Best Religious Schools by Salary Potential

Is a faith-based education the right path for you? Learn more about the religious schools with the highest-earning graduates.

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Bachelor's Only
All Alumni
RankSchool NameSchool TypeEarly Career Pay
Mid-Career Pay
% High Meaning
% STEM Degrees
Rank:576School Name:Wiley CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$39,900Mid-Career Pay:$61,000% High Meaning:58%% STEM Degrees:12%
Rank:577School Name:Beulah Heights UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$36,700Mid-Career Pay:$60,100% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:578School Name:Morris CollegeSchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$35,900Mid-Career Pay:$59,000% High Meaning:72%% STEM Degrees:13%
Rank:579School Name:The Southern Baptist Theological SeminarySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$36,700Mid-Career Pay:$58,400% High Meaning:-% STEM Degrees:0%
Rank:580School Name:Johnson UniversitySchool Type:Private School, ReligiousEarly Career Pay:$37,100Mid-Career Pay:$58,100% High Meaning:71%% STEM Degrees:0%

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It’s possible to attend a faith-based college and still be able to pay off your student loans after graduation. In fact, many of the most famous colleges in the United States have their roots in religious affiliations. In the College Salary Report, Payscale has ranked all religious colleges in the United States by their earning potential.

Santa Clara University is a religious school with highly paid alumni when we poll graduates with a bachelor’s degree and no higher education. This small California school often beats out big names like Duke, Georgetown and Brigham Young University, even though only a small percent of their degrees are in science, technology, engineering and math.

Other religious colleges and universities with high earning potentials are Notre Dame, Boston College, Brigham Young University and Loyola Marymount.

Going to a religious school doesn’t guarantee a meaningful career, but many alumni say their work is meaningful.

Basketball powerhouse Gonzaga University in Eastern Washington is the most highly recommended religious college on our list. About 90 percent of Zags recommend Gonzaga to others.