Georgia is considered one of the Bible Belt states. Perhaps it is no surprise that it has a rich Christian college presence throughout the state and that there are several affiliated with the Baptist Church.
Baptist colleges in Georgia are diverse in their cost and program offerings. While location and tuition may be important, you may be concerned with what Baptist sect the school is affiliated with, as well.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2019-2020*)|
|Truett McConnell University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Cleveland, GA||$21,122|
|Brewton-Parker College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Mount Vernon, GA||$18,500|
|Luther Rice College & Seminary||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Lithonia, GA||$8,000|
|Shorter University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Rome, GA||$22,370|
Source *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Comparing Baptist Schools
Each of the following colleges is unique in its own way. While some schools offer wholly online programs, others expect students to be on campus. Housing varies from college to college as well, so look over the following schools to find a Baptist college in Georgia that fits your program and living needs.
Truett McConnell University
The residence halls at Truett McConnell University each organize a community group to promote fellowship and study the Bible. Services are held on campus every Tuesday, and TMU students who are majoring in music put together the worship part of each service. TMU offers over a dozen degree programs for undergraduates and five master's degree programs for its 3,000+ student body. Some courses can be completed online, while others are offered on the 240-acre campus. Students seeking an education with TMU can anticipate receiving financial aid, as 100% of the full-time first-time undergraduates enrolled in 2018-2019 received some form of grants and scholarships, according to NCES.
Perhaps the smallest college on the list, there were 826 students enrolled at this school that awards only undergraduate degrees, according to NCES in 2018. Brewton-Parker had a 25% retention rate for part-time students in 2018, said NCES, which means that this college doesn't typically work well for those who are not traditional full-time students, full-time students have 42% retention rate. Brewton-Parker College offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Ministry, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees. You can search through their many programs, but some of the majors offered are worship music, health & wellness management, criminal justice, pastoral ministry, and ecology. Chapel attendance is required at Brewton-Parker, with students only being allowed to miss two services each semester.
Luther Rice College & Seminary
Luther Rice has designed all its programs (except the Doctor of Ministry) to be completed entirely online if so desired. The U.S. Department of Education College Affordability and Transparency Center has ranked Luther Rice in the lowest 10% tuition cost for schools of this type. It's important to note that this college does not offer on-campus living, which is another reason that costs can be kept low. Despite that, there is a weekly chapel service with guest speakers and musical worship. Students are also encouraged to email prayer requests at any time.
In 2018-2019, financial aid was awarded to 100% of the first-time full-time undergraduate students at Shorter University, with only 77% using student loans, according to NCES. Spiritual practices are used throughout campus, even in Greek life. The three sororities each have a charity that they work to raise money for each year. There are many colleges within Shorter University, and the school offers over 50 majors to choose from for a bachelor's degree, along with associate's and master's degree options. The average student to teacher ratio for the university is 14:1.