DURHAM, N.C., Aug. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/), has published a ranking of the 25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the South 2017 (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/25-best-christian-colleges-and-universities-in-the-south-2017/).
Union University in Jackson, Tennessee claimed the top spot on the list, while Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, and Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, came in second and third, respectively.
Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):
Anderson University - Anderson, South Carolina
Belhaven University - Jackson, Mississippi
Bryan College - Dayton, Tennessee
Carson-Newman University - Jefferson City, Tennessee
Covenant College - Lookout Mountain, Georgia
Emmanuel College - Franklin Springs, Georgia
Erskine College - Due West, South Carolina
Harding University - Searcy, Arkansas
John Brown University - Siloam Springs, Arkansas
Judson College - Marion, Alabama
King University - Bristol, Tennessee
Liberty University - Lynchburg, Virginia
Louisiana College - Pineville, Louisiana
Mississippi College - Clinton, Mississippi
North Greenville University - Tigerville, South Carolina
Palm Beach Atlantic University - West Palm Beach, Florida
Shorter University - Rome, Georgia
Southern Wesleyan University - Central, South Carolina
Toccoa Falls College - Toccoa, Georgia
Trevecca Nazarene University - Nashville, Tennessee
University of Mobile - Prichard, Alabama
Warner University - Lake Wales, Florida
To arrive at this ranking, Christian Universities Online began with a list of schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). We then collected publicly available data for these schools in the following categories: 1) faculty-to-student ratio; 2) percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid; 3) selectivity; 4) overall retention rate; and 5) overall graduation rate. Each category received equal weight in calculating the final ranking.
Anna-Rebekah Orr, the associate editor for the ranking, states that the goal of the ranking is to highlight schools that excel in their educational offerings and the overall value of the education they provide. Orr says, "These are southern schools that seek to provide students with a top-notch education on multiple levels, ranging from overall academic quality and resources to financial assistance. These are schools that not only take higher education seriously but work with students, faculty, and administration to assemble a complete educational package. Their high standards mean that graduates fare better in future careers, thus advancing the reputation of the school and creating a self-perpetuating cycle of quality and strong reputation." She adds, "For this ranking, Christian Universities Online sought to give equal weight to as many practical elements as possible. A school's reputation is made up of multiple components. By taking into account a broad range of qualities, we were able to identify which of these southern institutions are truly on top of their game for overall quality, value, and academic offerings."
Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/) is an online resource for students and families researching Christian higher education. The site publishes rankings and reviews of the best Christian colleges and universities, information about Christian scholarships and financial aid, and many other resources for finding, getting into, and paying for a quality Christian education.
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