Conservative Christian Colleges in Pennsylvania

Dec 20, 2018

The state of Pennsylvania has many colleges and universities with a Christian affiliation. This guide will provide details on the available degrees and student organizations for five of the state's conservative Christian institutions.

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The schools in this guide are from varying Christian denominations, such as Roman Catholic, as well as an undenominational school. Each school incorporates the Christian faith into its curriculum and offers varied worship opportunities for students.

School Comparison

These private institutions offer undergraduate tuition starting around $17,000 and ranging up to over $34,000.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Saint Vincent College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Latrobe, PA $34,430
Seton Hill University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Greensburg, PA $34,660
Messiah College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Interdenominational Mechanicsburg, PA $34,160
Lancaster Bible College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Christian Lancaster, PA $22,580
Grove City College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Undenominational Grove City, PA $17,254

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Conservative Christian Schools in Pennsylvania

Several of these schools offer both bachelor's and graduate degrees. Each school offers at least weekly worship services, along with student organizations like Fellowship for Christian Athletes.

Saint Vincent College

Saint Vincent College strives to incorporate the Word of God and Gospel of Jesus Christ into all aspects of students' experience. The college firmly upholds a commitment to its Roman Catholic roots and aims to further the spiritual and academic needs of the leadership and members. New students can apply to the Benedictine Leadership studies program, which seeks to educate students on leadership and service roles within their professional and personal lives. Students can attend daily mass services, along with Adoration services on Mondays and Tuesdays and the Sacrament of Reconciliation six days a week.

Other campus activities include a Spanish club, swing dance club, and a Habitat for Humanity chapter. Available majors at Saint Vincent include communication, information technology, and theology. Students can also enroll in pre-professional programs like dental medicine and pharmacy.

Seton Hill University

Seton Hill University offers bachelor's, graduate, and online degrees. Bachelor's degree programs include biology, English, and theatre. Students can earn master's degrees in education, business, and art therapy. Available online degrees include bachelor's degrees in accounting and criminal justice.

At Seton Hill, the Christian faith is infused into every aspect of campus life. The university maintains that life is intricately tied to Biblical experience and humanity. While the Campus Ministry at Seton Hill is Catholic, the school encourages students of all faiths to become involved. Masses are held Monday-Wednesday and Sundays. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is offered on Sunday evenings. Students can join campus organizations like a computer science club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and a volleyball club.

Messiah College

Messiah College's mission is Christ Preeminent, which describes how the school infuses the Christian faith into all elements of students' college experience. Chapel services are held twice on Tuesdays and once on Thursdays. Students can also attend small group worship groups. Seton Hill requires students to attend 14 worship opportunities per semester. Community service opportunities are available locally, nationally, and globally. Cultural organizations include the Multicultural Council, and academic organizations include an accounting club.

Students can earn bachelor's and master's degrees. Bachelor's degree options range from adventure education and Biblical and religious studies to education and music performance. Students can earn graduate degrees like a master's in counseling or a doctorate in physical therapy.

Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster Bible College awards both undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate majors are available in areas like arts and sciences, health and physical education, and counseling and social work. Master's degrees include divinity and formational leadership, with doctoral degrees in Biblical studies and leadership. Students can also earn accelerated undergraduate degrees in areas like communication and criminal justice. Accelerated classes only run 6-7 weeks, while traditional ones last 15 weeks.

Lancaster Bible College has seven primary goals and values, including the commitment to create a Christ-centric college community. Weekly chapel services are offered. Students are required to participate in service projects each semester. Campus organizations include the Student Government Association, a handbell choir, and the Student Missionary Fellowship.

Grove City College

Grove City College has five core values, including faithfulness and community engagement. The college offers a variety of ministry groups like Campus Crusade, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Steel City Ministries, which is an after-school tutoring program. Service opportunities range from Adopt-A-Grandparent to an Environmental Club.

Grove City offers a variety of majors for students to choose from. Areas of study include accounting, marketing, Christian studies, and education. Although all degrees offered are at the bachelor's level, the college has two grad school prep programs in pre-law and pre-health.

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