With so many choices it's hard to know where to begin, especially since there are many things to consider—size, location, degree programs. So Ignite Your Faith asked students from Multnomah Bible College (Portland, Oregon) what they were looking for during the selection process. Here's what they had to say:
"When I visited colleges I observed the people. I tried to get a feel of what it would be like to be on that campus. It's a good idea to visit a campus when school is in session, if you can. When I visited campuses during the summer I didn't get to experience student life because most of the students were gone, but my fall and spring visits allowed me to see students and professors in their element."
— Phoebe Naguit, senior
"I want to be a missionary, so when I was making the college choice I looked for a place where I could learn more about the Bible and really apply what I was learning. And I was looking for a school that would not only feed me information, but also give me opportunities to apply what I'd be learning."
— Alana Pedersen, sophomore
"Since college was going to be such a formative time in my life, I looked for a place where I could feel comfortable within the community of people. I wanted a community where I felt safe to talk about what I was feeling and thinking, especially outside of the classroom. I frequently asked about the student/professor ratio and to what degree the professors were involved with the students."
— Robyn Sheldon, senior
"I had to think about whether or not I was willing to live far away from home. Location was a big factor in my search. You have to think about what area of the country you want to live in for about four years—East Coast, West Coast, Midwest, or even what opportunities those colleges offer to study abroad."
— Jedidiah Forrester, junior
"When I toured campuses, I wanted to make sure I felt at home in the classrooms, cafeteria and dorm rooms, and also find places on campus where I'd be able to just hang out with my friends. I knew I'd look forward to getting off campus, but I wanted to have a place that I could consider my home away from home."
— Olatoye Komolafe, sophomore
"A good way to narrow down your choices is to talk to graduates of the Christian colleges and universities you are considering. You can find out from them how their experience at a particular school led them to where they are today, or even how the school influenced their spiritual life."
— Caroline Delosreys, junior
"I looked for a place where I would be challenged. So, I talked to students on campus about how their school had stretched them or challenged their thinking. Through those conversations I was able to find a school where I'd develop a solid foundation."
— Lisa Butler, junior