The Best Christian Colleges in the West United States for 2022

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

Searching for the best Christian colleges in the West United States 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 West United States is 64 percent. The region’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 the West United States 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.

Lord’s Library can also recommend the books Welcome to College: A Christ-Follower’s Guide for the Journey and How to Stay Christian in College to prospective Christian college students.

Note: The best Christian colleges in the West United States are ranked in alphabetical order by state.

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The Best Christian Colleges in the West United States


The Best Christian Colleges in Arizona

Arizona Christian UniversityArizona Christian University

Location: Glendale, AZ

From the institution: “ACU is an accredited, private, non-profit, Christian university in Glendale, Arizona offering a wide variety of degrees preparing students for successful careers, while remaining committed to its vision of transforming culture with biblical truth. Students actively engage in biblically-integrated academics and gain a liberal arts foundation with critical thinking skills that last a lifetime. Spiritual development is also integrated within the University experience, where all four-year campus students receive a minor in Biblical Studies, attend chapel twice a week, and complete spiritual formation and service hours each semester.”


Grand Canyon UniversityGrand Canyon University

Location: Phoenix, AZ

From the institution: “Grand Canyon University is a private Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona. We are dedicated to helping our students change their lives for the better through education. We offer a wide range of programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels that you can earn on campus and online. Our dedicated faculty and staff will be with you every step of the way to ensure you reach your goals.”


International Baptist College and SeminaryInternational Baptist College and Seminary

Location: Chandler, AZ

From the institution: “The mission of International Baptist College and Seminary, in both its undergraduate and graduate programs, as an integral ministry of Tri-City Baptist Church, is to develop graduates and Christian leaders who glorify God and demonstrate their love for God and others by living a biblical lifestyle, by obeying the Great Commission, and by championing the fundamentals of the historic Christian faith as they serve God in their families, their local churches, the West, and the world.”


The Best Christian Colleges in California

Azusa Pacific UniversityAzusa Pacific University

Location: Whitter, CA

From the institution: “Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California, that offers more than 150 degree options from bachelor’s to doctorate. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional locations across Southern California, APU continues to be recognized annually as one of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News & World Report.”


Biola UniversityBiola University

Location: La Mirada, CA

From the institution: “Biola University is a nationally ranked Christian university in the heart of Southern California. Founded in 1908, Biola offers biblically centered education, intentional spiritual development and vocational preparation within a unique learning community where all faculty, staff and students are professing Christians. Biola’s nine schools offer more than 150 academic programs at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels, enrolling more than 6,000 students at the La Mirada campus, online and in distance programs throughout the world.”


California Baptist UniversityCalifornia Baptist University

Location: Riverside, CA

From the institution: “California Baptist University (CBU) is one of the top private Christian colleges and universities in Southern California. CBU offers bachelor’s, master’s and credential programs in Riverside, San Bernardino and online. California Baptist University believes each person has been created for a purpose. CBU strives to help students understand and engage this purpose by providing a Christ-centered educational experience that integrates academics with spiritual and social development opportunities. Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose glorify God and distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.”


California Christian CollegeCalifornia Christian College

Location: Fresno, CA

From the institution: “The constituency and ownership of California Christian College, the California State Association of Free Will Baptists, and CCC alumni have clearly articulated their desire for CCC to establish Christian ministry programs for the purpose of developing capable Christian leaders to serve Christ both in the Church and in society. The college seeks Christian students who are serious about Christian education, doing the will of God, and preparing for church-related ministries, either on the lay or professional level.”


California Lutheran UniversityCalifornia Lutheran University

Location: Thousand Oaks, CA

From the institution: “California Lutheran University embodies a vital and long-standing educational tradition. As part of that 500-year-old Lutheran tradition, we believe that understanding our purpose as individuals will help us make our best possible contribution to the world. We encourage students to follow their own passion to uncover their purpose. This prepares them for a life of success in which they always offer their very best to others—family, community, and the world. This happens as part of a diverse, open-minded, and challenging academic environment.”


