2017 Best Christian Colleges in America

The 2017 Best Christian Colleges ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews using data from the U.S. Department of Education. The top-ranked Christian colleges are leading academic institutions that offer students an education and college experience rooted in Christian traditions and faith.
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    Emory University

    • Atlanta, GA
    • 1,370 reviews
    College Freshman:I have had a fantastic experience at Oxford College of Emory University. Professors here are brilliant, available to students, and committed to teaching undergraduates before their personal studies and research. The atmosphere is quaint and home-like, and I've never felt unsafe on campus. Oxford is great for freshmen and sophomores who are eager to get involved on their campuses and get into leadership positions early. I feel like I have community here, which is something rare to experience in your first year of college. Food is fantastic, buildings are beautiful, and the small campus makes it easy to get to classes on-time. I would definitely recommend Oxford at Emory for your undergraduate experience!
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    Davidson College

    • Davidson, NC
    • 268 reviews
    College Freshman:While there are always people (professors included) that one does not like, generally the professors are super engaging, great teachers and want to help their students! Most classes are challenging and professors always offer their help.
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    Lafayette College

    • Easton, PA
    • 572 reviews
    College Freshman:Lafayette is amazing. Small enough to get personalized attention from your professors, big enough to have a vibrant social scene and plenty of research opportunities. Additionally, Lafayette students strike the perfect balance of socially active and academically devoted. Wouldn't have done anything differently.
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    University of Tulsa

    • Tulsa, OK
    • 575 reviews
    Sophomore:The University of Tulsa is a good school with high standing. Of the schools that make up the university, I can speak of the ENS and A&S schools, which both had a very good and helpful counseling staff. I will say the university made the switch between colleges very easy, and this year has been extremely successful.
    One issue I had with The University of Tulsa was that some of the professors organized their curriculum poorly so that study was difficult, and learning became very unintuitive or stressful in some classes. Less of this happened in the Arts and Science college, but it's still something to look out for.
    The other issue I ran into was with getting transcripts and other official documents for outside scholarships. Deadlines were a real struggle to organize at times, and some services do not have very clear instructions.
    All in all, a good school with few problems!
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    Brigham Young University

    • Provo, UT
    • 6,838 reviews
    College Junior:This has been a great college experience - it has offered me an insane amount of options compared to other universities, as far as major selection, teacher-student ratio and involvement, clubs, fine arts, community events, service and volunteer opportunities, and research and work experience. Regular on-campus events include weekly speeches from renowned leaders from all religions, institutions, causes, fields, and industries. This is THE place to be for anyone who wants an academically rigorous, culturally diverse experience (in spite of it being attended mostly by white kids) and the local and international connections that a large university has to offer, with the close-knit feeling of a small campus. It will prepare you well for the outside world if you take advantage of all of the resources it has to offer!
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    Southern Methodist University

    • Dallas, TX
    • 1,350 reviews
    Freshman:SMU is not perfect, nor is any school, but I am so thrilled to be a part of the amazing community here. The campus is beautiful, the professors are world-class, and everyone actually wants to see each student succeed. I am a science student (which SMU is not known for) but I still find myself learning and being challenged as much as my friends at big STEM schools. The Cox business school is unparalleled, the Meadows art school is highly regarded, and a degree from SMU sets you up for a bright future. There is nothing like being so connected to campus through boulevarding (tailgating before football games, a very SMU-experience), being in the MOB (basketball student section), and having access to everything the school has to offer its students. I love SMU and am looking forward to another three amazing years here!
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    Macalester College

    • Saint Paul, MN
    • 373 reviews
    College Freshman:The first week on campus is orientation, where first years are put into "clans" made up of students from our first year courses and students from another "sister" first year course. Clans spend this week getting to know each other and the campus, by playing ice breaker games and talking in circles. There are also opportunities for students to go and explore campus, meet staff and introduce themselves to different services offered on campus. There were also a lot of activities being held at all hours of the day- sometimes it could be overwhelming because there was never enough time to get to everything, but it was nice to have options. There were mandatory meetings with the school president and other staff to teach the first years about Macalester values and principles, such as consent, sustainability, diversity, and multiculturalism. While these could get a bit tedious, it was also very nice to have all the first years in one place to learn about Macalester. Overall, orientation here at Macalester was great, and really acclimated me to the college- so much so that after orientation, I already felt as though I had been on campus for a month, rather than a week. The welcoming nature of Macalester and the acceptance felt from staff and fellow students did not dissipate once classes began, either. Any stereotypes you have previously made of people based on their appearance or clothing is contradicted at Macalester. Everyone that I would normally write off as shallow or rude turn out to be very intelligent, kind, and open. It definitely threw me for a loop for a while, but it is nice to know that negative stereotypes do not prevail here. This means, however, that diversity of opinion on political and social issues is not very diverse. Most people on campus are very progressive, and this is definitely not a campus for someone of more conservative beliefs because there will rarely be someone else to agree with. Finally, classes are challenging but interesting and rewarding
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    Trinity University - Texas

