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Best Online Christian Colleges 2016-2017

Christian colleges give students the opportunity to earn a higher education in an environment focused on faith. For years, students have earned degrees on campus while going to church and participating in religious activities with their peers. And while these on-campus activities continue, many Christian colleges have moved academics online, providing a wide range of degree programs and courses to both undergraduate and graduate students. Some have even extended religious support and interaction to the web, allowing their online students to discuss their faith with fellow classmates, even if they’re not on a campus.

The following schools offer the full package: a Christian ethos, affordable tuition, full online programs, and a number of student support services that help shape cost-effective, quality learning at the college level. In other words, they belong to an exclusive list: The Best Online Christian Colleges for 2016-2017.

Rank School Name Score Tuition & Fees Financial Aid % #ONLINE PROGRAMS Student-teacher Ratio Grad Rate
1 Amridge University 99.73 100% 17 10:1 N/A

Amridge University is a Christian school located in Montgomery, Alabama. The university has four academic schools, including the College of General Studies, College of Business and Leadership, School of Human Services and the Turner School of Theology. Continuing education and degree programs are taught through the schools. Associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degrees are conferred at the university in specialties such as ministry, professional counseling, human development, liberal arts and information systems management. The university was founded in 1942 as the Montgomery Bible School. The university spans across 650 acres. It offers bible focused studies in the United States and abroad, in countries like South Africa, Singapore, Indonesia and the Ukraine.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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2 Judson College 99.67 95% 15 9:1 37%

Founded in 1838, Judson College is a private Christian women's school located in Marion, Alabama that offers social sciences, fine arts, sciences and humanities academic programs. Several of the programs are taught in a distance learning setting. A total of 20 majors, 10 pre-professional degrees, a nursing degree and 22 minors are taught at the college. Classes are generally small, at a student to instructor ratio of 9 to 1. In addition to career counseling, the school offers calling initiatives assistance to students. The school sponsors athletics teams in six different sports, including basketball, tennis and softball. Admission to the school is competitive. Minimum accepted composite ACT score is 18. Minimum accepted SAT composite score is 940.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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3 Siena Heights University 99.15 99% 62 11:1 43%

Siena Heights University is a Catholic school that was founded in 1919 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. The school's main campus is located in Adrian, Michigan. The school operates nine other campuses in Michigan in locations such as Battle Creek, Dearborn, Jackson, Southfield and Benton Harbor. Siena Heights University also has an online campus. In addition to offering undergraduate and graduate degrees, Siena Heights University offers adult degree completion and non-degree continuing education programs. Through degree completion programs, adults can transfer older credits into classes and go on to earn a degree they started pursuing years earlier. Programs are designed by interest, student skill set as well as traditional categories like business, sciences and humanities. Prospective students can schedule a visit to the school. Campus tours generally take 2.5 hours.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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4 Chaminade University of Honolulu 99.02 100% 16 11:1 36%

Chaminade University of Honolulu is located in the heart of Oahu, one of Hawaii's most widely visited islands. The Catholic university was founded in 1955. In addition to providing students an education rooted in Catholic traditions, the university provides students with a Marianist and traditional liberal arts academic background. Degree programs are at the undergraduate and graduate levels and cover more than 25 fields. Accreditation for the school is by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Average class size is 19, while student to instructor ratio is about 11 to 1.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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5 Belhaven University 98.51 98% 24 12:1 49%

Formerly known as Belhaven College, Belhaven University serves students in Jackson, Mississippi and other parts of the United States and world. The university's beginnings date back to 1883. The Christian liberal arts college is headquartered in a residential area. Professional, undergraduate, graduate and online degrees are offered. Business administration, communications, history, theater, math and music are a few specialty fields that degrees are offered in. Eligible high school students can enroll in dual programs that allow them to earn college credits while they complete their high school diploma. Its athletic teams compete in the NCAA III division.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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6 Southwestern College 98.29 95% 47 8:1 51%

Winfield, Kansas is the home of Southwestern College. Its first graduation ceremony was held on June 3, 1889. The Christian college is affiliated with the United Methodist faith and focuses on providing postsecondary education to adults in transition, adults continuing their education and to military members. Students are from as many as 25 states and 10 countries. Academic offerings cover 41 undergraduate majors, 16 professional studies programs, 27 minors and 13 teacher certifications. Southwestern College also confers six graduate level credentials. More than 10 student organizations and 7 academic honors programs exist at the college.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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7 Viterbo University 98.27 100% 15 11:1 53%

