According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), there are at least 18 colleges and universities scattered from coast to coast that are affiliated with the Churches of Christ denomination. These schools vary in size, spiritual growth opportunities, available degree programs and more. Explore a handful of these schools in depth here.
The Churches of Christ colleges are primarily 4-year, private institutions, but offer a range of undergraduate tuition rates. Compare some of the schools' tuition rates, as well as their location, in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Carolina Christian College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Winston Salem, NC||$8,800|
|Faulkner University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Montgomery, AL||$20,970|
|Ohio Valley University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Vienna, WV||$21,250|
|Pepperdine University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Malibu, CA||$51,992|
|Rochester College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Rochester Hills, MI||$22,312|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of the Churches of Christ Colleges
Students wishing to attend a college affiliated with the Churches of Christ may want to consider what undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs are available, the size of the institution and/or any unique opportunities for spiritual growth. Here we discuss these characteristics for a few of the Churches of Christ colleges.
Carolina Christian College
Carolina Christian College, located in North Carolina, had a little over 30 undergraduate students and 10 graduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. This smaller institution offers a Certificate in Biblical Studies, a Bachelor of Arts in Ministry and a Master's of Religious Education, as well as several minors in areas like leadership, Christian counseling and nonprofit leadership. The college has a unique spiritual mission of equipping men and women for community service and a ministry that focuses on the African-American community. Starting in the fall of 2017, the college has the Carolina Centurions Men's Collegiate Basketball Team for students interested in athletics.
Faulkner University in Alabama offers traditional on-campus associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as adult education and online programs. The university is home to the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, but students can also pursue study in a wide range of subjects, including psychology, Biblical studies, biochemistry, computer science, sports management, theatre and education. In 2016, the NCES reported that the school had about 2,580 undergraduates and close to 740 graduate students. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, mission trips, Bible studies, campus devotionals and spiritual clubs/ministries like Agape, Christians in Action, Compassion 21 and Pi Sigma Delta.
Ohio Valley University
West Virginia's Ohio Valley University had close to 530 undergraduates and about 30 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. The university stays true to its mission of promoting Christian-based spirituality and service by providing students with opportunities for local, national and global service and incorporating spiritual growth into all activities on campus. Students on campus can pursue a wide range of majors and minors, including those in math, criminal justice, wellness, accounting, missions, biology, history, pre-pharmacy, pre-vet, pre-dentistry, environmental and sustainability studies and psychology. The school also offers various certificate programs in areas such as youth ministry, Greek, church history or Biblical text, and a master's degree program in education.
Pepperdine University in California has a variety of certificate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in areas such as public relations, sports medicine, economics, sociology, art, education, Italian, religion, nutritional science and physics. The university also has several international programs available to students that allow them to study in countries like Italy, China, Argentina and Switzerland. Undergraduate students on campus can further develop their spiritual lives through unique, beachside events, like God in the Wilderness retreats and Surf Convo, as well as take advantage of their dorm's Spiritual Life Advisor. According to the NCES, the university had around 3,540 undergraduates and about 4,280 graduate students in 2016.
Rochester College in Michigan had close to 1,160 undergraduate students and about 20 graduate students in 2016, per the NCES. Graduate programs are only offered through the college's Graduate School of Theology, but undergraduate degree programs are available in areas like nursing, business, urban ministry, mass communication, leadership, theatre management, worship ministry and early childhood studies. Prospective students can also inquire about the school's accelerated and online programs. Students and faculty at the school begin each school year with 24 hours of prayer, taking turns praying for the new year. Students can also attend chapel and participate in campus ministry events such as Urban Plunge (spring-break service), on-campus devotionals and Shack-a-Thon (homeless ministry).