Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies

A program that prepares individuals to enter a seminary or other program leading to religious ordination, or a related religious vocation.

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Campbell University

Founded by a Baptist minister in 1887, Campbell University is a 4-year Christian institution in central North Carolina. Campbell encompasses eight colleges and schools offering undergraduate degrees in over 100 majors, concentrations, and tracks. As...

“…Very Military Friendly school. The faculty and staff are very helpful and knowledgable. Very cost effective for those on a limited budget.” – Alexander from Fayetteville, NC

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College is a liberal arts institution in the Chicagoland area affiliated with the United Church of Christ. Elmhurst offers bachelor’s degrees in over 60 academic majors. Additionally, the school operates the Elmhurst Learning and Success...

“…One of the best in the midwest! My experience has been great, everybody is dedicated to making the Elmhurst Experience better. Beautiful campus, great reputation.” – Chad from Lombard, IL

Lee University

Lee University is a 4-year institution located in Cleveland, Tennessee. They offer 55 majors on the more than 119 acre campus with the focus of “develop[ing] within the students knowledge, appreciation, understanding, ability and skill which will...

“…Lee University is a great school that challenges its students academically and spiritually. There are many clubs on campus and numerous ways to get involved. Lee will equip you for the future and give you tools for a successful life after college.” – Sarah from Murrayville, GA

Oral Roberts University

Named for a famous televangelist, Oral Roberts University is an Evangelical Christian institution in Tulsa. ORU is home to six colleges conferring undergraduate degrees in over 77 academic majors and 65 minors. As an evangelical institution, Chapel...

“…ORU is, in my opinion, one of the best colleges in the country. The professors and faculty are caring and loving, and they are willing to pray with you and for you. The campus is small, but beautiful, and everything that the school has to offer is...” – Shelby from Harrison, AR

Valparaiso University

Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University is a 4-year Lutheran liberal arts college in northwest Indiana. Valpo is home to five colleges offering bachelor’s degrees in more than 70 academic majors and all first year students are required to enroll in a...

“… great engineering and meterology programs. nice small school atmosphere with good interaction with professors, friendly students, good choice for school. ” – engineering major

Southeastern University

Originally founded as the Alabama Shield of Faith Institute, Southeastern University is a Christ-centered liberal arts college in central Florida affiliated with the Assemblies of God Church. Southeastern grants bachelor’s degrees in more than 70...

“…Southeastern University is an enriching atmosphere, they focus on the person as a whole, not just one aspect. The professors who work there, are there only because they love young people and want to see them succeed. There is something there for...” – Matias from San Leandro, CA

Point Loma Nazarene University

Founded by the Church of the Nazarene in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University is a Christian liberal arts college in San Diego. PLU offers undergraduate degrees in over 60 fields of study and the university’s Office of Strengths and Vocation provides...

“…PLNU has an comforting community. The classes are small and teachers are great. PLNU has many resources that help you succeed in school.” – Megan from San Diego, CA

University of Dallas

The University of Dallas is a small, private Catholic institution based in Irving, Texas. The school offers programs in business, liberal arts, and ministry. A majority of students participate in study abroad programs and have traveled to places such...

“…Honestly I have yet to attend, but the impression that's been given is pretty clear how humbling the school is. There's a huge regard towards the deep thoughts of knowledge and how far an individual can go by becoming the independent thinker. I find...” – Amir from Dallas, TX

Maryville College

Founded in 1819 and situated near the Great Smoky Mountains, Maryville College is a 4-year liberal arts college in east Tennessee. Maryville confers bachelor’s degrees in more than 60 academic programs. Surrounded by a 140-acre forest, Maryville...

“…Maryville College is a beautiful, historical college; every building tells a different story. You learn so much in your four years here and you graduate knowing all your professors, and some you didn't even have, on a personal level. Beware though:...” – Ravyn from Knoxville, TN

Ohio Wesleyan University

Established by a local pastor in a former hotel, Ohio Wesleyan University is a liberal arts college in mid-Ohio. OWU confers bachelor’s degrees in over 90 fields of study and more than a quarter of the student body chooses to double major. Throughout...

