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The 25 Best Online Christian Universities

The 25 Best Online Christian Universities

Online education has seen a dramatic rise in popularity in the last decade. Seemingly more students than ever feel the need to balance their hectic schedules with the need for a degree. Coupled with the oftentimes lowered cost (and opportunity cost) of online education, students and administrations are finding middle ground in an era of dramatically rising education costs and in which bachelors-level programming is often the entry point into almost every field. The rise in popularity of online degree programs has also occurred at Christian universities that are increasingly adding online degrees to their educational offerings. Learners now have a lot of options if they want to pursue their educational goals at institutions that uphold their Christian faith. But how to sift through the ever-growing number of online Christian schools? That’s where we come in. Many Christian Universities offer fully online degrees at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Degree offerings at online Christian Universities range from apologetics and theology to career-centered offerings like counseling, health care degrees, business degrees, and information technology degrees. We’ve narrowed down the top universities.

For this ranking, we narrowed our focus to online degree programs because more students need the flexibility of an online degree. First, we gathered a list of all Christian Universities in the United States (a little over 1,000), and narrowed our selections to the roughly 200 universities that offer both online undergraduate and graduate programs. Our results are the culmination of a multi-dimensional metric system that focused on three key qualities. First, we determined the university’s selectivity via their acceptance rate. Second, we looked at student satisfaction with the school and their degree. And finally, we considered the academic quality of the sampled institutions. You can find a more thorough explanation of the methodology we used below.

Methodology:

  • Selectivity (1/3): Each institution’s acceptance rate and number of applicants relative to enrollment size.
  • Student Satisfaction (1/3): The retention rate of students from each institution from year to year. The percentage of students taking some online courses.
  • Academic Quality (1/3): Each institution’s student-faculty ratio, percentage of professors holding terminal degrees in their field, range of online offerings.

The University of Detroit Mercy is a private Roman Catholic university. Founded in 1877 by the Jesuits, UDM today is still sponsored by the Jesuits, as well as the Religious Sisters of Mercy. As the largest Catholic university in Michigan, UDM offers a lot of options for its undergraduate and graduate students while still maintaining the individual attention students need. UDM maintains their core Christian educational values to support their students’ intellectual, ethical, social, and spiritual development in all of their courses, including their online degrees.

UDM Online offers several certificates and master’s degrees from a range of fields. The majority of UDM’s online offerings come from their College of Health Professions, including 3 post-baccalaureate certificates, 3 Master of Science in Nursing degrees, and 2 post master’s certificates. Of particular note is UDM’s online MSN in Adult-Gerontology. Specifically designed to optimize older adult patients and nursing outcomes, the MSN in Adult-Gerontology pairs the convenience of online courses with hands-on clinical hours. Outside of the field of nursing, UDM also offers several online master’s degrees in Product Development, Economics, and Information systems.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 90%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 10-1

Founded by the Jesuits in 1878, Creighton University is a private, Catholic university in Nebraska. It is also Nebraska’s largest private religious university. With just over 8,000 students, that means Creighton can offer a lot of options for its students. Creighton’s many offerings and its commitment to a Jesuit Christian education has paid off in the recognition the school receives. For the last 14 years, Creighton has ranked 1st for Midwest Regional Universities by U.S. News & World Report. That quality carries over to their online programs as well, with 5 of their online programs ranked nationally.

Creighton University Online courses are designed to incorporate a lot of interaction between students and faculty. While courses are still created with flexibility in mind, faculty often incorporate audiovisual components, discussion boards, and group projects so that students still get the diverse intellectual engagement of a traditional classroom setting. Creighton offers a range of online degree programs from the bachelor’s to the doctoral level. The majority of the online offerings come from the fields of health sciences and business administration, but notable others include certificates in Catholic School Leadership and Conflict Resolution, as well as master’s degrees in Ministry and Educational Leadership.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 91%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11-1

Immaculata University is a private, co-ed Catholic University founded by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1920. With a small student body of about 3,000, Immaculata offers an individualized Christian educational experience. Originally a women’s Christian college, the university didn’t become co-ed until 2005. Rooted in their mission of academic rigor, ethical integrity, and Christian core values, Immaculata works hard to ensure their students engage in lifelong learning and achieve professional excellence. That hard work shows in their alumni outcomes, with 97% of Immaculata’s 2016 class employed or in graduate school.