The Mississippi River flows near the Viterbo University campus. The Catholic school is located in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Viterbo University was founded in 1890 by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. It has an average student population that exceeds 2,600. Academic options include more than 70 undergraduate degrees and five graduate programs. The university also teaches several certificate programs. At the undergraduate level, degrees are available in liberal arts, business, education, sciences and healthcare. Graduate level academics are in education, servant leadership, business administration, mental health counseling and nursing. In addition to its educational memberships, the university is accredited by organizations such as the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Higher Learning Commission and the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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8 Clarks Summit University 97.94 100% 10 9:1 52%

Clarks Summit University is a Christian school that started in 1932. Main campus for the school is in South Abington Township, Pennsylvania. The university serves students from more than 70 countries. Student to faculty ratio is approximately 11 to 1. It's possible to earn an undergraduate degree in ministry, business, liberal arts, sciences, education and healthcare concentrations. In conjunction with the Baptist Bible Seminary, the university prepares ministers, missionaries and pastors for a life of Christian service. Graduate training is offered in areas such as business, organizational leadership, counseling and education. Online as well as classroom learning opportunities are delivered at the school.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
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9 Presentation College 97.93 99% 16 10:1 44%

Presentation College is a private Catholic school that began started in 1922. Sponsorship is through the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. During its inception, it was known as Notre Dame Junior College. Today the school is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Its satellite campus is in Fairmont. Adult learners can earn certificates in professional and workforce fields from the college. Presentation College also confers associate and bachelor degrees. Majors are in allied health, nursing, business and social and behavioral sciences. The Higher Learning Commission and the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools are two organizations that accredit the college. Virtual campus tours are available.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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10 William Woods University 97.85 100% 7 10:1 49%

William Woods University is known for its American Sign Language and Equestrian Studies programs. The school also offers degrees in liberal arts, education, business, communications, law, sciences, sports studies, humanities and healthcare. Instructors at the university teach online courses as well as courses that lead to undergraduate and graduate degrees. The university's history spans back 146 years to 1870. At its 225-acre main campus in Fulton, Missouri and through its online offerings, the university teaches approximately 3,500 students a year. Members of its student body are from more than 35 states and more than 25 countries.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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11 Saint Leo University 97.84 99% 54 15:1 43%

Saint Leo University, founded in 1889 with a Benedictine focus, currently serves 16,000 students from its main campus in the Tampa-St. Petersburg region, over 40 education centers, and through online programs. At the undergraduate level, Saint Leo offers more than 40 baccalaureate degree programs in the arts and sciences, education and social services, and business. A total of 42 undergraduate hours are dedicated to University Explorations, Saint Leo's core arts and science program across the curriculum. Online graduate degree programs include post-baccalaureate certificates and master's degrees in accounting, education, business, criminal justice, theology, social work, and critical incident management.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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12 Columbia College 97.49 24% 43 34:1 42%

Originally founded as Christian Female College in 1861, Columbia College remained open through the Civil War, educating and graduating students. In 1970, the two-year all-female college became a four-year coeducational institution. It has grown to serve 29,000 students at its Columbia, MO campus, at six extended campuses in 13 states, and through its extensive online programs. Students can choose from ten associate degrees, 59 bachelor's degrees and four degrees at the master's level. The Online Campus, created in 2000, offers 32 accredited online degree programs, four online certificate programs, and 800 individual classes.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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13 Summit Christian College 97.47 100% 3 6:1 25%

Summit Christian College, founded originally as Platte Valley Bible College in 1951, brings practical ministry training and Biblical doctrine to students who pursue its certificates and college degrees. At the baccalaureate level, students can choose from 128-credit-hour, four-year programs leading to Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible Studies. There is also a degree-completion program leading to a Bachelor of Science in Ministry Studies. Students who have already earned an undergraduate degree may transfer to this service-based, 80-credit degree. Summit's 64-hour associate's degree in Bible Studies can be completed in two years.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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14 Bethel University 97.46 51% 20 12:1 29%

For 175 years, Bethel University has offered academic programs under the guidance of the West Tennessee Synod of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Today it offers programs to 7,600 students from its main McKenzie campus and campuses in Clarksville, Memphis, Nashville, Paris, Chattanooga, and Jackson. Campus and online students can choose among 43 academic programs culminating in associate, bachelor, or master's degrees. Online students may pursue degrees in majors including business, business administration (MBA), criminal justice, information technology, nursing (RN-BSN), and healthcare management. New students can also choose an online College Start program, leading to a 60-credit associate's degree.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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15 Wayland Baptist University 97.30 33% 45 10:1 36%

