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Christian Schools?

DevPatel144DevPatel144 191 replies27 threads Junior Member
edited July 2012 in Christian Colleges
I'm a high school junior with a 3.75 unweighted GPA (4.3 weighted), and I take all honors or AP classes. I scored a 31 on the ACT (I will take it again in April, anticipating a 32 or so), and approximately a 2080-2170 on the SAT (I just took it last week). I have a solid amount of EC's, I guess (i.e., Model UN, school newspaper, marching band all four years, Students for Peace and Justice, church choir, member of church youth group, flute player for eight years, and took a course at UChicago last summer). My mom is absolutely insane about Baylor, but honestly, it's just WAY too big for me! I'm more of a reserved person, and I'm interested more in schools with a LAC feel. Could anyone recommend some good Christian colleges out there? Thanks!
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  • CreeklandCreekland 7329 replies95 threads Senior Member
    There are tons. Besides size and type, what are you looking for? What major or general field? How conservative (religious)? City? Suburb? Rural? Where are you willing/able to go (state - region)? How much financial assistance will you need?
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  • vandygrad87vandygrad87 717 replies30 threads Member
    I'd be inclined to lead you toward Wheaton (IL) or Grove City (PA). Both are academically rigorous so you would be well challenged.
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  • DevPatel144DevPatel144 191 replies27 threads Junior Member
    Thanks a lot! I live in the Chicagoland area, so I'm attempting to get away from the unpredictable Chicago weather XP! Does anyone have any views about Pepperdine?/How religious is it? I've been looking at Emory because I know it's Methodist, but it's not really Christian in practice, so to speak.
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  • DevPatel144DevPatel144 191 replies27 threads Junior Member
    Any further input?
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  • BuckeyeatHeartBuckeyeatHeart 316 replies2 threads Member
    There are some great Christian Universities in southern CA if that is an area you are leaning towards -- Biola University and Azusa Pacific University are the most popular among our church's high school graduates (quite the rivalry!). My DD1 attends Vanguard University which is much smaller in size. I would suggest checking out these 3 to see if any fit your qualifications.
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  • CreeklandCreekland 7329 replies95 threads Senior Member
    My oldest loves Covenant College on/in Lookout Mountain, GA. It's definitely small - roughly 1000 students - but he feels that is one of their assets. Stats-wise they aren't too bad and you'd get some merit aid as my guy also had a 31 on his ACT and got some merit aid from it.
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  • mommamochamommamocha 369 replies0 threads Member
    Pepperdine is a wonderful university! Great locale, great weather and quite an involved faith life student body. We know several students there and our daughter was considering Pepperdine.

    You might want to dive a little deeper and find out if you want a university that has ties to a church, a bible institute or a school that has had ties to a church in the past but does not currently but the student body still reflects this history, in values and church practices.

    Some schools to consider:

    APU (CA)
    Point Loma (CA)
    Westmont (CA)
    Wheaton (IL)

    Good luck in your search!
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  • distancelearnerdistancelearner 6 replies0 threads New Member
    I did my undergrad at Pepperdine. Terrific school and it is hard to beat the Malibu, CA weather. I would recommend that you also look at Liberty University. Great Christian tradition and you can do online classes as part of your curriculum.
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  • byanillabyanilla 96 replies5 threads Junior Member
    Pepperdine is probably one of the best Christian universities out there, js.
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  • informativeinformative 1890 replies10 threads Senior Member
    BC and Holy Cross are liberal arts oriented and rank very highly, although they are very competitive to get into.
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  • AboveTheLawAboveTheLaw 28 replies0 threads Junior Member
    If you want LAC, I would highly recommend Wheaton (although i'm biased). If you are a Protestant (which I am assuming) and want to look into Catholic schools, you might want to make sure they have a active Protestant fellowship you can get plugged into. I know bigger ones like ND has them. I'm not sure about smaller ones like Holy Cross.
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  • JournierJournier 126 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Check out Asbury University in Kentucky. Great campus, caring faculty, close to Lexington, really nice traditions. Depends on what you are looking for.
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  • IBWarriorIBWarrior 95 replies3 threads Junior Member
    Check out Patrick Henry College in Virginia
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  • Whistle PigWhistle Pig - 3973 replies120 threads Senior Member
    OP will ultimately decide upon his/her definition of "Christian college" which has been discussed often. In identifying such, I'd not ID BC nor Holy Cross as such. Denominational perhaps, Catholic for sure. Both fine academic institutions. And btw, this has nothing to do with Cathoicism being determined as being Christian or otherwise. It's about educating folks about generally accepted terminology in the higher ed community. Ignorance is bliss. And it can be eliminated by education. Stupidity is sad and unfortunate. And its forever as Algernon proved.

