10 private, Christian colleges in the Carolinas

Heidi Finley

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Students looking for a faith-based approach to higher education have many options to consider in the Carolinas. Private, Christian colleges are generally affiliated with a particular religion but welcome students from other backgrounds, as well.

Great Value Colleges notes that the “campus and class sizes at Christian universities tend to be small and intimate. This gives you the chance to get to know a greater percentage of your classmates than you could at a larger school.”

The website also touts another benefit: “The faith-based atmosphere of the school means that you’ll meet many peers who are active in their spiritual practices, and you’ll have many opportunities for fellowship.”

Here are 10 private, Christian colleges in the Carolinas to consider during your search for a good fit:

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Belmont Abbey College

Religious affiliation: Catholic

Location: Belmont, NC

Enrollment: About 1,500 students

Tuition: $18,500 annually

 

Methodist University

Religious affiliation: Historically tied to the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Location: Fayetteville, NC

Enrollment: About 2,300 students

Tuition: $33,480 annually

 

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Mid-Atlantic Christian University

Religious affiliation: Christian churches and Churches of Christ

Location: Elizabeth City, NC

Enrollment: About 197 students

Tuition: $14,400 annually

 

Montreat College

Religious affiliation: Independent Christian institution founded as a Presbyterian college.

Location: Montreat, NC

Enrollment: About 915 students

Tuition: $26,670

 

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Charleston Southern University

Location: Charleston, SC

Religious affiliation: South Carolina Baptist Convention

Enrollment: 3,575 students

Tuition: $24,100 annually

 

Pfeiffer University

Religious affiliation: Historically tied to the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Location: Misenheimer, NC

Enrollment: About 1,300 students

Tuition: $29,200 annually

 

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Gardner-Webb University

Religious affiliation: Baptist State Convention of North Carolina

Location: Boiling Springs, NC

Enrollment: About 1,500 students

Tuition: $31,220 annually

 

Carolina Christian College

Religious affiliation: Historically tied to Christian churches and Churches of Christ

Location: Winston-Salem, NC

Enrollment: About 50 students

Tuition: $7,600 annually

 

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St. Augustine’s University

Religious affiliation: Episcopal Church

Location: Raleigh, NC

Enrollment: About 1,100 students

Tuition: $12,890 annually

 

Bob Jones University

Religious affiliation: Evangelical Christian

Location: Greenville, SC

Enrollment: About 3,000 students

Tuition: $17,250 annually

 

Finley is the editor of Carolina College Bound. Send questions to hfinley@charlotteobserver.com