If you are asking yourself this question, then you have already had the whole traditional campus versus online debate and have decided, possibly for a variety of reasons, that the best way to commence or continue your education is by attaining a degree from a university.
A Christian University is one that has a strong leaning in its teaching and its campus environment towards the tenets of the Christian faith.
This can manifest itself in various ways, such as setting certain admission requirements (for instance, you may need to be a practicing Christian to be accepted), regular attendance at chapel or church services, and strong on-campus rules regarding conduct based on the Christian faith.
For a non Christian, these requirements could very likely feel a little restrictive and put them off attending such a college, even though they may have superb educational programs. Some of these universities do, however, offer an online degree option alongside their traditional campus offerings. This can be a great compromise for those who wish to pursue the courses offered without becoming actively involved or immersed in the religious nature of campus life or for those with a strong Christian faith who, for a variety of reasons, cannot attend a traditional campus.
Regardless which of these situations (or any other) you find yourself in, just as important as the religious affiliation of the university are the pros and cons of both studying online and choosing that particular university in the first place.
All students will also want to consider the following:
- Does the university you are interested in have regional accreditation? This becomes important when you are job hunting. Online degrees froms accredited institutions carry more weight than those with state accreditation only.
- Does the university you wish to attend and carry the courses you are interested in? Just because it is a Christian university does not mean its offerings are restricted to theology. Many Christian universities offer online courses in business, finance, and information technology.
- What are the class sizes? Christian universities, both online and traditional, generally have quite small classes which make for better interaction with your lecturer. If this is important to you, then it is a good reason to consider an online Christian university.
- What is the calibre of the teaching staff? On the whole, the quality of full time faculty members at Christian universities are higher than public (and a lot of private) universities. You are less likely to find a Christian university full of frauds, although it is possible, but not likely!
- How is the school ranked? Online universities are ranked in a manner similar to traditional colleges and you will be looking for a school that scores highly in areas such as graduation rates, acceptance rates, and so on.
Critical to your success at any online university, however, is whether you have the right personality to be self-driven and pace yourself to achieve your goals. Ultimately, that will help you to decide which college is best for you.