Chapman UniversityChapman University

Location: Orange, CA

From the institution: “We are related to two churches: for 150 years throughout the formation of the academic institution, we have been connected with The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and since 2011, also with The United Church of Christ. These particular churches give us a proud religious heritage, and value the dignity of all people and all religions.”


Community Christian CollegeCommunity Christian College

Location: Redlands, CA

From the institution: “For the past 25 years, Community Christian College has been serving students and their parents by offering an affordable associate degree presented in a safe Christian worldview environment.  Our liberal arts associate degree program provides you with most, if not all, of the lower-division courses needed for the bachelor’s degree.”


Concordia University IrvineConcordia University Irvine

Location: Irvine, CA

From the institution: “Concordia University Irvine, guided by the Great Commission of Christ Jesus and the Lutheran Confessions, empowers students through the liberal arts and professional studies for lives of learning, service and leadership. Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their various callings in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, and online bachelor’s degrees in a beautiful Southern California location, with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Enduring Questions & Ideas (Q&I) Core program, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of “Grace Alone. Faith Alone.”


Emmanuel UniversityEmmanuel University

Location: Los Angeles, CA

From the institution: “At Emmanuel University, it is our mission to be a biblically centered institution of higher learning that is committed to the advancement of spiritual, intellectual, personal and professional growth of its students. The university extends the knowledge and truth of the Bible to all of its educational and spiritual programs and activities so that our students will benefit from the highest standard of scholarship.”


Epic Bible CollegeEpic Bible College and Grad School

Location: Sacramento, CA

From the institution: “Here at Epic Bible College, we make every effort to follow the same model as we partner with the Church to train lives and build character. After all, students aren’t seeking a piece of paper, they are seeking a relationship with God. That’s the Epic difference. It’s personal. Life-changing. Barrier free.”


Fresno Pacific UniversityFresno Pacific

Location: Fresno, CA

From the institution: “Fresno Pacific University is the Valley’s only accredited Christian university, connecting every student’s untapped potential with unlimited opportunity for professional, personal and ethical growth. Nonprofit and independent, FPU offers more than 100 areas of study to about 4,000 traditional undergraduate, adult degree completion, graduate and seminary students at the main campus in Southeast Fresno and throughout the Valley at regional campuses in North Fresno, Visalia, Bakersfield and Merced as well as online.”


Holy Names UniversityHoly Names University

Location: Oakland, CA

From the institution: “Holy Names University, founded by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM), is rooted in Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions. A rigorous and inclusive intellectual community, HNU is committed to continuous improvement and provides professional and liberal arts undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University empowers a diverse student body to think critically and imaginatively, to understand and employ the various modes of knowledge, to communicate clearly and persuasively, to pursue leadership opportunities, and to promote the common good.”


Horizon UniversityHorizon University

Location: Diamond Bar, CA

From the institution: “Horizon University is an evangelic Christian institution that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Its mission is to educate the next generation of strong Christian leaders who will selflessly serve their Church, communities, and beyond with their diverse skills and vital knowledge gained during their studies at HU.”


Hope International UniversityHope International University

Location: Fullerton, CA

From the institution: “Hope International University is a private Christian university founded in 1928. HIU’s mission is to empower students through Christian higher education to serve the Church and impact the world for Christ. HIU is regionally accredited and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, certificate programs, and credential programs to more than 2,000 students world-wide. As a Christ-centered private university in California, Hope is committed to the integration of faith, service and learning.”


Life Pacific UniversityLife Pacific University

Location: San Dimas, CA

From the institution: “Life Pacific University is a WSCUC and ABHE accredited institution of biblical higher education existing for the transformational development of students into leaders prepared to serve God in the Church, the workplace, and the world. The university has been educating leaders since 1923 and enrolls nearly 700 students in traditional undergraduate, non-traditional, and graduate programs.”


Notre Dame De Namur UniversityNotre Dame de Namur University

Location: Belmont, CA

From the institution: “Founded more than 165 years ago, we are the third oldest college in California. NDNU is a fully accredited, private, Catholic, co-educational master’s university, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. With approximately 1,700 students from 29 states and 32 different countries, NDNU broadens the perspective and outlook of its students by exposing them to peers with very different backgrounds, cultures and world views.”


