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Ranking Methodology: Top 20 Christian Colleges for a Counseling Degree

To develop the ranking of Top 20 Christian Colleges for a Counseling Degree, we started by using the Institute of Education Sciences' College Navigator to gather a list of schools that offered a counseling program (or a major with a counseling emphasis) as a bachelors degree (194 programs). From this list of 194 institutions, we cross-referenced with the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to keep only regionally accredited schools (160 schools). These schools were then ranked based on the following point system.

  • 1 point if religious accreditation from one of the 4 National Faith-Related Accrediting Organizations (
  • 1 point if ranked on US News & World Reports Regional College Ranking (

Student to Teacher Ratio

  • 2 points if under 10:1
  • 1 point if under 20:1

Retention rates for first time students seeking a bachelors degree

  • 2 points if over 80%
  • 1 point if over 60%

Graduation Rate

  • 3 points if over 75%
  • 2 points if between 50% – 75%
  • 1 point if between 25% – 50%

We then selected only Christian Colleges and sorted in order of points (highest to lowest). Note: Graduation rate was used as a secondary ranking after total points were assigned.

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