Christian Universities Online Publishes Ranking of 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017

Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (, has published a ranking of the 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017.

This ranking gave consideration to schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). The following four categories were evaluated for each school: 1) continuity of campus; 2) architectural style; 3) signature building(s); and 4) natural setting. Equal weight was given to each category to compute the final scores.

Placing first in this ranking is Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas, followed by Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, in second place, and Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, in third.

Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):

Belhaven University – Jackson, Mississippi

Bethel College (Indiana) – Mishawaka, Indiana

Bluefield College – Bluefield, Virginia

California Baptist University – Riverside, California

Calvin College – Grand Rapids, Michigan

Cedarville University – Cedarville, Ohio

Charleston Southern University – Charleston, South Carolina

College of the Ozarks – Point Lookout, Missouri

Colorado Christian University – Lakewood, Colorado

Concordia University Irvine – Irvine, California

Covenant College – Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Dordt College – Sioux Center, Iowa

East Texas Baptist University – Marshall, Texas

Erskine College – Due West, South Carolina

Evangel University – Springfield, Missouri

Faulkner University – Montgomery, Alabama

Geneva College – Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

George Fox University – Newberg, Oregon

Gordon College – Wenham, Massachusetts

Grove City College – Grove City, Pennsylvania

Hardin-Simmons University – Abilene, Texas

Houghton College – Houghton, New York

Houston Baptist University – Houston, Texas

Judson College (Alabama) – Marion, Alabama Judson

King University – Bristol, Tennessee

Lee University – Cleveland, Tennessee

Liberty University – Lynchburg, Virginia

Milligan College – Milligan College, Tennessee

Mississippi College – Clinton, Mississippi

Montreat College – Montreat, North Carolina

Mount Vernon Nazarene University – Mount Vernon, Ohio

Northwest Nazarene University – Nampa, Idaho

Northwestern College – Orange City, Iowa

Oklahoma Baptist University – Shawnee, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Wesleyan University – Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Regent University – Virginia Beach, Virginia

Shorter University – Rome, Georgia

Southeastern University – Lakeland, Florida

Spring Arbor University – Spring Arbor, Michigan

Taylor University – Upland, Indiana

Toccoa Falls College – Toccoa, Georgia

Trevecca Nazarene University – Nashville, Tennessee

Trinity Christian College – Palos Heights, Illinois

University of Mobile – Prichard, Alabama

University of Northwestern – St. Paul – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

Warner University – Lake Wales, Florida

Wheaton College – Wheaton, Illinois

Anna-Rebekah Orr, site editor at Christian Universities Online, states that the goal of the ranking is to draw attention to the physical surroundings and aesthetic value of campuses– a feature that is sometimes downplayed in the college search process. “While not a primary criteria when selecting a school, campus beauty cannot be entirely ignored,” says Orr, adding, “The decision of where to pursue a degree includes the evaluation of many different criteria. Reputation of programs, graduation rate, total cost are factors that are always on the table, but it is not unwise for prospective students to take campus atmosphere into consideration.”

Christian Universities Online ( is an online resource for students and families researching Christian higher education. The site publishes rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and many other resources for finding, getting into, and paying for a quality Christian education.