5 Reasons Students Attend a Christian College

As a young Christian trying to decide which college to attend for the first time, you may be wavering between a secular or Christian college. Both Christian colleges and non-christian colleges offer you a great education, but in order to make your decision, you may have to look a little deeper.

The truth is, choosing which college to attend is a huge decision. The college you choose affects your choice of major, the friends you will make, extracurricular activities that you partake in, and the location you are gaining experience. Your choice to attend one college or another may very well determine what you end up doing for work as a result of your time there. Possibly even who you marry. 

When it comes down to it, your choice of which college to attend is also your decision about which campus you want to grow at over the next four years, and the community you want to help guide you to find your place in God’s Kingdom.5 Reasons Students Attend a Christian College

Here are five reasons students choose to attend a Christian college:

  1. Use College As A Chance To Grow Your Faith

Christian colleges provide you with an environment primed for building your faith. Whether it’s incorporating Christian values and lessons into classes, to weekly religious services and spiritual advisors, having an infrastructure that prioritizes your relationship with Christ is a huge benefit to your faith. Attending a secular college can sometimes be a jarring experience, especially if you are used to the comforts of a Christian environment at home. But Christian colleges give you the chance to be surrounded by reminders every day. Whether it’s prayer before class, or a morning bible study in your dorm room, these reminders can go a long way toward helping grow into a stronger faith in the next four years, leaving you better prepared for the working world, both mentally and spiritually.  

  1. Learn With Your Values Integrated Into The Classroom

At a secular college, you may be confronted with opposing views that don’t align with God’s vision, and it can be a really difficult process to detangle, especially if you are surrounded by people who don’t share your faith. But your faith and your education shouldn’t have to be compartmentalized or separated. At a Christian college, faith-based values are integrated into every class. Whether it’s an art class, science or engineering class, you’ll get the benefit of seeing and hearing the influence of the Word on every subject. Professors and teachers bring you the benefit of their real life experiences as believers in their field, giving you a deeper understanding of the subject you are studying, and how it impacts the world in alignment with God’s plan.

  1. Surround Yourself With A Community Of Believers

The relationships you build while you are in college will follow you forward into the rest of your life. Some of these relationships may end up becoming life long friends, others may be coworkers or bosses, and one may even become your partner for life. So, it’s important to choose a community that gives you the best opportunity to meet people who ground you and encourage you in the right ways. Christian colleges attract strong young men and women from every walk of life, but having the common denominator of a shared faith can make the difference between falling into temptation during your college years and finding God’s calling. Your classmates will understand your values, and hopefully share them. Having that accountability and support can be a huge benefit to your time in school.

  1. Programs Built With Your Values In Mind

Aside from classroom experience, there’s a whole world of other activities and events that colleges can offer you, from studying abroad to internships and on-campus activities. As a student at a Christian college, you’ll also be provided with opportunities to get involved in spiritually-minded activities. Get credit for an internship or community involvement at a local church, sign up to attend a mission trip over spring break, or hear from foreign missionaries and pastors during on-campus speaking events. When you attend a Christian college, the whole campus and culture are organized around the same values, making it easier to prioritize your faith and put your time and energy to good use.

  1. Religious Services On Campus

It’s easy to let your good habits fall by the wayside when you start going to college. With new friends, classes, homework and a whole new set of distractions to pull your attention and time, things like attending a church regularly, joining a Bible study, or participating in a worship group often fall to the wayside. It’s hard to prioritize. All of these things take time and energy, which is something that comes at a bit of a premium when your homework starts piling up. Attending a Christian college makes it easy for you to prioritize your faith. With chapel services, Bible studies, and worship times all on campus, you don’t have to go far to find a good place to connect with God.

 

 

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What are the Differences Between Big and Small Colleges

For many students, this is the penultimate question when determining what college they want to attend: big or small? Each has its merits and the truth is neither is superior to the other; the reality is they cater to different types of students.

Are you self-motivated and enjoy anonymity? Are you curious and interested in a community?What are the Differences Between Big and Small Colleges

These are two of the core questions to ask, but even if you don’t know the answer, hopefully the following differences will help you figure it out. Here’s a comprehensive list of the differences between big and small colleges.

Class Size: Big or Small?

If you’ve just graduated high school, then this may be hard to visualize, but the class sizes at big colleges are enormous. Can you imagine being in a classroom with 200 other students? How about 300 or 400 where students are standing in the back row (waiting for people to drop out)? This is common and especially with your mandatory general education courses.

