Best Christian Colleges and Universities

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Looking for the Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the nation? Look no further than the A-List which ranks schools based on multiple data points within the three major categories of Academic Quality, Accessibility, and Affordability (in-state tuition).

*Data gathered in 2018. Tuition is based on in-state data.

Accessibility ★ Affordability ★ Academic Quality

There are just over 7,500 higher education institutions that are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Of these, about 880 colleges and universities (12%) claim to have a Christian religious affiliation. The College Atlas Best Christian Colleges list ranks the top 150 campus and online Christian colleges.

Does this mean that all of the students that attend these Christian colleges are seeking to become professional clergy, ministers, or religious scholars? While some may have that as their career goal, the category of Christian college or university simply means that the school’s curriculum is integrated with and founded upon the religious teachings of Jesus Christ and the Bible. View the 2018 Best Campus and Online Christian Colleges below.


  1. Brigham Young University-Provo - logo

    Brigham Young University-Provo

    Provo, UT
    #1

    Brigham Young University (BYU) is located in Provo, Utah. It is owned and operated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, also known as the Mormon Church. It is the third largest…. read more


    • $5,300 In-State Tuition
    • 34,240 Students
    • 51% Acceptance Rate
    • 83% 6-Year Grad Rate


  2. Brigham Young University-Idaho - logo

    Brigham Young University-Idaho

    Rexburg, ID
    #2

    Brigham Young University – Idaho (known as BYU-Idaho or BYU-I), located in Rexburg, Idaho, was founded as a junior college but became a four-year institution in 2001. The private university…. read more


    • $3,920 In-State Tuition
    • 44,821 Students
    • 96% Acceptance Rate
    • 56% 6-Year Grad Rate


  3. Harding University - logo

    Harding University

    Searcy, AR
    #3

    Harding University is a private liberal arts Christian university located in Searcy, Arkansas. It started as Harding College in 1924 in Morrilton, Arkansas but moved ten years later to the…. read more


    • $17,940 In-State Tuition
    • 5,902 Students
    • 70% Acceptance Rate
    • 64% 6-Year Grad Rate


  4. Liberty University - logo

    Liberty University

    Lynchburg, VA
    #4

    Training Champions for Christ Since 1971, Liberty University (locally referred to as Liberty or LU) is a four-year, privately owned and operated, Evangelical Christian university in Lynchburg…. read more


    • $15,105 In-State Tuition
    • 75,756 Students
    • 24% Acceptance Rate
    • 54% 6-Year Grad Rate


  5. Samford University - logo

    Samford University

    Birmingham, AL
    #5

    Samford University is a private Christian university located in Birmingham, AL. The university offers premier academic programs taught by accomplished professors. Samford University offers…. read more


    • $28,552 In-State Tuition
    • 5,471 Students
    • 91% Acceptance Rate
    • 73% 6-Year Grad Rate


  6. Dordt College - logo

    Dordt College

    Sioux Center, IA
    #6

    Dordt College is a liberal arts college in Sioux Center, Iowa. This private, Christian school was established in 1955, and is associated with the Christian Reformed Church. The school gets…. read more


    • $28,630 In-State Tuition
    • 1,522 Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 69% 6-Year Grad Rate


  7. Shasta Bible College and Graduate School - logo

    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School

    Redding, CA
    #7

    Shasta Bible College and Graduate School is located in Redding, California. The institution was originally started in 1970 as an extension of Multnomah School of the Bible. Shasta Bible College…. read more


    • $11,200 In-State Tuition
    • 52 Students
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 57% 6-Year Grad Rate


  8. Northwest University - logo

    Northwest University

    Kirkland, WA
    #8

    Northwest University is a Christian coeducational school located in Kirkland, Washington, USA. The school also has a satellite campus-Northwest University- Salem Campus-located in Salem, OR…. read more


    • $28,800 In-State Tuition
    • 1,226 Students
    • 93% Acceptance Rate
    • 56% 6-Year Grad Rate


  9. Ozark Christian College - logo

    Ozark Christian College

    Joplin, MO
    #9

    Ozarks Christian College was established in 1942 with a commitment to “train men and women for Christian service.” Ozarks offers Bible teaching combined with associate and bachelor”s degree…. read more


