The Value of a Christian Education
If tuition costs are driving you to cross Christian schools off your college wish list, you might want to reconsider. The price of Christian higher education may not be as much as you first thought, especially for in-state students with strong high school academics who are eligible to receive scholarship funds, and the benefits you’ll receive will more than make up for the difference in price. As you weigh your college options, check out our cost breakdown chart below, which factors in potential scholarships and grants, as well as the list of benefits of attending a Christian university.
Benefits of attending a Christian university
Dr. Steve Henderson, a professor of education at SEU and the founder and president of Christian Consulting for Colleges and Ministries, has dedicated decades researching students’ college choices and their short-term and long-term commitments to the Christian faith. The following are several benefits, based on the findings of Dr. Henderson’s research, of attending a Christian versus a non-Christian university.
Higher likelihood of graduating on time
There is a significantly higher graduation rate in four years for students attending Christian universities versus other institutions. While students attending Christian schools graduate on average in about 4.5 years, those at public institutions take approximately 6.2 — nearly two years longer. So even if your tuition costs at a public university are initially lower, the extended time it may take you to complete your degree could significantly increase your overall costs beyond what you would have paid at a Christian institution.
Stronger commitment to your faith
Of born-again freshmen entering college, approximately 52% won’t identify themselves as born-again four years later or will have not attended any religious service in more than a year. However, students who attend independent Protestant, Baptist and other Protestant-affiliated universities report the largest increases in overall religious commitment.
Students tend to reflect the values of their college faculty, especially in upper-division course work, so it’s important that your professors’ religious beliefs and values are in line with your own. At non-Christian colleges, many faculty members are supportive of issues that are contrary to the Christian faith — for example, 84% of faculty are in favor of abortion.
To learn more about the value of a Christian education, click here to read Dr. Henderson’s article “A Question of Price vs. Cost.”