Choosing the right college to live and strengthen one’s faith throughout the higher education experience is an important factor for many Christian students. We’re making this aspect of the college search easier by curating lists of amazing Christian schools that could be a great match for students like you. All the colleges and universities on this list are church-affiliated Christian institutions in the Western United States. You can click the green “Connect me” button below each school to have your CollegeXpress profile information sent directly to them—then they’ll reach out to you. It’s really that simple to start your college search on the right foot!
Abilene Christian University
Abilene Christian University is a private coeducational university associated with the Churches of Christ in Abilene, Texas. With 5,200 students and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, ACU offers 79 majors across 164 areas of study and over 100 student organizations, from religious groups to music clubs. Experiential learning is built into the curriculum with opportunities for students to participate in study abroad programs, mission trips, internships, and undergraduate research projects.
Azusa Pacific University
Azusa Pacific University is a private, non-denominational religious university in Azusa, California—only 25 minutes east of Los Angeles. With 4,400 undergraduate students and 100% of students receiving financial aid, Azusa offers over 60 undergraduate programs for students to choose from. The University also boasts five unique chapel experiences, more than 50 ministry and service opportunities, and a student body that comes from all 50 states and 63 countries.
Biola University is a private church-affiliated university in La Mirada, California. With approximately 4,000 students on campus and a 15:1 student-faculty ratio, Biola offers 40+ undergraduate majors and 150+ overall programs. Dedicated to faith-integrated learning, the University has all traditional undergraduates earn a minor in Bible and offers seven different chapel opportunities per week, weaving faith and biblical truth into every part of student life and academics.
California Baptist University
California Baptist University is a private church-affiliated liberal arts university in Riverside, California—60 miles east of Los Angeles. With more than 10,000 students and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 150 undergraduate majors and minors for students to choose from. CBU also offers opportunities like the First-Year Experience to welcome new students to University life; weekly chapel meetings to keep you connected to your faith; and mock job interviews and job fairs for an easy college-to-career transition.
Colorado Christian University
Colorado Christian University is a religiously oriented university in Lakewood, Colorado—only 10 miles from Denver. With over 7,500 students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, CCU offers students over 50 majors, minors, and emphases to choose from. The University also encourages students to complete over 180 ministry hours and engage in first-year discipleship groups, twice weekly chapel, and student-led mission trips.
Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine is a Lutheran faith university in Irvine, California—50 miles south of Los Angeles. With nearly 4,000 students and a 16:1 student-faculty ratio, CUI offers 30 undergraduate degrees, concentrated in 27 majors across 17 broad fields of study. As a member of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, the University also offers opportunities like chapel four days a week, the SHOUT! Worship experience, Bible studies, mission trips, the Witness outreach program, and more.
Concordia University Texas
Concordia University Texas is a private church-affiliated liberal arts university in Austin, Texas—79 miles from San Antonio. With approximately 2,500 students and a 12:1 student-faculty ratio, CTX offers 24 majors within nine degree programs as well as five pre-professional programs. The University also offers a pre-seminary program that can be added to any major, a Religious Education major, a Music Ministry program, and a Teacher Education program with the option to receive a Christian Teacher or Lutheran Teacher diploma.
Dallas Baptist University
Dallas Baptist University is a Christ-centered comprehensive liberal arts university in Dallas, Texas. With 4,487 students and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, undergraduates can choose from nearly 50 majors. DBU offers resources like the Spiritual Life Office, which hosts a variety of discipleship and worship experiences including chapel services, ministry projects, mentoring programs, Bible studies, service and mission trips, and one-on-one spiritual guidance.
Fresno Pacific University
Fresno Pacific University is a church-affiliated liberal arts university in Fresno, California. With 1,100 traditional undergraduate students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, the University has 39 major and 33 minor programs, including Biblical & Theological Studies and Contemporary Christian Ministries. Affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren, FPU offers students access to faith-based opportunities like ministry teams, Bible study, worship services, talk series focused on current issues, music ensembles, and much more.
Houston Baptist University
Houston Baptist University is a church-affiliated university in southwest Houston, Texas. With approximately 2,400 undergraduates and a 14:1 student-faculty ratio, the University offers over 60 majors, including Biblical Studies and Christianity/Divinity, and nine pre-professional programs. Named one of the most ethnically diverse Christian universities in the West, HBU also provides opportunities like the Honors College and collaboration with scholars and ministry leaders.
Howard Payne University
Howard Payne University is a private coeducational institution affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas in Brownwood, Texas. With approximately 1,000 undergraduates and a student-faculty ratio of 10:1, students can choose from over 100 majors, minors, and pre-professional programs. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and School, HPU also offers a Baptist Student Ministry, chapel services, and numerous faith-based clubs and organizations.
Multnomah University is a private Christian university and seminary in Portland, Oregon. With just 365 students and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, this small community-based University offers 21 undergraduate majors as well as Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Global Development & Justice graduate programs, among others. Multnomah also has opportunities for students to connect with their faith through service to the local Portland community, weekly chapel services, weekly student-led worship, and more.
Pepperdine University is a private church-affiliated arts and sciences university in Malibu, California—only 12 miles from Santa Monica. With 3,400 undergraduate students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 45 majors and 40 minors. Pepperdine offers Christian students general education religion courses, a Convocation Series, an on-campus University Church of Christ, a campus ministry program, student-led spiritual programs, prayer and unity gatherings, service projects, mission trips, and more.
Seattle Pacific University
Seattle Pacific University is a private church-affiliated university in downtown Seattle, Washington. With a total enrollment of 3,688 students and a 13:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 71 undergraduate, 31 master’s, six doctoral, and seven graduate certificate programs. SPU also offers students opportunities like University ministries, the Center for Worship, and the John Perkins Center for reconciliation, leadership training, and community development.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a multipurpose church-affiliated university in Waxahachie, Texas—approximately 30 miles south of downtown Dallas. With more than 2,000 students and a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, SAGU features 17 associate degree majors, 32 bachelor’s programs, 12 master’s programs, and a Doctor of Ministry in Leadership & Creative Communication. The University also offers Christian students worship services through the SAGU Chapel four days a week.
Vanguard University of Southern California
Vanguard University of Southern California is a church-affiliated liberal arts university in Costa Mesa, California—45 miles east of Los Angeles. With 1,700 undergraduate students and a student-faculty ratio of 15:1, students can choose from 23 majors, some with concentration options, and eight minors. With more than 24 denominations represented on campus, students have access to global mission trips, regular chapel meetings, and more than 20 student-led worship teams and ministry opportunities.
Warner Pacific University
Warner Pacific University is a Christ-centered liberal arts college in Portland, Oregon. With 832 students and a student-faculty ratio of 13:1, the University offers 28 majors, 32 minors, seven pre-professional programs, and eight graduate degrees. Designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution and accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, Warner Pacific provides Christian students opportunities to grow in their faith through hands-on service like tutoring at local schools and improving nonprofit facilities.
Westmont College is a non-denominational Christian liberal arts college in Santa Barbara, California. With 1,325 students and an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, students can choose from 30 undergraduate majors, 13 pre-professional programs, and 10 distinct minors, with the possibility to minor in most major offerings. Westmont offers Christian students opportunities for regular on-campus chapel, student-led ministries, mission trips, and participation in the Urban Initiative—a program to raise awareness of urban issues and make a difference.
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