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MC makes ranking of Christian colleges with lowest student debt burden

Money-Graduation Cap_rgbCLINTON — Christian Universities Online has published a ranking of the Christian colleges with the lowest debt burden, and Mississippi College made the list.

MC, which came in eighth, was the only Christian institution of higher learning in Mississippi to be ranked.

College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, claimed the top spot on the list with an average total indebtedness of only $6,424 and only 13 percent of students who borrowed. John Brown University in Siloam Spring, Arkansas, and Williams Baptist College of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas were ranked second and third respectively.

The ranking can be viewed at www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/christian-colleges-with-the-lowest-debt-burden/.

Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order):

  • Anderson University — Anderson, SC
  • Azusa Pacific University — Azusa, CA
  • Bethel College — Mishawaka, IN
  • Biola University — La Mirada, CA
  • Bluefield College — Bluefield, VA
  • Bryan College — Dayton, TN
  • Calvin College — Grand Rapids, MI
  • Carson-Newman University — Jefferson City, TN
  • Cedarville University — Cedarville, OH
  • Corban University — Salem, OR
  • Covenant College — Lookout Mountain, GA
  • Dallas Baptist University – Dallas, TX
  • Emmanuel College — Franklin Springs, GA
  • Fresno Pacific University — Fresno, CA
  • Goshen College — Goshen, IN
  • Hope International University — Fullerton, CA
  • Houghton College — Houghton, NY
  • Howard Payne University – Brownwood, TX
  • Huntington University — Huntington, IN
  • King University — Bristol, TN
  • The King’s University College — Edmonton, Canada
  • Lee University — Cleveland, TN
  • Lipscomb University — Nashville, TN
  • The Master’s College & Seminary — Santa Clarita, CA
  • Milligan College — Milligan College, TN
  • North Greenville University — Tigerville, SC
  • Northwest Christian University — Eugene, OR
  • Oklahoma Baptist University – Shawnee, OK
  • Oklahoma Christian University — Oklahoma City, OK
  • Oklahoma Wesleyan University — Bartlesville, OK
  • Oral Roberts University – Tulsa, OK
  • Palm Beach Atlantic University — West Palm Beach, FL
  • Regent University — Virginia Beach, VA
  • Seattle Pacific University — Seattle, WA
  • Tabor College — Hillsboro, KS
  • Taylor University — Upland, IN
  • Toccoa Falls College — Toccoa, GA
  • Trinity Christian College — Palos Heights, IL
  • Trinity International University — Deerfield, IL
  • Union University — Jacksonville, TN
  • Waynesburg University — Waynesburg, PA
  • Westmont College — Santa Barbara, CA
  • Wheaton College — Wheaton, IL
  • Whitworth University — Spokane, WA
  • William Jessup University — Rocklin, CA
  • York College — York, NE

The ranking was built using information from a U.S. News & World Report of student indebtedness. Two data points were considered and equally weighted for the ranking: the average total indebtedness of the 2013 graduating class and the percent of graduating students who borrowed. Institutional loans, financial institutions, and loans from federal, state, and local governments were considered. Parental loans were not factored into this average. The colleges and universities on this list had to be accredited by the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) or a member/affiliate of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). In the event of a tie, the schools were listed alphabetically and given the same numerical ranking.

Michael Templeton, senior editor for Christian Universities Online, said the purpose of the ranking was to help “parents and students who are seeking to make the most informed decision possible when choosing a Christian institution of higher education. We understand the long term effects of excessive student loan debt and produced this ranking in order to highlight schools that are excelling in keeping the debt burden of their graduates as low as possible.”


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