Florida’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 Florida.

Florida’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

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 can choose from 40 public and 50 private institutions that award associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields like anthropology, nursing, law, religious studies, and earth sciences. 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.

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The following list of the best Christian schools consists entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees. We’ve identified a total of 19 Christian colleges in Florida. The top 10 Best Christian Colleges and Universities in Florida are shown below. 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.
  4. It must have a graduation rate above 40%.

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

The best colleges pound for pound!

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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10 Best Christian Colleges & Universities in Florida

  1. Eckerd College
    #1

    Eckerd College

    #1548 institution's overall influence
    #357 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $46K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/26

    Saint Petersburg, FL

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    What is Eckerd College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. Ave Maria University
    #2

    Ave Maria University

    #2575 institution's overall influence
    #1037 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $22K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/24

    Ave Maria, FL

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  3. St. Thomas University
    #3

    St. Thomas University

    #3615 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $32K

    Acceptance

    60%

    Graduation

    44%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    990/19

    Miami Gardens, FL

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    What is St. Thomas University known for?

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

    • Law
    • Education
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Communications
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Florida Southern College
    #4

    Florida Southern College

    #1721 institution's overall influence
    #1434 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1192/26

    Lakeland, FL

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    What is Florida Southern College known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. Palm Beach Atlantic University
    #5

    Palm Beach Atlantic University

    #3787 institution's overall influence
    #941 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1090/23

    West Palm Beach, FL

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    What is Palm Beach Atlantic University known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. Saint Leo University
    #6

    Saint Leo University

    #2895 institution's overall influence
    #291 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $24K

    Acceptance

    73%

    Graduation

    45%

    Student body

    11K

    Saint Leo, FL

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    What is Saint Leo University known for?

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

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

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. Southeastern University
    #7

    Southeastern University

    #6911 institution's overall influence
    #135 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $27K

    Acceptance

    43%

    Graduation

    40%

    Student body

    6K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1060/21

    Lakeland, FL

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    What is Southeastern University known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. St. John Vianney College Seminary
    #8

    St. John Vianney College Seminary

    #8949 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $23K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    75%

    Student body

    <1K

    Miami, FL

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    What is St. John Vianney College Seminary known for?

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. Baptist College of Florida
    #9

    Baptist College of Florida

    #6801 institution's overall influence
    #651 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $12K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    47%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1006/18

    Graceville, FL

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  10. Hobe Sound Bible College
    #10

    Hobe Sound Bible College

    #6522 institution's overall influence

    Tuition + fees

    $7K

    Graduation

    22%

    Student body

    <1K

    Hobe Sound, FL

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