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Top Consensus Ranked Schools 2019

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Best Christian Colleges Universities 2019

The College Consensus ranking of the Best Christian Colleges combines the published rankings of a wide selection of trusted media outlets, with the more trustworthy student review sites, to determine the overall most highly regarded Christ-centered* schools (see also: Best Online Christian Colleges & Universities). Christian students of all denominations often find that a college experience rooted in their faith is the right choice for them, and with College Consensus’ all-encompassing method, prospective students can trust that their choice passes muster with the experts and the students alike.

(*As defined by the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities.)

How Do We Make Our Ranking of the Best Christian Colleges?

College Consensus takes an innovative approach to college rankings, combining data from the most reputable college ranking publishers with the most legit student reviews available. The Consensus uses established rankings such as U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and WalletHub to create the Publisher Rating. The Student Review Rating combines stats from Cappex, Niche, Unigo, and more. Together, they all add up to the Consensus Rating, one number to represent them all for a comprehensive, aggregate ranking.

American Christianity is a highly diverse, multi-faceted creature, with hundreds of denominations, and the higher education landscape dotted with Christian colleges and universities just like the real landscape is dotted with churches. Small and large, Christian colleges run the gamut, including schools rooted in the liberal arts, universities focused on research and professional education, and colleges dedicated to building an ethical, service-oriented workforce. For Christian students who find that an education in a Christian setting fits their needs, the College Consensus Best Christian Colleges ranking gives direction and focus to a search that could range near and far.

What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?

As an innovative, aggregate ranking, College Consensus crosses all kinds of boundaries, treating students who have experienced college life with the same seriousness as the published experts who dominate college rankings. The Consensus method is designed to give the full view of the landscape, taking into consideration the voices of all of higher education’s stakeholders. With College Consensus, students can trust that they’re getting the facts, and nothing but the facts, converted into the most unbiased, comprehensive ranking yet. Read more about the College Consensus methodology on the About page.

Note: The Top Consensus Ranked Christian Colleges are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.

1

Calvin College
Grand Rapids, MI

Chapel exterior.2
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
74.5
College Consensus
70.6
Publisher Consensus
78.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

2

College of the Ozarks
Point Lookout, MO

Ozarks
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
72.8
College Consensus
77.6
Publisher Consensus
67.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

3

Samford University
Birmingham, AL

Samford
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.8
College Consensus
68.7
Publisher Consensus
74.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

4

Northwestern College
Orange City, IA

Northwestern College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71.1
College Consensus
63.3
Publisher Consensus
79
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

5

John Brown University
Siloam Springs, AR

John Brown University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
71
College Consensus
61.9
Publisher Consensus
80.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

6

Howard Payne University
Brownwood, TX

Howard Payne
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.7
College Consensus
57.9
Publisher Consensus
83.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

7

Dordt College
Sioux Center, IA

Dordt College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
70.5
College Consensus
71.6
Publisher Consensus
69.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

8

Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA

Pepperdine University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
68.4
College Consensus
63.1
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

9

San Diego Christian College
Santee, CA

San Diego Christian College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.2
College Consensus
62.4
Publisher Consensus
72.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

10

Huntington University
Huntington, IN

Huntington University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
67.2
College Consensus
57.9
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

11

Baylor University
Waco, TX

Baylor University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.9
College Consensus
59.1
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

12

Asbury University
Wilmore, KY

Asbury University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.7
College Consensus
57.1
Publisher Consensus
76.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

13

Oklahoma Baptist University
Shawnee, OK

OKBU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.5
College Consensus
61.2
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

14

Covenant College
Lookout Mountain, GA

Covenant College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.3
College Consensus
49.5
Publisher Consensus
83.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

15

Kuyper College
Grand Rapids, MI

Kuyper Campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66.1
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
83.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

16

Bethel University (MN)
Saint Paul, MN

Bethel University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
66
College Consensus
58.4
Publisher Consensus
73.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

17

Harding University
Searcy, AR

Harding U
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.6
College Consensus
56.9
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

