Would you like to continue your education at a faith-based institution from the comfort of home? Online courses are the same in strength and quality as traditional on-campus offerings. The difference comes in delivery and pace – you do your work when and where it fits your schedule. Here is a list of homeschool-friendly Christian colleges that offer fully online degrees. Note that some of the online degree programs require you to have official transcripts from a post-secondary institution showing that you have already completed some college coursework. Also, keep in mind that some Christian colleges are more strongly faith-based than others. Many retain their church affiliation but offer a more secular education. [NOTE: This article was published in March 2015. Today, there are many more Christian colleges that offer online degrees. -Ed.]
Arcadia University (Presbyterian Church) – Students may apply for admission to the school, but this is not a requirement for taking an online course. Arcadia University offers two undergraduate online programs: B.A. in liberal studies and B.A. in business administration; and the following online certificates: applied behavior analysis; autism; digital literacy (education); digital design (education); general technology (education); infant-toddler mental health (education); professional writing (English); readiness to practice (physical therapy). For homeschool admissions info, click here.
Bethel College-Indiana (Missionary Church) – Bethel College offers an online undergraduate degree in business. Do you want to start your own business? Work for a Fortune 500 Company? Serve in a non-profit, church, or missionary organization? Analyze numbers, create exciting marketing plans, or manage people? Whatever your passion, Bethel College seeks to make an impact in the world through its business students. Bethel students are challenged to schedule an internship during their course of study so that they may test their skills in a practical setting.
Freed-Hardeman University (Churches of Christ) – Established in 1869, Freed-Hardeman offers both a long history and modern instructional technology used for online courses and degrees. For those who want to get a jump-start on their college education, Freed-Hardeman’s FHU@Home program allows high school-level home schooled students to take general education college courses in a purely online format. For more info, click here.
Grace College and Theological Seminary (Brethren Church) – Grace College places a high value on students who have been educated at home. One of every five students at Grace College has been homeschooled. For admission into online degree completion programs offering a Bachelor of Science in Management, Business Administration, or Human Services, applicants must have already taken 60 credits of undergraduate coursework with a 2.0 GPA. Grace College offers homeschool juniors and seniors (at least 16 years of age) the opportunity to take college classes on campus for credit at a reduced rate. For homeschool admissions info, click here.
Indiana Wesleyan University (Wesleyan) – This college has a wide variety of online degrees in the areas of accounting, business, marketing, computer information technology, counseling, education, theology, ministry, paralegal studies, communications, human resources, social work, general studies, criminal justice, and healthcare. For homeschool admissions info, click here.
Linfield College (American Baptist) – The Linfield College online degree program is specifically designed to aid students when attending regular courses in a physical classroom is not an option, no matter where they are in the United States. Online students can earn bachelor degrees in Accounting, Business Information Systems, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Nursing (for registered nurses who want to earn a B.S. in Nursing). Click here for homeschool admissions info.
Affordable Colleges Foundation offers free college prep information revolving around online colleges and universities. They recently revised their Online Christian Colleges Guide to include a new ranking of the Best Online Christian Colleges for 2014-15. In addition to the rankings, students and families can find detailed information and expert tips to aid their search for a faith-based college education, including financial aid information. Anyone can access the free guide and rankings at: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/online-colleges/christian-colleges