College Decisions: Is Christian College Right For You

College Decisions CCUOne of the biggest college decisions traditional and non-traditional students are now making is whether or not Christian college is right for them. While this is a very personal decision, you can do research on the subject to help make your college decision easier. Once you know the facts about a Christian college education vs. a secular education, you’ll have the knowledge necessary to make an informed decision.

There are some misconceptions about Christian colleges floating around out there, and by knowing the truth about what a Christian college education is like, your decision may become quite easy for you. Colorado Christian University faculty and staff believe that informed students make the best college-related decisions. So, it’s important to get your information from reputable sources, especially if you’re conducting research online. One great way to find out the real truth about pursuing a degree at a Christian college is to speak to actual Christian college students, like the ones at CCU. They will tell you what the instructors, curricula and activities on a Christian college campus are really like. They can put to rest some untruths you may have heard “through the grapevine,” and they will share personal stories about Christian college life based on their own experiences.

What is a Christian College vs. a Secular College?

Generally speaking, Christian colleges offer broad-based studies from a faith-based perspective; CCU refers to teaching from a “Christian worldview.” While they may have differing traditions, values and mission statements, the purpose of Christian colleges is to help students explore and embody Christianity throughout the college experience. CCU has a “What We Believe” page that can be viewed as our statement of faith. There are categories of Christian colleges that differ. For instance, schools that place more focus on coursework in Biblical and theological studies are often referred to as “Bible colleges,” while colleges that prepare students to become ministers and priests are called “seminaries.” According to CCU’s What We Believe page, “Colorado Christian University unites with the broad, historic evangelical faith rather than affiliating with any specific denomination.”

What to Expect from a Christian College

You are probably wondering what attending CCU is like? Bible classes and related Christian courses are a mandatory part of your curriculum, something that a public school would not require and could NOT require. Questions about attending church services and restrictions on the use of alcohol and tobacco can be answered by your CCU enrollment counselor or an admissions office representative.

The Value of a CCU Education

There are basically three primary aspects of any college or university: the students, the instructors, and the programs on campus. By looking at those three aspects of CCU and other Christian colleges, it becomes apparent why more and more students are choosing a Christian college education. Regardless of your age or what brings you to CCU, a Christian education will impact your life in ways you probably never even realized. What you gain from your time at CCU will be with you for the rest of your life, and you can share your Christian education experience with the people you come into contact with in your life, your church and your career.

You have a lot of college decisions to make whether you’re fresh out of high school or an older student returning to start or finish a degree. Whatever brings you to CCU, please start by contacting an admissions office representative or someone from the CCU Financial Aid Office. Your many questions can be answered, and you may just find one college decision is not as difficult as you once thought!

 

 

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  1. Mark Hurst says:

    What to Expect from a Christian College

    I am extremely happy with my short time at CCU. These are my goals at CCU’s MBA program:

    With an MBA degree, I believe I can… become and effective employee by increasing self-discipline, displaying kindness & enthusiasm, and welcoming criticism & its opportunities.

    1. Increase self-discipline:

    I will increase my self-control by outlining a basic strategy. It is based on four focus points.

    a. Be realistic – As busy working professional and student… I will balance life. Continue to be involved with my community, family, friends, and church.
    b. Build metrics – Set goals by establishing a system of success. This includes being diligent with course reading assignments, involvement in thread discussions, writing papers in a timely fashion, and welcome open communication with course instructors and students.
    c. Assemble resources – Use all resources available at CCU. This includes staff, students, and spiritual mentors.
    d. Education is essential – Apply all learning knowledge to the real world. Use my education to be healthy in body & soul. Share this experience with the community.

    2. Display kindness & enthusiasm:

    I was brought to CCU because I wanted to learn and apply business practices in an ethical, honest, and proper manner. Showing honesty, integrity, and openness in the world is incredibly important. I believe CCU will provide me with this experience. I will not lose sight of my personal compass. I will continue to give back to the community by volunteering with The Children’s Hospital Sports Program (TCH HSP) and show care of the mind & spirit. Part of being a person is about helping others and I will bridge this experience as an MBA student. I will constantly remind myself to be kind and enthusiastic to others while I am studding at CCU.

