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Top Christian Colleges in the Midwest

Aug 17, 2018

Some of the top Christian colleges in the Midwest are affiliated with the Baptist, Lutheran and Evangelical Christian denominations. Learn about a few of these schools, their degree programs, size and what makes them stand out.

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The Midwest is home to a variety of top Christian colleges of differing denominations. These schools provide students with a wide range of degree programs, learning opportunities and spiritual growth activities. Find out more about some of the top Christian colleges in the Midwest and what makes them unique.

School Comparison

States in the Midwest, like Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa, offer top 4-year schools that range in tuition rates. Compare some of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
College of the Ozarks 4-year, private not-for-profit Evangelical Christian Point Lookout, MO $19,130
Dordt College 4-year, private not-for-profit Christian Reformed Church Sioux Center, IA $30,000
St Olaf College 4-year, private not-for-profit Evangelical Lutheran Church Northfield, MN $46,000
Wheaton College 4-year, private not-for-profit Undenominational Wheaton, IL $35,190
Cedarville University 4-year, private not-for-profit Baptist Cedarville, OH $29,156

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of the Top Christian Colleges in the Midwest

Christian colleges in the Midwest that may be considered some of the top institutions offer unique undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well as learning opportunities. They also boast high placement rates for graduates and national college rankings. Explore a handful of the top Christian colleges in the Midwest in more detail here.

College of the Ozarks

College of the Ozarks in Missouri is an undergraduate institution that had about 1,510 students in 2017, per the NCES. The school ranked among U.S. News & World Report's top 10 colleges in several different categories for 2018, including Most Innovative School and Best Regional College in the Midwest. Students can pursue study in areas such as agriculture, culinary arts, graphic arts, nutrition and dietetics, theatre and chemistry. The college encourages spiritual growth by requiring chapel and convocation attendance throughout each semester, as well as offering mission and service opportunities, Christian counseling, Bible study (Artos), spiritual retreats (Camp Koinonia) and leadership opportunities.

Dordt College

Dordt College in Iowa boasts an average freshmen GPA of 3.6, and 98.9% of graduates have found jobs or are attending graduate school within six months of receiving their degrees, per the school's website. The college offers graduate programs in education and a range of undergraduate degree programs in fields like actuarial science, physics and astronomy, pre-law, journalism and digital media production. Students can grow in their faith by participating in small groups, local and global service projects, Right Now Media (online Bible studies and resources), chapel services and other spiritual activities, such as Wellspring (testimonies) and Praise and Worship teams. In 2017, the NCES reported that the college had about 1,450 undergraduate students.

St Olaf College

St Olaf College is an undergraduate institution in Minnesota that had close to 3,040 students in 2017, according to the NCES. Students can pursue study in areas like ancient studies, biomolecular science, exercise science, family studies, Japanese and statistics. Spiritual life on campus includes worship opportunities, devotions and prayers, the Spring Service Project, community meals, Bible studies and spiritual groups, like Fellowship of Christian Oles and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. According to the school's homepage, the school has the most students participating in study abroad among baccalaureate colleges. The school also claims that it runs 100% on carbon-free electrical power and meets 100% of students' financial aid needs.

Wheaton College

Wheaton College in Illinois helps students grow spiritually through numerous chapel and worship services, spiritual care and discipleship opportunities, including Discipleship Small Groups, Family Groups (Asian and Asian-American small group) and Strongholds (small groups focused on overcoming issues of sexual sin). The college offers diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields such as urban studies, geology, anthropology, computer science, clinical psychology and Biblical studies. Students on campus can also benefit from some of the school's special programs, like international internship opportunities, sports ministry trips abroad and Tel Shimron (excavation in Israel), as well as the school's self-reported 11 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. According to the NCES, the college had about 2,390 undergraduate students in 2017.

Cedarville University

Ohio's Cedarville University had close to 3,540 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. According to the university's homepage, all freshmen get scholarships, and 97.5% of students are employed or attending graduate school within six months of getting their degrees. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects including athletic training, civil engineering, forensic science, youth ministries, nursing and pharmacy. Students can grow in their faith by participating in spiritual conferences, local and global outreach programs, chapel services, D-Groups (discipleship) and music ministries.

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