Pepperdine UniversityPepperdine University

Location: Malibu, CA

From the institution: “Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership. Consistently ranked as one of the most beautiful places to study, Pepperdine is where you’re inspired to learn as you learn to inspire.”


Point Loma Nazarene UniversityPoint Loma Nazarene University

Location: San Diego, CA

From the institution: “As a Christian liberal arts university, PLNU is committed to shaping students’ academic, personal, and spiritual growth. Our mission isn’t simply to prepare you for a career after you graduate — though that’s part of it — but to shape you into a thoughtful, service-minded, and engaged member of your community and world. In short, we are committed to helping you become who you are fully called to be.”


Providence Christian CollegeProvidence Christian College

Location: Pasadena, CA

From the institution: “The mission of Providence Christian College as a Reformed Christian institution is to equip students to be firmly grounded in biblical truth, thoroughly educated in the liberal arts, and fully engaged in their church, their community, and the world for the glory of God and for service to humanity.”


Saint Mary's CollegeSaint Mary’s College

Location: Moraga, CA

From the institution: “Saint Mary’s is a selective, comprehensive university that engages the intellect and the spirit with exceptional academics. This is an education that changes lives and inspires the desire to transform society. Saint Mary’s has a strong tradition of service, that is built upon the solid rock of Catholic social justice and the pioneering work of John Baptist de La Salle, founder of the Christian Brothers, who insisted on education for all, regardless of their ability to pay.”


San Diego Christian UniversitySan Diego Christian College

Location: Santee, CA

From the institution: “San Diego Christian College (SDCC) is a nationally ranked Christian college in the located in Southern California. SDCC provides an unrivaled education that challenges students and builds their faith in Jesus Christ. Founded in 1970, SDCC offers traditional, non-traditional and graduate programs, and strives to shape students through the integration of faith, service, and learning inside and outside the classroom.”


Santa Clara UniversitySanta Clara University

Location: Santa Clara, CA

From the institution: “Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University blends high-tech innovation with a social consciousness grounded in the Jesuit educational tradition. We are committed to leaving the world a better place. We pursue new technology, encourage creativity, engage with our communities, and share an entrepreneurial mindset. Our goal is to help shape the next generation of leaders and global thinkers.”


Shasta Bible CollegeShasta Bible College

Location: Redding, CA

From the institution: “The institution’s origins date back to 1970 when God laid it upon the heart of Dr. Royal D. Blue to investigate the possibility of initiating an evening Bible institute extension from Multnomah School of the Bible, utilizing the facilities of North Valley Baptist Church. [The School’s Mission is] to educate and equip Biblically committed Christian leaders who will impact the world for Jesus Christ.”


Simpson UniversitySimpson University

Location: Redding, CA

From the institution: “Simpson University, a school of the Christian and Missionary Alliance, is a Christ-centered learning community with an enduring commitment to world service and faith-infused education in professional studies and liberal arts. Simpson University is a Christ-centered learning community committed to developing each student in mind, faith and character for a lifetime of meaningful work and service in a constantly changing world.”


The Masters UniversityThe Masters University

Location: Santa Clarita, CA

From the institution: “Since 1927, The Master’s University has transformed young people to have an impact for Christ in the world. Committed faculty and staff pour their lives into students, teaching every subject with a biblical worldview. We hold firm to the sufficiency, inerrancy, and authority of Scripture in our uncompromising commitment to Christ and Scripture. Master’s not only compels students to academic achievement and professional excellence, but we develop wisdom, establish convictions, and produce leaders in every student. Each graduate is set on the path to success with the skills and perspective to do all they do for the honor of our great God.”


Thomas Aquinas CollegeThomas Aquinas College

Location: Ventura County, CA

From the institution: “Thomas Aquinas College is unique among American colleges and universities, offering a faithfully Catholic education comprised entirely of the Great Books and classroom discussions. Thomas Aquinas College came into being in the late 1960s and early 1970s, during a time of great tumult in the United States that deeply affected the country’s institutions and its mores. The College’s founders, a seasoned group of lay Catholic educators, were concerned about the declining condition of higher education and, in particular, Catholic higher education.”


