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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 Rankings. Prestige, 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 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.||100||Wheaton College||Wheaton, IL||2433 (3069)|
|2.||97||Patrick Henry College||Percellville, VA||405|
|3.||94||Baylor University||Waco, TX||12,575 (15,029)|
|4.||93||Pepperdine University||Malibu, CA||3474 (7539)|
|5.||90||Christendom College||Front Royal, VA||388 (388+)|
|5.||90||Thomas Aquinas College||Santa Paula, CA||358|
|7.||89||Le Tourneau University||Longview, TX||2591 (2950)|
|7.||89||Westmont College||Santa Barbara, CA||1337 (1341)|
|9.||88||Berea College||Berea, KY||1661|
|9.||88||Union University||Jackson, TN||2875 (4007)|
|9.||88||University of Dallas||Irving, TX||1356 (2725)|
|12.||87||Belmont University||Nashville, TN||5004 (6395)|
|12.||87||Providence College||Providence, RI||4174 (4769)|
|12.||87||Taylor University||Upland, IN||2286 (2422)|
|15.||86||Franciscan University of Steubenville||Steubenville, OH||2131 (2823)|
|15.||86||Hope College||Holland, MI||3249|
|15.||86||The King’s College||New York, NY||465|
|15.||86||Mercer University||Macon, GA||4404 (8329)|
|15.||86||Messiah College||Mechanicsburg, PA||2805 (2976)|
|15.||86||Point Loma Nazarene University||San Diego, CA||2376 (3251)|
|15.||86||Samford University||Birmingham, AL||2950 (4758)|