Students wishing to explore higher education opportunities through Christian Colleges and Universities have a number of excellent choices open to them. Various college ratings websites rank online Christian schools according to qualities such as accreditation, student satisfaction and affordability.
Schools like Grace Bible College feature full accreditation (meaning, the credits earned there will likely transfer to another school, or count toward degrees at comparable institutions). There are many schools with B&M (“bricks and mortar”) campuses that offer additional coursework online.
It is also useful to keep in mind that, in the 21st century, most larger colleges and universities offer extensive course offerings online. Students with a particular Christian college in mind should review the school’s schedule of classes and course catalogs to learn whether their preferred degree program is available online. Contacting the school’s registrar is another way to acquire this information.
There are many possible paths for students seeking flexible higher education opportunities that also focus on Christian missions and values. Online opportunities range from Associate’s (two-year) degrees through advanced graduate education. Websites like Christian Universities Online focusing on faith-based education aggregate information about degree programs – including online options – and are an excellent resource for curious students.
Finally, if cost is a factor, there are websites dedicated to finding scholarship opportunities at Christian colleges and universities – many of which may be applicable to online courses and degree programs. Scholarships.com features an entire section on scholarships for religious students.
A recent US News and World Report article by the magazine’s “Scholarship Coach” notes that an increase in distance education has translated into an increase in scholarships earmarked for online programs.
An online degree offers flexibility in terms of time and assignment completion, and is often more affordable than a traditional degree. However, for the Christian student, this is no reason to sacrifice the ethical and values-focused mission associated with a Christian education. There are many resources available to students and parents to learn more about Christian colleges and universities offering online degree programs, as well as “hybrid” (partly-online, partly-in person) education plans. Besides the links offered above, one may use search phrases such as “Christian colleges distance education” to find myriad opportunities in one’s region or focusing on a specific Christian denomination.