At North Greenville University, we’re well aware of a common concern for those considering attending a Christian university: you’ll be placed into a spiritual bubble, hampering the social and spiritual growth that comes with interacting with people who have different view and faiths.
It’s an admission question we get all the time.
But contrary to that belief, attending Christian colleges provides plenty of forms of healthy interactions with students, teachers, and others who have differing perspectives, points of view, and – sometimes challenging – beliefs.
Christian colleges are typically smaller than state schools and often are centers of research, thought, and social-good focused on a specific curriculum. Because North Greenville University is a liberal arts college, we excel in fields like Communication, Education, Sports Management, Fine Arts, Humanities, and more.
To help clear up any questions or concerns, we’ve laid out 7 reasons you should consider choosing a Christian university to call home during your college education, including 3 which are unique to only North Greenville University.
1. Gain the Christian Perspective
If faith is the center of your moral compass, then you’ll want to be a part of an institution that prioritizes Christian values and teachings throughout all the subjects that you study. In state schools, you get a secular perspective on subjects like politics, economics, social sciences, and more, often maintaining a very boilerplate, surface level understanding without getting any deeper context. Because ministry and Christian values drive much of the good done in our society, students of Christian universities have a decided leg up from state institutions by having the freedom to applying a deeper spiritual context into seemingly innocuous subjects.
2. Be Around People Who Share Your Values
While some incoming students fear being placed into a Christian echo chamber by attending a Christian college, the benefits of growth and opportunity at a Christian institution greatly outweigh any potential drawbacks. Students of Christian universities still have plenty of access to new experiences and points of view that will not only challenge their Christianity, but will deepen its roots. By choosing a place where students can share similar values, students of Christian universities benefit from sharing an education with people who are able to share and develop their values together – both in their career and their spiritual lives.
3. Exercise Your Faith
Simply put, a Christian college is a perfect place to celebrate and practice your Christian faith in your late teens and early 20s. Most state schools will have chapels on campus or at least a Christian church nearby, but Christian colleges incorporate that into the fabric of their campus and student life.
4. Pursuing a Theological Degree
If you wanted to specialize in Rocket Science, you’d pick a school that specializes in Rocket Engineering and has great contacts to the industry that you’ll be able to leverage upon graduation. So why wouldn’t you follow that same rule for a degree in theology or Christian studies?
A Christian university is going to have a definite leg up from any state school in the quality of theological curriculum. Additionally, because many Christian colleges are highly involved in their surrounding communities, students have the opportunity to leverage their enrollment into job opportunities immediately upon graduation.
5. The AMAZING Professors at NGU
It’s not easy to be known for how amazing your professors are, but it’s something that North Greenville University has managed to do for all colleges, including Christian and state schools. Because NGU keeps enrollment around 2,500 per semester, our teachers have the luxury and the freedom to be more creative and more involved in their students’ lives. And because of the values at NGU, our faculty is especially driven to enrich and improve their students, both in the classroom and out.
6. We’re Surprisingly Affordable
Let’s be real here: a lot of incoming students make their college decision based on finances, or lack thereof. Contrary to popular belief, it is entirely possible to get a world-class education without having to pay an arm and a leg like you do at most state colleges. As a private, Christian institution we offer a student to teacher ratio of 14:1 and a net price of tuition of around $15,000 with a 73% graduation rate.
7. You Get to Enjoy Our Gorgeous Campus
We know, we know. This isn’t directly related to attending a Christian campus, but it’s too good of a reason to leave off this list. Located about 15 miles north of Greenville, SC, NGU’s campus is set in the gorgeous rolling hills of upstate South Carolina, with lush green lawns and southern colonial architecture – some of which dates back to the early 1900s. It landed us on the list of the Top 25 Christian College Campuses by Christian Universities Online.
If you need any other reasons to choose a Christian college – specifically North Greenville University – then you should contact our helpful admissions department.