    3. Welcome criticism & its opportunities:

    I will be open to constructive criticism and embrace opportunities for change – specifically focusing on a Christian viewpoint when it comes to school and lessons. I will continue to grow in understanding of whom Christ is and His love for His people. I seek to pray for and support one another during life’s complex times. This personal worldview involves different ways through worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. It is a lifelong walk. I am incredibly excited to learn and apply this knowledge.

    In conclusion, I will be realistic about my three goals. This is just a guideline and I will be open to change and growth.

  2. Mark Hurst says:

    What to Expect from a Christian College?

    I am extremely happy with my short time at CCU. These are my goals at CCU’s MBA program:

    With an MBA degree, I believe I can… become and effective employee by increasing self-discipline, displaying kindness & enthusiasm, and welcoming criticism & its opportunities.

    1. Increase self-discipline:

    I will increase my self-control by outlining a basic strategy. It is based on four focus points.

    a. Be realistic – As busy working professional and student… I will balance life. Continue to be involved with my community, family, friends, and church.
    b. Build metrics – Set goals by establishing a system of success. This includes being diligent with course reading assignments, involvement in thread discussions, writing papers in a timely fashion, and welcome open communication with course instructors and students.
    c. Assemble resources – Use all resources available at CCU. This includes staff, students, and spiritual mentors.
    d. Education is essential – Apply all learning knowledge to the real world. Use my education to be healthy in body & soul. Share this experience with the community.

    2. Display kindness & enthusiasm:

    I was brought to CCU because I wanted to learn and apply business practices in an ethical, honest, and proper manner. Showing honesty, integrity, and openness in the world is incredibly important. I believe CCU will provide me with this experience. I will not lose sight of my personal compass. I will continue to give back to the community by volunteering with The Children’s Hospital Sports Program (TCH HSP) and show care of the mind & spirit. Part of being a person is about helping others and I will bridge this experience as an MBA student. I will constantly remind myself to be kind and enthusiastic to others while I am studding at CCU.

    3. Welcome criticism & its opportunities:

    I will be open to constructive criticism and embrace opportunities for change – specifically focusing on a Christian viewpoint when it comes to school and lessons. I will continue to grow in understanding of whom Christ is and His love for His people. I seek to pray for and support one another during life’s complex times. This personal worldview involves different ways through worship, fellowship, discipleship, and ministry. It is a lifelong walk. I am incredibly excited to learn and apply this knowledge.

    In conclusion, I will be realistic about my three goals. This is just a guideline and I will be open to change and growth.

  3. Emily Evans says:

    CCU was the right decision for me. The ability to continue my education, build a network with fellow believers, and live my Christian life daily was exactly what I needed. Taking what I am taught and incorporating the word of God with it for my career is invaluable. My current class is about leadership. It is a hard world today with the top level executives that seem to be in abundance with unethical behaviors. Our current week’s discussion was a great way of looking at this.
    Session 4 Emily Evans 10/29/2012 10:54:04 PM
    I go back to the chapter in Northouse’s book on transformational leadership (2013). Burns defined this as “the process whereby a person engages with others and creates a connection that raises the level of motivation and morality in both the leader and the follower,” (1978). Northouse specifically reference Ryan White when talking about transformational leadership. A young boy in the mid 80′s who contracted AIDS through a blood transfusion and used his situation to lead a campaign to increase awareness and support for those with AIDS. Ryan sacrificed a lot to do this, he could easily have hid from the world. A more recent example of a transformational leader and sacrificing leader is from 2010. Geoff Petrie the GM of the Sacramento Kings had found himself in multiple situations when he had to rebuild his aged hockey team. IN 2010 he had to renegotiate his own salary. The Kings were doing very well and he easily could keep making his $4M a year or more. Instead he negotiated a three year extension for about $1.5M per year. As an amazing leader he definitely did not have to do this. He did and he was quoted as saying “Given the economy, what’s happened in the job market everywhere … I happen to believe in shared sacrifices.” Actions like this can lead to believe that there are leaders out there who really want the best for their team. Leaders who use the “golden parachute” scare me. I can understand when entering a new technology or industry is risky for some. And for companies to attract this top talent they need to be successful these types of deals may be necessary. It makes you wonder though how hard the employee will truly work for success if they know they have an easy out.