“…It's a good school, but one where you only get out what you put in. This school has a surprising degree of academic rigor, but only if you seek it out; it has a lot of advanced and specialist scholarship opportunities, but only if you seek them out;...” – Jay from Dayton, OH

Shorter University

Shorter University is a private liberal arts institution associated with the Georgia Baptist Convention. The main campus is located in Rome, GA, and there is a satellite campus in Atlanta. Business administration and management, liberal arts and...

“…Shorter has a low teacher to student ratio which is great for building relationships with teachers. The students at Shorter are friendly and the campus has a great atmosphere in general. Shorter's faculty definitely makes Shorter a great school. ” – Thomas from Dallas, GA

Minot State University

Minot State University is a public institution located in Minot, North Dakota. Minot State is home to three colleges, of Business, of Education & Health Sciences, and of Arts & Sciences. On top of the wide variety of majors and minors provided on...

“…Minot State is a great school for those who want a smaller school, but to still have the large events. The housing and food options are great and the professors are the best.” – Samantha from Fort Walton Beach, FL

Fresno Pacific University is a private Christian institution based in Fresno, California. It is affiliated with the Mennonite Brethren Churches. All academic programs offered at FPU highlight the importance of ethics, character development, and...

“…FPU is the perfect school for students looking for a college that places equal importance on academics and building relationships. The school's motto is Founded on Christ and it is lived out everyday on campus by students, teachers, and faculty alike...” – Corie from Madera, CA

Concordia University is a private liberal arts institution based in Mequon, Wisconsin. It is a member of the Concordia University System and is administered by the Lutheran Church -Missouri Synod. Popular fields of study include nursing, occupational...

“…An amazing place to study, whether you want to do it in the library, or outside, looking at the lake. The academics are challenging, yet the teachers, and fellow students are friendly and encouraging. A great place to learn about Christ and all he...” – Timothy from Sterling Heights, MI

Nyack College

Founded in 1882, Nyack College is a Christian college with campuses in New York City and upstate New York affiliated with the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Nyack is home to seven colleges and schools conferring undergraduate degrees in over 30...

“…The campus maybe small but it has charm and beautiful views of the Hudson river. The class size is small allowing more personal attention with the professor. The school has plenty of internships for certain majors and degree programs.” – Nancy

Established in 1866, Roberts Wesleyan College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in the suburbs of Rochester, New York. The college is home to over 80 undergraduate and graduate programs, many of which can be completed through...

“…I really enjoyed my time here at Roberts, there is a very friendly atmosphere and a lot of things to do on campus. The sports are always fun to watch and there is a lot of school spirit! ” – Amanda from Hamburg, NY

Geneva College
Beaver Falls, PA
Geneva College

Geneva College is a Christ-centered institution founded on the traditions of the Reformed Christian faith with a “selective” admissions process. The liberal arts college is based in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, and operates a second campus in...

“…if you are looking for a christian college with rigorous academics, you can find it here at geneva. geneva is small enough to see familiar faces, but still large enough to make new friends. no matter what type of person you are - social, athletic,...” – Amy

Columbia International University is a private 4-year Christian college in South Carolina’s state capital. CIU offers 24 undergraduate, graduate, and seminary academic programs, all of which are founded on a biblical worldview. As a Christian...

“…This college is great for anyone who strongly desires to learn and to become a better person, focusing on God and carefully studying the Bible. The faculty and students are all passionate about God. The professors work hard at encouraging the...” – Joy

Itawamba Community College is a public, 2-year institution established in the state of Mississippi, with three campuses in Fulton, Belden, and Tupelo. Classes at ICC are provided during daytime, evening, and on the weekends in order to suit any...

“…I love the Instructors as they were very helpful. The campus was great and the online classes were just as good, all except the Creative Writing Class. Everyone there is to help you succeed.” – Amanda from Aberdeen, MS

Anderson University (IN)

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution located in Anderson, Indiana, and it is affiliated with the Christian Church of God. AU’s mission is to educate for a life of faith and service in the church and society through their five...

