These conservative Texas schools are affiliated with denominations like Roman Catholic and Disciples of Christ. Each institution's mission details how the Christian faith is included in the student experience.
These five private schools are located throughout the state of Texas, with undergraduate tuition starting under $20,000 and ranging up to almost $45,000.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Texas Christian University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)||Fort Worth, TX||$44,760|
|East Texas Baptist University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Baptist||Marshall, TX||$25,470|
|St. Mary's University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||San Antonio, TX||$29,300|
|University of the Incarnate Word||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Roman Catholic||San Antonio, TX||$29,990|
|Southwestern Assemblies of God University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Assemblies of God Church||Waxahachie, TX||$19,994|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Conservative Christian Colleges in Texas
Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees at these schools. Each college offers daily or weekly worship services and many faith-oriented groups, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Texas Christian University
Texas Christian University awards undergraduate certificates through doctoral degrees. Programs of study include business, education, science and engineering, and fine arts. The university is affiliated with the Disciples of Christ, whose vision is a faithful, growing church body that values true community, deep Christian spirituality and a passion for justice. Texas Christian promotes an environment that encourages intellectual development and recognizes the diversity of students' faith. The university has 23 faith-oriented groups, such as the Baptist Student Ministry and Disciples on Campus. Other student groups include the American Marketing Association and Dream Outside the Box, a mentoring organization for at-risk youth.
East Texas Baptist University
East Texas Baptist University emphasizes the importance of integrating the Christian faith into students' experience, with faculty members committed to pursuing excellence in Christ. The university holds chapel services on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Students with a course load of 12 credits or more must earn 22 chapel credits each semester. Students interested in service projects can do so through the Great Commission Center, which aims to promote the Christian faith in the community. Other student activities include Joyful Praise Ministry, the Political Awareness Society, and Baptist Student Ministry.
East Texas offers several dozen undergraduate majors, including mass communication, religion, and accounting. Students can earn master's degrees in areas such as Christian ministry, education, and theological studies.
St. Mary's University
St. Mary's University seeks to create students of faith and leadership. The school's mission consists of five tenets, such as educating students for formation of faith. The university holds weekday afternoon masses, along with Sunday morning and evening masses. Confession is offered at the Sunday masses, as well as Thursday afternoons. Campus activities range from Greek organizations and intramural sports to the Student Government Association and the Office of Civic Engagement.
St. Mary's offers bachelor's degrees in criminal justice, communication, and business. Master's degrees include clinical mental health counseling and theology. Students can pursue a doctorate in counselor education and supervision.
University of the Incarnate Word
The University of the Incarnate Word has undergraduate and graduate degrees. Undergraduate programs include accounting and biochemisty. Students can complete graduate degrees in areas like biology and applied statistics.
The university strives to create an environment that is dedicated to both academic excellence and faith. Mass services are held on weekdays, with two services on Sundays. The university also offers an Interfaith Prayer Room for student use. Student organizations include the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, a biology club, and the Fashion Society.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Southwestern Assemblies of God University's mission is to prepare students both intellectually and spiritually in their chosen professions. Students can attend worship services Tuesday-Friday mornings, as well as live steams of the services. Outside of worship activities, students can participate in intramural sports like water polo, flag football, and indoor soccer.
The university contains three colleges: College of Bible of Church Ministries, College of Business & Education, and the College of Music & Communication Arts. Students can earn degrees in areas like business, music, practical theology, and social work.