Conservative Christian Colleges on the East Coast

Jan 22, 2019

The conservative institutions highlighted below represent several Christian denominations, such as Roman Catholic and Evangelical Christian. See how each school infuses Christian values into the student experience.

School Comparison

Prospective students can utilize this chart to compare the locations, denominations, and undergraduate tuition rates for the four featured schools.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Average Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Grove City College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Undenominational Grove City, PA $17,254
Liberty University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Evangelical Christian Lynchburg, VA $21,310
The King's College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Interdenominational New York, NY $35,400
Ave Maria University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Ave Maria, FL $19,970

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of East Coast Conservative Christian Colleges

Liberty University offers a wide range of certificates and degrees, while Grove City College and The King's College award bachelor's degrees. Ave Maria University offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Grove City College

Grove City College's vision states the school is grounded in conservative values, which includes faithfulness. Students have a variety of faith-oriented organizations to choose from, such as the Apologetics Club and Warriors for Christ. Grove City also provides community service opportunities for students, like the Helping Hands Service Club, which involves students with local organizations like Special Olympics. Grove City has several dozen undergraduate majors like Biblical and religious studies, computer science, and mechanical engineering.

Liberty University

Students can earn associate's degrees in fields like government and technical studies, with bachelor's degrees available in disciplines like Biblical studies and music. Master's degrees offered include counseling and biblical languages, with doctoral degrees like family and juvenile law and family nurse practitioner.

Liberty University's mission is to create Christ-centered men and women with the value and skills essential to impact the world. The university offers convocation services several times a week. Interested students can audition for the Liberty Worship collective, which is an elite group of musicians that completes a year-long training program before leading worship services. Other student organizations include the International Business Association and the Liberty University Fencing Club.

The King's College

The King's College curriculum and environment is steeped in dedication to the Christian perspective, stating that the sole basis for the school's beliefs is the Bible. Students will experience a strong Christian community at the college, with events like Scripture readings at weekly lunches and an annual fall retreat for all students and staff. King's College also has a house system that students are assigned to upon entry, with houses named for well-known figures like Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill.

Areas of study at King's include business management; media, culture, and the arts; and religious and theological studies. Campus organizations include TKC Students for Life, which promotes pro-life issues, and CURE TKC, which provides spiritual healing for disabled children.

Ave Maria University

Ave Maria University's Catholic roots are dedicated to St. John Paul II and Mary, and this school seeks to create students who are devoted to Jesus. Worship activities include five daily masses and a rosary walk each evening on campus. Student organizations range from the Apologetics Club and the Youth Ministry Club. Students can complete undergrad degrees in classics/early Christian literature and marine biology, along with master's and doctoral degrees in theology.

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