Christian Colleges in Virginia

May 10, 2018

Students can attend Baptist, Lutheran and several Christian-affiliated colleges and universities in the state of Virginia. Learn about a few of these institutions and their distinguishing characteristics, like tuition rates and size.

Virginia offers students a diverse selection of Christian colleges and universities that are associated with different denominations. These 4-year institutions also provide students with a variety of student population sizes, student resources and spiritual growth opportunities. Read on to explore a handful of the Christian colleges and universities in the state.

School Comparison

The Christian institutions in Virginia are spread amongst several different cities in the state. Find out more about a few of the schools' locations and tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Roanoke College 4-year, private not-for-profit Evangelical Lutheran Church Salem, VA $42,819
Liberty University 4-year, private not-for-profit Evangelical Christian Lynchburg, VA $21,310
Bridgewater College 4-year, private not-for-profit Church of Brethren Bridgewater, VA $33,820
Virginia Union University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Richmond, VA $17,448
Bethel College 4-year, private not-for-profit Assemblies of God Hampton, VA $8,100

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Christian Colleges in Virginia

Students interested in attending a Christian college in Virginia can choose from a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Each school also offers unique characteristics and resources, such as student organizations and/or campus ministries. Here we discuss a few of the schools more in depth.

Roanoke College

Roanoke College is an undergraduate institution of about 2,000 students and over 100 student clubs/organizations, according to the school's website. Some of these organizations include those that focus on further developing students' spiritual lives, such as Young Life, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and RCLutherans. Other student organizations/activities include the performing arts, Greek Life, Bass Fishing Club, service projects and the college radio station, WRKE. Students can pursue bachelor's degrees in a variety of areas, such as actuarial science, theatre, religious studies, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy, Christian studies, French, history and math.

Liberty University

Liberty University is a large institution with more than 110,000 total students (including those enrolled in online programs) in 2018, according to the school's website. The university offers more than 550 programs of study, online or traditional, at the certificate, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Some of these subject areas include government, religion, aviation administration, kinesiology, biopsychology, paralegal studies, coaching, addiction counseling, divinity, nursing and education. Students can participate in a variety of religious/spiritual organizations, such as Catholic Campus Ministry, Christians 4 Freedom, God's Covenant Love and Young Life. There are also many outdoor recreation activities, club and intramural sports and other student clubs, like Improv Team, Autism Speaks U, Math Club and Comic Book Club.

Bridgewater College

Bridgewater College offers a Master of Science in Athletic Training and a variety of bachelor's degree programs in areas such as global studies, art, nutritional science, political science, sociology, English and biology. According to the school's website, there were 1,900 full-time students in the fall of 2017 and the school offers more than 80 clubs and organizations. Some of these organizations include honor societies, In-Step Dance Club, Ripples (the yearbook club), Student Ambassador Association, Equestrian Club and Eco-Action Club. For their spiritual lives, students may participate in groups like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU), Church Travel Teams, Seekers Small Group and BC Spiritual Life Board.

Virginia Union University

Virginia Union University is a Historically Black University that had about 1,400 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The school is home to the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology, which offers three graduate degree programs- Master of Arts in Christian Education (MACE), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min). Students in these programs are required to attend weekly chapel services and can participate in Community Formation Hour twice a month to discuss theological issues. The school also offers a variety of traditional bachelor's degree programs in areas such as psychology, criminology, biology, business administration, computer and information sciences and mass communication, as well as a master's degree program in curriculum and instruction.

Bethel College

Bethel College offers a diploma, associate's and bachelor's degree in Christian ministries. It is a small institution with only 55 students and a student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 in 2016, according to the NCES. The school has a unique learning and spiritual growth plan to help students pursuing the bachelor's degree program prepare for careers in ministry through beginning their first year with hands-on learning with ministry involvement and spiritual growth. It is followed by opportunities for students to explore their personal ministry focus their second year, an apprenticeship with a pastor their third year and staff experience and career assistance their fourth year.

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