Spring semester is finished, which means college campuses (read: dorms, aka accommodations) are open for conferences and events. Christian Universities Online released a list of the top 50 most beautiful Christian campuses in the world in April. Here are 10 that can host your next gathering.
1. Pepperdine University (above)
Pepperdine University, a private, Christian liberal arts university in Malibu, California, has scenic views of both surf and turf—the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Monica Mountains. Driving onto campus, you’ll notice the 125-ft. Phillips Theme Tower rising in the background. The iconic building bears a cross symbolizing the school’s origins.
Event facilities are available during the summer, as are campus housing accommodations. Venues include a 399-seat auditorium, a 348-seat amphitheater and a number of classrooms. The non-denominational Stauffer Chapel, which has 3,000 square feet of stained glass windows and seats 180 people, overlooks the Malibu Pier and beach. The Villa Graziadio Executive Center hosts events year-round. It has 45,000 square feet of event space and 50 guest rooms.
2. Southwestern Assemblies of God University
Many buildings on the 73-acre, tree-lined campus of Southwestern Assemblies of God University in Waxahachie, Texas, are designed with early 20th-century architecture. The university is a Bible-based institution for theological and professional studies, run by the General Council of the Assemblies of God. It offers opportunities for faith-based meetings.
The campus’ Sheaffer Center has several spaces for events. The auditorium seats 2,000, and the gym can hold 1,000. The new Hagee Communication Center holds 600 in the performance hall and 100 in a multipurpose room. The classrooms and student center can also be used for meetings. Waxahachie has five hotels that offer special rates for SAGU guests.