    • San Antonio, TX
    • 657 reviews
    Freshman:I love this school! The academic focus here is strong. We have amazing faculty (ranked #6 in the Nation by WSJ). Professors are extremely accessible and very willing to help you succeed. There are tons of great activities and groups to join. If you don't find something, you can easily start up a new club. This is the most gorgeous campus. Butterflies are all around and we are next to the lovely historic Brackenridge Park, Japanese Tea Garden and the San Antonio Zoo. In recent years, Tigers have won 4 NCAA team championships and 4 individual track and field national titles. There isn't a huge party scene on campus. But we are 5 minutes from the River Walk and there is always something entertaining to do.
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    St. Olaf College

    • Northfield, MN
    • 659 reviews
    Freshman:St. Olaf College is the perfect fit for anyone in any field of interest who also wants an amazing liberal arts education. With a small, family-like campus, it seems everyone here loves St. Olaf with a passion! The food is ranked among the best in the US, and that barely compares to the college's superior quality of education. The faculty and professors are all extremely qualified in their fields and are all very helpful in making sure everyone has a successful education.
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    Niche User: The university grounds are always kept incredibly pristine. The building's collegiate gothic architectural style is beautiful and well maintained. The food there was wonderful, the campus cafeteria put meticulous effort into preparing each meal. The academic side of university of the south is where they excel. The former graduates of the university are well educated and prepared for their career field. The athletics are less than satisfactory however; because the university is so goal oriented towards educating students. Partying at the university is not great because the students are less focused on social affairs. Overall The University of the South is a perfect place to go to college if your goal and life are built around education. I personally love this school, but if you are the sort of person who enjoys less of the scholar side I would not recommend it to you.
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    DePauw University

    • Greencastle, IN
    • 494 reviews
    College Sophomore:Quality of courses: Excellent. I have yet to take a class and feel like I learned nothing.

    Professors: Even when they're the crazy mad-scientist type of professor, they are always willing to help. They all are very good at what they do, and each one wants to know their students personally. The personal attention to students is one of my favorite aspects of the school.

    Variety of courses: Pretty great selection, but you have to cross your fingers if you want to get into a popular class. They fill up quickly and many people are often waitlisted for things like Psych and Sociology. Criminology was a big one recently that many people could not get into quickly enough.

    Class sizes: I haven't had a class bigger than 30 people, and probably never will. It feels very much like a high school class size.

    If you're looking for a great school where you will get a lot of personal attention from professors, this is the place for you. DePauw cares about its students and provides great resources to ensure you'll get all the help you need with things like internships, finding a job, connecting with alumni, and even helping you to write an awesome resume. The atmosphere is always friendly and people are always willing to go the extra mile to help you out. I love it!
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    Pepperdine University

    • Malibu, CA
    • 1,130 reviews
    Senior:Pepperdine has given me the best four years I could have ever asked for. With small class sizes (avg 15-30), attentive professors and cozy campus, it's the perfect institution for students that prefer a tight-knit community. Most people you meet at Pepperdine are genuine, kind and want to create positive impact in the world.

    Academically, it is at times not challenging enough for high-caliber students, but that really depends on the major you choose. Many professors were industry professionals before Professors are usually flexible with due dates and very understanding of students' needs.

    The best part of my Pepperdine education was being able to study abroad in Argentina for one academic year. The special thing about Pepperdine's study abroad program is that they have their own campuses instead of placing students in local universities, which has its pros and cons.

