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2022 Best Colleges for Religious Education

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843

Graduates Per Year

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$40K

Average Salary

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#230

Most Popular Major

Popularity

Average Popularity

843

86% NATIONAL AVG

Diplomas Received Last Year

97

49% NATIONAL AVG

Colleges Offering this Degree

Most Popular Degrees

229

Urban Planning

847

230

Religious Education

843

231

Recreational Therapy

842

Cost

Median Cost

$29,475

8% NATIONAL AVG

Median Degree Cost

Most Expensive Degrees

210

Hospitality Management

$29,485

211

Religious Education

$29,475

212

Fashion Design

$29,350

Salary

Low Salary

$29,911

23% NATIONAL AVG

Average Salary Two Years Out of School

Average Salary

314

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

$30,032

315

Religious Education

$29,911

316

African-American Studies

$29,876

Professors

Students

Average Diversity

3.8/5

4.99% NATIONAL AVG

Student Diversity Index

Most Diverse

181

Finance

182

Religious Education

183

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SUMMARY

Studying Religious Education is a valuable choice and usually a necessary first step for pupils wanting to begin a career as a theology professor, a torah history professor, or a rector. In fact, religious education is an uncommon major ranking as the 230th most popular major. Last year alone, there were 843 religious education graduates. In-state tuition for religious education at private schools is, on average, Infinity times more costly than their public rivals.

With only 97 universities having programs for religious education you may have a more finite list of the institutions that will have an option for you. If you're hoping to immerse yourself with other religious education majors, look at schools in Arizona which have the most undergrads admitted to religious education annually. More generally, the top region to study religious education is in the Southwest region with Grand Canyon University, Dallas Baptist University, and College of Biblical Studies best representing the region. Interestingly, our selection of the top conference to major in religious education is the Western Athletic Conference with Grand Canyon University representing the conference. That said, our selection for the best school for religious education is Wheaton College. You may also want to check out our list of best colleges.

The overall best school does not mean it is the 'best' school for every student. There might be tons of facets to consider when choosing ​university. Stuff like campus amenities, transportation services, and food might definitely change one's decision on where to go to college. Here at authority.org, we have examined the pros and cons for you. If, for example, you are interested in which religious education university is home to the superior campus, the winner is Grand Canyon University. If, for example, you are very interested in which school boasts the finest campus, we have a whole page dedicated to that. We have carefully pored through professor reviews, student reviews, government databases, and more to compare every major in the United States in an unbiased and informative way. Here you can explore our well researched list for the colleges with the best student life and from that list, our pick of the school with the best student life for religious education is Wheaton College. Are you curious why? Keep scrolling to learn more about Authority's top choices. Many of our decisions might shock you.

If price is a significant influence in your choice of where you attend school, you might be cautious about Biola University. Biola University appears to be the most expensive college for religious education, at least regarding out of state attendance. That being said, we have a list of the most expensive schools that could put the price tag at Biola University into perspective. Additionally, you could be interested to know that religious education is the 211th most expensive degree in the nation, with an average expense of $29,500. On a broader scale, the most expensive state for religious education in the country is California at Azusa Pacific University and Biola University, the primary schools in California, of $39,640 and $41,976. To zoom out even further, the most expensive region of the U.S. for religious education is the Far West region which is best demonstrated with Azusa Pacific University with a cost of $39,640, Biola University with a cost of $41,976, and George Fox University with a cost of $36,750.

Our cheapest region for religious education is the Southeast region which is represented by University of the Cumberlands with a cost of $9,875, Lindsey Wilson College with a cost of $25,080, and Lee University with a cost of $18,120. On the bright side, the most affordable school for religious education is University of the Cumberlands. Authority.org's full list of the most affordable schools can be explored here.

In-state attendees can anticipate paying about $0 for a degree in religious education. That cost increases intensely to a median of $0 for the out-of-state public-school student. Our pick for the school with the best value for religious education: Wheaton College. On this page you can find our comprehensive list about the schools we believe to be the best value overall. With that said, this section is predicated on being an out-of-state student. A discussion of value changes when in-state tuition is considered, but we do not know in which states any one student has residency.

Earnings for religious education majors vary widely, but within two-years of completing the major students will often make around $39,900. While there is a lot of variation in earnings potential; top positions can make up to $71,100. Straight out of school, the lowest end positions within the religious education space earn $23,100, which could be worse. The top earning grads for religious education graduated from Azusa Pacific University and if you want to find the universities with all of the highest earning graduates, Authority has that too.

The all-around diversity of religious education is decent, being within the 54th percentile of all programs. The college with the most composite diversity for religious education is Grand Canyon University and here you can find our general list of the universities which have the most diversity. The financial diversity of Religious Education only is in the 51st percentile compared to all other majors. Racial diversity is even less in the 44th percentile. White collegians compose the largest share at 63% of those majoring in religious education. Additionally, 57% of students pursuing a religious education major are women.

