Top Online Christian Colleges

by David Paul Krug

Bible colleges are many and mixed, over 1200 strong and counting. With Christian colleges and universities added in, the number of schools for studying the Bible expands still further.

Steering through such a large field of schools to find the right one for studying the Bible can be formidable. Below are 5 outstanding online bible colleges .

Bible-intensive schools serve a vital role in faith and learning in America. Historically, such schools grew out of the spiritual void left when traditionally Christian colleges—like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and William and Mary—left their Christian roots.

The following schools appear in this ranking for their commitment to sound Christian education, their vital campus life, outstanding faculty, academic excellence, and above all, their impressive Bible curriculum.

Liberty University

Liberty University is an elite college with strong Christian roots. It’s online degree programs are some of the best in the country. It’s the leader of not only online christian education, but online education as a whole. It is located in Lynchburg, Virginia, United States. Liberty’s annual enrollment is 12,500 residential students and 80,000+ studying through Liberty University Online. When including the number of people taking its online courses, LU would be ranked as the largest Evangelical Christian university in the world

Grand Canyon University

Grand Canyon University is a for-profit Christian university located in Phoenix, Arizona, United States. It is owned by Grand Canyon Education (NASDAQ: LOPE). GCU was founded in 1949 as a non-profit liberal arts college. Grand Canyon Education, Inc. purchased Grand Canyon University in February 2004.The college was founded as a nonprofit institution in 1949. Arizona Southern Baptists felt the need to establish a faith-based institution that would allow local Baptists the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor ’s or Master’s degree without going east to one of the Baptist colleges in Texas or Oklahoma.

Abilene Christian University

Abilene Christian University (ACU) is a private university located in Abilene, in the U.S. state of Texas, affiliated with Churches of Christ. ACU was founded in 1906, as Childers Classical Institute. Abilene Christian University’s fall 2012 enrollment is 4,371 students. ACU offers many on campus degree programs, as well as an extensive amount of online degree programs.

Victory University

Victory University, formerly Crichton College, is a private for-profit Christian, liberal arts college located in Memphis, Tennessee. Victory University is a four-year, coeducational institution owned by California-based Significant Education. The institution intends to combine higher education with evangelical Christian faith and to integrate learning with the needs of people in contemporary society. Victory University intends to base its academic programs, philosophy, and the life of the University on Biblical principles. Victory offers a number of accredited degree programs including majors in psychology, biblical studies, business, biology, chemistry, professional education, pre-nursing, English, history, liberal studies, and pre-law.

St. Leo University

Saint Leo University is a private, non-profit, Roman Catholic liberal arts university established in 1889 and located in Saint Leo, Florida, 35 miles north of Tampa. The University is associated with the Holy Name Monastery, a Benedictine convent, and Saint Leo Abbey, a Benedictine monastery. Saint Leo University operates 17 continuing education centers in seven states, including California, Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia, as well as dozens of military base centers and the University’s Center for Online Learning. Worldwide Saint Leo University had a total enrollment of 15,565 students in 2010, a majority of which were military-related students and of which 1,862 were enrolled at the main Florida campus. St. Leo offers many degree programs with a primary focus on liberal arts.

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