Affordable Christian Colleges in Tennessee

Jul 10, 2020

If you are looking for an affordable Christian college in Tennessee, there are many options. The following schools offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs on their campus.

School Comparison

This table looks at the denominations and costs for some of Tennessee's most affordable Christian colleges. All of these colleges can be attended for less than $17,000 a year.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition (2019-2020)*
Mid-South Christian College 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Memphis, TN $7,902
Lane College 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Methodist Episcopal Jackson, TN $11,790
LeMoyne-Owen College 4-year, private not-for-profit Protestant Memphis, TN $11,196
Williamson Christian College 4-year, private not-for-profit Interdenominational Franklin, TN $14,350
Johnson University 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Churches and Churches of Christ Knoxville, TN $16,920

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Affordable Christian Colleges in Tennessee Summary

Read on to learn more specifics about each of these affordable colleges, including details like which colleges require chapel service and which provide on-campus housing. The following colleges offer many different educational programs while maintaining a Christ-centric view.

Mid-South Christian College

As soon as you enroll at Mid-South, your tuition rate is locked in, meaning it will not raise the entire time you attend. Mid-South is a Christian-driven college with ministry-focused degrees. There are two types of degree tracts, a cohort and a traditional. Mid-South Christian College has an average class size of 5 students. With the Christian leadership program, you'll join a cohort of students with similar interests (sports ministry, children's ministry, music ministry, etc.), and stay with that group of students throughout your education. The traditional programs are the Bachelor of Christian Ministry and the Bachelor of Christian Education.

Lane College

Become a Dragon at Lane College with any of their 12 men's and women's athletic teams. Lane confers both associate's and bachelor's degrees. Bachelor's majors include French, religion, chemistry, physical education, business, and more. On campus, students are required to attend at least 10 chapel services each semester and can join any of the organizations offered on campus to strengthen their fellowship and faith through activities. Finally, there are eight on-campus residences from which students can select.

LeMoyne-Owen College

LeMoyne-Owen athletes on all of the 13 sports teams are referred to as the Magicians. Students can join cheerleading, baseball, golf, tennis, track, cross-country, volleyball, or basketball. There are 15+ student organizations for students to get involved in and eight Greek organizations to join. LeMoyne attempts to keep student to faculty ratio low at 13:1, even with an increasing student population. In fact, LeMoyne has built a new residence hall to double the housing capacity for students. Along with other degree programs, accelerated studies programs, allowing students to earn their BBA in Management or a BS in Criminal Justice in about 18 months.

Williamson Christian College

Williamson Christian College is accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) to offer online and campus degrees. The school offers programs at the associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree levels. Williamson is located just South of Nashville, and all their programs are faith-centered. All tenants of faith are expressed in the degree and certificate programs. Earn your Bachelor of Science degree in Ministry Leadership or Business Administration. Continue your education with the Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. While service attendance is encouraged, it is not required. However, students must complete the Christian Service program, which requires 36 faith-based activities or 60 hours of service. There is no on-campus housing available.

Johnson University

Johnson University has two campuses - Tennessee and Florida - and is also available through online formats. At the Tennessee campus, 76% of students live in one of the three residence halls. Along with attending service twice a week, students are broken into small groups to meet once a week for worship and fellowship. At Johnson, each year the chapel takes on a theme in which services are centered around and students focus their worship. For the 2017-2018 year, for example, the theme was 'Lord, teach us to pray.' Some of the undergraduate degree programs offered are children's ministry, global community health, intercultural studies, strategic ministry, sport & fitness leadership, human services, nonprofit administration, and music education.

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