Best Value Religious Schools

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316 (tie)Lynchburg College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$111,000
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,000
316 (tie)Texas Lutheran University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$111,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
316 (tie)West Virginia Wesleyan College (WVWC)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$111,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
319 (tie)Capital University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$179,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,000
319 (tie)Carlow University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,500
319 (tie)Silver Lake College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$147,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
319 (tie)Waynesburg University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$110,000
Total 4 Year Cost$128,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,500
323 (tie)Cornell College - Mount Vernon, IA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$109,000
Total 4 Year Cost$198,000
Grad Rate66%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
323 (tie)Presbyterian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$109,000
Total 4 Year Cost$189,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
325Central Methodist University - College of Liberal Arts & Sciences(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$108,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
326Franciscan University of Steubenville(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$107,000
Total 4 Year Cost$140,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
327 (tie)Chaminade University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$106,000
Total 4 Year Cost$144,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,900
327 (tie)Liberty University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$106,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,300
329 (tie)Saint Vincent College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$105,000
Total 4 Year Cost$176,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,600
329 (tie)Wilberforce University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$105,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate30%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$37,700

*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.