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Best Episcopal Colleges

Jan 29, 2019

Individuals seeking an Episcopal-affiliated college can pursue both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Prospective students can learn about three of the best Episcopal colleges in this overview.

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There are few colleges that affiliate with the Protestant Episcopal faith. We've selected these three colleges as the best because they offer students a breadth of degree programs, worship opportunities, and unique features. Prospective students can see if they are interested in one of the traditional universities or the seminary.

School Comparison

All of these schools are affiliated with the Protestant Episcopal faith and are located in three different states. Undergraduate tuition rates start under $13,000, while the graduate tuition rate is under $16,000.

School Name Institution Type Location Average Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Sewanee - The University of the South 4-year, Private not-for-profit Sewanee, TN $45,120 (Undergraduate)
Voorhees College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Denmark, SC $12,630 (Undergraduate)
Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest 4-year, Private not-for-profit Austin, TX $15,450 (Graduate)

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Best Episcopal Schools

Students can complete their undergraduate degrees at the Sewanee - University of the South and Voorhees College. They can pursue religious and non-religious graduate degrees at Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.

Sewanee - The University of the South

Sewanee - The University of the South offers several dozen majors for students to choose from. The diverse programs of study available include art, religious studies, psychology, medieval studies, and mathematics. Students can attend weekday morning prayer sessions and Sunday services. Other faith-based events include Catechumenate, small groups that meet one weekday evening. Campus organizations range from Earth Keepers, which explores the relationship between spirituality and nature, and the Inter Political Council, which aims to bridge different political groups. A unique feature of the university is the Office of Global Citizenship, an organization that promotes international internships, study abroad experiences, and global problem-solving.

Voorhees College

Voorhees College's mission is to create graduates who are committed to learning and faith with values such as integrity, determination, and competence. The college is known for being a historically African American institution of higher learning. Voorhees offers diverse degree programs, including business administration, theological studies, mass communications, health and recreation, and emergency management. The college holds one weekday chapel service and a Sunday chapel service. Students can also attend an evening Bible study session once a week. They can join organizations such as Christian Fellowship, the Tiger Paws Dance Team, the Math and Computer Science Club, and Alpha Sigma Lambda, an honor society for students who perform well academically while dealing with difficulties in their personal and professional lives.

Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest

Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest allows students to pursue faith-related degrees as well as other disciplines. Master's degrees are available in fields such as clinical mental health counseling, divinity, spiritual formation, religion, and chaplaincy and pastoral care. Latino/Hispanic studies is available as a concentration for the divinity and counseling degrees. The seminary is family-friendly and provides rental houses and duplexes for students with children. The seminary's mission is to create an environment that forms leaders for the church, along with values that include hospitality, celebration, and respect. Spiritual formation at the seminary includes several daily prayer sessions and a weekly Eucharist service. Students can contribute to a literary and visual arts journal, Soul by Southwest. The seminary boasted an 86% retention rate in 2017.

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