The Baptist denomination is part of the Protestant faith and offers many college options on the East Coast. Take a closer look at how five of these schools integrate worship into the student experience.
The following five Eastern schools are all associated with the Baptist faith. Locations span from Pennsylvania all the way south to Georgia.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*|
|Clarks Summit University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||South Abington Township, PA||$23,890|
|Bluefield College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Bluefield, VA||$24,800|
|Benedict College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Columbia, SC||$19,958|
|Anderson University||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Anderson, SC||$26,970|
|Brewton-Parker College||4-year, Private not-for-profit||Mount Vernon, GA||$17,740|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Eastern Coast Baptist Schools
All of these schools are affiliated with the Baptist Church, and several are members of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. Some of the following colleges require students to attend chapel services.
Clarks Summit University
Clarks Summit University awards dual-major bachelor's degrees in Bible, as well as the student's chosen major. Majors include business and communications, education, and Christian ministries. Clarks Summit offers online master's degrees in arts, literature, education, and counseling. The university encourages students to get involved with local churches, and students can attend both university chapel and weekly residence hall chapels. Campus organizations include the Student Leadership Council, Student Missions Fellowship, and concert choir.
Bluefield College is a member of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. The college's mission is to create an environment that is Christ-centered and promotes academic excellence. Students must attend 10 chapel sessions each semester in attendance, with 80 required for graduation. An optional worship opportunity is the Sunday night Elevate service, which is student-led. Campus clubs include the Student Activities Leadership Team, Greek organizations, and an art club. Areas of study at Bluefield range from accounting and graphic communication to nursing and youth ministry.
Students can complete bachelor's degrees at Benedict College. This Historically Black College or University has five schools: business and entrepreneurship, education/health/human services, humanities/arts/social sciences, science/technology/engineering/mathematics, and continuing education. Benedict strives to provide an environment that is customer-service focused. The college's sports include basketball, cross country, football, and volleyball. Students may share in worship at the Antisdel Chapel.
Anderson University is also a member of the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities. The university's goal is to educate students who are committed to a life of service and faith. Students can choose from programs of study such as chemistry, musical theatre, social work, and sports medicine. Clubs at Anderson include a cinema club, College Republicans and Democrats, and a gospel choir. Chapel services are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00, with students required to attend services.
Brewton-Parker College offers associate's and bachelor's degrees. Majors offered range from business administration and music to biology and early childhood education. Brewton-Parker's core values include servant leadership and characteristic excellence. The college requires that students attend chapel services at 10:00, with students allowed to miss two services per semester. Students can join organizations like the Baptist College Ministries, a history book club, Student Government Association, and the Oracle Literary Magazine.