Best Value Religious Schools

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91Marymount University - Arlington, VA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$272,000
Total 4 Year Cost$169,000
Grad Rate51%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
92Barry University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$270,000
Total 4 Year Cost$178,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,000
93Saint Anselm College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$269,000
Total 4 Year Cost$205,000
Grad Rate75%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$37,900
94University of St. Francis(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$267,000
Total 4 Year Cost$163,000
Grad Rate56%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,900
95 (tie)Oklahoma Christian University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
Total 4 Year Cost$122,000
Grad Rate47%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
95 (tie)Presentation College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$263,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate41%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,300
97Mount St. Mary's College - Los Angeles, CA(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$261,000
Total 4 Year Cost$208,000
Grad Rate65%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,000
98Elizabethtown College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$260,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,500
99John Carroll University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$259,000
Total 4 Year Cost$197,000
Grad Rate71%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,800
100Concordia University - Austin, TX(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$258,000
Total 4 Year Cost$156,000
Grad Rate32%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,000
101Baker University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$257,000
Total 4 Year Cost$159,000
Grad Rate58%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,800
102 (tie)Baylor University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$254,000
Total 4 Year Cost$214,000
Grad Rate72%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$47,000
102 (tie)Creighton University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$254,000
Total 4 Year Cost$195,000
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,000
104Christian Brothers University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$253,000
Total 4 Year Cost$155,000
Grad Rate55%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,600
105Cedarville University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$252,000
Total 4 Year Cost$141,000
Grad Rate70%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$31,900

*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.