What's Important to Me in a Christian College?

Contributed by: Kristin Harding

At ChristianDegree.com, we think there are a handful of key areas to consider when chipping away at your long list of colleges. Take a look at these areas below and begin asking yourself, "what's important to ME in a Christian college?"

What is the spiritual "vibe" on campus? It's always refreshing to see fellow Christians discussing their faith and spiritual growth outside of the classroom. Sharing stories and experiences, helping each other develop as Christians and encouraging one another through Bible studies, fellowship events, heart-to-heart conversations. Afterall, isn't that what we are here for on this Earth as brothers and sisters in Christ?

Are there opportunities for me to grow in my faith? This question is somewhat of a tie-in with the spiritual "vibe" topic. But, truly, it is vitally important for your growth to have lots of outlets to learn and grow. Do a little of your own investigation when you tour the campus and ask students there what opportunities they have found helpful. Finding a mentor and someone that you can be accountable to (and vice versa) is also important during your first years in college.

What kind of ministry opportunities are there? It's so important that as Christians we don't stay in our little bubble - that we get out and show this world what being a Christian full of God's love is about. Make sure that the schools you consider have plenty of outreach programs, missions trips and other avenues to reach out and minister to those in need.

What kind of classroom environment do you want? Most Christian schools have a lower student to professor ratio because of the caliber of education and importance of incorporating solid spiritual foundations with students. If given an opportunity to sit in some classrooms, I would highly recommend it. See how the professors engage the students. Do the students feel academically challenged in that setting? Are the difficult topics being breached and are people able to verbalize opinions?

Lastly, what is the mission statement, code of conduct, etc? After reading through these documents, really ask yourself if these are things you can stand by and live out. If there are areas in which you don't see "eye-to-eye," can you separate those out and still grow spiritually?

Again, we know how important this decision is for your future, so take a moment and jog through a list of questions to see where you stand on some of these topics. Who knows, you might be surprised about what you discover!

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