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Subject: Top 25 Christian Colleges ordered West Coast to Midwest
Category: Reference, Education and News > Education
Asked by: baker42-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 25 Nov 2006 15:22 PST
Expires: 25 Dec 2006 15:22 PST
Question ID: 785555
Please list the top 25 Christian Colleges offering both a BA and a BS
at the same College and who offer good to great extra curricular music
programs for the students to participate in (my son plays lead guitar
in our church's high school group).  Please order the Colleges by
location from West Coast to the Midwest

Request for Question Clarification by pinkfreud-ga on 25 Nov 2006 15:34 PST
It would help to know precisely what you mean by "Christian colleges."
For example, will you consider Catholic and Mormon institutions, or
are you looking only for Protestant schools? What about schools whose
affiliation with a church is extremely loose? For example, my alma
mater, The University of Tulsa, is technically affiliated with the
Presbyterian Church, but you'd never know it by visiting the campus or
sitting in on the classes.

Request for Question Clarification by mvguy-ga on 25 Nov 2006 19:51 PST
I'd also ask what Pinkfreud did. Also, if you're interested only in
Protestant schools, are you referring to evangelical Protestant only,
or would mainline Protestant being OK if it has an unmistakable
religious atmosphere? Also, could you say what you mean by "top"? Do
you mean those with the highest academic standards, those that are the
"most" Christian, or something else? Also, could you explain how far
east you're willing to go? Thanks.

Clarification of Question by baker42-ga on 05 Dec 2006 12:53 PST
Sorry, Didn't realize I was so unclear....
Non-denominational Christian Colleges like Hope University in Southern Calif
(relaxed by Bible Belt standards :-). "Top" as in the first 25 you
find.  Yes, with good academic standards offering both BA and BS at
same campus (will most likely be the larger Universities).  Also known
for their good/great extracurricular music programs for the students. 
Or even good/great Music degree programs that my son might minor
in(extracurricular programs preferred).  As far as how far East, start
in California and work East from there until 25 Universities are
listed.  I'm hoping you won't have to go further than Colorado.  But
if you find a College that meets all the criteria in a stellar way
further East, we want to know about it!  My son is a straight A
student in a Math and science magnet school( which just means they
devote more time to these areas)with strong interest in music and
possible interest in the ministry.  Though, we believe any work you
are gifted to do can be your ministry.  I think he's getting a little
burned out on all the Math and Science classes. ;-) But he's good at
it.  Would like him to be exposed to all if possible.  What I mean by
"all" is BA/ BS degrees; technical BS degrees as well as Liberal Arts
Degrees, fun, uplifting, Christian music programs "all" on campus. 
Hope this clarifies things for you guys...this is important info to us
so please take your time with it... is $50 a fair price??

Clarification of Question by baker42-ga on 06 Dec 2006 09:15 PST
No, I don't want a list of Bible thumper schools.  I clarified what I
want.  Can someone handle this?

Request for Question Clarification by umiat-ga on 06 Dec 2006 09:59 PST
Hello, baker42,
 I would be willing to take this on for you. Both my daughters went to
Christian colleges (one is currently still attending) and both schools
have good music programs. The main problem I see with your question is
taking the time to search for "extracurricular" music programs as
opposed to colleges with variations on a music major. If a school
offers a music major of any kind, there are usually extracurricular
bands or orchestras to partake in. Even if they don't offer a music
major, most Christian schools have several bands of varying types that
get together on the side.
 Secondly, there is no guarantee I can come up with 25 colleges in the
west. Off the top of my head, I know of at least ten very good
Christian colleges in the western half of the country (no, not
bible-thumpers) but I would have to investigate them for their music
programs. I know of many other good Christian colleges in the midwest
and the east.
 To be honest, I do think $50 is too low for this question,
considering the fact that GA takes 25% right off the top and this
question will require quite a bit of research. If you would like to
change the price according to the amount of research you expect, I
would be willing to devote some extra time to this project -
especially since I spent many hours helping my daughter search for the
right Christian college.

Clarification of Question by baker42-ga on 07 Dec 2006 09:46 PST
Hello umiat-ga,
Thank you for the way you're handling this!  I liked the way you
responded!  Within reason, I would be willing to pay you what you
think is fair... :-)
I get paid tomorrow Dec 8 and will add more money to this question
then.  I don't have a money tree in my backyard but the information
I'm requesting here is important to me so I'm willing to stretch the
budget to get the best answer possible.  If you can tell me what you
think is fair, I'll try to match it tomorrow.  Please respond to this
question today, if possible, so I can add the money asap tomorrow. 
This info applies to umiat-ga only.  Also, regarding the total number
of schools you provide.  More important to me is the quality of the
list than the quantity.  Please list all schools up and down the West
Coast across to Colorado section of country, covering the country
North to South.  If you find or know about exceptional schools that
are high in our areas of interest further East, please include them in
the list.  I look forward to your response!