    • $11,360 In-State Tuition
    • 630 Students
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 50% 6-Year Grad Rate


  10. Oklahoma Baptist University - logo

    Oklahoma Baptist University

    Shawnee, OK
    #10

    Oklahoma Baptist University is located in Shawnee, Oklahoma, which is approximately 30 minutes from Oklahoma City. It is a small Christian liberal arts university that offers almost 130 on…. read more


    • $22,710 In-State Tuition
    • 2,073 Students
    • 60% Acceptance Rate
    • 57% 6-Year Grad Rate


  11. Lipscomb University - logo

    Lipscomb University

    Nashville, TN
    #11

    Lipscomb University is a private Christian college located in the rural area of Nashville, Tennessee. Lipscomb educates just over 4,600 students with about 61% of the students taking at least…. read more


    • $27,472 In-State Tuition
    • 4,632 Students
    • 61% Acceptance Rate
    • 58% 6-Year Grad Rate


  12. Hardin-Simmons University - logo

    Hardin-Simmons University

    Abilene, TX
    #12

    Baptist University Hardin-Simons University is a private, coeducation university located in Abilene, Texas. Hardin-Simons University, also known as HSU, is fully accredited and offers 72…. read more


    • $25,230 In-State Tuition
    • 2,205 Students
    • 88% Acceptance Rate
    • 52% 6-Year Grad Rate


  13. Calvin College - logo

    Calvin College

    Grand Rapids, MI
    #13

    Calvin College was founded on August 4, 1876, as part of the Calvin College and Theological Seminary by the Christian Reformed Church in North America, which practices and professes the…. read more


    • $31,730 In-State Tuition
    • 3,918 Students
    • 75% Acceptance Rate
    • 77% 6-Year Grad Rate


  14. Lee University - logo

    Lee University

    Cleveland, TN
    #14

    Lee University was started in 1918 from a small Bible institute from the Church of God of Cleveland, TN. It soon became a Bible college and junior college in 1948. Twenty years later, Lee…. read more


    • $15,170 In-State Tuition
    • 5,302 Students
    • 87% Acceptance Rate
    • 50% 6-Year Grad Rate


  15. Nyack College - logo

    Nyack College

    Nyack, NY
    #15

    Nyack College began in 1882 when a Canadian named A.B. Simpson decided he wanted to bring the Good News of God's love to whoever would listen, including the poor and downtrodden….. read more


    • $24,500 In-State Tuition
    • 2,502 Students
    • 100% Acceptance Rate
    • 38% 6-Year Grad Rate


  16. Louisiana College - logo

    Louisiana College

    Pineville, LA
    #16

    Louisiana College is located in Pineville, LA and is the only Baptist, four-year college in Louisiana. Louisiana College was founded in 1906 as a private, Baptist coeducational college of liberal…. read more


    • $13,800 In-State Tuition
    • 1,093 Students
    • 72% Acceptance Rate
    • 35% 6-Year Grad Rate


  17. Mount Vernon Nazarene University - logo

    Mount Vernon Nazarene University

    Mount Vernon, OH
    #17

    Mount Vernon Nazarene University (MVNU) began in 1968. The main MVNU campus is located in Mount Vernon, Ohio and is a four-year, private non-profit university. MVNU is the official…. read more


    • $18,629 In-State Tuition
    • 2,245 Students
    • 74% Acceptance Rate
    • 58% 6-Year Grad Rate


  18. Oral Roberts University - logo

    Oral Roberts University

    Tulsa, OK
    #18

    Oral Roberts University (ORU) is a four-year, interdenominational, Christian, liberal arts university. It is a private, non-profit institution that is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. ORU educacates…. read more


    • $24,750 In-State Tuition
    • 3,852 Students
    • 68% Acceptance Rate
    • 57% 6-Year Grad Rate


  19. Evangel University - logo

    Evangel University

    Springfield, MO
    #19

    Evangel University is an accredited, liberal arts university that offers undergraduate, graduate, seminary, and online degree programs. Evangel seeks to help their students integrate faith,…. read more


    • $20,874 In-State Tuition
    • 1,821 Students
    • 75% Acceptance Rate
    • 55% 6-Year Grad Rate


