Welcome! CristianColleges.org is a site dedicated to providing resources for students interested in learning more about Christian schools and what to expect once enrolled. These schools offer a variety of degree options to meet students’ various educational and career goals. Check out the links below to jump to a more detailed overview of a few commonly asked questions about Christian colleges.

  1. What is a Christian college and is it right for me?
  2. Are there online Christian colleges?
  3. Do Christian colleges prepare graduates for traditional careers?
  4. How do Christian colleges compare to traditional colleges?
  5. What does Christian college life look like?

What is a Christian college and is it right for me?

If you’re looking for a college experience that combines academic excellence with a religious foundation, a Christian school may be the right fit. Christian colleges are typically liberal arts schools with an emphasis on promoting spiritual growth. Many secular schools offer degrees in theology and Biblical studies.

However, the difference lies in the the spiritual experience of a Christian college. These schools provide learning opportunities to people of faith who share similar values and beliefs. It’s important to research campus ministries and/or churches close to campus when you find a college you like to ensure your beliefs align with theirs.

Are there online Christian colleges?

Earning a college degree is one thing, but to earn a degree from an accredited institution whose focus on Christian values is as important as the academics is often times more fulfilling. Much like their non-Christian counterparts, Christian colleges may offer classes online. In many cases, you can earn your entire degree online. The following are accredited online Christian colleges in the United States, offering a variety of degrees in many different fields.

SchoolDescription
Liberty University
Liberty University

Accreditation
  • SACS

Liberty University is an private, non-profit university in Lynchburg, Virginia and is the largest Christian university in the world. Liberty has one of the largest and most robust collections of degrees with over 140 undergraduate and graduate programs offered on campus or online. Join 11,900 students enrolled on campus or more than 100,000 students enrolled online.

Indiana Wesleyan University
Indiana Wesleyan University

Accreditation
  • HLC
  • NCA

Indiana Wesleyan University teaches leadership, encourages spiritual development, and prepares students to communicate Christian values to the world as pastors, counselors, missionaries, teachers, worship leaders and coaches. They offer several online programs in religous studies like divinity, ministry, religion, and seminary studies as well as other fields of study such as education, business, and public administration.

Grand Canyon University
Grand Canyon University

Accreditation
  • HLC
  • NCA

Grand Canyon University in Arizona is a private Christian university, regionally accredited, and has over 75,000 students currently enrolled at the campus or online. GCU offers online and campus-based degrees in Business, Education, Nursing and Health Sciences, Liberal Arts and Fine Arts and Production. While it is a Christian college, its focus is primarily on encouraging moral choices and teaching students to become ethical global citizens.

Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University

Accreditation
  • SACS

Saint Leo University is a private, Roman Catholic university located in the namesake city in Florida. The Saint Leo educational network consists of three schools: the School of Business, the School of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Education & Social Services. Join almost 20,000 other students through one of St Leo’s campus or online programs in business, education, criminal justice, and more.

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Do Christian colleges prepare graduates for traditional careers?

Yes! Christian colleges prepare students for many types of careers, whether in full-time ministry or in a non-ministry field. Christian colleges are overseen by the same governing bodies that regulate non-Christian colleges so you should be able to achieve the appropriate credentials so long as the schools meets all accreditation standards and rules.

While a degree in religious studies or theology from a Christian college opens doors to a variety of career options, many students often study religion in order to find a career within a specific non-secular church or institution. You can choose to major in biblical studies, Christian leadership, and theological studies that prepare you for future ministry.

However, if you want to attend a school that incorporates Christianity into the curricula while earning a degree in accounting – for example – many Christian college offer both…just make sure you do your research to find the best fit.

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How do Christian colleges compare to traditional colleges?

Christian colleges are not all that different from traditional colleges, but there are some key differences that set them apart. The chart below compares the similarities and differences between Christian and non-Christian colleges in curriculum, degree options, accreditation, facilities, and tuition and financial aid.

Christian Colleges Non-Christian Colleges
Curriculum:

Curriculum structure can vary depending on the institution. Some are nearly identical to that of non-Christian colleges, while others require students to also take at least 5-10 religious-based classes in order to graduate.