Request for Question Clarification by umiat-ga on 07 Dec 2006 10:03 PST

 I will just go ahead and start working on your answer. Don't worry
about changing the fee. You can add a tip if you'd prefer, and that
way Google won't snatch a percentage from me.

 Here is a sampling of the types of colleges I have in mind. All three
of these are excellent, and I have known graduates from all of them.
If you are dead set against a Catholic college, I need to know that.
There are many excellent Jesuit schools that attract students of all
faiths. They are Catholic in tradition, only, and their academic
standards are very high.

Whitworth College - Washington

"As a Christian college, Whitworth takes seriously Christ?s example of
loving across racial, ethnic, gender, socio-economic and religious


 Music Department

Gonzaga University - Washington

Rooted in Jesuit tradition but accepts all faiths


Music Department

Azusa Pacific - California



How do these types of schools sound? I will continue along.


Clarification of Question by baker42-ga on 07 Dec 2006 13:16 PST
I would be more than happy to tip you based on service.  I may need to
tip you more than once (different pay periods:-).  If it's
appropriate, I may extend this coorespondence.  I have to confess, I'm
not entirely sure if I can answer your questions at this point.  My
son is strong minded about what he thinks he wants and isn't to happy
with me if he thinks I'm trying to "pick the schools for him". :-)  On
top of that, I'm no expert at this either.  The schools you provided
look good to me.  My only hesitation (and that's all it is right now),
is the religious environment of the school.  By many religious
standards, we're casual in our faith.  That's not to say we're casual
about Christ's teaching and living our lives accordingly.  But, from
our vewpoint many faiths are legalistic.  I don't want my son to have
to deal with the shock of coming from our church environment to
say..... a strict Catholic  environment.  Hard to answer you regarding
all this.....  Though, reading your responses I get the feeling we're
tracking pretty close in our understanding of each other. 
Non-denominational is the campus feel we're after; Please, make every
effort to stay as close to that campus feel as possible.  Of course, I
don't want to give undue weight to this either, good academics and a
fun music environment are key.  But it appears as though your examples
cover this area.:-)  Let's just go forward based on this okay?  Look
forward to your results! :-)  PS..My son did mention recently that he
may have an interest in the ministry...I've said before that we
believe any field your gifted in can be your ministry.  I'll try not
to write a novel each time. :-)  Just want this to go well!  Thanks
for all your effort on this umiat!  Deeply appreciated!!

Request for Question Clarification by umiat-ga on 07 Dec 2006 19:25 PST
Okay. Stay posted. I will have a list in the next day or two.

Clarification of Question by baker42-ga on 07 Dec 2006 20:28 PST
Dear umiat-ga,

My son just informed me that he's interested in the Conservative,
Non-Denominational, Evangelical Colleges... :-)  I'll update as I get
input from both my wife and my son on this.

Subject: Re: Top 25 Christian Colleges ordered West Coast to Midwest
Answered By: umiat-ga on 08 Dec 2006 10:24 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello, baker42-ga!

 Since you are at the very beginning of your college search, I think
you should all keep an open mind about the exact type of Christian
school you are seeking. I believe you and your son would be quite
surprised at how open and non-dogmatic most Christian colleges have
actually become these days. Just because a college is
non-denominational, evangelical and Christian does not make it a top
pick. And just because a college has a Catholic, Lutheran or
Protestant background does not exclude it from the realm of an open
Christian atmosphere with a range of diverse faiths.

 This is just the beginning of narrowing down the playing field.
Starting to highlight some basic desires when seeking a college is the
first step. Aside from seeking a Christian school, the geographic area
is also a primary factor. Your son has already expressed a desire for
the West. But what about size? The majority of Christian colleges are
small (usually under 3,000 students). I think this is a desirable
feature, but your son may not. Does your son like rural areas? The
city? Does he want access to hiking and skiing, or to water sports for
his leisure time? Does he want a school with a good international
travel program?

 I continue to urge you not to neglect Christian colleges that fall
under a certain denomination. I can't stress this enough. Most schools
that have a denominational background have it in "name" only. A
Lutheran school will attract evangelical conservative Christians
students as well as Baptists, Catholics, Methodists - and even those
with no faith. The primary aspect to keep in mind is that a college
rooted in a Christian background usually attracts a student body that
is accepting of Christian individuals and their beliefs. Your son will
not have to explain his beliefs as much as he would if he went to a
more liberal college with no Christian stance whatsoever. Does that
make sense?

