Deciding what makes a college a 'conservative Christian college' can be difficult because all religious sects have varying degrees of liberal and conservative thought. For this article, we've taken a look at some of the denominations with more conservative beliefs, practices, and values.
The table below looks at some of the more conservative Christian denominations and colleges. All of these schools are 4-year private, not-for-profit institutions.
|School Name||Denomination||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*||Types of Scholarships**|
|Abilene Christian University||Churches of Christ||Abilene, TX||$33,330|| National Hispanic Merit Scholarship ($6,000/yr)
School of Information Technology Scholarship ($1,000-$4,000)
National Merit Commended Award ($2,000/yr)
|Eastern Nazarene College||Church of the Nazarene||Quincy, MA||$31,780|| Munro Scholars (full tuition)
Presidents Scholarship ($8,500)
Leadership Scholarship ($2,000-$4,000)
|Brigham Young University||Latter Day Saints (Mormon)||Provo, UT||$5,460|| Russell M. Nelson Scholarship (150% of tuition)
Spring & Summer Scholarships (half of full tuition)
National Merit Scholarship (full tuition)
|Loma Linda University||Seventh Day Adventist||Loma Linda, CA||$30,720|| LLU-SN Student Scholarships ($500)
Excellence in Education
Excellence in Clinical Practice
|Bluffton University||Mennonite Church||Bluffton, OH||$31,672|| Academic Excellence Scholarship ($18,000/yr)
Music Major Scholarship ($2,000/yr)
Trustees Scholarship ($15,000/yr)
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), **College websites
Overview of Conservative Universities with Scholarships
Most colleges offer scholarships. With that in mind, the following schools all offer scholarships based on merit and financial need. Whether you'd like to look for a full scholarship, or want to focus your options based around your field of study, many of these conservative universities offer several opportunities.
Abilene Christian University
In the 2016-2017 school year, scholarships and grants were given to 97% of undergraduate students at Abilene Christian University (ACU). ACU offers several scholarships to its students that are based on merit, heritage, financial need, athletics, and field of study. And there are several fields of study, over 70 in fact, including teacher certification in a number of subjects. There are also 15 different men's and women's sports teams to get involved with, including volleyball, golf, football, tennis, and cross country. For over 100 years, the student body has come together for worship, prayer groups, reflection and community service.
Eastern Nazarene College
At Eastern Nazarene College, 100% of undergraduate students were given scholarships in the 2016-2017 school year. In fact, at Eastern Nazarene College, merit awards are given to students as freshmen and carried throughout all four years. Depending on your ACT score and academic performance you can get scholarships from $3,000 up to full tuition. There are also scholarships based on need and church donations. The school has several academic programs available, including youth ministry, theatre for social justice, pre-pharmacy, forensic science, engineering, and global business. Along with youth ministry, there are also programs for Christian ministry, children's ministry, theology, and religion. Religion doesn't end with the majors, as there are campus ministry opportunities and required chapel attendance. Students must attend at least 20 chapel services a semester.
Brigham Young University (BYU)
In the 2016-2017 year, over half (52%) of BYU students received scholarships. And this conservative school has scholarships available for transfer students, freshmen, international students, and several other academic and athletic areas. There are 19 athletic teams at BYU, including gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, soccer, and basketball. Getting involved on campus is easy with several student organizations and faith-based service opportunities. Devotional speeches bring students together to listen to visiting speakers and inspire students in faith. With 100+ degree programs offered, you'll find a wide variety of fields of study. Some of the programs you'll come across include actuarial science, German linguistics, ancient Near Eastern studies, nutritional science, and conservation science.
Loma Linda University
At Loma Linda University (LLU), there are eight schools to consider a major in, including professional schools, like the school of medicine, school of dentistry, and the school of pharmacy. LLU confers 121 degrees and certificates, including programs in drug and alcohol counseling, cardiac electrophysiology technology, cytotechnology, play therapy, and several other health and science programs. Several scholarships are awarded each year, and during 2016-2017, at least 60% of students were awarded scholarships for tuition costs and summer research scholarships. Some of the scholarships are based on merit, while others look at your leadership, mentorship, or writing skills. As the Seventh Day Adventist option on this college listing, you'll find spiritual care and campus ministry at the heart of all students do. Weekly chapel services are held and included online live for free. There is also a midweek service called Refresh! each Thursday evening and an annual women's retreat.
One-hundred percent of Bluffton University students received financial aid in the way of institutional grants and scholarships, during the 2016-2017 school year. Along with alumni, community enrichment, and church matching grants, there are several other Mennonite student and academic scholarships, based both on merit and field of study. As far as fields of study, there are over 40 undergraduate majors and minors. Though chapel attendance is not required, it is highly encouraged. There are Thursday services each week and Sunday night worship services. Students are also encouraged to get involved with a local church to expand on their service opportunities. To get involved elsewhere on and off campus, students can consider joining the service-oriented group, SERVE.