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Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 16th 2012, 04:41 AM

I'm currently in a state of application to a couple different school and dealing with tons of what ifs and scholarship blah blah...My number one choice at them moment is Dakota Wesleyan University I was just wondering if anyone is or has attended a religiously affiliated school and how you about the expierence and atmoshpere and everything thanks!

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 16th 2012, 05:15 AM

I know friends who have. I would say if you're religious, do it. If not, really look into the school before deciding on that. If it's great in the program you want then consider it, but if it's not, then you might want to consider a public school because it will most likely be more cost efficient and correlate with more of your values.

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 16th 2012, 05:37 AM

I go to a religious school and I love it. One of the things you might want to look into is how religious the school actually is. For example, my school is openly Christian, requires students to attend 15 chapels a semester, and take 9 units of Christian studies classes. Other schools have a religious affiliation, but don't do much to make their students fall into that. It just depends on the school. If the program you're looking for is solid at the school you're looking at, then go for it. Also, try to look into scholarships if you do decide to go to a religious school. Some of them are really generous and could really help cut the cost of tuition and fees. If you have really specific questions about anything, feel free to message me! I'll do my best to help you out.

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 16th 2012, 11:03 AM

I've not been to a religious school (unless you count my primary school having a daily prayer). I think that, end of the day, the most important thing when choosing a school is not necesserily the cirriculum, it's how comfotable you think the school will make you feel.

When i was in sixth form, my subjects were great and I found them fascinating. However, I hated my school and by halfway through my last year I didn't feel comfortable there, even when I had all my mates with me and what not. Because of this, My grades crashed and I ended up failing one of my classes completely.

So, I would say that, if you feel like you could fit into a religious school then certainly give it thought, but don't go there just for the cirriculum

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 16th 2012, 11:11 AM

Hey there,

I am already looking into theology universities/colleges since I'd like to learn as much as I can, it's interesting. Anyway, I think it all depends on whether you like what they offer, and what you are looking for in a school, whether the people are nice or that you'll fit in

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 16th 2012, 03:29 PM

I went to a Church of England secondary school (I'm a Brit) and... well, I was agnostic when I started, became a Christian about halfway through and then flipped back to being an atheist. I ascribe both of those changes to the school - I went Christian because I quite liked the school, but then became an atheist after learning some more about Christianity through Christian organisations at the school. So... I would say it just depends on the curriculum and how good you think you'll feel there - hopefully they'll be willing to accept you whatever religion you are and stuff.

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 18th 2012, 01:40 AM

I think that this depends on your religion and what you intend to take and if it is based heavily on Christian values or not.

Going to a secular school might be easier depending on what you want to get out of your education. But some secular schools even have theology departments, my university is secular but has a seminary because when my school originally started it WAS a seminary and only that and then just expanded into a full blown university.

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 19th 2012, 05:31 PM

I think my school was religiously affiliated, but they didn't require any kind of religious study or classes if you didn't want to take them. There were churches around every corner, but I was never made to feel uncomfortable as a non-religous person. Maybe that's unusual.

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Re: Religiously Affiliated Colleges/Universities..thoughts?? - November 20th 2012, 07:27 PM

Thank you all!

I was raised in a very athiest household, making any religious decision very difficult on my part, however recently I have found myself turning more and more tward Christianity. I applied to, and have a pretty high likelyhood of being addmitted to Dakota Wesleyan University, in South Dakota. I don't identify specifically with any facet of christianity such as Wesleyan or Baptist or anything however the school is open to all forms of belief or lack there of. They have a campus ministry and many opportunities in areas such as community service and small group bible study, without requiring any religion based course study. I'm mostly attracted to the school because of its amazing carreer placement after graduation, internship opportunities, and great Psychology program. It also has a very small student population of only about 850 which is a big bonus for a girl from a tiny rural community.

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