 With that in mind, I have compiled a list which includes a variety of
Christian colleges that tend to be somewhat conservative but not
overly so, have a Christian leaning whatever the denomination, and
have a music program. This list will provide a good start for you and
your son. The next step involves looking at each school's website and
narrowing down the list based on location, size, etc. Then start a few
college visits. Bear in mind that at this point, your son might
totally change direction! This is not unusual. Once a prospective
student actually visits a college campus and realizes they are
essentially "picking a home" for the next four years, their eyes
suddenly pop open and they can start to panic!! Don't be surprised if
he suddenly says something like...."I don't want to go to college now"
or "Hey....maybe I'll just take a few years off and travel!" Or...I
don't want to go to a Christian school now. I want to go to a large
University with 20,000 students so I have a lot of diversity." All I
can say is "Be patient. Your son needs time to explore."

 The following list contains the best picks I have been able to
deliniate at this point, according to your clarifications.

AZUSA PACIFIC (Evangelical Christian)  

"Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian community of
disciples and scholars who seek to advance the work of God in the
world through academic excellence in liberal arts and professional
programs of higher education that encourage students to develop a
Christian perspective of truth and life."



BIOLOA UNIVERSTIY (Evangelical Christian)  

"A Global Center for Christian Thought and Spiritual Renewal - "Biola
University is a private Christian university founded in 1908 and
located in Southern California. We offer 145 academic programs,
ranging from the B.A. to the Ph.D., through six schools. All are
regionally and professionally accredited and based on evangelical

"Biola is recognized as a National University (ranked by US News &
World Report)- one of 229 out of the 3,300 institutions of higher
learning in the United States that are called the "major leagues" of
higher education. Biola is the only school among the 100 members of
the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities and the only
Evangelical Christian University to hold such a distinction."

"Many Biola students express their faith through work in off-campus
Christian service. Each year, our students and faculty involve
themselves in nearly 200,000 hours of community service. Whether
leading a Bible study in a nearby church or evangelizing on the
streets of inner cities, the Biola community is active in living and
sharing their faith."


 Conservatory of Music


"Pepperdine is a Christian university committed to the highest
standards of academic excellence and Christian values, where students
are strengthened for lives of purpose, service, and leadership."


 Music Programs


"The mission of Westmont College is to provide a high quality
undergraduate liberal arts program in a residential campus community
that assists college men and women toward a balance of rigorous
intellectual competence, healthy personal development, and strong
Christian commitments."


Music Department



"Since 1890, Whitworth has held fast to its founding mission of
providing "an education of mind and heart" through rigorous
intellectual inquiry guided by dedicated Christian scholars.
Recognized as one of the top regional colleges and universities in the
West, Whitworth enrolls 2,400 students in more than 50 undergraduate
and graduate degree programs."


 Music Department


Jesuit tradition but all faiths


Music Department


"Established in the Pacific Northwest more than a century ago by Free
Methodist pioneers, SPU is a comprehensive Christian university of the
liberal arts, sciences and professions. Our location offers the
benefits of an intimate campus community and a thriving metropolis.




"Our Lutheran heritage gives PLU a uniquely broad idea of what it
means to be successful. Unlike many other universities, we believe
that there is more to life than landing a good job and winning the
race to the top of your career. For us, success also means developing
both a deep understanding of your possible roles in the world and the
tools necessary to benefit the world around you. In short, a PLU
education is a values-based education. You will be asked to wrestle
with issues of value throughout your studies so that you develop the
skills and sensibilities to be a successful human being, living a life
in service to others. Your professors will challenge you to reflect in
class on how your community involvement relates to the academic theory
you?re studying."





Explore Linfield


 Department of Music

 Music Ensembles



( * This might be too small at only 800+ students )

College is more than an education; it?s a time of preparation. That?s
why CCU offers diverse experiences based on defining your faith,
increasing your knowledge, and embracing adventure to equip you
spiritually while preparing you for your chosen career. Compelling
class discussions. Praise and worship chapel. Mission trips all over
the world. Outdoor leadership classes like ice climbing and white
water rafting. Ministries that meet the needs of others. Friendships
that will change your life. CCU offers all of this and more. We invite
you to come and experience CCU for yourself."

Top Majors: CCU?s most popular majors for traditional undergraduate
students include: business, youth ministry, psychology, music,
education, biology, global studies, communications, and liberal arts.


School of Music



"TCU delivers a world-class, values-centered university experience,
consistently ranking in the top 5 percent of the 3,500 universities
and colleges in the nation. In the last half-decade, TCU has invested
some $200 million in top-of-the-line facilities. It annually exceeds
enrollment goals, and the endowment is among the top 60 among colleges
and universities in the United States."

