Sometimes, it might be difficult to decide whether or not to apply to a school. Maybe you're unsure of whether you'll be accepted, maybe you have other schools you want to look into, or maybe you just can't afford another application fee! Whatever the reason, the following Christian schools can be applied to with no fee.
As you can see by the table below, Christian colleges with no application fee are affiliated with a variety of denominations and can be found all across the country. Their tuition fees also vary widely.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Trinity University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||San Antonio, TX||$41,344|
|Houghton College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Wesleyan||Houghton, NY||$31,540|
|Thomas Aquinas College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Santa Paula, CA||$24,500|
|St. Olaf College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Evangelical Lutheran Church||Northfield, MN||$46,000|
|Sewanee - The University of the South||4-year, private not-for-profit||Protestant Episcopal||Sewanee, TN||$45,120|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Overview of Christian Colleges with No Application Fee
The following colleges can all be applied to with no fee. While many of these Christian colleges attempt to keep costs down with free application, it doesn't diminish their offerings, which include several campus ministry opportunities, off campus events, and unique programs.
The first school on the list is Trinity University in San Antonio, TX. This college does have an application fee, but if you apply online it is waived. With a campus location only three miles from downtown, you'll find plenty of activities in and around campus, including community service projects and more than 220 student clubs. There are also intramural and varsity athletics. The chaplain ensures all feel welcome with several faith-based fellowships for a variety of different denominations. Trinity offers diverse degree programs as well, including:
- Ancient Mediterranean studies
- Urban studies
- Chinese studies
At Houghton College, not only is there no application fee, but there is also no enrollment deposit, something that many colleges charge after students formally accept a school's admission decision. Additionally, in the 2016-2017 school year, 100% of beginning undergraduates who applied for financial aid received grants or scholarships to help cover tuition costs, according to the NCES. Houghton has over 50 majors to select from, including several that can be completed in three years, such as Bible studies, communication, psychology, and data science. On campus, students attend required chapel services and can participate in several student-run Christian groups. Students must attend at least 2/3 of the chapels held on campus (attending roughly two a week).
Thomas Aquinas College
One piece of information to note is that Thomas Aquinas College has not changed its tuition costs in the past four years. In fact, along with no application fee, there are no book costs. All books are provided to students for their classes. This is an additional way the school attempts to keep costs down. It may also explain the school's reported 90% freshman retention rate for the 2016-2017 school year. Class sizes are kept small with a student-to-teacher ratio of 11:1. The college's chapel, Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel, holds weekday Masses, confessions, and daily rosaries for students. The school offers a liberal arts bachelor's degree program based on the great books.
St. Olaf College
In the 2016 school year, St. Olaf College had a 92% retention rate for first-time students, according to the NCES. On top of that, the school had an 88% graduation rate for full-time undergraduate students beginning in 2011. St. Olaf has over 50 different majors from which to choose, including some unique offerings like Nordic studies. Other majors include:
- Africa and the Americas
- Medieval studies
- Linguistic studies
- Film studies
- Management studies
- Biomolecular science
As for campus life, 95% of students live on campus in one of the 11 residence halls or 19 honor houses. Campus ministry is also a big part of campus living. There are community meals for breakfast and lunch throughout the month, prayer opportunities, and a spring service project that the student congregation organizes each year. And, of course, there is no fee to apply.
Sewanee - The University of the South
Sewanee - The University of the South accepts the Common Application, as do many of the schools on this list, and there is no fee to apply for admission. There are several opportunities to get involved on campus, such as the monthly Down-the-Mountain trip, where students are taken off campus and into the city. This is a great opportunity for students to see some of the culture in the surrounding area. There are also recurring events, like open mic night, arts & crafts, trivia night, and outdoor movies. As for the academic side of Sewanee, there are many majors and certificate programs, including watershed science (certificate), computer science, environment and sustainability, natural resources and the environment, and religion and environment. Campus ministry is also prominent with chapel services, Bible studies, and the Catechumenate, where students study what it means to be a person with faith.