You want to go to college—not just any college, but a Christian college. You want to continue walking out your faith with God and meet other students who are passionate about their faith. You believe this choice would be best for you. So what do you do next? You spend every waking moment researching different Christian colleges and universities, and you finally find one that seems like your dream school! But you won’t know for sure until you visit campus, see all it has to offer, and get answers to all your burning questions. In addition to asking about academics, facilities, and the other usual things, here are a few specific questions you should ask your guide during your Christian college visit, whether it’s in person or online.
1. What does it mean to attend this college?
As a student at a Christian college, you’ll be earning your degree while developing a biblical mindset as you continue on the path God has chosen for you. As a result, your college experience may be slightly different from others who don’t attend a Christian institution. Depending on the school, students may be required to take at least one class on either Christianity or another religion; schools like Texas Christian University do just that. When you’re on campus, ask students, admission officers, and other college reps about their experiences and what they think makes this Christian college unique.
2. Can I attend a Christian college if I’m not a Christian?
This answer depends on the school, but in many cases, students of any or no faith are welcome at Christian colleges. For example, students at Liberty University sign a commitment of faith, but that doesn’t mean other religions or non-religious students aren’t welcome. Other colleges like Abilene Christian University have a variety of students who practice different religions. Be sure to check with your tour guide for further information.
3. What denomination/church is affiliated with this college?
Most Christian colleges are affiliated with a religion, whether that’s Catholic like the University of Notre Dame or Baptist like Dallas Baptist University. This answer also depends on the college. Even though Duke University is affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the University is officially non-denominational. You may also be able to find this information on the college’s website.
4. Will I have to follow a code of conduct?
There are several parts to this question. For example, you could ask about chapel and whether attendance is mandatory, or you could ask about curfew. You could also inquire about the dress code. It may seem silly, but the environment will be different because you’re attending a Christian institution. Be sure to be specific when it comes to this question. After all, a code of conduct has several different sections and rules that may or may not align with your values.
5. What’s the dorm situation like?
The majority of colleges have single-gender and all-gender (co-ed) halls in their dormitories. If the college has co-ed dorms, genders may vary by floor; for example, the first floor could be all female, while the second floor could be all male. If sharing a hall and communal bathroom with a different gender isn’t your thing, ask your tour guide about single-gender options.
Overall, attending a Christian college is an exciting and beneficial journey for those who choose this path. Whether you’re planning on growing your faith or trying something new, you’ll be sure of a very warm welcome.
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