August 11, 2014

Top Christian Colleges 2014

Rondall Reynoso
Whitworth University
Whitworth University

Faith on View produces the original Christian College rankings. There is no other comprehensive ranking of Christian colleges and we employ the most thorough and measures based rankings of Christian Colleges available.  The rankings continue to expand and develop. in 2013 we ranked 191 schools which has grown to 208. Additionally, in 2013 the rankings were based on 14 measures while this year we used 16 measures to create the best ranking possible. (see our methodology)

It has been encouraging to see the reception the rankings have received. They been viewed by thousands of people who use them as a resource. The rankings were also cited in an Atlantic article and have been referenced in a promotional way on the websites of many colleges including Wheaton College, Dordt College, Northwestern College, Milligan College, and Shorter University. Other institution have shared the rankings with their Facebook communities.

And now, here are the rankings for 2014…

National Rankings

Rank    Score    Institution Location Undergrads (Grad.)
1. 920 Thomas Aquinas College.. Santa Paula, CA 370
2. 883 St. Olaf College Northfield, MN 3176
3. 858 Wheaton College Wheaton, IL 2508 (526)
4. 833 Hope College Holland, MI 3343
5. 823 Baylor University Waco, TX 12,918 (2446)
6. 815 Berea College Berea, KY 1658
7. 800 Providence College Providence, RI 4146 (526)
8. 795 Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI.. 3930 (78)
9. 793 Grove City College Grove City, PA 2506
10. 773 Samford University Birmingham, AL 2965 (1793)
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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  • Just Curious says:

    I did not see Notre Dame or Centenary (La.) on your list. Is there a reason that perhaps the best-known Catholic University in the nation and a Methodist school located within the state and very near the school of your former employ were not examined? Makes me wonder how many other schools you’ve failed to list. And if your response is that this is a big project, I agree. So don’t publish half-done findings.

    • Just Curious,

      I am familiar with Centenary College. And, while you are free to disagree the judgement was made that the Christian commitment at Centenary is qaulitatively different from the school we are ranking. It is described this way in the Ranking’s methodological statement.

      There are many schools which have religious affiliation but do not seem distinctively Christian. These rankings are seeking to rank schools which have Christianity as their core and are distinctively Christian, what the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities calls “Christ-centered higher education.”

      Notre Dame is a different story. As the methodolyg page notes this study began by taking schools from the CCCU, TRACS, and the Newman Guide. The Newman Guide was, and still is, the primary Catholic source. However, after being contacted by several people we have concluded that Notre Dame would be an appropriate school to add to the rankings and they should be added to next years rankings.

      Thank you for your feedback. It is appreciated.

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