Wayland Baptist University was created to serve the spiritual/educational needs of High Plains settlers in 1908. Today, Wayland Baptist offers challenging educational programs in a Christian environment from its main Plainview campus and an additional 5,000 students from satellite campuses in Texas, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and in Kenya, Africa. The Plainview campus programs feature an excellent 15:1 student/faculty ratio. Online degree students can take courses leading to degrees at the associate, bachelor, master's and doctoral levels. The Wayland Baptist School of Education offers online students the opportunity to pursue a superintendent certificate that can be completed in 12 months.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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16 Graceland University-Lamoni 97.13 100% 16 13:1 50%

Graceland University-Lamoni, sponsored by Community of Christ, was founded in 1895. Today it offers students a choice from more than 50 academic programs through its main campus in Lamoni (near Des Moines), Independence, MO., and online. Campus-based programs include 36 undergraduate majors, nine pre-professional programs, three master's degrees, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree. Online degree programs feature a Master of Education with five options, and specialties in nursing: Master of Science in Nursing, RN to MSN ‘bridge', RN to BSN program, and Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Class sizes maintain a 15:1 student/faculty ratio.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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17 Spring Arbor University 97.07 99% 13 12:1 52%

Over 3,000 enrolled students attend Spring Arbor University for its more than 70 undergraduate programs, associate degrees, degree-completion options, and graduate degree programs. Founded in 1873 as a small elementary and secondary school, the Christian university today offers complete degree programs online, at its main campus in Spring Arbor, and from 12 "learning site campuses in Michigan and Ohio. Online students can pursue eight master's degrees in the fields of communication education nursing and business administration. There are also two four-year degree programs: Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management RN-BSN in Nursing."

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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18 Southwestern Adventist University 97.05 99% 10 12:1 36%

Since its creation in 1893 by Seventh-day Adventist Christians, Southwestern Adventist University has offered students educational programs in Christ-centered environment. Today, students can select from more than 55 degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, and master's levels. Southwestern Adventist also provides 17 pre-professional programs in the fields of allied health, law, and engineering. Student may also enroll in one of 10 wholly online programs at the associate and baccalaureate levels with majors in business, education, fire science, history, psychology, religion, theology and social science. There are also general studies degrees offered online at the associate and bachelor's levels.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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19 Heritage Christian University 97.04 100% 4 6:1 0%

Heritage Christian University traces its origins back to 1871 when Florence's Mars Hill Academy opened with a mission of preparing leaders and ministers for service in the Churches of Christ. In 2001, the name became Heritage Christian University to reflect academic offerings at undergraduate and graduate levels. Today's rigorous academic programs are founded with a special focus on real world ministry. Its distance-learning program offers the same degrees as the campus-based program with courses leading to an associate or bachelor of arts in Biblical Studies, and master's degrees in Ministry and Divinity.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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20 Lincoln Christian University 96.95 91% 19 14:1 45%

Lincoln Christian University was founded in Illinois in 1944 with the goal of preparing preachers and educators for service to Christian Churches and Churches of Christ. After adding a graduate school in 1952, Lincoln Bible Institute changed to its current name to reflect its range of educational programs from undergraduate certificates to doctoral degrees. Some 70 percent of its undergraduates live on campus as they pursue 15 undergraduate degree programs (three associate 12 bachelor's). Online students can undertake courses leading to an associate degree in the Bible and bachelor's degrees in business administration, psychology, and Christian Ministry.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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21 Virginia University of Lynchburg 96.86 44% 6 10:1 N/A

Since its founding by African American Baptist leaders 125 years ago, Virginia University of Lynchburg has trained men and women through programs based on Biblical principles and the philosophy of self-reliance, racial pride, and service. Courses are held at the Lynchburg campus as well as at Virginia teaching sites in Petersburg, Danville, Burgess, and Suffolk. Certificates, undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered from the university's G. W. Hayes School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, and the School of Religion. Undergraduate applicants must have minimum a high school GPA of 2.0 and GED score of 530.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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22 Oral Roberts University 96.83 100% 12 16:1 51%

Serving nearly 4,000 students, Oral Roberts University offers an academic selection of 76 undergraduate majors, an undergraduate degree-completion program, 12 master's degrees and two doctorates. The top five majors are in ministry & leadership, business administration, nursing, psychology and biology. For distance students, ORU's Online Learning program provides a selection of undergraduate Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees. At the graduate level, there are online programs in business (MBA) and a Master's degree in Christian School Administration (requires eight days of on-campus sessions). Online classes are conducted in seven-week sessions.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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23 Barclay College 96.46 84% 7 10:1 53%

