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Covenant College is a private, Christian liberal arts and sciences higher learning institution founded in 1955. This conservative academic environment is located in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, which is surrounded by stunning nature and not far from the Tennessee border and the city of Chattanooga. The over 1,000 undergraduate students and the nearly 50 graduate students pursue degree programs with a focus on faith. Faculty at the college act as a support system while being academic advisors, mentors, and more.

Overview of Covenant College

Undergraduate students can select from a variety of disciplines including music, theater, international studies, engineering, mathematics, theology, and others. While the university has dozens of concentrations and majors from which to choose, the overall student life and relationship development is considered equally as important. As such, students have access to a wealth of opportunities to become active outside of the classroom.

To remain current on all events and activities, a podcast is available along with community forums and social media channels. Cultural adventures and experiences in music and theater are encouraged. Students have access to various cultures and a holistic living environment to aid in experiences of the diverse nature of the world and workplace spaces. Twenty-five student clubs and organizations are also available, as well as intramural sports in which 75% of students participate. Intercollegiate athletics are also available through 13 teams for both women and men.

General Information

School Type Private not-for-profit
Campus Setting Rural: Fringe
Campus Housing Yes
Student Faculty Ratio 13:1
Graduation Rate 65%
Year Founded 1955

Student Enrollment

Total Students1,046


Undergraduate Student

Male 481
Female 521

Graduate Student

Male 21
Female 23

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Male 257
Female 304


Male 252
Female 301

Acceptance Rate98%

Male 98%
Female 99%

Enrollment 220

Male   92
Female 84
Application Fee $35
High School GPA Required
High School Rank Recommended
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Recommended
Recommendations Required
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Covenant College’s status of private and not-for-profit means that the tuition for both state residents and out-of-state students is the same, which is $35,640. One hundred percent of students utilize student aid packages to help lower the cost of tuition so that the average net price is only $24,619. Keep in mind that another $13,000 or more will be required for books, room and board, supplies, and other costs.

A full-tuition scholarship is available called the Maclellan Scholars Program. The scholarship also offers $2,000 to be used for intercultural study and an internship is an essential requirement. Additional scholarships and work experiences are available to minimize the overall costs of education at Covenant. But don’t forget to budget for additional monthly expenses, such as trips to Chattanooga, dinners out with friends, streaming services, and more.

Average net price 2018-2019
Net Price $24,619
Average Total Aid $22,677
Students Receiving Financial Aid 100%
Room & Board $10,660

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $35,640
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $35,640
  • Books and Supplies - $1,170
  • Room & Board - $10,660
  • Other - $1,950


One of the primary philosophies and practices of the college is to teach students to successfully integrate learning and faith. The degree programs available to do so exist in a variety of fields including business, science, history, IT, music, engineering, political science, international studies, and others. Students can also pursue pre-law, pre-nursing, pre-med, and pre-physical therapy. A number of certificate programs are available such as arts administration, entrepreneurship, medical ethics consultation, neuroscience, TESOL, and environmental stewardship and sustainability.

It is also possible to focus on a more global education, including study abroad programs and intercultural experiences. Local options also exist to establish greater ties to the community. Students will also learn interpersonal skills, spiritual capabilities, intellectual ethics, innovation and creativity, and much more.

The Covenant student population has a solid 86% retention rate and graduation rates on the low end at 59% and 65% for four-year and six-year rates, respectively. A faculty-to-student ratio of 1 to 13 helps to provide greater academic experiences to those who do stay and graduate. The lower graduation rates may be due to a higher transfer rate or the fact some students work while they complete their degrees.

Student Population Total

Student Population 1,046

Evening Classes : No
Online Learning : No

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 31 Total Graduates / 14%
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, General 19 Graduates
International/Global Studies 10 Graduates
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 Graduates
All Social Science Majors 25 Total Graduates / 12%
Economics, General 10 Graduates
Sociology 8 Graduates
Development Economics and International Development 7 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 21 Total Graduates / 10%
Psychology, General 21 Graduates
English Language and Literature/Letters 20 Total Graduates / 9%
English Language and Literature, General 12 Graduates
Writing, General 8 Graduates
Visual and Performing Arts 18 Total Graduates / 8%
Art/Art Studies, General 14 Graduates
Music, General 3 Graduates
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 Graduates
All Other Diplomas 47%

Outcome & Salary

The Center for Calling and Career is open to all students and alumni to help pair potential employers with students. Employers post jobs for both full-time employment and internships. Students might work for large corporations, non-profits, startups, small businesses, and others. The center also helps to assist students in determining their calling, as well as to help accomplish their goals and aspirations. The local community also posts short-term and project-based work at the center. Covenant also offers the use of Handshake and Focus2.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $46,200
College Grads Average Salary $56,221
College Grads Mid Career Salary $83,100
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $562,210
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,393,210
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $98,476
10 Year Projected ROI $463,734
20 Year Projected ROI $1,294,734
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary $38,792
10 Year Projected Income $387,920
20 Year Projected Income $775,840

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