Great Christian Colleges and Universities in the Midwest

Hoping to join a campus community that values both spiritual and academic integrity? These Christian colleges in the Midwest could be a great fit for you!

If self-reflection, faith, and moral and biblical facets align with your personal values, a Christian college could be the perfect place for you—and with the variety of Christian colleges and universities in the US, you’ll never fall short of options. Students at Christian schools are exposed to courses related to Christianity and theology along with other classes in the liberal arts and sciences. Not only do they facilitate academic strength, but they also encourage religious growth through an integrated curriculum.

If you’re looking for a deeper look into Christian colleges, this is a great place to learn about some of your choices. Each school listed below is a Christian institution located in the Midwestern region of the United States, the “heartland of America.” If you’d like to learn more, just click the “Connect me” button underneath each school you’re interested in, then they’ll reach out to you with more information. Start exploring the vast possibilities and making connections with these colleges now!

Ashland University  

Ashland UAshland University is a church-affiliated liberal arts institution with a 120-acre campus in Ashland, Ohio—60 miles southwest of Cleveland. The University offers 60+ majors, including notable programs in Nursing, Education, Forensic Science, Criminal Justice, and Business. Christian values serve as a core element of Ashland's institutional identity, while respect for the diversity of values and faith of each person is emphasized across campus. 

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Bethel University

Bethel UniversityBethel University is a church-affiliated liberal arts university located in Arden Hills, Minnesota—just 10 miles from St. Paul. The University offers more than 100 areas of study and dozens of cocurricular options so students can take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities in their chosen fields. Bethel has an overarching mission of graduating individuals whose academic preparation, spiritual maturity, and broad Christian vision give them exceptional potential for leadership and service. 

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Calvin University

Calvin UniversityCalvin University is a private Christian liberal arts institution with a 370-acre campus located in a suburban area of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Students are encouraged to think deeply about each subject then put it into practice while exploring relevant issues with hands-on projects and classes that foster deep conversations with Christian professors. With 100% of students participating in service learning opportunities, Calvin is home to Christians from all over the world who are curious and motivated. 

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Cedarville University

Cedarville UniversityCedarville University is a church-affiliated private liberal arts university with a 441-acre campus located in Cedarville, Ohio—only 20 miles from Dayton. Undergraduate students spend roughly 1,000 days experiencing a world-class education in a vibrant, truly Christian learning community. With a Bible minor built into all undergraduate programs and biblical integration in every course, Cedarville is driven by an unwavering commitment to the inerrancy and authority of Scripture.

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Evangel University

Evangel UniversityEvangel University is a church-affiliated liberal arts university on an 80-acre campus in Springfield, Missouri. The University’s faith-based culture and education rooted in a biblical worldview strengthen all students, faculty, and staff. Hands-on learning experiences are also available to every student, pairing book knowledge with real-world experience and making Evangel a premier Christian university.  

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Grace College

Grace College & SeminaryGrace College is an evangelical Christian community of higher education with a 180-acre campus in Winona Lake, Indiana. The College emphasizes a biblical worldview and teaches students to own their faith and recognize Scripture as the Word of God. Students can reduce their cost of tuition by 25% by getting nearly any bachelor’s degree in just three years and have the option to add a master’s degree to finish in four years.

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Harding University

Harding UniversityHarding University is a Christ-centered private university with a 350-acre campus in Searcy, Arkansas—50 miles northeast of Little Rock. At Harding, students are challenged to pursue scholarship, service, teamwork, excellence, and commitment. Through a Christian perspective that allows appreciation of various disciplines, students excel as scholars and develop leadership skills, character, conviction, and a competitive edge for success at prestigious graduate schools and companies throughout the nation.  

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Hillsdale College

Hillsdale CollegeHillsdale College is a private liberal arts college in Hillsdale, Michigan—approximately 70 miles from Ann Arbor, Toledo, Lansing, and Fort Wayne. The College offers a literary, scientific, and theological education combined with moral and social instruction. Students can strengthen their faith and engage in respectful dialogue with students of other faith traditions by participating in student-led religious services and activities through the vast array of student life organizations and community volunteer opportunities on campus. 

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Indiana Wesleyan University

Indiana Wesleyan UniversityIndiana Wesleyan University is a private Christian liberal arts university in Marion, Indiana—65 miles northeast of Indianapolis. IWU is the largest institution in the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and first institution in the CCCU to be recognized by the New Media Consortium as a world leader in innovative approaches to the use of technology. Modern campus facilities include a $22 million Chapel Auditorium, 11 residence buildings and townhouses, a multipurpose wellness and recreation center, a student center with a movie theater, a new 2,500-seat football stadium, and more. 

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John Brown University

John Brown UniversityJohn Brown University is a private liberal arts institution in Siloam Springs, Arkansas—70 miles from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Named a 2020–2021 Christian College of Distinction, JBU equips students with an academic, spiritual, and professional foundation for successful careers and lives of purpose. The University’s three-part college experience helps students achieve a Christ-centered, community-oriented college journey and education. 

