Monday, October 18, 2010

The best Protestant colleges

First Things has placed online its ratings of the top colleges in America for Christian students based, as they write, on extensive research:
For this survey, First Things began by collecting information on 2063 college and universities in America.

It was mounds and mounds of material, starting with previously published college guides, information the schools make publicly available, and government-collected data on attendance, graduation rates, etc. We followed up with our own student polling and systematic conversations with students, graduates, faculty, and chaplains—and followed up with our most trusted resource: the subjective judgment of the extended network of First Things friends and colleagues who teach at many of these schools.
They provide charts listing schools in these categories:
  • First Things' 25 Top Schools in America
  • Least Unfriendly to Faith Among the Top Secular Schools
  • Most Catholic Catholic Schools
  • Least Catholic Catholic Schools
  • Best Seriously Protestant Schools
  • Schools in the Rise, Filled With Excitement
  • Schools in Decline, Filled With Gloom
All of the results can be viewed here.

Below is their chart of of the "Best Seriously Protestant Schools." Some fairly recent graduates I know will be pleased to see their schools on this list.


In addition they list the following as "Interesting Alternatives" in the Protestant category: The Honors College at Baylor University (Waco, TX), Torrey Honors College at Biola University (La Mirada, CA), and three experiments in Christian education: The King's College (New York, NY), New Saint Andrews College (Moscow, ID), and Patrick Henry College (Purcellville, VA).

College Rankings | First Things