Do you live in Georgia? Perhaps you want to attend college in the Bible Belt. Georgia happens to offer quite a few Christian college choices that vary in their denominational affiliation. Continue reading to learn more about some of these colleges.
Universities in Georgia with a Christian affiliation are typically 4-year, private, not-for-profit colleges. These school vary in cost and all offer on-campus housing options.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||In-State Tuition (2017-2018*)|
|Carver College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Atlanta, GA||$12,685|
|Covenant College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church in America||Lookout Mountain, GA||$33,170|
|Emmanuel College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Pentecostal Holiness Church||Franklin Springs, GA||$19,710|
|Beulah Heights University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Protestant||Atlanta, GA||$9,800|
|Wesleyan College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Macon, GA||$22,370|
|Reinhardt University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Waleska, GA||$22,422|
Source *National Center for Education Statistics
Christian Colleges in Georgia Overview
The following list provides information about just a few of the Christian colleges available in Georgia. These colleges are diverse in their demographics and program offerings. Each maintains a a Christ-focused education though denomination affiliations are distinct.
Carver College, previously known as Carver Bible College, is home to about 150 students. Carver is a historically black college specializing in providing a faith-based education. Though Carver College does not officially affiliate with a denomination, they don't allow expression of Charismatic and Word-of-Faith beliefs, and they do believe that the Bible only permits men to become pastors.
Currently, they offer three bachelor's degrees: a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. On top of these, they offer an associate's degree and certificate in biblical studies. Chapel services are offered every Tuesday and Thursday for everyone, and those who live on campus are required to attend. Carver sends students on short-term overseas mission trips each summer and houses a women's ministry group.
With a motto of 'In all things Christ preeminent,' Covenant College combines Christian principles with their educational programs. The program offerings are quite diverse, with most majors offering multiple concentrations to focus your studies. For instance, the art major has five concentrations: 2-D arts, 3-D arts, photography, communication design and art history. Covenant had an 86% retention rate for first-time students in 2016. The Presbyterian Church in America elects the college's board of trustees, and the college theologically aligns with the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms. The Dora Maclellan Brown Memorial Chapel, which holds services every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, is three stories, features stain-glass windows, and seats 800 students at a time.
Of the 920 enrolled students at Emmanuel College, 95% received some form of financial aid as of the 2015-2016 school year. Aid can be used to help pay for on-campus room and board costs of roughly $10,000 per year since Emmanuel requires all full-time students to live on campus in college-owned residence halls. Emmanuel College is affiliated with the Pentecostal/Evangelical tradition of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. Students can join one of the outreach ministries that incorporate learning, fun and ministering - the Emmanuel College Singers, the Emmanuel College Players, and Revive, the Emmanuel College Dance Team. Emmanuel College has 11 academic departments that range from diversified agriculture to sports management.
Beulah Heights University
Beulah Heights University (BHU) is a Protestant-affiliated college that offers a small-school experience in a city setting. Students can live either on or off campus, with room and board adding an additional $8,900 to the estimated $9,880 yearly tuition as of 2018. For those who will live at home, fees and expenses bring the yearly cost to around $11,380. BHU has 16 degree and certificate programs, with many of the programs offered online.
You'll find that all programs are faith focused. The Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Studies prepares students for leadership in ministry with courses like faith-based community economic development, innovative ministry management for the 21st century, and dynamics of biblical leadership. Even the Bachelor of Business Administration program requires nine credits of Bible courses. BHU students can get involved in campus ministries, overseas short-term missions, or helping run the Chapel service. Students and faculty are required to sign a basic statement of faith and are asked to refrain from expressing doctrinal differences on campus.
Wesleyan College is an all-women's college; in fact, in 1836, Wesleyan became the first college in the world to grant degrees to women. Wesleyan requires all traditional full-time students to live on campus, which will add about $9,570 to yearly tuition costs. The retention rates for part-time students and full-time students were 100% and 71%, respectively, as of 2016. Wesleyan offers 30 options for majors and offer the opportunity to create a self-designed major if they don't have what you're looking for.
Methodists services are provided at Pierce Chapel, which also hosts weekly activities, theological speakers and special concerts. The main student faith group is the Wesleyan Disciples; members lead a Chapel service each week, participate in Bible study, volunteer, and may receive a scholarship award.
If you're looking for a rural setting, Reinhart University offers over 40 undergraduate majors, including Spanish, nursing, graphic design, communications, and early childhood education. They also offer six master's degrees in education, creative writing, public administration, and business administration.
Reinhardt is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and has its own unique statement of faith. Students can attend one of the campus ministries on a weekly basis, either with Common Ground or L.I.F.T. (Living in Faith Together). Small group gatherings for men and women are hosted weekly in addition to a biweekly prayer group. The school hosts 24-hour 'Rest and Renewal Retreats' for students during low points in the semester and also organizes ministry trips during spring and fall breaks.