Best Value Religious Schools

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136 (tie)Columbia College - Columbia, MO(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$86,400
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,600
136 (tie)Elms College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$222,000
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,200
138 (tie)Austin College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$192,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,000
138 (tie)Cabrini College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$182,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,600
138 (tie)Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$221,000
Total 4 Year Cost$202,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,700
141University of Mary(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$219,000
Total 4 Year Cost$99,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
142 (tie)Loyola University - Chicago, IL(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$218,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,600
142 (tie)Point Loma Nazarene University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$218,000
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
144St. Mary's University - San Antonio, TX(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$216,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,900
145Southern Nazarene University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$215,000
Total 4 Year Cost$133,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,800
146 (tie)Edgewood College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$214,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate62%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,600
146 (tie)Union College - Lincoln, NE(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$214,000
Total 4 Year Cost$129,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,300
148Oklahoma Wesleyan University (OWU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$212,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
149 (tie)Azusa Pacific University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
Total 4 Year Cost$186,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,200
149 (tie)Biola University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$211,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,200

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

Some students are interested in pursuing careers with the church, but many students attend these colleges simply because they have excellent academic reputations and deliver an exceptional ROI.

Located in Provo, Utah, Brigham Young University -- also known as BYU, or simply The Y -- boasts a student population of more than 34,000 students, making it the largest religious university in the nation. Approximately 98 percent of students are members of the LDS Church, so religion features prominently on the 560-acre campus. BYU's 11 colleges and schools offer programs in a wide range of fields, including engineering, the liberal arts, management, law and agriculture. Many prominent members of the LDS Church have graduated from BYU, and the school counts Twilight novelist Stephenie Meyer and top Jeopardy winner Ken Jennings among its alumni.

With its close ties to the Roman Catholic Church, Manhattan College offers a return on investment students and their families are sure to appreciate. The Bronx-based school offers well-regarded undergraduate programs in fields ranging from business to engineering to the sciences. In addition to being made up of five undergraduate schools, Manhattan College offers a number of pre-professional programs. Through the years, the college has produced many illustrious graduates, including former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and prolific novelist James Patterson.

Marketing itself as "the Jesuit university in Silicon Valley," Santa Clara University is made up of six colleges, including the Jesuit School of Theology and the Leavey School of Business. More than 40 Jesuit priests and brothers serve as teachers and administrators at the highly regarded school, which also offers more than 125 clubs and organizations for students.