College can be a confusing and stressful time in the life of any student. For people of faith this is especially true, as worldly and religious concerns often pull in different directions on the minds and hearts of young adults. To avoid this struggle while obtaining a high-quality education, many modern students choose Christian colleges.
In California, there exist many excellent options for Christian education. Full-accredited and offering many of today’s most cutting-edge techniques and trends, students of these colleges are gaining the experience and expertise they need to pursue a variety of careers. Many of today’s students are doing this with the additional benefit of working on their own schedule with online Christian universities. Let’s look at some of California’s best.
- Point Loma Nazarene University
First known as Pacific Bible College, this school was founded just after the turn of the twentieth century by a group known as the Bible College Prayer Circle. The intention of this group was to bring Christian education to southern California. Today, the co-ed university is affiliated with the Nazarene church, and has an impressive 75% graduation rate.
- Westmont College
Known for its incredible student library, Westmont College is a co-ed college located in Santa Barbara, California. Founded in 1937 as the Bible Missionary Institute, the school changes its name to Westmont as a tribute to the western, mountainous geography of its original location, Los Angeles.
- Hope International University
Fullerton, California – home to Hope International University – is well-known for housing other national-famous schools as well. With an excellent location and many opportunities for socialization, employment and activities, HIU is a popular choice statewide for religious education.
- Azusa Pacific University
Located in Azusa, California – in the metro-Los Angeles area – APU has the second – largest evangelical student body in the nation. Still, the school maintains an impressive student to faculty ration of 11:1!
- Simpson University
A private school located in Redding, California, the Simpson campus stretches across ninety beautiful acres of land. Originally established in 1927 as the Simpson Bible Institute, it is the only Christian university in Northern California.
- Biola University
Founded in 1908, Biola University is one of the oldest schools on our list. Located between Anaheim and Los Angeles, the campus offers an excellent location and exquisite Bible-based education. It boasts a ranking among the nation’s best traditional and online Christian universities.
- Fresno Pacific University
This Fresno-based college is the only accredited Christian university located in the Central Valley region of California. A fairly young school with a sprawling campus, the college offers degrees programs from the five schools that make up the greater university, the schools of business, education, humanities, social sciences and religion.
- The Master’s University
Founded in 1927 and located in beautiful Santa Clarita, California, this school has the distinction of being associated with a non-denominational Christian assembly, welcoming co-ed students from every branch of the faith.
- Concordia University Irvine
Originally founded as Christ College Irvine in 1976, this school has a close affiliation with the Lutheran church. Located in Irvine, California, the college became part of the Concordia University system in 1993. Offering a wide variety of degrees and certifications, the school attracts students from all over the state and nation with its 15:1 faculty to student ratio.
- Vanguard University of Southern California
This private university located in Costa Mesa, California offers comprehensive courses of study in a highly professional environment. The first four-year college affiliated with the Assemblies of God denomination to be given the ability to grant degrees by the state, the school was originally knowns as Southern California Bible School. In 1999, the school obtained university status and took its current name. The school is currently offering degrees in over 30 majors and concentrations.