Evangelical Christianity is not one specific faith, but rather one that includes multiple denominations, such as Pentecostal and Reformed. The institutions included in this guide were chosen as a few of the best based on their 2018 rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
Top Evangelical Christian Schools Comparison
The schools discussed below are all private colleges or universities with Evangelical Christian affiliations, though their costs differ quite a bit, and they're all found in different states. This table provides an overview of the denominations and tuition costs for full-time, undergraduate students at each school:
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees|
|College of the Ozarks||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Evangelical Christian||Point Lookout, MO||$19,130 (2017-2018)*|
|Bethel University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baptist||St. Paul, MN||$36,210 (2017-2018)*|
|North Park University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Evangelical Covenant Church of America||Chicago, IL||$29,450 (2018-2019)**|
|Union University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510 (2017-2018)*|
|Cedarville University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baptist||Cedarville, OH||$30,270 (2018-2019)**|
Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **School websites
Overview of Best Evangelical Christian Colleges
Students can attend weekly or daily chapel services, with some schools streaming the services live. Campus organizations range from service-oriented ones to unique ones like swing dancing.
College of the Ozarks
The College of the Ozarks was ranked fifth in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report Regional Colleges Midwest category. The college awards bachelor's degrees in areas like agriculture, communication arts, engineering, and nursing. All undergrad programs incorporate a Biblical tone into the curriculum. The college requires that students attend five chapel services each semester, as well as five chapel services convocations. For 2017, NCES shows a student enrollment of 1,508, with 100% of students (1,531 at the time) students receiving financial aid the previous year.
Bethel University combines Evangelical faith with its academic program and holds sponsorship from the Converge group of churches. According to Bethel's website, its students come from 48 different Christian denominations. The university tied for 11th place in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking of Regional Universities Midwest. Bethel listed a student enrollment of 5,600 as of 2018. Undergrad programs range from accounting and art to physics and political science. Available master's degrees include special education and nurse-midwifery, with doctoral degrees offered in higher education and nursing practice. Bethel holds chapel services on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10:15. The college has 18 varsity sports teams, a student government association, and clubs like an electronic music assembly, swing dance and CityFront Ministries.
North Park University
Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Park University. Bachelor's degrees are available in areas such as art education, communication studies, and engineering. Christian formation and counseling psychology are two options for master's degrees. North Park has 2,937 enrolled students as of 2017. Chapel services are held on Wednesdays at 10:30 and are a blend of traditions and faith, such as contemporary and charismatic. The university also offers a diverse range of student organizations like an art club, various cultural clubs, and a student veterans association. North Park tied for 75th place in the 2018 Regional Universities Midwest list compiled by U.S. News & World Report.
Union University tied for 176th in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report National Universities list. The university's mission is to encourage commitment and character in students, both inside and outside of the church. Chapel services are held each Wednesday and Friday and also streamed live. Union offers educational clubs like the American Marketing Association and Christian Pharmacists Fellowship International, as well as an international student association and a student activities council. The university shows a current student population of 3,400. Areas of study include biochemistry, English, information technology, and music education.
Undergrad majors at Cedarville University include allied health, language arts education, biblical care and counseling, and information technology management. Graduate degrees include business analytics and global public health nursing. Cedarville incorporates a Bible minor with all undergrad majors. Outside of the classroom, students can attend daily chapel services in-person or online. Student organizations include biology and photography clubs, as well as local, domestic, and international outreach organizations. The university tied for 13th place in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking of Regional Colleges Midwest.