Many universities have religious affiliations, but some make the Christian religion more central to their institution than others. The Council for Christian Colleges and Universities was founded in the 70s to "advance the cause of Christ-centered higher education." The council does not rank universities based on how prestigious or religious they are, but of the many colleges that are members or affiliates of the council, there are several that enjoy national reputations and are ranked highly by "U.S. News and World Report."
Pepperdine is a Christian College located in the hills above Malibu, California. It enjoys a national reputation for the quality of its academic and athletic programs. It is ranked 54th in the "U.S. News and World Report" rankings of national universities. The school is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Students must take several Bible courses during their four-years of study and attend 14 spiritual events each semester. Its acceptance rate in 2012 was 31.6 percent.
Wheaton College, located in Wheaton, Illinois, 25 miles west of Chicago, is a small, interdenominational Christian liberal arts school, where the mission is to "develop whole and effective Christians." The preacher Billy Graham is one of the school's most famous alumni. The school is ranked 56th among national liberal arts schools, according to rankings by "U.S. News and World Report." The schools acceptance rate in 2012 was 64.7 percent.
Baylor University, located in Waco, Texas, is a private, Baptist institution. Daily prayer sessions are an important part of campus life, as is volunteer work, and freshmen are required to attend chapel twice a week. The school is home to renowned research and medical centers, and it is the only private school that is a member of the Big 12 athletic conference. The school's acceptance rate in 2012 was 39.7 percent.
Located in the beautiful coastal town of Santa Barbara, California, Westmont College is a four-year, Christian liberal arts school. Its mission, according to the college is, "serving God's kingdom by cultivating thoughtful scholars, grateful servants and faithful leaders for global engagement with the academy, church and world." The school's acceptance rate was 61.4 percent in 2012, and it was ranked 90th among national liberal arts colleges by "U.S. News and World Report."
Dan Williams is a former teacher who has written about education since 2008. His work has appeared in a number of publications, including the "Los Angeles Times" and "GlobalPost."