The Most Selective Christian Colleges in the Nation

Wheaton College

Wheaton College

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Student Selectivity is the final of the four categories that are calculated as a part of the overall Faith on View Christian College RankingsPrestige,  Student Satisfaction & Success, and Faculty Resources were previously published. Below is the methodological description of this category for most selective Christian colleges in the U.S. . For other aspects of the full study please consult the methodology page.

Student Selectivity

Student selectivity is an important part of ranking a college. But, student selectivity should be broadly understood. The pedagogical concern in this section is how bright, motivated, and prepared students are to pursue college level work not how many students are not admitted. As a result while the acceptance rate is a part of the calculation here, more important are standardized test scores and student success in high school.

There are five institutions that rank in the top 20 of all four categories: 

Pepperdine University, Wheaton College, Thomas Aquinas College, Westmont College, and Providence College.

Thomas Aquinas has finished first in two categories while Wheaton and Pepperdine have each finished first in one.


Top 20 Christian Colleges in Student Selectivity
Rank     Score     College                                                  Location                        Undergrad Enrollment (Total)
1.100Wheaton CollegeWheaton, IL2433 (3069)
2.97Patrick Henry CollegePercellville, VA405
3.94Baylor UniversityWaco, TX12,575 (15,029)
4.93Pepperdine UniversityMalibu, CA3474 (7539)
5.90Christendom CollegeFront Royal, VA388 (388+)
5.90Thomas Aquinas CollegeSanta Paula, CA358
7.89Le Tourneau UniversityLongview, TX2591 (2950)
7.89Westmont CollegeSanta Barbara, CA1337 (1341)
9.88Berea CollegeBerea, KY1661
9.88Union UniversityJackson, TN2875 (4007)
9.88University of DallasIrving, TX1356 (2725)
12.87Belmont UniversityNashville, TN5004 (6395)
12.87Providence CollegeProvidence, RI4174 (4769)
12.87Taylor UniversityUpland, IN2286 (2422)
15.86Franciscan University of SteubenvilleSteubenville, OH2131 (2823)
15.86Hope CollegeHolland, MI3249
15.86The King’s CollegeNew York, NY465
15.86Mercer UniversityMacon, GA4404 (8329)
15.86Messiah CollegeMechanicsburg, PA2805 (2976)
15.86Point Loma Nazarene UniversitySan Diego, CA2376 (3251)
15.86Samford UniversityBirmingham, AL2950 (4758)


Complete Rankings


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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