Top Christian Colleges in New England

Aug 20, 2018

New England is home to several top Christian colleges, including a few just in the state of Massachusetts. Explore a handful of these top schools, their degree programs and tuition rates.

Students wishing to attend a top Christian college in the New England area have several to choose from that vary in size. These schools also offer diverse spiritual growth opportunities and degree programs. Compare and contrast some of these top schools here.

School Comparison

Several of the 4-year, top Christian schools in New England are affiliated with the Roman Catholic denomination. Examine a few of the top schools, their denomination, location and undergraduate tuition rate in the table below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Gordon College 4-year, private not-for-profit Interdenominational Wenham, MA $36,740
Eastern Nazarene College 4-year, private not-for-profit Church of the Nazarene Quincy, MA $31,780
Boston College 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Chestnut Hill, MA $53,346
Sacred Heart University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Fairfield, CT $39,820
Salve Regina University 4-year, private not-for-profit Roman Catholic Newport, RI $38,986

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of the Top Christian Colleges in New England

The Christian schools in New England may be considered some of the top for the variety of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs or unique learning opportunities they offer. Students may also consider unique statistics and/or rankings for these institutions. Here we discuss some of the top Christian colleges in New England more in-depth.

Gordon College

Gordon College in Massachusetts had about 1,590 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. The college offers a variety of honors programs, global learning experiences on 6 continents and an 11 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio, per the school's website. Students can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in a wide range of study areas, including education, Christian ministries, international affairs, kinesiology, finance and social work. Students on campus attend chapel twice a week and may also participate in Catacombs (worship service), the Mentored Life Program, small groups, local and global serving opportunities, spiritual formation groups and/or spiritual events, like DEEP FAITH week, to grow in their spiritual lives.

Eastern Nazarene College

Eastern Nazarene College is also in Massachusetts and boasts 100% of freshmen receive institutional aid and graduates of the college earn $11,500 more than the national average, according to the school's website. The college offers a master's degree program in marriage and family therapy, as well as a variety of undergraduate programs in fields like biochemistry, children's ministry, computer engineering, environmental science and global business. Students are required to attend chapel, but may also wish to grow in their faith through ministry teams, Refiner's Fire (testimonies), Bible studies, Late Night (worship) and Kingdom Experience (fellowship). As of 2017, the college had a little over 690 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Boston College

Another top school in Massachusetts is Boston College, which had about 9,920 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. Students at the college can study subjects like environmental geosciences, criminal and social justice, linguistics, operations management, social work and law at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels. Spiritual life on campus includes multi-faith programs, liturgy and sacraments, service-immersion opportunities, spiritual retreats, pastoral counseling and faith communities like the Christian Life Community. U.S. News and World Report ranks the college tied for 32nd overall in National Universities, and despite the school's larger size, the student-to-faculty ratio is still 12 to 1, according to the school's website.

Sacred Heart University

Sacred Heart University in Connecticut helps support students' spiritual lives through Mass, praise and worship, spiritual retreats, interfaith prayer services and religious groups, such as choirs, Peer Ministry Team and Agape Latte (speaker series). In 2017, the university had a little over 5,600 undergraduate students, according to the NCES. The school was named a College of Distinction for 2017-2018 and earned a Women's Choice Award for America's Best College for 2018-2019, per the school's website. Sacred Heart University also ranked 41st (tie) in the U.S. News and World Report' s Regional Universities North category. Students can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in a wide range of fields, including actuarial science, cybersecurity, digital marketing, pre-dental, radiography and women's studies. The school also offers a range of special programs, such as study abroad, English as a Second Language and Global Initiatives.

Salve Regina University

Rhode Island's Salve Regina University had 2,180 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The campus is uniquely home to 21 structures of historical significance and the university offers 200 different study abroad programs in 45 different countries, according to the school's website. Undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs are available in areas such as French, holistic counseling, mathematics, medical technology, studio art and biology. The U.S. News and World Report ranked Salve Regina University at the 37th spot for Regional Universities North. The Mercy Center for Spiritual Life on campus helps connect students with spiritual growth opportunities outside of chapel services, which include service and social justice opportunities, spiritual retreats and Mercy in Motion (student-led fellowship group).

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