Massachusetts’ Best Christian Colleges and 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 Massachusetts.

Massachusetts’ Best Christian Colleges and Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Massachusetts

Some of the most talked about universities in Massachusetts are its private schools, including Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which also happen to be the largest. Tuition for these prestigious schools runs between $50,000 and $54,000. Students here have access to some of the top programs in the country in fields such as biology, literature, law, education, engineering, and religious studies. The alumni from New England schools are equally as impressive, including Martin Luther King Jr., Bill Gates, and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

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The public higher education institutes also boast top-notch programs, allowing students to pursue associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in fields like mathematics, social work, medicine, and economics. The University of Massachusetts Amherst, the state’s largest public university, offers tuition around $16,000 and serves over 28,000 students. Additionally, students who are interested in attending a religiously affiliated school have 17 options to choose from, most of which feature high graduation rates for their students. For future dental, medical, or mental health professionals, Massachusetts also offers loan forgiveness programs for those working in underserved communities.

As the port of destination for the Mayflower, home to the Plymouth colony, and site of the Salem Witch Trials, Massachusetts looms large in United States history, but this most populous New England state isn’t just for history buffs. The Bay State is also known for its delicious cuisine, beautiful coastlines, and devout sports fans. Not to mention, it has over 100 colleges for students to choose from.

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What are Massachusetts’ Colleges & Universities?

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How do we determine Massachusetts' best Christian colleges and universities?

Methodology

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.


There are 10 Christian colleges and universities in Massachusetts, 8 of which satisfy our criteria. The best Christian schools below consist entirely of colleges and universities that offer four-year undergraduate degrees and the following four 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 greater than 50%.

10 Best Christian Colleges & Universities in Massachusetts

  1. Other Rankings

    Tuition + fees

    $55K

    Acceptance

    38%

    Graduation

    93%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1345/30

    What is College of the Holy Cross known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Education
    • Communications
    • History
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
    • Biology
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • Psychology
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  2. #3

    Stonehill College

    Easton , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    82%

    Student body

    3K

    What is Stonehill College known for?

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

    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
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  3. #4

    Gordon College

    Wenham , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    68%

    Graduation

    72%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1185/25

    What is Gordon College known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • Literature
    • Communications
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology
    • Education
    • History
    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Physics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  4. #5

    Emmanuel College

    Boston , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $43K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    62%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1170/24

    What is Emmanuel College known for?

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

    • Literature
    • Medical
    • Education
    • Chemistry
    • History
    • Biology
    • Communications
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Political Science

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  5. #6

    Merrimack College

    North Andover , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $45K

    Acceptance

    82%

    Graduation

    74%

    Student body

    5K

    What is Merrimack College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Communications
    • Engineering
    • Mathematics
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Philosophy
    • Religious Studies
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  6. #7

    Elms College

    Chicopee , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    70%

    Graduation

    64%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1050/21

    What is Elms College known for?

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

    • Business
    • Education
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Religious Studies
    • Law
    • Literature
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

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  7. #8

    Assumption University

    Worcester , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    81%

    Graduation

    73%

    Student body

    2K

    What is Assumption University known for?

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

    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Education
    • History
    • Medical
    • Literature
    • Mathematics
    • Communications
    • Sociology
    • Psychology

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  8. Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    64%

    Graduation

    38%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    995/20

    What is Eastern Nazarene College known for?

    Eastern Nazarene College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Computer Science
    • Business
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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  9. #10

    Anna Maria College

    Paxton , MA

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    86%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    1K

    What is Anna Maria College known for?

    Anna Maria College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Criminal Justice
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Nursing
    • Law
    • History
    • Medical
    • Communications
    • Literature
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

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