Conservative Christian Colleges in the Midwest

Sep 06, 2019

There are many Christian colleges that also offer students a conservative living and learning environment. Five such schools in the Midwest will be profiled for potential students.

A conservative, Christian college adheres to traditional values, which can include religious, political, and social ones. The five Midwestern schools highlighted were all ranked as conservative by Niche or Young America's Foundation.

School Comparison

These five schools represent faiths from Roman Catholic to Evangelical denominations.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2018-2019)*
University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Fort Wayne, IN $30,430
Wisconsin Lutheran College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod Milwaukee, WI $29,725
Cedarville University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Cedarville, OH $30,270
Franciscan University of Steubenville 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Steubenville, OH $27,630
College of the Ozarks 4-year, Private not-for-profit Evangelical Christian Point Lookout, MO $19,360

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Midwestern Conservative Christian Colleges

All of these colleges have undergraduate degree programs, with some offering graduate degrees. Each school offers weekly worship sessions, along with faith-based activities like Bible study and student-led small groups.

University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne

The University of Saint Francis - Fort Wayne is ranked #2 for most conservative colleges in Indiana by Niche for 2020. The school holds traditional values such as fostering peace and justice and serving each other and the Church. Daily masses are held, with a formal Bible study group on Thursday evenings and student-led sessions in the dorms. Other student organizations include the American Advertising Federation and Artists in Action. The university offers bachelor's degrees in areas like accounting and computer information systems, along with master's degrees in areas such as clinical mental health counseling and chemistry.

Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran College is considered a top conservative college by the Young America's Foundation for its commitment to educating students within a Christian framework. The college offers more than 15 worship activities throughout the week, including daily chapel services and Bible study sessions. Campus organizations range from the civic-minded Sisters in Service to the recreational Ultimate Frisbee Organization. Students can earn bachelor's degrees in fields like communication or engineering, with graduate studies available in leadership and innovation and instructional technology.

Cedarville University

At Cedarville University, students will experience an academic environment rooted in the biblical worldview, helping the school earn Niche's rating as one of the top conservative schools in Ohio for 2020. Academic programs include allied health, biblical studies, and civil engineering. Outside of the classroom, students can take part in weekday morning chapel services and organizations like Discipleship Groups, which are weekly small groups led by upperclassmen. They can also take part in campus clubs like the Ayo Dance Company or the College Republicans.

Franciscan University of Steubenville

The Young America's Foundation ranked Franciscan University of Steubenville as a top conservative school. The university promotes the Scriptures and infuses Christian humanism into all academic programs. Students can choose from programs like catechetics, communication arts, and computer science. Worship opportunities include praise and worship sessions on Tuesdays, solemn vespers on Sundays, and the sacrament of reconciliation four times a week. The university offers student life clubs such as the Faith Study Club, the Franciscan Equestrian Club, and Student Government.

College of the Ozarks

Named a top conservative school by the Young America's Foundation, College of the Ozarks' mission is to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working, and patriotic. A unique feature of the school is that full-time students pay for tuition through work programs and scholarships. Academic programs include family studies and social services and biblical and theological studies. Students can enroll in pre-professional programs for law, dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, physician's assistant, and pre-veterinary. The college's student programs include Character Camp, a 10-day orientation for incoming students.

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