Interested in attending a Christian college? A Christian college is a wonderful place for you to learn more about God and Scripture, develop professionally, and make friends who will become like family. Choosing to attend a Christian college is more than simply choosing a school—it’s choosing to commit to a community and an integrated education that is centered on God and Scripture.
At a Christian college, you will…
1. Discover your purpose and passions
In college, you’ll encounter all kinds of people and be exposed to different philosophies and beliefs. College is a great time to explore issues of identity and uncover more of who you are and what you want out of life.
As a Christian, Scripture should be at the center of your life. God has spoken to us through His Word, and His Word tells us who He is, who we are, and how we are live our lives to grow in faith and enter the Kingdom of God. At a biblical university, you’ll learn how to read and interpret the Bible, not just for academic purposes, but in order to solidify your foundational beliefs, as well as nourish your spiritual life.
In learning more about God and His will, you’ll discover gifts and abilities you have to serve God and His people. This may help guide you as you consider your future career path, your ministry involvement, your relationships, and your passions and goals.
2. Integrate your faith with your studies
You shouldn’t have to compartmentalize your life. Whether you’re taking courses in art, history, or science, your faith should make sense in the context of what you are learning and studying.
If you want to study science in college, you shouldn’t shy away from Scripture when learning about evolution and the age of the earth. If you’re a history buff, you may want to ask your professor if Adam was a real person who existed in history. If you’re an athlete, you may need to figure out how you can play with integrity when you’ve been told to win at all costs.
A biblical education will help answer some of life’s tough questions and moral dilemmas. Your education shouldn’t just prepare you for a job, but it should prepare you to think through the hard questions and develop godly character that will help you wherever you go.
3. Join a faith community
It’s important to make friends and form good relationships with your professors in college. However, it’s more important to join a community that worships, prays, encourages, challenges, and keeps members accountable.
At a biblical university, the faculty and administration will help you succeed professionally, but they also serve as mentors and friends who care for your spiritual and personal life.
Just as the church is a community where broken people come together to serve God and grow together, college can be a place where you live out your faith with people who are committed to their Christian faith.
4. Expand your social circle & worldview
While Christian students are similar in that they believe in God and share one faith, they come from many different racial, ethnic, cultural, age, economic, and denominational backgrounds. Not everyone at a Christian college is going to have the same political, religious, or cultural beliefs and opinions.
Not all those who attend a Christian college are suburban eighteen-year-old Americans who grew up in the church. The beauty of a Christian college is that you get to meet people from all over the world with extraordinary and sometimes bizarre stories of how they came to faith. By interacting with one another, whether it be in the classroom, on the athletic field, or in the student lounge, you get to expand your worldview and develop a better understanding of the diversity that is all around you.
5. Experience life outside of the classroom.
There are many opportunities for students to experience life outside of the classroom and even outside of the country! Christian college students have many of the same opportunities as their peers in secular schools: working in professional internships, studying abroad, and volunteering at various organizations.
As a Christian college student, you’ll also have opportunities to travel locally and internationally for mission trips, serving with a wide range of people, from foreign missionaries to those who have never heard the Word of Christ.
College will be a significant time in your young adult life. As you begin to explore your identity, life calling, faith, and personal values and beliefs, a Christian college may help you uncover who God has called you to be.