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)
1.100Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA3474 (7539)
2.96Wheaton CollegeWheaton, IL2433 (3069)
3.90Baylor UniversityWaco, TX12,575 (15,029)
3.90Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI3873 (3976)
3.90Thomas Aquinas CollegeSanta Paula, CA358
6.89Westmont CollegeSanta Barbara, CA1337 (1341)
7.86Berea CollegeBerea, KY1661
7.86Erskine CollegeDue West, SC560 (773)
9.84Providence CollegeProvidence, RI4174 (4769)
10.82The Master’s College & SeminarySanta Clarita, CA1177 (1596)
11.81University of DallasIrving, TX1356 (2725)
12.80.College of the OzarksPoint Lookout, MO1377
13.79Hope CollegeHolland, MI3249
13.79Samford UniversityBirmingham, AL2950 (4758)
15.77Gordon CollegeWenham, MA1573 (1898)
15.77Seattle Pacific UniversitySeattle, WA3194 (4167)
15.77Taylor UniversityUpland, IN2286 (2422)
18.76Biola UniversityLa Mirada, CA4272 (6251)
18.76Whitworth UniversitySpokane, WA2248 (2506)
20.75Ouachita Baptist UniversityArkadelphia, AR1594


Complete Rankings




Rondall Reynoso 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 PhD in Art History and Aesthetics from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. Rondall has shown his work in over 80 exhibitions internationally and his scholarship has been presented at conferences and published in both the U.S. and Canada.

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