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Malone University

Malone UniversityMalone University is a Christian liberal arts university in Canton, Ohio—20 miles south of Akron—that’s affiliated with the Evangelical Friends Church–Eastern Region. Although primarily a teaching university, Malone offers students the opportunity to create new knowledge through its annual undergraduate research symposium. Students can also explore and develop their beliefs, values, attitudes, and skills through classroom and extracurricular activities, the arts, athletics, service learning, study abroad, and spiritual life offerings. 

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Moody Bible Institute

Moody Bible InstituteMoody Bible Institute is a private church-affiliated institution in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to more than 20 areas of study and a foundational knowledge of the Bible and theology, Moody offers students leadership and cross-cultural learning experiences through many different student organizations. Students gain insight of the Bible and theology while sharpening practical skills and receiving ministry and career experience to broaden their opportunities after graduation.

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North Park University

North Park UniversityNorth Park University is a private Christian university located on the northwest side of Chicago, Illinois. With a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and an average class size of 17, North Park is a Christian, city-centered, intercultural university where faith, learning, and service meet. Students build community with one another through 15 varsity athletic teams and an array of cultural, social, academic, and political student organizations on campus.

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Oklahoma Baptist University

Oklahoma Baptist UniversityOklahoma Baptist University is a Christian liberal arts university in Shawnee, Oklahoma—35 miles east of Oklahoma City. OBU is committed to providing students with an interdisciplinary approach to education, with all degree programs featuring a common core of classes designed to provide a solid foundation of knowledge. Students are prepared to think critically about worldviews, values, and truth with strong academic programs and a liberal arts curriculum connecting different fields of study. 

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Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma Christian UniversityOklahoma Christian University is a private, religiously affiliated university occupying a large park-like setting in Edmond, Oklahoma—part of the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. With an enrollment of 2,250 students, the University features a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and 68 student organizations, including Spiritual Life events. OC also provides students exposure to their chosen fields, internships at leading companies, and opportunities to develop professional connections.

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Oral Roberts University

Oral Roberts UniversityOral Roberts University is a private, nonprofit, non-denominational, church-affiliated liberal arts university in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Students are taken beyond the textbook with mentorship for both personal and professional development and future success. With dozens of clubs, frequent activities, intramurals, sporting events, worship nights, and weekly Chapels, ORU offers students a dynamic, engaging, spirit-empowered community.

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Ouachita Baptist University

Ouachita Baptist UniversityOuachita Baptist University is a church-affiliated liberal arts university in Arkadelphia, Arkansas—65 miles southwest of Little Rock. Through a semi-annual community service project called Tiger Serve Day, OBU students, faculty, and staff have logged approximately 90,000 volunteer hours since 1997. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the European Study Tour, Biblical Studies Tour, and other international education options. 

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Southwest Baptist University

Southwest Baptist UniversitySouthwest Baptist University is a church-affiliated university in Bolivar, Missouri—28 miles north of Springfield. Students can choose from more than 80 areas of study and connect through more than 45 student organizations, residence hall activities, and intramurals. Opportunities such as internships, study abroad, missions, group projects, and independent research also allow students to gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need for personal and professional achievement.

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Sterling College

Sterling CollegeSterling College is a private Christian college located in Sterling, Kansas—65 miles from Wichita. Sterling challenges students academically in an environment that’s enthusiastically Christian with more than 80 programs of study. Students also have the opportunity to grow spiritually by exploring their faith and identity through weekly chapel services, Bible study, and domestic or international mission trips. 

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Trinity Christian College

Trinity Christian CollegeTrinity Christian College is a four-year liberal arts college, founded in the Reformed Christian tradition and located on a 50-acre campus in suburban Palos Heights, Illinois—about 25 miles southwest of Chicago. Trinity students come from 35 states, four Canadian provinces, and eight foreign countries. The College offers a caring Christian community where students can grow in their faith while joining together in worship, chapel, student-led Outcry, service projects, and more.

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Trinity International University

Trinity International UniversityTrinity International University is a private church-affiliated university located in Deerfield, Illinois—25 miles north of downtown Chicago. The University’s mission lies in its commitment to its four core values—Christ Centered, Community Focused, Church Connected, and Culturally Engaged. The campus culture emphasizes hands-on, educationally focused opportunities for growth, while the Thrive Center is committed to helping students cultivate their academic excellence, become life-long learners, and pursue their personal and professional goals.

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Wheaton College

Wheaton CollegeWheaton College is a church-affiliated liberal arts college located in the residential suburb of Wheaton, Illinois—25 miles west of Chicago. The College offers over 50 academic programs in various fields of study, with twin traditions of quality academics and deep faith. The enduring core curriculum model—Christ at the Core—offers students space to wrestle with timeless challenges and pursue biblically informed, thoughtful wisdom. 

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To explore even more great Bible-based college choices, check out our full list of featured Christian School Profiles!

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