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College Beat: Top Christian and Conservative Secular Colleges in the U.S.


Are you seeking a college you would like to attend and leaning toward a school with Christian values or more of a conservative worldview? Here are lists of top Christian colleges in different regions of the United States, according to Forbes’ rankings.


Some of the best Christian colleges in the Southeastern U.S.:

  1. Carson-Newman University in Jefferson City, Tennessee (one of the top-ranked by The Princeton Review)
  2. Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi
  3. Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama


Some of the best Christian colleges in the Northeastern U.S. that were ranked on students’ success rates, graduation within four years and lower debt:

  1. Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  2. Houghton College in Houghton, New York
  3. Gordon College in Wenhem, Massachusetts
  4. Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia


Some of the best Christian colleges in the Western U.S.:

  1. Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California (Southern California; where I attended)
  2. Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  3. Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington
  4. George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon
  5. Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California

To find more schools in the West, go to TopChristianColleges.org.


Some of the best Christian colleges in the Midwestern U.S.:

  1. Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa
  2. Anderson University on Anderson, Indiana
  3. Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana
  4. Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois

[Source: TopChristianColleges.org]


If you are not seeking a Christian school, but looking for a more conservative college, you can also have a good education. Here is a list of schools that may be a good fit for you:

  1. Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan
  2. Christendom College in Front Royal, Virginia
  3. Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas


Recently, I read an article on why Christians should go to public schools, but I believe that it depends on each person. Click here to read the piece from Relevant magazine.

Also, in my experience, it was a much better, more enriching experience not only going to a private Christian school, but a university that I felt called to go to. Everyone is differentβ€”some people may want to get an education from a specific place with an emphasis on their major, and that’s fine, tooβ€”but I wanted to give you the information based on some of the top schools in the U.S. that are Christian schools.

PI Girls, what college do you want to attend, currently attend or possibly have already attended? Do you desire to go to a Christian or non-Christian school?

Image: CN.edu


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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by bacook on January 2, 2016 at 10:50

    Any schools in CO?

  2. angelagrhodes

    Posted by angelagrhodes on May 31, 2015 at 14:20

    Glad to see Vanguard, Azusa, and Wheaton on the list. I’ve gotten scholarship offers because I was in choir in high school. I graduated from a Christian high school, and my choir teacher had one of the choir directors come to our school as well as one of the choirs. We later got to visit one of the campuses.

  3. mrpacker0531

    Posted by mrpacker0531 on May 31, 2015 at 11:19

    So sad Campbell University isn’t on the list! I’m going to be a senior biochemistry major this fall, it’s an absolutely wonderful school chuck-full of incredible opportunities for the intellectual Christian. πŸ™‚ We have incredible undergraduate AND graduate programs, even a brand new medical school! Don’t let the price intimidate you, the vast majority of students receive HUGE financial aid/scholarship packages! Hopefully I’ll see some of you there!!

  4. Rbubbles

    Posted by Rbubbles on May 30, 2015 at 15:41

    Excited to see Messiah as #1!! Headed there this fall to major in English and run πŸ™‚
    Lets go MC class of 2019!! πŸ˜€

  5. Whitfrost

    Posted by Whitfrost on May 30, 2015 at 15:31

    Liberty University is the largest christian university in the world- i’ll be attending there in the fall!

  6. KareBear

    Posted by KareBear on April 30, 2015 at 16:45

    Thinking about George Fox or Gordon πŸ˜€

  7. Twipi

    Posted by Twipi on April 28, 2015 at 17:09

    My college Anderson University is on the list πŸ˜€

  8. SarahCuda3994

    Posted by SarahCuda3994 on April 28, 2015 at 16:22

    ORU! Just finishing up my junior year and I love it!

  9. Rachel Winsor

    Posted by Rachel Winsor on April 28, 2015 at 15:38

    I go to a school called New Tribes Bible Institute. It isn’t accredited but t’s two years of studying the Bible through, and it has a focus on missions, which is important to me. It’s been a fantastic experience, it’s not expensive and I can’t think of a better way to spend two years of my life/

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by hodonnell0 on April 28, 2015 at 15:03

    I really want to go to Patrick Henry College!!!!

  11. Kyra137

    Posted by Kyra137 on April 28, 2015 at 14:00

    I’m looking into George Fox right now, and I’m really loving it! Glad to see its so highly ranked.

