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Five top Christian universities and seminaries

Florida Beach Boardwalk © D.P. Clarke
Florida Beach Boardwalk © D.P. Clarke
Florida Beach Boardwalk © D.P. Clarke

Every spring break Cocoa Beach, Fla. is invaded by college students on a last hiatus before settling down to take final exams. Finishing college is a milestone in a persons life, and graduations are about to begin. High school graduations on the other hand, launch young adults into a world where they must decide whether or not attending college is for them. As the class of 2014 heads out into the world, hopefully they have already chosen the next rung in the ladder of their education. Selection of a college should have begun before they entered their senior year in high school. So, now is the time for the class of 2015 to start thinking about it.

The following list compares five outstanding Christian schools. They are not necessarily the best in the nation and are not ranked accordingly. Selection of them to include in this list is simply based on the fact that they have already established a good reputation in the field of academics. Taken into consideration, among other things, are curricula, class size, and athletics. The list includes three universities and two seminaries. All of them offer financial aid to students. And, since they all have a visitation policy, during the summer would be a good time to check them out.

1. Columbia International University – To Know Him and to Make Him Known
Founded: 1923
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
Campus Population: 1,284 with 17-1 student-teacher ratio
Curricula: Undergraduate, Graduate and Seminary programs available for Bachelor’s Degree; Master or Arts; Master of Divinity; Master of Education; and, Doctor of Education
Athletics: Yes

2. Dallas Theological Seminary – Teach Truth. Love Well.
Founded: 1924
Location: Dallas, Texas
Campus Population: 2,024
Masters Programs – Biblical Counseling; Biblical Exegesis & Linguistics; Christian Education; Christian Leadership; Cross-cultural Ministry; Media Arts & Worship; Master of Theology (ThM); Master of Divinity (MDiv); and, Master of Sacred Theology (STM)
Doctoral Programs – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD); Doctor of Ministry (DMin) – in English and Spanish; and, Doctor of Education Ministry (DEdMin)
Athletics: No

3. Liberty University – Training Champions for Christ Since 1971 (Largest Christian University in the world; 7th largest university in America)
Founded: 1971
Location: Lynchburg, Virginia
Class Size: 19-1 student-teacher ratio
Curricula: Over 315 programs including religion, psychology, education, business, and nursing
Athletics: Yes

4. Oral Roberts University – Make no Little Plans Here
Founded: 1963
Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Campus Population: 3,403 students with 16-1 student-teacher ratio
Curricula: College of Arts & Cultural Studies; College of Business; College of Education; College of Nursing; College of Science & Engineering; College of Theology & Ministry
Athletics: Yes

5. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
Founded: 1950
Location: Wake Forest, North Carolina
Campus Population: 3,000+
Curricula: 38 different programs with degrees ranging from Associate of Divinity to Doctor of Philosophy, including our flagship degree, the Master of Divinity.
Athletics: No

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