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When Should I Visit Colleges?

Spring is the traditional time for visiting colleges.  You may not realize exactly how important a college visit can be!  You can learn a lot about colleges by looking at their booth at a college fair and studying their brochures and website.  You just need to remember that those are marketing tools of the college.  Those things ALWAYS look good, and they always give a rosy glow to the college.  But to really get to know a college, you have to go visit.  Recently a friend forwarded this article to me, from World Net Daily.

Visit colleges!!  You want to know what their views are.  You need to know that a college with "Christian" as their middle name may or may not match your family values.  You can tell very little by the name of a college.  You can tell a little more from their marketing materials.  But you don't really know the personality of the college until you meet it in person - with a college visit.

If you are unable to visit before you apply, at least visit before you commit your student to four years with a college.

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Guest - J W on Saturday, 25 April 2009 13:19

Re: the World Net article. Yes, liberalization has been a trend for quite a number of years at various institutions in Texas.

Like it or not, there are going to be advantages and disadvantages to every single college in the US.

Which brings me to my old soapbox about liberal schools that have never made any pretenses about being "Christian." At such institutions, everyone knows where everyone else stands on issues because it's OK to be yourself (and yes, this HURTS Christians sometimes, and we learn a lot about forgiveness and mercy). But actually, having such a clear and unclouded view of which parts of the field need sowing, watering, tending, and harvesting is better than watching someone you thought was a Christian take a serious nosedive.

I guess what parents and prospective students have to ask themselves is, "Where's the beef?" Oh, boy, now I'm dating myself. OK, let me rephrase that. Parents and students should ask, "Is the faith that I see here at this college or in this small segment of the student body compatible with the Bible?"

Re: the World Net article. Yes, liberalization has been a trend for quite a number of years at various institutions in Texas. Like it or not, there are going to be advantages and disadvantages to every single college in the US. Which brings me to my old soapbox about liberal schools that have never made any pretenses about being "Christian." At such institutions, everyone knows where everyone else stands on issues because it's OK to be yourself (and yes, this HURTS Christians sometimes, and we learn a lot about forgiveness and mercy). But actually, having such a clear and unclouded view of which parts of the field need sowing, watering, tending, and harvesting is better than watching someone you thought was a Christian take a serious nosedive. I guess what parents and prospective students have to ask themselves is, "Where's the beef?" Oh, boy, now I'm dating myself. OK, let me rephrase that. Parents and students should ask, "Is the faith that I see here at this college or in this small segment of the student body compatible with the Bible?"
Guest - Renee G on Saturday, 25 April 2009 10:31

" You can tell very little by the name of a college."

This is so true Lee. My dd is going to be attending MS Univ for Women (MUW) but guess what? It's coed.....
It was the visit to MUW that sold us on the university. The students are like extended family

" You can tell very little by the name of a college." This is so true Lee. My dd is going to be attending MS Univ for Women (MUW) but guess what? It's coed..... It was the visit to MUW that sold us on the university. The students are like extended family
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