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2021 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

4 Colleges
1,670 Bachelor's Degrees
$26,619 Avg Cost*

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

Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes RegionOut of all the majors we analyze each year, theology and religious vocations was ranked #27 in the country. In fact 10,962 bachelor's degrees were handed out in 2018-2019. Of those degrees, 1,670 went to students in the Great Lakes region of the United States.

For this year's Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region ranking, we looked at 4 colleges that offer a bachelor's in theology and religious vocations. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great theology and religious vocations programs and a strong support system for non-traditional students.

To come up with these rankings, we looked at factors such as affordability, and overall quality of the theology and religious vocations program at the school. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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The theology and religious vocations school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools for Non-Traditional Students.

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2021 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools for Non-Traditional Students in the Great Lakes Region

The colleges and universities below are the best for non-traditional students studying theology and religious vocations.

Best Theology & Religious Vocations Schools for Non-Traditional Students

Franciscan University of Steubenville has taken the #1 spot in this year's theology and religious vocations ranking for non-traditional students. Located in the city of Steubenville, Franciscan U is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. Franciscan U also took the #1 spot in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations in the Great Lakes Region rankings.

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. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Trinity International University - Illinois landed the #2 spot in our 2021 best theology and religious vocations schools for non-traditional students. TIU Illinois is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Deerfield. TIU Illinois also made our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations in the Great Lakes Region list, coming in at #3.

The student loan default rate at TIU Illinois is lower than is typical, just 4.4% of students default in three years. 153 students at TIU Illinois are exclusively online. There are roughly 850 part time students in attendance at TIU Illinois. TIU Illinois does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Indiana Wesleyan University. IWU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the town of Marion. In addition to being on our best for non-traditional students list, IWU has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations in the Great Lakes Region ranking.

The student loan default rate at IWU is lower than is typical, just 6.9% of students default in three years. There are approximately 381 students at IWU that take at least one class online. 440 students are part time. IWU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

Olivet Nazarene University

Bourbonnais, IL

Olivet Nazarene University comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Olivet Nazarene is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small suburb of Bourbonnais. Olivet Nazarene did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #6 on our Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations in the Great Lakes Region list.

The student loan default rate at Olivet Nazarene is lower than is typical, just 4.2% of students default in three years. 1,577 of Olivet Nazarene students are exclusively distance learners. 1,421 students are part time. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Best for Non-Traditional Students Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges by State

Explore the best for non-traditional students theology and religious vocations colleges for a specific state in the Great Lakes region.

State Degrees Awarded
Michigan 170
Ohio 331
Illinois 792
Indiana 301
Wisconsin 44

Theology & Religious Vocations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Theological & Ministerial Studies 2,282
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 801
Biblical Studies 475
Theology & Religious Vocations (Other) 391
Religious Education 350

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 48,067
Visual & Performing Arts 18,202
English Language & Literature 6,662
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 4,915
Philosophy & Religious Studies 1,938

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 4 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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