    Overall, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Pepperdine and am really sad to be graduating soon!
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    Augustana College - Illinois

    • Rock Island, IL
    • 638 reviews
    Alum:The thing that drew me to Augustana College off the bat, was the campus. It has an absolutely beautiful campus with amazing scenery: all season!
    The only thing I can proudly say I loved about Augie, was the scenery, the amazing friends I made, and sadly, the parties. If it had not been for my friends, I would have left since my sophomore year. The academics were great, if you weren't a science major. Almost more than half of the friends that I made, who were of a diverse culture and were science majors, had left by sophomore year. The science major had it hard! Especially since many of the professors weren't much help. At one point, instead of helping my grades and advising me on how to improve, I was being told to find a different school. It's sad to say but I strongly believe that Augustana College was in fact racist.
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    Augustana University

    • Sioux Falls, SD
    • 374 reviews
    Junior:I did not expect to go to Augustana at all because I was looking at really big or really expensive schools, but when I saw the scholarship package that Augie offered me, I knew I had to come here. My experience at Augie has been great, as I have been able to take the money that I saved from not attending a larger state school (yes, Augie was thousands cheaper for me than any state school I applied to) and travel to 3 countries and 2 different continents. The students here are brilliant people--one girl who is in my grade was on College Jeopardy, and that's just one student that goes here! The professors here are great, as they definitely push you academically (like I didn't study before I came here) but also are some of the nicest people I know and are more than willing to help you out if you are struggling or just need another explanation for the material they are teaching. Augie is such a wonderful place, and you truly have to experience the #augieadvantage for yourself!
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    Baylor University

    • Waco, TX
    • 3,731 reviews
    Alum:Baylor's great professors and resources have helped me get to where I am in the professional world. Dormitories are relatively new, but nearby off-campus housing is a more affordable option. Dining halls provide good food and many options. I've always felt safe on campus.

    Many students come from small Texas towns where they were never exposed to anything outside of their small communities. However, the rising number of out-of-state students enrolling could change that. It is difficult to be engaged in campus life w/o Greek Life especially if that aspect of college does not interest you.

    The resources that Baylor offers outweighs the poor student life at the University. Despite not finding my place at the university, I've developed meaningful relationships with my professors and mentors. I RECOMMEND choosing Baylor University, but only if you are ambitious and truly desire professional success.

    Hope this helps anyone looking into being a Baylor Bear. Sic Em!
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    Calvin College

    • Grand Rapids, MI
    • 818 reviews
    Freshman:I've attended Calvin for a semester now and appreciate the challenge in the classroom and unity across campus. The academic workload is challenging and requires many hours to complete all assignments and study, however, the content we are expected to learn expands our worldview, as it is a Liberal Arts college.
    The professors are engaging and show that they want their students to succeed by making themselves available and approachable in and out of the classroom.
    Student life is very unity-orientated. In the dorms, at sporting events, and other special events Calvin puts on, I have never felt a great divide between different groups of students. Everyone is accepting, encouraging, and helpful.
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    Agnes Scott College

    • Decatur, GA
    • 599 reviews
    Alum:A women's college that will nurture you into becoming the determined, strong, poised, well-rounded, smart, kind and community-oriented woman you want to be. Scottie women are known to do incredible things for the transformation of society and for the betterment of the world!
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    Gustavus Adolphus College

    • Saint Peter, MN
    • 740 reviews
    Senior:The campus is nice. The dorms are good but aren't spectacular. The food is average and we have decent sports teams. The academics are very good and the arts are exceptional. However the Liberal atmosphere can be a little too much. People get stuck in this bubble of Gustavus. Say one wrong thing and its off with your head. Needs more chill in its life. But overall I give it 4 stars because its a great instituition but its not top of the line. Also the price tag is spendy, so you can expect some very rich and kinda 'have my cake and eat it too' type of people. But if you like all that I have described then this place is for you!
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    Ohio Northern University

    • Ada, OH
    • 505 reviews
    Alum:Ohio Northern University was a great experience. Firstly, they are committed to helping their students attend by providing extensive financial aid to those who need it. The professors are all very committed to the students, and do all they can to help you not only in class, but with anything you might need outside of class. There are many student organizations on campus, including religious groups, multicultural groups, academic groups, and even for fencing, video games, dance, and writing. The Student Planning Committee (SPC) is also committed to hosting at least one to two big event(s) each month. The campus is beautiful, and the facilities are great. As a student you have access to a lot of great technology and resources. It's also very safe. The format of ONU's degree requirements pushes for a well-rounded education, and guarantees that you will have opportunities to put your learning into practice, ensuring you will graduate with real-world experience.
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    American University

