Arizona’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

For prospective college students looking for schools that align with their Christian faith and demonstrate academic excellence, here are the best Christian colleges and universities in Arizona.

Arizona’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Arizona

Students hoping to attend college in Arizona can choose from associate to doctoral degree programs spanning across the state. The state’s largest university, the University of Arizona located in Tucson, offers a competitive tuition rate, at $12,000, for its 39,000 students. However, Arizona’s most affordable schools, such as the tribally-owned Diné College, offer tuition as low as $1,000. Private schools make up about one third of the higher education institutes in Arizona; and offer a comprehensive range of degrees from fine arts to naturopathic medicine. Arizona’s public universities and colleges, such as Northern Arizona University located in Flagstaff, offer students a variety of study concentrations, including mathematics, education, political science, and psychology.

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Additionally, Arizona is home to three religiously affiliated schools: Arizona Christian University, Phoenix Seminary, and International Baptist College. While tuition varies greatly among these three schools, each school provides unique degree programs, such as music ministry at International Baptist College, for students interested in combining their faith and education.

Year-round sunshine, the Grand Canyon, award-winning restaurants, and several professional sports teams — what more could a student ask for? With more than 30 colleges and universities to choose from, Arizona allows students to get their degrees while cashing in on some of life’s greatest pleasures.

Whether students are interested in obtaining an associate, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree, Arizona offers plenty of colleges and universities for students to choose from.

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What are Arizona’s Colleges & Universities?

Arizona’s Best Overall


The following list of the best Christian schools consists entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees. We’ve identified 3 Christian colleges in Arizona that meets our criteria. In order to be included in this ranking list of best Christian colleges and universities, a school needs to satisfy the following three conditions:

  1. It must self-identify as Christian.
  2. It must be fully accredited.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.

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How do we determine Arizona's best Christian colleges and universities?

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great. This is why, at the undergraduate level, we rank the best colleges and universities based on what we call “Concentrated Influence”. Concentrated Influence takes the combined influence score of a college or university’s top academic influencers (including faculty and alums) and divides it by the school’s total number of undergraduates.

Using concentrated influence gives small and mid-sized schools an opportunity to shine by taking away the size advantage of larger universities. A small school with proportionately more influential faculty than a large school, whose influence in absolute terms may be bigger, will nonetheless score higher in a concentrated influence ranking. Our approach highlights undergraduate schools that truly rank for excellence, regardless of size.

If you are serious about finding the best colleges and universities for a bachelor’s degree, you should be asking where the most influential professors are teaching and whether their graduates are themselves advancing the school’s reputation for academic excellence.

Most ranking sites rely on an opaque combination of reputation surveys and arbitrary performance metrics. Concentrated Influence provides a ranking that is free from bias, insulated from manipulation, and reflective of real-world educational outcomes.

Find out more about our ranking methodology here.

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Arizona’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities

  1. #1

    Arizona Christian University

    #6711 institution's historical influence
    #225 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/18

    Glendale, AZ

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    What is Arizona Christian University known for?

    Arizona Christian University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Grand Canyon University

    #2492 institution's historical influence
    #336 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    82K

    Phoenix, AZ

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    What is Grand Canyon University known for?

    Grand Canyon University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  3. #3

    International Baptist College

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    <1K

    Chandler, AZ

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    What is International Baptist College known for?

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