18

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion
Marion, IN

IWU
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.5
College Consensus
55.9
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

19

Messiah College
Mechanicsburg, PA

Messiah College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.5
College Consensus
59.2
Publisher Consensus
71.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

20

MidAmerica Nazarene University
Olathe, KS

MidAmerica Nazarene University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.5
College Consensus
48.7
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

21

Point Loma Nazarene University
San Diego, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.4
College Consensus
58.9
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

22

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

biola chapel
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
46.7
Publisher Consensus
83.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

23

LeTourneau University
Longview, TX

Letourneau University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.3
College Consensus
58.6
Publisher Consensus
72
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

24

Arizona Christian University
Phoenix, AZ

Arizona Christian University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.2
College Consensus
51.4
Publisher Consensus
78.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

25

Columbia International University
Columbia, SC

CIU library
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.1
College Consensus
57.3
Publisher Consensus
72.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

26

Franciscan University of Steubenville
Steubenville, OH

Franciscan University of Steubenville
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65.1
College Consensus
55.8
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

27

California Baptist University
Riverside, CA

California baptist University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
65
College Consensus
50.7
Publisher Consensus
79.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

28

George Fox University
Newberg, OR

George Fox University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.8
College Consensus
53.5
Publisher Consensus
76
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

29

Bethel College-Indiana
Mishawaka, IN

Bethel College Indiana
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.6
College Consensus
52.7
Publisher Consensus
76.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

30

Northwest Nazarene University
Nampa, ID

NNU campus
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.4
College Consensus
46.4
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

31

Abilene Christian University
Abilene, TX

Abilene Christian University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
54.2
Publisher Consensus
74.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

32

Fresno Pacific University
Fresno, CA

Fresno Pacific University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
49.2
Publisher Consensus
79.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

33

Corban University
Salem, OR

Corban College clock tower valley view
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
64.2
College Consensus
45.4
Publisher Consensus
82.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

34

Grace College and Theological Seminary
Winona Lake, IN

Grace Lakeside 1
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.9
College Consensus
47
Publisher Consensus
80.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

35

Crown College
Saint Bonifacius, MN

Crown College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.6
College Consensus
49.2
Publisher Consensus
78
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

36

Northwest Christian University
Eugene, OR

Northwest Christian University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.3
College Consensus
44.4
Publisher Consensus
82.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

37

Houghton College
Houghton, NY

Houghton college
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.3
College Consensus
52.8
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

38

Northwest University
Kirkland, WA

Northwest University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
63.2
College Consensus
47.7
Publisher Consensus
78.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

39

East Texas Baptist University
Marshall, TX

East Texas Baptist Univesity Marshall Hall
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.9
College Consensus
53.8
Publisher Consensus
71.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

40

Campbell University
Buies Creek, NC

Campbell University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.6
College Consensus
55.5
Publisher Consensus
69.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

41

Gordon College
Wenham, MA

Gordon College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62.4
College Consensus
49.6
Publisher Consensus
75.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

42

Anderson University (IN)
Anderson, IN

Anderson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
62
College Consensus
49.7
Publisher Consensus
74.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

43

Geneva College
Beaver Falls, PA

geneva college
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.9
College Consensus
52.5
Publisher Consensus
71.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

44

Mississippi College
Clinton, MS

Mississippi College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.6
College Consensus
54.4
Publisher Consensus
68.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

45

Point University
West Point, GA

Point University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61.5
College Consensus
47.7
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

46

Judson University
Elgin, IL

Judson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
61
College Consensus
48.3
Publisher Consensus
73.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

47

Eastern University
Saint Davids, PA

Eastern University e1521941961300
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.9
College Consensus
53.1
Publisher Consensus
68.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

48

Malone University
Canton, OH

Malone University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.6
College Consensus
46.1
Publisher Consensus
75
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

49

Friends University
Wichita, KS

friends university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
43.2
Publisher Consensus
77.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

50

Palm Beach Atlantic University
West Palm Beach, FL

Palm Beach Atlantic University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
48.6
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