    • Washington, DC
    • 2,179 reviews
    Sophomore:So far, I am having a pretty good college experience. The atmosphere at American University is amazing. There are so many students who are dedicated and really passionate about their areas of interests. American also provides excellent resources in helping you to be the most prepared that you can be in order to succeed. However, I wish they had more on campus events to promote more school spirit. And like any school they could improve their food. But overall, I am having a great experience so far!
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    Luther College

    • Decorah, IA
    • 652 reviews
    College Sophomore:Everyone at Luther is so deeply engaged, passionate, kind, helpful and wonderful. Academics are very high-stakes and professors treat them as such, however, they are also incredibly helpful and personable when approached by students. Students are all incredibly kind, accepting and helpful as well, and everyone takes the honor code seriously, holding grades to the highest standard. The music at Luther is phenomenal, and is a treat even for students who are not personally involved in a music program. The town of Decorah is so quaint and nature-oriented, and everyone is "Midwest nice" and has his/her own passion, making it an all around wonderful college town. Overall, attending Luther College is a dream!
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    Chapman University

    • Orange, CA
    • 1,956 reviews
    Freshman:There are a lot of great things about Chapman University. There are a lot of activities to do around campus and everyone is really kind. The classes are small and even the professors in larger classes really take it to an individual level and enjoy questions to make sure everyone is on the same page. The dorms are really great, you don't have to worry about walking down the hall to use the bathroom! The weather is also great, and even when it's getting a little too hot, you can always turn your air conditioning on. Some things I would change about Chapman is their food options because they're not very healthy.
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    Rhodes College

    • Memphis, TN
    • 606 reviews
    Senior:Rhodes college has been an unbelievable place to attend school for the past four years. As you can see from the statistics, it is obviously a very good academic school; the rigor, diversity, and interactions with the professors in the classroom has prepared me tremendously for the real world. The experiences and opportunities that the students have here in the city of Memphis is truly incredible. From internships to volunteering to simply experiencing the culture of a diverse city has shaped me as a very well rounded person in addition to the broad liberal arts education. But most importantly, the best part about Rhodes is the people here. Coming from all of the country with all different backgrounds, goals, and interests does not stop the students of Rhodes from forming an incredibly tight-knit community. I would highly suggest looking into becoming a part of this community as it has been a life changing experience for the better.
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    Southwestern University

    • Georgetown, TX
    • 530 reviews
    College Sophomore:This school is small enough that you will probably see everyone, both students and staff, at some point even if you don't know their names. If you are very involved on campus (and most people are in one way or another) you will probably get to know a very large portion of the population. Everyone is very friendly, welcoming, and supportive. We overlook our differences, whether they are religious, political, cultural, etc., and respect each other. I think that most people on our campus realize that it is more important to work with people with different ways of thinking in order to have multifaceted conversations rather than striving to impose one's own individual beliefs and opinions on everyone else.

    Teachers are very passionate about what they teach and are very approachable; this also includes our current president who is very open to visitors and loves discussing elaborate topics with students. Students are worldly and well-rounded; most students are not only passionate about their chosen major(s)/minor(s) but also involved in sports and some sort of art form(s) (music, theater, painting, sculpting, photography, etc.).

    Overall, this school is made unique in the fact that it is a community and most members are well-rounded individuals with many interests and passions who enjoy sharing those passions with others. I have felt welcomed from the very first time I set foot here and there is an over whelming amount of places to seek help when you need it.
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    Ouachita Baptist University

    • Arkadelphia, AR
    • 385 reviews
    Junior:Ouachita is the best college ever! It is a great school academically, great sports programs, and everyone know and cares about one another. It is like a family, it really is a home away from home. It is located in a small town but the campus itself gives you a lot of opportunities to get out and do stuff! It is also located next to a lake and in the natural state of Arkansas so there is a lot of great things to do outside! Your professors really care about you and they know everyone by name and will do everything possible to watch you succeed. The people here really genuinely care about you, you get a great liberal arts christian education here.
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