Top Conservative Christian Colleges

Aug 21, 2018

Michigan, Idaho and South Carolina are home to some of the top conservative Christian colleges in the nation. Here we discuss a handful of these top schools, their degree programs, tuition rates and more.

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There are several top conservative Christian colleges scattered throughout the country that offer diverse degree programs. These schools are typically considered conservative for their conservative political/social values and religious views, as well as their mission to incorporate faith into all aspects of the school's culture and education. Find out more about these top, conservative schools and what makes them unique.

School Comparison

Several of the top conservative Christian schools are Undenominational, but others are affiliated with different denominations. Compare some of these schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Denomination Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
Hillsdale College 4-year, private not-for-profit Undenominational Hillsdale, MI $26,742
Grove City College 4-year, private not-for-profit Undenominational Grove City, PA $17,254
Liberty University 4-year, private not-for-profit Evangelical Christian Lynchburg, VA $21,310
Bob Jones University 4-year, private not-for-profit Undenominational Greenville, SC $16,500
Brigham Young University-Idaho 4-year, private not-for-profit Latter Day Saints (Mormon Church) Rexburg, ID $4,018

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of the Top Conservative Christian Colleges

The top conservative Christian colleges provide students with a wide range of undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs, spiritual growth opportunities and student population sizes. Many also place an emphasis on conservative political values and may offer related activities. Explore these top schools in more depth and learn why they are some of the best.

Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is located in Michigan and had a little over 1,510 undergraduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The school offers a master's and doctoral program in politics, as well as undergraduate degree programs in various subjects, such as Greek, exercise science, Christian studies, biochemistry and rhetoric and public address. The college does not require chapel attendance, but Christ Chapel on campus offers worship services and students can also grow in their faith through participation in spiritual groups, like InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Prayer Ministry. According to the school's website, the college played a role in the founding of the Republican party and has long held to its policy of anti-discrimination (including pre-Civil War era). All students are also required to take a course in the U.S. Constitution.

Grove City College

Grove City College in Pennsylvania is an undergraduate institution that had about 2,370 students in 2017, according to the NCES. The college requires full-time students to attend 16 chapel services each semester and students can also deepen their faith through mission and service trips, small groups and ministry groups, like Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) or Campus Crusade (Cru). Students may also choose to participate in conservative groups on campus, such as Life Advocates (pro-life groups) or College Republicans. Students can pursue study in a wide range of areas, including Christian ministries, conservation biology, entrepreneurship, computer science, mechanical engineering and Spanish.

Liberty University

Liberty University in Virginia provides students with diverse undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in subjects like aeronautics, biomedical sciences, camp and outdoor adventure leadership, zoology, worship studies and marketing. In 2017, the NCES reported that the university had a little over 45,750 undergraduate students, including online students. The university promotes spiritual growth by requiring students to attend Convocation three times a week and offering multiple worship services, Bible studies, mission trips, local service opportunities and spiritual leaders, like Community Group Leaders. This conservative school is committed to promoting a Christian worldview and helping students understand the importance of democratic and free market processes.

Bob Jones University

South Carolina's Bob Jones University was established by the evangelist, Bob Jones Sr., in hopes of starting a school that would be known for their standards of behavior and academic excellence. Keeping with these values, the university's student handbook outlines core principles for students to follow. The school also provides chapel services, prayer and worship events and Bible Conference each spring to help students grow in their spiritual lives and Christian character. Students can pursue undergraduate and/or graduate degree programs in fields such as Biblical counseling, mathematics, theatre arts, fashion design, divinity and educational leadership. As of 2017, the university had close to 2,610 undergraduate students, per the NCES.

Brigham Young University-Idaho

Brigham Young University-Idaho is an undergraduate institution that had about 51,880 students in 2017, according to the NCES. The school is more known for being socially conservative and requires students to adhere to an Honor Code that includes rules such as meeting dress and grooming standards and abstaining from alcohol and tobacco. The university offers degree programs in subjects like accounting, electrical and computer engineering, communication, geology, social work and physics. Each week students can participate in devotionals and/or spiritual forums to grow in their faith, as well as take advantage of online recordings and podcasts.

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