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Top 10 Baptist Colleges

Aug 31, 2018

''U.S. News & World Report'' publishes an annual list of rankings for higher education institutions. The ten Baptist schools detailed in this overview were well-ranked in their respective 2018 categories. Discover more about these colleges and what they offer.

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American Baptists share a commitment to the Bible, community service, their local church, and Evangelism. The colleges and universities profiled below all infuse these principles into their learning environments.

Top Baptist Schools Comparison

All of the below schools are affiliated with the Baptist denomination and have received good rankings from publications like U.S. News & World Report for 2018. Undergraduate tuition at these schools ranges from under $20,000 to approximately $37,000, as you can see in the table.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Anderson University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Anderson, SC $26,970
Benedict College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Columbia, SC $19,958
Bethel University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Saint Paul, MN $36,210
Campbell University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Buies Creek, NC $31,190
Chowan University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Southern Baptist Murfreesboro, NC $24,480
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Belton, TX $27,600
North Greenville University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Southern Baptist Tigerville, SC $19,150
Hardin-Simmons University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Abilene, TX $27,440
Bluefield College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Bluefield, VA $24,800
East Texas Baptist University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Baptist Marshall, TX $25,470

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Baptist Colleges

The following Baptist colleges are are fairly small private schools, with student enrollments ranging from under 1,000 to approximately 6,600. Faith-based activities on these campuses include weekly chapel services or prayer initiatives.

Anderson University

Anderson University tied for 38th place in the Regional Universities Midwest group in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 rankings. The university welcomed 3,494 students in fall 2017, as per the NCES. Majors include accounting, criminal justice, and psychology. Students can complete master's degrees in areas like Christian ministry, business administration, or music education. Chapel services are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM, with students required to earn chapel service credits each semester.

Benedict College

Students can earn bachelor's degrees at Benedict College. The college has the following schools: business/economics; education, health and human services; humanities, arts, and social sciences; and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Benedict, a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), has its roots in the American Baptist Home Mission Society; today, it strives to create a transformative learning environment for students. Benedict ranked within the top 79 schools in the Regional Colleges South group for 2018, and the NCES shows a 2017 student population of 2,090.

Bethel University

Bethel University awards associate's through doctoral degrees. Undergraduate majors range from art and Asian studies to social work and software engineering. Graduate programs include master's degrees in special education and athletic training, as well as doctoral degrees in nursing practice and higher education. Bethel tied for 11th place in the Regional Universities Midwest rankings for 2018. According to the NCES, the university had 3,797 students for the 2017-2018 school year. Students can attend live chapel services or via iTunes U. The university also offers a monthly prayer initiative.

Campbell University

For 2018, Campbell University tied for the 27th ranking in the Regional Universities South group. The NCES shows that 6,604 students attended Campbell for the fall 2017 semester. The university has several undergraduate schools, including arts and sciences, education, and pharmacy and health sciences. Graduate school options include osteopathic medicine, divinity, and law. Campbell offers several organizations for students to explore their faith, such as a gospel choir, a dance company, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Catholic Student Association.

Chowan University

Students can complete associate's through master's degrees at Chowan University. The university's primary values are faith, inclusion, imagination, and engagement. The NCES shows 1,503 students enrolled at Chowan for the 2017-2018 academic year. Chowan tied for 50th place in the Regional Colleges South list for 2018. Undergraduate major options include biology, criminal justice, graphic design, and health and physical education.

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor offers many opportunities for students to explore their faith, such as weekly chapel services, the Catholic Student Organization, and the Baptist Student Ministries. The university had 3,914 students enrolled in 2017, as per the NCES. The university has undergraduate degrees in Christian studies, sport management, and film studies, among other fields. Master's degrees are offered in areas such as education and nursing, with doctoral degrees in physical therapy and nursing. The university placed 54th in the Regional Universities West category for 2018, according to U.S. News & World Report.

North Greenville University

North Greenville University explores the Baptist faith through chapel services on Mondays and Wednesdays, Bible study groups, and weekly prayer groups. In addition to faith opportunities, Greenville offers a variety of undergrad majors like health studies and media ministry. Graduate program options include business administration and divinity. The university tied for the 80th ranking in the Regional Universities South group for 2018. In 2017, the NCES showed a student population of 2,565 at North Greenville.

Hardin-Simmons University

Located in a mid-size city, Hardin-Simmons University tied for 33rd place in the Regional Universities West group for 2018. According to the NCES, 2,252 students were enrolled in fall 2017. The university was founded by Baptist minister James B. Simmons and carries on his mission of spreading Christianity around the globe. Hardin-Simmons University has more than 85 bachelor's degrees in a variety of disciplines, such as athletic training and economics. Among the 25 graduate programs offered, students can pursue a Doctor of Leadership or a Master of Education in Gifted Education.

Bluefield College

Bluefield College has bachelor's through master's degree programs. The NCES shows a student enrollment of 997 in 2017. Bluefield's programs of study include graphic communication, forensic science, ministry leadership, and substance abuse counseling. Faith-oriented activities include weekly chapel services and a Young Life student group. Students can also participate in domestic or international mission trips. In the 2018 Regional Colleges South group, Bluefield tied for the 41st ranking.

East Texas Baptist University

At East Texas Baptist University, the Christian faith is incorporated into the whole student experience. Students can complete bachelor's degrees in areas like behavioral sciences, British studies, and criminal justice. Master's degrees available include Christian ministry and sports and exercise leadership. According to the NCES, East Texas welcomed 1,533 students in fall 2017. The university tied for 16th place in the Regional Colleges West category.

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