Barclay College, founded in 1917 by Quaker settlers, today offers accelerated online bachelor's degree programs that can be completed in as little as 20 months by students with transfer credit. Online certificates are available in biblical studies, psychology, business management and Christian ministry. Distance students can also complete an associate degree in General Studies. At the baccalaureate level, Barclay College offers a four-year degree in psychology, biblical studies, Christian ministry leadership, and business management. Student services include a career/employment center, opportunities for missions, online book ordering and participation in the Haviland Friends Church.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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24 Virginia Baptist College 96.36 100% 7 6:1 N/A

Virginia Baptist College was founded in 1984 to provide pastoral education in the Fredericksburg area. Within a decade, the curriculum was broadened to offer a major in Ministry with optional concentrations in Christian education, the Bible, and pastoral studies. In 2004, VCB added it's now-popular Master's of Ministry degree. Today's online programs offer distance studies leading to a Bible Certificate (one year), online associate and baccalaureate degrees of Ministry and Christian Education and an online master's degree in three major fields of study. Online class sessions are recorded each week for remote viewing, with assignments due a week later.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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25 Mississippi College 96.29 99% 12 15:1 62%

Mississippi College was created by the state legislature as Hampstead Academy in 1826. The new building was situated on a five-acre campus near Mount Salus. Very few of the first generation of students survived the Civil War. During WWII, the school began to admit women students. Today the college serves nearly 5,300 students in Clinton and at the School of Law in Jackson. MC's Baptist-supported academic programs currently feature more than 80 undergraduate educational programs and over 15 graduate degrees. Online students can choose from three accelerated degree programs, six undergraduate degrees, 15 online master's degrees and five graduate/post-baccalaureate certificates.

  • Credit for ExperienceNo
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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26 Ohio Christian University 96.27 53% 17 10:1 36%

Founded in Circleville Bible College in 1948, Ohio Christian University enrolls more than 4,000 students to pursue on-campus and online degrees. Campus programs include associate, bachelor, and master's degrees in majors such as business and government, emergency management, and psychology. Class sizes are kept small, with a 10:1 student/faculty ratio. The online university offers degree programs leading to an Associate of Arts with majors in Christian Ministry, Business Interdisciplinary Studies, and Human Services. The Bachelor of Arts degree includes majors in nursing, business, criminal justice, leadership and ministry, substance abuse counseling, interdisciplinary studies and psychology.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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27 Clarkson College 96.17 59% 16 11:1 0%

Bishop Robert H. Clarkson originally founded Clarkson College in 1869 as Good Samaritan Hospital, with courses designed to prepare nurses. Its baccalaureate nursing program was accredited in 1988, and Clarkson programs were first offered online in 1998. Today, Clarkson's online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program attracts distance students from all around the nation. It's online Nurse Practitioner programs (Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner) blend online classes with campus laboratory studies and clinical practice. Online masters programs can be completed in eight semesters, full-time, or in 12 semesters on a part-time basis.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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28 Dallas Christian College 96.15 95% 5 11:1 25%

Located in Farmers Branch, Dallas Christian College offers campus and online programs in the fields of practical ministries, psychology, business, teacher education, biblical ministry, worship arts, humanities and interdisciplinary studies. Its Online Live degree programs feature six-week courses that are informed by mentoring, spiritual disciplines, and Christian service. Online associate degrees are available in business and humanities majors, with bachelor of science degrees in practical ministries, the Bible, business, and psychology. Online bachelor of science degree programs include 27-30 elective credits. Business degree studies offer a choice between Administration/Ethics or Nonprofit Management.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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29 Mount Vernon Nazarene University 96.07 98% 7 14:1 54%

Mount Vernon Nazarene University was founded in 1968 to offer evangelical Christian-based programs in higher education. Students are encouraged to pursue opportunities for travel and service. More than 2,100 students are served by Mount Vernon's degree-granting schools: Arts and Humanities, The Jetter School of Business, Natural and Social Sciences, Education and Professional Studies, Theology and Philosophy, and Nursing and Health Sciences. Online students can pursue accredited degrees including the Associates in Arts degree in General Studies, Bachelor of Biblical Studies, Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and Master of Business Administration, (MBA).

