The editors at Lord’s Library have compiled this list of the best Christian colleges in Kansas to save you the search.
Searching for the best Christian colleges in Kansas can involve a fair bit of research with a number of options across the state. According to Pew Research Center’s 2014 Religious Landscape Study, the religious composition of Christian adults in the state is 76 percent. Kansas’ Christian higher learning landscape includes colleges and universities with varying degrees of religious study, as well as dedicated Bible colleges for a scripture-first approach.
Choosing the institution that is right for you will largely depend on your spiritual and educational goals. It’s with this in mind that our editors assembled this list of the best Christian colleges in Kansas to consider. Each entry includes the school’s location and a brief “From the institution” description to give you a high-level overview of the college and save you time. Simply click the college name or logo to go direct to the institution’s website if you want to learn more.
Note: The best Christian colleges in Kansas are ranked in alphabetical order.
The Best Christian Colleges in Kansas
Location: Haviland, KS
From the institution: “The mission of Barclay College is to prepare students in a Bible-centered environment for effective Christian life, service, and leadership. Barclay College is a Christian institution of higher education that challenges students to explore, understand, and acquire the skills necessary to respond to the call of God to go into all the world with the gospel. To help accomplish this, Barclay College strives for academic and spiritual excellence by providing an environment that encourages higher levels of inquiry and learning.”
Location: Atchison, KS
From the institution: “As a Catholic college, Benedictine College is committed to those beliefs and natural principles that form the framework of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and it is committed further to those specific matters of faith of the Roman Catholic tradition, as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ and handed down in the teachings of the Church. The college embraces students and faculty from all faiths who accept its goals, seeking in its members a personal commitment to the ideals and principles of a spiritual life and the expression of these in worship and action.”
Location: North Newton, KS
From the institution: “As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning. You’ll consistently find Bethel recognized in national rankings for return on investment, liberal arts education and service to the community. Sure, the facts and figures make Bethel different from any other Kansas college, but what does a national publication really know about what’s important to you in choosing a college? Maybe you can better relate to what our students say and how Bethel alumni are succeeding in their careers.”
Location: McPherson, KS
From the institution: “Central Christian College aspires to provide a transformative educational experience rooted in Christ and focused on providing a Christ-Centered Education for Character to any person desiring to become a faithful steward of heart, mind, soul, and strength. Central Christian College of Kansas began on the plains of Nebraska as Orleans Seminary. Free Methodist preacher Reverend C. M. Damon, and his wife started the school for all grade levels from elementary school through college.”
Location: Wichita, KS
From the institution: “Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives. Friends University will provide excellent learning experiences, nationally recognized programs, and a focus on transformative education that places a special value on each person, cultivating a new generation of Christ-like leaders.”
Location: Overland Park, KS
From the institution: “Formerly known as Kansas City College and Bible School, KCC has been training men and women for service in the Kingdom of God since 1938. By offering a variety of ministry-related degrees in religion, business, education, music and general studies, we fulfill our mission “to develop servant leaders who know God, who have a passion for holiness of heart, and who are inspired and prepared for a lifetime of learning and kingdom service.”
Location: Manhattan, KS
From the institution: “Manhattan Christian College pleads for the unity of all believers on the common ground of commitment and obedience to the lordship of Christ. Believing that creeds of men, however correct, perpetuate sectarianism and create division within the church when made tests of fellowship, we have no creed except faith in Jesus as the Christ, God’s Son and humankind’s Savior. It is our desire to call all people of all nations to faith and obedience to Him as revealed in scripture.”
Location: Olathe, KS
From the institution: “As a Christian, evangelical university we believe Jesus Christ is Lord and the final authority for our faith and our lives. Thus every aspect of university activity, from instruction to student life to business practices, flow from this truth. All students, whether traditional, professional and graduate, commuter or online, are encouraged to find spiritual growth and fulfillment at MNU. While MNU is one of 11 Nazarene institutions of higher education in North America, our community is diverse and represents 44 denominations and six different religions.”
Location: Ottawa, KS
From the institution: “Building on its foundation as a Christ-inspired community of grace and open inquiry, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment, and service to God and humanity. By 2020, Ottawa University will be positioned as a distinctive and rapidly expanding institution known for its innovative educational models, exceptional value, and special ability to prepare diverse student populations for lifetimes of enlightened faith, exemplary service, inspired leadership, and personal significance.”
Location: Sterling, KS
From the institution: “Sterling College is a Christ-centered, four-year college located in Sterling, Kansas, with a mission to develop creative and thoughtful leaders who understand a maturing Christian faith. Founded in 1887 as Cooper Memorial College, Sterling embraces an emerging vision to serve God’s world through training servant leaders and the development of future leaders through strategic partnerships.”
Location: Hillsboro, KS
From the institution: “This is a wonderful place and I am honored to serve this college, its students and alumni. Here at Tabor we strive to prepare people for a life of learning, work, and service for Christ and His kingdom. This mission is accomplished by giving students a decidedly Christian education. It is what sets us apart and fosters the growth and strength we cherish here at Tabor College.”