  20. Grace College of Divinity - logo

    Grace College of Divinity

    Fayetteville, NC
    #20

    Grace College of Divinity (GCD) is a four-year, private non-profit bible college. It is located in Fayetteville, NC on the main campus of Manna Church. Grace College of Divinity curriculum…. read more


    • $4,080 In-State Tuition
    • 112 Students
    • 75% Acceptance Rate
    • 100% 6-Year Grad Rate

Rank College Name In-State Tuition Enrollment Acceptance Rate 6-Year Grad Rate
21
Messiah College $32,350 3,305 80% 76%
22
Oklahoma Christian University $20,770 2,557 61% 49%
23
Bethel University $35,010 4,016 82% 76%
24
Howard Payne University $24,430 1,189 88% 41%
25
Mississippi College $15,800 5,048 49% 59%
26
Calvary University $10,500 271 98% 64%
27
Sacred Heart Major Seminary $18,646 483 100% 100%
28
Taylor University $31,232 2,170 80% 76%
29
Trevecca Nazarene University $23,724 3,221 72% 49%
30
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary $7,020 1,848 99% 46%
31
Campbell University $28,800 6,786 81% 57%
32
Wheaton College $34,050 2,901 79% 91%
33
Trinity Health System School of Nursing $9,245 84 93% 100%
34
Brigham Young University-Hawaii $5,240 2,866 27% 54%
35
Covenant College $31,320 1,058 96% 67%
36
Palm Beach Atlantic University $28,100 3,764 93% 51%
37
Baylor University $37,996 16,959 40% 74%
38
Carson-Newman University $25,200 2,659 63% 49%
39
Boise Bible College $11,250 138 90% 56%
40
North Park University $26,840 3,043 94% 53%
41
Geneva College $25,680 1,666 71% 66%
42
Fresno Pacific University $28,780 3,564 68% 62%
43
Huntington University $24,554 1,295 89% 65%
44
Franciscan University of Steubenville $25,220 2,759 79% 77%
45
Houghton College $30,136 1,059 79% 72%
46
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion $25,346 3,040 74% 65%
47
University of Northwestern-St Paul $29,100 3,447 87% 63%
48
Life Pacific College $13,488 627 97% 58%
49
California Baptist University $29,562 9,157 64% 60%
50
Clarks Summit University $22,510 738 43% 61%
51
Bethel College-Indiana $27,040 1,639 98% 66%
52
Whitworth University $39,600 2,634 89% 73%
53
Dallas Baptist University $25,380 5,156 43% 60%
54
Seattle Pacific University $38,520 4,061 87% 71%
55
Anderson University $28,500 2,232 66% 58%
56
Point Loma Nazarene University $32,900 4,098 69% 71%
57
Johnson University $13,000 1,140 47% 56%
58
Summit Christian College $5,600 37 33% 100%
59
Southwest Baptist University $21,600 3,691 90% 48%
60
Judson University $27,850 1,298 75% 64%
61
Martin Luther College $13,980 937 83% 73%
62
Walla Walla University $26,100 1,894 62% 54%
63
Trinity Bible College and Graduate School $13,962 226 59% 36%
64
Erskine College $32,540 822 76% 63%
65
North Greenville University $17,594 2,534 59% 57%
66
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor $22,680 3,906 79% 48%
67
Gordon College $34,528 2,004 92% 70%
68
Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing $14,550 196 70% 67%
69
University of Mary $15,990 3,260 77% 54%
70
Siena Heights University $24,390 2,640 72% 47%
71
Roberts Wesleyan College $28,486 1,698 65% 59%
72
Marquette University $38,000 11,294 84% 81%
73
Freed-Hardeman University $21,500 1,906 96% 57%
74
Biola University $36,696 6,095 65% 72%
75
LeTourneau University $27,930 2,721 44% 54%
76
Northwest Nazarene University $28,150 2,157 95% 49%
77
George Fox University $33,370 4,139 64% 64%
78
Southwestern Assemblies of God University $18,900 2,080 23% 45%
79
Chaminade University of Honolulu $23,180 2,277 91% 57%
80
Olivet Nazarene University $32,950 4,907 78% 57%
81
