Although not very common, several Christian colleges and universities around the country have varsity, men's water polo teams. These schools have different denominational backgrounds, are located in various states and offer undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs. Learn more about a few of the Christian colleges with men's water polo teams.
The private, Christian colleges that have men's water polo teams range in tuition rates and are available in states like California and New York. Compare some of the undergraduate tuition rates for a few of the schools below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
|Wagner College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Lutheran Church in America||Staten Island, NY||$45,380|
|Monmouth College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Monmouth, IL||$36,400|
|Gannon University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Erie, PA||$30,932|
|Pepperdine University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Churches of Christ||Malibu, CA||$51,992|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges with Men's Water Polo Teams
Students looking to play men's water polo while attending a Christian college may also wish to consider factors like spiritual growth opportunities, school size or available degree programs, when trying to choose a school. Read on to learn more about some of the Christian colleges with men's water polo teams.
California Baptist University
According to the NCES, California Baptist University had about 6,940 undergraduate students in 2016. The university is an NCAA Division II school and is home to the Lancer men's water polo team. In 2017, 12 student athletes were appointed to the Western Water Polo Association's All-Academic team, an all-time record for the program. Students at the university can pursue a wide range of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in fields such as anthropology, architecture, kinesiology, engineering, speech language pathology, aviation, Christian studies, film, environmental science and Spanish. Students can invest in their spiritual lives with chapel services and podcasts, local and global service opportunities and missional communities, called Tribes, which also include Discipleship Groups.
Wagner College in New York is an NCAA Division I school and has a men's water polo team. The Seahawks had 12 players named to the 2017 Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches (ACWPC) All-Academic Team. The college offers undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in subjects such as microbiology, nursing, media management, education, pre-law, biopsychology, art history, physician assistant, international affairs and computer science. Students on campus can attend various chapel services and/or participate in spiritual groups on campus like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) or Wagner College Christian Fellowship/Grace 101 (Bible study and prayer group). In 2016, the NCES reported that the college had around 1,810 undergraduate students.
Monmouth College is an undergraduate institution in Illinois that had close to 1,150 students in 2016, per the NCES. Students can pursue undergraduate study in areas like Greek, exercise science, public relations, international business, biopsychology, Latin, wellness administration, pre-occupational therapy, pre-pharmacy and pre-architecture. Students can participate in a variety of religious and spiritual groups on campus, including Campus Outreach (Bible study and fellowship), FCA, Ignite (Bible study) and Colorful Voices of Praise Gospel Choir. Monmouth College is an NCAA Division III school and home to the Fighting Scots men's water polo team.
Students at Gannon University in Pennsylvania can further develop their spiritual lives by participating in a variety of activities/organizations, like Bible studies, FCA, men's and women's groups, the Well (worship service), Theology on Tap (discussions) and spiritual retreats, such as the First-Year Retreat and Senior Retreat. Known as the Golden Knights, the university is an NCAA Division II school with men's water polo. According to the NCES, the university had about 3,100 undergraduate students in 2016. Students can earn undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in fields such as entrepreneurship, biomedical engineering, mortuary science, social work, nursing, pre-vet, forensic science, education and athletic training.
California's Pepperdine University had a little more than 3,540 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The Pepperdine Waves men's water polo team competes in the NCAA Division I. In 2017, the team won the school's award for the Best Moment of the Year when they won the first-ever 2016 Gold Coast Conference Tournament. Pepperdine provides students with many different spiritual resources, such as the Center for Faith and Learning, Spiritual Life Advisors and the Office of Church Relations, and various spiritual activities, including serving opportunities, weekly convocation and unique retreats, like Surf Convo. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects such as law, business administration, education, psychology, music, divinity, Italian, sports medicine, religion and physics.