America’s Top Christian Colleges

This article is by guest author Beth for Drawing Near to God, a Christian blog. Visit for wonderful devotionals and Bible Studies.

Why choose a religious college? Many parents take comfort in knowing that their children will receive solid education and career preparation in addition to a well-rounded spiritual education. Religious colleges and universities place an emphasis on being service-minded and giving back to your community. Many of these institutions consistently rank at the top of “best college” lists, thanks in part to their multi-faceted approach to higher education. Here are some of America’s top religious institutions for higher education, as ranked by Forbes, U.S. News, and Princeton Review (in no particular order).

Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI (Christian Reformed Church of North America, NCAA-III)
From their website: “Calvin College is a top-rated, four-year, Christian liberal arts college offering 100 majors.” Calvin identifies itself as a “comprehensive liberal arts college in the Reformed tradition of historic Christianity.” Calvin College has an acceptance rate of approximately 75%

Wheaton College by navets on flickr

Wheaton College

Wheaton College – Wheaton, IL (Christian nondenominational, NCAA-III)
From their website: “Established in 1860 as a co-ed institution, Wheaton College is a private, residential, and interdenominational Christian liberal arts college.” Wheaton has been named a Best Buy college by The Fiske Guide to Colleges. Kiplinger’s rated Wheaton within the top 30 Best Values in Liberal Arts Colleges

College of the Ozarks – Point Lookout, MO (Christian Interdenominational, NAIA)
From Wikipedia: “College of the Ozarks is a private, Christian liberal-arts college.” College of the Ozarks is known as “Hard Work U,” where students “don’t pay tuition, work for an education, graduate without debt, develop character, and value God and country.” Their “free tuition” ideal is accomplished through a combination of work-study programs, federal and state grants, and C of O scholarships.

Waterfall at the College of the Ozarks by Luke Wisely on flickr

Waterfall at the College of the Ozarks

Oklahoma Baptist University – Shawnee, OK (Southern Baptist Convention, NAIA)
From their website: “OBU is a small Christian liberal arts university in Shawnee.” OBU was founded in 1910 by the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. They boast a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio, enrollment of just over 2,000, and 84 areas of undergraduate study.

Whitworth University – Spokane, WA (Presbyterian Church of the United States, NCAA-III)
From Wikipedia: “Whitworth University is a private Christian liberal arts college located in Spokane that offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in a variety of academic disciplines.” Since 2000, Whitworth has invested more than $100 million in campus improvements, “including an expanded dining hall, a rec center, a science hall, a center for the visual arts, three residence halls, and an intramural sports field.” Their enrollment is close to 3,000 and they offer 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

George Fox University – Newberg, OR (Evangelical Friends, NCAA-III)
From Wikipedia: “George Fox University is a Christian university of liberal arts and sciences, and professional studies.” It is a nationally recognized Christian university, offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, six seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees. George Fox University is annually ranked among the nation’s top Christian colleges and is consistently recognized by publications like Forbes and US News & World Report.

Houghton College – Houghton, NY (Wesleyan Church, NAIA)
From their website: “A Christian college in Western New York offering an academically challenging Christ-centered education in the liberal arts.” Houghton College offers six undergraduate degrees and two graduate degrees. It has been recognized as one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes, a “Best College in the Northeast” by Princeton Review, and a “Top Green College” by Princeton Review in their “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.”

Westmont College – Santa Barbara, CA (Christian Nondenominational, NAIA)
From their website: “A Christian, liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, California, for undergraduate  programs, offering 26 bachelors of arts and science degrees.” Westmont aims to cultivate “thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world.” Westmont is consistently ranked among the top 100 best liberal arts colleges in the nation by US News & World Report.

Gordon College

Gordon College

Gordon College – Wenham, MA (Non-denominational, NCAA-III)
From Wikipedia: “Gordon College is a liberal arts college located on the former Princemere estate in Wenham, Massachusetts.” Gordon is the only nondenominational Christian college in New England and bills itself as “one of the nation’s premier Christian colleges,” combining “an exceptional education with an informed Christian faith.” Gordon offers 38  majors, 61 missions and ministries, and has an enrollment of almost 2,000 students.

Covenant College – Lookout Mountain, GA (Presbyterian Church in America, NCAA-III)
Covenant College is the college of the Presbyterian Church in America. It is a “Christian, four-year, liberal arts college” that “exists to explore and express the preeminence of Jesus Christ in all things.” They are “committed to the Bible as the inerrant word of God.” In 2011, Covenant boasted an enrollment of just over 1,000, with a 2010 acceptance rate of 60% (Wikipedia).

This post was written by guest author Beth for Drawing Near to God, a Christian blog dedicated to bringing people into a closer relationship with God.

Images from used under the Creative Commons license.  Image credits: navets, Luke Wisely, The Sharpteam.

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