North Carolina has no shortage of Christian colleges and universities scattered throughout the state. These schools provide students with a variety of degree programs, student resources and student population sizes. Here we explore a small sampling of the Christian institutions in the state.
Many different cities in North Carolina are home to 4-year, Christian colleges that are affiliated with a variety of denominations. Examine some of these schools' tuition rates in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
|Belmont Abbey College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Belmont, NC||$18,500|
|Lenoir-Rhyne University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Hickory, NC||$35,350|
|Barton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Wilson, NC||$29,998|
|Heritage Bible College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Other Protestant||Dunn, NC||$8,328|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges in North Carolina
The Christian colleges and universities in North Carolina provide students with a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students considering these schools may also look for a school that closely aligns with their personal size preference, offers spiritual growth opportunities and/or provides other unique resources and activities. Learn more about a few of the Christian schools in the state.
Duke University is a larger institution that had more than 6,600 undergraduates and a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 in 2016, according to the NCES. Students can pursue a variety of bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as certificate programs. The school offers areas of study in neuroscience, romance studies, religious studies, environmental sciences, biophysics, dance, computer science, evolutionary anthropology and many more. According to the school's website, 43% of students participate in global education. The school also offers more than 30 service organizations and more than 400 student clubs/organizations, including 25 religious life groups for spiritual development.
Belmont Abbey College
Belmont Abbey College is an undergraduate institution that only offers bachelor's degree programs. However, students can pursue study in a variety of areas, including Catholic educational studies, criminal justice, biology, math, history, sport management, theology and motorsport management. In 2016, the NCES reported that the school had a little over 1,500 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 16 to 1. The school's campus ministry is composed of prayer and work activities, such as Adoration Chapel (prayer) and March for Life and community service (work). Students can also participate in a variety of clubs/organizations, like Ballroom Dancing Club, Math Club, Greek Life, Crusaders for Life or Ultimate Frisbee club.
Lenoir-Rhyne University had 1,710 undergraduates and a student-to-faculty ratio of 13 to 1 in 2016, per the NCES. Students on campus can attend worship services and/or participate in spiritual organizations, like Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Lutheran Student Movement (LSM), to further develop their spiritual lives. The school also offers a variety of other student clubs/organizations, such as honor societies, Equestrian Club, Video Game Club, Debate Team, Circle K and International Club. Students can pursue certificate, bachelor's or master's degree programs in areas including business administration, Christian ministry, exercise science, German, nursing, education, school counseling and sustainability studies.
Barton College provides worship services for students through the Disciples on Campus organization, as well as a variety of other religious organizations to promote spiritual growth, such as Campus Compassion, FCA, Believe Over Doubt (BOD) and 9ten Club. Students can also participate in Greek life, intramural sports and various student clubs/organizations, like Full of Color, Orientation Team, Stage and Script, Pre-Law Club and Deaf Club. Students at the school can earn bachelor's or master's degrees in areas including nursing, school administration, biology, social work, gerontology, art and design, photojournalism and political science. According to the NCES, the school had about 990 undergraduate students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 11 to 1 in 2016.
Heritage Bible College
Heritage Bible College is a small, undergraduate institution that had close to 60 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 4 to 1 in 2016, per the NCES. Students at the school can participate in different ministries and serve the community through partnerships with local organizations, like Community Home Care and Hospice, Operation Teaching Tools and Grace Chapel Food Bank. The school offers one associate's degree in Christian studies and Bachelor of Religious Education degrees in pastoral ministry, worship and music and Biblical studies. The program in Biblical studies includes a few different tracks in areas such as discipleship, Christian counseling and youth ministry.