Vanguard UniversityVanguard University

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

From the institution: “Vanguard University is a private, Christian, comprehensive university of liberal arts and professional studies equipping students for a Spirit-empowered life of Christ-centered leadership and service. Since 2010, the U.S. News & World Report has ranked Vanguard in the top 10 among the best baccalaureate colleges in the west in their rankings of colleges and universities and The Princeton Review named VU a 2014 “Best in the West” College. Vanguard is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).”


Westmont CollegeWestmont College

Location: Montecito, CA

From the institution: “Westmont College is an undergraduate, residential, Christian, liberal arts community serving God’s kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world. Equip yourself to be a grateful servant and faithful leader in God’s kingdom by serving alongside Westmont students in a number of ministry opportunities.”


William Jessup UniversityWilliam Jessup University

Location: San Jose, CA

From the institution: “As a nationally-ranked Christian university, William Jessup University seeks to develop the whole person by developing skills in communication, quantitative reasoning, and critical thinking and by exposing students to a broad cross-section of knowledge in science, social science, and the humanities. Jessup has more than 70 programs on campus and online. We maintain high academic standards while guiding students towards fulfilling careers and authentic relationships with Christ.”


The Best Christian Colleges and Universities in Colorado

Colorado Christian UniversityColorado Christian University

Location: Lakewood, CO

From the institution: “Founded in 1914, Colorado Christian University is the premier interdenominational Christian college in Colorado and the eight-state Rocky Mountain region, delivering world class education to thousands of students. As a member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, CCU is ranked among the top universities nationwide. The University currently offers more than 50 degree options for traditional undergraduate students through the College of Undergraduate Studies. Adult and graduate students have more than 80 degree options through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies and CCU Online.”


Nazarene Bible CollegeNazarene Bible College

Location: Colorado Springs, CO

From the institution: “Nazarene Bible College exists to glorify Jesus Christ as Lord by preparing adults to evangelizedisciple, and minister to the world. Since 1967 Nazarene Bible College has fulfilled its mission of preparing men and women for ministry. Nazarene Bible College is one of ten Nazarene institutions of higher education in the United States. It is one of the two institutions charged by the denomination with the relatively exclusive task of preparing ministers.”


Regis UniversityRegis University

Location: Denver, CO

From the institution: “As a Jesuit Catholic university, Regis seeks to build a more just and humane world through transformative education at the frontiers of faith, reason and culture. As a university, Regis draws from wellsprings of ancient wisdom and explores new horizons of thought and imagination to pursue truth, strive for justice and cultivate beauty. In everything, Regis shepherds the development of the whole person in relation to the common good, asking, “How ought we to live?”


The Best Christian Colleges in Idaho

Aletheia Christian CollegeAletheia Christian College

Location: Jerome, ID

From the institution: “The mission of Aletheia Christian College is to train students from every nation to think critically, to examine God’s word thoroughly, to worship God wholeheartedly, to proclaim the gospel in word and deed, to teach Biblically, and to serve the church worldwide. Aletheia students and alumni do more than meet academic standards: you are equipped to be a student, pastor, teacher, entrepreneur, and missionary. You will be equipped and sent to the mission field, to teach in schools, and to lead in business.”


Boise Bible CollegeBoise Bible College

Location: Boise, ID

From the institution: “Boise Bible aims to assist students in developing a character like Christ, leadership skills like Christ, within a Christ-centered environment that will propel you to no longer live for yourself, but for Jesus. To that goal, we value excellent scholarship, authentic humility, uplifting community, and creative innovation. Boise Bible has a target in mind: a vibrant Church that produced a Kingdom return. We aim at preparing any 1-year, 2-year, or 4-year student to lead well as a servant in their church or community.”


