There are several top Southern Baptist colleges in various states throughout the United States. These schools vary in size, available degree programs and spiritual growth opportunities. Here we discuss a handful of the top Southern Baptist schools in more detail.
Most of the top Southern Baptist colleges are 4-year, private institutions primarily located in southern states. Compare a few of the schools and their undergraduate tuition rates below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|California Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Riverside, CA||$32,256|
|Houston Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Houston, TX||$31,730|
|Mississippi College||4-year, private not-for-profit||Clinton, MS||$17,392|
|Ouachita Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Arkadelphia, AR||$25,870|
|North Greenville University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Tigerville, SC||$19,150|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Top Southern Baptist Colleges
It may depend on your definition of 'top', but some of the top Southern Baptist colleges may earn this recognition due to their diverse degree programs, top rankings and/or other unique characteristics. Students considering these schools may also want to know how the school is prepared to support their spiritual lives. Learn about some of the top Southern Baptist schools and what makes them stand out.
California Baptist University
As of 2017, California Baptist University had a little more than 7,410 undergraduate students, per the NCES. The university offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, about 30 master's degree programs and 3 doctoral degree programs and was named one of the U.S. News and World Report's Best Regional Universities for 2017, according to the school's website. Degree programs are available on-campus and/or online in various subject areas, such as actuarial science, anthropology, Christian studies, environmental science, interior design and kinesiology. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, Compassion Ministries (local service), Mobilization (missions) and Discipleship Ministries (Discipleship Groups and Tribes (larger missional communities).
Houston Baptist University
According to their school website, students at Houston Baptist University in Texas benefit from an average class size of 25 students and 90% of students receive some form of financial aid. Students at the university can pursue degree programs on-campus and/or online at the undergraduate and/or graduate degree levels in areas like Biblical studies, cinematic arts, education, cyber engineering, international business, counseling and pre-physical therapy. Students can also invest in their spiritual lives by completing their Community Life and Worship requirement for graduation and participating in Baptist Student Ministry, Bible studies, missions and other spiritual life special events. In 2017, the university had close to 2,320 undergraduate students, per the NCES.
Students at Mississippi College can grow spiritually by attending chapel services and/or participating in Campus Ministries, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), Chi Alpha (a fellowship and bible study group) and BSU (Baptist Student Union). The college offers more than 80 undergraduate majors, including those in areas like graphic design, entrepreneurship, chemical physics and electrical engineering, and more than 50 graduate degree programs in fields like dyslexia therapy, finance, music education and counseling. The school also has a law school, two doctoral programs and a Physician Assistant program that is the only one in the state. According to the NCES, the college had about 3,240 undergraduate students in 2017. The school was ranked in the top 10 of several best online school categories by multiple sources for 2017 and 2018.
Ouachita Baptist University
Ouachita Baptist University in Arkansas is an undergraduate institution that had close to 1,550 students in 2017, per the NCES. The university offers on-campus and/or online degree programs in a wide range of subjects, including pre-architecture, nutrition and dietetics, worship ministry, biophysics, communication sciences and speech disorders, pre-veterinary medicine and engineering physics. The school's website states that the average class size is 18 students, 97% of students receive some form of financial aid and 97% of prepared graduates are accepted into graduate school. Campus Ministries help students deepen their faith through worship and chapel services, spiritual retreats and mission trips, such as Spring Break trips to various locations and Face 2 Face summer-long trips to East Asia.
North Greenville University
North Greenville University in South Carolina has an average class size of 14 and was ranked #5 by Christian Universities Online in 2017 for the 25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South, according to the school's website. The university had about 2,360 undergraduate students in 2017, according to the NCES. Undergraduate, graduate and online (undergraduate) degree programs are available and students can choose from more than 80 fields of study, including digital media, education, sport management, youth ministry, biology and business. Spiritual life on campus includes chapel services, Life Groups, global missions, FCA, women's ministries and local ministry teams, like Impact Teams and Joyful Sound.