We have insufficient professors data for religious education to make the conclusions we normally would have made in this sentence. If we including data other than just rankings we find that the college with the best professors for religious education is Dallas Baptist University. One can find more detail on our evolving ranking methodology of the best overall professors here, as well as some of the finest examples of professors in the U.S.

Finally, the most difficult school to get into for religious education is Crown College. While we do not necessarily see the value in it, we do have a general page of the hardest colleges to get into. That being said, we do hope you believe that looking at higher education with a perspective primarily built on superlatives can cause issues. We hope you look at some of our other pages on different universities and peruse a couple of our helpful background 'blog posts' on essential things to look for as your university search develops.

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Biola University

#1 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Biola University is a mid-sized private university located in La Mirada, CA ranked 298th in America. It has a total of 4,159 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 69.85% acceptance rate. Biola University offers 86 different majors and is best known for its Multicultural and Diversity Studies, Religious Education, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 1st, 1st, and 3rd respectively). With an annual tuition of $41,976 per year, Biola University is quite costly. 67.55% of students graduate starting the next stage of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw near $44,500 per year, which is 7% above the national median.

La Mirada, CA

https://www.biola.edu

A-

Rating

70%

Acceptance

6,522

Students

#298

Ranking

$41,976

Tuition

Franciscan University of Steubenville

#2 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Franciscan University of Steubenville is a small private institution located in Steubenville, OH ranked 17th in Ohio. It has a total of 2,421 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 76.64% acceptance rate. Franciscan University of Steubenville offers 50 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education, Theological and Ministerial Studies, and Humanities programs (nationally ranked 2nd, 3rd, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $28,420 per year, Franciscan University of Steubenville is reasonably high-priced. 71.61% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to generate around $37,700 per year, which is 9% less than the national median.

Steubenville, OH

www.franciscan.edu

B

Rating

77%

Acceptance

3,600

Students

#514

Ranking

$28,420

Tuition

Wheaton College

#3 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Wheaton College is a small private liberal arts college located in Wheaton, IL ranked 193rd in the US. It has a total of 2,498 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 84.81% acceptance rate. Wheaton College offers 58 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education, Bible Studies, and Managerial Economics programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 13th respectively). With an annual tuition of $37,700 per year, Wheaton College is quite high-priced. 83.06% of students graduate starting the next phase of their lives, working. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw roughly $48,400 per year, which is 17% above the national median.

Wheaton, IL

www.wheaton.edu

A

Rating

85%

Acceptance

3,279

Students

#193

Ranking

$37,700

Tuition

Messiah University

#4 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Messiah University is a small private institution located in Mechanicsburg, PA ranked 27th in Pennsylvania. It has a total of 2,801 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting about three fourths of applicants. Messiah University offers 119 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education, Biopsychology, and Family and Community Services programs (nationally ranked 4th, 6th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $35,280 per year, Messiah University is reasonably pricey. 77.36% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn close to $45,100 per year, which is 9% greater than the national median.

Mechanicsburg, PA

www.messiah.edu

B+

Rating

76%

Acceptance

3,646

Students

#357

Ranking

$35,280

Tuition

Azusa Pacific University

#5 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Azusa Pacific University is a mid-sized private institution located in Azusa, CA ranked 55th in California. It has a total of 6,293 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 67.48% acceptance rate. Azusa Pacific University offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education, Physical Education, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 5th, 7th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $39,640 per year, Azusa Pacific University is quite expensive. 54.52% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to take in about $51,100 per year, which is 23% greater than the national median.

Azusa, CA

www.apu.edu

B

Rating

67%

Acceptance

11,843

Students

#530

Ranking

$39,640

Tuition

Cedarville University

#6 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Cedarville University is a small private college located in Cedarville, OH ranked 26th in Ohio. It has a total of 4,069 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting in the neighborhood of 7/9ths of applicants. Cedarville University offers 88 different majors and is best known for its Bible Studies, Religious Education, and Pastoral Counseling programs (nationally ranked 6th, 6th, and 8th respectively). With an annual tuition of $31,122 per year, Cedarville University is somewhat moderately pricey. 57.16% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to take in around $41,300 per year, which is 1% less than the national median.

Cedarville, OH

https://www.cedarville.edu

C+

Rating

79%

Acceptance

4,566

Students

#663

Ranking

$31,122

Tuition

Olivet Nazarene University

#7 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Olivet Nazarene University is a small private institution located in Bourbonnais, IL ranked 27th in Illinois. It has a total of 3,710 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 57.76% acceptance rate. Olivet Nazarene University offers 99 different majors and is best known for its Missionary Studies, Pastoral Counseling, and Religious Education programs (nationally ranked 3rd, 4th, and 7th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,080 per year, Olivet Nazarene University is reasonably high-priced. 62.04% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, joining the workforce. After college, alumni go on to bring home approximately $40,400 per year, which is 3% below the national median.

