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2017 Top Christian Colleges by Return on Investment

Listed below are the ten highest-ranked members of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) in The Student Loan Report's 2017 Student Debt Repayment Success Indicator (SDRSI) report on American colleges and universities. The SDRSI is calculated using three metrics: Early Career Pay, Student Debt Per Borrower, and Default Rate. You can read their methodology and see the complete rankings on StudentLoans.net.

The Student Loan Report explains SDRSI this way:

A larger value indicates a greater chance of success in student loan repayment. In other words, graduates from schools with high SDRSI scores tend to have higher salaries, lower debt, and fellow alumni are typically also successful in repayment as shown by low default rates. A lower value, on the other hand, means that graduates are more likely to face difficulty in repayment due to lower pay and high debt, on average, as well as the tendency of fellow alumni to struggle with their student debt.

Based on this description, we feel that it's fair to describe this as one way to measure financial return on investment for graduates.

1. George Fox University
Rank: 105
SDRSI: 2.05
Early Career Pay: $49,700
Debt Per Borrower: $23,633
Default Rate: 2.54%
Newberg, Oregon
Denominational Affiliation: Evangelical Friends
Athletic Association: NCAA D3
georgefox.edu

2. Dallas Baptist University
Rank: 157
SDSRI: 1.84
Early Career Pay: $46,200
Debt Per Borrower: $23,811
Default Rate: 5.28%
Dallas, Texas
Denominational Affiliation: Baptist
Athletic Association: NCAA D2
dbu.edu

3. Seattle Pacific University
Rank: 249
SDSRI: 1.63
Early Career Pay: $47,200
Debt Per Borrower: $28,149
Default Rate: 2.59%
Seattle, Washington
Denominational Affiliation: Free Methodist
Athletic Association: NCAA D2
spu.edu

4. Wheaton College
Rank: 255
SDSRI: 1.62
Early Career Pay: $43,300
Debt Per Borrower: $26,593
Default Rate: 0.37%
Wheaton, Illinois
Denominational Affiliation: Christian interdenominational
Athletic Association: NCAA D3
wheaton.edu

5. Harding University
Rank: 262
SDSRI: 1.61
Early Career Pay: $42,200
Debt Per Borrower: $25,295
Default Rate: 3.42%
Searcy, Arkansas
Denominational Affiliation: Churches of Christ
Athletic Association: NCAA D2
harding.edu

6. Whitworth University
Rank: 272
SDRSI: 1.59
Early Career Pay: $42,300
Debt Per Borrower: $26,132
Default Rate: 1.88%
Spokane, Washington
Denominational Affiliation: Presbyterian Church (USA)
Athletic Association: NCAA D3
whitworth.edu

7. Houston Baptist University
Rank: 275
SDSRI: 1.59
Early Career Pay: $49,200
Debt Per Borrower: $29,122
Default Rate: 6.16%
Houston, Texas
Denominational Affiliation: Baptist General Association of Virginia
Athletic Association: NCAA D1
hbu.edu

8. John Brown University
Rank: 277
SDSRI: 1.58
Early Career Pay: $38,900
Debt Per Borrower: $23,695
Default Rate: 3.92%
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Denominational Affiliation: Christian interdenominational
Athletic Association: NAIA
jbu.edu

9. King University
Rank: 379
SDSRI: 1.44
Early Career Pay: $35,300
Debt Per Borrower: $22,607
Default Rate: 7.75%
Bristol, Tennessee
Denominational Affiliation: Presbyterian
Athletic Association: NCAA D2
king.edu

10. Indiana Wesleyan University
Rank: 385
SDSRI: 1.44
Early Career Pay: $44,000
Debt Per Borrower: $29,298
Default Rate: 4.38%
Marion, Indiana
Denominational Affiliation: Wesleyan Church
Athletic Association: NAIA
indwes.edu

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