Theology & Religious Vocations

2021 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students

27 Colleges
10,962 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,947 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Non-Traditional StudentsTheology & Religious Vocations is the #27th most popular major in the country with 10,962 bachelor's degrees awarded in 2018-2019.

For this year's Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students ranking, we looked at 27 colleges that offer a bachelor's in theology and religious vocations. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality theology and religious vocations programs as well as strong support for students classified as non-traditional.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the theology and religious vocations program at the school, affordability, and non-traditional population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students.

Top 10 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools for Non-Traditional Students

#1

Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster, PA

Lancaster Bible College tops the 2021 list of our schools in the United States that are best for non-traditional theology and religious vocations students. Lancaster Bible College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Lancaster. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, Lancaster Bible College has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations ranking.

There are approximately 295 students at Lancaster Bible College that take at least one class online. 1,052 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#2

Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of Lynchburg, Liberty University is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. Liberty University also took the #9 spot in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations rankings.

64,006 students at Liberty University are exclusively online. 37,343 students are part time. Liberty University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Our rankings recognize Columbia International University as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Columbia, CIU is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. CIU also made our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations list, coming in at #7.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 4.2%. 352 students at CIU are exclusively online. 336 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#4

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, MN

Crown College landed the #4 spot in our 2021 best theology and religious vocations schools for non-traditional students. Crown is a small private not-for-profit school located in the rural area of Saint Bonifacius.

The student loan default rate at Crown is lower than is typical, just 7.3% of students default in three years. 896 of Crown students are exclusively distance learners. About 467 of the students at Crown are attending part time. Crown does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Franciscan University of Steubenville comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Steubenville, Franciscan U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Franciscan U, the school also landed the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations ranking.

About 3.2% of Franciscan U students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 666 of Franciscan U students are exclusively distance learners. There are roughly 844 part time students in attendance at Franciscan U. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#6

Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

Regent University comes in at #6 in this year's ranking. Regent is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Virginia Beach.

About 5.6% of Regent students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 7,682 of Regent students are exclusively distance learners. 6,261 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Southwestern Assemblies of God University landed the #7 spot in our 2021 best theology and religious vocations schools for non-traditional students. Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Waxahachie.

1,098 of Southwestern Assemblies of God University students are exclusively distance learners. 630 students are part time. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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The #8 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Northwestern - St Paul. Northwestern is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Paul.

About 2.6% of Northwestern students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 1,366 of Northwestern students are exclusively distance learners. 1,514 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Trinity International University - Illinois comes in at #9 in this year's ranking. TIU Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Deerfield.

About 4.4% of TIU Illinois students default on their loans in three years, which is lower than average. 153 of TIU Illinois students are exclusively distance learners. 850 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#10

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

Our rankings recognize Grand Canyon University as the #10 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Phoenix, Grand Canyon University is a private for-profit school with a fairly large student population.

The school has a low student loan default rate of 5.6%. 70,295 students at Grand Canyon University are exclusively online. There are roughly 72,917 part time students in attendance at Grand Canyon University. Grand Canyon University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Theology & Religious Vocations by Region

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Theology & Religious Vocations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Theological & Ministerial Studies 18,107
Biblical Studies 4,126
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 2,820
Religious Education 1,463
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 1,290

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Majors Similar to Theology & Religious Vocations

Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 458,966
Visual & Performing Arts 133,923
English Language & Literature 55,609
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 31,173
Philosophy & Religious Studies 15,993

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
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