DURHAM, N.C., March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online (http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/), has published a ranking of the 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the West 2017.
In accordance with other rankings for aesthetic beauty published by Christian Universities Online, the 50 Most Beautiful Bible Colleges 2017 and 25 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities in the South 2017, this ranking took into account a variety of categories and weighted them equally to provide a ranking that would be as objective as possible. For this ranking, only schools that are members or member eligible of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) were considered. The following four categories were then evaluated for each school: 1) continuity of campus; 2) architectural style; 3) signature building(s); and 4) natural setting. As said, equal weight was given to each category to determine the final scores.
Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas, claimed the top spot on the list. Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Houston Baptist University of Houston, Texas, complete the top three. The ranking can be viewed at http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/25-most-beautiful-christian-colleges-and-universities-in-the-west-2017/.
Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order) as follows:
Azusa Pacific University - Azusa, California
Biola University - La Mirada, California
California Baptist University - Riverside, California
Colorado Christian University - Lakewood, Colorado
Concordia University Irvine - Irvine, California
Corban University - Salem, Oregon
East Texas Baptist University - Marshall, Texas
Fresno Pacific University - Fresno, California
George Fox University - Newberg, Oregon
Grand Canyon University - Phoenix, Arizona
Hardin-Simmons University - Abilene, Texas
Hope International University - Fullerton, California
LeTourneau University - Longview, Texas
Northwest Christian University - Eugene, Oregon
Oklahoma Baptist University - Shawnee, Oklahoma
Oklahoma Christian University - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Oral Roberts University - Tulsa, Oklahoma
Southern Nazarene University - Bethany, Oklahoma
The Master's University - Santa Clarita, California
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor - Belton, Texas
Vanguard University of Southern California - Costa Mesa, California
Whitworth University - Spokane, Washington
Anna-Rebekah Orr, site editor, states that the goal of this ranking is to highlight schools in the western region of the US that provide the best campus atmosphere. Orr goes on to say, "Christian Universities Online initially presented the 50 Most Beautiful Christian Colleges and Universities 2017 on a nationwide level. To continue this series, we now turn our attention to the west. Naturally, many of the schools listed in the national ranking make another appearance here. Some may say that the western part of the country has an unfair advantage due to climate, space, geography, and other factors. But by bringing the scope of a ranking down to a regional level, some previously hidden treasures are able to emerge into the spotlight." While Christian Universities Online acknowledges that campus appearance is not--nor should be--the primary criteria for making a decision about where to enroll, these rankings also acknowledge that aesthetic appeal is one of many valid considerations, and something prospective students care about at when choosing a college.
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.
Michael Templeton, editor
Christian Universities Online
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