Top Christian Liberal Arts Colleges

Jul 22, 2018

Students who desire a liberal arts education have many options to choose from. Learn about several well-ranked institutions that offer such an education.

A liberal arts education offers students an experience that encourages diversity and social responsibility as well as real-world skills. The options highlighted in this guide were well-ranked by U.S. News & World Report and have a variety of majors and student organizations.

Christian Liberal Arts Schools Comparison

These liberal arts colleges and universities are all private, non-profit institutions. They offer varied tuitions, ranging from approximately $20,000 to over $40,000.

School Name Institution Type Location Denomination Tuition (2017-18)*
College of the Ozarks 4-year, Private not-for-profit Point Lookout, MO Evangelical Christian $19,130
Wheaton College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Wheaton, IL Undenominational $35,190
Whitworth University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Spokane, WA Presbyterian $42,186
Messiah College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Mechanicsburg, PA Interdenominational $34,160
Grove City College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Grove City, PA Undenominational $17,254

Source: *NCES College Navigator

Overview of Schools

These institutions all provide students with a comprehensive liberal arts education. The College of the Ozarks and Grove City only offer bachelor's degrees, while the other schools offer graduate degree options.

College of the Ozarks

The College of the Ozarks was ranked fifth in the Regional Colleges Midwest group in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. In addition, the college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and pre-accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, Accreditation Commission. In fall 2016, NCES listed a student enrollment of 1,517, with a student to faculty ratio of 14 to 1. Students can earn their bachelor's degree in areas like ecology, child development, and history. One of the college's unique features is the work education program. All full-time students are required to work fifteen hours per week that goes toward their tuition. Students will have the opportunity to experience various facets of campus life.

Wheaton College

Offering bachelor's degrees to doctoral degrees, Wheaton College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. The college had a student population of 2,901 in 2016, according to NCES. Wheaton offers an 11:1 student to faculty ratio. Degree options include engineering, environmental science, and religious education. The college offers many leadership opportunities for students, ranging from the office of multicultural development to the office of Christian outreach. In 2018, Wheaton College was ranked 63rd in the National Liberal Arts College category by U.S. News & World Report.

Whitworth University

According to NCES, Whitworth University had 2,634 students attending in 2016, with a 12:1 student to faculty ratio. The university is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Students can pursue a bachelor's degree up to a post-master's certificate. Accounting, computer science, and athletic training are just a few of the majors offered at Whitworth. The university was ranked 8th in the Regional Universities West group in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. Whitworth provides students with opportunities to study abroad during the months of January or May, as well as an entire semester. Study destinations include South Africa and India.

Messiah College

Messiah College was ranked fourth in the Regional Colleges North group in the 2018 U.S. News & World Report. The college is also accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. With a 2016 enrollment of 3,305 students, Messiah had a 13:1 student to faculty ratio, as listed on NCES. The college awards bachelor's degrees up to doctoral degrees. Students can pursue degrees in fields like ethnic studies, journalism, and criminal justice/safety studies. Messiah encourages students to embrace diversity through the Intercultural Office, which provides educational events and scholarships for students.

Grove City College

Grove City College is a bachelor's degree-institution. Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the college was ranked 126 in the National Liberal Arts College category in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. NCES lists a 2016 student enrollment of 2,336 and a 13:1 student to faculty ratio. Bachelor's degree options range from computer science and chemistry to philosophy and psychology. Grove City offers 150 different student organizations, including Students Excited About Diversity. The organization encourages all students to attend and focuses on cultural, ethnic, and racial issues.

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