  • Credit for ExperienceNo
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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30 Messenger College 96.07 36% 10 4:1 73%

Messenger College is the national college of the Pentecostal Church of God, founded in Eules, TX, in 1987 to serve students of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Programs are available on the main campus satellite centers or entirely online. Online undergraduate programs lead to a Certificate of Christian Ministries, Associate of Christian Ministries, Bachelor of Christian Ministries, and BA in Counseling. Before undertaking online courses, students complete an orientation of the Atheneo and Populi classroom systems. Four online admissions dates allow applicants to enroll May through October. Applicants must submit an admissions essay and reference letters.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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31 Concordia University-Saint Paul 95.92 85% 39 15:1 47%

Concordia University-Saint Paul was founded as a Christian liberal arts university in 1893 and is today one of ten educational institutions affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The university offers its 4,300 students a choice of 41 liberal arts majors. Online students can pursue associate or bachelor degrees, or one of 25 graduate-level programs. Online baccalaureate programs are offered in accelerated formats, speeding progress toward graduation. Distance students can complete coursework for an RN-BSN degree with clinical rotations at nearby locations. At the graduate level, online students can work toward degrees in criminal justice, healthcare management and masters of business administration (MBA).

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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32 University of Great Falls 95.92 99% 7 13:1 22%

Founded in 1932 as a two-year Catholic women's college, University of Great Falls was renamed in 1995 to reflect its status as a coeducational Catholic Providence-sponsored university. UGF offers courses leading to associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition to the degrees available at the Great Falls campus, the university offers two associate degrees, six bachelor degrees, and a master's of organizational management entirely online. Bachelor programs online include majors in addictions counseling, criminal justice, legal/paralegal studies, psychology, sociology and theology/ministry. Eligible online students may apply for Pell Grants and other financial aid.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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33 Newman University 95.90 99% 11 14:1 43%

Newman University originally opened as Sacred Heart Junior College for Women in September 1933 with a mission to promote the "development of a true and finished Christian character among its students. Today the coeducational university serves 3000 campus and online students hailing from the United States Africa Latin America Europe and Asia. Online degree students gain access to their digital classrooms via the Blackboard course management system. Distance students may complete two undergraduate degrees online: Nursing RN to BSN or Business Studies. Two online graduate programs include the Master of Arts in Theology and the Master of Theological Studies."

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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34 University of the Cumberlands 95.89 100% 29 16:1 45%

In 1888, Baptist ministers founded the Williamsburg Institute to prepare students to be effective servant leaders. It became the University of the Cumberlands in 2005, serving students from across the Appalachian Region. UC currently offers its 6,000 students a selection of two associate degrees, 44 bachelor programs, four masters programs and two doctorates. Online students have a broad selection of undergraduate and graduate degrees in business, counseling, criminal justice, health sciences, human services, information technology, education, psychology and religion. Distance degrees include: BS, BA, MS, RN-BS, EdD, and PhD Some 48 percent of the students at the University of the Cumberlands are first-time college students.

  • Credit for ExperienceNo
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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35 Ottawa University-Phoenix 95.80 N/A 25 6:1 N/A

The history of Ottawa University-Phoenix was founded in 1865 by Baptist missionaries as a boarding school for children in the Ottawa Indian tribe. In 2008, the Kansas-based Ottawa University launched OU-Online and opened a campus in Chandler, AZ. Today, students can pursue online undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Angell Snyder School of Business, School of Education, School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Health and Applied Sciences. Online bachelor's business degree programs include majors in business administration, economics, finance, management of information systems, and human resources. Health science majors can choose from online nursing programs leading to a BS or RN-BSN degree.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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36 Liberty University 95.75 78% 104 18:1 46%

The nation's largest nonprofit, private university and the world's largest Christian university, Liberty University was founded in 1971 in Lynchburg. Today it has a total enrollment exceeding 110,000. It has received acclaim for its Liberty University School of Law, Liberty University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Rawlings School of Divinity. More than 94,000 online students currently choose from Liberty's 271 educational programs leading to 78 undergraduate, 166 graduate, three post-master's, and 24 doctoral degrees. Online classes maintain a 17:1 student/instructor ratio. Online undergraduate certificate programs help students begin their careers, while online graduate certificates help professionals build credentials.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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37 Mid-America Christian University 95.67 20% 17 11:1 34%