Immaculata offers 10 undergraduate degree completion programs and three 100% online graduate programs. The undergraduate online programs are especially geared towards transfer students, accepting up to 72 undergraduate transfer hours toward a bachelor’s degree. If students are new to online coursework, Immaculata also offers student success seminars to ensure students get the most out of their courses. Undergraduate programs cover a range of degrees in health sciences, including an R.N. to B.S.N. program, as well as Business Management and Cybersecurity. Online graduate programs include a master’s in educational leadership, with additional endorsements in instructional coaching and mathematics coaching.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 59%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Saint Louis University or SLU is a private Catholic research university in St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1818, SLU is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River and the second oldest Jesuit university in the nation. As a Tier 1 research university, SLU’s faculty are at the top of their fields. While SLU is known for its medical school, over 20 of SLU’s graduate and undergraduate programs are ranked in the top 100 in the country. That means regardless of field, students can be sure of the high quality of their Christian education.

SLU’s online degree programs maintain the university’s traditional Jesuit education, but with the flexibility online students need. Most of SLU’s online programs at the undergraduate and graduate level are run by their School for Professional Studies. Most programs include 5 accelerated, 8 week terms every year. In this format, students can choose when they want to start their degree and how fast or slow they want to go. Degree offerings, both within and outside of the School of Professional Studies, range from computer information, to hospitality management, to nursing and public health.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 54%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11-1

Named after Saint Thomas of Villanova, Villanova University is a private Catholic research university outside of Philadelphia. Founded in 1842 by the Order of Saint Augustine, Villanova is the oldest Catholic university in Pennsylvania. With that history comes quality Christian education, which shows in Villanova’s consistent rank among the top 50 universities in the country. Villanova works to uphold is Augustinian Christian tradition through encouraging students to take part in service programs, including sustainability projects.

Villanova’s online program offer a variety of options from all of the university’s schools and colleges. In addition to RN to BSN and Doctorate of Nursing Practitioner degrees, several business master’s degrees, a Master of Laws in Taxation, and masters in Human Resources and Public Administration, Villanova also offers a host of options for online bachelor’s degrees in professional studies and certificates and master’s degrees in engineering. With so many online options, Villanova allows their distance students to explore their interests to find the degree that best suits their needs.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 50%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 12-1

St. Bonaventure University is a private, co-ed, Franciscan Catholic university in upstate New York. St. Bonaventure is committed to pursuing its Franciscan Christian values of discovery, community, and individual worth. With a small student body of 2,400, St. Bonaventure can offer individualized attention paired with a quality Christian education. St. Bonaventure’s commitment to their students shows in the schools outcomes, with 94% of the class of 2016 employed or in graduate school, and 92% of the same class saying they would choose Bonaventure again.

St. Bonaventure strives to continue its Catholic-Franciscan commitment online through its career-focused curriculum with a focus on training students to make ethical and moral decisions. Each of the university’s online degree programs combines flexibility with hands-on experience. St. Bonaventure offers 5 fully online degree programs, including Master of Arts in either Strategic Leadership or Integrated Marketing Communications, Master of Business Administration, and Masters of Science in Education in either Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 99%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11-1

Originally founded in 1874 as Battle Creek College, Andrews University is a private Christian school in Michigan. Andrews was started by Seventh-day Adventists, and to this day remains as the flagship university of the world’s second largest Christian school system. In terms of enrollment, Andrews is also the largest evangelical Christian college in Michigan. Andrews reinforces in all of its educational programs its core Christian strengths of live wholly, explore intentionally, learn deeply, and engage globally.

Andrews University continues to pursue these core strengths in its online programs as well. For undergraduate degrees online, Andrew’s offers 3 associates degrees in general studies, general business, and Christian disciplines. Andrews also offers 3 bachelors degrees online in general studies, communication, and religion. At the Masters and Doctoral levels, Andrews offers many more options, primarily in their School of Education, but also from their School of Business and School of Health Professions. With so many options for graduate students, Andrews has the flexibility to complete their degree at their own pace, while pursuing their specific interests.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 84%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Union University is a private, evangelical Christian university in Tennessee. Affiliated with the Tennessee and Southern Baptist Conventions, Union has a student population a little over 4,000. That means they can provide small class sizes and individual student-faculty educational relationships. Part of Union’s Christian educational mission includes promoting excellence and character development in service to Church and society.

Union continues its Christ-centered educational mission in all of its online offerings as well. At the Bachelor’s level, Union offers 2 online degree completion programs in Organizational Leadership and an RN-BSN program. At the masters level, Union offers 5 fully online degrees including: Business Administration, Christian Studies, Education in Library Information, education in Teaching & Learning, and BSN-MSN. Finally, Union also offers fully online an educational specialist degree and a doctor of education.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 74%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 10-1

Located in Chicago, North Park University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts school. North Park was founded in 1891 by Swedish immigrants who had recently settled in the upper Midwest and formed the Evangelical Covenant Church, with which North Park is still associated today. Part of fulfilling their Christian mission includes pursuing their core values of Christianity, city-centered, and intercultural. Offering both bachelor’s and master’s degrees, North Park caters to each of its 3,000 students.

