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

RankCollege NameIn-State TuitionEnrollmentAcceptance Rate6-Year Grad Rate
21
Messiah College$32,3503,30580%76%
22
Oklahoma Christian University$20,7702,55761%49%
23
Bethel University$35,0104,01682%76%
24
Howard Payne University$24,4301,18988%41%
25
Mississippi College$15,8005,04849%59%
26
Calvary University$10,50027198%64%
27
Sacred Heart Major Seminary$18,646483100%100%
28
Taylor University$31,2322,17080%76%
29
Trevecca Nazarene University$23,7243,22172%49%
30
Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary$7,0201,84899%46%
31
Campbell University$28,8006,78681%57%
32
Wheaton College$34,0502,90179%91%
33
Trinity Health System School of Nursing$9,2458493%100%
34
Brigham Young University-Hawaii$5,2402,86627%54%
35
Covenant College$31,3201,05896%67%
36
Palm Beach Atlantic University$28,1003,76493%51%
37
Baylor University$37,99616,95940%74%
38
Carson-Newman University$25,2002,65963%49%
39
Boise Bible College$11,25013890%56%
40
North Park University$26,8403,04394%53%
41
Geneva College$25,6801,66671%66%
42
Fresno Pacific University$28,7803,56468%62%
43
Huntington University$24,5541,29589%65%
44
Franciscan University of Steubenville$25,2202,75979%77%
45
Houghton College$30,1361,05979%72%
46
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion$25,3463,04074%65%
47
University of Northwestern-St Paul$29,1003,44787%63%
48
Life Pacific College$13,48862797%58%
49
California Baptist University$29,5629,15764%60%
50
Clarks Summit University$22,51073843%61%
51
Bethel College-Indiana$27,0401,63998%66%
52
Whitworth University$39,6002,63489%73%
53
Dallas Baptist University$25,3805,15643%60%
54
Seattle Pacific University$38,5204,06187%71%
55
Anderson University$28,5002,23266%58%
56
Point Loma Nazarene University$32,9004,09869%71%
57
Johnson University$13,0001,14047%56%
58
Summit Christian College$5,6003733%100%
59
Southwest Baptist University$21,6003,69190%48%
60
Judson University$27,8501,29875%64%
61
Martin Luther College$13,98093783%73%
62
Walla Walla University$26,1001,89462%54%
63
Trinity Bible College and Graduate School$13,96222659%36%
64
Erskine College$32,54082276%63%
65
North Greenville University$17,5942,53459%57%
66
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor$22,6803,90679%48%
67
Gordon College$34,5282,00492%70%
68
Saint Elizabeth College of Nursing$14,55019670%67%
69
University of Mary$15,9903,26077%54%
70
Siena Heights University$24,3902,64072%47%
71
Roberts Wesleyan College$28,4861,69865%59%
72
Marquette University$38,00011,29484%81%
73
Freed-Hardeman University$21,5001,90696%57%
74
Biola University$36,6966,09565%72%
75
LeTourneau University$27,9302,72144%54%
76
Northwest Nazarene University$28,1502,15795%49%
77
George Fox University$33,3704,13964%64%
78
Southwestern Assemblies of God University$18,9002,08023%45%
79
Chaminade University of Honolulu$23,1802,27791%57%
80
Olivet Nazarene University$32,9504,90778%57%
81
University of Sioux Falls$27,1601,53291%53%
82
Divine Word College$12,50064100%33%
83
Abilene Christian University$32,0204,91051%62%
84
University of the Incarnate Word$27,0008,90692%57%
85
Wayland Baptist University$13,8005,077100%24%
86
Grace Christian University$11,8901,01281%33%
87
Cedarville University$27,9103,71469%72%
88
Trinity Christian College$27,2001,28670%58%
89
Shorter University-College of Adult & Professional Programs$9,36032664%55%
90
Northwestern College$29,3001,25266%64%
91
Trinity Baptist College$9,99037165%49%
92
University of Mobile$20,2001,48062%48%
93
Madonna University$19,5003,29875%59%
94
Mount Carmel College of Nursing$19,1701,10579%73%
95
Family of Faith Christian University$5,8506983%100%
96
Mount Angel Seminary$14,592190100%60%
97
DePaul University$37,02023,11070%73%
98
Ouachita Baptist University$24,4001,49367%70%
99
Toccoa Falls College$20,7141,25254%49%
100
Spring Arbor University$26,1303,34171%54%
101
University of St Thomas$38,7209,92083%76%
102
Westminster College$23,20087665%64%
103
Wisconsin Lutheran College$27,7341,11490%61%
104
University of Saint Francis-Fort Wayne$27,0302,21297%55%
105
College of the Ozarks$18,5001,51714%69%
106
Eastern Nazarene College$30,25092466%46%
107
Greenville College$25,4881,21158%47%
108
Milligan College$30,2501,19572%63%
109
Vanguard University of Southern California$30,9802,10470%56%
110
Azusa Pacific University$35,54010,02061%70%
111
East Texas Baptist University$23,7001,46151%38%
112
Saint Joseph's University$42,8408,41578%80%
113
Loras College$30,0651,52492%71%
114
Malone University$28,5241,66773%53%
115
Central Christian College of the Bible$7,50023428%63%
116
Campbellsville University$24,0963,67570%37%
117
Saint Johns University$41,0161,84988%79%
118
Duke University$49,57515,73511%95%
119
San Diego Christian College$20,63571153%52%
120
Duquesne University$35,0629,34374%78%
121
York College$17,30042450%68%
122
Kuyper College$19,71820873%43%
123
Waynesburg University$22,3801,80594%60%
124
Valparaiso University$36,2804,41283%66%
125
Xavier University$35,9206,50969%72%
126
Lubbock Christian University$20,9661,91295%39%
127
Anderson University$23,4703,43254%53%
128
Eastern University$30,7803,42061%65%
129
Charleston Southern University$24,1003,61661%36%
130
William Jessup University$28,3001,31873%65%
131
Bluefield College$23,60098285%32%
132
St Catherine University$31,0424,78691%66%
133
Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary$16,27427466%63%
134
Southeastern University$23,1605,80446%41%
135
Tabor College$25,70072756%48%
136
Ohio Northern University$29,2403,10864%74%
137
University of Indianapolis$26,9205,71186%55%
138
Grace College and Theological Seminary$22,9132,30079%61%
139
Emmaus Bible College$15,73025636%69%
140
Hope College$31,3803,23484%79%
141
Concordia University-Wisconsin$27,6407,72163%57%
142
The Baptist College of Florida$9,90045659%53%
143
Oklahoma City University$27,2762,96872%59%
144
Moody Bible Institute$9,7283,60162%61%
145
Aquinas College$29,5641,76491%53%
146
West Virginia Wesleyan College$28,5741,54277%50%
147
Molloy College$28,0005,06977%75%
148
Grand View University$24,7941,97197%48%
149
University of Evansville$31,7822,41471%69%
150
University of the Ozarks$23,75068687%42%


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