Many Christian colleges and universities of various denominations offer varsity women's softball teams. These different schools provide students with their choices of school size, location and academics. Here we explore a handful of options for Christian schools with softball teams.
Students can play softball at Christian institutions in many different states, including Ohio, Texas and Tennessee. Compare some of the schools' denominations and undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|MidAmerica Nazarene University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Church of the Nazarene||Olathe, KS||$29,670|
|The University of Findlay||4-year, private not-for-profit||Church of God||Findlay, OH||$33,320|
|Taylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Interdenominational||Upland, IN||$32,885|
|Baylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Waco, TX||$43,790|
|Hiwassee College||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Madisonville, TN||$16,469|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Christian Colleges that Offer Softball
In addition to considerations for specific softball teams, students should examine the available degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities that different Christian colleges offer. Learn about some of these details for a few of the Christian schools located around the country.
MidAmerica Nazarene University
MidAmerica Nazarene University is located in Kansas and had about 1,310 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The school is home to the Pioneers and the women's softball team is part of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). Students at the university can pursue several graduate programs in the fields of business, nursing, education and counseling, and undergraduate degree programs are available in a wide range of subjects, including children and family ministry, music, graphic design, kinesiology, organizational leadership, chemistry, athletic training and criminal justice. The university provides students with various chapel services with a different focus during each, spiritual formation events, mission trips, small groups and Going Ministries (local service) to help students grow in their faith.
The University of Findlay
Located in Ohio, the University of Findlay had about 3,660 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. The university is a Division II school and its Oilers softball team is part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Students on campus can further develop their faith with weekly worship services, Covenant Communities (small groups) and peer-to-peer mentoring. The school offers undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in areas like pharmacy, international business, art management, Japanese, forensic science, equestrian studies, education, occupational therapy, communication, religious studies and journalism/digital media.
Taylor University in Indiana promotes spiritual development in its students by providing chapel services, daily fellowship meals, service projects, small groups, and men's and women's programming. Discipleship Assistants (DAs) are also on each floor of the residence halls. The school offers a Master of Business Administration and Master of Arts in Higher Education, as well as bachelor's degree programs in fields such as film and media production, youth ministry, sport management, public health, engineering, biochemistry and social work. The Taylor Trojans are part of the NAIA and the university has a women's softball team. In 2016, the NCES reported that the university had about 2,130 undergraduate students.
Baylor University in Texas offers undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in fields such as biomedical engineering, church music, geosciences, physical therapy, anthropology, bioinformatics, computer science, creative writing and many more. The university had about 14,350 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. As the largest school featured, it offers a wide variety of opportunities to engage with peers. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, pastoral care services, mission trips, mentoring, youth ministry teams and specific spiritual opportunities for graduate students. The Baylor Bears softball team is part of the NCAA and the university is a Division I school.
Hiwassee College in Tennessee is an undergraduate institution that had a little over 280 students in 2016. The college is home to the Tigers softball team and is part of the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA). Students at the school can pursue undergraduate degree programs in subjects like dental hygiene, Christian leadership, biology, business, equine science and forestry technology. To deepen their faith, students can build fellowship in various spiritual organizations on campus, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Christian Student Movement.