For some students, integrating faith into their college education and life is of the utmost importance—and many colleges share that same priority! Attending a Christian college or university allows students to stay fundamentally involved in the community of their faith while also receiving a great education. Christian colleges and universities also tend to offer more options in the way of religion courses and programs if studying your faith is important to your higher education goals. With so many great Christian schools to choose from, this list is a great place to start your search.
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Asbury University is a private Christian liberal arts university in Wilmore, Kentucky—just 15 miles south of Lexington—that’s based in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition. With 1,225 undergraduate students, the University offers a 12:1 student-faculty ratio and more than 150 areas of study. Named one of the most affordable Christian colleges in the nation, Asbury also sees a 100% participation rate in cross-cultural and mission trips programs from its students, combining faith with experiential learning.
Belhaven University is a Presbyterian liberal arts university in Jackson, Mississippi, that was originally founded as a women’s college. With nearly 5,000 students on campus, Belhaven offers 70 areas of study across a variety of disciplines as well as graduate programs. Integrating faith in the classroom, the University is one of only 36 colleges in the US accredited in all four areas of the arts and is the only Christian college in the country to offer a BFA in Creative Writing.
Belmont University is an interdenominational Christian university in southeast Nashville, Tennessee. With 8,200 undergraduate and graduate students, Belmont is the biggest Christian university in the state and one of the fastest growing in the nation. Belmont’s College of Theology & Christian Ministry offers nine undergraduate paths of study ranging from Biblical Studies to Faith & Social Justice to Worship Leadership.
Covenant College is a Presbyterian liberal arts college on Lookout Mountain in Georgia—just across the state line from Chattanooga, Tennessee. With a small enrollment of just under 1,000 students, the College provides a rigorous and religiously integrated education both inside and outside the classroom. Covenant also offers the Center for Calling and Career to help students incorporate faith into their career preparation.
Erskine College is a Presbyterian liberal arts college in Due West, South Carolina—only 45 miles from Greenville. With an enrollment of just 820 students, the College offers 19 majors and 27 minors with customizable course of study. Students at Erskine can join campus ministry groups such as Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Reformed University Fellowship, and more.
Gardner-Webb University is a Baptist-affiliated liberal arts and professional studies university in Boiling Springs, North Carolina. With a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, the University’s 3,521 students work closely with professors in 60 areas of study. Designated as a Christian College of Distinction, GWU is home to the Hunt School of Nursing, which teaches future RNs how to provide faith-based care to patients in its RN-to-BSN and MSN programs.
Johnson University is a private university associated with the Church of Christ in Knoxville, Tennessee. With a total enrollment of 1,086 students, the University offers a 10:1 student-faculty ratio and 50 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s programs. Johnson blends the arts, sciences, the Bible, theology, and professional studies on both its Knoxville and Florida campuses.
Lee University is a comprehensive private university associated with the Church of God that’s located at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Cleveland, Tennessee. The University offer 158 programs of study through the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Education and the Schools of Business, Music, Nursing, and Religion. With more than 5,000 students, Lee prides itself on keeping Christ at the core of the entire student experience.
Liberty University is a private church-affiliated university on a 6,819-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, right in the Blue Ridge Mountains. With over 100,000 students representing all 50 states and over 70 countries, the University offers more than 300 residential and over 450 online programs. Liberty provides students with a variety of worship, fellowship, discipleship, ministry, and evangelism opportunities to help facilitate spiritual growth, and many of the opportunities for ministry, teaching, and growth are incorporated into the weekly schedule.
Lipscomb University is a private liberal arts university located in a residential area of Nashville, Tennessee. With 4,600 students coming from almost every state and 45 countries, the University offers over 200 areas of study and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio. Lipscomb weaves faith into its programs, athletics, and student life by offering weekly opportunities for the community to come together to pray, worship, study scripture, and hear from guest speakers.
Mississippi College is a private Baptist liberal arts college in Clinton, just west of Jackson, Mississippi. As the oldest and largest private university in the state, MC offers more than 85 areas of undergraduate study and over 70 student organizations that are all marked by a commitment to the cause of Christ. The College recently started offering five new majors, including a Worship Leadership program.
Samford University is a private Baptist university located in Birmingham, Alabama. The University offers more than 180 majors, minors, and concentrations through the Schools of Arts, Arts & Sciences, Business, Divinity, Education, Health Professionals, Law, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health. With over 5,600 students from 47 states and 28 countries—plus a global network of more than 52,000 alumni—Samford provides a well-rounded liberal arts educational experience rooted in its Christian mission.
Southern Adventist University
Southern Adventist University is a Seventh-day Adventist Church–affiliated liberal arts university in Collegedale, Tennessee—just 18 miles northeast of Chattanooga. With over 3,000 students, SAU offers a 14:1 student-faculty ratio and over 100 majors. Religion-related academic programs include Archaeology, Biblical Studies, Missions, Pastoral Care, Religion, Religious Education with teaching licensure, Religious Studies, and Theology.
Trevecca Nazarene University
Trevecca Nazarene University is a private liberal arts university located in Nashville and affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene. Offering more than 90 associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs, Trevecca provides a rigorous liberal arts education while providing a safe haven for students to grow spiritually and personally while discovering God’s calling on their lives. The University also offers extensive community service options as a part of its experiential learning model.
Union University is a private Baptist university in Jackson, Tennessee—just 80 miles east of Memphis—with branch campuses in Germantown and Hendersonville. With a total enrollment of 3,172 students and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, student receive a faithful and disciplined education in more than 100 fields of study. Union also offers numerous campus worship experiences, small group ministries, and Bible studies.
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