“…Anderson is a really awesome place from what I have seen and experienced during my three day visit. The Christian attitude surrounding all the students and the campus is amazing. I can't wait to arrive and begin learning at this amazing college.” – Jonathan from Shelby, NC

Texas Lutheran University

Texas Lutheran University is a private institution situated in Seguin, TX, offering professional studies as well as the liberal arts and sciences. It is home to a biology field station and the 400-seat Chapel of the Abiding Presence which is used as...

“…The campus is beautiful, especially in the spring semester. The faculty and staff are always attentive and taking an interest in each individual student. The classes are rigorous, but rewarding.” – Jerian from Kyle, TX

Concordia University in Ann Arbor is a Christian, liberal arts institution in the state of Michigan. CU-Ann Arbor encourages students to live uncommon lives for the betterment of themselves and their community, advocating for both student service and...

“…Concordia is a small school with many religious activities to keep the students involved. The campus also keeps students involved through organizations relevant to the students' major. The Student population becomes so closely knit due to the small...” – Rebecca from Horicon, WI

University of Northwestern-St Paul

The University of Northwestern in St. Paul is a Christian, liberal arts university established north of St. Paul in the town of Rosewood. Along with traditional coursework, undergraduate students at UNW are also required to attend a daily chapel...

“…i am really enjoying nwc. the professors are great, the people who help me schedule my classes are so helpful, and i love the focus program. i love how i can go to school one night a week, test out of classes, or go on line to earn credits. ” – Juli from Stacy, MN

Founded by the American Baptist Churches, the University of Sioux Falls is a Christian liberal arts college in South Dakota’s largest city. USF’s Christ-centered academic programs are home to more than 40 majors and open to all students who wish to...

“…The University of Sioux Falls is an incredible school of academics, opportunities, and community. I cannot have imagined starting my life anywhere else. I'm not a number, but a student; not a statistic, by a searching and seeking soul; not just a...” – Lindsey from Colton, SD

Alderson Broaddus University

With campus overlooking the Tygart River Valley, Alderson Broaddus University is a 4-year private school in eastern West Virginia. Affiliated with the American Baptist Churches USA and West Virginia Baptist Convention, AB confers bachelor’s degrees...

“…Alderson-Broaddus College is a small, rural college in Philippi, West Virginia. It is in the middle of nowhere, yet only 30-60 minutes from cities and major stores like Wal-Mart. This college would be a great transition for any incoming freshman.” – Ryan from Halifax, PA

Trinity College of Florida is a private, Christ-centered institution established in New Port Richey, Florida. Trinity offers 16 traditional undergraduate degree programs and three degree completion programs, with areas of study including Advanced...

“…Great instructors that emanate knowledge and experience in the respective courses they teach. Coursework is focused and classes are tight-knit, giving one a true feeling of community.” – Michael from Wesley Chapel, FL

Eastern Mennonite University is a Christian-based liberal arts college in the Shenandoah Valley. All students are required to spend part of their academic career studying in another culture as a guest of a local host family or traveling abroad....

“…EMU is a great school with a beautiful campus where you can build strong connections with fellow students for lifelong friendships, and with professors for great references after college or summer internships. At EMU, a cross cultural is worked into...” – Shelby from Lancaster, PA

Tabor College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Hillsboro, Kansas. Students are required to attend chapel, and recordings of chapel events are available online as podcasts. The campus features the Tabor College library, which...

“…So far I love Tabor College, it is a great place to meet solid friends. They offer excellent academic courses. Professors are not only involved in your personal work in class but also your spiritual life.” – annonymous

Bacone College

Bacone College is a private liberal arts college that was founded in 1880 to serve American Indian communities. It is historically affiliated with the Muscogee Nation, Cherokee Nation, and the American Baptist Churches. It is home to several...

Tennessee Wesleyan University is a public, 4-year institution established in Nashville. The 500-acre main campus is situated approximately ten minutes from the downtown area and is accompanied by the Avon Williams Campus, which is directly in the...

