Choosing between urban and rural Christian universities
People of faith who wish to enhance their knowledge in a higher education setting should know that there are Christian colleges and universities of varying sizes located in states across the nation. Some, like Chicago, Illinois’ North Park University, are located in urban settings, while others, like Lynchburg, Virginia’s Liberty University, can be found in more rural settings.
During students’ search for the Christian universities and colleges that may be right for them, they should think about some of the pros and cons of attending school in both urban and rural environments.
Benefits of a city school – In the city, there is always something going on. Urban environments are where students will find fascinating museums, diverse populations and major companies. These can all present opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom at the Christian university or college they are enrolled in.
Downsides of a city school – If students have trouble focusing on their studies and are easily distracted, then a city may not be the best place to take courses. A plethora of activities and opportunities can be great, but they can also take focus away from students’ studies. At the same time, everything from public transportation to the cost of grabbing a quick lunch can put a dent in people’s wallets. If money is going to be tight during a student’s college career, then it may be better to look for a Christian university outside of the city.
Benefits of a rural school – Attending Christian colleges in more remote areas can be a great opportunity for students to zero in on what it is they want to do with their life. In a tranquil environment, they have the concentration necessary to focus on their studies and develop their commitment to God. In addition, they stand a greater chance of getting to know their classmates if they are not always rushing off to catch a train, go to a concert or some other city activity.
Downsides of a rural school – Christian colleges and universities in rural settings may not always have a lot to do outside of campus. For those who like to keep going, this can become a bit of a problem and make for some quiet weekends. As a result, these individuals should look into what type of life exists just outside of school grounds before they make a decision about attending.
One of the best ways to choose a Christian university, regardless of the setting, is to make a campus visit. With the information they gain, individuals can make a more informed decision as to where they want to pursue their degree.