August 20, 2013

The Most Selective Christian Colleges in the Nation

Rondall Reynoso
Wheaton College
Wheaton College

**Click HERE to see current rankings**

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. 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)


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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