Some students enjoy this feature of big colleges because they feel like they can blend in. They won’t be called to answer a question unless they decide to. There are many opportunities to meet new people and you don’t feel like you’re being watched every time you send a text to one of your friends during the lecture. That said, unless you make a concentrated effort to formally introduce yourself to your professor and make repeat visits to their office hours, you cannot expect to build a mentor/student relationship naturally. Smaller classes are essentially the opposite of this.

In smaller classes, you will get to know everyone, even the professor, and you are no exception. Your presence will be felt and have an impact on the class. If you’re the one always asking the questions on everyone’s mind and you’re out sick, then it will change the tone of the class that day. Similarly, if you prefer anonymity, but the person who always asks questions is absent, then that role might fall onto you.

Professors: Esteemed or Mentors?

Typically, larger colleges have famous or esteemed professors at their school. These can be people who are experts in their field and teach as a “side-gig” while they work full-time on their own or with a research grants from the university. For many students, this can be appealing since you’re not simply reading about contemporaries in your field of study, but you’re listening to your contemporaries talking about their books; their research.

That said, there is a caveat that comes with this. Not all classes “by the professor” are necessarily taught by the professor. Oftentimes, the professor’s assistant is the one teaching the course, but the professor is available during office hours.

With smaller colleges, it’s less likely that you’ll meet a famous professor in your field (less likely, not impossible), but they are usually full-time professors. This means you can reach out to them, talk with them, get coffee and really delve into the subject matter and/or develop a mentor/student relationship.

(Also, especially with this difference, remember that this doesn’t apply to all colleges. Some small colleges have famous professors, but some of the best small colleges might have no one you’ve ever heard of. It’s simply more likely that at a large university, you will have someone of renown.)

Sports: Priority or Secondary?

Almost all schools have sports teams, but at the bigger universities, you’re guaranteed to have large sporting events celebrating your home team. These are huge gatherings that you can enjoy with friends or experience a new community.

Small colleges foster sporting programs and athletes as well, but there’s usually a focus on a few select sports rather than the whole gamut. So if you’re erring on the side of small colleges, you should definitely do some research beforehand to ensure that the one you select has the sports program you’re interested in.

Majors: Variety or Select?

Another big difference between large and small colleges is the options for majors. Larger colleges tend to have an endless swathe of choices. This caters to people who are interested in double-majoring, majoring in something a bit more esoteric, or don’t know what they want. If you go into a four-year college undecided, then a large university will give you a taste of the myriad choices.

A smaller college is more focused. They may not offer as many majors, but they do offer very customized plans. Many small colleges are flexible and if your passion appears to be a hybrid of sorts, you may be able to create an entire program for yourself.

Community?

The last difference we’ll address is community because for many people, this is why they attend a small college over a larger college. If you’re not very outgoing, you can go through your entire four-years at a larger college without getting to know anyone. There are thousands of students and you can slide through the cracks wholly anonymous. At small colleges however, you will know everyone, it’s a consequence of being at the same school. You don’t need to have a class together to get to know someone. You meet everyone by proxy or through some intermediary. You establish a genuine community with your peers. If this is important to you, then you may want to consider a smaller Christian college.

Ultimately, the choice is yours, but as you may have already pieced together, each college appeals to a certain type of person. If you’re self-disciplined, outgoing, but unsure of who you are (or want to be), then a bigger college will appeal to you. You can be the anonymous observer, get the work done, experience some events and become who you want to be.

If you’re curious and need to dig deeper into subject matters, and want some guidance, then a smaller college would be perfect for you. The community gives you the opportunity to enhance yourself, but the mentor relationship fosters growth. It’s your choice, so take some time to delve deeper into what you want and then decide what’s right for you.

 

 

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Top 3 Reasons to Attend a Christian College

Christians feel the call. We know it’s our vocation to serve God in all matters, but should we separate that sensation from education? Work? Maybe not. Incorporating your faith into your daily lifestyle is important. As important as receiving a college education and at Warner Pacific, you can achieve both simultaneously.

If you’re still struggling to determine whether or not to attend a Christian College, consider the following 3 reasons.Top 3 Reasons to Attend a Christian College

  1. Christian Colleges Foster Better Thinkers

The fact is, you can attend a secular school, learn everything you need to know, and still NOT know how to apply it. Knowledge is power, but there’s actionable knowledge and passive knowledge and it’s not hard to determine which can be put to better use.

