Kentucky is home to multiple Christian colleges and universities that are affiliated with several different denominations. These schools offer students diverse degree programs and unique extracurricular opportunities. Learn more about a handful of the Christian institutions in the state.
There are cities scattered throughout Kentucky that are home to 4-year, Christian institutions. Compare a few of these schools and their tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2019-2020)*|
|Kentucky Wesleyan College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Owensboro, KY||$27,200|
|Campbellsville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Campbellsville, KY||$25,400|
|Union College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Barbourville, KY||$27,950|
|Spalding University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Louisville, KY||$25,200|
|University of Pikeville||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Pikeville, KY||$21,550|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges in Kentucky
The Christian colleges and universities in Kentucky provide students with an array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These schools vary in size, spiritual growth opportunities and other factors students may want to consider when selecting a school. Explore a few of these colleges more in depth.
Kentucky Wesleyan College
In 2016, ''Washington Monthly'' ranked Kentucky Wesleyan College as a top institution in the state to earn a bachelor's degree. This undergraduate institution had 830 students in 2018, per the NCES, and offers a range of bachelor's degree programs. Students can pursue study in areas like zoology, religion, graphic design, exercise science, art, chemistry and education. The school offers a variety of spiritual student organizations, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Campus Ministries Team (CMT) and CROSS (Baptist Campus Ministry), as well as other organizations like Sierra Club, Roc-N-Sol, Spanish Club and Wesleyan World Travelers.
Campbellsville University offers a variety of certificate, associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs. Subject areas include Biblical studies, barbering, education, business administration, homeland security, international studies, medical technology, pre-dentistry, social work and theatre. In 2018, the NCES reported that the school had 4,020 undergraduates. Students wishing to grow in their faith may participate in chapel, Baptist Campus Ministry, FCA and/or missions trips. Students can also participate in a variety of student organizations, like Maroon Goons, Education Club, Board Game Club, Green Minds and International Justice Mission.
According to NCES, Union College has 1,119 undergraduate students and offers 35 different majors. Students can pursue certificate, associate's, bachelor's or master's degrees in areas such as Appalachian studies, coaching, pre-law, education, nursing, religious studies, management and psychology. For spiritual growth and development, students can participate in a few different faith-based organizations, including Spiritual Life Team, Baptist Campus Ministry and the Newman Club. Other student-based organizations at the school include band, theatre, choir, Appalachian Wilderness Club, Science Club, Common Partners and Student Ambassadors.
Spalding University offers more than 25 student clubs and organizations, 14 NCAA Division III sports and several different opportunities to get involved in the community, according to the school's website. Additionally, as of 2018, the school had 1,758 students, and 99% of them received some kind of financial aid. Students at the school can pursue certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in more than 66 subject areas, including communication, athletic training, pre-pharmacy, nursing, social work, education, creative writing, psychology and occupational therapy. The school offers a unique block schedule where courses are offered on days, evenings, weekends or online in 6-week blocks to allow for more flexibility.
University of Pikeville
The University of Pikeville offers associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in areas like business administration, criminal justice, nursing, art, education, speech and biology. The school is also home to the Kentucky College of Optometry and the Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, both of which offer doctoral degree programs in their respective subjects. As part of the school's focus on experiential learning, the religion program takes students to various religious sites so they can better understand spiritual diversity. Students can also participate in study abroad opportunities, theatre trips, the Sigma Tau Delta National Conference and seminars in Washington D.C.