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by heharding on April 28, 2015 at 13:48

    I’m attending Oklahoma Christian University in the fall! So excited!! πŸ™‚

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Tbrunkhardt on May 30, 2015 at 20:16

      I will be a sophomore at OCU! Maybe we will get a chance to meet sometime! You will love it and freshman year is a blast!

  13. Rose H.

    Posted by Rose H. on April 28, 2015 at 13:27

    I want to go to Maranatha Baptist University! Anyone else interested in going to the WI school?

  14. Project Inspired

    Posted by dontstop_themusic on April 28, 2015 at 12:26

    I’m not sure where I want to go. I’m thinking MSU, GVSU or if I want to go to a Christian school, Wheaton or SAU

  15. patientlywaitingforGodsplan

    Posted by patientlywaitingforGodsplan on April 28, 2015 at 12:22

    Is Cedarville good?

  16. Busygirl996

    Posted by Busygirl996 on April 28, 2015 at 12:11

    My top schools are numbers 3 and 4 in the Western US… Now I just have to make my decision by Friday…

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by mrscrowley1029 on April 16, 2015 at 22:18

    I’m going to go to ovu πŸ™‚ Ohio valley university πŸ™‚

  18. KateSonrisa

    Posted by KateSonrisa on February 28, 2015 at 19:16

    Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. So excited. πŸ™‚

  19. faithnicole_a

    Posted by faithnicole_a on February 27, 2015 at 12:28

    Im going to Liberty University! It is the largest Private Christian University!

  20. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on February 22, 2015 at 18:46

    I thought it was cool Vanguard came up on here! I am hoping to attend that school this fall of 2015!

  21. ashleybug2015

    Posted by ashleybug2015 on February 22, 2015 at 18:30

    I’m going to Carson Newman in the Fall! I’ve heard it’s a very good Christian College πŸ™‚

  22. Moriahrr

    Posted by Moriahrr on February 22, 2015 at 14:46

    Woop woop, Oral Roberts University is my (future) school!

  23. alise_willi

    Posted by alise_willi on February 21, 2015 at 18:20

    Brigham Young University!

  24. Project Inspired

    Posted by savupson on February 20, 2015 at 22:13

    I wanna go to Grand Canyon University. I heard about it at the Rock and Worship Roadshow and have dine a lot of research on it since

  25. ata9

    Posted by ata9 on February 20, 2015 at 19:12

    They forgot to mention the Franciscan UW of Steubenville!!! I would also like to mention that Christendom college is a Christian school (it’s listed in this article as non-Christian but conservative)

    • horseluver2498

      Posted by horseluver2498 on May 2, 2015 at 13:29

      Yeah Franciscan!!! I hope to go there and I can’t wait!! I got to visit and I loved it πŸ™‚
      Yeah Christendom is DEFINITELY Christian. I don’t get why it’s listed as secular…but I know some don’t think Catholics are Christians so maybe that’s why.

  26. AudgPaudg

    Posted by AudgPaudg on February 20, 2015 at 08:12


  27. Project Inspired

    Posted by Barley on February 19, 2015 at 22:53

    I love the list! I was really expecting Liberty University to be on it though, I am transfering to there soon to become a missionary pilot and I’m so excited!

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by christinetkd on February 20, 2015 at 09:12

      I agree! Liberty should definitely be on here as well. I’m transferring there in the fall. πŸ˜€

  28. gracegirl7

    Posted by gracegirl7 on February 19, 2015 at 20:54

    Where is Liberty University on this list they should be #1!

  29. Project Inspired

    Posted by Amandapleaze13 on February 19, 2015 at 20:43

    I go to Maranatha Baptist University and It’s great! I love it! you get a great education while getting a great Biblical basis too!! πŸ™‚

  30. USGIRL95

    Posted by USGIRL95 on February 19, 2015 at 20:34

    I’m supersied that Geneva Grove City Eastern University, Tritny College IL & Canda, Liberty University, Crain University, Anderson University,

