard Work U” has an enrollment of not more than 1,500 undergraduates; and offers over 25 majors, 36 minors, as well as some pre-professional programs. Besides biblical & theological studies, communication arts and theatre, the academic programs also include family studies and social services, psychology, biology, nursing, educating, criminal justice, engineering, hotel/restaurant management, business, computer sciences, military science and agriculture.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 100%

Student to faculty ratio – 14:1

Applicant admittance – 12%

Retention rate – 74%

Graduation rate – 73%

#2 Wheaton College

Established in 1860, Wheaton College is a private, non-profit, coeducational, Christian general arts school is situated in Wheaton, Illinois. It has its roots in the evangelical Protestant practice and is well-known for its strong Christian legacy and concrete academic results. Various Christian personalities such as Nate Saint and Jim Elliot, John Piper and Billy Graham, received some of their education from here. The school has an enrollment of almost 3,000 (approximately 2,500 are undergraduates), with 7% coming from either missionary or developing world background and 20% from ethnic minority groups.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since the mid 1900s), Wheaton College offers over 40 undergrad majors in these departments: Arts & Sciences, the Conservatory of Music, and Global & Experiential Learning. Besides offering Master of Arts degrees in Biblical Studies, Biblical Exegesis, Theology and Christian Formation and Ministry, their Graduate School also offers Biblical Archaeology, Evangelism and Leadership, History of Christianity, Missional Church Movements, TESOL and Intercultural Studies, and Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy. Additionally, Ph.D. in Biblical & Theological Studies, and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology are the two doctoral programs offered.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 85%

Student to faculty ratio – 11:1

Applicant admittance – 71%

Retention rate – 95%

Graduation rate – 89%

#3 Whitworth University

George F. Whitworth established this school as the Sumner Academy in 1883. It is an affiliation of the Presbyterian Church and was first located in the little town of Sumner in the then Washington Territory. The private, residential Christian general arts institution is now located in Spokane, Washington. Later, (1890), it was incorporated and renamed Whitworth College, in honor of its founder. The school relocated to Tacoma in 1899 and to Spokane in 1914. Then in 2006, after voting by the board of trustees, it was renamed Whitworth University; a name, which was formally accepted in 2007. Whitworth has an enrollment of over 2,600, with about 2,300 undergrads.

Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (since 1933), Whitworth University offers a range of both undergraduate and graduate degrees through their College of Arts & Sciences; School of Business; School of Education; and School of Continuing Studies.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 99%

Student to faculty ratio – 11:1

Applicant admittance – 62%

Retention rate – 95%

Graduation rate – 75%

#4 Messiah College

Established by the Brethren in Christ Church in 1909 and was originally named Messiah Bible School and Missionary Training Home. It is a private nondenominational institution Christian college of the general- and applied arts and sciences, and is situated just outside of Harrisburg in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. The school progressed into a junior college in 1921 and by 1951, having developed its initial four-year college program, was renamed Messiah College.

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 1963), it has an enrollment of over 3,000 students, counting about 2,500 undergraduates. It offers more than 80 majors, several pre-professional programs, as well as nearly two dozen graduate-level programs. Besides its Interdisciplinary Areas of study, Messiah College is divided into four schools: School of Arts, School of Business, Education and Social Sciences, School of Humanities, School of Science, Engineering and Health; each housing several departments.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 100%

Student to faculty ratio – 12:1

Applicant admittance – 79%

Retention rate – 88%

Graduation rate – 77%

#5 Grove City College

Established in 1876, this institution was founded by Isaac C. Ketler and chartered as the Pine Grove Normal Academy. It is a private, coeducational, Christian general arts school with its location in Grove City, Pennsylvania. It was renamed Grove City College by the trustees of the school in 1884.

Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (since 1922), the school has an undergraduate enrollment of close to 2,500. With over 50 programs of study, Grove City College offers a variety of academic choices, which besides Biblical and Religious Studies, include Physics, Political Science, Biology, Physical Education, Economics, and Mathematics.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 72%

Student to faculty ratio – 13:1

Applicant admittance – 81%

Retention rate – 89%

Graduation rate – 85%

#6 Calvin College

Founded in 1876, the school is named after the renowned Protestant Reformer, John Calvin, a leader in the 16th century reformation movement. It is a private, Christian general arts institution affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church of North America and Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. It has its location in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1930), it has an enrollment of approximately 4,000; the majority being undergraduates. Through various departments, Calvin College presents a choice of academic programs, which besides Congregational & Ministry Studies and languages (Chinese, Dutch, English, French, Japanese, Spanish, and German), include Art (different areas), Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Classics, Communication Arts & Sciences, Computer Science, Economics, Education, Engineering, Geology, Geography & Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Graduate Studies in Education, History, International Development Studies, Kinesiology, Mathematics and Statistics, Music, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Political Science, Pre-Professional Health, Psychology, Science Education Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Speech Pathology and Audiology, Teacher Education and of course, Religion,.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 100%

Student to faculty ratio – 13:1

Applicant admittance – 74%

Retention rate – 86%

Graduation rate – 74%

#7 Taylor University

Established in 1846, the private, co-ed, non-denominational Christian general arts institution sits on a 952-acre land in Upland, Indiana. It was named after an American Missionary Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church, William Taylor. It ranked #1 Regional College-Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, for nine consecutive years.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1947), the school has an enrollment of about 2,000 students from almost all fifty states as well as over 30 foreign nations. Besides about 100 undergraduate degree programs which include more than 60 majors in the Bachelor of Science, 40 majors in the Bachelor of Arts; two Bachelor of Music majors; and an online Bachelor of Business, Taylor University offers both a Masters of Business Administration as well as a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development. Worth noting also is that about 80% of students participate in some type of study abroad program.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 100%

Student to faculty ratio – 12:1

Applicant admittance – 85%

Retention rate – 87%

Graduation rate – 77%

#8 Union University

Established in 1823 (as the Jackson Male Academy) and in 1925 the school adopted its present name, and got its official affiliation with the Tennessee Baptist Convention. It is a private, evangelical Christian, general arts college situated in Jackson, Tennessee. In 2015, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance named it a Best Value College and in 2016, the U.S. News & World Report named it one of the Best Regional Universities in the South.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1948), it has an enrollment of about 4,000, which includes over 2,500 undergraduates. Divided into various colleges and schools; namely: the College of Arts and Sciences; the College of Education and Human Studies; the McAfee School of Business Administration; the School of Nursing; the School of Pharmacy; and the School of Theology and Missions.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 100%

Student to faculty ratio – 10:1

Applicant admittance – 69%

Retention rate – 84%

Graduation rate – 64%

#9 Cedarville University

Established in 1887 Cedarville University was in the beginning chartered by the New Light Reformed Presbyterian Church. Following a merger with the Baptist Bible Institute of Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1950s the school came under the administration of the Evangelical Baptists – an affiliation, which still stands. It is a private, coeducational, Christian college and is situated in Cedarville, Ohio.

Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1975), it has an enrollment of above 3,500 with more than 3,000 of who are undergraduates. The school offers over 70 undergraduate degree programs as well as some graduate-level programs. Besides departments of Biblical and Theological Studies; Music and Worship and Interdisciplinary Studies, the school has several other academic departments, namely: Art, Design, and Theatre; History and Government; Business Administration; Communication; Education; Engineering and Computer Science; English, Literature, and Modern Languages; Kinesiology and Allied Health; Nursing; Pharmacy; Psychology; Science and Mathematics; as well as Social Work.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 99%

Student to faculty ratio – 13:1

Applicant admittance – 74%

Retention rate – 86%

Graduation rate – 72%

#10 Asbury University

Established in 1890 by John Wesley Hughes, as the Kentucky Holiness College, Asbury University was renamed in honor of (the “Father of American Methodism”) Bishop Francis Asbury. It is a private, four-year, nondenominational Christian school that sits on a 65-acre land in Wilmore, Kentucky.

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (since 1940), it has an enrollment of about 2,000 students representing more than forty states and over twenty-four foreign countries. Through College of Arts and Sciences, Asbury offers a choice of academic programs: language, literature, arts, humanities, history, business, and sciences. The School of Communication Arts offers programs in communication, journalism, media communication, worship arts, and theatre and cinema performance. The Howard Dayton School of Business presents majors and minors in accounting, economics, finance, international business, management, marketing, entrepreneurship, and sport management. And then there is the School of Education as well as the School of Graduate and Professional studies.

Fast Facts:

Financial aid – 99%

Student to faculty ratio – 11:1

Applicant admittance – 57%

Retention rate – 81%

Graduation rate – 63%