    No matter what some wanted to proclaim, "is" is "is." :eek: Nor is information always informative. In either case here, opinions are free, worth every cent they cost, and sometimes not nearly true. And sometimes they are. ;)
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  • gardensparrowgardensparrow 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Hi there,
    Well, I certainlly remember how hard it was choosing which Christian college I was going to! But, it definitely helped me to hear where others had gone and what their experiences were. And, one key for me was visiting the schools-it's really hard to get a feel for them without actually being there. In particular, staying a couple nights as a "prospective" in the dorm was helpful. Also, since I've been at Focus on the Family, I've noticed they often recommend contacting the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities when people are trying to decide on this issue. I believe they have a lot of info on the different schools and how they compare on their website. Just a thought. Well, good luck choosing your school. I'll be praying for you!
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  • Davidabb84Davidabb84 - 1282 replies73 threads Senior Member
    I would recommend that you also look at Liberty University.

    I wouldn't! He just said that Baylor is too big.

    Baylor = 12,000 Undergrands
    Liberty = 13,000 Undergrads and GROWING RAPIDLY

    Plus, I'm not saying it's a bad school, but it's significantly below the OP's academic level, and hardly has an LAC feel to it.
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  • HuntHunt 26787 replies131 threads Senior Member
    One note--the OP's handle suggests that he may be Asian, so he might want to take a look at the demographics of the schools, depending on whether having other similar students around is important to him. Some Christian schools (i.e., Liberty) have very few Asians. Also, his post suggests that he goes to a public high school, so he may not want to go to an extremely conservative school.

    I think Wheaton is the first place to look.
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  • cornandbeanscornandbeans 37 replies0 threads Junior Member
    University of Dallas is a great school with rigorous academics and a sizable Protestant population. Good CS program!

    An Int Sci Fair friend of son1 attends Pepperdine, as has all his siblings. He seems insanely happy compared to son1 who is in Boston with the long cold nasty winters.

    Emory is barely tied to the Methodist Church, and is in a very populated urban enviro. Son2 attended PreCollege there last year, which turned him into a Christian College advocate. Coed bathrooms, "Dooley" the non-mascot (skeleton), lots of drugs. Lots of very rich spoiled people.
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  • Classof2015Classof2015 4216 replies192 threads Senior Member
    How about Fairfield University in Fairfield CT?

    I would not describe Emory as a Christian School.
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  • Whistle PigWhistle Pig - 3973 replies120 threads Senior Member
    --the OP's handle suggests that he may be Asian, so he might want to take a look at the demographics of the schools, depending on whether having other similar students around is important to him. Some Christian schools (i.e., Liberty) have very few Asians. Also, his post suggests that he goes to a public high school, so he may not want to go to an extremely conservative school.
    A stunner of a comment ... :eek:
    I would not describe Emory as a Christian School
    :D Nor would I! Emory's about as liberal as it gets. Probably more Jewish kids than Christians. And just because there is a graduate divinity school means nothing in that regard. So do Yale, Chicago, and numerous other dens of iniquity.

    All of this muddled confusion does is lend some insight as to why novices tend to be confused. Let's just hope they're not novice, Luke-warm Christians!:confused:

    Fairfield's a nice Catholic college, but like all with that bent, belonging to a different categorization than the "Christian colleges." And that doesn't mean it's not "Christian." Only that it's Catholic. And among campuses, each has a specific, non-overlapping connotation.
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