    I know I want to major in to study! I picked some schools out already, they re on the line below,. the issue homeschoolers face tough times finding schools that homeschool friendly at times,. some re no so homeschool friendly GPA.,

    pro PA. 1-6 h.r.s. or more.,

    Speical education

  31. Project Inspired

    Posted by mollyc on February 19, 2015 at 20:16

    I go to Northwestern College!! Didn’t know I was picking the #1 Christian college in the Midwest, but it is a good one!! πŸ™‚ #raiders #nwcpride #bleedred

  32. SarahD17

    Posted by SarahD17 on February 19, 2015 at 20:14

    I go to Milligan College in Tennessee, another great option for schools in the Southeastern US πŸ™‚

  33. Busygirl996

    Posted by Busygirl996 on February 19, 2015 at 19:19

    I’ve been accepted to both Seattle Pacific and George Fox for the coming school year along with Corban University (Baptist school in Salem, OR) and Saint Martins University (Catholic school in Lacey, WA) right now my top school is George Fox and I think Saint Martins has been knocked off my list but we’ll see where God leads me πŸ™‚

  34. Project Inspired

    Posted by nhviolin on February 19, 2015 at 19:14

    What about Liberty University? πŸ˜‰

  35. amyelaine

    Posted by amyelaine on February 19, 2015 at 18:59

    I’m considering Samford and UGA, leaning towards UGA, but one of my all time favorite schools is Texas A&M University! It’s just so much fun on campus!

  36. Project Inspired

    Posted by lilkelster2010 on February 19, 2015 at 18:55

    Also should be mentioned for the Midwest:
    Christian Colleges:
    Grace College – Winona Lake, Indiana
    University of Northwestern, St. Paul – Roseville, Minnesota

    Conservative Public Schools:
    University of Wisconsin – River Falls

  37. His_Beloved3

    Posted by His_Beloved3 on February 19, 2015 at 18:45

    Liberty University, I hope, some day!

  38. Jesusfreak1415

    Posted by Jesusfreak1415 on February 19, 2015 at 18:42

    A great school that I have grown up at is Liberty University! They are located in Lynchburg, Virginia and it is an awesome school. I’ve grown up there most of my life going to their football games and chapel (convocation). My mother also works there. If your looking for a strong Christian school with a great and uplifting atmosphere go check out Liberty. They are very affordable and have a wide range of major options. I’m planning on going there next year and I can’t wait!!! πŸ˜€

  39. Project Inspired

    Posted by schwetzbb on February 19, 2015 at 18:21

    I’m going to The University of Mary in the fall (ND)

  40. Fog1179

    Posted by Fog1179 on February 19, 2015 at 18:15

    Messiah is on top… Sweet!! My dream college.
    Suprised that Liberty or Bob Jones is nowhere to be found here though.

    • martial_artist_for_Jesus

      Posted by martial_artist_for_Jesus on April 18, 2015 at 06:27

      I wanted to go there too, kinda, but it was tied w/ Geneva for me. I eventually chose Geneva because I felt more at home there, more cute single Christian young men, and I felt like I’d grow more, spiritually and academically, there. But, I wish you luck at Messiah! πŸ˜€ IK it’s also close to like 4 major cities (NY, Harrisburg, Baltimore, DC), so I’m sure you’ll have a lot of fun w/ that, too! πŸ™‚

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by MikkyD on February 20, 2015 at 07:27

      I want to go to Messiah too! I was happy when I saw that was #1 on the Northeastern list.

  41. ashorozco

    Posted by ashorozco on February 19, 2015 at 14:32

    Grand Canyon University is an amazing Christian college located in Phoenix, Arizona! Having experienced the whole public university, I am so grateful that God moved to me Grand Canyon. I absolutely adore this school and if you haven’t heard of it and are looking at great Christian universities to go to, I would 100% recommend checking into Grand Canyon!

  42. soccerbirdie

    Posted by soccerbirdie on February 19, 2015 at 08:11

    #GoLobos and maybe later #Australia

  43. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on February 19, 2015 at 06:47

    Don’t know where or even if, I’m going to college, but the biggest thing would be a small college. Big places with lots of people is not my thing. I also would need to find a good church nearby, especially if it wasn’t a Christian college or close to home.

  44. Hymnsinger99

    Posted by Hymnsinger99 on February 18, 2015 at 13:56

    I don’t know where I’m going yet, but I’m thinking a Christian school in the Midwest, even if I don’t go to a Christian school, I know I’m most definitely going to a school in the Midwest.