Why a Christian College or Religious University
To answer this question, you must first think about what is motivating you in your quest for higher education.
Think about the following as you contemplate a school:
- Have you consistently prayed about your educational goals? It’s a similar decision to choosing a spouse:“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). “Abide and obey and He will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
- What is the purpose for and what is inspiring you to achieve the degree? Seeking a promotion, starting a new career or trying to be a role model to someone that is close to you? Earning more usually results in increased learning.
- What challenges do you face returning to school? The goal is not only to start college, but also to finish. A difficult task facing adults as they consider returning to school is fear and procrastination, but money and time are also real concerns.
- How do you prefer to learn? Based on your approach to learning and the pace of your life, you will be able to decide what is the best way for you to learn. Many of our schools offer programs online, face to face, and more traditional on-campus options so there is a model for everyone.
Ask the right questions:
There are many different things to take into consideration when choosing a Christian college, including whether or not a Christian college is right for you. Other options to think about are: How far away from home you want to be? What size school do you want to attend? How much do you plan to spend on your education? What do you want to study? As a Christian, your faith plays a major part in your decisions. Though a secular college can be a great place for a Christian to grow and learn, Christian colleges also provide an excellent education. Here is some information that will help you decide where you should go to school.
Do you want to be somewhere that encourages your faith to blossom while you are gaining a degree? If so, a Christian college might be your best choice. A benefit of attending a Christian college is surrounding yourself with people who believe the same way you do. Doing this key to challenging yourself and examining your faith in a way that will help you develop a closer relationship with God.
What type of degree you want to receive? Christian colleges often have the reputation for only studying the Bible, but that is swiftly changing. Though studying the Bible is an indispensable part of the education you will receive, today’s Christian offer a variety of programs from health care, to business and communications, to education, plus much more. It’s not necessary to decide immediately what you want to study, but you should think about the fact that Christian colleges frequently supply an education that can be very versatile, and can help you get into many different types of careers.
Who do you want to surround yourself with? Though you can often find other Christians on secular campuses, at a Christian college you are guaranteed to be a part of a community who believe and live the same way you do. Being a student at a Christian college can be just as invigorating as any other college.
Choosing a college will be one of the more demanding decisions you will make, because there are so many things to think about. Most importantly, you should ask God for guidance when making this decision. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find.” (Matthew 7:7) By seeking God’s counsel, you might just find a college that surpasses your expectations.