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...

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Campbell University is a great college for students trying to find a close knit community with small class sizes. The teachers are very in tune with their students and get information across quickly and accurately. Overall, this school is fantastic.

” – Troy from Fayetteville, NC
Elmhurst College

Elmhurst University 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...

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Elmhurst is small, but has very nice faculty and great resources. The classes are interesting, and there are many fun events on campus. Elmhurst College hosts dozens of interesting lectures throughout the semester, and offers many ways for students...

” – Marley from Signal Mountain, TN
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...

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I love this school . It has challenged me academically. It has given me opportunities to excel in areas of leadership.

” – Benjamin from Gonzales, LA
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...

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Not only am I learning SO much in regards to my media major and other general courses, I feel that I am learning so much about life and how to be a prospect for change in my community.

” – Chris from Tulsa, OK
Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is an independent, Doctoral/Professional University with a liberal arts curriculum in Valparaiso, Indiana. Grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, the University offers more than 70 undergraduate...

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The lecture I sat in on was informational, even though I had never taken any of the classes before. It was a small classroom. The professor was very friendly and easy going. The class was like sitting in a high school classroom: simple, slow, active...

” – Cammie from Saline, MI
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...

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I would Point Loma a 95 out of 100. The school has great view, it is near the ocean, and they help kids who have autism. The one thing that concerns me though is that it has a costly tuition.

” – Lauren from San Clemente, CA

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...

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This University is definitely a challenge. You will learn to make connections between two or more subjects you're studying simultaneously, and can therefore more easily apply your knowledge to everyday life and your future career...UD is big on the...

” – Amanda from Clint, TX
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...

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Although it has a 66% acceptance rate, the classes are far from easy. Class sizes usually fall between 6 and 30 so participation is a must. Professors are fully invested in the enrichment of the students, so as students, we are expected to be focused...

” – Jen from Spring, TX

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...

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The student there seem to really love it, the campus is beautiful and the classes are small enough for one on one learning so you don't feel left behind. The school offers many various programs all with an underlying message of faith and God.

” – Kourinthia from Tulare, CA
Concordia University-Wisconsin

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...

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From what I have read, the educational aspect of this school is phenomenal. Also, I have met several people who have attended Concordia and have stressed to me how their learning experience was not like any other.

” – Kelly from Tupelo, MS
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...

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Nyack College is a great school that seeks to be a welcoming and diverse campus. Although it is a small community, Nyack College offers much opportunity for students to grow in terms of their Christian faith, leadership skills, and in expasion of...

” – TESOL major at Nyack College
Roberts Wesleyan College

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...

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I got to sit in a class to see how classes were run here and the professors know what they're talking about and they really care about their students.

” – Z from 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...

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The professors are all so nice and caring. They are very easy to get to know personally, thanks to small class size.

” – Current Student

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...

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Columbia International University is a very diverse and highly valued college. The staff,faculty, and students are all part of what makes the school so compelling . The school is focused on give each student an education that will allow them to Know...

” – Megan from Columbia, SC

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...

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...

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I sure am! I was accepted to TLU in December of 2008 and started attending August of 2008 and have been there since. Providing small classes that consist of around 20 to 25 students really does make a difference. At TLU you matter unlike other...

” – Cassandra from Pleasanton, TX
Montreat College

Montreat College is a private Christian liberal arts institution that is overseen by a chaplain and a Spiritual Life Committee made up of students and faculty. The campus features a chapel that offers dorm Bible studies, vespers, and prayer groups...

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It's a small school, so classes are small and it's easy to be engaged in class. Your professors will really make an effort to invest in you, and I'm sure you'll glance many of them outside the classroom. Most professors have great office hours and...

” – Ellen from Newfane, NY

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...

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In the small classes at Concordia every student receives the specialized attention they require. The professors truly care about each of their students. I am in the education program and each of the professors I have for these courses is personally...

” – Kassandra from Flint, MI
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...

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Northwestern offers a myriad of opportunities to learn more about almost every topic if you take advantage of everything! From a wide variety of classes, to interesting clubs, the friendly people where who are always willing to talk about their...

” – L,. Wausau, WI

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...

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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...

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Teachers are really one on one with students.

” – Jeffrey from Lost Creek, WV

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...

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The courses are very beneficial for those wishing to go into ministry, and it's definitely God glorifying.

” – Austin from Brandon, 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...

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I have learned more about myself and future careers than I have ever learned. I have also had the opportunity to open myself up more to the world and express myself better thanks to the school. I am now a more outgoing and culturally aware person.

” – Mariah from Rockville, VA
Tabor College

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...

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I am learning so very much at Tabor and the best part is that it is all so very applicable. The things I learn in communication classes teach me how to interact better with those who cross my path and the things I learn in Bible class strengthen my...

” – Micah from Sterling, KS

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...

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I am a current freshman at TWC. I feel like my academics have soared so much higher since high school. I feel everyday in class is not a waste.

” – Kaylee from Wartburg, TN
Indiana Wesleyan University-Marion

There is a unique energy at Indiana Wesleyan University—a combination of innovation, purpose and faith—and it takes just one visit to experience it for yourself.  IWU students discover their God-given individuality and life calling, and develop in...

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I have learned very much from my time at IWU. I am a Christian Worship major with an emphasis in Media, which basically means I'm training to become a media leader within the the Church. Many of my classes, especially Media Scriptwriting, Radio...

” – Randall from Goode, VA
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...

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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
Martin Luther College

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...

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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...

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Academics are incorporated well with the Bible's teachings. The professors are good at what they do; teaching from a Christian worldview.

” – Alexandra from Cedarburg, WI

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...

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...

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I am a Theology major in the Director of Christian Education (DCE) program here at Concordia and very much like the majority of the class I have taken thus far. I especially like the classes geared towards my two main areas of emphasis and the...

” – Nicholas from Broomfield, CO

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...

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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...

Affiliated with the Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology is a Roman Catholic seminary in southern Indiana dedicated to training priests, deacons, and church leaders. Saint Meinrad offers a master’s degree in Theology...