Choosing a college can be difficult with so many schools—both religious and secular—to pick from. Have you considered attending a Christian college? Maybe you have some assumptions about these schools, but many common myths are unfounded. A Christian college can provide a great learning environment, a close community, and high-quality faculty, among other benefits. Here are five reasons you should consider attending a Christian college.
1. There are high behavior standards for students
There’s nothing worse than being a serious student, trying to ace your classes, and getting paired with a roommate who would rather break the rules and keep you up late when you’re trying to sleep. Christian colleges actually require students to sign a code of conduct that explains all of their rules and expectations. This code of conduct instructs students on issues such as visitation hours, dress codes, alcohol, PDA, and mandatory chapel. Basically, you’ll be in an environment that’s highly conducive to studying, learning, and getting the most—academically and socially—out of your college experience.
2. There’s a real sense of community
“At most colleges, you’ll be studying and living with people from a wide range of backgrounds who you may or may not have much in common with,” explains Joseph Dean, an educator at Write My X and 1 Day 2 Write. “At a Christian college, you’ll know from day one that you have something in common with each student and faculty member.” Because of this, you’ll experience a strong sense of community and togetherness that you might not find at other big colleges.
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3. You could find the one
The phrase “get a ring by spring” is a popular one at any Christian college. That’s because many students at Christian colleges meet their future spouses on campus and get married quickly. According to a survey by Facebook, the more religious a college, the higher the marriage rate among students. So if you’re looking to get hitched, a Christian college is a good place to be.
4. You’ll learn from high-quality faculty
Faculty are one of the most important factors for students deciding on a college. Faculty and staff at Christian colleges hold themselves to a biblical framework that forms their standards for teaching, research, publishing, and service to the community. This means they are extremely dedicated to providing a high standard of education to their students, and that’s good for your education. Christian colleges have high standards for hiring their faculty and ensure they share their beliefs and standards to the students they interact with.
5. You can still have a fun college experience
Christian colleges have an outdated reputation for being stuffy, boring, and not an authentic and fun college experience. But this reputation isn’t fair. While you might not be out partying, you can still enjoy a great nightlife. Look forward to attending rock concerts, sporting events, and speaking engagements, plus participating in academic societies, music groups, video and filmmaking clubs, movie and game nights, volunteer programs, and mission trips.
Christian colleges can be a great choice if you want to live and learn in a Christian environment. You’ll benefit from talented staff, a great learning environment, a sense of community, a vibrant social scene, and much more.