At Mid-America Christian University, campus and online degree programs are available under the auspices of a Wesleyan perspective. Since 2012, the student population has more than doubled to pursue MCU's associate, bachelor, and master's programs. Online students can complete a B.S. degree in majors including accounting, Christian ministries, criminal justice, communications, business management, healthcare administration, and psychology. Online MS degree programs are offered in clinical or pastoral counseling, ministry, business (MBA), education leadership, and healthcare administration. In addition to 100 percent online degrees, working students can choose classes that meet one evening a week on campus.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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38 Campbellsville University 95.67 90% 13 13:1 44%

From the Kentucky heartland, Campbellsville University offers students 80 programs of study with eight pre-professional programs and 24 master's degrees. Online degree programs are comprised of the same academic content as their on-campus counterparts -- all rooted in Christ-centered values. Distance students can enroll in Campbellsville University's Certificate in Christian Ministries program, four associate of science degrees, five baccalaureates, or 14 master's degree programs. Online undergraduate degrees are offered in business administration criminal justice, RN-BSN, general studies, and pastoral ministries. Master's programs online offer majors in fields including education, business administration, social work, theology, music, and guidance counseling.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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39 Midway College 95.66 96% 13 15:1 51%

Originally founded as the Kentucky Female Orphan School under the guidance of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Midway College has today become the home to 1,194 campus-based and online students. More than 90% of its students have received financial aid, and the college maintains a 15:1 student/faculty ratio in its classes. Online programs begin five times through the school year in an accelerated 8-week class format. The online programs lead to an associate degree, a choice of 25 bachelor degrees, and three master's degrees (M.B.A., M.Ed., M.S.N.). Online undergraduate programs are available in business administration, education, healthcare administration, marketing communications, nursing (RN-BSN) and psychology.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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40 Oakland City University 95.58 94% 4 12:1 57%

Oakland City University originated as Oakland City College in 1891 as a liberal arts and theological school. In 1981 it opened the Chapman School of Religious Studies, making it the nation's only General Baptist seminary. Today the university serves 2,000 students at the Oakland City and five Indiana learning centers - as well as through online degree programs. Students can complete associate, bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. At OC Online, distance students can select courses in 5 or 8-week formats, enrolling during multiple start dates throughout the academic year. Online undergraduate and graduate degree majors include religious studies, education, business/management and criminal justice.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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41 Williamson Christian College 95.54 88% 3 7:1 N/A

Williamson Christian College has prepared students for service in ministry through Christ-centered learning since 1988. Students have the opportunity to pursue biblical studies abroad in Israel, Greece and Turkey. Online students take courses through the Populi system that employs chat and email tools for delivering assignments. Popular online bachelor degrees are offered in Business Administration & Management and in Religious Studies. Students may also go online to complete individual courses in their certificate, undergraduate, and graduate degree programs. WCC is accredited by the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability and the Association for Biblical Higher Education.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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42 Ottawa University-Kansas City 95.52 N/A 22 8:1 N/A

Since its inception in 1865, Ottawa University-Kansas City has grown considerably but still maintains the Baptist principles that its founders brought to the Ottawa tribal community. From its one-building origins, the university today serves more than 5,000 students at eight campuses and through its accredited online educational programs. Online students have 24/7 access to undergraduate and graduate classes through the Blackboard software system, enjoying a 4:1 student/faculty ratio. More than 30 online degree programs are offered by the School of Arts and Sciences, the Angell Snyder School of Business, the School of Education, and School of Health and Applied Sciences.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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43 Southwestern Assemblies of God University 95.44 73% 35 16:1 38%

For more than 75 years, Southwestern Assemblies of God University has provided undergraduate and graduate students with a 24-hour core curriculum in the Bible and theology studies with a Pentecostal distinction. Online students can choose from complete degree programs that lead to associates, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Distance students may also enroll in fast-track programs that culminate in a joint bachelor/master's degree. Fast-track majors are offered in church leadership, child and family ministry, pastoral leadership, and youth and student ministry. SAGU offers 29 online masters degrees and 50 bachelor degree majors.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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  • Counseling ServicesYes
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44 Crown College 95.44 89% 21 18:1 47%

Crown College, located near Minneapolis, has provided Christ-centered education in leadership and service to its students for almost 100 years. The four-year, private college offers students more than 40 accredited academic majors. The School of Online Studies directs the associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs for distance students. The school offers a choice among three associate degrees, ten baccalaureates, and two undergraduate certificates. At the graduate level, online students can complete master's degrees in business administration (MBA), Christian studies, counseling, global leadership, ministry leadership and a master of divinity. All students are encouraged to participate in collaborative learning activities.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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45 Shorter University 95.43 97% 14 12:1 47%

Launched as the Cherokee Baptist Female College in 1873, Shorter University took its new name in June 2010 to reflect its growth and breadth of programs at its Rome campus and satellite campuses around Atlanta. Traditional students can pursue more than 40 paths of studies leading to bachelor and master's degrees. Shorter University's online programs include curriculum leading to five different associate degrees, six bachelor degrees, and six master's degrees. Key online major fields of study include accounting, business, criminal justice, Christian studies, sport management, human services, interdisciplinary studies and sport management.

