Best Christian Colleges in Florida 2022

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 Florida.

Best Christian Colleges in Florida 2022

Colleges and Universities in Florida

Coming in under the national tuition average at $6,360, Florida’s colleges and universities make earning your degree affordable. Prospective students in Florida can choose from 40 public and 50 private colleges that award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields like anthropology, nursing, law, religious studies, and earth sciences. Nearly 40 colleges and universities in Florida offer online degrees that provide extra flexibility for educational opportunities. With over 165,000 students across eight campuses and 21 outreach centers, Miami Dade College is the largest public college in the state with a tuition of $3,000.

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Students seeking a religious school can choose from 21 colleges and universities that are grounded in Judeo-Christian, Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, and Christian principals. Ranked as the top two schools, the University of Florida (UF) and Florida State University (FSU) both have large student populations, with just over 45,000 at UF and just under 39,000 as FSU. Both are also affordable, with tuition at $6,000 and $7,000, respectively.

At $50,000, the University of Miami is the most expensive private college in the state and has graduated influential people, such as Gene Roddenberry, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne The Rock Johnson. Florida also offers its nursing students up to $4,000 in loan forgiveness through their Nursing Student Loan Forgiveness Program.

Coastal cities, sandy beaches, orange groves, and vibrant flowers — it’s no wonder Florida is called The Sunshine State. Home to the famous Everglades National Park and Disney World, Florida also boasts 90 higher education institutes.

With so many options and in such a beautiful setting, Florida has a lot to offer higher education students. Check out Florida’s best degree programs and top career paths.


What are Florida’s Colleges & Universities?

Florida’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 19 Christian colleges in Florida. In order to be included in this ranking list of best Christian colleges and universities, a school must self-identify as Christian, be fully accredited, and offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.

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

Methodology

The people affiliated with a school are ultimately what make it great! 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 in their fields of study.

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

To rank the influence of schools, we first determine the influence of scholars and professionals based on the number of citations and publications they have had over the past 10 years. In addition to publications and citations, we consider the web links to and from these sources, and the page views of those sources. We then match the influential people to their alma maters and institutions of employment, so that their influence is attributed to those schools. Our machine-learning Influence Ranking algorithm produces a numerical score of academic achievements, merits, and citations across Wikipedia, wikidata, Crossref, Semantic Scholar and an ever-growing body of data. If you are interested in exploring how and why we rank by influence, explore our methodology in more depth.

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Best Christian Colleges in Florida 2022

  1. #1

    Barry University

    Miami , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    65%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1005/19

    What is Barry University known for?

    Barry University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Nursing
    • Communications
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • Computer Science
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Florida Southern College

    Lakeland , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1192/26

    What is Florida Southern College known for?

    Florida Southern College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. #3

    Eckerd College

    Saint Petersburg , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/26

    What is Eckerd College known for?

    Eckerd College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Anthropology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. #4

    Ave Maria University

    Ave Maria , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $25K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    What is Ave Maria University known for?

    Ave Maria University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Physics
    • Business
    • Education
    • History
    • Economics
    • Biology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Saint Leo University

    Saint Leo , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    10K

    What is Saint Leo University known for?

    Saint Leo University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Economics
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #6

    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    West Palm Beach , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/23

    What is Palm Beach Atlantic University known for?

    Palm Beach Atlantic University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Law
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Psychology
    • History

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    St. Thomas University

    Miami Gardens , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/19

    What is St. Thomas University known for?

    St. Thomas University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Law
    • Criminal Justice
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Warner University

    Lake Wales , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    54%

    Graduation

    49%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Warner University known for?

    Warner University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    Florida Memorial University

    Miami Gardens , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $17K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Florida Memorial University known for?

    Florida Memorial University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Sociology
    • Chemistry
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • Literature
  10. #10

    Bethune–Cookman University

    Daytona Beach , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    98%

    Graduation

    33%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    925/16

    What is Bethune–Cookman University known for?

    Bethune–Cookman University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Nursing
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Sociology
    • Engineering
    • Medical
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #11

    Southeastern University

    Lakeland , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Graduation

    48%

    Student body

    7K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    What is Southeastern University known for?

    Southeastern University ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Law
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    Trinity Baptist College

    Jacksonville , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $13K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    975/19

    What is Trinity Baptist College known for?

    Trinity Baptist College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Criminal Justice
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    100%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is St. John Vianney College Seminary known for?

    St. John Vianney College Seminary’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. #14

    AdventHealth University

    Orlando , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    35%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/19

    What is AdventHealth University known for?

    AdventHealth University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. #15

    Johnson University Florida

    Kissimmee , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $19K

    Acceptance

    37%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    972/19

    What is Johnson University Florida known for?

    Johnson University Florida’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • Education
    • Medical
  16. #16

    Trinity College of Florida

    Trinity , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $16K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    23%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    925/17

    What is Trinity College of Florida known for?

    Trinity College of Florida’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

  17. #17

    Edward Waters University

    Jacksonville , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    57%

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    924/16

    What is Edward Waters University known for?

    Edward Waters University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Biology
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #18

    Baptist College of Florida

    Graceville , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1006/18

    What is Baptist College of Florida known for?

    Baptist College of Florida’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • History
    • Education
    • Literature
  19. #19

    Hobe Sound Bible College

    Hobe Sound , FL

    Tuition + fees

    $8K

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Hobe Sound Bible College known for?

    Hobe Sound Bible College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Education
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2021 Ranking Archive

Many of our 2022 undergraduate focused rankings look considerably different than 2021. That’s because we took a fundamentally different apporach. For 2021 we utiulized our Concentrated Influence algorithm, designed to take away the size advantage larger schools have when we rank their faculty and alumni’s academic influence. Concentrated influence highlights smaller schools that are proportionally as successful as larger universities at cultivating influential alumni and faculty.

  1. Eckerd College
  2. Ave Maria University
  3. St. Thomas University
  4. Florida Southern College
  5. Palm Beach Atlantic University
  6. Saint Leo University
  7. Southeastern University
  8. St. John Vianney College Seminary
  9. Baptist College of Florida
  10. Hobe Sound Bible College

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