Christian Universities Online Publishes Ranking of Top 50 Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017

DURHAM, N.C., March 2, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (, has published a ranking of the Top 50 Mission Minded Christian Colleges and Universities for 2017.

For this ranking, members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or schools that could be considered member eligible were evaluated for degree programs in the fields of communications and journalism.

Christian Universities Online then collected publicly available data in the following three categories:

1) number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in missions,

2) number of intern and service opportunities in missions

3) the degree to which the school’s website is mission-focused

Weights were assigned to each of these categories with the category of the number of degree programs having a slightly higher weight than the other categories.

Abilene Christian University of Abilene, Texas, claimed the top spot on the list. Biola University in La Mirada, California, and George Fox University of Newberg, Oregon, complete the top three.

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

  1. Anderson University - SC Anderson, South Carolina
  2. Asbury University - Wilmore, Kentucky
  3. Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, California
  4. Belhaven University - Jackson, Mississippi
  5. Bethel College-IN - Mishawaka, Indiana
  6. Bethel University - St. Paul, Minnesota
  7. Bob Jones University - Greenville, South Carolina
  8. Crown College - Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota
  9. Dallas Baptist University - Dallas, Texas
  10. Eastern University - Saint Davids, Pennsylvania
  11. Evangel University - Springfield, Missouri
  12. Fresno Pacific University - Fresno, California
  13. Grand Canyon University - Phoenix, Arizona
  14. Harding University - Searcy, Arkansas
  15. Houghton College - Houghton, New York
  16. Howard Payne University - Brownwood, Texas
  17. Huntington University - Huntington, Indiana
  18. Indiana Wesleyan University - Marion, Indiana
  19. Judson University - Elgin, Illinois
  20. LeTourneau University - Longview, Texas
  21. Liberty University - Lynchburg, Virginia
  22. Malone University - Canton, Ohio
  23. Messiah College - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
  24. Montreat College - Montreat, North Carolina
  25. Mount Vernon Nazarene University - Mount Vernon, Ohio
  26. Northwest Christian University - Eugene, Oregon
  27. Northwest Nazarene University - Nampa, Idaho
  28. Northwest University - Kirkland, Washington
  29. Nyack College - Nyack, New York
  30. Oklahoma Baptist University - Shawnee, Oklahoma
  31. Oklahoma Christian University - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  32. Oklahoma Wesleyan University - Bartlesville, Oklahoma
  33. Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, Illinois
  34. Oral Roberts University - Tulsa, Oklahoma
  35. Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach, Florida
  36. Regent University - Virginia Beach, Virginia
  37. San Diego Christian College - Santee, California
  38. Seattle Pacific University - Seattle, Washington
  39. Southwest Baptist University - Bolivar, Missouri
  40. The Master’s University - Santa Clarita, California
  41. Toccoa Falls College - Toccoa, Georgia
  42. Trinity International University - Deerfield, Illinois
  43. Union University - Jackson, Tennessee
  44. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor - Belton, Texas
  45. University of Mobile - Prichard, Alabama
  46. Waynesburg University - Waynesburg, Pennsylvania
  47. Wheaton College - Wheaton, Illinois

Anna-Rebekah Orr, site editor, states that the goal of the ranking is to highlight schools that demonstrate a commitment to missions as an integral part of their institutional identity and academic programs. Orr goes on to say, “In light of the Great Commission, we believe that the value and relevance of training in missions continues on indefinitely. Christian institutions of higher education are tasked with preparing students for mission work now as much as ever. This ranking will be a useful guide for students who are interested in pursuing the long-term goal of becoming a missionary.”

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.


Michael Templeton, editor

Christian Universities Online

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