Bourbonnais, IL

www.olivet.edu

B-

Rating

58%

Acceptance

5,743

Students

#627

Ranking

$36,080

Tuition

George Fox University

#8 Best Colleges for Religious Education

George Fox University is a small private institution located in Newberg, OR ranked 11th in Oregon. It has a total of 2,829 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting barely shy of five in every six applicants. George Fox University offers 94 different majors and is best known for its Accounting and Business Management, Religious Education, and Organizational Communication programs (nationally ranked 6th, 8th, and 9th respectively). With an annual tuition of $36,750 per year, George Fox University is quite expensive. 71.91% of students graduate ready to the next phase of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to bring home about $45,100 per year, which is 9% above the national median.

Newberg, OR

www.georgefox.edu

B-

Rating

82%

Acceptance

4,595

Students

#597

Ranking

$36,750

Tuition

Trinity International University-Illinois

#9 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Trinity International University-Illinois is a small private seminary located in Deerfield, IL ranked 52nd in Illinois. It has a total of 1,009 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 60.24% of applicants. Trinity International University-Illinois offers 62 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education program, which is ranked 9th in America. With an annual tuition of $32,398 per year, Trinity International University-Illinois is somewhat moderately pricey. 33.78% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, working. After graduation, alumni go on to make near $41,100 per year, which is 1% less than the national median.

Deerfield, IL

www.tiu.edu

C

Rating

60%

Acceptance

2,532

Students

#1276

Ranking

$32,398

Tuition

Grand Canyon University

#10 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Grand Canyon University is a very large for-profit institution located in Phoenix, AZ ranked 24th in Arizona. It has a total of 83,642 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 76.94% acceptance rate. Grand Canyon University offers 123 different majors and is best known for its Substance Abuse and Addiction Counseling, Drama and Dance Teacher Education, and Health Care Facilities Administration programs (nationally ranked 5th, 8th, and 10th respectively). With an annual tuition of $16,500 per year, Grand Canyon University is moderately priced. 33.15% of students graduate ready to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market. After graduation, alumni go on to earn around $52,700 per year, which is 27% above the national median.

Phoenix, AZ

www.gcu.edu

C

Rating

77%

Acceptance

145,131

Students

#1694

Ranking

$16,500

Tuition

Moody Bible Institute

#11 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Moody Bible Institute is a small private university located in Chicago, IL ranked 61st in Illinois. It has a total of 2,790 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 94.41% acceptance rate. Moody Bible Institute offers 30 different majors and is best known for its Missionary Studies, Mechanic and Repair Technologies, and Religious Education programs (nationally ranked 6th, 10th, and 11th respectively). With an annual tuition of $11,200 per year, Moody Bible Institute is relatively inexpensive. 41.16% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, joining the labor market.

Chicago, IL

https://www.moody.edu

C

Rating

94%

Acceptance

3,659

Students

#1560

Ranking

$11,200

Tuition

Crown College

#12 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Crown College is a small private institution located in Saint Bonifacius, MN ranked 32nd in Minnesota. It has a total of 1,296 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 49.82% acceptance rate. Crown College offers 57 different majors and is best known for its Counseling Psychology, Religious Education, and Bible Studies programs (nationally ranked 9th, 12th, and 30th respectively). With an annual tuition of $26,480 per year, Crown College is reasonably pricey. 42.9% of students graduate moving on to the next stage of their lives, working. After finishing college, alumni go on to make roughly $35,100 per year, which is 15% less than the national median.

Saint Bonifacius, MN

www.crown.edu

C

Rating

50%

Acceptance

1,760

Students

#1439

Ranking

$26,480

Tuition

Grace Christian University

#13 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Grace Christian University is a small private seminary located in Wyoming, MI ranked 76th in Michigan. It has a total of 1,349 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 100% of applicants. Grace Christian University offers 17 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education, Pastoral Counseling, and Human Services programs (nationally ranked 13th, 19th, and 40th respectively). With an annual tuition of $13,150 per year, Grace Christian University is pretty cheap. 34.65% of students graduate moving on to the next phase of their lives, employment. Open graduating, alumni go on to draw about $28,600 per year, which is 31% below the national median.