Individual classes (including non religious-based ones) may incorporate religious texts or elements to teach that subject.

The curriculum typically consists of core classes (math, science, humanities, etc.), classes specific to your major, electives, and sometimes a thesis or capstone class.

Individual classes are not usually structured around religion or include religious texts/elements.

Degree Options:

Certificate programs and associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees are offered at most Christian colleges, and majors and minors can range from liberal arts to STEM subjects.

Depending on the school, there may be more liberal arts degree programs than STEM ones available and vice-versa.

Christian colleges also offer a variety of religious-based degrees, including Biblical Studies, Christian Leadership, and Music and Worship Studies.

Certificate programs and associates, bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees are offered at most Non-Christian colleges, and majors and minors can range from liberal arts to STEM subjects.

Depending on the school, there may be more liberal arts degree programs than STEM ones available and vice-versa.

Some non-Christian colleges may also offer a few religious-based degrees.

Accreditation:

Christian colleges and degree programs can and should have regional accreditation from an organization recognized by the Department of Education. For a complete list of approved accrediting agencies, check out the Department of Education’s database.

Some Christian colleges also seek additional accreditation from Christian associations, such as the Association of Christian Schools International.

Yes, non-Christian colleges and degree programs can and should be accredited. Students should only pursue degrees from accredited schools and degree programs. For a complete list of approved accrediting agencies, check out the Department of Education’s database.

Facilities:

Christian colleges often have many of the same facilities found at non-Christian colleges (see next column).

Christian colleges may also include churches or other worship/ministry centers, as well as spiritual guidance centers.

Non-Christian colleges may have student recreational centers, student housing, cafeterias/dining halls, gyms, theaters, sports fields/stadiums, libraries, bookstores, student (physical) health centers, mental health centers, academic advising/tutoring centers, career centers, and more.
Tuition and Financial Aid: The FAFSA gives students the opportunity to be awarded grants (undergraduate students), and the ability to apply for loans. Students can also apply for loans, grants, and scholarships directly through their schools or a trusted third party. Some churches and religious organizations offer scholarships to Christian schools based on merit, leadership, and need. The FAFSA gives students the opportunity to be awarded grants (undergraduate students), and the ability to apply for loans. Students can also apply for loans, grants, and scholarships directly through their schools or a trusted third party.

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What does Christian college life look like?

While each school is different, there are commonalities among many Christian colleges when it comes to student life. Most share a common set of commitments and focus heavily on spiritual development. Christian schools offer many of the same opportunities for social and professional development as secular schools through clubs and organizations, athletics, performing arts, Greek Life, and community service.

Online Christian Colleges also offer students opportunities to participate in clubs and organizations, via online forums or in the local community. Below you’ll find a helpful list of the many options available to students who attend Christian colleges:

Student Life Possibilities
Clubs and Organizations
  • Student Government
  • Journalism groups (college newspaper, yearbook, blogs, etc.)
  • Athletics (football, baseball, cheerleading, martial arts, etc.)
  • Christian Fellowship
  • Academic clubs (computer science, math, literature, etc.)
  • Cultural community (ASL, Chinese, African American, Latino, Jewish,etc.)
  • Performance groups (improve, theatre, dance, choir, etc.)
Student Housing
  • Co-ed residence halls (dorms) and apartments
  • Gender specific residence halls (dorms) and apartments
Religions and Spiritual Life
  • On-campus churches and chapels
  • Off-campus local churches and chapels
  • Convocation
  • Music worship groups (choirs/bands for church/chapel and community services)
  • Religious/spiritual life offices (where students can learn more about spiritual life opportunities)
  • Agape Centers (Christian community centers)
  • Student-run faith-based clubs
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Young adult/youth groups
Mission Opportunities
  • Study abroad/international community and ministry outreach
  • National community and ministry outreach (travel to areas within the country, but outside of your area)
  • Local community and ministry outreach (volunteer with an organization in your area)
  • Religious-affiliated internships and apprenticeships

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