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Bachelor's Universities & Colleges in the Midwestern U.S. - U.S. News University Directory

Bachelor's colleges in the Midwestern U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Colleges - Midwest, can confer associate's and bachelor's degrees on their graduates. Fewer than half of the degrees awarded at these institutions are in a liberal arts field.

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Taylor University

Upland, IN

Founded in 1846, Taylor University, located in Upland, Ind., is a private university associated with evangelical Christianity. Students at the campus, which is on 952 acres in a rural setting. Student events include the Trojan Film Festival, in which students write, direct, cast and act in short films that are later judged in a competition. Many students also choose to volunteer with local church ministries or work with the campus ministry.

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Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

Located in Ada, Ohio, Ohio Northern University was founded in 1871. Set in a rural location on 342 acres, the private school is home to the Claude W. Pettit College of Law and the Rudolph H. Raabe College of Pharmacy. Student life includes 200 clubs, and 10 fraternities and sororities. The school's sports teams compete in NCAA Division 3 athletics in the Ohio Athletic Conference.

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Augustana College

Sioux Falls, SD

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Marietta College

Marietta, OH

A private college founded in 1797, Marietta College is located on 90 acres within the town of Marietta, a few hours drive from three major cities: Cleveland, Columbus and Pittsburgh. Nearly 20 percent of students on campus are involved with Greek organizations, and all students are required to live on campus in either single-sex or co-ed residential halls. The school's sports teams compete in the NCAA Division 3 Ohio Athletic Conference.

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Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

Founded in 1887, Cedarville University is a private school located in Cedarville, Ohio. Sitting on 400 acres in a rural area, the school is affiliated with the Baptist church and offers degrees in different areas of study, but requires all students to earn a Bible minor. Students also attend chapel every day, go on mission trips and run a Christian rock station called Resound Sound. Alumni include California megachurch pastor David Jeremiah.

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Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

A private school founded in 1955, Dordt College is located in Sioux Center, Iowa. A Christian college, Dordt offers students many ministry opportunities including weekly chapel meetings and a student-led worship service as well as ministry projects and trips. Nearly 90 percent of the school's students live on campus or in adjacent apartment complexes. The school's sports teams complete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

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Franklin College

Franklin, IN

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Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

Located in Orange City, Iowa, Northwestern College is a private institution founded in 1882. The college, which sits on 100 acres in a rural location, is a Christian institution. The college encourages its students to study abroad. Many students choose to attend classes in Oman or Romania because of a special pricing arrangement in which tuition in those locations is the same as it is at the main university in Iowa. The school also features more than 50 clubs and sports for students.

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University of Mount Union

Alliance, OH

A private school founded in 1846, the University of Mount Union is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and located in Alliance, Ohio. The urban campus sits on 115 acres and offers an education grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Students can choose from 55 majors and a graduate program in physician assistant studies.

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College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

A private school founded in 1906, College of the Ozarks is located in Point Lookout, Mo. The 1,000-acre campus is located in a rural area and overlooks Lake Taneycomo. The Christian school offers degrees in 40 different subject areas. College of the Ozarks offers faith-based student organizations, and the use of alcohol and tobacco is strictly prohibited.

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Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, IA

Located in Storm Lake, Iowa, Buena Vista University is a small school situated on 60 acres outside of town. The private school is affiliated with the Presbyrterian Church. Students can choose from a variety of majors; the most popular include business, management and marketing. The school prides itself on offering students lifelong success through innovative and imaginative academic and professional preparation.

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Loras College

Dubuque, IA

Founded in 1839, Loras College is a private school located in Dubuque, Ind. A Catholic liberal arts college, Loras College offers students degree programs in management, marketing, education, social sciences, biomedical sciences and literature, among others. About 66 percent of the students live on campus. Loras College sports teams participate in NCAA Division 3 athletics.

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Millikin University

Decatur, IL

Millikin University, founded in 1901, is a private school located in Decatur, Ill. The 75-acre campus is within the city and offers degrees through four schools - arts and sciences, business, fine arts and professional studies. The school, which is affiliated with the Presbyrterian Church, emphasizes the connection between various disciplines and the interactions between technology and society.

