The theological beliefs and values of Calvinism underpin the traditions of Reformed Churches in the US and further afield. Numerous colleges across the country have affiliations and/or strong relations with various branches of the Reformed Church; this is reflected in the culture experienced by students studying at these colleges which seek to enrich their students' faith and provide them with the appropriate spiritual environment in which to carry out their higher education studies.
The following table features five prominent Calvinist Christian Colleges and compares their locations and tuition fee rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||In-State Tuition (2018-2019)*|
|Belhaven University||4 year, private not-for-profit||Jackson, Mississippi||$25,300 per year|
|Dordt University||4 year, private not-for-profit||Sioux Center, Iowa||$30,840 per year|
|Geneva College||4 year, private not-for-profit||Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania||$27,230 per year|
|Providence Christian College||4 year, private not-for-profit||Pasadena, California||$30,370 per year|
|Ursinus College||4 year, private not-for-profit||Collegeville, Pennsylvania||$52,050 per year|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Description of Schools
The schools introduced in the table offer traditionally Calvinist academic environments and, as a whole, provide a comprehensive higher education program schedule. The next section outlines information about each of the college's student bodies, accreditations and academic programs.
Belhaven is a private Christian liberal arts college which was established in 1883 and has a current student body of nearly 4,500 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 10 to 1. Prospective Belhaven students have a very large number of bachelor's and master's degree programs to choose from across 70 subject areas. Associate's degree programs and certificates are also offered. These programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. A number of student organizations operate on campus and offer a range of sports, games and academic activities, including math clubs, chess clubs and a new music society.
Dordt University has a strong association with the Christian Reformed Church and was founded in 1955. The university provides a biblical, Christian-centered education for students who are seeking such an environment. The student body numbers over 1,500 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1. These students represent 30 states and 26 countries. Degree pathways are offered across 26 program areas and accreditation is provided by the Higher Learning Commission. There are also many options for leisure time in terms of student organizations, with music, sports, drama and academic clubs established on campus.
Geneva College has provided students with a Christ-centered educational environment since 1848 and is affiliated with and, indeed, governed by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America. The college offers 115 majors and degree programs across around 25 subject areas and is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Current student enrollment is nearly 1,600, of which 1,417 are undergraduates, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 14 to 1. The student body represents 37 states and 11 different countries.
Providence Christian College
Providence Christian College is a very young Christian liberal arts college whose aim is to provide an educational environment which upholds the finest traditions of Reformed Christianity. Opened in 2005, the College now offers its current enrollment of 167 students bachelor's degree programs in the liberal arts and humanities. These programs are accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission. The student-to-faculty is 14 to 1 and the student body represents numerous states and countries. Whilst Providence is at its core a Calvinist institution, numerous faiths are represented by the student body.
Founded in 1869, Ursinus College is a private liberal arts college whose origins are rooted in the traditions of the German Reformed Church. The student body consists of around 1,500 students from 31 states and 22 countries. Ursinus offers more than 60 courses of study across the arts, sciences and humanities. Accreditation is provided by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The college has a number of clubs and organizations for students to get involved with, including an active Greek life and student government, as well as sports and music clubs and societies.