New Saint Andrews CollegeNew St. Andrews College

Location: Moscow, ID

From the institution: “To fulfill our mission, we provide young men and women with the highest quality undergraduate and graduate education in liberal arts and culture from a distinctively Christian and Reformed perspective, to equip them for lives of faithful service to the Triune God and His Kingdom, and to encourage the use of their gifts for the growth of Christian culture. The college’s primary objective for its students is to educate young Christian men and women broadly and deeply in the liberal arts from a distinctively Christian, Reformed perspective, to equip them for lives of faithful service to the Triune God and His kingdom, and to encourage the use of their gifts for the growth of Christian culture.”


Northwest Nazarene Northwest Nazarene UniversityUniversity

Location: Nampa, ID

From the institution: “The mission of Northwest Nazarene University is the transformation of the whole person. Centered in Jesus Christ, the NNU education instills habits of heart, soul, mind and strength to enable each student to become God’s creative and redemptive agent in the world. Founded in 1913, NNU is a Christian university of the liberal arts, professional programs, and graduate studies. The University is grounded in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition and is in partnership with the Church of the Nazarene, which emphasizes the biblical doctrines of perfect love and Christian holiness.”


The Best Christian Colleges in Montana

Carroll CollegeCarroll College

Location: Helena, MT

From the institution: “Living and learning at Carroll College is about more than simply earning a degree. It’s about more than preparing for a career. It’s about who you become, and the lives you touch along the way. Here, we engage with one another in ways you simply don’t see other places. Academic excellence and an attitude shaped by a belief in ourselves, our mission, and our culture. This is rooted in our Catholic, diocesan identity forming a powerful bridge between our history and our present that you simply don’t find anywhere else.”


Montana Bible CollegeMontana Bible College

Location: Bozeman, MT

From the institution: “Montana Bible College is committed to glorifying God through Biblical higher education by training men and women for a lifetime of dynamic Christian living and service. Montana Bible College believes that discipleship lies at the very core of our mission to train up men and women for dynamic Christian living and service (Matthew 28:18-20). Jesus is building His church by creating a movement of multiplication. To fulfill the Great Commission, we must do more than make disciples – we must make disciple-makers!”


Rocky Mountain CollegeRocky Mountain College

Location: Billings, MT

From the institution: “Rocky Mountain College is historically related to the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and the Presbyterian Church (USA) – denominations traditionally committed to the pursuit of knowledge, religious tolerance, and free inquiry and to such values as service, community, and character. These denominational relationships have helped to inform the mission and core themes of the College and are apparent in the College’s mission to educate future leaders through liberal arts and professional programs that cultivate critical thinking, creative expression, ethical decision-making, informed citizenship, and professional excellence.”


University of ProvidenceUniversity of Providence

Location: Great Falls, MT

From the institution: “As an expression of the teaching mission of Jesus Christ, the mission of the University of Providence is to provide students with the opportunity to obtain a liberal education for living and for making a living. The University was founded through the collaborative efforts of the Sisters of Providence, the Ursuline Sisters, the Catholic Bishop of Great Falls and the civic community, all of whom recognized the need for higher education. Its educational mission, in conjunction with the Sisters of Providence, continues to be the shared endeavor of dedicated people.”


Yellowstone Christian CollegeYellowstone Christian College

Location: Billings, MT

From the institution: “Yellowstone Christian College is a small but mighty college campus that was established in 1974 in Billings, MT. At YCC, each student gets individual attention that is unheard of in a traditional college or university setting. YCC’s goal is for every student to acquire not only academic knowledge, but applicable real world knowledge to give them a jump start when starting their career. YCC is one of the only accredited Christian Colleges in Montana and is also one of the most affordable! Scholarships are readily available to help you pay for your tuition that is already much more cost effective than most higher education options.”


The Best Christian Colleges in Nevada

Nevada Christian UniversityNevada Christian College

Location: Reno, NV

From the institution: “Welcome to the Newest chapter in Nevada Christian College’s history. We’re pioneering a new academic landscape where the Bible intersects with the world of human discovery. It’s a place where students tap their talents in every area, explore God’s creation through multiple lenses, forge ties with the greater community and develop the character traits they need to serve Jesus in any career they choose. When you’re part of the Nevada Christian family you’re a part of something bigger.”


