When you’re finishing school and considering which college to go, you might be wondering if a Christian college is a good option.
Well, if you’re a Christian (or even if you’re not!), there are many reasons to consider a Christian college for your tertiary education. Here are a few reasons:
Values in the classroom
If you’ve grown up a Christian, perhaps even attending a Christian school, you may find it hard or jarring if the college you choose has no Christian element in the classroom.
In fact, many colleges will teach concepts and values that are in direct opposition to Christian values! For example, a philosophy class at a secular college may teach that there are many truths you could reasonably follow, whereas we know that the Christian faith is the only right way to live.
Choosing a Christian college means choosing a place where your values and ideas are encouraged, not maligned. Your teachers will have the same worldview as you, which is truly helpful as you continue to grow in your understanding of how God’s plans will impact your life!
Plus, as you prepare for your career, your teachers will be able to help you understand how to integrate your faith and your work, in a way that teachers at secular schools definitely wouldn’t be able to assist with.
Community of Christians
Attending a college for Christians means that you will be surrounded by people who share your faith. It’s like being on church camp all the time!
Your college community will encourage and support you as you grow in your faith. There will always be someone around willing to discuss the Bible with you, pray with you or wrestle through tough times with you.
Plus, in most situations your Christian classmates will share the same ethical standards as you – which are often enforced by the college rules. So that means no roommates drinking or having sex and keeping you awake!
Build good habits
With chapel services and Bible studies on campus, during your time at a Christian college you’ll be able to build good habits that will last a lifetime.
College is often a time when it’s difficult for Christians to keep up meeting with other Christians, and spending time in God’s word. But at a Christian college, time is set aside for you to spend with God and other Christians, so you can keep building good habits for your faith.
Caring staff and smaller classes
The staff at Christian colleges can tend to be a little more caring and kind than at other schools, as a result of their faith and sense of vocation in teaching at the Christian college. You may get more personalised attention in the classroom, plus you’ll likely have better access to support and counselling services if you’re struggling.
Plus, class sizes at Christian colleges can tend to be smaller than other classes, so you’ll probably find it easier to share your ideas in class and interact with your peers and teachers. Your classmates will likely be keen and happy to help each other with study.
Overall, there are many great reasons to attend a Christian college!