Conservative Protestant Christian Colleges

There are many Protestant colleges and universities in the United States. Five of the most conservative schools, including degrees offered and tuition rates, are highlighted in this overview.

The Protestant faith includes denominations like Lutheran, Baptist, and Methodist. Conservative Protestant schools place a strong emphasis on spirituality and offer various faith-based opportunities for students.

School Comparison

All of these schools are associated with the Protestant faith and offer undergraduate tuition and fees under $53,000.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Houston Baptist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Southern Baptist Houston, TX $31,730
Anderson University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Anderson, SC $26,970
Southern Methodist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit United Methodist Dallas, TX $52,498
Luther College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Evangelical Lutheran Church Decorah, IA $41,020
St. Olaf College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Evangelical Lutheran Church Northfield, MN $46,000

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Overview of Conservative Protestant Schools

The five schools listed here offer bachelor's degrees in areas that range from Christian ministries to marketing. Notably, Anderson University offers both traditional and online faith-based master's degrees. These colleges and universities also have extensive worship services and encourage students to develop their faith through spiritual formation.

Houston Baptist University

Houston Baptist University aims to offer students an environment that encourages not only academic excellence, but also a passion for spiritual development. As such, the university requires that students earn Community Life + Worship credits as part of their curriculum. Students will need 80 credits to graduate, with 50 coming from convocation services. Other faith-based activities include Baptist Student Ministries and Covenant Fellows Program, which is for students pursuing ministry. Other student organizations include the International Student Organization and the ELITE Dance Team. Bachelor's degrees include marketing and finance, with master's degrees in accountancy and Christian leadership.

Anderson University

Anderson University offers students a curriculum that is infused with tenets of the Christian faith. The university offers several undergrad Christian degrees, including Christian ministries, youth ministries, and worship arts. Students can pursue a traditional or online Master of Divinity, an online Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, or a traditional Master of Theological Studies. Students can attend worship services on Tuesday mornings. Campus activities include Alacritas, a women's faith group, and Avanti Boosters, a men's social and service club.

Southern Methodist University

Southern Methodist University offers over 100 majors and 85 minors. Academic programs include accounting, business administration, computer science, and international studies. At Southern Methodist, students will experience an environment that focuses on service, academics, and research. Campus organizations include Christian Students, CRU (faith ministry), International Student Fellowship, and SMU Catholic (faith community).

Luther College

Luther College offers several dozen academic programs, such as anthropology, environmental studies, music, and neuroscience. The college has several worship opportunities available to students. Students can attend chapel services or watch via live stream on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Chapel services are also held every Sunday morning. On Sunday evenings, students can attend a non-denominational service called Focus. Although it is a Lutheran school, the college welcomes students of all faiths to attend.

St. Olaf College

St. Olaf College's mission consists of 6 ideals, including creating an inclusive community and exploring meaningful vocation. The college offers degree programs in fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and mathematics, social sciences, and interdisciplinary and general studies. St. Olaf holds daily weekday chapel services in the morning, along with a Sunday morning service with Holy Communion. Student activities range from a badminton club and a Mock Trial club to UNICEF at St. Olaf and the Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice.


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