“…tennessee wesleyan is a great college and worth the money. the professors take time to help each individual student and they don't just treat their students like a number. they really try to get you envolved in the community to help better your...” – Brandi from Tellico Plains, TN

Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

Indiana Wesleyan University is a Christian institution affiliated with the Wesleyan Church that offers liberal arts and professional education. Founded in 1920 as Marion College, IWU still calls Marion its home and is the largest private university...

“…This is an amazing place. I feel very lucky to be able to study here. My professor' s are very accommodating.” – Dutchboy

Martin Methodist College

Martin Methodist College is a liberal arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It is located in the rural town of Pulaski, Tennessee, and operates centers in Spring Hill and Northfield, along with a virtual online campus. The Martin...

“…Martin is a very small school, only about 1,200 students, but that is the best part about it. It feels like home, the tight-nit community make the transition from high school to college a lot less stressful. All in all, Martin is a great school and a...” – Kara from South New Berlin, NY

Founded by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, Martin Luther College is a Christian institution dedicated to public ministry training. Martin Luther is the designated WELS College of Ministry and the college’s three bachelor’s degrees provide...

“…mlc has a small campus and low student-teacher ratio. it is a family atmosphere in which everyone encourages and supports everyone else. because we all have the same goal - ministry - it makes school much easier to adapt to.” – Shane from Westland, MI

Kuyper College
Grand Rapids, MI

Kuyper College is a Christian institution with an emphasis on training for a life in ministry. In addition to Kuyper’s religious degrees in programs like Biblical Greek and Youth Ministry, most  of the school’s other fields of study include a built...

“…I absolutely love Kuyper College! It is a small school focused on ministry and bringing God's word to the ends of the earth. It's one big family.” – Karissa from Grand Rapids, MI

Ecclesia College is a private, Christ-centered institution established in Springdale, Arkansas. The college offers associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs in areas of study including Arts, Biblical Studies, Leadership, Business Administration,...

With a campus on the banks of the Pasquotank River, Mid-Atlantic Christian University is a Christ-centered institution with a mission of training future Christian leaders. Among the university’s 16 bachelor’s degree programs, Mid-Atlantic offers five...

“…Its very welcoming and comfortable. Help is given to you immediately when needed. The location is so great and very lively.” – Stephanie from Columbia, SC

Concordia University Nebraska is a private, Christ-centered institution established in the city of Seward and is part of the Concordia University System. The college’s 85-acre campus is home to over 20 academic buildings and residence halls, and...

“…concordia has a great community. the people who you meet here are like family. students, faculty, and staff are friendly and rooted in christ's love. ” – student

One of two Nazarene colleges in the United States whose purpose is to train ministers, Nazarene Bible College is a Christian institution in Colorado Springs. NBC offers Bachelor of Arts in Ministry degrees with nine theological majors. The college’s...

“…NBC is a great school all around. Tuition isn't very expensive for a fully accredited institution yet the instruction is exceptional. It is a small school so you can get to know everyone and also have easy access to all the faculty and staff if you...” – Brian

Epic Bible College is a Christian institution in Sacramento featuring a Bible-centered curriculum training students for the ministry. Epic offers a bachelor’s degree program in Ministerial Studies with eight theological concentrations and all of the...

Alaska Christian College is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Soldotna. ACC offers four associate’s degree program options including Behavioral Health, General Studies, Christian Ministry, and Paraprofessional Education. Students at...

Affiliated with the Church of God, Universidad Teologica del Caribe is a Christian institution in northern Puerto Rico dedicated to training students for ministry. Also known as the House of the Potter and the School of Prophets, UTC offers master’s...

Established in 1884, Saint John's Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Boston, Massachusetts. Saint John’s and the college’s Theological Institute offer two pre-theology bachelor’s degree programs, a dual degree Master of...

Established in 1981, International Baptist College and Seminary is a private, Christ-centered institution located in Chandler, Arizona. IBCS offers a certificate in Biblical Studies, an associate’s degree in Bible and Christian Service, a bachelor’s...