51

Carson-Newman University
Jefferson City, TN

Carson Newman University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
50
Publisher Consensus
71
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

52

Seattle Pacific University
Seattle, WA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.5
College Consensus
46.9
Publisher Consensus
74
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

53

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Mount Vernon, OH

Mount Vernon Nazarene University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.3
College Consensus
46.8
Publisher Consensus
73.8
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

54

Hardin-Simmons University
Abilene, TX

Hardin Simmons University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.2
College Consensus
47.2
Publisher Consensus
73.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

55

Cairn University-Langhorne
Langhorne, PA

bookcase books bookshelves 1850021
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.2
College Consensus
49
Publisher Consensus
71.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

56

Olivet Nazarene University
Bourbonnais, IL

Olivet Nazarene University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.1
College Consensus
49.5
Publisher Consensus
70.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

57

Hope International University
Fullerton, CA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.1
College Consensus
44.1
Publisher Consensus
76.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

58

Evangel University
Springfield, MO

Evangel University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60.1
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
75.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

59

Montreat College
Montreat, NC

montreat
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
60
College Consensus
43.7
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

60

Anderson University (SC)
Anderson, SC

Anderson University sc
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.8
College Consensus
43.7
Publisher Consensus
75.9
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

61

Kentucky Christian University
Grayson, KY

Kentucky Christian University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.7
College Consensus
44.3
Publisher Consensus
75.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

62

Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, TX

Dallas Baptist University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.6
College Consensus
43
Publisher Consensus
76.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

63

Simpson University
Redding, CA

Simpson University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.5
College Consensus
41.7
Publisher Consensus
77.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

64

Azusa Pacific University
Azusa, CA

Azusa Pacific University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.3
College Consensus
45.6
Publisher Consensus
73
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

65

North Greenville University
Tigerville, SC

North Greenville University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59.2
College Consensus
44.2
Publisher Consensus
74.2
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

66

Roberts Wesleyan College
Rochester, NY

Roberts Wesleyan College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
59
College Consensus
51.9
Publisher Consensus
66.1
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

67

North Park University
Chicago, IL

North Park University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.9
College Consensus
50.3
Publisher Consensus
67.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

68

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
Belton, TX

University Mary Hardin Baylor
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.7
College Consensus
44.9
Publisher Consensus
72.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

69

Oral Roberts University
Tulsa, OK

oral roberts university college of theology and ministry
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
58.4
College Consensus
47.8
Publisher Consensus
69
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

70

Bluefield College
Bluefield, VA

Bluefield College
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.9
College Consensus
42.5
Publisher Consensus
73.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

71

Missouri Baptist University
Saint Louis, MO

missouri baptist
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.8
College Consensus
40.3
Publisher Consensus
75.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

72

Oklahoma Christian University
Edmond, OK

OK christian
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.5
College Consensus
42.4
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

73

Lipscomb University
Nashville, TN

Lipscomb University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.5
College Consensus
44.3
Publisher Consensus
70.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

74

Southeastern University
Lakeland, FL

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
57.5
College Consensus
40.3
Publisher Consensus
74.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

75

Cornerstone University
Grand Rapids, MI

Cornerstone University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
56.4
College Consensus
40.4
Publisher Consensus
72.5
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

76

Regent University
Virginia Beach, VA

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AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.8
College Consensus
40
Publisher Consensus
71.6
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

77

North Central University
Minneapolis, MN

North Central University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.7
College Consensus
38.7
Publisher Consensus
72.7
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

78

Southwest Baptist University
Bolivar, MO

southwest baptist university
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
55.1
College Consensus
37.8
Publisher Consensus
72.4
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

79

Houston Baptist University
Houston, TX

Houston Baptist University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.8
College Consensus
44.5
Publisher Consensus
65
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019

80

Charleston Southern University
Charleston, SC

Charleston Southern University
AVG: 0 AVG: 0
54.5
College Consensus
41.7
Publisher Consensus
67.3
Student Consensus
Last Accessed: May, 2019