The 7 Best Christian Colleges in Minnesota for 2024


The editors at Lord’s Library have compiled this list of the best Christian colleges in Minnesota to save you the search.

Searching for the best Christian colleges in Minnesota 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 74 percent. Minnesota’s 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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota are ranked in alphabetical order.

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The Best Christian Colleges in Minnesota

Bethany Lutheran CollegeBethany Lutheran College

Location: Mankato, MN

From the institution: “Bethany Lutheran College is a Christian liberal arts college owned and operated by the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The fifty-acre campus overlooks the Minnesota River Valley in Mankato, Minnesota, a community of approximately fifty thousand people. Bethany Lutheran College engages students with the saving knowledge of Christ and assists them in developing their God-given talents and abilities for meaningful lives of service in the family, church, and society. A program of study grounded in the liberal arts and taught through the discerning lens of a Christian worldview equips students with knowledge, understanding, and adaptable skills.”

Bethel UniversityBethel University

Location: Arden Hills, MN

From the institution: “At Bethel University, we’re committed to excellence. But here, excellence means something more. It means taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—for God’s glory and our neighbors’ good. Boldly informed and motivated by the Christian faith, Bethel University educates and energizes men and women for excellence in leadership, scholarship, and service. We prepare graduates to serve in strategic capacities to renew minds, live out biblical truth, transform culture, and advance the gospel.”

Crown CollegeCrown College

Location: St. Bonifacius, MN

From the institution: “A Christian college’s theology is the driving engine to that college’s identity. Crown is pleased to be part of the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination because our theological focus is on Jesus. We major on the majors and minor on the minors, all while striving to expand the Church’s global mission. What we believe forms who we are. We are first and foremost centered on Jesus. This is the foundation that our community is built on.”

North Central UniversityNorth Central University

Location: Minneapolis, MN

From the institution: “North Central University is a Christian university in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with a Bible-based and Pentecostal foundation and a commitment to academic excellence. North Central prepares students to fulfill biblical models of leadership and ministry throughout the world. As it says in Ephesians 4:11-12, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up,” we work hard to equip our students for service and leadership locally and globally.”

Oak Hills Christian CollegeOak Hills Christian College

Location: Bemidji, MN

From the institution: “Oak Hills Christian College is a Christian academic community whose mission is to provide biblically centered higher education which contributes to growth toward Christlikeness and prepares students for effective service in their homes, careers, churches, and communities. To accomplish its mission, OHCC uses the means of undergraduate higher education, including the study of the Bible as central to the formation of a Christian life and worldview; the study of human thought, history, and culture; the study of the theory and skills of Christian ministry; and the application of this learning in ministry and internship experiences.”

St. Olaf CollegeSt. Olaf College

Location: Northfield, MN

From the institution: “St. Olaf College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges offering a distinctive education. St. Olaf College challenges students to excel in the liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition.”

University of NorthwesternUniversity of Northwestern – St. Paul

Location: Roseville, MN

From the institution: “We at University of Northwestern – St. Paul and Northwestern Media have decided that whatever we do, for as long as we choose to be involved in this community, as students, teachers, administrators, on the board of trustees, as employees in the university or the media ministry, wherever we choose to live, our relationship to Jesus Christ and commitment to obey God’s Word will be at the very center.”

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