North Park’s online programs are through their School of Professional Studies. Students can complete 4 majors fully online, or could complete any degree North Park offers through a combination of face-to-face and online courses. Online courses are designed to fit a student’s flexible schedule, with asynchronous components, as well as real-time interaction with both faculty and classmates. The fully online options include bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration, Digital Marketing, Organizational Management and Leadership, and Nonprofit Management.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 89%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11-1

Notre Dame of Maryland University is an independent, Catholic-affiliated, Christian women’s university in Baltimore. Founded in 1873 by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, NDMU is now one of the oldest institutions for women in the nation. Today, NDMU works hard to promote the advancement of women and provide a liberal arts education in a Catholic tradition. With its long history of educating women and a student body of just under 3,000, NDMU offers a high quality, and individualized Christian educational setting.

NDMU continues its educational mission through its online programs. Part of fulling that mission comes from providing personal success coaches for each of their online students. Anytime throughout the online degree program, students can reach out to their success coaches, and access to 24/7 technical support. NDMU offers 7 fully online degrees and certificates including: bachelor’s degrees in Business and Nursing, a certificate in Risk Management, master’s degrees in Contemporary Communication, Digital Technology Leadership, and Analytics, and a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 59%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 12-1

Founded in 1933 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Erie, Gannon University is a private, co-ed university in Pennsylvania offering degrees of all levels. Originally, established as a two year Cathedral College, and then as a four year men’s school, Gannon didn’t become co-ed until it merged with the all women’s Villa Maria College in 1989. Today, Gannon pursues its Christian mission of inclusiveness and social responsibility, as shown in their student’s 74,000+ community service hours.

Gannon’s online program offerings allow students to complete their education in flexible and career-focused options. Gannon Online degree programs come from a range of fields including Business, Education, and Health Sciences. Gannon’s only online Bachelor’s degree is their RN-BSN program, but they offer several master’s and doctoral degrees in areas like Business Administration, Criminalistics, Education, including Educational leadership, and Nursing. Besides offering a range of online degree options, Gannon also works to ensure their students’ success. For instance, they have an Online Engagement and Retention Coordinator who creates online student orientations and Student Success Center advises students on how best to stay involved in their coursework.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 79%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 12-1

Buena Vista University is a private, Christian college in Iowa. Founded in 1891 and affiliated with the Presbyterian Church, BVU’s Christian educational vision pairs traditional coursework with hands-on learning opportunities. Part of pursuing that vision includes crafting a sustainability focused Christian educational community. Those innovative methods translates into results, with 98% of the Class of 2015 employed, in graduate schools, or otherwise satisfied with their career within 6 months of graduating.

At BVU, online students have several options for earning a degree. Undergraduate students can take advantage of BVU’s degree completion programs in business, management, accounting, health and human services, marketing, or psychology. For graduate students, BVU offers three master’s programs fully online, including a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. Both the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and the Master of Education in Special Education offer 8 different tracks so students can further specialize their degree.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 85%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Madonna University is an independent, Catholic liberal arts school near Detroit. Run by the Felician Sisters, the school was initially founded in 1937 as Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary College. Madonna University is also among the largest Catholic, Franciscan universities in the nation. In addition to its long history of offering quality Christian education, Madonna University was recently recognized for its commitment to sustainable and eco-friendly campuses by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Madonna University offers 9 fully online degree programs. For undergraduate programs, online degrees cover criminal justice, family science, gerontology, and hospitality. For online graduate programs, Madonna University has offerings in bereavement, education, and gerontology. Of note is their master’s of Humane Studies that speaks to the university’s pursuit of Christian humanistic values. As one of only 2 recognized programs in North America, Madonna University’s online Humane Studies degree includes either a non-profit leadership or animal cruelty investigation certificate, as well as an internship in the field.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 62%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 10-1

Founded in 1899, Azusa Pacific University is a private, evangelical Christian university near Los Angeles. Today, APU continues their Christian educational mission by following 4 cornerstones: Christ, Scholarship, Community, and Service. With campuses across Southern California, as well as online, APU offers over 100 degrees ranging from associate’s to doctorates. APU’s enrollment of just over 10,000 students means it can offer the variety of a large Christian university but still maintain the student-to-faculty ratio of a small liberal arts school.

