Winona Lake, Indiana
4-year, Regionally accredited
Affiliation: Brethren Church
Degrees: Associate's, Bachelor's, Master's
The descriptive word “Seminary” is in Grace College’s formal title, but we saw that the institution is universally referred to as simply Grace College. This school, referring to its affiliation as “Evangelical Christian,” is located on 180 acres in the resort area of Winona Lake, Indiana. They describe the student body and the college’s staff as a caring Christian community; that is evident from the many positive student comments we gleaned while researching Grace College for possible inclusion as a 2017 Best Value School. Speaking of the student body, it consists of about 2,300 students, of which 1,900 are undergraduates, 23% of whom study on a part time basis and 85% of whom are under the age of 25.
Grace College attracts more than one-third of its students from outside Indiana. This indicates a “special pull” that brings students to Grace. This is in addition to a full slate of majors that include popular programs in business (bachelor and master degrees); the health professions, especially a master’s degree program in mental health counseling, and clinical research; bachelor programs in psychology, sports/fitness, and visual/performing arts. And of course there are programs in theology encompassing associate, bachelor, master and doctorate degrees. Grace appears to be a great place to study for people who feel called to the ministry or church activities.
One of Grace’s unique offerings really caught our eye: An accelerated degree program across all major that allows a dedicated student to earn a bachelor degree in three years. And if the student wants to continue on, the accelerated program offers a master degree in the fourth year.
Cost to attend for first year fulltime students is about $18,000 (despite Grace’s posted sticker price of around $33,000). Almost all students receive financial aid, over 90% of which are institutional grants and scholarships, all of which brings that sticker price down by about 45%. Students love the place, the other students, the professors, and the cost. If you are thinking about an advanced education in a Christian environment we recommend you look at Grace College (& Seminary).
"With a tuition price that drops every year, free textbooks, a three-year bachelor's degree and professors that genuinely want to be involved in each student's learning and growing, Grace offers an invaluable experience by remaining focused on Biblical values. I've been loving my time at Grace College."
"Choosing Grace was one of the best decisions I ever made. My time there was life changing in so many ways. I grew academically, spiritually, socially, and personally. Professors and Staff want to get to know you as a person and truly care about you. You get to be in an environment that draws you closer to Christ."