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2021 Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations

Theology & Religious Vocations is a popular major and United States is the most popular state for students studying it. 28,062 of the 28,062 Theology & Religious Vocations diplomas awarded last year were given by schools in United States. With so many options it can be a challenge finding the best choice. This year's Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations ranking analyzed 43 colleges and universities that offer a bachelor's degree in theology and religious vocations. We look at over 20 factors to determine the top 15% of colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations students.

Choosing a Great Theology & Religious Vocations School

Best Colleges for Theology & Religious Vocations The theology and religious vocations program you select can have a big impact on your future. This section explores some of the factors we include in our ranking and how much they vary depending on the school you select. Below we explain some of the most important factors to consider before making your choice:

Quality Overall is Important

A school that excels in educating for a particular major must be a great school overall as well. To make it into this list a school must rank well in our overall Best Colleges ranking. This ranking considered factors such as graduation rates, overall graduate earnings and other educational resources to identify great colleges and universities.

Over 80% of the schools in this list are in the top 80% of our overall quality ranking.

Overall Best Colleges Rank  ( 1478 to 318 )
Lowest Ranked Overall
Top Ranked Overall

Graduates Earn More After College

Theology & Religious Vocations graduates from schools on this list tend to earn more after college than those from other schools. A theology and religious vocations bachelors degree from a school in the United States helped students who graduated in 2015-2017 make $25,467 a couple years later.

Other Factors We Consider

In addition to the above, you should consider some of the following factors:

  • Major Focus - How much a school focuses on Theology & Religious Vocations students vs. other majors.
  • Major Popularity - How many other theology and religious vocations students choose this school.
  • Accreditation - Whether a school is regionally accredited and/or a recognized theology and religious vocations related accrediting body.

Our complete ranking methodology documents in more detail how we consider these factors to identify the best schools for Theology & Religious Vocations students.

Best Schools to Study Theology & Religious Vocations in the United States

Explore the top ranked colleges and universities for theology and religious vocations majors.

Top 10 Best Theology & Religious Vocations Colleges

Ozark Christian College is among your best bets if you want to study theology and religious vocations. Ozark Christian College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the small city of Joplin. This college ranks 1053rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Missouri.

A preferred choice for theology and religious vocations undergraduates, there are roughly 140 learners studying this degree at Ozark Christian College.

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Every student who is interested in theology and religious vocations has to check out Franciscan University of Steubenville. Located in the small city Steubenville, Franciscan U is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 288 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Franciscan U is a great school overall.

Franciscan U offers theology and religious vocations degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Master's.

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#3

Johnson University

Knoxville, TN

It's hard to beat Johnson University if you wish to study theology and religious vocations. Located in the rural area Knoxville, Johnson University is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. This college ranks 902nd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Tennessee.

There are roughly 311 theology and religious vocations undergrads studying this program at Johnson University.

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University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, IN

It is difficult to beat University of Notre Dame if you wish to pursue theology and religious vocations as a major. Notre Dame is a large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Notre Dame. A Best Colleges rank of 14 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Notre Dame is a great college overall.

With 156 undergrads, University of Notre Dame is one of most popular colleges to study theology and religious vocations in United States.

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Lancaster Bible College

Lancaster, PA

Located in the large suburb Lancaster, Lancaster Bible College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 895 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Lancaster Bible College is a great college overall.

Lancaster Bible College offers theology and religious vocations degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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Nazarene Bible College

Colorado Springs, CO

Nazarene Bible College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Colorado Springs. This school ranks 1647th out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Colorado.

In addition to its bachelor's programs, Nazarene Bible College offers a Associate's Degree in theology and religious vocations.

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CIU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Columbia. This college ranks 922nd out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of South Carolina.

CIU offers theology and religious vocations degrees as low as a Associate's and all the way up to a Research / Scholarship Based Doctorate's.

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Multnomah University

Portland, OR

Multnomah Bible College is a small private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Portland. This school ranks 1105th out of 1,715 schools for overall quality in the state of Oregon.

For those interested in something more advanced, Multnomah Bible College also offers 2 different higher degree levels in theology and religious vocations, the most popular of which is a Master's Degree.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University is a very large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Lynchburg. This school ranks 1153rd out of 1,715 colleges for overall quality in the state of Virginia.

There are approximately 1618 theology and religious vocations undergrads studying this degree at Liberty University.

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Yeshivath Viznitz

Monsey, NY

Located in the suburb Monsey, Yeshivath Viznitz is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. A Best Colleges rank of 599 out of 1,715 colleges nationwide means Yeshivath Viznitz is a great school overall.

A popular choice for theology and religious vocations undergraduates, there are roughly 107 students studying this program at Yeshivath Viznitz.

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Theology & Religious Vocations by Region

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New England
Rocky Mountains
Plains States
Middle Atlantic
Far Western US
Southwest
Great Lakes

Theology & Religious Vocations Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
Theological & Ministerial Studies 19,838
Biblical Studies 4,551
Pastoral Counseling & Specialized Ministries 3,055
Religious Education 1,497
Missionary Studies 1,379

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 547,539
Visual & Performing Arts 153,295
English Language & Literature 59,299
Foreign Languages & Linguistics 34,386
Philosophy & Religious Studies 16,252

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Notes and References

  • The bars on the spread charts above show the distribution of the schools on this list +/- one standard deviation from the mean.
  • 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).
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Daderot. More about our data sources and methodologies.

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