Top Christian Colleges

Aug 30, 2018

''U.S. News & World Report'' provides yearly rankings for colleges and universities in the country. The Christian institutions profiled here were well-ranked in the National Universities category.

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The five schools covered here offer students a variety of majors and student activities. Each school also offers unique ways for students to explore their faith.

Top Christian Schools Comparison

The schools represent the United Methodist and Roman Catholic denominations.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Undergraduate Tuition and Fees (2017-2018)*
Duke University 4-year, Private not-for-profit United Methodist Durham, NC $53,500
Emory University 4-year, Private not-for-profit United Methodist Atlanta, GA $49,392
University of Notre Dame 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Notre Dame, IN $51,505
Boston College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Chestnut Hill, MA $53,346
Georgetown University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Washington, D.C. $52,300

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Overview of Top Christian Schools

Each of the schools we'll explore offer both bachelor's and graduate degree options. Student enrollment at each school is over 10,000.

Duke University

In the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking of national universities, Duke University was ranked ninth. The university had 16,130 students in the Fall 2017 semester, per NCES. For the 2016 school year, Duke provided financial assistance to 3,623 undergraduate students. The university's mission is to prepare students both personally and professionally. Duke has two undergraduate schools: engineering and liberal arts, with majors such as global cultural studies, neuroscience, and religious studies. Master's degrees include humanities and medical physics, with doctoral degrees in music and molecular cancer biology. Student organizations include the American Society of Civil Engineers, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and a building outdoor leaders group. The university has a diverse religious life, with organizations ranging from the Buddhist meditation community to a Catholic center.

Emory University

Emory University was established by the Methodist Episcopal Church with the goal of cultivating students' minds and character. According to NCES, Emory University had a student enrollment of 14,263 for the 2017-2018 school year. Emory ranked 21st in the current U.S. News & World Report's Best National Universities list. In 2016, 3,766 undergrads received financial aid from Emory. The university has several undergraduate schools, including a nursing college, an arts and sciences college, and a business college. Students can earn their graduate degree in areas like law, medicine, business, or theology. Faith-oriented groups include the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Asian Christian Fellowship, and Latter Say Saints Student Association. Students can join club or intramural sports, the college newspaper, or honor societies.

University of Notre Dame

Students can complete bachelor's through doctoral degrees at the University of Notre Dame. The university offers undergrad majors in areas like art history, finance, and mechanical engineering. Graduate programs include architecture and business administration. Students can attend one of two mass services on weekdays, as well as services on Saturdays and Sundays. Notre Dame tied for 18th place in the current 2018 Best National Universities list compiled by U.S. News & World Report. The college had a student population of 12,467 in 2017, with 5,248 undergrads receiving financial aid in 2016, as per NCES.

Boston College

Boston College seeks to enhance students' minds, morals, and religious development. Bachelor's degree options include French, American heritage, and marketing, with graduate programs in law and nursing. Students can join clubs like College Democrats and the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble. According to NCES, Boston welcomed 14,628 students in 2017 and provided financial assistance to 4,342 undergrads for the previous year. The college tied for 32nd place in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranking of Best National Universities.

Georgetown University

Georgetown University placed 20th in U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best National Universities list. For the Fall 2017 semester, NCES had a student population of 19,005, with 2,997 undergrads awarded financial aid in 2016. The university offers a variety of religious services, including Catholic, Protestant, and Muslim services. Areas of study at Georgetown include history, international affairs, nursing, and law.

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