 Music Program is in the School of Fine Arts (Click on link from home page)

"Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas and affiliated with the
Baptist General Convention of Texas, Baylor is the oldest institution
of higher learning in continuous operation in the state and the
largest Baptist university in the world.

While remaining true to its heritage, Baylor has grown to almost
14,000 students, and its nationally recognized academic divisions
provide 146 baccalaureate degree programs at the undergraduate level.
The University also offers 73 master's and 22 doctoral programs, two
educational specialists, juris doctor, master of divinity and doctor
of ministry. The 735-acre campus is located on the banks of the Brazos
River in Waco, Texas, a metropolitan area of 200,000 people.


 School of Music


Respected sources like Money magazine, Loren Pope's Colleges That
Change Lives, and College: The Undergraduate Experience in America by
Ernest Boyer say that smaller schools like Southwestern provide
students with the best educational opportunities. According to these
and other sources, colleges and universities with no more than 2,000
students provide a higher percentage of students with a fulfilling and
successful undergraduate experience.
Yet Southwestern offers big opportunities - to discover the world, to
make a difference and to enrich one's life. Its size allows students
to interact with faculty one-to-one, not one-to-many. It creates an
academic environment where faculty care about what classes their
student colleagues take and where they strive to help students
graduate in four years, not five or six. Southwestern's size also
fosters the development of an intellectual and social community where
students are known for their individuality instead of being just
another face in the crowd."


 Music Department



"Goshen College, established in 1894, is now a private, coeducational,
four-year, residential, Christian college of the liberal arts and
sciences rooted in the Anabaptist-Mennonite tradition. The
distinctiveness of a Goshen education derives from the college's
dedication to five core values in preparing students as leaders for
the church and the world. Stemming from our Christ-centeredness is our
commitment to passionate learning, global citizenship, servant
leadership and compassionate peacemaking."

Quick Facts 


INDIANA WESLEYAN - Evangelical Christian

"Indiana Wesleyan University is an Evangelical Christian liberal arts
coeducational university operated by The Wesleyan Church. It offers a
blend of liberal arts and professional educational programs leading to
the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts,
Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of
Education and Master of Business Administration degrees. The heritage
of the IWU has been to prepare students both for being and for
doing--that is, to produce students who have, through various majors
and professional programs, been developed as whole persons and
prepared professionally to contribute meaningfully to their
communities and professions. That dual focus continues to drive
Indiana Wesleyan University as it emphasizes the importance of theory
applied to practice. As our mission states: "Indiana Wesleyan
University is a Christ-centered academic community committed to
changing the world by developing students in character, scholarship,
and leadership."

"Indiana Wesleyan University will prepare each student to become a
world changer. We will accomplish this by drawing students into an
integrated experience of intellectual challenge, spiritual growth, and
leadership development. Thus we will: Call students to Christian
character, Expect academic excellence, Equip students for success in
their vocations, Mentor students in leadership and  Prepare students
for service."


Music Program

"Musicians who wish to major in other areas than music have numerous
activities and classes available to them at Indiana Wesleyan. All
classes and ensembles are open to all majors as well as private
lessons. In fact, all of our ensembles are made up of music majors and
non-majors alike. Many of the ensembles require auditions, but the
audition is based on ability and not on the major that is declared.
Many students are interested in the traveling Christian Servce Teams.
You do not have to be a music major to audition for a team. In fact,
the Christian Service Teams are not administered by the music

GORDON COLLEGE - Massachusetts
"Gordon College, in Wenham, Massachusetts, is among the top Christian
colleges in the nation and the only nondenominational Christian
college in New England."

About Gordon


 Music Department

Additional Resources

U.S. News - America's Best Colleges 2007

Christian College Guide

Christian Colleges, Universities, & Bible Colleges


 I hope these suggestions are helpful. I wish you and your son the
best of luck and an exciting time of exploration!



Request for Answer Clarification by baker42-ga on 11 Dec 2006 12:39 PST
Dear umiat,

  How do I tip you for all your work?  Please advise.


Clarification of Answer by umiat-ga on 11 Dec 2006 17:48 PST
You are extremely kind and generous, Preston! Thank you so much. You
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 I, for one, am going to miss GA. I hope to hear from you in the
future. Thank you again, so much! And.....the very best of luck to you
and your wife as you help your son move foward in his college life!
baker42-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $50.00
Exceptionally responsive to my requests!  Very pleased with results! 
Would like to work with "umiat" for additional information in the

Subject: Re: Top 25 Christian Colleges ordered West Coast to Midwest
From: nelson-ga on 26 Nov 2006 01:44 PST
I think she wants Bible-thumper schools.

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