Top Christian Colleges Guide

Christian colleges ranked by Forbes, U.S. News and Princeton Review

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What are you looking for in a college education?

Academic challenge? Spiritual growth? A tight-knit community?
The opportunity to make a difference in the world?
All of the above are hallmarks of a Christian college education. Christian colleges strive to challenge your mind, foster your spirit and prepare you socially and professionally for life in the real world.

What's special about Christian colleges?

While all schools stress intellectual development, the majority of Christian colleges strive to give students an education that goes beyond textbooks: They also emphasize spiritual formation and the virtue of leading a responsible, ethical life. Christian colleges offer an integration of faith and learning not present at state schools, all while stressing the importance of social responsibility and service.

What about the quality of a Christian college education?

Christian colleges consistently rank high in annual college guides, earning top-tier spots in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings and in Forbes’ annual college guide. Academically, Christian schools offer a wide range of undergraduate, graduate and adult degree-completion degrees – 40 or more at many schools – and do so in small-class settings that allow for personal one-on-one attention from faculty who care about you as a person. In short, at a Christian college, you are more than simply a number.

How do I know if a Christian college is right for me?

Prospective students have a lot of factors to weigh when it comes to selecting a college, including personal, spiritual, professional, social, athletic and academic preferences. Among the questions to ask: What is the ethos of the university? What kind of financial aid is offered? What social and extracurricular activities are available? Do I like the location? These and many other questions are best answered by exploring a school’s website or visiting the school in person.

About Top Christian Colleges

Use us as a resource. Check out our listing of Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) members ranked by Forbes. Get a state-by-state listing of Forbes-ranked Christian schools and see how these schools are categorized by U.S. News & World Report. Click on the links we provide to learn more about specific schools. While this Web site lists just those CCCU members ranked by Forbes and categorized by U.S. News, there are many other great Christian colleges out there that might be right for you. 

About the Forbes Ranking

According to Forbes, its ranking system is designed to stress the outputs of a college education rather than the inputs stressed by the U.S. News & World Report college rankings. The Forbes ranking was rated No. 1 among college ranking systems by CBS MarketWatch.com, which states on its website that the Forbes’ ranking "comes the closest to actually measuring the quality of education at the nation’s best schools." Of all the college ranking systems, MarketWatch recommended one: Forbes’ "America’s Best Colleges." Read more about the Forbes criteria.