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

DURHAM, N.C., March 15, 2023 /PRNewswire |   Is Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas the most beautiful Christian college/universities in the U.S.A.?

Good question.

Dallas Baptist University

In response, a 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.

Located in the modern metropolis of north Texas, Dallas Baptist University is home to over 3,000 undergraduates. Founded in 1898, DBU sits on a sprawling 293-acre, suburban campus. Featuring beautiful, classic revival architecture, one of DBU’s most stunning buildings is their Patty and Bo Pilgrim Chapel. A six year building project that was completed in 2012, the structure features in impressively beautiful, high church steeple. DBU’s campus is well laid out and fits well with its natural surroundings. Dotted with deciduous trees and shrubs, DBU’s campus is set against a wooded area and two lakes and O’Guinn Creek sit on opposite sides of the campus.

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.


Michael Templeton, editor

Christian Universities Online

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