Wyoming, MI

www.gracechristian.edu/

D

Rating

100%

Acceptance

1,418

Students

#2858

Ranking

$13,150

Tuition

Concordia University-Nebraska

#14 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Concordia University-Nebraska is a small private institution located in Seward, NE ranked 10th in Nebraska. It has a total of 2,114 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, accepting 78.47% of applicants. Concordia University-Nebraska offers 105 different majors and is best known for its Teaching English as a Second Language, Religious Education, and Behavioral Sciences programs (nationally ranked 9th, 14th, and 17th respectively). With an annual tuition of $32,890 per year, Concordia University-Nebraska is reasonably expensive. 61.03% of students graduate ready to the next chapter of their lives, working. After college, alumni go on to bring in close to $40,100 per year, which is 3% below the national median.

Seward, NE

www.cune.edu

C+

Rating

78%

Acceptance

2,888

Students

#839

Ranking

$32,890

Tuition

Dallas Baptist University

#15 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Dallas Baptist University is a small private institution located in Dallas, TX ranked 46th in Texas. It has a total of 3,541 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting virtually eight out of every nine applicants. Dallas Baptist University offers 130 different majors and is best known for its Missionary Studies, Religious Education, and Music Management programs (nationally ranked 8th, 15th, and 22nd respectively). With an annual tuition of $29,220 per year, Dallas Baptist University is reasonably pricey. 53.03% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, working. After finishing their studies, alumni go on to draw close to $43,200 per year, which is 4% over the national median.

Dallas, TX

https://www.dbu.edu

C+

Rating

90%

Acceptance

5,788

Students

#1116

Ranking

$29,220

Tuition

Benedictine College

#16 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Benedictine College is a small private college located in Atchison, KS ranked 15th in Kansas. It has a total of 2,130 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 97.05% of applicants. Benedictine College offers 57 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education and Theological and Ministerial Studies programs, which are respectively ranked 16th and 48th in America. With an annual tuition of $29,730 per year, Benedictine College is somewhat moderately high-priced. 52.54% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After college, alumni go on to earn approximately $40,100 per year, which is 3% less than the national median.

Atchison, KS

www.benedictine.edu

C+

Rating

97%

Acceptance

2,216

Students

#1192

Ranking

$29,730

Tuition

Lindsey Wilson College

#17 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Lindsey Wilson College is a small private liberal arts college located in Columbia, KY ranked 21st in Kentucky. It has a total of 2,203 full-time undergraduate students. Lindsey Wilson College offers 41 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education and Human Services programs, which are respectively ranked 17th and 31st in the US. With an annual tuition of $25,080 per year, Lindsey Wilson College is reasonably expensive. 38.87% of students graduate beginning the next stage of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to earn approximately $28,800 per year, which is 31% under the national median.

Columbia, KY

https://www.lindsey.edu

C

Rating

100%

Acceptance

3,071

Students

#1858

Ranking

$25,080

Tuition

University of the Cumberlands

#18 Best Colleges for Religious Education

University of the Cumberlands is a large private college located in Williamsburg, KY ranked 27th in Kentucky. It has a total of 3,949 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, with a 80.04% acceptance rate. University of the Cumberlands offers 76 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education and Community Health Services programs, which are respectively ranked 18th and 23rd in the US. With an annual tuition of $9,875 per year, University of the Cumberlands is relatively cheap. 39.69% of students graduate beginning the next phase of their lives, employment. After finishing college, alumni go on to make close to $35,100 per year, which is 15% less than the national median.

Williamsburg, KY

www.ucumberlands.edu

C-

Rating

80%

Acceptance

18,495

Students

#2093

Ranking

$9,875

Tuition

Bryan College-Dayton

#19 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Bryan College-Dayton is a small private college located in Dayton, TN ranked 34th in Tennessee. It has a total of 1,426 full-time undergraduate students and is not very competitive, with a 51.01% acceptance rate. Bryan College-Dayton offers 43 different majors and is best known for its Religious Education program, which is ranked 19th in the US. With an annual tuition of $27,900 per year, Bryan College-Dayton is reasonably high-priced. 10.62% of students graduate beginning the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor market. After finishing college, alumni go on to take home about $41,300 per year, which is 1% below the national median.

Dayton, TN

www.bryan.edu

C

Rating

51%

Acceptance

1,667

Students

#1739

Ranking

$27,900

Tuition

Lee University

#20 Best Colleges for Religious Education

Lee University is a mid-sized private institution located in Cleveland, TN ranked 23rd in Tennessee. It has a total of 5,363 full-time undergraduate students and is not competitive, accepting 81.75% of applicants. Lee University offers 122 different majors and is best known for its Religious Music, Pastoral Counseling, and Religious Education programs (nationally ranked 14th, 18th, and 20th respectively). With an annual tuition of $18,120 per year, Lee University is moderately priced. 43.47% of students graduate moving on to the next chapter of their lives, entering the labor force. After finishing college, alumni go on to make approximately $34,200 per year, which is 18% below the national median.

Cleveland, TN

www.leeuniversity.edu

C

Rating

82%

Acceptance

5,985

Students

#1394

Ranking

$18,120

Tuition