Best Value Religious Schools

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61 (tie)Alderson-Broaddus College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$312,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate45%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,000
61 (tie)Cardinal Stritch University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$312,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$21,600
63 (tie)Gwynedd-Mercy University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$311,000
Total 4 Year Cost$170,000
Grad Rate60%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$45,200
63 (tie)Wayland Baptist University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$311,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,400
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,300
65Eastern Nazarene College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$308,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,400
66Southwestern College - Winfield, KS(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$306,000
Total 4 Year Cost$151,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,800
67Pacific Union College (PUC)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$305,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate46%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$35,100
68Texas Christian University (TCU)(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$303,000
Total 4 Year Cost$211,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$50,800
69University of Scranton(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$302,000
Total 4 Year Cost$223,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$38,600
70Saint Joseph's University (SJU) - Philadelphia, PA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$301,000
Total 4 Year Cost$224,000
Grad Rate73%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,000
71 (tie)Merrimack College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate68%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$44,400
71 (tie)University of St. Thomas - Houston, TX(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$297,000
Total 4 Year Cost$168,000
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,700
73 (tie)Notre Dame of Maryland University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$295,000
Total 4 Year Cost$184,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$40,000
73 (tie)Saint Peters College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$295,000
Total 4 Year Cost$194,000
Grad Rate53%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
73 (tie)Walla Walla University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$295,000
Total 4 Year Cost$145,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$32,800

*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.