There’s a misnomer that Christian colleges are locked in a bubble, that it shelters you from the “real world” by pairing you with like-minded individuals. The truth of the matter is Christian universities force students to ask “how” and “why” more so than secular schools. It’s not simply educational questions, but lifestyle questions.

Take business degrees for example. If you pursue a business degree at a secular school, you’ll be taught sales techniques and fundamentals for growing an industry. You’re taught how to do it, you’re told why it works, and then it’s on you to graduate and apply it. That’s great, but there’s one problem. What if you work for a company whose product you don’t believe in? What if you’re surrounded by salespeople who fabricate results and make false promises to make more profit?

Now making money is important – no one argues that – but you will have a better life and be a better person if you find a job that you genuinely believe.

If you pursue a career in business at a Christian university, then you aren’t just told the how and why, you’re asked to explore it yourself. How can what you’re doing benefit God? How can the company you choose to represent, enhance your faith?

Especially where sales are concerned, everyone has been sold on a bad deal before and knows how miserable it felt. But, in this day and age, transparency and guarantees are paramount. More so than ever before, people click on reviews, visit blogs, and try to get the backstory on companies before they make a purchase, before they pledge their loyalty to a company.

Without a community for your faith, you can feel lost in a career that’s unfulfilling. But when your education forces you to assess your values and see how they apply to your career, you’re much more prepared.

  1. Christian Colleges Nurture Rather Than Defend

Contrasting views and perspectives are good. There are countless people in the world lose their faith, struggle, and return. Many physicists question their belief system while they’re learning, and then when they see how unique Earth is in the expansive universe, find their faith once more.

In a secular school, you have to assume your beliefs will be challenged. Especially if you’re living in a dormitory, close quarters can breed negativity. You will be questioned and maybe even opposed. For many people, they see this as an opportunity. They want the challenge so they can strengthen their resolve and find a deeper conviction in their faith. While that approach works for some, it’s not usually the best option.

You may be asked questions that you don’t know the validity of. You may be told passages of the scripture you’d never read or heard of before. In short, you may be unprepared. This is what makes attending a Christian university a great option, you’re able to explore your faith to the fullest. You can dig into all the nooks and crannies of your religion and find out why you believe what you believe and then, when someone questions your faith years later, you know why you believe what you do and are prepared to defend it.

To get a visual example, imagine you’re participating in a debate and when you’re given the floor to speak your mind, you’re constantly being interrupted. It’s not easy to maintain your train of thought or get your message across if you’re being assaulted by questions that you will answer or don’t know the answer to. At a faith-based college however, you’re able to finish your train of thought and navigate through the things you don’t understand yet.

  1. Christian Colleges Create Community

Nothing can make you feel more isolated and alone than feeling like no one shares your point of view. It’s easy to feel like an outcast and it’s even easier for peers to ostracize you. At Christian university however, you’re going to meet people from wildly different backgrounds with diverse personalities, but what unites you is your common belief.

It’s college, so there are going to be relationships that move through different phases. Who you find the most in common with in your first year may change in the second year. There will be dating, there will be competitive classmates, and people that can (on occasion) rub you the wrong way. Where faith-based colleges like Warner Pacific differ the most from secular schools is several times a week you have the opportunity to attend Chapel which may provide you with some insight and direction in your trials and tribulations.

Faith should be celebrated, but it does so much more than that. It can inspire you to broach difficult confrontations, it can amend arguments, it can bring you closer together. More than anything, it helps you remain humble, admit your faults, and keeps you focused on what really matters: a love of God and Christ.

 

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Named a “Best Christian College”

Warner Pacific named a Best Christian CollegeAs a Christ-centered college, we know that the education does not end when class is over. Our students are engaged in service and community where their faithful compassion and liberal arts teachings from a Christian College encourage them to think critically as they actively participate in life’s opportunities.

Warner Pacific was recently named one of the 100 Best Christian Colleges and Universities by College Choice. The list “is designed to help any student from any denomination find the college that will provide the right fit. Both large and small universities are listed, some more secular, and some deeply rooted in Bible-based teaching, but all have one thing in common—they believe that Christian faith is a powerful component of a life well lived, both personally and professionally.”

