Top Christian Colleges Guide

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

Princeton Review Academic Rating (2013-2014)

The Princeton Review issues schools an academic rating that measures “how hard students work and how much they get back for their efforts.” A long list of factors go into this score, including student survey results, number of hours student study outside the classroom, quality of students the school attracts, student assessments of professors, class size, student-teacher ratio, and other factors. For more information about The Princeton Review’s academic rating, visit their website.

The following is a list of CCCU members that received an academic rating from The Princeton Review and ordered from highest to lowest. Where more than one school received the same score, they are listed in alphabetical order.

1. Westmont College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 91)
U.S. News Rank: National Liberal Arts Tier 1
Santa Barbara, California
Est. 1937
130-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian nondenominational
Athletic Association: NAIA
westmont.edu

2. Wheaton College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 89)
U.S. News Rank: National Liberal Arts Tier 1
Wheaton, Illinois
Est. 1860
80-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian nondenominational
Athletic Association: NCAA-III
wheaton.edu

3. Whitworth University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 88)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Universities (West) Tier 1
Spokane, Washington
Est. 1890
200-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Presbyterian Church in the United States
Athletic Association: NCAA-III
whitworth.edu

4. Gordon College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 87)
U.S. News Rank:National Liberal Arts Tier 1
Wenham, Massachusetts
Est. 1889
550-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: non-denominational
Athletic Association: NCAA-III
gordon.edu

5. Calvin College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 86)
U.S. News Rank: National Liberal Arts Tier 1
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Est. 1876
400-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian Reformed
Athletic Association: NCAA-III
calvin.edu

5. George Fox University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 86)
U.S. News Rank: National Universities Tier 1
Newberg, Oregon
Est. 1891
108-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Friends
Athletic Association: NCAA-III
georgefox.edu

5. Houghton College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 86)
U.S. News Rank: National Liberal Arts Tier 1
Houghton, New York
Est. 1883
Denominational Affiliation: Wesleyan Church
1,300-acre campus
Athletic Association: NAIA
houghton.edu

6. Azusa Pacific University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 84)
U.S. News Rank: National Universities Tier 1
Azusa, California
Est. 1899
103-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian Interdenominational
Athletic Association: NCAA-II
apu.edu

6. Covenant College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 84)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (South) Tier 1
Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Est. 1955
300-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Presbyterian Church in America
Athletic Association: NCAA-III
covenant.edu

6. Oklahoma Baptist University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 84)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (West) Tier 1
Shawnee, Oklahoma
Est. 1910
200-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention
Athletic Association: NAIA
okbu.edu

7. Corban University   (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 83)
U.S. News Rank:Regional Colleges (West) Tier 1
Salem, Oregon
Est. 1935
140-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Baptist
Athletic Association: NAIA
corban.edu

8. Messiah College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 82)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (North) Tier 1
Grantham, Pennsylvania
Est. 1909
471-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian Interdenominational
Athletic Association: NCAA
messiah.edu

8. Northwestern College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 82)
U.S. News Rank:Regional Colleges (Midwest) Tier 1
Orange City, Iowa
Est. 1882
100-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Reformed Church in America
Athletic Association: NAIA
nwciowa.edu

9. Cedarville University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 81)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (Midwest) Tier 1
Cedarville, Ohio
Est. 1887
400-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Baptist
Athletic Association: NAIA
cedarville.edu

9. College of the Ozarks  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 81)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (Midwest) Tier 1
Point Lookout, Missouri
Est. 1906
1,000-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian Interdenominational
Athletic Association: NAIA
CofO.edu

9. Union University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 81)
U.S. News Rank:Regional Universities (South) Tier 1
Jackson, Tennessee
Est. 1823
360-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Southern Baptist
Athletic Association: NAIA
uu.edu

10. Samford University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 80)
U.S. News Rank:Regional Universities (South) Tier 1
Birmingham, Alabama
Est. 1841
180-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Alabama Baptist Convention
Athletic Association: NCAA
samford.edu

11. Dordt College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 79)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (Midwest) Tier 1
Sioux Center, Iowa
Est. 1955
115-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian Reformed
Athletic Association: NAIA
dordt.edu

12. Abilene Christian University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 78)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Universities (West) Tier 1
Abilene, Texas
Est. 1906
208-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Church of Christ
Athletic Association: NCAA-II
acu.edu

12. Anderson University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 78)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Universities (Midwest) Tier 1
Anderson, Indiana
Est. 1917
163-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Church of God
Athletic Association: NCAA-III
anderson.edu

12. Taylor University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 78)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (Midwest) Tier 1
Upland, Indiana
Est. 1846
952-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Christian Interdenominational
Athletic Association: NAIA
tayloru.edu

13. Huntington University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 77)
U.S. News Rank:Regional Colleges (Midwest) Tier 1
Huntington, Indiana
Est. 1897
170-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: United Brethren in Christ
Athletic Association: NAIA
huntington.edu

14. Oral Roberts University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 76)
U.S. News Rank:National Universities Tier 2
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Est. 1963
323-acre campus
Denominational Affilliation: Christian Interdenominational
Athletic Association: NCAA-I
oru.edu

15. Mississippi College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 74)
U.S. News Rank:Regional Universities (South) Tier 1
Clinton, Mississippi
Est. 1826
75-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Southern Baptist Convention
Athletic Association: NCAA
mc.edu

16. Seattle Pacific University  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 73)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Universities (West) Tier 1
Seattle, Washington
Est. 1891
43-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Free Methodist
Athletic Association: NCAA-II
spu.edu

17. Carson-Newman College  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 72)
U.S. News Rank: National Liberal Arts Tier 1
Jefferson City, Tennessee
Est. 1851
90-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Baptist
Athletic Association: NCAA-II
cn.edu

17. Vanguard University of Southern California  (Princeton Review Academic Rating score: 72)
U.S. News Rank: Regional Colleges (West) Tier 1
Costa Mesa, California
Est. 1920
40-acre campus
Denominational Affiliation: Assemblies of God
Athletic Association: NAIA
vanguard.edu

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