DURHAM, N.C., Nov. 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading Christian higher education resource, Christian Universities Online ( http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/), has published a ranking of the Top Ten Psychology Degree Programs 2017 ( http://www.christianuniversitiesonline.org/top-10-psychology-degree-programs-2017/?rank_page=1). Azusa Pacific University of Azusa, California, claimed the top spot on the list. Liberty University of Lynchburg, Virginia placed second in the ranking, and LeTourneau University located in Longview, Texas, placed third. Other schools making the list include (in alphabetical order): College of the Ozarks - Point Lookout, MissouriFaulkner University - Montgomery, AlabamaMessiah College - Mechanicsburg, PennsylvaniaNorthwest University - Kirkland, WashingtonSimpson, University - Redding, CaliforniaWheaton College - Wheaton, Illinois Whitworth University - Spokane, Washington This ranking began by comparing all colleges and universities that are either members of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) or be member eligible. Publicly available data for each school was gathered and compared in the following areas: 1) number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs in psychology; 2) faculty-to-student ratio; 3) percent of full-time beginning undergraduates receiving grant or scholarship aid; 4) selectivity; 5) overall retention rate; and 6) overall graduation rate. Weights were assigned to each of these categories with the category of the number of degree programs having a slightly higher weight than the other categories. Lastly, an overall score was calculated for each school.