There are several distinctive Christian colleges in the southeast portion of the country. Students considering these schools can choose from institutions of various sizes that provide a wide range of degree programs. Find out more about a few of the top Christian colleges in the Southeast.
South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee are a few of the states in the Southeast that are home to top Christian schools. In the table below, examine some of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|North Greenville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Tigerville, SC||$19,150|
|Emory University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Atlanta, GA||$49,392|
|Agnes Scott College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Presbyterian Church (USA)||Decatur, GA||$39,960|
|Duke University||4-year, private not-for-profit||United Methodist||Durham, NC||$53,500|
|Union University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Southern Baptist||Jackson, TN||$31,510|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
Description of the Top Christian Colleges in the Southeast
The top Christian colleges in the Southeast may be considered some of the best for their diverse undergraduate and graduate degree programs, student resources and other special characteristics. Here we explore some of these characteristics as well as the spiritual growth opportunities offered at a handful of the top Christian schools in the region.
North Greenville University
South Carolina's North Greenville University had about 2,360 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university boasts an average class size of 14 students and ranks in the top ten of several different college rankings, including areas like best professors and most affordable, according to the school's website. Students at the university can pursue undergraduate and graduate degree programs in areas like education, Christian ministries, business administration, political science, Spanish and biology. Spiritual life on campus consists of summer missions, Life Groups, BCM (Baptist Campus Ministry) worship, Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and several different serving opportunities, such as Media Ministry or Life Answers Team.
Emory University in Georgia takes prides in its breakthrough research, its efforts to advance sustainability and its unique academic opportunities and resources, like internships at the Carter Center (Jimmy Carter's nonprofit) and access to the Pitts Theology Library, considered one of the best of its kind in the nation. The university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subject areas like anthropology, biostatistics, environmental sciences, Chinese studies, sociology and playwriting. Students wishing to grow spiritually can participate in chapel services, worship services and spiritual organizations, such as Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Asian Christian Fellowship or Emory Missional Community. In 2017, the NCES reported that the university had about 6,940 undergraduate students.
Agnes Scott College
Agnes Scott College in Georgia is an all-women's, undergraduate institution that had about 920 students in 2017, per the NCES. Students can pursue study in areas such as Africana studies, neuroscience, dance, religion and social justice, English literature and international relations. The college supports students' spiritual lives through faith and learning lectures, worship opportunities and a range of religious organizations, like FCA, the Soon Movement (Bible study and mentoring) and the Interfaith Council. According to the school's website, in the past ten years the college has produced 29 Fulbright Scholars and recently implemented two different leadership programs for students - the Impact Peer Leader program and Agnes Scott's Catalyst Leader program.
North Carolina's Duke University cares for students' faiths by offering worship and chapel services, mission trips, PathWays Student Ministry and many other spiritual organizations, including InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries, Acts2 at Duke and Agape Campus Ministry. According to the NCES, the university had close to 6,700 undergraduate students in 2017. The university has a plethora of unique centers and institutions that offer various research and learning opportunities, such as the Duke Center for Genomic and Computational Biology, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. Students at the university can pursue a wide range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in fields like Brazilian and global Portuguese studies, earth and ocean sciences, romance studies, statistical science, nursing and political science.
Union University in Tennessee had about 2,180 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. According to the school's website, the university has one of the highest freshmen retention rates in the South at 91% and offers a 10 to 1 student-to-faculty ratio. The university also offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in subjects including sculpture, pre-veterinary medicine, medical technology, film studies, pharmacy and social work. Students can further develop their faith through chapel and worship services, Men's and Women's Cooperatives, Life Groups and local, national and global outreach opportunities.