Independent Fundamental Baptist Colleges

Aug 14, 2018

The country's independent fundamental Baptist colleges offer a variety of degree programs, many of which prepare students for careers in ministry. These schools vary in size, spiritual growth opportunities and the campus resources or activities they offer students. Explore a handful of the independent fundamental Baptist colleges here.

School Comparison

Many of the independent fundamental Baptist colleges are 4-year, private schools with undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Compare a few of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Maranatha Baptist University 4-year, private not-for-profit Watertown, WI $14,910
Piedmont International University 4-year, private not-for-profit Winston-Salem, NC $9,480
Arlington Baptist University 4-year, private not-for-profit Arlington, TX $13,600
Boston Baptist College 4-year, private not-for-profit Boston, MA $12,600
International Baptist College and Seminary 4-year, private not-for-profit Chandler, AZ $11,250

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Independent Fundamental Baptist Colleges

Independent fundamental Baptist colleges are often small in size but offer several spiritual growth opportunities. Find out what a few of these schools have to offer and what makes them unique.

Maranatha Baptist University

Maranatha Baptist University in Wisconsin had close to 930 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. Students can choose from undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields such as medical missions, early childhood education, digital media marketing, nursing, Biblical counseling and organizational leadership. The university helps students grow in their faith by requiring chapel and church attendance. It also offers the Global Encounters program (summer missions) and a variety of community outreach programs, like Big Brothers and Big Sisters and Milwaukee Rescue Mission. Students also have fellowship and ministry opportunities through their respective Men's or Women's Societies, which typically participate in a variety of intramural sports, including dodgeball, basketball and soccer, in addition to outreach and volunteer work.

Piedmont International University

North Carolina's Piedmont International University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects like sign language interpreting, Church music, music education, Biblical studies, business administration and educational leadership. Students are required to attend chapel services and a local church and may participate in other spiritual growth activities, such as dorm devotions, concerts, conferences and Spiritual Week. Students might also enjoy attending Friday night events, like game nights and talent shows, as well as university clubs, student organizations or FANAL Yearbook. As of 2017, the university had about 340 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Arlington Baptist University

Students at Arlington Baptist University in Texas attend chapel and study scripture through the school's Christian Service Program. The university also offers varsity athletic teams, including men's and women's basketball, women's volleyball and men's cross country. According to the NCES, the university had 160 undergraduate students in 2017. The school has a graduate theology program and a Master of Education program as well as several undergraduate degree programs in fields such as intercultural studies, student ministry, Biblical language, education and business studies.

Boston Baptist College

Boston Baptist College is an undergraduate institution that had 80 students in 2017, according to the NCES. The college offers a certificate in Biblical studies, an Associate in Arts in Biblical Studies and a Bachelor of Biblical Studies with several available minors, such as business, music ministry, Biblical counseling and cross-cultural ministries. Students can grow spiritually through peer-led small groups, worship services, prayer groups and accountability groups. The college also offers travel abroad opportunities and a variety of student activities on-campus, like intramural sports, community service projects and concerts.

International Baptist College and Seminary

Arizona's International Baptist College and Seminary offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects such as divinity, Bible and Christian service, Bible and Church music, Christian education and ministry. The school helps students deepen their faith through chapel sermons and opportunities to participate in the school's Ministry Team, where students learn how to serve in a range of church settings. Other student ministries include the Children's Ministry and ASU Outreach. Students may also participate in the school's Mentor Program and student activities like Grand Canyon hikes and softball tournaments. In 2017, the institution had a little more than 60 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

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