The Best Christian Colleges in New Mexico

Trinity Southwest UniversityTrinity Southwest University

Location: Albuquerque, NM

From the institution: “The mission of Trinity Southwest University is to provide quality higher education for adult learners, teaching them, through a variety of biblically-based academic disciplines, to uphold the divine authority of the Bible as God’s only inspired representation of reality to humankind, and equipping them to apply its eternal truths to all phases of life. TSU embraces a nontraditional educational philosophy that places the focus of educational processes on the effective personal learning modes of the individual student, rather than on the predictably homogenized instructional programs made for, and driven by, the traditional needs of institutions.”


University of the SouthwestUniversity of the Southwest

Location: Hobbs, NM

From the institution: “Founded in 1962, University of the Southwest (USW) is a private, four-year Christian university located in Hobbs, New Mexico. Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the university offers undergraduate and graduate degrees both on-campus and online, and was recently ranked by U.S. News and World Report for ‘Top Online Education Programs’ and ‘Top Online Business Programs’. Built on a foundation of Christian values and a servant leadership philosophy, University of the Southwest is a community of dedicated staff and faculty committed to developing each student, helping them achieve their full potential in the classroom, on the playing field and in the communities they serve.”


The Best Christian Colleges in Oregon

Bushnell UniversityBushnell University

Location: Eugene, OR

From the institution: “Bushnell University transforms lives. Devoted to offering a Christ-centered environment since its founding 125 years ago, Bushnell University encourages students to pursue wisdom, nurture faith, and champion service. Here, students answer God’s call in their lives and prepare to make a positive difference through career, family, church, and community. Bushnell University aspires to be characterized by its commitment to equip students to discover and answer God’s call in their lives.”


Corban UniversityCorban University

Location: Salem, OR

From the institution: “Corban is a private Christian university with an 85-year history of educating students who will make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ. Situated on a beautiful forested hillside overlooking Oregon’s capital, Corban is only an hour from Portland, the Cascade Mountains, and the Oregon coast. Academic excellence at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels, as well as online, prepares students for careers as business leaders, educators, medical professionals, politicians, ministry leaders, and more.”


George Fox UniversityGeorge Fox University

Location: Newburg, OR

From the institution: “George Fox University is Oregon’s nationally recognized Christian university, committed to providing students with personal attention, global opportunities to learn and serve, and a supportive community that encourages academic rigor and spiritual growth. George Fox offers more than 60 undergraduate programs, 13 master’s and doctoral degrees, five degree-completion programs for working adults, and seven seminary degrees on the university’s campus in Newberg, Oregon, and at teaching sites in Portland, Salem and Redmond, Oregon.”


Multnomah UniversityMultnomah University

Location: Portland, OR

From the institution: “It is the mission of Multnomah University to equip Christian students through higher education to become biblically competent, academically proficient, spiritually formed, and culturally engaged servant leaders, shaped to be a transforming force in the church, community, and world. It is the vision for Multnomah University to be a diverse community that equips students to love Christ and serve their neighbors through their lives and work.”


New Hope Christian CollegeNew Hope Christian College

Location: Eugene, OR

From the institution: “New Hope Christian College, an institute of higher education, exists to disciple emerging Christian leaders by developing their theology, ministry skills, and character in order to win souls, plant fruitful churches, and lead as exemplary ambassadors for Christ in the ministry and marketplace. Receive hands-on mentoring and ministry training from instructors who combine a mastery of subject matter, along with engaging teaching techniques and a passion for serving Jesus to better equip students for the ministry and marketplace.”


Warner Pacific University Warner Pacific University

Location: Portland, OR

From the institution: “Founded in 1937 and located in the beautiful city of Portland, Oregon, Warner Pacific University is a Christ-centered, urban, liberal arts university that is dedicated to making higher education accessible and equitable for students from diverse backgrounds. Our 13-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio translates into the individualized attention and intellectual interaction that meaningful scholarship requires. Close academic relationships between faculty and students often result in customized internships and independent study courses, both of which are enhanced by the resources of the greater Portland area, where a multitude of cultural and employment opportunities await.”


