The Southeast is made up of around a dozen states and extends from Florida to West Virginia and over to Arkansas. There are well over 40 Methodist colleges in the area, and this article looks at some of the colleges the offer a strong spiritual life on campus through ministry programs, activities, and mission trips.
The following table looks at Methodist colleges in different states. Along with student populations, we'll take a look at tuition costs.
|School Name||Institution Type||Student Population (2016)*||Location||Undergraduate Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Birmingham-Southern College||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,293||Birmingham, AL||$35,804|
|Hendrix College||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,328||Conway, AR||$44,070|
|Florida Southern College||4-year, private not-for-profit||2,977||Lakeland, FL||$34,774|
|Dillard University||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,291*||New Orleans, LA||$17,917|
|Rust College||4-year, private not-for-profit||1,005||Holly Springs, MS||$9,700|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Overview of Methodist Colleges in the Southeast
Methodist colleges in the Southeast provide several academic programs in addition to opportunities to participate in campus life. The following colleges are in different Southeastern states and offer recreational activities, chapel services, ministry programs, and a variety of campus organizations.
Birmingham Southern College boasts 22 NCAA Division II athletic teams. Students can also join any of the 80+ clubs and organizations and participate in spiritually based events and ministries. Yeilding Chapel is open 24/7 for those in need of solace or prayer at any time of the day. Eight residence halls and apartments make up the housing on campus, which as of 2018 housed roughly 85% of enrolled students. Birmingham also houses six sororities and six fraternities for students to rush. Students can study majors offered by one of 22 different departments.
In the 2015 school year, 100% of students received financial aid through scholarships and grants, according to NCES. In fact, the school reports that 89.7% of students' financial needs were met through financial aid, on average, for 2016-2017. Residence life at Hendrix offers plenty of opportunities to participate, with 21 NCAA Division III sports, Zumba classes, a rock wall, and 70 clubs. Students can enjoy outdoor clubs, as well as first-year student orientation, while gaining friendships and keeping active in fun ways. Along with other residence halls, there is Christian themed housing available. Students can also complete internships at non-profit companies and spirituality retreats.
Florida Southern College
Florida Southern College offers weekly worship services in addition to Catholic mass and boasts a retention rate of 80% for first-time students as of 2017. There are several groups and campus ministries to get involved in, such as the sandwich ministry, which feeds the homeless, and PISITIS, which focuses ministry toward Greek life. Dozens of majors and pre-professional programs are available, including some unique options, such as citrus and horticulture science, supercomputing, and choreography.
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Dillard University offers 21 majors for students to study. As a historically black institution, 91% of students are African American, but the school is open to students of all races and nationalities. Along with six Greek chapters on campus, there are 29 organizations and four different sports of which students can be a part. Students can also be a part of VisionQuest, a program that helps students who want to work in ministry find their calling and place in the church. To ensure service-based life, students are required to complete 90 hours of community service and volunteer work prior to graduation.
Rust College is the most economical of the colleges on this list with an annual tuition of $9,700. The NCES estimated room and board to cost an additional $4,300. As another historically black college, African American students made up 96% of the student body in 2016, per NCES. However, similar to Dillard University, Rust opens its halls to all students. There are five academic divisions in the college offering associate and bachelor's degrees. Rust also has an online program for non-traditional students. The Bearcats are the school's mascot, and Rust is home to nine sports teams. Through the Rust College Youth Theology Institute, students can learn their place in ministry and how to instill their faith into any profession. Along with a banquet and excursions, the institute also has a talent show and faith-based worship activities.