Best Value Religious Schools

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421Judson College - Marion, AL(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$51,900
Total 4 Year Cost$117,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$22,900
422 (tie)Faulkner University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$50,300
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,500
422 (tie)Georgetown College - Georgetown, KY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$50,300
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
424Defiance College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$49,500
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate49%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,100
425Union College - Barbourville, KY(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$48,500
Total 4 Year Cost$138,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,200
426Hamline University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$46,300
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,900
427Greensboro College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$46,100
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,800
428University of Northwestern ��� St. Paul(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$45,500
Total 4 Year Cost$160,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,200
429Howard Payne University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$45,100
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
430Gardner-Webb University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$43,800
Total 4 Year Cost$154,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
431Le Moyne-Owen College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$43,700
Total 4 Year Cost$73,200
Grad Rate20%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$33,000
432Maryville College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$43,400
Total 4 Year Cost$180,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,800
433East Texas Baptist University (ETBU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$42,500
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
434Ashland University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$41,400
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,800
435Niagara University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$38,300
Total 4 Year Cost$172,000
Grad Rate64%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,100

*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.