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University of Northwestern- St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

Founded in 1902, Northwestern College is a private school located on 107 acres in a suburban area of St. Paul, Minn. The school is nondenominational Christian liberal arts college with a mission to instill "an unwavering commitment to biblical truth," according to the school mission. Students can choose from more than 50 undergraduate majors. Psychology, business administration and management are among the most popular.

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Hastings College

Hastings, NE

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private school affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and has its foundation in a liberal arts education. Students can study in 43 majors and also attain a Masters in Teaching degree. Students can also participate in an Irish Fellows program which allows them to design an independent research project and live for a month in Lahinch, County Clare, Ireland.

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Huntington University

Huntington, IN

Founded in 1897, Huntington University is a private university located in Huntington, Ind. A Christian school, the campus is on 170 acres in a wooded, lakeside location. Student can choose from more than 70 degree programs. There are numerous Greek organizations, as well as a volunteer program run through the John Mertz Center. The Christian mission group Global Vision also gives students a chance to do volunteer work in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

Founded in 1843, Clarke University is a private school located in Dubuque, Iowa. Affiliated with the Catholic Church, Clarke University emphasizes communication skills, critical thinking, spirituality and attaining a breadth and depth of knowledge. Students are taught to develop a personal code of ethics and an understanding of spirituality and how it relates to the self and the global community.

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St. Mary-of-the-Woods College

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN

St. Mary-of-the-Woods College’s online program features 8-weeek and 16-week formats for different learning styles, learning approaches specifically designer for adults and a solid liberal arts education to prepare students for career changes. Education benefits, scholarships and other resources are available for students in the military.

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Adrian College

Adrian, MI

Founded in 1859, Adrian College is a private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The 100-acre campus is located in the city of Adrian, Mich. The school offers a liberal arts education in the Methodist religious tradition. Students can choose to participate in a number of internships and practicums, including tutoring at local schools, consulting for local non-profits and, for biology students, assisting with the River Raisin Watershed Council. Graduation in any major requires completion of a Capstone Experience in which seniors complete a project associated with their major.

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Bethel College

North Newton, KS

Founded in 1887, Bethel College is a private institution located in North Newton, Kan. The school is affiliated with the Mennonite Church and lists its core values as discipleship, scholarship, service and integrity. Among the most popular degree programs at the liberal arts college are health professions, business, management, marketing, education, public administration and visual performing arts.

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Manchester University

North Manchester, IN

Manchester University is a private school founded in 1889 and located in North Manchester, Ind. The school is affiliated with the Church of the Brethren and offers a full year of free classes to those who cannot find a job or enter graduate school after earning a degree at Manchester University. The 125-acre school is in a rural location. The majors most popular with the students there are business, education, health professions, parks and recreation and social sciences.

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Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

Founded in 1894, Morningside College is a private school affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The 68-acre campus is located in a suburban area of Sioux City, Iowa. The school's mission emphasizes life-long learning and dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility. Students can choose to participate in more than 40 student-led organizations, and the school also runs a Leadership Academy to help develop and improve students' leadership skills.

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Judson University

Elgin, IL

Judson University, founded in 1913, is located in the suburban community of Elgin, Ill., outside of Chicago. Judson is an evangelical Christian university that offers a liberal arts education that emphasizes religious training - all of the faculty, for example, are professed Christians and promote an environment that provides a faith-based context for studies. Students can choose from a variety of majors, including a education programs, graphic design, media studies, art, communications and music business entrepreneurship. Judson also hosts a World Leaders Forum every year, with keynote speakers such as former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev.

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Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

Founded in 1899, Bluffton University is located in Bluffton, Ohio. The liberal arts college is affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA and all students are required to live on campus or with parents if the commute is not far. The school also requires students to adhere to an honor code and to sign a paper after every test indicating they did not cheat. In addition to undergraduate programs, the school offers three graduate programs in business administration, organizational management and education. Students can choose from more than 40 extracurricular activities on campus, and there also is a Spiritual Life Week event every semester.

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