Baptist Colleges in Illinois

If you desire a Baptist education, Illinois has several institutions that are connected to the Baptist faith. Interested students will learn details on the academic programs and communities of faith at four institutions.

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The Baptist faith falls under the larger umbrella of Protestantism. They may share many core beliefs, such as the Scriptures and a commitment to peace. This guide will reveal how each institution incorporates faith into student learning and living.

School Comparison

Prospective students can get a broad view of the locations and costs associated with a Baptist-related education in Illinois.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)
Wheaton College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Undenominational Wheaton, IL $36,420*
Judson University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Elgin, IL $29,860*
Providence Baptist College Private Baptist Elgin, IL $170.00/credit hour**
Northern Baptist Theological College 4-year, Private not-for-profit American Baptist Lisle, IL $14,010 (graduate)*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES); **School website

Overview of Baptist Colleges in Illinois

These four institutions in Illinois offer a wealth of education paths from certificates to doctoral degrees. All offer different opportunities for students to expand on their faith through activities like weekly chapel services or small, student-led discipleship groups.

Wheaton College

Wheaton College is an undenominational school that has Protestant roots and provides students with a curriculum that integrates learning and faith. Students can worship on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, with chapel attendance mandatory for undergraduate students. The college also offers a live broadcast of worship services. Students can join the college's Discipleship Ministries, which includes small groups of 4-6 people. Other campus clubs include Students for Religious Liberties, a business club, and a film society club.

Students can choose from certificates, special programs, bachelor's and master's degrees at Wheaton. Certificates are offered in areas such as worship arts and gender studies, while the special studies include pre-health professions and an Asian studies program. Students can select a bachelor's degree in fields like Biblical and theological studies, business and economics, politics and international relations, and human needs and global resources. Master's degrees are available in clinical mental health counseling, theology, Old Testament archaeology, and marriage and family therapy.

Judson University

Judson University offers associates through doctoral degrees. Undergraduate majors include liberal arts, Christian ministry, worship arts, education, and biology. Students can pursue master's degrees in areas such as leadership in ministry and clinical mental health counseling, along with a doctoral degree in education in literacy. The university also offers professional certification exam preparation courses for Six Sigma, project management professional, and a certified quality engineer.

At Judson, students can become part of a faith community with three core principles, including a commitment to share God's love with everyone, in addition to curriculum and activities that are rooted in the Baptist perspective. Students can attend chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings, along with small groups and mission trips. The university also offers campus clubs like a jazz ensemble, an improv team, and intramural sports.

Providence Baptist College

Providence Baptist College was started by the Northwest Bible Baptist Church and maintains a Christ-centered theme throughout the curriculum. The goal is to provide students with a foundation in Biblical studies so they can serve as Christian workers upon graduation. Students entering Providence can choose from areas of study such as Christian education, church graphic design, pastoral theology, and church secretarial science. The college provides a variety of weekly student trips, with activities including baseball games, whitewater rafting, and a formal spring banquet.

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary

Northern Baptist Theological Seminary is affiliated with American Baptist churches, with a mission to transform students into ethical and spiritual leaders for the church. Students can earn a variety of graduate degrees at the seminary. Master's degrees include divinity, urban leadership, Christian ministries, and Anabaptist studies. Doctoral degrees are available in theological ministry and ministry, along with graduate certificates in four areas of concentration.

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