    References:
    Burns, J.M. (1978). Leadership. New York: Harper & Row.

    Frontiera, J. (2010). Leadership and Sacrifice: The Stuff Nobody Hears About. My Generation Leader the Future Starts Now. Retrieved from: http://www.mygenerationleader.com/2010/01/leadership-and-sacrifice-stuff-nobody.html

    Northouse, P. G. (2013). Leadership: Theory and practice (6th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publishing, Inc.

  4. Wanda Miller says:

    I have been actively pursuing a career in accounting for more than twenty years, and have risen through the ranks to various leadership positions. Along the way, I have experienced a number of unethical business practices and individuals. I have been put in positions of moral and ethical dilemma, which were more than a little uncomfortable, and have impacted my faith in ethical conduct in the business world today. It seems that too many individuals and companies are only concerned with getting ahead, beating out the competition, and being number one, at any cost. When I decided to take the leap of faith, and return to school for my MBA, I was a bit concerned about the potential negative effect of going to a Christian university. I have experienced the prejudices of being a Christian, at the hands of non-Christians, throughout my career. What if a potential employer was not okay with my MBA coming from a Christian university? Would this decision hurt my chances of getting a job? I prayed on this dilemma, and He responded “Do you really want to work for a company that does not recognize the importance of living as a Christian, with outstanding moral and ethical beliefs? Haven’t you had enough of the back-stabbing, the lies, the deceit that seems to dominate business today?” I agreed that it was definitely time for a change and immediately enrolled at Colorado Christian University. I am certain that I have made the right decision, and trust God to take my career to a new level as a result of standing strong in my Christian faith.

  5. Brittany Means says:

    Growing up, I never attended a private school or institution and so when I came to CCU during my junior year of my undergrad, I finally learned what it meant to be apart of a Christ-centered environment. Upon my acceptance at CCU, I did not expect for the professors and faculty to integrate faith as much as they did. In fact, I was shocked that we prayed before each class and actually incorporated the Lord’s word into every piece of curriculum that was taught. I was used to attending schools that forbid any discussion around Christ or the church and so when I came to CCU it was refreshing to be able to discuss my faith with anyone on campus. I also loved the fact that I could worship my God openly on campus each week and become mentored by the staff daily throughout my studies. I respected and gained so much from this University that I decided to come back for my graduate degree in business administration. CCU is a Christ-centered campus that truly integrates faith and learning and seeks to make disciples of each of their students.

  6. Wendy says:

    What to Expect from a Christian College?

    I am so happy that I decided to start my education with CCU. Since I am 47 and never been to college I wasn’t sure what to expect. I wanted to get an education that was not only going to make me marketable, but also continue to growing my relationship with Christ. I went to a secular high school and I wish that I could have gone to a Christian high school that would have taught me morals and values.

    Display kindness & enthusiasm:
    Going to college this late in life, was very scary. I wanted to attend a college that would support me, give me honest advice on college plans. I needed a counselor that would be patient, but yet push me to my fullest potential. Knowing that the people guiding me were God centered it made me positive and very enthusiastic about attending college. I wasn’t afraid any more.

    Welcome criticism & its opportunities:
    Criticism! If you have read any of my papers, criticism has now become my middle name. APA? What the heck is that? It took me one month to study what APA is. I had no idea. I still don’t like and still receive a lot of red marks on my paper. I think the red ink in my printer always runs out faster than my black. But I am learning, and therefore my professors are doing their jobs. I feel like I will have so many opportunities when I graduate. I feel like I will have a lot to offer a business both with my work ethic and my faith.

    I am happy at CCU. I moved from Texas to Iowa two years ago and my husband asked if I wanted to go to a college locally. I said ‘NO” God has me right where He wants me.

  7. bmccall says:

    I have met many people who have attended a private Christian school before. Although I am not sure of the experience as a teenager, I can attest to a Christian education as an adult. Having the ability to think critically about what it is that you believe as a student and determine how your beliefs affect your business decisions is priceless. A secular education does not provide a student with that. A Christian education allows a student to not only gain an education from an academic standpoint, but also from a spiritual growth standpoint. A Christian education is a holistic approach to learning. If a student was an education major, they not only learn about classroom management and best practices for curriculum development, but they also learn about how children were fearfully and wonderfully created by God.

