3. Regent University
Founded in 1978, Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, may be young in campus years, but its buildings are designed in the neo-Georgian style that emerged in the early 20th century. The campus is bursting with greenery and has an English-style fountain in front of the library. It is accessible from Interstate 64.
The university hosts national events throughout the year, including the Clash of the Titans debate, the Ronald Reagan Symposium and the Executive Leadership Series, which all draw nationally known leaders and officials. It is well equipped to host private events and conferences. The school’s library has various event spaces, including a 150-seat auditorium; a performing arts center with two theaters, seating 187 and 712, respectively; and a chapel, which opened in 2013 and can be rented events ranging from large receptions or small board meetings. The on-campus Founders Inn & Spa, owned and operated by the university, has 25,000 square feet of meeting space and 240 guest rooms available for meeting attendees.
4. College of the Ozarks
College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri, is situated on 1,000 acres overlooking Lake Taneycomo.
The school’s Keeter Center has multiple event spaces, including the 4,800-sq.-ft. Royal Oak Forum and the 4,000-sq.-ft. Silver Dollar City Parlor, which also has a a 2,700-sq.-ft. veranda. Three conference rooms seat bewteen 27 and 50, respectively, depending on configuration. Keeter Center has 15 guest rooms and suites, and there are a number of hotels in the surrounding Branson area. It also has a 275-seat dining room.
5. Nyack College
The century-old Nyack College encompasses 102 acres in upstate New York near the Hudson River, and much of its architecture reflects its rich history. It was founded in 1882 as the Missionary Training Institute, a training school for missionaries, and was the first Bible college in North America.
As a Christian and Missionary Alliance educational institution, Nyack has many resources for faith-based meetings, including faculty from its College of Bible and Christian Ministry, College of Music and Alliance Theological Seminary, among others. It was also ranked among the 50 most diverse colleges in the country by bestcolleges.com.
The college has a number of event facilities to rent, including two auditoriums, a gymnasium and breakout rooms. In the summer, meeting attendees can bunk in 319 rooms across four accommodations buildings.