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13 Jan, 2016

50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the U.S.

DURHAM, N.C., Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/), has published a ranking of the 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the United States for 2016:  http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/most-beautiful-christian-colleges-2016/

Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA claimed the top spot on the list. Grove City College in Grove City, PA and Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, OK were ranked second and third respectively.

The remaining 47 schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):

1 Asbury University – Wilmore, KY

2 Belhaven University – Jackson, MS

3 Bethel College – Mishawaka, IN

4 Bethel University – St. Paul, MN

5 Bluefield College – Bluefield, VA

6 Bluffton University – Bluffton, OH

7 Bryan College – Dayton, TN

8 California Baptist University – Riverside, CA

9 Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI

10 Campbellsville University – Campbellsville, KY

11 Carson-Newman University – Jefferson City, TN

12 Cedarville University – Cedarville, OH

13 Charleston Southern University – Charleston, SC

14 College of the Ozarks – Point Lookout, MO

15 Colorado Christian University – Lakewood, CO

16 Concordia University Irvine – Irvine, CA

17 Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, TX

18 Dordt College – Sioux Center, IA

19 East Texas Baptist University – Marshall, TX

20 Eastern Nazarene College – Quincy, MA

21 Eastern University – St. Davids, PA

22 Emmanuel College – Franklin Springs, GA

23 Erskine College – Due West, SC

24 Evangel University – Springfield, MO

25 Faulkner University – Montgomery, AL

26 Geneva College – Beaver Falls, PA

27 Hardin-Simmons University – Abilene, TX

28 Judson University – Elgin, IL

29 Mississippi College – Clinton, MS

30 Mount Vernon Nazarene University – Mount Vernon, OH

31 Northwestern College – Orange City, IA

32 Oklahoma Baptist University – Shawnee, OK

33 Olivet Nazarene University – Bourbonnais, IL

34 Oral Roberts University – Tulsa, OK

35 Regent University – Virginia Beach, VA

36 Shorter University – Rome, GA

37 Simpson University – Redding, CA

38 Southeastern University – Lakeland, FL

39 Sterling College – Sterling, KS

40 Union University – Jackson, TN

41 University of Mobile – Mobile, AL

42 University of Northwestern – St. Paul, MN

43 Warner University – Lake Wales, FL

44 Waynesburg University – Waynesburg, PA

45 Wheaton College – Wheaton, IL

46 Whitworth University – Spokane, WA

47 York College – York, NE

All schools in the ranking are members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU), or eligible for membership. Each of these schools was evaluated and scored based on the continuity of the campus, architectural style, signature building(s), and natural setting. The total score from these factors was then used to rank the schools.

Anna Rebekah Orr, editor at Christian Colleges Online, states that when it comes to a student’s decision regarding which school to attend, there are a multitude of factors to consider. “At CUO we understand that not all of these factors are a matter of crunching numbers. This ranking focuses purely on location and aesthetics rather than facts and figures.” Orr points out that the natural surroundings, layout, and beauty of the campus are important factors to consider when students are making decisions about which college to attend.

Christian Universities Online is an independent 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 provides many other resources for finding, getting into, and paying for a quality Christian education.