APU’s commitment to be a leader in Christian education continues in their online programs. These programs allow students to continue pursuing their educational goals, but with the flexibility of an online schedule. With close to 40 online degree programs, APU offers a lot of options for their students. Online degree options range from an associate’s in Health Sciences, to a bachelor’s in Information Systems, to a master’s in School Librarianship, and even to a Doctor of Nursing Practice. In addition to their online degree options, APU also offers several certificate and credential online programs.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 92%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11-1

Sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, the University of Saint Mary is a private, Catholic liberal arts school in Kansas. Originally a Christian school for women, USM became coeducational in 1932. Today, USM has ranked in the Princeton Review’s Best Midwestern Colleges for the last 12 years. With a small student body of 1,200 students, USM still offers a range of degrees with 26 undergraduate and 6 masters programs.

Small class size and in-depth discussions are a staple of USM’s online courses as well. USM offers 4 online degree programs, including: bachelor’s in Health Information Management, a RN to BSN program, a master’s in Business Administration, and a MSN program. Both graduate programs offer further ways to specialize the degree to best meet students’ needs. The MBA program offers six different concentrations, and the MSN program offers two specialization tracks. With several start dates and dedicated student service coordinators, USM online degree programs offer a lot of flexibility with the support students need to meet their academic goals.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 63%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 8-1

Saint Joseph’s University, or St. Joe’s, is a private, Catholic university in the Philadelphia suburbs. Founded in 1851 by the Jesuits, St. Joe’s is the 7th oldest Jesuit university in the nation. Today, St. Joe’s works to maintain it’s Jesuit Christian mission by promoting service and social justice. St. Joe’s meets the needs of its 9,200 students by offering a wide range of degrees including: over 60 undergraduate majors, 53 graduate programs, and over a dozen study-abroad, special study, and joint degree programs.

The variety of degree options at St. Joe’s carries over to their online offerings. With 29 online degrees and certificates, students have the flexibility to explore their interests. Options range from certificates in behavior analysis and special education, to master’s degrees in criminal justice, instructional technology, and health administration.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 90%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 13-1

The University of St. Francis is a Catholic, Franciscan university in the suburbs of Chicago. St. Francis maintains its Christian faith through following 4 Franciscan values: respect, compassion, service, and integrity. Serving more than 3,900 students, St. Francis maintains a small student body that can cater in individual student needs. One way they do so is through recommitting themselves to increasing student achievements and experiential learning opportunities.

USF continues their commitment to Christian values and student achievement through online degree programs. Fifteen years ago, USF started its first online program. Since then they have continued to expand their online offerings, and continually improve their online programs through practical, hands-on curriculum. For undergraduates, they offer several online degree programs such as business administration (including several specialty tracks), health care leadership, and a RN to BSN program. They also offer graduate programs in business, education, and nursing.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 86%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11-1

Simpson University is a private, Christian university in Redding, California. Founded in 1921 in Seattle, Washington as Simpson Bible Institute, the school was named after Albert Benjamin Simpson who founded the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Simpson University moved to Redding in 1989 and has since more than doubled its undergraduate enrollment. Today, SImpson continues its Christian educational mission through instilling in its students the value of meaningful work and service to others.

When it comes to online education, Simpson is all about flexibility and enriching the online learning experience. Part of this is achieved through the cohort style of online learning. Students program through the program with the same group, thus enriching discussion across courses and throughout the length of the program. Simpson offers 2 online undergraduate degrees in psychology and organizational leadership, and 4 online masters programs. Their only master’s degrees include: organizational leadership, education, ministry leadership, and divinity.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 94%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 9-1

Hope International University is a private, Christian university in Fullerton, California. While HIU is non-denominational, it has particularly strong ties to the Restoration Movement, Christian churches, and Churches of Christ. As a Christian university, HIU is committed to the integration of faith, service, and learning. With a little more than 2,000, HIU offers an intimate Christian educational environment for its students. In May 2016, HIU merged with Nebraska Christian College, giving the schools a combined 160 years of experience in higher education.

HIU Online offers a variety of fully online undergraduate degree programs that maintain the one-on-one attention of the traditional classroom while giving students the flexibility they need. HIU offers 5 undergraduate degrees fully online. In addition to an associates in arts, students also have several online bachelor’s degree options including: teacher preparation, business administration, Christian ministry, and human development.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 82%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 14-1

Located in Philadelphia, La Salle University is a private, co-ed, Catholic university. Named for St. Jean-Baptiste de La Salle, the university was founded as an all-men’s Christian school in 1863 by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. It didn’t become coeducational until 1970. With an enrollment of just under 6,000, La Salle offers a mix of traditional, online, and hybrid degree programs.

