What factors should I consider if I am interested in attending a Christian college?

Anne EdmundsAnne Edmunds
Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Belmont University

Research has shown statistically significant declines in the religious attitudes, values, and behaviors of students during their college years. Attending a Christian college can counteract that trend by enhancing your spiritual growth as well as shaping your personal and professional growth from a Christian perspective.  

Christian colleges run the gamut from those founded by religious groups who no longer have any religious ties to those that base their course teachings on particular denominational beliefs. Christian colleges vary in terms of institutional policies. When considering colleges, you should ask whether alcohol, smoking, and parties are allowed on campus. Are there curfews, visitation hours, or a dress code? Is campus housing single sex or co-ed? Are students, faculty, or staff required to sign a statement of faith? Are students required to take religion courses or participate in religious services and activities? What opportunities exist to participate in community service or mission trips? What kinds of campus ministries are available and how active are they? What worship opportunities exist on and off campus?

Asking a Christian institution to clarify its Christian identify can help you discern whether the philosophies and practices of that institution resonate with you and whether that institution will be a good fit.

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