“In God We Trust” is the official motto of the United States of America.
With around 240 million Christians – some 75 percent of the population – the US has the single largest Christian population on the planet.
But the nation’s universities don’t always necessarily reflect its religiosity.
Christian Universities Online is here to help. It has ranked the top 50 Best Christian Colleges in America, making it easier for the faithful to choose a school.
“As a general guide to Christian colleges and universities, this ranking presents schools that excel in various areas,” says Best Christian College. “The schools that are included represent the best available Christian colleges and universities in the country.”
“Each has its own unique characteristics which are important for the prospective student to consider.”
Here are the best 7 Christian higher education institutions in the US.
7. Taylor University, Indiana
Taylor boasts a student satisfaction rate of 90 percent and strives to “develop servant leaders marked with a passion to minister Christ’s redemptive love and truth to a world in need.” A grand total of 100 percent of its beginning undergraduates receive financial aid.
6. Calvin College, Michigan
Slightly larger than other schools on this list with 4,000 students, Calvin College offers a very diverse range of majors from Asian Studies to Biology, Social Work and Speech Pathology to Geography & Environmental Studies. Its mission is to “to think deeply, act justly, and to live wholeheartedly as Christ’s agents of renewal in the world.”
5. Grove City College, Pennsylvania
Grove City College endeavors to “intellectual, moral, spiritual and social development consistent with a commitment to Christian truth, morals and freedom” for its nearly 2,500 students. Its 50 programs of study aim to “educate the whole person” while it “advocates preservation of America’s religious, political and economic heritage of individual freedom and responsibility.”
4. Messiah College, Pennsylvania
A nondenominational institution home to more than 3,000 students, Messiah College offers financial aid to 100 percent of its undergrads whether in the form of scholarships or grants. Its mission is “educate men and women toward maturity of intellect, character and Christian faith in preparation for lives of service, leadership and reconciliation in church and society.”
3. Whitworth University, Washington
Whitworth University is an academically selective college whose mission is to “provide its diverse student body an education of mind and heart, equipping its graduates to honor God, follow Christ, and serve humanity”. The liberal arts college of 2,600 is named in honor of its missionary founder George F. Whitworth.
2. Wheaton College, Illinois
A small liberal arts college with alumni like Billy Graham and pastor John Piper, Wheaton represents Christian values committed to “build the church and benefit society worldwide”. Some 20 percent of its 3,000 students are from ethnic minority groups, while 7 percent of students are from either missionary or third culture backgrounds.
1. College of the Ozarks, Missouri
Known as the “Hard Work U”, College of the Ozarks offers debt-free tuition with its 1,500 undergraduate students working on campus to earn their keep rather than pay for their studies. This school strongly emphasises “character education” and is committed to providing its students a quality Christian education.