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Christian Universities Online Publishes 2015-2016 Ranking of

Best Christian Colleges & Universities


The 50 Most Beautiful Christian College & University Campuses in the World

DURHAM, N.C., Sept. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online has published a ranking of the 50 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for 2015-2016.  College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, MO claimed the top spot on the list. Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA and Columbia International University in Columbia, SC were ranked second and third respectively. The ranking can be viewed at


Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):

*          Abilene Christian University – Abilene, Texas

*          Anderson University – Anderson, Indiana

*          Arizona Christian University – Phoenix, Arizona

*          Asbury University – Wilmore, Kentucky

*          Bethel College – Mishawaka, Indiana

*          Biola University – La Mirada, California

*          Bluffton University – Bluffton, Ohio

*          Bryan College – Dayton, Tennessee

*          Calvin College – Grand Rapids, Michigan

*          Cedarville University – Cedarville, Ohio

*          Corban University – Salem Oregon

*          Crown College – Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

*          Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, Texas

*          Dordt College – Sioux Center, Iowa

*          Eastern Mennonite University – Harrisonburg, Virginia

*          Eastern University – Saint Davids, Pennsylvania

*          Erskine College – Due West, South Carolina

*          Fresno Pacific University – Fresno, California

*          Geneva College – Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

*          Gordon College – Wenham, Massachusetts

*          Goshen College – Goshen, Indiana

*          Hope International University – Fullerton, California

*          Houghton College – Houghton, New York

*          Houston Baptist University – Houston, Texas

*          John Brown University – Siloam Springs, Arkansas

*          Johnson University – Knoxville, Tennessee

*          Lancaster Bible College – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

*          LeTourneau University – Longview, Texas

*          Liberty University – Lynchburg, Virginia

*          Lincoln Christian University – Lincoln, Illinois

*          Lipscomb University – Nashville, Tennessee

*          Messiah College – Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

*          Milligan College – Milligan College, Tennessee

*          North Park University – Chicago, Illinois

*          Roberts Wesleyan College – Rochester, New York

*          Seattle Pacific University – Seattle, Washington

*          Simpson University – Redding, California

*          Spring Arbor University – Spring Arbor, Michigan

*          Taylor University – Upland, Indiana

*          Toccoa Falls College – Toccoa Falls, Georgia

*          Union University – Jackson, Tennessee

*          University of Northwestern – Saint Paul, Minnesota

*          Vanguard University of Southern California – Costa Mesa, California

*          Westmont College – Santa Barbara, California

*          Wheaton College – Wheaton, Illinois

*          Whitworth University – Spokane, Washington

*          William Jessup University – Rocklin, California


The methodology used to construct the ranking began with schools that had an enrollment of at least five hundred students and have been accredited by the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or are members of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) or members of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). Publicly available data was then collected for these schools in the following categories: 1) Faculty-to-student ratio, 2) Percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid, 3) Selectivity, 4) Overall retention rate and 5) Overall graduation rate. Finally, all categories were equally weighted to produce the final results of the ranking.


“We are excited to publish our second annual top 50 ranking of Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S. for the 2015-2016 academic year,” said Michael Templeton, lead editor for the ranking.  “This ranking seeks to highlight intentionally Christian colleges and universities that excel in categories of personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid and overall student satisfaction,” said Templeton.

Christian Universities Online (CUO) strives to be the go to and trusted resource for students and their parents in deciding which school to attend.  This overall best ranking is the first of many rankings that Templeton and his team will be rolling out for 2015-2016.


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