Indiana is home to at least three different colleges that are affiliated with the Baptist denomination. These schools provide students with a variety of degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities. Compare and contrast these schools to help make your decision.
Three different cities in Indiana are home to 4-year, Baptist colleges. In the table below you can examine these schools and the undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Franklin College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Franklin, IN||$30,920|
|Ottawa University-Jeffersonville||4-year, private not-for-profit||Jeffersonville, IN||$11,976|
|Oakland City University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Oakland City, IN||$23,700|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Baptist Colleges in Indiana
The Baptist colleges in Indiana range in size, degree programs, spiritual growth opportunities and the extracurricular activities offered to students. Here we discuss some of these distinguishing factors for each of the three Baptist schools in the state.
According to the NCES, Franklin College had close to 1,020 undergraduate students in 2017. In 2018, the school's website states that the college has a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1 with an average class size of 15. The college offers a master's degree program in athletic training or physician assistant studies, as well as over 50 undergraduate majors, including areas like creative writing, economics, religious studies, art history, multimedia journalism and accounting. Students on campus can invest in their spiritual lives through weekly chapel services, fellowship meals (Dinner and Faith), Spirituality Sundays and spiritual groups, like Praise Team (Chapel Musicians), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Intervarsity Christian Fellowship. The college also offers NCAA Division III sports, Greek life and a wide range of student organizations on campus, such as Pre-Law Club, Black Student Union, Drama Club, College Mentors for Kids, Intercultural Book Club and FC Dancers.
Ottawa University-Jeffersonville is an institution designed for adult learners that offers master's degree programs in human resources or business administration and undergraduate degree programs in several different areas, including psychology, health care management, leadership and management, human resources and management of information systems. The campus is relatively new, as it was established in 2002, and includes modern classrooms and technology. Students also have access to academic advising and financial aid services, and the school strives to create a Christ-centered learning environment, with the help of the Fredrikson Center and Chapel. As of 2017, the NCES reported that the school had close to 80 undergraduate students.
Oakland City University
Students at Oakland City University further develop their spiritual lives by attending weekly chapel services, praise and worship nights, Bible courses, Bible studies and prayer nights, as well as joining the Student Christian Association (SCA). The university also offers a variety of NCAA Division II and NCCAA Division I athletics, including cross-country, soccer, basketball, golf and tennis. Students on campus can pursue a wide range of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in subjects such as biology, global studies, business administration, strategic management, education, Christian studies and communications. In 2017, the university had a little over 1,110 undergraduate students, according to the NCES. The school website states that the university was established in 1885 and has a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 in 2018.