Thursday, 13 September 2012

Nation’s Best Christian Colleges Announced in 22nd Annual National College Survey

Rome, GA ( September 12, 2012 – The results of the 22nd Annual National College Survey of 1,447 colleges and universities have been announced. With the cost of some of America’s best colleges approaching $60,000 per year, this year’s list of America's Best Christian Colleges ®identifies exceptional opportunities.

The survey was conducted by Institutional Research & Evaluation, Inc., an independent educational research and consulting organization based in Rome, Georgia. "This is the sixteenth year we have identified the best Christian colleges. Ratings are based exclusively on facts,” stated Lewis T. Lindsey, Jr., President of the consulting firm.

Among the criteria for America's Best Christian Colleges ®, institutions must have a freshman class with an academic profile equal to or above the national average for freshmen entering Christian colleges and universities. The survey results showed that the average entering Christian college freshman had a high school grade point average of 3.31 on a 4.0 scale, an average SAT score of 1069 in critical reading and math, and the average ACT score was 22.

According to Lindsey, “We do not use data that can skew results. All institutions, large and small, can be evaluated on the basis of the academic ability of their most recent entering freshman class. This year 279 Christian colleges responded to the survey with eighty-nine meeting the requirements."

The 2012 survey revealed that Pennsylvania offers the most qualifying institutions with nine schools, while 29 states had at least one institution that qualified. Eighteen denominations are represented with Baptist institutions leading the list with 23 schools, followed by Catholic schools with 18, and non-denominational with 15.

"America’s best college buys include outstanding Christian colleges offering high quality educational environments,” states Lindsey. “Higher education can be expensive, but a high quality Christian education can be very affordable. Prospective students and their parents should make every effort to select the best college or university for their money."

A link to the complete report of America's Best Christian Colleges ® can be found at the
Queries or interviews are welcome.

Contact Info:
Lewis T. Lindsey, Jr.
706.295.5871, ext. #4

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