Christian college

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George Fox University, a Christian college in Oregon
Martin Luther College, a Christian college in New Ulm, Minnesota

A Christian college is an educational institution or part of an educational institute dedicated to the integration of Christian faith and learning in traditional academic fields.[1]

Christian colleges in the United States[edit]

Many Christian colleges are affiliated with or are run by a Christian denomination, while others are non-denominational. Christian colleges include a range of schools from regionally or nationally accredited universities offering liberal arts and professional programs to non-accredited bible colleges that prepare students mainly or exclusively for vocational ministry.[citation needed]

Being a non-accredited bible college puts significant limits on a school's growth, because accreditation is necessary for an institution to be eligible for federal financial aid programs.[2] Sometimes an administrator will seek accreditation with an accrediting agency that is not recognized by the US Department of Education. Such "accreditation mills" are appealing to those who run "degree mills."[3]

This approach is different from that of a secular university, where some have felt they are discriminated against based upon their Christian worldview.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arthur Frank Holmes (1987). The Idea of a Christian College. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing. p. 6. ISBN 978-0-8028-0258-3. 
  2. ^ Reed, Matt (Sep 22, 2016). "Waiting for the Punchline". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved Oct 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Agron, David (Sep 29, 2014). "Who Tempts College Administrators with Fake Accreditation?". Christian Academia Magazine. Retrieved Oct 5, 2016. 
  4. ^ Larsen, Timothy (Jul 30, 2010). "No Christianity Please, We're Academics". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved Oct 5, 2016.