Choosing a Christian College: 15 Questions to Ask College Students
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Written by: Cairn Admissions
The college-choosing journey is a stage of life filled with excitement. But along with all the daydreams of cool classes, new friends, and a decked-out dorm comes a thousand questions about what exactly those daydreams will look like. What do I want to study? How will I meet people and get involved on top of schoolwork? Where will I even go for college?
Whether you have had a dream college your entire life or you have no idea where to go or what to do, you are bound to have questions about how to navigate this next stage in your life. To make sure you get the answers you need as you explore different college options, we’ve created this guide for you on what to ask during your next college visit.
College Questions? Get Connected with the Experts!
One of the best ways to learn more about a particular college is to ask questions, and who better to ask than current college students? These are the students who have struggled through the same questions you have been asking. Think of them as seasoned veterans or wise gurus who have already been through the challenges of the college selection process.
There are a number of ways to get connected with current students. Talk to students you already know at the college, or ask an admission officer to connect you with some students. But the most authentic way to converse with current students may be to talk to someone hanging out in the student center or catch some students on their way to their dorm. In this case, it’s OK to talk to strangers.
It can be tricky to know what questions to ask a college student that will be most practically helpful for you. To get you started, here are some questions to ask college students about their experience in all different areas of their college journey!
Ask About Their College Experience
Why did you decide to attend this college?
There are lots of reasons to choose a college, so hearing what sold a student on a college can help you determine what reasons matter most to you.
Is the college what you thought it would be? Why or why not?
Get an insider's perspective on what life is really like at this college to understand what to expect.
What do you like best about this college? What do you like the least?
This will help you know some pros and cons of the college, some of which you might not have considered before.
If you could go back in time, would you choose this college again? If not, why?
You can evaluate whether or not this college will have a lasting impact on you and what kind of impact that will be.
Ask About College Student Life
How would you describe the people here?
When you get an answer, ask yourself, “Is this a community you’ll want to live in?” “Does this feel like a place that fosters growth?”
What kind of student would fit in at this college?
Find out if you're the ideal student for this school and get an idea of your ability to make connections there.
What do the majority of students complain about? (What are the pluses and minuses of living here? What is an authentic take on campus life?
It can be helpful to get an honest look at what students think about attending a college holistically, from meal plans to course offerings. Psst: get a student’s perspective on living at Cairn
With all the different colleges you are visiting, it’s important to take some time to learn what makes each college distinct listen to the voices that make up each student body, and take the time to figure out what makes each college—and its students—unique!
The Value of a Christian Education
Christian colleges provide unique opportunities that help grow your academics, your character, and your spiritual walk throughout your education. By immersing yourself in a community of fellow believers and a faith-based education, you will be prepared to serve Christ wherever you go.
Cairn University’s mission is to equip men and women with a biblically-based education that will prepare them to put their faith into action in any career.
You’re only a few steps away from an education centered on Christ and His Word.
Cairn University is a private Christian university in Langhorne Manor and Middletown Township, Pennsylvania. Founded in 1913, the university has six schools and departments: Business, Counseling, Divinity, Education, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Music. All students take a minimum of 30 semester hours of Bible classes.