Christian colleges ignored by too many prospective enrollees
Both these schools were designated a Best Value School and recently presented with a crystal trophy etched with the school’s name and the Best Value School medallion.
If the proportion of college students with evangelical Christian upbringing is the same as in the general population, there are about 5 million students who might be targeted by colleges and universities whose mission is faith based. There are, however, few smaller postsecondary institutions whose brands are associated with faith based curriculum or mission. As such, many students who would fit in nicely at these institutions never have the opportunity to consider these schools.
University Research & Review, a research firm sponsoring the new Best Value School awards, thinks students who take their religion seriously should take a look at Amridge University and The Baptist College of Florida. Both these institutions are Best Value Schools and recently were presented with University Research & Review’s coveted crystal Best Value School trophy.
To be designated a Best Value School by University Research & Review a college or university must meet rigorous criteria established by the former university presidents, CEOs, professors and provosts associated with the company. Over three thousand schools were examined and to date only twenty qualified. Two key elements in the qualification process are cost to attend and student satisfaction.
While their mission is based on Christian beliefs, these two schools are very different from each other. Amridge University, located in Montgomery, Alabama but featuring degree programs that are 100% online, is affiliated with the Churches of Christ. Appealing to a student body that is mostly over the age of twenty-five, Amridge University offers associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees. Their students like the school’s regional accreditation and its very reasonable cost structure.
The Baptist College of Florida, on the other hand, provides a small, safe and secluded campus environment in the Florida Panhandle, plus remote campuses in several other Florida cities. They also offer classes online. This school is for those interested in ministry, missions, education, and music. They are well known for turning out ministers and others who devote their lives to religious calling.
Potential college enrollees who consider themselves religious have many schools to choose from as there are almost 8,000 postsecondary schools in the United States. But the higher education experts at University Research & Review think some of 5 million students with Evangelical upbringing would do well to consider a school founded on Christian princples.
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