There is no shortage of Christian colleges and universities that have varsity football teams. These schools vary in denomination, size, location and other unique characteristics. Explore a handful of these Christian colleges in more detail below.
Private Christian colleges with football teams can be found in states like Texas, Indiana and North Carolina. Find out about some of these schools' denominations, locations and undergraduate tuition rates in the following table.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Baylor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Waco, TX||$43,790|
|Anderson University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Church of God||Anderson, IN||$29,710|
|University of Tulsa||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Tulsa, OK||$41,509|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
|St. Olaf College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Northfield, MN||$46,000|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of Christian Colleges with Football Teams
Collegiate football is popular throughout the country, including at Christian colleges. Students considering these schools may also think about what areas of study are available at the school, how the school encourages spiritual growth and/or what size school they wish to attend. Learn about these details for some of the Christian colleges with football teams.
Baylor University in Texas had close to 14,350 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The Baylor Bears are a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I school with varsity football. The university offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programs in areas such as nutrition sciences, sports strategy and sales, mathematics, journalism, aviation sciences, , and pre-dentistry. Baylor also has graduate programs in fields including education, international journalism, church music and sport pedagogy. Students at Baylor can invest in their spiritual lives by attending chapel, taking advantage of pastoral care opportunities and participating in mission trips, mentoring, youth ministry teams and fellowship meals.
Anderson University in Indiana is home to the Ravens football team and is an NCAA Division III school. The university offers a few graduate degree programs in fields like business administration, divinity and Christian ministry, as well as a variety of undergraduate degree programs in areas such as music, nursing, engineering, graphic design, biochemistry, cybersecurity, pre-law and sports medicine. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services with various speakers, mission trips through the Tri-S program, small groups, mentorship and service opportunities with Campus Ministries. In 2016, the NCES reported that the school had a little over 1,880 undergraduate students.
University of Tulsa
Students can study diverse subjects at the undergraduate and graduate levels at the University of Tulsa including those in chemical engineering, computer science, finance, history, speech-language pathology and geophysics. In addition to chapel services and ministries, students may participate in campus ministries, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), International Student Ministries, Young Life and Student Mobilization, to grow in their faith. According to the NCES, the university in Oklahoma had about 3,410 undergraduates in 2016. Home to the Golden Hurricane, the university is an NCAA Division I school with varsity football.
Duke University in North Carolina is another NCAA Division I school and is home to the Blue Devils football team. The university had about 6,610 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Religious life on campus is very diverse with a variety of ministries, including Agape Campus Ministry, Duke Asian InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Adventist Christian Fellowship, Duke Lutherans, the Navigators and Reformed University Fellowship, as well as mission trip opportunities and worship services. The school also offers a wide range of undergraduate degrees in fields like political science, mathematics, German, visual arts, economics and religious studies. There are also many graduate programs available including ecology, political science, neurobiology, history, sociology and computer science.
St. Olaf College
St. Olaf College is an undergraduate institution in Minnesota that had 3,040 students in 2016, per the NCES. The college is an NCAA Division III school and has a varsity football team known as the Oles. Students can pursue undergraduate degree programs in fields such as neuroscience, theater, French, statistics, chemistry, religion, social work, education and exercise science. The college provides students with interfaith resources, service opportunities, prayer services, community meals, Bible studies and religious organizations, such as FCA, Fellowship of Christian Oles, St. Olaf Christian Outreach and InterVarsith Christian Fellowship.