    Without a Christian education, I would say that a student was missing out on something great. Something unique! A Christian education is priceless. If given the opportunity, I would highly recommend anyone to attend a faith based college.

  8. Yoseph says:

    “Wake up! Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have found your deeds unfinished in the sight of my God.” (Revelation 3:2, New International Version).
    It is exciting for me to review the foundation, endeavors and the progressing facets and accomplishments of the United States of America. God is the reason for the abundant blessings and overwhelmed achievements of the United States within short centuries in comparison to those countries have three thousand history. God bless the founding fathers of the united States: they put God first and the power and economy second. There is an absolute truth: when God is present abundant blessings and great achievements are always become secured and accessed. The technology is developing, the science is skyrocketing, yet Christianity is declining, the supreme authority of the Bible is being overtaken by overwhelmed unusual strange thoughts, ideas, and understandings.
    Christianity was one of the cornerstones of the foundation of the United States today such believe and contemplation is exiting through the door of broad-mindedness and tolerance. Let us believe with the faithful and genuine spirit, let us pray since there is the daylight, as there will be a time coming we will have no other chances to take Christianity back on its feet. We are a responsible generation to conserve what we have and bring the bravery and strength of the founders back in the current Christian communities. Otherwise we are definitely losing the basic foundational tools of Christianity and being vulnerable to outlandish and eccentric world views in which we have been losing our fundamental Christianity values and strength. Let’s kneeling in before God obtain the synergy and the revival once again so that God will be pleased and at the same time America will continue reaping its blessings.

  9. Bob Myers says:

    CCU has definitely been the right decision for me. I began an online MBA program with a secular university and I was disappointed on so many levels. The assignments were never posted on time, the grading was very hard to figure out and everything was a group project format – basically once they had your money they didn’t really care whether you learned anything or not. And no, I didn’t learn much of anything other than how to control my frustration level!
    We, as Christians, are taught not to be careful who we associate with: 2 Corinthians 6:14 tells us: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” We truly are surrounded by darkness by those in the world.

  10. Amber Vinegar says:

    Colorado Christian University gives students in the MBA program an opportunity to review business principles and practices while including a biblical perspective. This is significant because many of our nation’s business leaders are not exercising their leadership to benefit the people that they are shepherding. These leaders are bestowed with an opportunity to steward the gift of being able to lead people in business practices. As such, these leaders have an ethical obligation and responsibility to both their employees and external groups that could be affected by their decision-making.

    Though we are in a period of economic uncertainty, the ability to lead and to serve those you’re leading well is of the utmost importance. Some suggestions that could be implemented to recover from this type of leadership are transparency, integrity, and above all loyalty to do what is right in every instance no matter how hard that decision may be.

  11. Armando Rodriguez Jr says:

    It was by chance I heard about CCU from a co-worker I disliked. I never made it a point to let him know he rubbed me the wrong way. It was his non-verbal’s that I disliked. He always seemed to have the “I’m better than you” attitude and that always irritated me. One day he heard me talking about CTU and how I didn’t really like the school because it wasn’t a full credited college. He walked by and simply said “have you heard about CCU, they tailor to military”. That week I remember driving up to the campus at Colorado Springs and I immediately felt a sense of belonging. Everyone I talked to was so helpful and made me feel like a person instead of a number. Everyone was full of life and dedicated to me and my needs. I never got this kind of treatment at a Secular College. From what I can remember, my co-worker ended up leaving the military and headed back to his home town. I received my BA in 2009 and regret not taking the opportunity in perusing my MBA right after. Know I am out of the service and find it a little hard to live off of a third of my income but I feel a sense of pride because I am back in school with CCU perusing my MBA. Where I will go from here is really not up to me. I use to think I had control over my future but I learned the hard way God has a plan for us. All I know is that with the help of CCU I will graduate again this time with my MBA. I feel I have the right decision once again and I leave it to the hands of God to put me where I belong.

