Life is made up of tough decisions, some may be harder than others, but probably one of the easiest and best decisions is deciding to go to college – making it some of the best years of your life while you’re at it.
College can be a time when you grow and experience things you never knew were possible. If you’re a Christian, you may feel it’s important to use this time to discover your calling in the context of your future vocation. A Christian college is an ideal place to do that. In a community that will mentor and encourage you, you can feel confident you’re becoming the person who God created you to be.
With that in mind, here are 10 benefits of attending Christian college:
Conservative standards for student behavior
While it’s a given that college students will be … well college students, at a Christian college there is a particular standard for how they should behave along with accountability. While some may see this as a huge negative, parents desiring a safe environment for their student will love this aspect of the school.
Infrastructure for students including counseling, small groups and activities
While many schools offer these, a college based on faith sets the standard differently than a secular school. They integrate faith and belief in God into their activities, and it isn’t frowned upon – it’s encouraged.
Faculty committed to mentorship
Few Christian colleges have unlimited endowments that pay top-dollar to their professors (unfortunately); however, this does draw talent who seek out Christian schools to teach at out of a sense of calling and desire to encourage the next generation of believers. Along with that comes a professor who is likely to care for their students’ spiritual welfare as well as their academic success.
On-campus conferences = more opportunities
Many Christian colleges hold conferences that draw notable speakers and worship leaders from all walks of life. This gives the student the opportunity to hear and participate in some of the most relevant conversations happening in the world of faith today.
Expand your worldview through service
Mission/service trips provide a way to see and experience other cultures while serving others. These experiences are often life-changing for students and help guide them into areas of vocation.
You can be more open about faith
While students may not take advantage of this openness, they will most likely run into students whose faith is foremost in their lives, the ability to be open and to worship without worry of restriction is very refreshing.
Strong campus community
Besides small groups and counseling, Christian colleges have a strong sense of campus community, partly because their campuses are generally smaller. This smaller size allows you get to know more people from different walks of life as well as different majors.
Small class sizes
Most smaller colleges have smaller class sizes. This is especially helpful to students who feel lost in the crowd or who need special attention from their professors.
Religious courses and an array of religious degrees
Mixed in with your major are religious courses you can take to help you explore your beliefs, learn theology and expand your mind while solidifying your faith. Some schools, like Southeastern University offer a student worship team.
SEU Worship not only leads worship in chapels on campus — they write, compose and perform new songs every year. The songs are recorded, professionally produced, and then launched on digital platforms. As of Summer 2018, they reached more than 13 million streams on Spotify alone.
Many professors and staff at colleges don’t see the student as a whole, they see them as a student acquiring a degree. Christian colleges integrate secular academia with a holistic Christian worldview. In other words, they see the student as someone with a soul, and they encourage an atmosphere that fosters this.
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