The Best Christian Colleges in Utah

Brigham Young UniversityBrigham Young University

Location: Provo, UT

From the institution: “The mission of Brigham Young University — founded, supported, and guided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints — is to assist individuals in their quest for perfection and eternal life. That assistance should provide a period of intensive learning in a stimulating setting where a commitment to excellence is expected and the full realization of human potential is pursued. A BYU education should be spiritually strengthening, intellectually enlarging, and character building, leading to lifelong learning and service.”


Ensign CollegeEnsign College

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

From the institution: “Ensign College is an institution of higher education founded and sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The school’s mission is to develop capable and trusted disciples of Jesus Christ. As an institution, we seek and follow the counsel and guidance of inspired leaders in harmony with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, its purposes, and in fulfilling our stated mission. The school’s purpose is to provide a spiritually grounded, career-based education.”


The Best Christian Colleges in Washington State

Faith International UniversityFaith International University

Location: Tacoma, WA

From the institution: “Faith International University exists to glorify God by equipping Christian disciples with a biblical, theological, and practical education empowering them to apply and proclaim the inerrant Word of God for worldwide Christian service. We are committed to strengthening communities around the world through Christian education. Situated in a residential area of northwest Tacoma, the college and seminary building provides classrooms, offices, library, and a bookstore. The city of Tacoma is located 40 miles south of Seattle and 30 miles south of SeaTac Airport in the southern part of the picturesque Puget Sound area of the Pacific Northwest.”


Northwest UniversityNorthwest University

Location: Kirkland, WA

From the institution: “Northwest University is a regionally accredited, Christian institution awarding associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Located in Kirkland, Washington, we have been preparing students to lead in their careers since 1934 and offer a variety of degree programs to meet the needs of an ever-changing society. Our traditional undergraduate experience includes over 70 majors and programs—as well as off-campus internships—to equip students for success in their careers. Our online degree programs provide the flexibility of classes that can be accessed anytime, anywhere.”


Seattle Pacific UniversitySeattle Pacific University

Location: Seattle, WA

From the institution: “Students at Seattle Pacific University experience a world-class education in a world-class city. We welcome students from around the globe to grow together and serve in a diverse community of thoughtful scholarship and outward-focused, living Christian faith. Seattle Pacific University is a Christian university fully committed to engaging the culture and changing the world by graduating people of competence and character, becoming people of wisdom, and modeling grace-filled community.”


Walla Walla UniversityWalla Walla University

Location: College Place, WA

From the institution: “Walla Walla University is founded on Christian teachings and values as understood and appreciated by the Seventh-day Adventist church. Central to these teachings is the belief that every person is created in the image of God as a being of inestimable value and worth, imbued with powers of intelligence, stewardship, and creativity akin to those of the Creator. Walla Walla University, therefore, seeks in its mission to foster the unique gifts of every individual within this Christian community of faith and discovery.”


Whitworth UniversityWhitworth University

Location: Spokane, WA

From the institution: “Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission to provide “an education of mind and heart” through rigorous intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars. Recognized as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the West, Whitworth University has an enrollment of more than 3,000 students and offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In recent years, Whitworth has enjoyed record levels of student enrollment and retention, the strongest financial position in the university’s history, and increased external visibility.”


The Best Christian Colleges in Wyoming

Wyoming Catholic CollegeWyoming Catholic College

Location: Lander, WY

From the institution: “Wyoming Catholic College forms students through a rigorous immersion in the primary sources of the classical liberal arts tradition, the grandeur of the mountain wilderness, and the spiritual heritage of the Catholic Church. Grounded in real experience and thoughtful reflection, our graduates love truth, think clearly, and communicate eloquently, engaging with the world as it is. As a vibrant and authentic Catholic institution, we provide our students with a faith-filled environment, guiding them to a deeper and more profound understanding of the Truth.”


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