Best Christian Colleges in Indiana 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 Indiana.

Best Christian Colleges in Indiana 2022

Colleges and Universities in Indiana

Among Indiana’s schools are some well-known colleges and universities, including the University of Notre Dame, Purdue University, and Butler University. While tuition and student population vary greatly among these schools, each boasts a high graduation rate. The state’s largest public university, Indiana University Bloomington, also notes a high graduation rate for its roughly 40,000 students and offers tuition just above the national average at $11,000.

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Additionally, students hoping to attend a school with a religious affiliation have nearly 30 options to choose from. Students at these schools can study areas like engineering, business, philosophy, religious studies, and law. Indiana offers loan forgiveness programs for health care workers who work in areas with labor shortages as well as for lawyers providing public legal aid. Additionally, graduates of Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law pursuing public interest law can apply for a special grant program that will help cover the cost of preparing and sitting for the bar exam.

With town names like Popcorn and Santa Claus, it is clear Indiana is no stranger to a good time. Along with these unique towns, Indiana also hosts the Indianapolis 500, a long-distance auto race; boasts a thriving art scene; and has been home to iconic celebrities, including Larry Bird, James Dean, and David Letterman. Students wanting to experience all Indiana has to offer while studying have the option of attending one of Indiana’s more than 50 higher education institutes.

Explore Indiana’s more than 50 colleges and universities to find a program and future career path that’s right for you.


What are Indiana’s Colleges & Universities?

Indiana’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 21 Christian colleges in Indiana. 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 Indiana'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 Indiana 2022

  1. #2

    Valparaiso University

    Valparaiso , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1180/25

    What is Valparaiso University known for?

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

    • Earth Sciences
    • Economics
    • Law
    • Psychology
    • Engineering
    • Nursing
    • Physics
    • History
    • Medical
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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  2. #4

    University of Evansville

    Evansville , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    67%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1189/26

    What is University of Evansville known for?

    University of Evansville’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Nursing
    • Engineering
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Chemistry
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. #5

    Manchester University

    North Manchester , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Manchester University known for?

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

    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Political Science
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Philosophy
    • Medical
    • Economics

    Most Influential Alumni

  4. Tuition + fees

    $29K

    Acceptance

    91%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1125/23

    What is Indiana Wesleyan University known for?

    Indiana Wesleyan University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Nursing
    • Psychology
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Education

    Most Influential Alumni

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  5. #7

    Goshen College

    Goshen , IN
    Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $36K

    Acceptance

    92%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1108/25

    What is Goshen College known for?

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

    • Sociology
    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  6. #8

    Saint Mary's College

    Notre Dame , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $48K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    81%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/25

    What is Saint Mary's College known for?

    Saint Mary's College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Philosophy
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Economics
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #9

    Taylor University

    Upland , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    78%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1195/25

    What is Taylor University known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Biology
    • Physics
    • Sociology
    • Communications
    • Political Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #10

    Hanover College

    Hanover , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $40K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1135/23

    What is Hanover College known for?

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

    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Physics
    • History
    • Earth Sciences
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Engineering

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #11

    Anderson University

    Anderson , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    67%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1080/22

    What is Anderson University known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Sociology
    • Physics
    • History
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Communications
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #12

    Marian University

    Indianapolis , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    What is Marian University known for?

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

    • Nursing
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  11. #13

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College

    Saint Mary of the Woods , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    53%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/20

    What is Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College known for?

    Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Social Work
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Business
    • Biology
    • Education
    • Literature
    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #14

    Franklin College

    Franklin , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/21

    What is Franklin College known for?

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

    • Philosophy
    • Business
    • Chemistry
    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Economics
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #15

    Huntington University

    Huntington , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    65%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1057/21

    What is Huntington University known for?

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

    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Biology
    • Medical
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

  14. #16

    University of Indianapolis

    Indianapolis , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    84%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    5K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1085/22

    What is University of Indianapolis known for?

    University of Indianapolis’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Communications
    • Mathematics
    • Computer Science
    • Anthropology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Chemistry
    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work

    Most Influential Alumni

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  15. #17

    Holy Cross College

    Notre Dame , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    77%

    Graduation

    55%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1220/29

    What is Holy Cross College known for?

    Holy Cross College ’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • History
    • Education
    • Biology
    • Literature
    • Business
  16. #18

    Grace College & Seminary

    Winona Lake , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    68%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Grace College & Seminary known for?

    Grace College & Seminary’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • History
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Chemistry
    • Computer Science
    • Medical
    • Sociology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  17. #19

    Oakland City University

    Oakland City , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    63%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1025/18

    What is Oakland City University known for?

    Oakland City University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Biology
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Business
    • Education
    • Criminal Justice
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  18. #20

    University of Saint Francis

    Fort Wayne , IN

    Tuition + fees

    $33K

    Acceptance

    99%

    Graduation

    51%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1059/21

    What is University of Saint Francis known for?

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

    • Psychology
    • Nursing
    • Chemistry
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Mathematics
    • Literature
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

  19. Tuition + fees

    $20K

    Graduation

    28%

    Student body

    <1K

    What is Calumet College of St. Joseph known for?

    Calumet College of St. Joseph’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Criminal Justice
    • Social Work
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Medical
    • Computer Science

    Most Influential Alumni

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Indiana’s Best Christian Colleges in Your Area of Interest

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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. University of Notre Dame
  2. Earlham College
  3. Hanover College
  4. Goshen College
  5. Valparaiso University
  6. University of Evansville
  7. Indiana Wesleyan University
  8. Saint Mary's College
  9. Taylor University
  10. Manchester University
  11. University of Indianapolis
  12. Franklin College
  13. Grace College & Seminary
  14. Huntington University
  15. Marian University
  16. University of Saint Francis
  17. Anderson University