DURHAM, N.C., Dec. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/), has published a ranking of 25 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in the Midwest 2017. http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/25-best-christian-colleges-and-universities-in-the-midwest-2017/
This ranking began with a group of schools in the midwest region that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). Publicly available data was then collected for each school 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.
Placing first in this ranking is College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. Coming in second place is Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, while Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, rounds out the top three.
Other schools making the ranking are listed below (in alphabetical order):
Anderson University - Anderson, Indiana
Bethel College – Mishawaka, Indiana
Bethel University - St. Paul, Minnesota
Bluffton University - Bluffton, Colorado
Cedarville University - Cedarville, Ohio
Cornerstone University - Grand Rapids, Michigan
Dordt College - Sioux Center, Iowa
Evangel University - Springfield, Missouri
Greenville College - Greenville, Illinois
Huntington University - Huntington, Indiana
Judson University - Elgin, Illinois
MidAmerica Nazarene University - Olathe, Kansas
Mount Vernon Nazarene University - Mount Vernon, Ohio
North Central University - Minneapolis, Minnesota
North Park University - Chicago, Illinois
Northwest Nazarene University - Nampa, Idaho
Northwestern College - Orange City, Iowa
Olivet Nazarene University - Bourbonnais, Illinois
Spring Arbor University - Spring Arbor, Michigan
Taylor University - Upland, Indiana
Trinity Christian College - Palos Heights, Illinois
University of Northwestern–St. Paul-Minneapolis - St. Paul, Minnesota
Christian Universities Online created this regional ranking knowing that for many students geography plays a key role in their in the college search process. Although the list mirrors its top fifty ranking of schools nationwide, the geographical parameters of this ranking result in a more specialized list that is both succinct and interest-based. Anna-Rebekah Orr, site editor, says, "While geography is not the highest priority for all emerging college students, it can play a key role for some. Proximity to home (which affects travel costs), availability of post-graduate opportunities locally, and familiarity with the region are all factors that many students consider. Cost of living, climate, and culture also wield some influence in the decision making process. This ranking highlights intentionally Christian schools in the midwest that are known for personal attention to their students, selectivity, readily available financial aid, and overall student satisfaction. We think it will be very useful to students looking for a Christian school in the midwest."
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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