Baptist Colleges and Universities provide a Christ-centered approach to higher education rooted in the liberal arts tradition that enables students to define their purpose and developing their calling. Upon graduation, students are prepared to thrive in their vocation and transform their world as a result of their distinctively Christian, unashamedly Baptist education. Many of these Baptist Colleges and Universities offer Masters and Doctorate level degrees in ministry.
Why a Baptist college or university?
While there are hundreds of institutions that grant degrees, Baptist colleges and universities offer more than just a degree. They offer an education that values the integration of faith and learning, where students are engaged in the holistic understanding of their discipline grounded in the Scriptures and the faith as understood by Southern Baptists. The Christian liberal arts tradition encourages the development of crucial skills such as critical thinking, analytical reasoning, and problem solving coupled with a focus upon spiritual and emotional maturation that prepares students for more than a career but a calling.
Baptist colleges and universities are committed to academic excellence, offering a diversity of academic programs and disciplines taught by credentialed, world-class faculty. Institutions are accredited by regional accrediting bodies as well as discipline-specific organizations to award associate, bachelor, and master’s degrees. Christian colleges attract students seeking an environment that will reinforce and integrate their faith and students credit professors for compassion and investment in the whole student.
Baptist colleges and universities are considered some of the most affordable private colleges in the nation, providing significant scholarships to students to make Christian higher education affordable and accessible. Baptist colleges and universities affiliated with the state Baptist convention are provided resources to help offset operational costs through the Cooperative Program.
At the heart of a Baptist college and university education is a robust focus and commitment to helping students mature in Christ. To foster this growth, Baptist colleges and universities offer weekly worship, discipleship, mission, and service-learning opportunities. Additionally, Christian colleges stress the importance of active local church membership for students.
Baptist college and university faculty teach sound doctrine – within the parameters of the Southern Baptist confessional statement (Baptist Faith and Message, 2000). Faculty members are professing Christians who are active members of local churches.
Life outside the classroom offers a plethora of opportunities for engagement including varsity athletics, intramurals, theater, music, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, service learning, internships, student government, mission trips, honor societies, and numerous student clubs. From the moment students step on campus, they are encouraged to find a place to develop authentic community that engages a diverse world and lives worthy of the high calling of God in Christ.