  12. Michal Slate says:

    I first heard about CCU from KLove radio. I had already begun pursuing my BA at UOP and was too far along to not have to repeat courses to switch. UOP was an amazing experience but I did feel that I needed to sensor myself when it came to my values. I found that whenever I felt the need to discuss how my christian perspective played a role in my learning, I would replace christian with ethical. It seemed to me that the two could be used interchangeably. Most ethical reasoning to me is because of my Christian faith. In the business world I have utilized ethical reasoning to help lead and guide others. I believe ethics are a great foundation and even warrant trust from customers.
    The reason I chose to come to CCU for my MBA was because I wanted to move my education to the next level. I don’t want to put a mask on my faith and call it ethics. I want to openly discuss how Jesus has changed my life and my motivations when it comes to making money in the business world. I also feel that it impacts my spiritual walk with God very profoundly when I openly discuss my faith with others. Although I did discuss my faith and tried to lightly interject Biblical principles into my education at UOP, I always felt like I was censoring myself and not really being true to who i am.
    I am hoping to gain confidence in how I relate my faith and my business self in the corporate / professional world. That is why I chose a Christian College.

    Blessings,

    Michelle Slate

  13. Cheri H. says:

    I chose CCU for two reasons. One, I needed an MBA program that was completely online. My work schedule is not conducive to being in a classroom even one night a week. Secondly, I wanted to be able to gain a deeper understanding of the Bible so a Christian university was the obvious way to integrate more study time into my already demanding schedule. So far, I have found the experience to be a positive one. I appreciate the opportunity to share how my ethical, spiritual and moral beliefs impact my career and I enjoy learning from other professionals with similar values. I also think it is important that we continue to sharpen each other; watching that we do keep an open mind to anywhere we can better understand the world and make sure we are not lulled into generalizations that will keep us from best serving our fellow man.

  14. Shane R. says:

    I am continually amazed by what I have learned so far as a student at CCU. There a number of qualities that brought my attention towards attending CCU. I strongly support the strategic objectives of the university. I am impressed with the knowledge and commitment of the faculty. And lastly, I am of course a firm believer in Christ.
    What is interesting to note is that I gained yet another respect for this university. Something that has confirmed my being part of this institution. That is, I am solidly impressed with how faith can be integrated into study and into the workplace. I did not have an expectation of this, and I am thoroughly privileged to be gaining this knowledge. My course so far in the MBA program has not only enlightened me on leadership and practice but has shaped my understanding in such a way that I wouldn’t have thought possible. The course stated that we would discuss faith integration into business. To me, this meant that I would be taught that you must be moral in business practices because the Bible states it for example. However, this has not been the case. The texts, which are not religious, and the discussions my classmates and I have had, have truly instilled in me that a Christ centered practice is the only way to do business, a conclusion that I drew myself. Whether the course intended this provoking thought or it has come from God, I am not sure. In either case, I am happy that it is happening and excited to see what I learn next and apply it in my working life.

  15. KelsieHert says:

    In general, major corporations have lost sight of the law of sacrifice in favor for the golden parachute. Examples like Lee lacocca are exceedingly rare while scandal’s like Enron are growing and growing. The American Dream is to go from rags to riches and make money so you can live a life of luxury. While this idea may have been built from a more ethically solid foundation, it has transitioned into a deceitful game an eye for an eye. In this pursuit, high ranking executives disregard selfless ambition for selfish gain. They seek to make more and more money no matter the cost. This is why the drop in ethics which cause nationwide scandals are becoming more and more frequent.

    The more effective of the two ways is the law of sacrifice. This shows the employees within the company you are willing to do whatever it takes to keep the company afloat. They see you are working to make sure they keep their jobs. You are earning their loyalty and respect. Instead of talking down about their job to their families and friends, they state how much they love where they work. I would characterize this as the trait and situational approach to leadership. The followers are seeing traits they can relate to in their leader, while the leader is adapting to the situation at hand to achieve the goal. The law of sacrifice is also the most effective way because it is Jesus’ way. Matthew 19:16-26 is the parable of the rich young ruler who is looking for favor from Christ. He asks Christ what he must do to gain eternal life. Jesus tells him to sell all he belongs, aid the poor and follow him. Disheartened, he went away sad. This young man was very wealthy and Jesus asked him to sacrifice it all and follow him. The young man couldn’t do it and went away. Many corporations today are not willing to sacrifice to achieve their goal. But as believers, when we are less, he is more.

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