Because La Salle offers a mix of traditional and online courses, they have a lot of options for online students. That means flexibility to complete a degree, change careers, or enhance existing skills. La Salle offers 3 undergraduate online degrees including: organizational leadership, pre-speech pathology, and a RN to BSN program. For graduate degrees and certificates, La Salle has more options from forensic accounting, to cybersecurity, to nonprofit leadership.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 85%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 12-1

Saint Peter’s University is a private, Catholic university in New Jersey. Founded in 1872 by the Jesuits, Saint Peter’s became fully coeducational in 1966. Today, Saint Peter’s continues its Jesuit mission through promoting the Christian values of reverence, gratitude, forgiveness, generosity, fidelity, compassion, and hope. Saint Peter’s offers over 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees to its student body of nearly 3,500. That means the Christian university is able to offer a wide variety of options for its students, while still maintaining small class sizes.

Saint Peter’s continues their tradition of Jesuit values in their 4 online programs, but with the flexibility of online courses. Students can choose between two online bachelor’s degrees: business administration and a RN to BSN program. For graduate degrees, Saint Peter’s offers a Master of Higher Education in General Administration and an Educational Doctorate in Higher Education.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 87%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 13-1

Saint Joseph’s College of Maine is a private, Catholic liberal arts school in Maine. Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1912 as a women’s college, the school remains the only Catholic college in Maine. In 1970, the university because coeducational and shortly after, started its first distance education programs, which it continues to this day. Today, Saint Joseph’s continues it’s Catholic mission by forwarding Christian values of faith, excellence, integrity, community, respect, compassion, and justice. Saint Joseph’s offers traditional bachelor’s degrees, as well as, online bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Since Saint Joseph’s started their first distance education programs over 30 years ago, they’ve developed a lot of online options for students today. Online degree options include associates, bachelors, masters, and graduate certificates. Many degrees cover the fields of business, nursing, health administration, and theology. With some degrees offering monthly start dates, Saint Joseph’s online options give students the flexibility to explore their interests, while pursuing their degree at the time that works best for them.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 56%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 12-1

Shasta Bible College and Graduate School, or SBC, is a Baptist college and graduate school in Redding, California. It offers a range of degrees, both on-campus and online. SBU is known for its programs on Biblical Studies, Christian Teacher Education, and Biblical languages. In fact, nearly 100% of SBC’s Christian teacher graduates have been placed in Christian schools.

SBC offers many of their programs in Christian theology and education in online formats as well. That allows students to continue their faith based studies, but with the flexibility of online courses. In addition to a range of certificates in Biblical Studies and Christian Professional Studies, SBC also offers bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education, Christian teaching Education, and Biblical Counseling. For online graduate degrees, SBC offers master’s degrees in Christian Ministries, Christian Family Life Education, General Ministries, Military Chaplaincy, and Curriculum and Instruction.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 85%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 5-1

Established in 1947, Bethel College is a Christian liberal arts school in Indiana. Bethel is affiliated with the evangelical Christian Missionary Church and part of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Today, Bethel College focuses on 5 central priorities as part of their GREATer campaign. They include: growing enrollment, perpetuate spiritual revival, exceed in creative pursuits, improve campus aesthetics, and testify God’s work. With 1,650 students, Bethel offers an intimate educational setting for its traditional and online students.

Bethel continues its Christian educational mission in their online classes. Through a combination of flexible scheduling, weekly sessions, discussion forums, and interactive simulations, Bethel Online works hard to make sure their students receive the same quality education. They offer 4 undergraduate online degrees and 5 graduate degrees. Undergraduate options cover ministry, business, behavior science, and interdisciplinary studies. Graduate programs include business administration, education, school administration, counseling, and teaching.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 84%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 12-1

Spring Arbor University is a Christian institution in Spring Arbor, Michigan. Founded in 1873 by leaders of the Free Methodist Church, Spring Arbor today is the second-largest Evangelical Christian University in Michigan. To that end, SAU pursues its Christian mission through the values of a commitment to God’s Creation, developing Christian character, and the potential of every human being. SAU offers over 70 majors and degree programs at the undergraduate level, and several master’s level programs, including online options.

SAU online continues the school’s commitment to offering quality Christian education. Their innovative methods include having online students study 1 subject at a time in a condensed 7 week format with video, audio, and hands-on instructional methods. Undergraduate online degree offerings include organizational management, social work, and a RN to BSN program. Graduate online degree options include communication, education, reading, TESOL, business administration, and nursing.

  • Online Degree Programs
  • Percentage of undergraduate students awarded financial aid: 88%
  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 11-1