Presbyterian Colleges in Missouri

Dec 25, 2018

The state of Missouri has several schools affiliated with the Presbyterian faith. The degree programs and student activities will be explored at three schools.

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These Presbyterian schools offer a variety of degrees for students to explore. Each school offers community service and faith-based opportunities, such as Bible study sessions.

School Comparison

All of these schools are private institutions and offer undergraduate tuitions ranging from under $20,000 to over $25,000.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Missouri Valley College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Marshall, MO $20,200
Westminster College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Fulton, MO $25,940
College of the Ozarks 4-year, Private not-for-profit Evangelical Christian Point Lookout, MO $19,130

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Presbyterian Schools

Students can earn their bachelor's degree at each school, with majors ranging from agribusiness to religious studies. Two of the schools offer either dual-degree programs or pre-professional programs.

Missouri Valley College

Missouri Valley College offers several dozen majors and minors as options for students. Available majors include agribusiness, early childhood education, intercultural studies, and speech communication, with minors like forensic science and military science. Students can join a variety of campus activities such as the Biology Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Student Government Association, and Students for Christ. The H. Roe Bartle Center for Community Engagement helps lead the college's community service efforts.

Potential students with a 2.0 GPA in the top half of their graduating class, as well as an ACT score of 18 or 940 SAT, will be automatically admitted to the college. All students will need to submit an online application, high school transcripts, test scores, and transcripts for any college credits taken during high school.

Westminster College

Westminster College established a mission statement called the Columns Concept, which includes preparing students to serve as leaders in society. The college offers many opportunities for students to become involved in the campus community. Faith-oriented activities include monthly worship services, a Praise and Worship Team, weekly Bible studies, and an Interfaith Advisory Board. Other organizations include the Peer Health Educators, the Performing Arts Club, and the Table Top Gaming Club. Academic programs range from accounting and exercise science to French and religious studies. Students can also pursue dual degrees in chiropractic, nursing, and engineering.

College of the Ozarks

A member of the Association of Presbyterian Colleges & Universities, College of the Ozarks has specific goals for the following categories: academic, Christian, patriotic, vocational, and cultural. The Christian goal is to encourage spiritual development by incorporating faith into students' education and living environment. Students have many opportunities to explore their faith. Bible study is offered each Wednesday during the lunch hour; a yearly all-school retreat is held in the fall. Leadership opportunities include Small Group Leader Training, which prepares students to serve as residence floor leaders. The college also offers many community service activities for students, such as tutoring, volunteering at children's centers, and providing food and clothing for low-income families. Available majors include communication arts, Biblical and theological studies, and computer science, with minors in Christian ministry and art history. Students can also complete pre-professional programs in medical technology, nutrition and dietetics, and pre-law.

Students interested in enrolling in the College of the Ozarks will need to submit the following:

  • High school transcripts indicating at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Two references
  • ACT or SAT scores

Eligible students will complete an interview as part of the admissions process.

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