The Secret to Growing Your Faith at a Public School

Updated: Jun 8, 2019


Christian colleges, which are by definition private colleges in this country, are typically much more expensive than four-year, public in-state schools. In 2018-2019, the average annual difference in net price between a private and a public was $10,870. In other words it costs nearly $11,000 more in tuition and fees at a private college than it does at a public one (CollegeBoard). Multiply this difference over four years, and you will be paying a $43,480 premium for attending a Christian college. And this amount does not include the additional costs for food, housing, and books.


With college costs rising every year, it's no wonder that many Christians are choosing to attend public postsecondary institutions in their home states.


If you are considering a public school, you don't have to neglect your spiritual growth or be isolated from fellow believers during your undergraduate studies. Just be sure to select a school that has a healthy Christian campus ministry attached to it. While there are many para-church college ministries in the United States, the three largest and most well-known Protestant ones are listed in alphabetical order below. You can check if one, two, or all three of these ministries have a presence on the campus you are interested in by visiting their respective links:


1) Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ)

2) Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

3) The Navigators


It is also a good idea to do a little Internet research and determine if any churches near the public college you are interested in have an active college ministry.

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