Christian Colleges in Kansas

Jul 08, 2020

Kansas offers a wide variety of Christian colleges that vary in size, location, tuition rates and other factors. These colleges are also diverse in the denomination that they are associated with and provide students with different kinds of spiritual growth opportunities. Explore a handful of the many different Christian institutions in Kansas.

School Comparison

Many different cities in Kansas are home to Christian postsecondary institutions. Compare a few of these schools and their denominations and tuition rates in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2019-2020)*
Baker University 4-year, private not-for-profit United Methodist Baldwin City, KS $29,880
MidAmerica Nazarene University 4-year, private not-for-profit Church of the Nazarene Olathe, KS $31,786
Kansas Christian College 4-year, private not-for-profit Church of God Overland Park, KS $8,780
McPherson College 4-year, private not-for-profit Church of Brethren McPherson, KS $30,077
Ottawa University-Ottawa 4-year, private not-for-profit American Baptist Ottawa, KS $30,805

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of the Christian Colleges in Kansas

Christian colleges in Kansas offer students an array of degree programs and resources to meet their academic needs. Students considering these schools may also look for spiritual organizations to be a part of or think about how the size of the school may impact their studies. Here we discuss a few of the Christian colleges more in depth to help students make an informed decision.

Baker University

Baker University is a top-ranked private institution in Kansas that boasts a 90% acceptance rate for students applying to medical school. In 2018, the school had 1,793 undergraduate students, according to the NCES, and offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs. Students can select degree programs from a variety of areas, including Spanish, recreation, exercise science, economics, church leadership, physics, international business, chemistry and mass media. To further develop their spiritual lives, students may attend weekly chapel services, participate in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and other organizations or join the school's unique Ambassador Program, through which students travel to other United Methodist churches to worship and talk with youth in that area.

MidAmerica Nazarene University

U.S. News & World Report named MidAmerica Nazarene University one of the Best Regional Universities in the Midwest for 2018. Students on campus can attend weekly chapel services and it is not uncommon for professors to begin class with a devotion or prayer and/or allow students to share prayer requests and praises. The school had 1,306 undergraduate students in 2018, per the NCES, and offers certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Students can pursue study in areas like youth and family ministry, biology education, kinesiology, psychology, computer science, graphic design, nursing and counseling.

Kansas Christian College

Kansas Christian College is a smaller, undergraduate institution with 151 students, per the NCES for 2018, that offers associate's and bachelor's degree programs in areas like religion, music and business. The school provides students with unique transfer agreements to other institutions in the state, including a couple of 2+2 programs in education with MidAmerica Nazarene University. This program allows students to earn their associate's degree at Kansas Christian College and then easily transfer to MidAmerica Nazarene University to complete their bachelor's degree and prepare for state licensure. Students looking to grow in their spiritual lives may attend weekly chapel services, meet with the campus chaplain and/or participate in student discipleship groups.

McPherson College

McPherson College was ranked one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest for 2018. The school offers a range of spiritual organizations designed to grow students in their spiritual lives and build community together, including FCA, Peer Ministry, Takeover, Wednesday Bible Study and Peacefully Simply Together! (PST!). Students on campus can also participate in Walk to Worship, in which they meet and build community as they walk to weekly chapel services, and/or participate in various service organizations in the area. In 2018, the NCES reported that the school had 772 undergraduate students. McPherson offers bachelor's degree programs in areas like art, chemistry, entrepreneurship, Spanish, philosophy and religion, biochemistry, math, environmental stewardship and digital media.

Ottawa University- Ottawa

Ottawa University was also ranked one of U.S. News & World Report's Best Regional Colleges in the Midwest for 2018 and had 706 undergraduates in 2018, per the NCES. The university began with Baptist missionaries who came to work with and educate people of the Ottawa Tribe and the university continues to have a strong relationship with the tribe today. The school currently provides a discounted tuition rate to Ottawa Tribe members as part of an agreement that began in 2008. Students can pursue certificates, bachelor's or master's degree programs in areas including education, business, nursing, counseling, psychology, English and communication.

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