Following up on two previous blogs (see here and here) about a recent article by Professor Allen Guelzo of Gettysburg College on the state of Evangelical institutions of higher learning in America today, we now turn to the question of the actual ranking of Evangelical colleges, both with each other, and with their secular, four-year, liberal arts counterparts.
Using criteria such as admission rates, SAT scores of applicants accepted, size of endowments, and alumni contributions, Professor Guelzo comes to the conclusion that there are too many small Evangelical colleges in the U.S. chasing too few student dollars. The result is a financial imperative to accept less and less qualified students, leading to a race to the bottom.
His recommendation is for thinning out and consolidation, in order to achieve economies of scale.
Replete with charts and careful statistical analyses, this article is a must-read for any student who is considering attending an Evangelical college, for any such student’s parents, or indeed for anyone at all who is concerned with the health of Evangelical colleges in the United States today.
Here is Professor Guelzo’s overall ranking of the top ten Evangelical schools in the U.S.:
1. Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL)
2. Gordon College (Wenham, MA)
3. Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)
4. Huntington College (Huntington, IN)
5. Houghton College (Houghton, NY)
6. Messiah College (Grantham, PA)
7. Eastern University (St. Davids, PA)
8. Biola University (La Mirada, CA)
9. Covenant College (Lookout Mountain, GA)
10. Geneva College (Beaver Falls, PA)