The criteria for 'best' may vary from person to person, but there are several high-quality Presbyterian colleges located throughout the country. These schools provide diverse degree programs and range in size and average tuition. Find out more about some of the best Presbyterian colleges and what makes them unique.
Most of the best Presbyterian colleges are 4-year, private institutions. In the table below, compare a few of these schools' undergraduate tuitions.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Lafayette College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Easton, PA||$51,600|
|Centre College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Danville, KY||$40,500|
|Agnes Scott College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Decatur, GA||$39,960|
|Austin College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Sherman, TX||$38,800|
|Davidson College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Davidson, NC||$49,949|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Best Presbyterian Colleges
Colleges may be considered the 'best' for their unique degree programs, small class sizes, unique learning experiences and/or spiritual growth opportunities. Here we discuss some Presbyterian colleges in more detail and why they are considered some of the best.
Lafayette College is an undergraduate institution in Pennsylvania that had close to 2,600 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1 in 2017, per the NCES. The school's student population is diverse, with 46 states represented and 48 different countries, according to the school's website. Students can choose from over 50 bachelor's degree programs in fields like chemical engineering, neuroscience, French, policy studies, Africana studies and environmental science. The college supports students' spiritual lives through a variety of worship services, Bible studies, monthly Spirit Lunches (discussion event) and religious groups, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), DiscipleMakers Christian Fellowship and Better Together (interfaith group).
Centre College in Illinois is another undergraduate institution that had 1,450 students in 2017, according to the NCES. According to the school's website, 98% of the student population lives on campus, 90% receive some form of financial aid and 85% participate in study abroad experiences. Spiritual life on campus consists of religious holiday celebrations and religious fellowship groups, such as Centre Christian Fellowship, CentreFaith and Thinking about Faith. The college offers more than 50 majors in subjects including chemical physics, politics, dramatic arts, biochemistry and molecular biology, German studies and art history.
Agnes Scott College
Students at Agnes Scott College in Georgia can choose from more than 35 different majors, like religion and social justice, international relations, astrophysics, classical civilizations and English literature. A few dual-degree programs, a couple pre-professional programs, a post-baccalaureate program in pre-medicine and graduate certificate programs in writing and digital communication are also available. The college supports students' spiritual lives through various worship services, faith and learning lectures and religious organizations, such as FCA, Pinky Promise and InterVarsity. In 2017, the NCES reported that the college had about 920 undergraduate students. The college has one of the oldest Honor Systems in the country and starting with the class of 2019, every student at the school will participate in a global experience with the SUMMIT program.
Austin College in Texas cares for its students' spiritual development by offering a labyrinth for meditation, worship services, Bible studies and various volunteer activities, including Alternative Spring Break and Great Day of Service. As of 2017, the college had a little more than 1,210 undergraduate students, per the NCES. In addition to several different international programs, like Study Abroad, the college has several unique experiential learning programs, such as Model U.N., Advocacy Teams, Language Immersion Programs, Scarbrough Summer Research Program and STEM Leadership Program. Students can pursue the school's graduate teacher program or undergraduate degree programs in fields like cognitive science, engineering physics, communication, philosophy and Latin.
North Carolina's Davison College is an undergraduate institution with 1,810 students as of 2017, according to the NCES. The college offers students a 9 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, competes in 21 NCAA Division I varsity sports and 93% of students live on-campus, all according to the school's website. Students can choose from 26 different majors, including areas in Chinese language and literature, gender and sexuality studies, religious studies, theatre, pre-law, biology and anthropology. Students can further develop their spiritual lives by taking advantage of the various worship services the college offers, as well as participating in a religious organization, such as Campus Outreach, FCA, Young Life College or InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.