There are many Christian colleges and universities of different denominations that offer varsity tennis teams. These schools also provide students with a variety of spiritual growth opportunities and degree programs. Learn about a few of the Christian schools with tennis teams and what makes them unique.
Some of the 4-year, Christian colleges with tennis teams can be found in South Carolina, Indiana and Tennessee. Compare and contrast a handful of the schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Huntington University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Brethren Church||Huntington, IN||$25,540|
|Johnson University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Christian Churches and Churches of Christ||Knoxville, TN||$14,920|
|Villanova University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||Villanova, PA||$51,284|
|Charleston Southern University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Charleston, SC||$24,840|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Christian Colleges with Tennis Teams
The Christian colleges with tennis teams vary in size, available undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs and how they care for students' spiritual needs. Here we discuss some details about a few schools and their tennis teams.
Huntington University in Indiana had about 1,000 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Known as the Foresters, the university is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II school and offers men's and women's tennis. Both the men's and women's tennis teams have had multiple student athletes qualify to be members of Chi Alpha Sigma, a national college athlete honor society. The university has undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs available in areas such as education, occupational therapy, agricultural studies, chemistry, digital media arts, ministry and missions, pre-pharmacy and theatre. Campus ministries help students grow spiritually through chapel services, small groups, prayer meetings, podcasts and mission opportunities.
The Johnson University Royals have men's and women's tennis teams and are affiliated with the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) as a Division II school. The men's tennis team is relatively new, as they completed their 5th season of competition in 2018. Johnson University had close to 870 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. Students at the university can deepen their faith by attending chapel services, small groups, missions, prayer meetings and fellowships, and students are also expected to adhere to the school's expectations of displaying Christian conduct. The school offers certificates, associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in areas like Biblical studies, education, public health, Middle Eastern studies, audio production, urban studies and counseling.
Pennsylvania's Villanova University offers a wide range of academic programs at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels in fields such as Africana studies, cybersecurity, nursing, French and Francophone studies, law, physical therapy, sustainable engineering and theology. The school had about 7,000 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The Villanova Wildcats are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I and has men's and women's tennis teams. Both the men's and women's teams received NCAA Public Recognition Awards for academic achievement in 2018. The university provides students with Catholic worship opportunities, small groups, spiritual retreats, service and social justice opportunities and worship services to help students grow in their faith.
Charleston Southern University
Charleston Southern University in South Carolina had a little more than 3,200 undergraduates in 2016, per the NCES. The university provides students with a variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs in areas like graphic design, music therapy, business administration, biochemistry, math, medical laboratory science, computer science, education and nursing. Spiritual life on campus includes bi-weekly chapel services, worship services (Elevate), mission projects, small groups and spiritual conferences. Known as the Buccaneers, the school has an NCAA Division I women's tennis team. In 2018, one of the team's players received the Big South Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and four other players also received conference honors.
Duke University in North Carolina is another NCAA Division I school and offers men's and women's tennis teams. The Blue Devils men's tennis team had six athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team, while the women's tennis team had three athletes named to the All-ACC Academic Team, one being the ACC Women's Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year as well. Students can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in a wide range of subjects, including environmental engineering, evolutionary anthropology, neuroscience, Russian, visual arts, biophysics, law and nursing. The Duke University Chapel provides students with worship services, mission trips, Religious Life Groups, interfaith engagement opportunities and PathWays Student Ministries to help students further develop their faith. In 2016, the university had about 6,610 undergraduates, according to the NCES.