Many of Pennsylvania's Christian colleges have an annual tuition of $30,000 or more, but there are some faith-focused schools that are more budget-friendly. Students looking for a Christian education may be interested in one of the below schools.
All of the schools below place emphasis on a faith-based education. Use this table to compare the denomination, location, and tuition of some of Pennsylvania's more affordable Christian colleges.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Denomination||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Waynesburg University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Waynesburg, PA||Presbyterian||$24,010|
|Wilson College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Chambersburg, PA||Presbyterian||$24,452|
|Bryn Athyn College of the New Church||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bryn Athyn, PA||New Church||$21,126|
|Geneva College||Private not-for-profit||Beaver Falls, PA||Reformed Presbyterian||$26,070|
|Mount Aloysius College||Private not-for-profit||Cresson, PA||Roman Catholic||$22,430|
Source: *NCES College Navigator
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Overview of Schools
The five schools highlighted below are all private, not-for-profit colleges or universities with tuition under $30,000 per year. Students can gain a better understanding of each school's environment, including student activities.
NCES reported an enrollment of 1,805 students for the fall 2016 semester at Waynesburg University. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Waynesburg offers undergraduate and graduate degrees. Students can choose from majors like advertising, English, nursing and chemistry. For the 2016-2017 school year, 94% of undergraduate students received financial assistance through a grant or scholarship, according to NCES. Waynesburg offers chapel services, Bible study groups, and the opportunity to serve as a Christian Ministry Assistant. These students lead Bible study groups and foster student relationships.
Wilson College is also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college offers associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree programs. Options for degree programs include graphic design, religious studies, and health services administration. According to NCES, Wilson had 1,097 students in fall 2016. NCES also reported that, in the 2016-2017 school year, 78% of undergraduate students received grant or scholarship aid. Students at Wilson can join the college choir, which performs at events like campus church services and the Christmas Vespers Program.
Bryn Athyn College
Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Bryn Athyn College is located in a large suburban area. The college offers church services on Wednesday mornings as well as support groups and Bible study groups. According to NCES, Bryn Athyn had an enrollment of 302 students during the fall 2016 semester. Students can earn their associate's, bachelor's, or master's degrees in areas such as biology, psychology, and religious studies. During the 2016-2017 school year, 94% of Bryn Athyn undergraduate students received a grant or scholarship, according to NCES.
Located in a large suburban area, Geneva College had a fall 2016 enrollment of 1,666, according to NCES. The college offers undergraduate and master's degree options, with majors ranging from music teacher education to applied mathematics. Geneva is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 13:1. NCES reported that 93% percent of undergraduate students received a grant or scholarship for 2016-2017.
Mount Aloysius College
Mount Aloysius College has accreditation from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. According to NCES, the college counted 1,785 students in fall 2016, and 97% of its first-time undergraduates received financial assistance via scholarships or grants for 2016-2017. Sixty-eight percent of all undergraduates received grant or scholarship aid. Mount Aloysius offers certificate programs up to master's degrees. The college has majors like criminology, accounting, and English. Students attending Mount Aloysius have the opportunity to join the student ministry outreach team, which hosts a session on Sunday evenings at 5:00 when school is in session.