Christian Colleges in Illinois

Jul 08, 2020

The state of Illinois is home to an array of Christian colleges and universities that offer diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These schools also vary in size, location and a number of other factors. Explore a handful of the Christian postsecondary institutions in the state in more depth here.

School Comparison

The Christian colleges in Illinois are located throughout the state and vary in tuition rates. Learn more about a few of the schools' denomination and tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2019-2020)*
Elmhurst College 4-year, private not-for-profit United Church of Christ Elmhurst, IL $37,754
Augustana College 4-year, private not-for-profit Evangelical Lutheran Church Rock Island, IL $43,610
Olivet Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit Church of the Nazarene Bourbonnais, IL $37,070
Eureka College 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Eureka, IL $27,560
Judson University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Elgin, IL $29,870

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of the Christian Colleges in Illinois

The Christian colleges in Illinois provide students with a wide range of study areas for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students considering these schools can also examine spiritual growth opportunities, student population size or other available student resources. Here we discuss a few of the Christian schools and what makes them unique.

Elmhurst College

According to the NCES, Elmhurst College had 2,848 undergraduate students in 2018. The school provides a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs as well as some certificate programs. Students can pursue undergraduate study in areas such as actuarial science, jazz studies, biochemistry, music theatre, exercise science, religious studies, graphic design and urban studies. Graduate study is available in areas like nursing, special education, data science, geographic information systems (GIS) and supply chain management. The school has a student-led Spiritual Life Council to plan religious activities on campus as well as spiritual organizations, including Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Athletes in Action and UCC Fellowship. Other student clubs and organizations on campus include Quidditch Society, Best Buddies, Jazz Band, Interfraternity Council, International Club and Art Club.

Augustana College

Augustana College is an undergraduate institution that had 2.543 students in 2018, per the NCES. To further develop their spiritual lives, students can participate in Wednesday Night Chapel, spring service trips or religious organizations, such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Harvest Bible Chapel Augustana Small Group, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship or Damascus Road. Other organizations available to students include Martial Arts Club, Black Squirrel Productions, Viking Pups and Equestrian Club. According to the school's website, 98% of students receive some form of financial aid as they pursue their bachelor's degree in various areas, like landscape architecture, Japanese, anthropology, astronomy, pre-dentistry, engineering, economics, pre-vet, ethics, geology, neuroscience or music.

Olivet Nazarene University

Olivet Nazarene University offers a wide range of associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in areas like zoology, organizational leadership, engineering, computer science, social work, nursing, youth ministry, chemistry and math. According to the school's website, the school offers several pre-professional programs, and there are 21 different study abroad opportunities for students. Students on campus grow spiritually through worship and chapel services that are held twice a week as well as through mentoring by professors and staff members. More than 500 students participate in music ensembles, per the school's website, but other student organizations and clubs include yearbook, Craft Connections, Outdoor Adventure Club, Tabletop Games Club, Spoons 4 Forks and the Nursing Student Association. In 2018, the NCES reported that the school had 3,231 undergraduate students.

Eureka College

Eureka College is an undergraduate institution that had 567 students in 2018, per the NCES. Students can pursue bachelor's degree programs in areas such as digital and media design, pre-pharmacy, theatre, math, environmental science, education, biology, art and communication. If students are unable to find a major that fits their personal interests and goals, the school offers a unique individualized major option where students work with faculty members to design their major and get their curriculum approved. Students can grow in their faith by participating in CRU, the Newman Center (Catholic organization) or Disciples of Campus (DOC). The school also offers a variety of student clubs and organizations, including Greek Life, Dance Team, Communication Club, American Sign Language Club, Admissions Ambassadors and College Bowl.

Judson University

Judson University provides associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs as well as certificate programs to students. Subject areas range from art to science and include architecture, Biblical studies, biochemistry, intercultural leadership, worship arts, English, psychology, sports management, history, literacy and organizational leadership. The school had 1,034 undergraduate students in 2018, according to the NCES. Students can further develop their spiritual lives by attending weekly chapel services and participating in small groups and service trips. Students can also attend Upper Room each Tuesday to worship with other students and work on social justice issues through International Justice Mission (IJM). Other student organizations and clubs include Spikeball Club, JUImprov Team, FCA, intramurals, Reel Conversations and Young College Republicans.

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