College Choice’s rankings were designed to help prospective students make a the right choice about where to invest their time and money in earning their degree. Schools and programs were evaluated based on publicly available information about academic quality, student satisfaction, reputation in the field, and return on investment.

How to Know if a Christian College is Right for You

College can be one of the most formative times of your life. You learn about yourself, discover new passions, and shape your future career. It’s a big deal! But change rarely comes without strife. And there are times where you may question yourself, your choices, and what you want in your future. For this reason alone, a Christian college may be the right decision for you.

A college campus is unfamiliar, with hundreds upon thousands of new faces, new professors, and new rules. For most students, this is the first time they live on their own instead of with their parents. It’s a world of freedom and change – and it’s good, never doubt that it is good. The problem many students face however is they can lose sight of what they want or want to be. Faith-based colleges however can provide an anchor for your college experience; something that keeps you balanced and steady while you explore the vast ocean of possibilities.How to Know if a Christian College is Right for You

Furthermore, Christian colleges are not limited to religion focused majors, nor are they seminaries, they are for people that want to study biology, engineering, music, business – you name it! The difference is that people who choose a faith-based college are able to acquire an education, grow in a community, and continue to prosper in their faith.

What is Warner Pacific?

Warner Pacific is a Christian college where students can obtain undergraduate and graduate degrees as well as teaching credentials. As a faith-based college in Oregon, Warner Pacific has been accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

What Does Attending a Faith-Based College Really Mean

For Warner Pacific, it’s not simply about finding your occupation, but your vocation; your calling. For many students, this distinction is what helps them to cross the threshold to graduation. Pursuing your education works hand in hand with your faith, so even on those tireless nights and challenging exams, there’s an omnipresent motivator to get you on the right path.

In addition, the morals and lessons of your faith continue to be integrated into your studies. Typically, this means that you must attend some biblical classes for your degree, and some Christian colleges enforce a mandatory attendance to daily chapel, but more than all this, there are classes where the question is posed to you, “What does this mean in regards to your faith?”

This is the element that can greatly determine if a Christian college is right for you: do you want deeper meaning and purpose? A faith-based university asks the deeper questions about your education and your future. It’s not just about, what career will make you happy; it’s, “what career will give you purpose.”

For many people, faith is all well and good, but they also want a high-paying career. That may be the path for you as well, but at Warner Pacific it’s about finding out why that’s your path and how that plays into your faith.

Of course, none of this means you aren’t tested. Your grades are important and you cannot exercise strong faith in hopes that you’ll compensate for poor academics. A Christian college is still a university, and your academics are every bit as important as your faith – it’s about finding the balance and how the two elements of your education work together.

The challenging academic program pushes you to grow spiritually, it’s simply not something that can be done in secular colleges. It’s not just work ethic, it’s spiritual.

Campus Lifestyle

Of course, Christian universities like Warner Pacific, continue the college campus traditions. In other words, you’re not attending an outdated college system. The campus lifestyle is vibrant with plenty of sporting outlets, movie nights, concerts, and other extra curricular events.

At a Christian university, you don’t simply sit in your dorm and read the Bible, you get out, socialize, and have fun. Students still go out and have fun while trying to find a balance between their studies, friends, hobbies, and sometimes, work. College students still date and find their way through various relationships and love.

In addition, there are opportunities to volunteer, travel abroad, and give back. There’s no shortage of the “college experience” at a Christian university. In fact, there’s a misnomer about Christian colleges that they shelter you, isolating you from the real world. This isn’t the case however.

Christian colleges like Warner Pacific encourage personal growth and prepare you more for the real world than secular schools. All too often, students head off to college because it’s an expectation set by their parents or because it’s the “next step.” Christian colleges are always applying a deeper message onto your studies, it’s not simply “doing something” or “going through the motions,” it’s figuring out why and what it means.

With many other universities, once the students graduate they’re on their own, but at Christian colleges, they have an entire community to fall back on. Moreover, the universities provide realistic expectations of what they will face and the challenges to their faith.

How to Know if a Christian College is Right for You

The best way to know if a Christian college is right for you is to take a look into yourself and your values. If you want to receive an education but apply your faith to it and be supported by a community that shares your values, then a Christian college may be right for you.

If you’re struggling with your faith and trying to find your way; trying to understand what your religion means to you during this rapidly changing time period, then a Christian university may be right for you.

If you’re looking for your future to have a purpose beyond making ends meet, then consider Warner Pacific.

 

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