Small Southern Baptist Colleges

The United States offers many schools affiliated with the Southern Baptist denomination. Five of the schools with small student enrollments will be discussed in this guide.

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The Southern Baptist faith is based on beliefs known as the Baptist Faith and Message, which includes the importance of the Scriptures. Southern Baptist colleges and universities are affiliated with their state's convention.

School Comparison

These schools all have student enrollments under 1,200. They also offer affordable undergraduate tuition, with no school exceeding $22,000.

School Name Institution Type Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Blue Mountain College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Blue Mountain, MS $11,760
Criswell College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Dallas, TX $9,858
Louisiana College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Pineville, LA $16,000
Williams Baptist College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Walnut Ridge, AR $17,320
Hannibal-LaGrange University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Hannibal, MO $21,810

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

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Overview of Small Southern Baptist Schools

Students will be required to attend chapel services at some of these schools. Leadership opportunities include student government associations and student mentoring groups.

Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain College had 601 students attending for the Fall 2017 semester, as indicated by the NCES. Areas of study at Blue Mountain include elementary education, business administration and management, and biblical studies. The college initially only served female students, but began accepting male students in 2005. Students can participate in intramural sports, fine arts organizations, or mission trips. Blue Mountain also offers a Student Ministry Council.

Criswell College

Criswell College's mission is to provide students with a learning environment that encourages them to serve God. The college awards bachelor's degrees like education, psychology, and biblical studies. Students can complete master's degrees in areas like counseling, Christian studies, and Christian leadership. Criswell holds chapel services on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Other campus activities include a student government association and Criswell Ambassadors, students who work with donors, alumni, and community organizations. According to the NCES, Criswell welcomed 264 students for the 2017-2018 school year.

Louisiana College

Louisiana College awards associate's through master's degrees. The college's undergraduate divisions include language and literature, missions and ministries, and nursing and allied health. Master's degrees are offered in teaching, education, science nursing, and social work. In Fall 2017, the NCES listed a student population of 1,197 for Louisiana College. The college holds worship services on Thursdays, with students required to attend certain denoted services. The college's student organizations include a student government association and KZLC radio station.

Williams Baptist College

The NCES lists a 2017 student enrollment of 501 for Williams Baptist College. Degree programs at Williams Baptist range from biology and business administration to education and history. Included in the college's purpose is to offer students ways to enhance their faith, as well as experience a learning environment infused with biblical values. Students can attend chapel services every Wednesday at 11:00 AM, with the option to listen to services online. The college also has a program called LifeGroups, which consist of 15-20 new students and upperclassmen mentors. LifeGroup leaders assist new students with their transition to college life.

Hannibal-LaGrange University

Hannibal-LaGrange University has four primary values: Christ-centered, learner focused, globally minded, and service oriented. The university requires that students attend chapel services as part of their curriculum. Hannibal-LaGrange offers worship groups like the Christian Ministry Vocations Fellowship and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Other student organizations include a science and math club and an art club. Undergraduate programs at Hannibal-LaGrange include business administration, Christian studies, and natural sciences. The university offers three master's programs: leadership, education, and education administration. The NCES showed a student enrollment of 974 for the 2017-2018 academic year.

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