The Most Prestigious Christian Colleges

Pepperdine University

Pepperdine University

I’ve been very pleased with the reception of the Faith on View Christian College Rankings. Several colleges have shared the findings and there have been almost 40,000 views on this site related to the rankings. I know for some sites that is peanuts but for this site that is some pretty good traffic.

There are four categories that go into the overall ranking score for “most prestigious Christian colleges” : Reputation; Student Success and Satisfaction; Faculty Resources; and Student Selectivity. I’ve planned for a while to post the leaders in each category but it fell into the cracks. I recently received an e-mail saying it would be great to sort the rankings by the separate categories. That is a bit of an arduous project and I am not sure how helpful it would be especially at the lower end of the rankings. But, I do think it would be helpful to list the top performers in each category. So, over the next few days I will be posting the top twenty in each category after which I will add those lists to the rankings page.

So here are the twenty top scoring schools when it comes to their reputation score:

Top 20 Christian Colleges by Reputation
Rank      Score      College                                                   Location                         Undergrad Enrollment (Total)
1. 100 Pepperdine University Malibu, CA 3474 (7539)
2. 96 Wheaton College Wheaton, IL 2433 (3069)
3. 90 Baylor University Waco, TX 12,575 (15,029)
3. 90 Calvin College  Grand Rapids, MI 3873 (3976)
3. 90 Thomas Aquinas College Santa Paula, CA 358
6. 89 Westmont College Santa Barbara, CA 1337 (1341)
7. 86 Berea College Berea, KY 1661
7. 86 Erskine College Due West, SC 560 (773)
9. 84 Providence College Providence, RI 4174 (4769)
10. 82 The Master’s College & Seminary Santa Clarita, CA 1177 (1596)
11. 81 University of Dallas Irving, TX 1356 (2725)
12. 80. College of the Ozarks Point Lookout, MO 1377
13. 79 Hope College Holland, MI 3249
13. 79 Samford University Birmingham, AL 2950 (4758)
15. 77 Gordon College Wenham, MA 1573 (1898)
15. 77 Seattle Pacific University Seattle, WA 3194 (4167)
15. 77 Taylor University Upland, IN 2286 (2422)
18. 76 Biola University La Mirada, CA 4272 (6251)
18. 76 Whitworth University Spokane, WA 2248 (2506)
20. 75 Ouachita Baptist University Arkadelphia, AR 1594


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Rondall Reynoso

Rondall is an artist, scholar, and speaker. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. He holds an MFA in Painting and an MS in Art History from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY and is completing a Ph.D. in Art History and Aesthetics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.

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