Best Value Religious Schools

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451Manchester College - North Manchester, IN(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$28,700
Total 4 Year Cost$162,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,600
452Ferrum College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$27,300
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate25%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
453Virginia Wesleyan College (VWC)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$26,900
Total 4 Year Cost$181,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,600
454Mary Baldwin College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$26,800
Total 4 Year Cost$164,000
Grad Rate43%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,200
455Peace College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$25,800
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,300
456Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$25,700
Total 4 Year Cost$74,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$16,500
457Clarke University - Dubuque, IA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$25,100
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate74%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,300
458Notre Dame College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$24,300
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,900
459Guilford College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$20,000
Total 4 Year Cost$185,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
460Marywood University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$13,500
Total 4 Year Cost$188,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,500
461Life Pacific College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$13,100
Total 4 Year Cost$99,400
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$21,600
462Huntington University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$6,900
Total 4 Year Cost$142,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,600
463Seton Hill University - Greensburg, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$5,800
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,600
464Virginia Union University (VUU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$4,000
Total 4 Year Cost$112,000
Grad Rate26%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
465 (tie)Mercyhurst College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$3,900
Total 4 Year Cost$183,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,500

*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.