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Colleges & Universities Monthly Lists

50 Largest Christian Colleges and Universities–2022

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Below is a list of the Christian colleges, universities, and seminaries in the MinistryWatch database.

Please note that this list is compiled from the most recent data available from the Internal Revenue Service.  That means it’s not, in some cases, very recent.  As we have reported, the IRS has a significant backlog in processing Form 990s.  Most of the figures are from 2019 and 2020, with a few 2021 numbers.

This list should not be interpreted as a list of recommended ministries.  They are ranked by total revenue, and not by effectiveness, financial efficiency, or any other measure.  That said, the Financial Efficiency rating and the Transparency Grade of the ministries are listed.  We also listed the 2021 rank of each college.  This list is usually fairly static from year to year.  However, Oral Roberts University jumped 6 spots to number 19, and it tied for the biggest mover on the list.  It shares that distinction with Gardner-Webb University, which jumped 6 spots to number 40.

Hardin-Simmons University fell 6 spots to 46.  Belhaven University is new to the list, coming in at number 50.  Eastern University, which made the Top 50 last year, fell off the list.

To learn more about these institutions, click on the ministry’s name and read the complete MinistryWatch profile on this organization.

If you would like to know more about our Financial Efficiency Rating, click here.  If you would like to know more about our Transparency Grades, click here.

Rank2021Organization nameCEOTotal revenueECFAFE RatingTransparency GradeDCS
11Grand Canyon UniversityBrian Mueller1,470,193,710No5C70
22Liberty UniversityJerry Prevo1,343,657,390No3C50
33Baylor UniversityLinda Livingstone1,252,666,839No2C55
44Pepperdine UniversityJames Gash580,174,202No1C40
55California Baptist UniversityRonald L. Ellis 388,271,468No5C65
66Azusa Pacific UniversityPaul R. Ferguson298,077,591No4D65
77High Point UniversityNido Qubein294,774,165No1C50
88Hillsdale CollegeLarry P. Arnn287,422,849No1C40
99Campbell UniversityJ. Bradley Creed261,461,317No5C55
1010Biola UniversityBarry H. Corey260,665,144No3C70
1111Abilene Christian UniversityPhil Schubert252,996,672No1C55
1212Samford UniversityBeck A. Taylor233,018,125No3C55
1313Indiana Wesleyan UniversityDavid Wright208,118,995No4C70
1414Lipscomb UniversityCandice McQueen193,551,646No1C50
1515Wheaton CollegePhilip Ryken176,853,672No2C75
1616Seattle Pacific UniversityPete Menjares170,237,261No3C50
1717Cedarville UniversityThomas White159,289,322No4C80
1818Concordia University - Mequon, WIWilliam R. Cario159,253,851No3C65
1925Oral Roberts UniversityWilliam M Wilson154,062,702Yes4A85
2023Ashland UniversityCarlos Campo151,417,762No5C65
2119Point Loma Nazarene UniversityBob Brower151,214,169Yes2A80
2220Campbellsville UniversityJoe Hopkins147,591,479No4C60
2321Bethel University - MinnesotaRoss Allen146,758,836No3C65
2422Regent UniversityM.G. "Pat" Robinson146,100,069Yes3A95
2524Messiah UniversityKim S Phipps142,322,736No3C75
2626George Fox UniversityRobin Baker137,279,638No3C80
2728Dallas Baptist UniversityAdam C. Wright135,214,343No4C55
2829Southeastern UniversityKent Ingle130,768,783No5C75
2927Harding UniversityMike Williams129,416,056No3C65
3030University of Mary Hardin-BaylorRandy O'Rear125,812,163No2C60
3131Houston Baptist UniversityRobert B Sloan Jr.123,075,864No2C65
3232Colorado Christian UniversityDonald W. Sweeting118,836,574Yes3A95
3333Emmanuel CollegeSister Janet Eisner117,304,644No2C65
3434Palm Beach Atlantic UniversityDebra Schwinn116,726,108No3C65
3535Moody Bible InstituteMark Jobe109,007,070Yes1A85
3636Mississippi CollegeBlake Thompson108,288,963No3C65
3737University of Northwestern - St. PaulAlan S. Cureton107,527,450Yes2A90
3838Lee UniversityMark Walker106,104,009No3C70
3939Anderson UniversityEvans P Whitaker102,222,517No3C70
4046Gardner-Webb UniversityWilliam Downs100,956,877No4C70
4141Taylor UniversityD. Michael Lindsay99,093,951Yes2A90
4242College of the OzarksJerry Davis97,681,730No4C80
4343Charleston Southern UniversityDondi E Costin94,488,376No3C75
4444Gordon CollegeMichael D. Hammond92,822,591Yes2A90
4545North Park UniversityMary K. Surridge92,534,349No4C70
4640Hardin-Simmons UniversityEric Bruntmyer91,490,593No3C70
4747Union UniversityDub Oliver89,960,505Yes4A90
4848Fresno Pacific UniversityAndre Stephens88,457,100No4C75
4949Grove City CollegePaul J. McNulty83,985,773No2C60
50NRBelhaven UniversityRoger Parrott83,473,318No2C70
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Warren Cole Smith

Warren previously served as Vice President of WORLD News Group, publisher of WORLD Magazine, and Vice President of The Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He has more than 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, marketing professional, and entrepreneur. Before launching a career in Christian journalism 25 years ago, Smith spent more than seven years as the Marketing Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.