Best Value Religious Schools

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436Bluffton University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$37,600
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
437Southwestern Assemblies of God University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$37,200
Total 4 Year Cost$127,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
438San Diego Christian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$37,000
Total 4 Year Cost$165,000
Grad Rate44%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,500
439Atlanta Christian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$36,100
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,200
440La Roche College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$35,900
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
441Southeastern University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$35,600
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
442Spring Hill College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$35,500
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,600
443University of Sioux Falls (USF)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$35,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,000
444Thiel College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$34,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,200
445Charleston Southern University (CSU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$33,800
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate34%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,800
446 (tie)Cincinnati Christian University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$33,200
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
446 (tie)Wiley College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$33,200
Total 4 Year Cost$85,900
Grad Rate20%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$26,900
448Anderson University - Anderson, IN(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$33,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
449Carson Newman College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$31,200
Total 4 Year Cost$143,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
450Mount Marty College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$29,800
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300

*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.