University of Sioux Falls $27,160 1,532 91% 53%
82
Divine Word College $12,500 64 100% 33%
83
Abilene Christian University $32,020 4,910 51% 62%
84
University of the Incarnate Word $27,000 8,906 92% 57%
85
Wayland Baptist University $13,800 5,077 100% 24%
86
Grace Christian University $11,890 1,012 81% 33%
87
Cedarville University $27,910 3,714 69% 72%
88
Trinity Christian College $27,200 1,286 70% 58%
89
Shorter University-College of Adult & Professional Programs $9,360 326 64% 55%
90
Northwestern College $29,300 1,252 66% 64%
91
Trinity Baptist College $9,990 371 65% 49%
92
University of Mobile $20,200 1,480 62% 48%
93
Madonna University $19,500 3,298 75% 59%
94
Mount Carmel College of Nursing $19,170 1,105 79% 73%
95
Family of Faith Christian University $5,850 69 83% 100%
96
Mount Angel Seminary $14,592 190 100% 60%
97
DePaul University $37,020 23,110 70% 73%
98
Ouachita Baptist University $24,400 1,493 67% 70%
99
Toccoa Falls College $20,714 1,252 54% 49%
100
Spring Arbor University $26,130 3,341 71% 54%
101
University of St Thomas $38,720 9,920 83% 76%
102
Westminster College $23,200 876 65% 64%
103
Wisconsin Lutheran College $27,734 1,114 90% 61%
104
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne $27,030 2,212 97% 55%
105
College of the Ozarks $18,500 1,517 14% 69%
106
Eastern Nazarene College $30,250 924 66% 46%
107
Greenville College $25,488 1,211 58% 47%
108
Milligan College $30,250 1,195 72% 63%
109
Vanguard University of Southern California $30,980 2,104 70% 56%
110
Azusa Pacific University $35,540 10,020 61% 70%
111
East Texas Baptist University $23,700 1,461 51% 38%
112
Saint Joseph's University $42,840 8,415 78% 80%
113
Loras College $30,065 1,524 92% 71%
114
Malone University $28,524 1,667 73% 53%
115
Central Christian College of the Bible $7,500 234 28% 63%
116
Campbellsville University $24,096 3,675 70% 37%
117
Saint Johns University $41,016 1,849 88% 79%
118
Duke University $49,575 15,735 11% 95%
119
San Diego Christian College $20,635 711 53% 52%
120
Duquesne University $35,062 9,343 74% 78%
121
York College $17,300 424 50% 68%
122
Kuyper College $19,718 208 73% 43%
123
Waynesburg University $22,380 1,805 94% 60%
124
Valparaiso University $36,280 4,412 83% 66%
125
Xavier University $35,920 6,509 69% 72%
126
Lubbock Christian University $20,966 1,912 95% 39%
127
Anderson University $23,470 3,432 54% 53%
128
Eastern University $30,780 3,420 61% 65%
129
Charleston Southern University $24,100 3,616 61% 36%
130
William Jessup University $28,300 1,318 73% 65%
131
Bluefield College $23,600 982 85% 32%
132
St Catherine University $31,042 4,786 91% 66%
133
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary $16,274 274 66% 63%
134
Southeastern University $23,160 5,804 46% 41%
135
Tabor College $25,700 727 56% 48%
136
Ohio Northern University $29,240 3,108 64% 74%
137
University of Indianapolis $26,920 5,711 86% 55%
138
Grace College and Theological Seminary $22,913 2,300 79% 61%
139
Emmaus Bible College $15,730 256 36% 69%
140
Hope College $31,380 3,234 84% 79%
141
Concordia University-Wisconsin $27,640 7,721 63% 57%
142
The Baptist College of Florida $9,900 456 59% 53%
143
Oklahoma City University $27,276 2,968 72% 59%
144
Moody Bible Institute $9,728 3,601 62% 61%
145
Aquinas College $29,564 1,764 91% 53%
146
West Virginia Wesleyan College $28,574 1,542 77% 50%
147
Molloy College $28,000 5,069 77% 75%
148
Grand View University $24,794 1,971 97% 48%
149
University of Evansville $31,782 2,414 71% 69%
150
University of the Ozarks $23,750 686 87% 42%


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