Virginia’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 Virginia.

Virginia’s Best Christian Colleges & Universities of 2021

Colleges and Universities in Virginia

Liberty University, a private Christian school in Lynchburg, is the largest school in Virginia, serving over 60,000 students. The largest public university, Virginia Tech, has a student population of about half that but offers many in-person degree programs as well as eight master’s programs and 19 certificate programs online. Students who attend Virginia Tech can pursue fields like engineering, criminal justice, education, and business.

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The majority of Virginia’s universities and colleges could be considered small schools, serving populations of less than 5,000 students. Included on this list are public schools, like Christopher Newport University in Newport News, and private schools, like Hampton University, a historically black university in Hampton. Though most of its higher education institutes charge tuition fees above the national average, Virginia offers several loan forgiveness programs for qualifying attorneys and medical, dental, behavioral health, and pharmaceutical professionals.

Virginia is perhaps most famous for its rich history — but the state is also home to many unique museums and famous landmarks. For example, those who love the classics can visit the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond. Those who harbor romantic dreams of espionage and intrigue might visit the CIA Museum in McLean. And, if you like your attractions random, you could check out Virginia’s 300-yard-long natural tunnel or its 29-ton spinning granite ball. While you’re here, you might consider attending one of the 78 colleges located in the state.

Learn more about Virginia’s higher education opportunities by checking out the state’s many colleges and universities.


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How do we determine Virginia'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.


There are 17 Christian colleges and universities in Virginia, 15 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 and non-profit institution.
  3. It must offer a broad range of bachelor degree programs.
  4. It must have a graduation rate greater than 30%.

Best Christian Colleges & Universities in Virginia

  1. #1

    Virginia Union University

    #1390 institution's historical influence
    #433 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $14K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    849/15

    Richmond, VA

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    What is Virginia Union University known for?

    Virginia Union University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • History
    • Literature
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Psychology
    • Sociology
    • Computer Science
    • Chemistry

    Most Influential Alumni

  2. #2

    Randolph–Macon College

    #1561 institution's historical influence
    #962 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $44K

    Acceptance

    71%

    Graduation

    66%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1145/23

    Ashland, VA

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    What is Randolph–Macon College known for?

    Randolph–Macon College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Literature
    • Economics
    • Political Science
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • History
    • Education
    • Religious Studies
    • Communications
    • Business

    Most Influential Alumni

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  3. #3

    Marymount University

    #3107 institution's historical influence
    #510 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    85%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/20

    Arlington, VA

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    What is Marymount University known for?

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

    • Medical
    • Business
    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Communications
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  4. #4

    Eastern Mennonite University

    #2271 institution's historical influence
    #1308 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $39K

    Acceptance

    72%

    Graduation

    60%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/22

    Harrisonburg, VA

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    What is Eastern Mennonite University known for?

    Eastern Mennonite University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Criminal Justice
    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Sociology
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  5. #5

    Randolph College

    #2709 institution's historical influence
    #766 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $26K

    Acceptance

    90%

    Graduation

    56%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1075/22

    Lynchburg, VA

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    What is Randolph College known for?

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

    • Education
    • Literature
    • History
    • Engineering
    • Psychology
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Physics
    • Political Science
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

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  6. #6

    Emory and Henry College

    #1829 institution's historical influence
    #835 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $35K

    Acceptance

    75%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1065/21

    Emory, VA

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    What is Emory and Henry College known for?

    Emory and Henry College’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Mathematics
    • History
    • Business
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Physics
    • Communications
    • Psychology

    Most Influential Alumni

  7. #7

    Mary Baldwin University

    #3645 institution's historical influence
    #1238 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $31K

    Acceptance

    87%

    Graduation

    42%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1030/20

    Staunton, VA

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    What is Mary Baldwin University known for?

    Mary Baldwin University’s faculty and alumni have been influential in:

    • Education
    • Medical
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Social Work
    • Communications
    • Political Science
    • Chemistry
    • Literature
    • Nursing

    Most Influential Alumni

  8. #8

    Roanoke College

    #1659 institution's historical influence
    #332 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $47K

    Acceptance

    78%

    Graduation

    70%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1155/24

    Salem, VA

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    What is Roanoke College known for?

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

    • Business
    • Political Science
    • Computer Science
    • Literature
    • Education
    • Biology
    • History
    • Religious Studies
    • Philosophy
    • Medical

    Most Influential Alumni

  9. #9

    Liberty University

    #988 institution's historical influence
    #116 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $15K

    Acceptance

    50%

    Graduation

    54%

    Student body

    75K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1150/24

    Lynchburg, VA

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    What is Liberty University known for?

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

    • Religious Studies
    • Education
    • Business
    • Philosophy
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • History
    • Law
    • Medical
    • Communications

    Most Influential Alumni

  10. #10

    Shenandoah University

    #3935 institution's historical influence
    #858 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $34K

    Acceptance

    74%

    Graduation

    61%

    Student body

    3K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1100/22

    Winchester, VA

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    What is Shenandoah University known for?

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

    • Medical
    • Education
    • Business
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Computer Science
    • Political Science
    • Literature
    • Religious Studies
    • Communications
  11. #11

    Averett University

    #8025 institution's historical influence
    #422 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    69%

    Graduation

    50%

    Student body

    <1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    960/18

    Danville, VA

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    What is Averett University known for?

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

    • Education
    • Political Science
    • Business
    • History
    • Medical
    • Mathematics
    • Biology
    • Psychology
    • Literature
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  12. #12

    Bluefield College

    #7388 institution's historical influence
    #800 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $28K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    36%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    985/19

    Bluefield, VA

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    What is Bluefield College known for?

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

    • Medical
    • Biology
    • Education
    • History
    • Mathematics
    • Business
    • Nursing
    • Religious Studies
    • Social Work
    • Literature

    Most Influential Alumni

  13. #13

    Bridgewater College

    #4614 institution's historical influence
    #457 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $38K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    63%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/21

    Bridgewater, VA

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    What is Bridgewater College known for?

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

    • Political Science
    • Biology
    • History
    • Medical
    • Economics
    • Literature
    • Physics
    • Sociology
    • Philosophy
    • Mathematics

    Most Influential Alumni

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  14. #14

    University of Lynchburg

    #4294 institution's historical influence

    Tuition + fees

    $42K

    Acceptance

    97%

    Graduation

    57%

    Student body

    2K

    Median SAT/ACT

    1070/22

    Lynchburg, VA

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    What is University of Lynchburg known for?

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

    • Education
    • Medical
    • Business
    • History
    • Nursing
    • Religious Studies
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Communications
    • Criminal Justice

    Most Influential Alumni

  15. #15

    Ferrum College

    #4083 institution's historical influence
    #667 overall school desirability

    Tuition + fees

    $37K

    Acceptance

    76%

    Graduation

    32%

    Student body

    1K

    Median SAT/ACT

    960/18

    Ferrum, VA

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    What is Ferrum College known for?

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

    • Education
    • History
    • Political Science
    • Psychology
    • Religious Studies
    • Medical
    • Criminal Justice
    • Computer Science
    • Mathematics
    • Biology

    Most Influential Alumni

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