Is it God's will for every student to go to a Christian college? No.
Do we believe that all Christian students should consider one? Yes.
Here is why.
5 Reasons to Consider a Christian College
1. Holistic integration of a Biblical Worldview into collegiate life & learning
2. Spiritual Strengthening during a critical and vulnerable stage of life
3. Excellent Academics and preparation
4. Financially Affordable
5. Long track record of being a Successful Life-Work Launching Pad
1. Holistic integration of a Biblical Worldview into collegiate life & learning.
From the classroom to dorm life to sports to the fine arts and everything in between, the biblical Christian college is endeavoring to disciple their students in a biblical worldview. This provides a holistic approach to integrating biblical life principles into everyday life. In addition, the Bible classes should help solidify a student’s doctrine and help them learn to study and interpret the Bible for themselves in the future. This is all extremely important for helping to develop a foundation for students to stand on throughout their life.
In contrast, a study of secular higher education institutions, their faculty and their impact may help in your decision-making.
Consider: Reports and Studies on Secular College Faculty:
“Study Finds College Faculties a Most Liberal Lot” from The Washington Post
A study of 1,643 faculty members at 183 four-year colleges:
And He spoke a parable to them, “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher.” NKJV
Luke 6:39-40 from The Matthew Henry Commentary:
“Those who put themselves under the guidance of the ignorant and erroneous are more likely to perish with them….Those that are led by the common opinion, course, and custom, of this world, are themselves blind, and are led by the blind, and will perish with the world that sits in darkness.”
Consider: Reports and Studies on Secular College Faculty-
From the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute (HERI)
Preliminary note on the facts and research cited in this presentation:
The HERI is widely recognized as one of the premiere research and policy organizations on post-secondary education in the country. It is the home of the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies at UCLA.
We’re not just giving info from a Christian organization in this presentation.
Here is information from the HERI to consider:
The UCLA HERI study found that 69% of students came to college with a “high spiritual quest.” Meaning they had a “high desire for spiritual knowledge and life purpose.” HOWEVER, the study found…
Remember – This is UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, not your local pastor! :-)
Is this statement from the HERI discouraging or encouraging? Some may feel that with these findings, higher education will change. Perhaps one would think this until they understand the UCLA HERI definition of spirituality.
Again, listen to the UCLA on what is spiritually healthy in higher education.
"Assisting students’ spiritual growth will help create a new generation who are more caring, more globally aware, and more committed to social justice than previous generations, while also enabling students to respond to the many stresses and tensions of our rapidly changing technological society with a greater sense of equanimity…. “
Discouraging! This is not Biblical Spirituality and a Biblical Worldview. Learn More from the study www.spirituality.ucla.edu/findings
2. Spiritual Strengthening during a Critical and Vulnerable Stage of Life
College years are the years when students form their identity for life and either embrace or renounce the values they have been taught. It is very normal for young people this age to really begin to question.
Consider Again the UCLA study. For this part of their study,
The percentage was even higher (63%) at private secular colleges.
In a Quality Christian College You’ll Find the following to help strengthen students:
You should Investigate each Christian college’s programs for your particular degree path but in general, Christian colleges provide:
4. Financially affordable
5. Long track record of being a successful life-work launching pad
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