Best Christian Colleges in Texas

Learn about a few of the best Christian schools in Texas and their distinguishing characteristics such the various academic centers and spiritual resources they provide and the different activities where students can get involved.

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It may depend on the specific characteristics you are looking for in a school, but Texas is home to several top quality Christian universities. These schools may be considered some of the best for their diverse degree programs, small class sizes, unique learning opportunities among other features. Here, explore a handful of the best colleges in the state of Texas.

School Comparison

Several different cities in Texas offer some of the best Christian schools, including Dallas and Waco. Find out about some of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Dallas Baptist University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Dallas, TX $27,480
Abilene Christian University 4-year, private not-for-profit Churches of Christ Abilene, TX $33,330
Southern Methodist University 4-year, private not-for-profit United Methodist Dallas, TX $52,498
Baylor University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Waco, TX $43,790
LeTourneau University 4-year, private not-for-profit Interdenominational Longview, TX $29,320

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Description of the Best Christian Colleges in Texas

The best Christian colleges in Texas provide students with diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities. Students may also want to consider the size of the school or other specific learning opportunities when making a decision. Below we discuss some of the best Christian colleges in Texas more in-depth.

Dallas Baptist University

Dallas Baptist University had about 3,160 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university offers an average class size of 12 students, a unique Center for Mentoring and additional academic resources, like a Mac Lab and University Writing Center. Students can pursue a wide range of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in fields such as cell biology, entrepreneurship, Biblical studies, kinesiology, family ministry and communication. Students can invest in their spiritual lives through chapel services, one-on-one spiritual guidance and mentoring opportunities, Bible studies, mission trips and service/ministry projects.

Abilene Christian University

According to their website, students at Abilene Christian University studied abroad in 11 countries during the 2017-2018 academic year and 98% of students received some form of financial aid. The university offers over 135 areas of study, including undergraduate and/or graduate programs in animal science, biochemistry, criminal justice, interior design, nursing and nutrition. The school also requires students to earn spiritual formation credits each semester through chapel services, Bible studies and service opportunities. As of 2017, the university had close to 3,670 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Southern Methodist University

Students at Southern Methodist University can grow spiritually through University Worship, meetings with Resident Community Chaplains and campus ministries, like Chi Alpha International Student Ministry and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA). In 2017, the NCES reported that the university had around 6,450 undergraduate students. According to the school's website, the student body represents 88 different foreign countries and the student-to-faculty ratio is 11 to 1. Students also have access to unique learning centers, including the Center for Scientific Computation and the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center. The school provides various undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in subjects such as film and media arts, finance, electrical engineering, law, ministry and education.

Baylor University

According to U.S. News and World Report, Baylor University ranked 75th for the organization's 2017 review of U.S. colleges and universities, and ranked 38th for the best colleges for veterans during the same year. The university provides numerous undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in study areas such as anthropology, Earth science, Greek, social work, athletic training and church music. Students on campus can further develop their spiritual lives through chapel services, global missions, local service opportunities, Baptist Student Ministries and other student organizations, like Heavenly Voices and FaceTime with God. The university had close to 14,320 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES.

LeTourneau University

LeTourneau University had around 2,610 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The school's website states that the university's average class size is 15 students, 90% of students receive some form of financial aid and 71% of students participate in some kind of intramural sport on campus. The university offers undergraduate degree programs in fields such as aviation management, kinesiology, cybersecurity and engineering, as well as graduate programs in areas like counseling, education and health care administration. Students can pursue spiritual growth with chapel services, devotionals, missions trips, Life Groups, Prayer and Praise services and Student Ministries.

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