Best Value Religious Schools

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496Salem College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($37,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
497Anderson University - Anderson, SC(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($39,300)
Total 4 Year Cost$150,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,200
498Davis & Elkins College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($42,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,900
499Texas College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($48,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$83,500
Grad Rate12%
Time to GraduateN/A
Loan Amt$23,500
500Aquinas College - Grand Rapids, MI(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($53,200)
Total 4 Year Cost$152,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,800
501Baptist Bible College and Seminary - Clarks Summit, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($55,100)
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,600
502Lane College - Jackson, TN(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($55,200)
Total 4 Year Cost$76,400
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$34,100
503Adrian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($56,200)
Total 4 Year Cost$177,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,800
504North Central University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($56,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$123,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,800
505Baptist Bible College and Graduate School - Springfield, MO(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($58,400)
Total 4 Year Cost$73,400
Grad Rate38%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,200
506Ozark Christian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($60,500)
Total 4 Year Cost$77,900
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$20,200
507Bethany College - Lindsborg, KS(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($63,200)
Total 4 Year Cost$146,000
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
508Valley Forge Christian College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($63,600)
Total 4 Year Cost$126,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,500
509Florida Memorial University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($65,900)
Total 4 Year Cost$107,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$35,800
510Brewton-Parker College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI($67,000)
Total 4 Year Cost$106,000
Grad Rate18%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,300

*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.