  • Credit for ExperienceNo
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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46 Indiana Wesleyan University 95.41 50% 74 16:1 70%

Indiana Wesleyan University, founded in 1920 as Marion College, has grown to become the largest institution of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. More than 3,000 students today participate in academic programs leading to 80 undergraduate degrees, 38 graduate degrees and 5 doctorates. For online students, Indiana Wesleyan offers associate, bachelor, masters, and doctoral degrees, along with online graduate certificate programs. Online majors include studies in accounting, business, counseling, education, liberal arts, ministry and divinity, social work, nursing, healthcare management, business information systems, public management, marketing, financial planning and human resource management.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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47 Trevecca Nazarene University 95.39 98% 10 18:1 54%

Trevecca Nazarene University was founded in Nashville in 1901 and remains the Church of the Nazarene's official university in America's southeast. Trevecca Nazarene serves 2,640 enrolled students in its undergraduate, graduate, and adult studies curriculum. The school supports 13 associate degree major fields of study, 83 baccalaureate degrees, 16 master's degrees, two doctorates and seven certificate programs. Complete Trevecca Online degree programs are available leading to associate degrees (3 majors), bachelor degrees (4 majors), master's degrees (7 majors), and an online Leadership & Professional Practice doctorate (Ed.).

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesYes
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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48 Bluefield College 95.37 100% 12 14:1 34%

Bluefield College originated in July 1920 with the goal of becoming Virginia's leading Christ-centered liberal arts institution. Today it maintains its main campus in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains and two regional campuses in Roanoke and Richmond. Students can enroll in nearly 40 academic majors leading to BS, BA, and MA degrees. Bluefield provides small class sizes with an 11:1 student/faculty ratio. Its online college offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in the fields of early childhood education, criminal justice, education (MA), E-business/entrepreneurship, small business management, management/leadership, human services, nursing (RN-BSN), and an education certificate for the teaching of chemistry.

  • Credit for ExperienceNo
  • Placement ServicesYes
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49 Montreat College 95.29 99% 6 12:1 42%

For 100 years, Montreat College has operated as a private, Christian college that today offers its students a selection of associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs. The college serves its students from its North Carolina campuses in Montreat, Asheville, Charlotte, Black Mountain, and Morganton. Approximately 99 percent of Montreat students receive financial aid. Distance degree students can complete one of five undergraduate programs or a Master of Science in Management and Leadership entirely online. Online associate degree programs are in business or general studies, while online bachelor degrees are available in business administration, psychology and human services, and in Bible and religion.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
  • Placement ServicesNo
  • Counseling ServicesYes
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50 University of Saint Mary 95.17 99% 7 9:1 37%

A four-year Catholic liberal arts institution, the University of Saint Mary was originally founded in 1923 by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. Core values focus on community, respect, excellence and justice. Online students at the University of Saint Mary can complete four distance degrees identical in content and expertise that are offered to campus-based students. The online selection includes the Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management (HIM), RN-to-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Students can complete their online courses at their own pace.

  • Credit for ExperienceYes
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Online Christian Colleges: The Basics

Colleges with religious affiliations can be found throughout the United States. In 2013, 970 faith-based institutions received regional or national accreditation, 570 of which were Christian, according to the Department of Education. This includes Catholic, Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian schools, among a handful of others.

In addition to denomination, many Christian colleges vary by level of religious focus. For example, some Christian institutions boast academic environments with strong dedication to a faith-based curriculum. These institutions often use Scripture as a backbone for lessons and coursework, and require students to take classes on the Old Testament and New Testament. Students may also participate in ministry work locally or overseas, or work toward an actual career in the ministry. A master’s degree in divinity serves as the staple here, taking an estimated two years to complete.

Other Christian colleges have a more relaxed approach, remaining tied to the church but offering a more secular education. These Christian colleges tend to have strong liberal arts foundations that lead to a wide range of degree program options. Also, despite relatively loose affiliation with the church, they often have faith-based clubs and support groups for students and faculty.

Online Learning at Christian Colleges

Similar to secular institutions, many Christian colleges have prioritized distance learning via new courses, full-fledged degree programs, support services and a revamped technological infrastructure. More courses, programs and degrees available online means increased diversity and happiness among the student body. Online learning maximizes flexibility, allowing degree seekers with family, job or other important commitments to work toward graduation without neglecting elsewhere.

This is especially true of asynchronous, or self-paced, online programs. Here students listen to or watch pre-recorded lectures, submit assignments and take exams on their own time. This could be a day, a week or a month after the live event. Many self-paced programs, however, do come with some deadlines to ensure students move forward.

In contrast, synchronous programs call for regular student activity and attention. Participants may need to log on at preset dates to chat with professors and peers in real-time. They may also be required to take timed exams or engage in group discussions or projects on a set schedule. These courses still offer great flexibility, but also promote collaboration.


Online Christian colleges offer a unique approach to higher learning. They are committed to developing Christ-centered adults who impact the world in positive ways. Through a variety of learning formats, students learn important biblical principles that they can take back to their homes, workplaces and communities.

At Christian colleges, students and faculty connect through a shared faith, whether they attend classes on campus or online. Requirements vary widely among Christian colleges. Although church attendance is not mandatory at some institutions, other schools require students to attend church regularly, even in an online program.

More conservative programs require all faculty members to practice their faith and even sign a Christian doctrinal statement. Courses may be the same as those taught at secular schools, but the perspective is likely to be different. It would not be unusual to find a course such as “Foundations of Christian Living” alongside courses on the Old Testament and New Testament. “

Some online Christian colleges offer students in distance learning programs the chance to connect spiritually via the web. Resources often include prayer and counseling through a dedicated forum. Students in distance learning programs at some Christian colleges can earn credit for volunteering and social activism.

Spotlight Interview Christian Brothers University

The best to truly understand how a college’s distance learning works is to ask. Affordable Colleges Online asked C. Michael Perry, an admissions counselor at Christian Brothers University, to explain how the school’s Christian component works with online learning.

Are online students at Christian Brothers University required to receive the same instruction in Catholic doctrine and practice as on-campus students?
While CBU was founded as a Catholic school, the student body is quite religiously and culturally diverse. Catholic studies are not a requirement, and there is no instruction in Catholic doctrine outside of certain Religious Studies courses. However, students who live on campus have opportunities to participate in faith-based programs such as bible study groups, prayer events and service activities. For example, we have a tutoring program with Blesses Sacrament and Holy Names Schools and our students work with St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen.
Is the material in the online courses at Christian Brothers University similar to the material in traditional on-campus courses?
Our students receive the same academic material regardless of the course being offered online, in a hybrid format, or completely on campus. Currently only a select group of courses are offered completely online, although we have quite a few hybrid courses, especially within the College of Adult Professional Studies. As the popularity of those courses increases, there is the possibility of expansion.
Please describe the value of your online courses in comparison to on-campus courses.
The hybrid format allows for flexibility. It blends face-to-face time with the school’s faculty and other students, with the freedom to complete coursework online. In our hybrid courses, we utilize online lectures and discussions in addition to campus classes.

Interview with an Online Student

Hearing from administrators of online programs at Christian colleges means more detail and insight into the mindset and resources that fuel online learning. However, to cultivate a more well rounded point of view, AC Online reached out to Anna G., an undergraduate student at Liberty University Online.

What made you choose the online program at Liberty University?
When I first graduated from high school I looked at different Christian colleges because my faith is really important to who I am. But I ended up working full-time for a few years before I was ready to commit to earning a degree. Scheduling classes around a full-time job is difficult, so I thought taking classes online would be a good way to work around my schedule. And it has been. Plus I still get the benefit of being in a Christian environment. The faculty is Christian, the other students are Christian. The perspective is just what I was looking for.
What does Liberty University offer in terms of faith-based services for online students?
Obviously it is a little different because when you don’t live on campus or take classes there every day, you aren’t able to take part in the same activities. But if you go to Online Communities on the website, you can connect through live streams, bible studies, and that kind of thing. People post their testimonies, sign up for public service. Basically anything you would do on campus is there in a virtual environment.
What type of academic support do you receive through Liberty University Online?
I have always felt supported by the school academically. For example, I have gotten help through Tutor.com when I’ve needed it. Any time I have a question I can reach my professors online and they get back to me right away. My advisor has also been really helpful. I have always been able to find what I need when I need it.